1. Emily tells Paige that their dreams of living inside her dorm room matrix are over. She can’t get a scholarship if she can’t swim and she can’t swim with bruise poisoning and she wouldn’t have bruise poisoning if she’d just let Aria and Mona die. Paige grins and says, “Yeah, you should have let that car hit them.” She’s joking but she’s not joking. The Batman part of her gets it. The puffy drapes part of her does not. Paige is so wonderful right now, even the tenor of her voice is a comfort. Emily thinks she’s going to flip out about the loss of this enormous dream, but Paige says they’ll find a new dream. She once wore a braid and wrote a note and hoped Emily might like her back, even just a little. It was the best dream she’d ever had in all of her life and she held it out with trembling hands and Ali snatched it away. And look at them now. Back then, she couldn’t have even fathomed a world where this dream existed. There’s a new dream for them; they just don’t have the capacity to comprehend its awesomeness yet.

    Emily doesn’t want to be a sideline girlfriend, and Paige tells her that’s good, because she’s going to swim again. She’s like, “This is how it’s always going to be with you and me: I’ll get the edge, and then you’ll reclaim it and pull ahead, and I’ll work harder to catch up and swim past you, and then you’ll do the same and I’ll do the same and you’ll do the same and sometimes we’ll swim side-by-side like that night in my pool and sometimes we’ll race and one of us will win. But we’ll make each other better because we’ll both keep getting better. I want to undress you, Ems, but I want to wrap you up in towels after you win gold medals too.”

    Emily goes, “My life really blows right now but it’s hard to remember that when you’re being you.”

    My PLL 404 recap at AfterEllen

  2. Andy Reaser is on a roll! I love when he’s on set when they’re filming his episodes!
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    Andy Reaser is on a roll! I love when he’s on set when they’re filming his episodes!

  3. Some thoughts on the Emily/Nathan “Pretty Little Liars” brouhaha

    Emily, you’re not signing a contract.
    You were Emily dating Ben and now
    you’re Emily dating Maya. We love
    Emily.
    No one cares who you’re with.

    — Hanna Marin, “Pretty Little Liars” episode 1.07

    When I first heard that Emily is going to hook-up with Maya’s male cousin on this season of “Pretty Little Liars,” it felt like getting kicked in the gut. Not because I couldn’t stomach the thought of Emily with a dude, but because I couldn’t stomach the thought of living through another fistfight in which AfterEllen readers beat the shit out of each other and me and Marlene King and poor Shay Mitchell (who has only ever stood before the young women who watch her show with an open heart and open hands in an act of purposeful generosity unlike anything I have ever seen from an actor her age). Nothing makes lesbians want to burn down their own house like: a) a gay lady TV character getting killed, or b) a gay lady TV character developing feelings for a man. And with the death of Maya St. Germain and the genesis of Nathan St. Germain, “Pretty Little Liars” was planning to hit up both of those tropes in an unapologetic back-to-back KAPOW!

    I understand the frustration. I really, really do. Those storylines tap into decades-old screenwriter-inflicted wounds and annoying cultural stereotypes, like how lesbians just haven’t found the right man yet. But the problem I always get myself into is that my empathy doesn’t manifest itself as action. I fully get why some people are outraged, but I’m not outraged. And because my voice is a little bit louder than the average lesbian fan’s, my lack of indignation and my unwillingness to take up the banner of grievance, makes a lot of AfterEllen readers want to burn me to the ground too.

    See, the thing is: This kind of story is fascinating to me because I’ve lived it.

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    PLL 3.01 Sneak Peek | Getty Images | My Own Personal Imagination

  5. Ezbian Loves Lesbians

    Ian Harding wanted an Ezbian Loves Lesbians t-shirt. And you can have one too, if you want. 

    Buy it here. If the shirt makes a buck, I’ll give all the bucks to The Trevor Project.