We realize that Rosewood is the kind of magical town that only exists on TV: a place where teens wear couture, romances start and stop in seconds, and a crazed stalker can literally be everywhere at all times. And we're down with that. Pretty Little Liars wouldn't be nearly as fun if the writers were constrained by concerns about being silly things like realism.
However, sometimes the show veers just a tad too far into the ridiculous. In the spirit of admitting that even our fave shows have flaws, here are the five most implausible moments from the Pretty Little Liars Season 2 summer season:
5. Mike's Inconsistent Physical Strength
Mike Montgomery (Cody Christian) took over as Rosewood's resident juvenile delinquent after Toby (Keegan Allen) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) cleaned up their respective reputations in Season 1. That's fine — every TV town needs at least one wild child. What is less fine is Mike's wildly inconsistent ability to injure his family, which seems to rely solely on what's needed to move the story along.
Think about it: In Season 2, Episode 2, "The Goodbye Look", Mike attacked Aria (Lucy Hale) while trying to rob Spencer (Troian Bellisario)'s house, running his sister into a table and leaving her almost passed out. And yet Aria's back to her chipper self one scene later, completely uninjured. Weird, right? It's even weirder when we realized that all it took was a minor shove in Season 2, Episode 11, "I Must Confess" to slam Ella (Holly Marie Combs) into a wall, leaving her with a seriously injured wrist. These scenes definitely don't add up!
4. Hanna's Horse-y Disaster
Nothing about Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Mona (Janel Parrish)'s disastrous day with Hanna's evil stepsister in Season 2, Episode 10, "Touched by an 'A'-ngel" makes sense. Question one: How did lunch with Kate's cousins turn into a day at the stables? Question two: How did they get so lost? Did Kate just abandon them? And even if she did, why were they in the middle of the woods? Question three: How do you lose a horse? No, seriously. What?
And, more unbelievable than all the rest: How do you end up accidentally blasting the worst thing possible for everyone to hear over the loudspeakers? We realize this is a common plot point in lots of other TV shows and movies, but we rarely buy it Have you ever tried to get a loudspeaker to work? Even when we want them to, we can never get them to turn on!
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3. Hanna Vomiting on Her Step-Mother's Dress
Hanna was drunk in Season 2, Episode 11, "I Must Confess". We get that. But here's the thing: Hanna's been drunk a lot. We love her, but she's kind of a boozer. Remember that time she drove her boyfriend's car into a tree? Right. The point is, we don't buy that Hanna was so out of control that she couldn't contain her urge to vomit long enough to get away from the dress. Seriously, all she needed to do was turn her head to the side. And who actually does that whole "twirl around with a pretty dress" thing, anyway?
And even if you believe that Hanna couldn't contain herself at the vital moment, there is no way Kate could have actually predicted or controlled that exact outcome. There were way too many variables, and Kate's no "A." (Well, unless she is "A." Hmm....)
2. The Foibles of the Rosewood Police Department
There's no question that "A" setting the liars up with the murder weapon in Season 2, Episode 12, "Over My Dead Body" was a shocking twist. But then we thought about it, and really, how does that work? If Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) and the other cops actually knew that the shovel was used to kill Alison (Sasha Pieterse), shouldn't it have been locked away wherever the Rosewood PD keeps evidence? And if it was stolen, why would the cops immediately assume the girls were the killers? It would be pretty stupid to steal the murder weapon you used and walk around with it.
And speaking of Wilden, the Rosewood Police Department must be even worse than we ever imagined if they'd really reinstate a detective who got in trouble for interrogating minors without supervision... and then let him investigate those same minors. We're pretty sure that's not how it's supposed to work.
1. Jenna and Garrett Get it On at the Window
We know that Jenna (Tammin Sursok)'s blind, but there's plenty of evidence that she's not stupid. We're pretty sure she knows that most of the world can see just fine — including her sleazy boyfriend Officer Garrett. So why were these sneaky, conniving secret lovers practically doing the deed in front of an open window during Season 2, Episode 8, "Save the Date"?
If they can get away with murder, we're pretty sure they know how to draw the curtains.
Disagree with our choices? Sound off in the comments below! And don't forget to catch the special Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, October 18 on ABC Family.
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