'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Major revelations failed to live up to expectations

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Viewers had been waiting forever for Spencer (Troian Bellisario) to find out the truth about Toby (Keegan Allen) on "Pretty Little Liars." Fans were told that this week's revelation would be explosive and dramatic, but was that really the case? Many things happened, but instead of the fireworks we're used to, the truth came out in a small fizzle. Let's take a look at the major events in Season 3, Episode 16 ( "Misery Loves Company") , and why they failed to live up to expectations.

Spencer catches Toby as "A"

The tension of knowing Spencer would catch Toby built up nicely through the episode. Spencer was so excited about cooking Toby a surprise dinner for their anniversary, she even got her friends and her mom in on the act to fool him. It was while Spencer was looking through Toby's drawers to find a pen that she discovered his visitor pass to Radley, where he visited Mona (Janel Parrish) -- although we didn't actually see her discovery on screen. Spencer set him up, hiding in her own house when he broke in to reclaim the key he dropped earlier when he attacked Hanna (Ashley Benson). Spencer barely had time to confront him before her mom came home and he ran away. Later, when Spencer went to Toby's apartment, Troian Bellisario displayed what an exceptional actress she is when she broke down as she talked to him through the locked front door. It was absolutely gut-wrenching to watch, but there needed to be just a little more Toby to make the revelation as dramatic as it should have been.

Psycho Meredith and Byron's confession

Anyone who believed Meredith (Amanda Schull) was a reformed character can't have been watching the show too carefully. That lady has "crazy" written all over her! Her offer to take care of a sick Aria (Lucy Hale) was unsettling and became more so when it was made clear that Meredith had drugged her to keep her sick. While Aria was unconscious, Meredith was rummaging through the Montgomery household for the missing pages of Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) diary, on which she wrote about blackmailing Byron (Chad Lowe). When Meredith couldn't find what she was looking for, she locked Aria, Hanna, and Emily (Shay Mitchell) in the basement! She then called Byron home, but instead of being desperately concerned his former mistress had locked his daughter and her friends away in the dark in the middle of a storm, he was quite indifferent about it: no apology, no explanation. Instead, he tried to persuade Aria that he didn't kill Ali. His words worked, and Aria burned Ali's diary pages, but this still doesn't explain why Meredith was so desperate to get those pages for herself.

In three seasons of "Pretty Little Liars," this was the first time major revelations didn't have quite as much impact as they usually do. However, that doesn't mean fans should be disheartened. There is still plenty of time for the drama to happen in the coming weeks, so stay tuned, because Spencer won't take Toby's betrayal lying down!

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