‘Punk’d’ review: Lucy Hale, Ian Harding bring a touch of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Lucy got her onscreen love interest.

For this week’s edition of “Punk’d,” we received a major dose of “Pretty Little Liars.” Not only was Lucy Hale the guest host for the entire hour, but we were also treated to a stunt that was particularly embarrassing to one Ian Harding.

Without further ado, let’s get to grading the pranks!

Ian Harding – This stunt was largely innovative thanks to Lucy coercing her co-star (and onscreen love interest) to actually “deface” some public property by thinking that he was helping out Banksy. The problem? It wasn’t really Banksy, and from here the rest of the prank was the standard “police show up, try to get the guy scared” bit until Lucy came out and revealed the truth.

It was nice to see how well Ian actually handled the stunt — even if he did rather hilariously sell Lucy out as the person who ended up bringing him. Other than that, though, the actual stunt was pretty average. Grade: B-

Vanessa Hudgens – With some help from Sarah Hyland of “Modern Family,” the premise for this stunt was really pretty awesome — having Vanessa, Hyland, and a friend all try and rebuild a parade float after a jerk on the road runs it over.

Unfortunately, there was still a major problem with the premise in that it was so unrealistic that Vanessa probably realized what was going on a few minutes in. With that being said, we loved the commitment — and we could watch the clip of the float getting destroyed again and again. Grade: B

Josh Hutcherson – The final stunt is always the weakest, and this week is no exception. On paper, the idea of having Josh be targeted as someone who messed up a government plot was pretty cool — but rather than freak out, he actually handled the situation like an ordinary human being. Who wants to watch somebody be ordinary? Grade: C+ (with the plus coming from MTV being smart enough to get this guy even before “The Hunger Games” came out for an episode)

 

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We love Lucy’s work on “PLL,” but overall this episode lies somewhere down the middle when it comes to “Punk’d” installments this season. While there were no major duds, we also love a meltdown of the Scott Disick or Taylor Swift scale — and everyone really kept their cool this week.

What moment was your favorite during this episode?

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