Pretty Little Liars Review: “Miss Me X 100” (Season 5, Episode 5)


Pretty Little Liars celebrates its 100th episode by welcoming back every character still living. OK, maybe it wasn’t that extreme, but in honor of the show’s milestone, PLL brought back a number of familiar faces. Travis (Luke Kleintank) and Jenna (Tammin Sursok) made their way back to Rosewood just in time for Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) first day back at school, along with Toby (Keegan Allen), who has been absent from most of this season, and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), who showed up fashionably late.

The reunion between Hannah (Ashley Benson) and Caleb didn’t go exactly like I pictured it in my head when the news that Ravenswood was cancelled came out. Although it’s only natural that running into your ex-boyfriend while in the midst of a date would be a little uncomfortable. What probably made things worse is that I’m not sure that Hannah and Caleb ever officially broke up. With their status still hanging somewhere in the grey area, it’s hard to tell which is more offensive – Caleb returning to town without any warning, or Hannah essentially moving on in his absence.

There were a few vague remarks about Ravenswood throw into the script, but nothing to give fans any hidden clues about what happened after the cameras stopped rolling and viewers were left scratching their head wondering what may have happened next. We never got the touching rekindling scene that would have been nice, but having Caleb around will probably come in handy very soon. After all, there is strength in numbers, right? Or, probably more accurately, there’s strength in having more people around that actually know what’s going on. No offense to Travis, but he only came in at the tail end of A’s tormenting, and has a lot of catch up to do.

On that same token, chances are that Toby will be getting more screen time in the near future given that him and Caleb are more or less in the same boat. And, even Paige (Lindsey Shaw) is a viable candidate for an ally now that things have really hit the fan. Alison is looking more and more like the catalyst for the Liars facing further persecution from their peers, and if Mona has her own team, the Lairs are going to need to start recruiting.