Reality Check: Episode 1.4, “Can You Hear Me Now?”
Look, we know that Pretty Little Liars is no hard-hitting, true-to-life documentary series, but even a frothy soap like this one sometimes strains our suspension of disbelief. We call them out on the times they faked it and didn't make it in this week's episode, “Can You Hear Me Now?”
The average teenage girl wants to go to the arcade with her dad: FALSE
Actually, most teenage girls don’t want to be seen with their dads at all. However, if they do hang out with their dad, it’s probably to go on a shopping spree or to point at extravagant things that they want to buy. (Why does it suddenly sound like we’re just describing the Veruca Salt character from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? In fact, can’t you almost hear Hanna saying, “I want an Oompa-Loompa now!”?)
Inviting someone over to eat leftover pasta on your floor is a good way to ensure a second date: FALSE
We know that teachers’ salaries are not particularly glamorous ones, but eating leftovers out of Tupperware isn’t a teachers’-salary kind of thing; it’s a living-out-of-your-parents’-basement kind of thing. We get that they want to make Ezra into a struggling artist-type, but he’s supposed to be dating a teenager, not living like one.