Pretty Little Liars returned Tuesday with arguably its best episode yet of season 3, “Misery Loves Company,” with shocking revelations that saw the end of one relationship and the beginning of a new partnership. What follows is a recap, so naturally spoilers are included from this episode.

“Misery Loves Company” opened with Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) visiting sick Aria (Lucy Hale) who despite Meredith’s (Amanda Schull) best efforts, does not seem to be getting better. Aria refuses the offer to have company and places her faith in Meredith. Aria wants to give her father Byron (Chad Lowe) the benefit of the doubt but will not keep it a secret if it does not work.

Mona (Janel Parrish) and Toby (Keegan Allen) meet at the lair in their classic hoodies to discuss upcoming plans with the revelation that there is another person in the A Team. Who do you think it could be? Mona says “she” in describing the person, so perhaps Meredith is on the A Team?

Emily does Toby a favor by watching his apartment while the plumbers come, and confides in Toby despite his abnormal affect. Hanna asks Caleb (Keegan Allen) for fashion advice, which he thankfully laughs at, as she gets ready for an upcoming job interview with a fashion designer. Caleb worries for Hanna’s safety as she makes him promise not do anything stupid. Those promises never seem to last in Rosewood.

Cue gratuitous shot of Toby shirtless and bantering with Spencer about her missing their anniversary. As previously shown in a clip by Hypable, Mrs. Hastings (Lesley Fera) helps Spencer plan an anniversary surprise.

Meredith checks in on Aria as she still is not feeling better. Aria wants her mom but her phone is suspiciously missing and Meredith is seen searching for the diary pages. This spells trouble.

Emily and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) have a nice date at school as Paige reveals she is starting to see a therapist. Hanna enlists Emily to follow Caleb to make sure he comes to no harm. Meredith lies to Ella (Holly Marie Combs) and has Aria’s phone in her possession. Looks like she was not the right person to trust.

Looking stunning and professional, Hanna visits the designer only to find A waiting for her along rows of mannequins. Meant to scare her, the figure with a noticeable male gait left a key for Hanna to find. Emily barely missed Paige and Caleb’s clandestine meeting to fight back against A and protect their significant others.

Aria dreams Ali (Sasha Pieterse) is in her home to take back her porcelain doll while foreshadowing about Toby’s true identity. When she wakes up her doll is in the same place where Ali had just left it and she is locked in. Meanwhile Hanna and Emily happen upon Meredith picking up sleeping drugs at the pharmacy. Aria makes her own weapon out of a shard of glass. Not things that a girl in high school should have to worry about.

Toby surprises Spencer with flowers as he attempts to recover the lost key. Meredith corners Aria and strikes her down as she tries to make an escape. In the midst of a thundering storm, Hanna and Emily attempt to find Aria when Meredith surprises them with Aria’s phone and locks them in the basement. Byron returns early to hear Meredith’s full confession about wanting to protect him. Byron tells the girls that he wasn’t involved in Ali’s death and reports seeing Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) outside with Ali instead.

Toby breaks into Spencer’s house to discover the key only to be caught in the act by Spencer herself. She gives him a deserving slap and his Radley Sanitarium badge. As Toby disappears, her mom comforts Spencer. Meredith disappears as Byron and Aria have a long-deserved chat. Spencer tries to see Toby but finds he has changed the locks as she desperately wants to believe that he isn’t on the A Team. The episode ends with Mona enjoying Spencer and Toby’s anniversary dinner.

What did you think of the episode? What do you think is up with Meredith? Do you think she is on the A Team? Are you convinced that Byron is good? Do you miss Ezra (Ian Harding) and Jason (Drew Van Acker)? Do you think fans will get to see Melissa anytime soon?

Pretty Little Liars airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC Family.

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Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

9:02 am EDT, September 29, 2016

Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

Play Mean Girls in the Episode app today!

Note: This quiz was sponsored by the advertiser.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30