‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E10 Recap: Mommie Dearest

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Remember when A was being a weirdo and drilling holes in someone’s floor? And removing porch panels so she/he/it could climb underneath a house? Well, like all of A’s secret plans, this one had a purpose–to spy on the DiLaurentis’ home from the safety of their dank, dark basement. That’s right–A, possibly homeless and definitely crazy, set up a cozy little hideaway complete with a sleeping bag and various pieces of trash (A’s a surprisingly huge slob, FYI) BENEATH A DEAD GIRL’S HOUSE. You’re such a psycho, A. But you’re also smarter than everyone on the show, including the police? At this rate, A won’t be caught until season 10, when all of the Liars are homeless orphans settling in for a long-term stay at Radley after their collective mental breakdown.

Whoops, that got dark! Sorry, let’s just talk about “The Mirror Has Three Faces,” shall we? And guess who earned her own paragraph in this week’s recap! The deliciously devious…

1. Mona

If you thought being locked away in a psychiatric hospital would keep Mona from wreaking havoc on everyone’s lives, then you were WRONG. In true Mona fashion, she sassed cutie-slash-possible-A-accomplice Dr. Wren as he attempted to pull the truth from her by poking fun at his inability to spell on her notes and calling him out as a liar. He, in turn, revealed he knew she was off her meds and suspected she had nothing to do with Wilden’s death. The stand-off ended when Wren left and took off for Mrs. Hasting’s to warn her about Mona’s dangerous ways; he suggested Mona hadn’t forgiven any of the Liars and wanted to see all of them, families included, hurt. Mrs. Hastings responded by stopping for a visit with Mona, wherein Mama Hastings threatened a future in prison for a thoroughly-unfazed Mona. Actually, Mona seemed pretty pleased by this confrontation after Mrs. Hastings left–either everything is going smoothly in some plan of hers, or she finds being harassed amusing. Maybe both? Oh, Mona. Never change.

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2. Hanna

Though Hanna wanted to pay Mona a visit, Caleb successfully talked her out of it and gave her something else instead: the potential address of Cece Blake, located in Philly. Oh, and he also pushed her to tell her parents and the cops about A, which Hanna vehemently refused to do. Not because she believes a handful of teens can handle a psychopathic stalker/murderer alone, but because she’s afraid of how A will react to being outed. Around Caleb’s back, Hanna sought out Dr. Wren and begged a favor; after hearing a blonde had attempted to see Mona, she wanted him to check out Radley’s security cameras. Initially Wren declined, smartly trying to keep out of the Liars’ drama, but caved because he can’t seem to resist the pleas of a pretty teenager. Though, once Hanna left, he paid a call to someone about a “problem” that he would take care of. So, presumably Wren’s gone dark side now–a shame, since he always seemed like one of the good ones (weakness for teen girls aside). Later, Hanna ran into Caleb trying to visit Veronica, the counselor who previously skipped town rather than help the Liars. Caleb’s afraid for Hanna, especially since he can do nothing to keep her safe from an enemy that’s “everywhere and nowhere.” While his concern is undeniably sweet, shouldn’t he have chosen someone other than flighty Veronica? Doesn’t matter–he never made it inside, but kissed Hanna on the sidewalk instead, under the watchful eyes of Wren from his parked car. And, Ashley’s also out of a lawyer, after an anonymous tip (revealed to be WREN) accused Mrs. Hasting’s of obstructing justice and pushing Mona to falsely confess. Poor Ashley just can’t catch a break, can she?

3. Spencer

After Toby’s delivered an envelope of sheet music and a note about lambs and lions, he and Spencer set off for another visit to the dementia-ridden Dr. Palmer. Of course, Dr. Palmer had no idea what the pair were talking about; that is, until Spencer took the sheet music and began playing piano. He immediately believed she was Toby’s mother and questioned her about Toby’s next visit before dropping a mention of Mrs. DiLaurentis. Spencer automatically assumed Mrs. DiLaurentis was the blonde whom Dr. Palmer previously warned Toby of, but Spencer’s usually a little wrong about these things, isn’t she? So let’s assume Mrs. DiLaurentis is a red herring, as she all but confirmed when Spencer confronted her. Turns out, Alison and Cece liked to play mind games by imitating one another; once, Cece dressed as Alison and stopped by Radley, which resulted in a frantic Jessica DiLaurentis skipping several stop signs as she raced to her self-harming “daughter.” Doesn’t everyone spend their adolescent years trying on their best friend’s personality? No? Just me, then? Moving on…

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4. Aria

Once learning Jake had a match in Philly, Aria invited herself along, much to Jake’s happy surprise. Taking advantage of her situation, Aria also paid that potential Cece Drake address a visit (under the guise of seeking fro-yo), but merely ran into a huffy ex-acquaintance of Cece’s as she was moving out. The woman revealed Alison had gotten Cece kicked out of college after knocking someone down the stairs at a party, then called Aria a “she-devil” once learning she’d been a friend of Ali’s. Aria’s reaction to the nickname was priceless, but she wasn’t exactly innocent back then, was she? On her way back to Jake, Aria received a call from Ezra (who’d spent the episode learning Malcolm was not his biological son, which, ugh Pretty Little Liars, seriously? But Ezra’s response was pretty heartbreaking, so props for giving Ezra a good storyline outside of his relationship with Aria) that she ignored. After winning his match, Jake and Aria shared a cheesy-but-sweet moment on a stoop, eating burritos, ragging on one another, and kissing. Team Jake, yeah? Though Malcolm was the obstacle separating Aria and Ezra (not their age gap, of course–don’t be ridiculous), and he’s gone now…

5. Emily

As Emily quickly found out, moving into the room of your dead best friend/occasional lover is both creepy and pretty sad, especially when said friend’s mother wanders around the home crying and practically begging for the company of her dead daughter’s best friends. Seriously, every scene any of the girls shared with Mrs. DiLaurentis was usually a little odd but mostly just heavily sad–not only is the woman still mourning the loss of her daughter, but also she’s been served divorce papers by her husband. Luckily, she seemed to take solace in Emily’s company (even expressing a wish that Alison had returned Emily’s feelings once Emily revealed to Mrs. DiLaurentis that she’s a lesbian), and Emily was conveniently put in the position to discover A’s underground hideout.

Lastly, A took that dirty and incriminating high heel of Ashley’s and tossed it among the wreckage of Emily’s house, right beside a cracked photo of Emily. Presumably Em’s her next target (A has a serious fixation with her), so Emily should probably just get the hell out of town now, graduation be damned. And, I forgot to mention the incident when Hanna stopped by House DiLaurentis, and A sneaked around RIGHT BEHIND HER wearing her signature red coat and Alison mask. Though A was literally two feet behind her, Hanna never even heard or saw Red Coat, so A’s obviously either a ghost or a ninja or BOTH.

That’s it!

P.S. World War A (hahahahaha) is only two weeks away, ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

 

BONUS: That lovely, slightly spooky song closing out the episode was “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” by Talk Normal.

 

 

‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E9 Recap: Happy Birthday, Emily?

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Hasn’t this season of Pretty Little Liars felt a little slow in comparison to previous seasons? Nine episodes in and the police are still tracking down Wilden’s murderer while the Alison case (minor developments and Mona’s premiere confessional aside) has been mostly static–shouldn’t we be learning a bit more at this point, rather than treading previously-explored ground? Instead of being pushed along, story lines–like Emily’s injured arm, Ashley’s legal trouble, Spencer’s proclivity for enthusiastically suspecting everyone at some point or another, and Aria’s new relationship–are being explored over and over again each week, with no real resolution in sight. Though slow-burning plots can be fine, they need to be balanced with some excitement; “Into the Deep” tried to mix quiet character moments with a party and a near drowning, but all of the action was saved for episode’s end. Maybe the intriguing aftereffects will carry on into the next episode or episodes? Let’s hope so.

Anyway, onto the episode…

1. Hanna 

Mona’s false(?) confession brought Hanna some much-needed good news: the police finally set Ashley’s bail. The bad news? The bail was set at one million dollars. After a tearful phone call with Caleb in the park, Ashley ran into Reverend Ted. He’d heard about Ashley’s arrest and told Hanna to have faith things would work out. Hanna, the realist, stated she didn’t need faith, she needed money. However, when Ashley’s bail was paid by an anonymous source, both Marins assumed Hanna’s father had paid up; he didn’t, of course, but Ted did. Ashley realized the truth when Ted stopped by the house with a pie, and she returned the favor with an explanation (she’d fought with Wilden on the night he was murdered but didn’t kill him) and the acceptance of a dinner invitation. So, Ashley’s in the semi-clear for now but still under house arrest. Meanwhile, Mona, released from the police station due to a lack of evidence, returned to Radley for an extended stay, but she seemed oddly pleased to be there? Obviously she’s planning something, but how long until we discover what it is? And is she hoping to help the Liars, or resume her A mission?

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2. Emily 

Because of Emily’s recent A-related stressors, Paige decided the best way to distract Emily was through a meeting with a famed swim trainer and a surprise party at Paige’s aunt’s lake house. Unfortunately, Paige neglected to inform the trainer of Emily’s injury, and Emily received the disappointing news that it’d be very unlikely she’d be trained in time for scholarship season. Poor Emily’s taken most of the brunt from A’s attacks lately, hasn’t she? Between her injured arm, destroyed house, and parental drama, it’s a wonder the girl hasn’t checked herself into Radley at this point, if only to catch a break. Now her relationship with Paige is looking grim–despite Paige’s good intentions, the girls know they won’t be together next year at Stanford, and three thousand miles plus four years of separation is an awfully huge obstacle. Emily promised Paige she’d try to enjoy her party, but she escaped the first chance she got and found Jenna unconscious in the lake. After rescuing her, Emily showed Spence and Aria the blood stains on her sleeve, indicating Jenna had been knocked on the back of the head.

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3. Aria

After Aria’s fear-fueled call, Jake ended up spending the night on the couch so she’d feel safe. Whilst sitting on the porch chatting with Spencer, Aria sneaked a peek or two at Jake dressing through the window and seemed pleased by what she saw. Though Aria tried to ditch him to meet Spencer, Jake talked her into grabbing a coffee together. Of course, Ezra was seated nearby, talking with Maggie, and spotted the pair with jealousy etched all over his face. He almost missed what Maggie was saying: she received a job offer in Seattle and would be moving Malcolm there with her, much to Ezra’s disappointment. He sought out Mrs. Hastings for a family lawyer’s number, but Ezra’d have to establish his paternity to even have a case, which would then only lead to a massive legal battle between him and Maggie. If he truly cares about his son, as we’ve seen he clearly does, then he’ll let them go. (Also, are we supposed to be suspecting Malcolm isn’t Ezra’s biological son, since Ezra’s name isn’t on the birth certificate? Please no–don’t go with that route, Pretty Little Liars.) Anyway, Jake wandered into Emily’s birthday party with a pretty blonde on his arm. Aria responded with obvious jealousy, and later, when Jake sat on her couch after the near-tragic party incident, the pair finally (finally!) kissed.

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4. Spencer

With Toby still in New York, Spencer’s story line has largely stalled–she spent the episode attempting to question Jenna (who’d finally returned to Rosewood) after overhearing a conversation between Shana and Jenna about Alison. Her plan faltered when Jenna was discovered face-down in the lake during Emily’s birthday party. Unconscious in the hospital, Jenna won’t be answering any questions anytime soon. Convenient. But Shana reluctantly offered some information when Spence cornered her–it’s not Alison Jenna’s afraid of (since she’s, you know, dead) but Cece Drake. Hmm.

Lastly, Red Coat visited Alison’s house (as someone moved around with the light on in Ali’s old bedroom!) to open an entrance under the porch, and A played some piano music before stuffing the sheets of music into an envelope addressed to Toby.

That’s it, see you next week!

‘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.

 

‘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.

‘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.

 

‘Pretty Little Liars’ S4E5 Recap: The Secret Life of Bees

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On last night’s Pretty Little Liars, Aria attempted to push her mother into traveling overseas, Emily and Spencer paid a visit to Cicero College, and Hanna did her best to protect Ashley from the law. Despite the discovery of Wilden’s potential murder weapon, a bee attack, and an out-of-Rosewood adventure wherein Spence discovered the phone whose number Tippy the bird had been singing, ‘Gamma Zeta Die!’ still felt a bit dull–until the very end, that is. The girls spent the majority of the episode apart, and their respective significant others were absent, forcing the story to dial in on the girls’ individual storylines. Unfortunately, the episode featured little forward momentum and merely circled around ground the show’s been covering since the beginning, i.e. Ashley’s potential involvement in Wilden’s murder and whomever Tippy the bird had indicated Alison was calling.

Anyway, here we go.

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1. Aria

After learning her mother planned to back out of her Vienna trip, Aria recruited her father to change her mother’s mind. Oh, and A sicced a hive of rabid bees on Mama Montgomery via her car, resulting in plenty of swelling and A threatening Aria with worse “venom” to come. Aria was pretty gung-ho on her mother leaving the country, both for fear of her mother’s safety, as well as her hopes for her mother’s future happiness. Mr. Montgomery agreed; he told Mama Montgomery this trip was a second chance, and she should definitely take it. Other than an altercation with her brother (that resulted in him using the fun phrase “frisky with Fitz” and the word “boffing” in the same sentence), and a chat with Hanna about Ashley’s missing muddy shoes, Aria was largely sidelined this episode.

2. Spencer

When Spencer’s mother set her up with an admissions coach to revamp her image (read: work around Spence’s stint at Radley), Spencer jumped on the opportunity to visit Cicero College, which had phone numbers similar to the one Tippy’d been singing. Emily, genuinely interested in checking out the school, tagged along. The girls had a spat when Spence accused Emily of flirting with admissions coach Brendan to get college help, and Emily refused to help Spencer with her campus questioning for clues about Alison. After having no luck showing the college crowd a picture of Alison, Spencer headed upstairs and wandered across a hidden panic room. Inside was a pink phone; Spence plugged it into the wall and dialed Aria–sure enough, the number that popped up on Aria’s phone was the one Tippy had given the girls.

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3. Emily

After letting Brendan down gently, Emily went off in search of Hanna (who’d stopped by the sorority party with a gun in her purse). In the woods, Emily heard someone tailing her, but it was simply a college student wanting to scare her and spray her with silly string. She ended up running into Spencer in the woods, just in time to witness the cops’ arrival.

4. Hanna

Stressed to the point of nightmares about her mother in a prison jumpsuit, Hanna spent the episode investigating her mother’s secrets. When she discovered the muddy heels were missing, Hanna broke into her mother’s locked closet and found her father’s missing gun, AKA the gun potentially used to murder Wilden. Hanna stuffed the gun into a bag and ran of in search of Spence and Emily at Cicero. After a frat boy accidentally dumped Cheetos on her, Hanna ignored Spencer’s insistence on staying put and ran off into the woods. She began digging a hole to bury the gun (a stupid move–when has digging in the woods ever done the girls any good? Hey Hanna, remember the shovel incident?) and was abruptly busted by a set of policemen A had not-so-helpfully tipped off. As Spencer and Emily watched, Hanna was arrested and shoved in the back of a police car.

So, all-in-all a rather uneventful episode, Hanna’s arrest and Spencer’s discovery of the phone aside. Hopefully next week will be a bit more exciting, plus the final scene with A indicated the mysterious house mother mentioned during the sorority party might be popping up soon.

 

Best of: Top 5 Musical Moments on ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Thanks to superb music supervisor Christopher Mollere (The Vampire Diaries) and composer Michael Suby (The Vampire Diaries, as well), Pretty Little Liars is chock-full of excellent musical moments/montages. Below are some of the show’s best, in no particular order.

***SPOILER WARNING: this article includes several major plot points!!***

1. The Opening Credits

How could anyone discuss the show’s music without mentioning Pretty Little Liars‘s opening credits, complete with the perfectly appropriate theme song “Secret” by The Pierces? I couldn’t find good video of the credits, but you can hear the song yourself, below.

2. Maya’s Death

After a traumatic night in Season 2’s finale–during which the elusive A was finally unmasked–the core four returned home to find one more gut-wrenching shock waiting for them: the discovery of murdered Maya’s body. The song “Suggestions” by Orelia Has Orchestra played over the heartbreaking final scene, as poor Emily went from stunned disbelief to crippling grief, and her shocked friends tried desperately to comfort her.

3. Ghost Train Arrival

Though season 3’s Halloween episode was notable for its musical guest star, Adam Lambert, the episode also featured a subtly cheeky moment where the Liars & Co. arrived at the ghost train and revealed their previously-secret costume choices to one another while Mikky Ekko’s “Who Are You, Really?” played in the background. The song fit well with the cute and fun moment as Hanna channeled Marilyn Monroe, Spencer and Toby imitated Bonnie and Clyde, and Emily dropped jaws in a stunning Barbarella costume.

4. Ezria’s Kiss in the Rain

After hitting a huge obstacle in their relationship–revealing said relationship’s existence to Aria’s parents–Ezra and Aria found themselves in the midst of an impending break-up until Aria phoned Ezra to meet her, and, after several tense moments where it didn’t seem like he’d show, Ezra finally drove to Aria and kissed her in the rain. The Rescue’s achingly-lovely song “My Heart With You” played as the camera circled the soaking but happily reunited pair. The song can’t be found on iTunes or Amazon, but Noisetrade’s offering a free download here.

5. Wilden’s Funeral

In the season 4 premiere, MS MR’s “Hurricane” played over the PLLs’ arrival to recently-felled enemy Officer Wilden’s funeral. Their appearance was for personal reasons rather than a desire to respect Wilden’s memory–A had planted false evidence of the girls’ involvement in Wilden’s death somewhere in his open casket. How perfect was that shot of the girls, clad in their funereal best, walking down the sidewalk together?

Double Bonus: 

Spencer and Toby’s reunion during the season 3 finale, set to Lana Del Rey’s “Ride.” (Song begins around the 1:55 mark.)

The official beginning and ending of Aria and Ezra’s relationship, both set to the song “Begin Again” by Measure while the duo stand in the high school stairwell.

Let me know your favorite musical moments from Pretty Little Liars in the comments!