Final Thoughts From the Pretty Little Liars Episode "We've All Got Baggage"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 6 television episode that first aired February 23, 2016.

Synopsis: Aria (Lucy Hale) is asked to officiate her parents' (Chad Lowe and Holly Marie Combs) wedding and must come to terms with her feelings after her new boyfriend (Roberto Aguire) learns about her history with Ezra (Ian Harding). Emily (Shay Mitchell) discovers the murder weapon while being attacked.

Could the Writers Be Any More Obvious?

And could Emily be any more stupid? She found the murder weapon (or at least something that fit the description of the murder weapon) outside the diner and, of course, the first thing she did was pick it up.

She, of course, deduced the mysterious occupant(s) of that truck took the weapon so they could hide it. I think, with her fingerprints clearly on it now, they are going to place it where the police will have no trouble finding it. You would think, after all these girls have been through over the past 5 1/2 seasons, this would be the first thing that would occur to her too.

Speaking of Which, Didn't We See This Once Before?

I'm not just talking about the attempt to frame one of the PLLs for murder. I'm talking about Emily having to outrun an assailant in a car. If I remember correctly, that's what caused her to have to stop swimming.

So, What Happened to the Reporter?

The one thing I was a little confused about with Emily is what exactly happened between her and that reporter (Blake Berris). One moment, she was finding out who he was and inviting him to have dinner with her. The next, she's investigating a diner all by herself (way to watch her back, PLLs) with no mention of what happened in between.

I think this is some important information because I see this new guy, Damien, as one of two things. Either he can help them by providing some information they don't know about. Or, he could be one of the bad guys.

So, When Did the PLLs Move to Vegas?

The surprise twist at the end of this episode, with Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Dr. Rollins (Huw Collins) was, admittedly, something I wasn't expecting to see. But, I have to wonder if it was even legal.

I'm not an expert on Pennsylvania law. But, don't people normally have to apply for (and wait for) a marriage license before getting married? I just don't see Pennsylvania as a state that allows for that within a matter of hours.

Oh, and, since we're on the subject of Dr. Rollins, don't think for a moment I missed his pseudo murder confession when he told Alison that Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) was solely his failure. Sure, officially, he was just talking about his failure as a doctor. But, I think there was much more to that confession than he was letting on.

Another Suspect is Quietly Named

I am not even remotely convinced Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) is a murderer, even though there is plenty of evidence pointing in that direction and we learned, via a Hanna (Ashley Benson) flashback, she had motive. However, that flashback did bring up someone else that could potentially be a suspect.

Granted, Wren (Julian Morris) is a bit of a long shot, especially since it has been a while since we've seen him. But, we know, via that same flashback, Charlotte was tormenting him and ultimately caused his breakup with Melissa. 

I've also never been convinced he didn't know Charlotte's secret from the start. After all, he did interact with her alter ego CeCe Drake and, working at Radley, would have had access to her files. The fact he had some history with her also means she may have trusted him.

Melissa also fits in this theory because she may know and is protecting him. Plus, if she came to the United States early to meet up with him and try to reconcile, it would have given him access to her broken suitcase.

Final Opinion

As I mentioned before, some parts of this episode were eerily familiar to earlier episodes from this series and, when Emily gets named as a suspect, it will be pretty predictable. However, I will admit the mystery about who killed Charlotte is somewhat intriguing, which is why I still watch.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 02/24/2016, StevenHelmer
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