‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E8 Recap: Bad Girls Do It Well

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On last night’s Pretty Little Liars, Aria sought help protecting her brother, Spencer continued Toby’s quest for the truth about his mother, Emily planned for her future, and Hanna enlisted Mona to be her lying coach. Isn’t Pretty Little Liars so much more fun when Mona’s around? Especially since she’s joined Team Liars. Despite being a devious liar and A+ criminal, Mona often seems like the sanest member of the group–very level-headed and intelligent, though she did learn from the best. And it doesn’t hurt that Ezra and Jake also made appearances in “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook,” making the episode a solid installment of season 4.

Let’s talk about it!

1. Emily

Having been run out of their house by a wayward car, Emily and her mother moved into a hotel. The police (unsurprisingly) had no leads on the driver, but they did find out the car was stolen (progress!). Emily tried to bail on a college-planning meeting with Ezra to help her mother, but Mrs. Fields refused her. When Emily met with Ezra, he quickly puzzled out that someone else was harassing the girls and pushed her to seek help, but Emily dodged his questioning. Later, at Ezra’s encouragement, Emily reconnected with her Habit for Humanity supervisor Zoe to ask for a letter of recommendation. Zoe did one better and offered Emily a leadership position on their next Habit for Humanity trip to Nicaragua, which Emily promptly accepted.

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2. Aria

When Aria learned Mike was taking self-defense lessons, she took off for Jake’s workplace and questioned him about Mike’s motivations. Jake mentioned Mike was being targeted by his own teammates and offered support to Aria, despite her previously telling him she wasn’t available. So far, Jake seems like a genuinely decent human being–as much as I like Ezra, I’d love seeing Aria with someone her own age, especially someone as sweet as Jake. Later that night, Aria attempted to call her brother while he was at a party and a teammate answered the phone. He told Aria her brother was currently unconscious and hung up. Panicking, Aria called Jake; he stopped by and seemed willing to do whatever she needed to help Mike, but then Mike called and told Aria he was fine. Crisis averted, Aria asked Jake if he’d like to stay and the two wound up setting a movie date (By the way, nice ridiculous product placement Pretty Little Liars, but I’ll forgive you since it led to an Aria-Jake date.)

3. Hanna

Mama Hastings greeted Hanna early in the morning with some not-so-cheery news–the judge refused Ashley’s bail and was sending her to the state prison in Muncie. Desperate, Hanna enlisted Mona to help coach her false confession for Wilden’s murder. Why Mona? Because she’s the best at living a lie, of course. The pair spent the episode walking through various questioning topics (like Hanna’s motivations, the story about the missing heels, why Ashley’s fingerprints were on the gun, etc.), but Caleb, after visiting Ashley (who was worried her daughter was planning something stupid), put a stop to Hanna’s idiotic plan as soon as he figured it out.

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4. Spencer 

After dozens of boxes containing information about Wilden’s life (and cute intern Beckett!) were dropped off at the Hastings’ household, Spencer did what Spencer does best and stole a file about Toby’s mother’s alleged suicide. Next, she dolled herself up for a Radley visit and met up with nurse Eddie. Instead of cookies, she opened a tin she was carrying to reveal the stolen file. Unfortunately, Eddie offered little information aside from indicating Wilden was a crooked cop, and that was why he’d doctored Eddie’s statement on the official form. Maybe you should’ve taken him some real cookies, Spence? I don’t know; I’m not a teenage detective. Anyway, Spencer returned home, and Beckett gave her an opportunity to return the stolen file without her mother seeing, but Spencer turned him down and confronted her mother later instead. Maybe she was just overwhelmed with Ashley Marin’s case, because Mama Hastings was NOT giving Spencer’s proof the time of day. (You’d think after three and a half seasons of their daughters being bullied/harassed/brutalized, the liars’ parents would do a better job listening to their children. It might save them all an awful lot of trouble.) Spencer and Mrs. Hasting’s conversation was interrupted by a call from the police station, where Mona was CONFESSING TO WILDEN’S MURDER.

The liars converged at the police station, where Mona gave them her trademark smirk through the questioning room window before the cops shut the blinds. Such a great development, though it’d be a shame for Mona to get sent away to juvie.

Lastly, A was seen drilling holes in someone’s floor? I couldn’t quite make out what A was doing, aside from being his/her typically conniving and oddball self.

Bonus: Here’s the song that played at the end of the episode, called “Bad Things” by Meiko.

 

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‘Teen Wolf’ S3E9 Recap: The Girl in Question

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“The Girl Who Knew Too Much” had not one but TWO shocking reveals–the first being the identity of the Darach, and the second being the two-and-a-half season long mystery surrounding Lydia, who up till now had seemed like a psychic with a taste for screaming. Oh, and Stiles finally told his father about Beacon Hills’s supernatural shenanigans, Scott sought advice on the murders and his impending-True Alpha status, and Allison bonded with Isaac whilst hunting for the evil Druid killer.

The episode opened with the murder of a cop investigating a 911 call from inside the high school. After running into a group of students (including Danny) practicing for an upcoming recital, the cop was pulled into the locker room and strangled. Shortly after the murder, the core four arrived at the school thanks to Lydia’s spidey senses and found the body. The Darach sure loves slaughtering people from/within the high school (HINT HINT).

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Anyway, the next day Allison faked a sick day so she could follow Mr. Argent (whom she suspected of being the killer). As she was preparing her weapons, a noise from outside set her on guard, and she pulled a lurking Isaac through the window and held a knife to his throat. Scott had sent him to check up on Allison, though, as she pointed out, she can take care of herself.

With Aiden back in school, Scott and Stiles had to devise a plan to get Ethan alone (they wanted to question him about the Alpha pack’s druid emissary, because Ethan is the nicer twin). That plan involved Lydia, who pulled Aiden into an abandoned classroom for a make-out session, which was promptly interrupted by Cora scratching the werewolf revenge symbol onto the door. Aiden chased Cora to the locker room (Why do so many fights happen in the locker room? Is that just the easiest place to stage them in? Or just the most private?) and began to beat her with some weights before Ethan (who, while being questioned by Scott and Stiles, had felt a pain in his chest indicating his brother was injured) stopped him. The mission was only semi-successful–Scott and Stiles learned the twins had been the omegas (or, as Stiles said, “bitches”) of their pack, and, when the Deucalion showed them how to do their back-fisting trick, they slaughtered everyone, including the Alpha–but Cora wound up grievously injured in the fight. Stiles, ever the gentleman, offered to take her home,

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Back at Apartment Argent, Allison showed Isaac her father’s map. When Isaac took a step back so he could see the whole picture, the pair found a five-fold knot AKA a Celtic symbol on Mr. Argent’s desk. Each knot represented a group of sacrifices, which Mr. Argent wrote in the center: virgins, warriors, healers, philosophers, and guardians. Because of the dead cop, Allison and Isaac presumed the guardians were being targeted. They gave Stiles a call to protect his father, and Stiles realized it was time to let the Sheriff in on the truth. Though Stiles did his best to explain, he only made his father angry. As a last ditch attempt to reveal the truth, Stiles enlisted Cora to shift; unfortunately, Cora fainted instead.

Done with his lone wolf brooding, Derek returned to Ms. Blake–the pair shared a cheese-tastic reunion complete with slo-mo walking and leaves blowing. Luckily (for us), the bell rang. Inside the school, Scott stopped by guidance counselor/druid emissary Ms. Morell’s office to accuse her of being the murderer and then receive some advice when he realized she wasn’t a killer. In her professional opinion, the Deucalion either wants to possess Scott or destroy him.

Then the Darach kidnapped a teacher–one minute, he was writing notes on the board, the next he was gone and a five-fold knot had replaced the notes–and Lydia wandered into his classroom in a trance-like state. She proceeded to pick up the teacher’s fallen chalk, write a “2” in one of the circles, and scream. Ms. Blake, Scott, and a handful of judgey students filed into the room as Lydia declared she was either psychic or “something!”

Using Mr. Argent’s map, Allison and Isaac found the location of the next sacrifice. They were too late to save the teacher, and Mr. Argent was immediately ruled out as a suspect when he arrived with his guns literally blazing. The trio called the cops and then headed to the school, where the recital Ms. Blake had set up to honor the dead was about to start. (Because they wanted to catch the Darach, who was clearly targeting philosophers instead of guardians, not because they were eager to hear some mournful music.)

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Lydia decided to stick around for the fun; she and Scott shared a sweet moment when Lydia told him she wanted to find a body before its death so someone like Scott could save the victim. Scott earnestly promised her he’d do exactly that. Then the Argents and Isaac (looking apologetically at a confused Scott) arrived, and the recital began.

Still refusing to believe his son, the Sheriff convinced Mama McCall to help him read about a past murder. Apparently, a woman had been killed and hundreds of birds had simultaneously offed themselves as a sacrifice.

Lydia left the recital and was immediately cornered by Ms. Blake–AKA the Darach!–in an empty classroom and knocked unconscious. (Ms. Blake’s been pretty boring until now, with no real role aside from Derek’s snooze-worthy love interest, but this reveal changes everything!) Lydia woke to the recital musicians playing the Darach’s murder theme (which sounds awfully reminiscent of the prisoners’ chanting as Batman climbed out of hole in The Dark Knight Rises, doesn’t it?), and then Ms. Blake started spouting nonsense about sacrifices for deities and necessary evil. (On second thought, maybe her new villain status won’t make her suck any less.) Ms. Blake intended to kill Lydia for “knowing too much,” but Lydia replied to this by screaming loud enough to affect all of the wolves in the vicinity, including Derek at the hospital visiting Cora. (There was also a gruesome bit here where a cord in the piano snapped and sliced the pianist’s neck, effectively killing her and causing a mass panic.) Ms. Blake realized what Lydia was–a wailing woman, AKA a banshee (Via Google, a banshee is an omen of death who wails when someone is about to die). COOL. Teen Wolf‘s been tormenting us with Lydia’s true nature for ages now, so it’s nice to finally understand who and what she is.

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Anyway, Sheriff Stilinski arrived to save Lydia, but Ms. Blake tossed a knife at his chest. Then Scott showed up, wolfed out, and attacked, but Ms. Blake has some wicked Druid skills and shoved him in the chest; Scott flew across the room and began coughing up blood. Lastly, Stiles tried to get into the room, but Ms. Blake shoved a desk against the door and approached the Sheriff. He shot her in the leg, but she healed, confirmed she was behind the murder he had looked into with Mama McCall, kissed him (I don’t know) and then kidnapped him.

I bet you believe in the supernatural now, Sheriff Stilinski! (I’m sorry.)

See you next week!

 

‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E7 Recap: Car Trouble

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Last night’s Pretty Little Liars featured a stellar bromance, plenty of mommy issues, some vehicular mishaps, and a glimpse at just how deep A’s influence goes. Seriously, does A have some kind of mystical powers? Not only is she/he/it always aware of where the liars (as well as their families) are, she also knows what they’re doing and what they’re planning–her detective skills easily outmatch the Rosewood police department’s (which, admittedly, is not very impressive considering the cops’ track record), though she does seem to have cohorts everywhere. I’m not complaining, just marveling at A’s freakishly talented abilities.

Enough about A, let’s get to “Crash and Burn, Girl!”

1. Hanna

With Ashley in jail, Hanna spends most of the episode in tears or paying the bills. The girls try to comfort their friend with food, moral support, and a bit of breaking and entering (more on that in a bit), but the best help comes from the excellent team-up of Caleb and Toby. After collecting all the clues the group has thus far on A, the pair attempt to track down the plane Red Coat used to rescue the liars from the fire at the end of season 3. Initially, their search comes up empty–the man who helps them at the air field shows them a false report–but the two wisen up after reading the initials on the lighter Toby had found and confront the worker, Nigel. After confessing that he’d been paid to write up a feigned report, he shoves the boys and runs, but not before Caleb manages to lift Nigel’s cell from his pocket. Oh, and Nigel mentions the girl he helped was none other than Cece Drake.

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2. Emily

Despite a lack of funds and insurance coverage, Emily’s mom still schedules Emily an appointment with a doctor who will give her tissue-strengthening shots for her shoulder. When Emily’s mom bails on driving Em to the appointment, Emily reschedules so she can help Hanna and Ashley. Unfortunately, Emily’s method of helping involves snatching a key (from the POLICE STATION) to Wilden’s apartment, a move which later leads to Mrs. Fields’s suspension when the missing key is needed. With Aria and Spencer, Emily breaks into Wilden’s apartment to search from clues. Aside from a stack of porn and some clothing, the girls wind up empty–that is, until Aria spots a package resting beneath Wilden’s kitchen table. Spence opens the box (which contains some nasty, rotting meat) and finds a note from A. (Because A has her claws in EVERYONE, though Wilden’s been mixed up in A’s drama for a while, so this isn’t necessarily a surprise. However, the note seemed more friendly than threatening, suggesting Wilden was willingly helping A. Also, a barbecue was mentioned, hinting at Wilden’s involvement in the fire.) Later, Emily eavesdrops on her mother talking with her father about their money troubles when a CAR comes crashing through the living room. No one’s hurt (yet), but the incident will no doubt shake all of the girls up for episodes to come. (Also, what is A’s fascination with cars?)

3. Aria

Though all signs point to Mike having smashed Connor’s car, Aria realizes the more likely suspect is A. After a confrontation with the principal (who’s a real ass, by the way), Aria begins to seriously worry about Mike, especially after Connor and his parents threaten legal action. Mr. Montgomery steps in, but it’s Ezra who successfully saves the day; when he points out the lack of evidence surrounding the vandalism, the principal relents and withdraws his threat to have Mike expelled. To thank Ezra, Aria stops by his apartment with a note. When Ezra doesn’t answer her knocking, Aria slips the note under his door and turns to leave, running into Ezra returning from grocery shopping. The pair share a sweet moment (Ezra informs Aria that there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for her), but Aria leaves in a rush.

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4. Spencer

Aside from delivering bad news to Hanna regarding Ashley’s impending prison sentence and helping the girls break into Wilden’s place, Spence doesn’t have much to do this episode. The girls trust her again after lying about the RV, but Toby isn’t ready for them to know about his mother, so Spencer keeps his secret.

Lastly, Nigel is seen chatting with someone whose face we never see. He tells her his cell phone was stolen by Caleb and calls her “babe.” Was he talking to A, Cece, or someone completely different? Who knows. Next, A stops by the hardware store, picks up a copy of Home Repair for Morons, a roll of duct tape, and a $50 gift card for Emily. You’re so cheeky, A.

And that’s it! The promo for next week looks promising, but it did say someone would be paying “the ultimate price” (AKA death in TV speak), so we have that to look forward to/dread. Who do you think will be biting it?

Bonus: Here’s a music video for that lovely song that played while Hanna put together her mother’s outfit. The song is “Freight Train” by Sara Jackson-Holman.

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E8 Recap: Behind Blue Eyes

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Last night’s Teen Wolf, “Visionary,” was absolutely full of enlightening exposition that answered plenty of key questions whilst also setting up the next step in the gradually unfolding Druid/Alphas saga. As Scott and Allison questioned Gerard Argent for information about the Deucalion, Stiles and Cora simultaneously quizzed Peter Hale on Derek’s personality (after Derek disappeared to grieve over Boyd), beginning with the moment(s) that changed him into the broody, blue-eyed werewolf he is today. By throwing in flashbacks to Derek’s high school years, “Visionary” managed to avoid being a snooze-worthy episode full of talk and no action–Derek’s past was not only interesting (thanks to decently-cast actors as young Derek and his lady-love, Paige, though Peter’s younger self was a bit of a miscast), but also genuinely touching and tragic.

I’ll start at the beginning.

Allison took Scott to Gerard’s, who, in exchange for answers, wanted Scott to use his nifty pain-sucking trick; Scott obliged, and, after a bit of hem-hawing and Allison threatening to leave, Gerard finally launched into his story. Across town, Peter began his own story that nicely complimented Gerard’s, because both involved the period of time when a handful of wolf packs were running around Beacon Hills. In both stories, Gerard and Mr. Argent were hunting the Alphas, who were still split into three separate packs: the Deucalion (not yet blinded) headed one, while Barefooted Psychopath and Ennis headed the others. Seeking guidance on how to proceed against the hunters (after the hunters shot an arrow through the neck of one wolf, and then hung him from the ceiling of an abandoned building before slicing him in half), the trio of wolf packs waited for none other than Talia Hale, Derek’s mother, who was respected by the others because of her unique shifting abilities.

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Meanwhile, a cocky young Derek Hale was falling in love with violinist Paige. But, as their relationship grew more serious, Derek fell into brooding over how he’d keep the secret of his lycanthropy from her. With the help of an all-too-eager Peter, Derek decided he’d turn his girlfriend into a wolf as well. He needed an Alpha to do the biting, and Peter decided to sic Ennis on the poor girl. Tragedy struck after Paige was bitten–turns out, not everyone can handle the werewolf curse/gift. Derek took his dying girlfriend to the base of a ritualistic Druid tree (more on that in a minute), and, to put her out of her misery, Derek killed her himself. As a result of killing an innocent, his golden eyes turned bright blue. Truly sad stuff–though Cora and Stiles did question the accuracy of Peter’s retelling after realizing they were only hearing one side of the story. I’m sure we’ll be hearing Derek’s side soon enough.

Back to that Druid tree. Gerard and Mr. Argent stumbled across the site of a Druid meeting place and discovered markings (and blood) on the base of an old, giant tree. Mr. Argent realized the symbols on the tree meant the werewolf packs were receiving guidance from some Druid emissaries. (According to Gerard, the very first werewolves were brought into creation by some angry Gods and a group of Druids who taught the wolves how to shift into human form.) In an awesome reveal, Gerard told Scott and Allison that Deaton and his guidance counselor sister were the emissaries in question–though Deaton’s put that past behind him, his sister is still the Druidic adviser to the current Alpha pack wreaking havoc on Beacon Hills.

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Lastly, the story of the Deucalion’s present-day blindness. Gerard was ambushed inside the abandoned building where the wolf had been severed by the hunters. Of course, Gerard was prepared–he turned on the steam to distract/hinder the wolves, then whipped out a terrifying homemade weapon that was essentially a wooden club lined with spikes. As he clubbed away at several wolves, the Deucalion managed to slip outside. Unfortunately, Gerard caught up to him, held up two of those arrows Allison loves (the ones that emit electrical shocks or fire–something violent, anyway), and stabbed them into the Deucalion’s eyes.

When the injured Deucalion ran to Deaton, the vet/Druid adviser informed the Alpha he would be blind forever, though his eyes would heal–when the Alpha sent everyone out of the room so he could be free to breakdown in peace, one of his power-hungry pack members refused to leave, thinking he could easily kill his blinded leader and become an Alpha himself. But, surprise!, the Deucalion has the ability to see whenever he’s in wolf form, and he quickly killed the mutinous pack member.

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As Scott and Allison left Gerard, Scott paused for a moment to threaten Gerard’s life if it turned out he was lying, and his lies got someone killed; Derek, who’d been missing for the entire episode (his present day self, at least), returned to the sight of the werewolf ambush and found the werewolf revenge symbol Ennis had carved into the building in anger.

 

New ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Trailer Debuts

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The first season 4 trailer for The Walking Dead debuted at Comic-Con this weekend and, just to warn you, the roughly 4 and a half minute trailer is chock-full of delicious sneak peeks into our beloved survivors’ (plus new additions from Woodbury) new life post-Governor (who’s MIA in the trailer but promised to return at some indeterminate point in the season) inside the prison walls–but don’t worry, the zombies are still a formidable threat; actually, they seem to be a bigger danger than ever before, as evidenced by shots of more attacks within the prison, a swarm surrounding a car, and a horde big enough to knock down the prison’s gates.

Have a look at the trailer below.

The new season premieres October 13 at 9PM ET on AMC.

Bonus: The song playing in the second half of the trailer is “Serpents” by Sharon Van Etten. A full version of the song is below.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E6 Recap: The Raven

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On last night’s Pretty Little Liars, we got our first look at the oh-so-creepy (and undeniably awesome) Ravenswood when Spencer and Toby paid the freakish town a visit whilst on a hunt for Mrs. Grunwald, Aria faced some vicious rumors at school, Emily tried to help Hanna but found herself in deep water, and Hanna was placed under parental house arrest as the Marins waited for the potentially-incriminating testing results on Mr. Marin’s gun. Oh, and Mona and Ezra are back!

Here we go…

1. Emily

Thanks to her shoulder injury, Emily’s been booted from the swim team. Her replacement happens to be none other than Jenna’s lady-friend Shana, who is now enrolled at Rosewood High. (I’m pretty sure there are rules against transferring schools mid-semester and immediately joining another school’s athletic team, but whatever.) After A threatened to frame Hanna’s parents for Wilden’s murder if Hanna told them everything, Emily took matters into her own hands–she retrieved the video of Jenna and Melissa helping Wilden after Ashley hit him with her car and dropped it off anonymously at the police station. Unfortunately, Detective Tanner stopped by the coffee shop’s open mic night and pulled Emily away to the station; the video she’d dropped off had been tampered with, and now showed someone looking a lot like Emily holding up a sign reading “guilty.” Uh oh, Em.

2. Aria 

After attempting to do something nice and help a friend of Mike’s, Connor, review his English homework, Aria instead became the victim of an unwanted kiss (which was seriously cringe-worthy, and Aria quickly pushed Connor away) and a nasty case of scandalous locker room rumors. When Aria found out what Connor’d been saying, she stormed down the hallway (obliviously passing a concerned-looking Ezra) and into the locker room to confront the liar. Ezra arrived to break up the confrontation, but not before Connor mentioned the rumors about Aria and Ezra and then called her a slut. Later, Aria sat alone on the school steps and flipped through awful, suggestive texts from other students. Ezra saw her and tried to help, but Aria snapped at him to leave her alone and left. After all, there was truth to the rumors. Upset, Aria retreated for her bed to cry in peace, but Mike stopped by her room to comfort her. Mike said he was her brother, and it was his job to protect her–something he’d been failing miserably at thus far–and promised to do better. The moment was incredibly sweet, though Mike’s idea of protecting his sister evidently turned out to be vandalizing Connor’s car–as Aria was at open mic night, a hooded stranger took a baseball bat to Connor’s windows. The obvious offender is Mike, though there was a shot of Ezra peering in at Aria through the coffee shop windows. I’m not sure if this moment was meant to indicate Ezra was a suspect in the vandalism (which I seriously, seriously doubt) or simply to show that Ezra was missing Aria.

3. Hanna 

Pre-credits, Hanna was rescued from the police station by both of her parents (her father paid her bail) and taken home. Unfortunately, Detective Tanner informed the family they’d be holding onto Mr. Marin’s gun for evidence testing. The trio spent the rest of the episode engaged in mutual fear and various forms of domestic warfare (well, mostly they just fought a lot and shut down Hanna’s phone and internet, but still). Though she initially tried to lie, Ashley finally confessed that she had stolen the gun for protection against Wilden. Also, according to her, she’d confronted Wilden, but he’d taken the gun away from her. Who knows if this is true, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon, because Ashley was arrested at the end of the episode when testing revealed her fingerprints on the gun’s bullets.

4. Spencer

Hoping to find and question ex-sorority house mother Mrs. Grunwald, Spencer and Toby took a road trip to Ravenswood. From the get-go, the town was strange (and not just because the show’s normally-bright colors had been muted)–there were no street signs, strangers on the street refused to even acknowledge the out-of-town pair, and birds liked to flock around the town cawing and occasionally committing suicide against Spence’s windshield. Oh, and sometimes the townspeople gather for a midday meeting at an angel statue in the middle of town? Spencer spotted Shana at this weird-ass gathering and then witnessed her climbing into Jenna’s car. And she did manage to find Mrs. Grunwald in the town’s salon, but Mrs. Grunwald refused to talk to Spencer and denied all allegations of ever knowing Alison or her alter-ego, Vivian. Bummer.

Last shot of the episode, A was seen hot-wiring someone’s car and wearing an Alison mask.

 

Notes

–Mona had been absent tracking down her stolen RV/lair. She found proof that Toby’d taken it and immediately outed him to the liars. Spencer told the others Mona was telling the truth, but, at Toby’s request, kept his mission to find answers for his mom a secret.

–How awesome was Ravenswood, seriously? I loved it. I’m ridiculously excited for the spin-off’s premiere in October now, and I think it’s going to be a nice addition to the Pretty Little Liars universe.

 

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E7 Recap: Electric Feel

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Last night’s Teen Wolf felt like a jumbled mess of high stakes danger mixed with occasional bursts of humor–a formula Teen Wolf usually excels at but felt a bit off in “Currents.” The humor, usually sprinkled so seamlessly throughout each episode, frequently felt a little forced and unwelcome. Instead of balancing the seriousness, the humor actually seemed to negate it. Though still a good episode with plenty of strong moments, “Currents” felt unsteady after so many episodes of consistently great storytelling.

Anyway, last night’s episode kicked off with Danny being dragged into the hospital by evil Alpha twin Ethan. He was struggling to breathe and, after throwing up, Ethan and Scott (who’d been dropping dinner off for his overwhelmed mom) realized he’d been poisoned by mistletoe. With the on-call doctor missing, Ms. McCall took immediate action and jammed a needle into Danny’s chest when his lung collapsed, successfully saving him and impressing both Ethan (who told Scott he’d done nothing to harm Danny) and Scott. Unfortunately, the doctor who’d been speeding to the hospital was attacked by a horde of butterflies (I’m not kidding) and kidnapped. She later turned up strangled to death, along with another doctor who’d also gone missing. Two new sacrifices down, one more to go. Though Scott feared for his mother’s life, it was actually Deaton who was in danger–when butterflies began to cover the vet’s windows, he gave Scott a call and told him he was about to be taken, and he needed Scott to find him.

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Meanwhile, Kali (the deranged Alpha who likes running around barefoot) decided to hunt Derek. Hoping to electrocute her, Boyd, Isaac, and Derek flooded Derek’s loft and prepared the wiring necessary to shock an Alpha to death. Unfortunately, Kali was smarter than they gave her credit for and cut the power completely. Then, she had the twins wrangle in Ms. Blake and threatened to have her killed if Boyd and Isaac helped Derek fight.

While trying to track down Deaton (using Lydia, after Cora claimed Lydia had psychic powers), Scott was interrupted by the Deucalion, who offered Scott a clue (“follow the current”) and told Scott he’d only have enough time to save one person–Deaton or Derek–but not both. Also, Allison discovered a map in her father’s office and called Scott over. With a black light, the pair found markings on the map indicating where townspeople had been taken and killed, but the map didn’t simply mark the deaths that had already happened; it also marked the deaths that were still to come. After Lydia suggested Stiles question Danny (who the crew puzzled out had been poisoned by the Druid for discovering something important), Stiles rushed to the hospital and raided Danny’s bag (all whilst attempting to convince Danny he was dreaming), where he found a project Danny’d been working on that involved supernatural currents running through Beacon Hills. When paired with the map, Danny’s project revealed that the markings on the map were where currents crossed; Cora then realized Deaton was being held in the bank where she and Boyd had been held. Scott sent Cora, Lydia, and Stiles to Derek’s to help him and went after Deaton alone.

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Cora, Stiles, and Lydia arrived too late to be of much help–they flipped on the power and Ms. Blake was rescued by Isaac in the ensuing electrical shock–but Kali seized the moment and shoved Boyd on Derek’s outstretched claws. With a parting goodbye informing Derek he should join the Alpha pack, Kali and the twins left. Boyd, dying, told Derek he didn’t regret a thing–the feeling he got around the full moon was the best feeling in the world to him, and he was happy he’d been able to have it. Right before he died, he assured Derek that he didn’t blame him for anything. Derek, crushed, was comforted with a hand on the shoulder by Stiles while Cora howled, and the others looked on the scene with palpable grief.

Across town, Scott found Deaton hanging from the bank’s ceiling by his roped wrists and apparently already dead. Scott tried to rush to the vet, but was stopped by a circle of ash (wolfsbane, maybe? I can’t remember). He was shocked backwards but rushed forward again, with more determination. As he fought to break through the circle, Deaton woke in time to witness Scott’s eyes turning Alpha red before Scott was once again knocked backwards. Luckily, Sheriff Stilinski had realized where Deaton was (thanks to matching symbols on the bank floor and something else which I’ve forgotten, sorry!) and shot the rope holding Deaton. As Sheriff Stilinski called an ambulance, Deaton informed Scott he was an Alpha now, but not a normal one–a True Alpha. Though incredibly rare, Beta’s can rise to Alpha status simply by force of will, according to Deaton. Connecting the dots, Scott realized the Deucalion wasn’t after Derek at all–he was after Scott.

Lastly, Allison realized where her still-living grandfather was staying and paid him a visit, much to the latter’s lack of surprise.

And that’s it! Sorry this recap was so short, but I didn’t take as many notes last night as I usually do. So, Boyd’s dead, Scott’s an Alpha, and that evil Druid is still wreaking havoc on Beacon Hills. Fun times!

See you next week!