Final Thoughts From the Pretty Little Liars Episode "The Talented Mr. Rollins"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 7 television episode that first aired July 5, 2016.

Synopsis: Suspicious of Dr. Elliott Rollins (Huw Collins) and believing Alison (Sasha Pieterse) might be in danger, the PLLs seek intervention from the hospital officials while, at the same time, look to find a connection between Rollins and Mary Drake (Andrea Parker). When Rollins seeks to escalate things by pulling Alison out of the hospital, the PLLs go to the rescue. However, their night ends with a deadly accident.

Why Won't These Girls Do the Right Thing?

This actually isn't really about this episode as much as it is about the next episode which, from previews, will include them burying the now-deceased Dr. Rollins rather than going to the police.

The question I have with that is why? His death was an obvious accident that happened while he was driving Alison somewhere with the likely intention of doing her some harm. How is burying his body the smart approach?

Of course, the same thing could be said about this episode too. They had enough evidence against Rollins to at least draw some suspicion his way. Why not take advantage of that instead of holding onto it and not doing anyone any good?

Oh, and I get the whole "we don't want Alison to be charged with murder" thing. But, even Aria (Lucy Hale) seems to doubt she's the killer and any evidence that points to her is circumstantial at best, especially since her motive is almost non-existent.

Speaking of the Authorities

They, especially Detective Tanner (Roma Maffia), are still noticeably absent from this season. Considering, at one point, the PLLs were the prime suspects in Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) murder, you would think there would have been at least one cameo visit from her, just to remind them of her suspicions.

Along those same lines, does Toby (Keegan Allen) ever work any more? Every time you see him, he's doing something other than police work, this time working on his new house and celebrating his engagement to Yvonne (Kara Royster). You don't even see him wearing his uniform. It's really not surprising he hasn't made detective yet considering you usually need to show up to work in order to earn a promotion.

So, Who is Dr. Rollins Really?

To be fair, Toby did make an important discovery in this episode. Thanks to him uncovering an old traffic ticket, we now know the person everyone believed was Dr. Rollins likely wasn't really Dr. Rollins. Either that, or he had a good plastic surgeon that made him look decades younger.

This, of course, raises a question about who he really was. But, thanks to the PLLs burying him rather than turning the body over to authorities (who could take fingerprints, dental records and DNA), it'll probably be something that won't be answered any time soon.

Am I the Only One Who Doesn't Trust Emily's New Love Interest?

Sabrina (Lulu Brud) seems nice enough. But, as I've mentioned in the past, Rosewood gives new meaning to the phrase "stranger danger." And, given the fact we really don't know much about her, I'm naturally going to be somewhat suspicious.

Aiding in that suspicion is the knowledge Emily (Shay Mitchell), while arguably the smartest one (at least street-smart wise) in the group, tends to fall in love a bit too easily and can easily be manipulated as a result of that. Since she seems to be assuming control of the group (something that should have been done a long time ago since Spencer rarely makes the right decisions), it would make sense to find a way to distract her. As a result, it wouldn't surprise me if Sabrina was really working for Mary Drake.

Final Opinion

I have to admit, the end scene, with a dead Dr. Rollins stuck in a car window staring at the PLLs was surprisingly creepy. But, this series is, once again, taking a familiar turn with the PLLs making a horrible and predictable choice that will likely come back to haunt them again.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 07/06/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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