June 16th, 2010
02:54 PM ET
Last night’s episode of my new favorite “Veronica Mars” and “Gossip Girl” hybrid revealed just enough to tell us absolutely nothing about what happened to Alison.
But we did learn a little about the relationship the five girls shared before Alison's disappearance and why they’re all terrified of Jenna...but I’ll get back to that later.
The episode opened with the girls – Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer – grabbing a bite to eat after the funeral. After Hanna pours the contents of a flask into her soda (how very Chuck Bass of her), the girls realize that while Alison knew all of their secrets, they never knew any of hers.
Spencer then enlightens the girls about a half-secret Alison once told her regarding an older boy she was seeing, even though he had a girlfriend. Those of you who read the books will know this better than I do: Without spoiling it for the rest of us, is this tidbit worth a mental note?
Just as the girls begin to talk about what happened to Jenna, she walks into the restaurant and takes a seat at the otherwise empty bar. (For those of you who are late to the viewing party: Jenna is blind, always wears dark shades and uses a walking cane.) The girls quietly get up and leave the restaurant.
We later find out, courtesy of the local news, that Alison suffered a head trauma, but the cause of death was suffocation.
On the other side of town, Emily and Maya - the extremely suspicious girl who moved into Alison’s old house - continue to flirt with one another. Unaware of the sexual tension between the girls, Emily’s mom invites Maya to spend the night at their home. Emily and Maya exchange sentiments about preferring the middle of the bed before hopping in together. Emily (a.k.a. the little spoon) quietly gets out of bed to read a text message from A in the middle of the night: “Did you get a goodnight kiss? Here’s one from me xo.”
Another message goes out to Aria that day at school when the four girls are called to the principal’s office to meet with the detective about Alison’s murder: “Dead girls walking.”
Speaking of Aria, what is going on with her and Mr. Fitz? (I refuse to call him by his first name for two reasons: 1. I don’t remember it and 2. He’s her teacher!) I appreciate the fact that she attempts to switch out of his class, but why are they having these “can’t live without you” feelings after making out twice? (They've kissed in a bar bathroom and again in a church stairwell; I guess after last night’s episode we can add "car" to the list.)
Back at school, Aria invites Jenna to eat lunch with the girls. She tells them that Alison came to visit her in the hospital after her accident, which may be the same accident Spencer envisions moments later in a flashback. Apparently, Alison and the girls threw a “stink bomb” into a nearby barn when, all of a sudden, the girls see a flash of light and the barn catches on fire. Could that be how Jenna loses her eyesight?
Now on to Spencer, who gets caught making out with her sister’s fiancée… by her sister. Do they make a “world’s worst sister” mug?
The episode ends with what should have been a really shocking moment, but it fell a little flat. During Spencer’s run, she sees Jenna sitting on a bench typing something. Jenna then says “send text” into the machine on her lap and turns to look in Spencer’s direction. Is it just me, or did anyone else get the vibe that Jenna can actually see?
Still so many questions…Is Jenna the one sending the texts? What does the detective know about the girls? What happened to Alison?
(Side note: Last week, CNN commenter “comment” posted that every time one of the girls received a message from "A,” they imagined the voice of “Gossip Girl” narrator Kristen Bell reading it aloud. Well, I want to personally thank “comment” for sharing that because now I’m doing the same thing and I can’t stop!)
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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