June 30th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
If last night’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars” taught me anything, it’s that blocking phone calls, text messages and e-mails from unknown numbers is a bad idea. Moral of the story – if someone really wants to get in touch with you, they’ll find a way, making the episode the most intense one to date.
Everything started with Hanna’s mother talking to yet another cop. (Don’t worry, she kept it PG this time.) Hanna’s stunt from last week’s episode, when she stole and crashed Sean’s car, hasn't gone away just yet.
The four girls meet at the bench in town where they’re planning to make a memorial for Alison. Spencer, true to form, is the most composed of the bunch, proposing each of the girls block unknown numbers and e-mail addresses so they never have to hear from "A" again. But it's only the fourth episode and, to my delight, the show was recently picked up for 12 more – there’s no way we’ve seen the last of "A."
Sure enough, a flyer with Alison’s face on it that reads “ding dong the [expletive] is dead” blows over to the girls, but not before they see Mr. Fitz riding his bicycle down the street. One of the girls puts it best when she says, “There are teachers that you don’t want to see on a bike, and there are teachers that you do want to see on a bike,” causing Aria to blush (and with good reason).
The next day at school, Aria walks into Fitz’s classroom to tell him her friends think he has nice legs, at which point he invites her over for dinner. Inappropriate. Spencer’s history teacher tells her she did a wonderful job on her paper – the one she “borrowed” from her sister – and that he’s entering it in an essay content where she has the opportunity to win some “academic bling,” as one of the girls put it. Meanwhile, Emily - still confused about her sexual orientation - removes the scarf Maya gave her that morning before walking into lab.
And wouldn’t you know – Toby just transferred into her class and they’re going to be lab partners. I found this particular scene to be very “Twilight”-esque. Like when Edward and Bella uncomfortably sit beside one another in class. Though I don’t think Toby is a vampire – we’ll save that for The CW.
When Emily opens her text book, she sees the pictures of her and Maya kissing in the photo booth and immediately closes the book. She shows Maya the incriminating pictures later that day when she visits her at work. Maya’s first response: “Great, you found them.” There is something fishy about this girl.
While we're talking about awkward situations, Aria found herself trapped in one at Fitz's apartment, and ends up skipping out before dinner when Fitz tries to give her advice about her father’s infidelity. This, of course, leads to an incredibly awkward “To Kill a Mockingbird” lesson at school where Fitz calls Atticus Finch a hypocrite while staring directly at Aria.
Hanna has her own version of dinner drama when her dad drops in town and picks her up for dinner, proceeding to make a terrible joke about not letting her drive his new car (too soon dad, way too soon). At Hanna’s next daddy-daughter dinner date, her dad drops the bomb: I’m engaged, and, by the way, my fiancée has an extremely annoying, self-important daughter that you have to get along with.
Then things really start rolling.
Spencer, who is home alone, hears a crash downstairs. Rather than calling the police or hiding under her bed, she grabs a knife from the kitchen and looks for the perp, which ends up being a very drunk Wren holding a flower pot. But the two are not alone. A camera films the entire scene from the window. Anyone else think Wren is no good?
Toby, on the other hand, I'm not so sure about. He shares a genuine moment with Emily outside of her house, telling her not to worry about what people think of her. I want to believe he’s the good guy, but I haven’t made up my mind yet. What do you think?
Aria and Fitz make up while eating leftovers on the floor before she runs out once again, ready to tell her mother about her dad’s infidelity. Unfortunately, she’s too late - “A” got there first. Her mother hands her a letter describing every detail of the affair, including the detail about Aria hiding it from her mother.
Then, while Hanna waits in the car for Spencer (who was giving Wren a goodnight smooch outside his motel room), she got a “Joy Ride”-like message via the radio: "This song goes out to Hanna, from her best friend A." As Spencer strolls back to the car, the song “I Don’t Need You Anymore” plays on the radio.
When the girls return to Spencer’s house, they see that the broken flower pot has been swept up and placed neatly on the table – the red roses in the shape of an “A.” Knowing someone had been - or still was - in the house, the girls race upstairs to Spencer’s bedroom to see if Alison’s bracelet is still tucked safely away in her drawer. It is. But when the girls glance at the corner of the room… Gasp! This calls for S.O.S text messages.
Within one commercial break, Aria and Emily arrive at Spencer’s house. The four girls stare at Spencer’s mirror, clearly terrified to read, “It won’t be that easy [expletive],” written on the glass in lipstick. Perhaps my favorite part of last night’s episode was when one of the girls made the connection that the lipstick on the mirror was Alison’s color. How perceptive.
What did you think of last night’s episode? And where has Jenna been lately?
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