July 14th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
True to form, “Pretty Little Liars” came back strong Tuesday night after last week’s somewhat flat episode - not that it really matters. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.
We started the episode with Aria laying in bed sulking, thinking back on all the amazing times she spent with Fitz while her friends desperately try to console her about her parents’ marital troubles. Aria: You might as well tell them about Fitz before A does.
In an attempt to cheer her up, the girls discuss their homecoming plans over Chinese takeout.
Spencer is bringing Alex, the cute boy from her country club who looks curiously different than he did in the previous episode. (Did anyone else catch that or are my eyes playing a trick on me?) Emily and Aria decide to go stag – though Emily doesn’t exactly follow through in the end.
When it comes time to crack open their fortune cookies, the girls are startled that A has not only taken over their electronic devices and mirrors, but their takeout, as well: the little white slips of paper read, “Lions and tigers and (expletive) oh my, there's no place like homecoming. See you there.”
One short commercial break later, and Hanna’s boyfriend Sean is attempting to seduce the blond who drove him around while his car was in the shop. I knew he was no good! Oh, wait, he’s actually in the middle of a “just say no” abstinence workshop. Oh thank goodness. Moving on to Spencer and Hanna's plot to dig up dirt on Jenna…
The two were contemplating stealing Jenna’s file from the therapist’s office, and they end up spotting Toby with two tickets to homecoming in hand. They also spot Toby’s tattoo – "901 free at last," it reads. If only the girls were able to read this cryptic tat before Emily agreed to be Toby’s date for the homecoming!
When the girls arrive at the dance, Spencer sends Aria over to one of the carnival games, and wouldn’t you know it, Fitz has the same shift. Though she’s unable to explain who A really is, she tries to tell him it’s someone who has been messing with her. Fitz is not impressed.
Meanwhile, Toby and Emily walk into the dance holding hands (way to make an entrance). Emily’s friends promptly call her over for questioning, and Hanna, who told Maya Emily wanted her to come in an attempt to be a good friend, realizes that was the wrong move. She put it most eloquently when she says of Toby's weirdness, “If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it’s a friggin’ duck.”
Then there’s Melissa, who must feel really cool hanging out at her sister’s homecoming dance and saying things like, “Do you need me to tweet it to you?” I used to feel bad for her about the whole “younger sis Spencer has made out with every boyfriend she's ever had” thing, but I’m over it.
Speaking of Spencer, she finally realizes what Toby’s tattoo means – it refers to September 1, the day Alison went missing. Hanna immediately leaves to get Jenna’s file from the therapist’s office while Spencer stealthily spies on Toby and Emily, completely alienating her date in the fortune teller’s tent. But apparently it’s not just electronic devices, mirrors and fortune cookies that A has control over. “Kiss bye bye to your BFF” is written on one of the fortune teller’s cards.
When Hanna - who ends up winning the title of homecoming queen, though she’s not at the dance to claim her crown - finds Toby’s file at the office, she realizes it’s not Jenna who sees a therapist. She returns to the dance to tell the girls what she found, but little do they know, Jenna overheard their entire conversation.
It turns out Toby and Jenna - they're step-siblings - used to be intimate with one another. Now we know what Alison bribed Toby with when she made him take the blame for Jenna’s accident. Did you see that coming?
Upstairs (in the lab where the pair does most of their flirting), Toby prepares to tell Emily his secret. After a frantic text message from her friends and a glimpse of his tattoo, she makes a run for it, but not before pushing him over and causing him to bleed. The episode ends as he chases after her while she runs away, before tripping and falling - so typical.
Did you think Toby was going to hurt her? Sure he’s a little intense and he demonstrates about three out of the five early warning signs used to identify serial killers, but he seemed genuine to me.
What did you think about last night’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars?” Are you any closer to solving the mystery?
Update 4:30 p.m.: A special thank you to the commenters for reminding me about the creepiest part of last night's episode: the Rosewood population sign - how could I forget!
I'm going to go out on a limb and say Emily isn't the person who died, despite her fall. There are just too many episodes left. So who else could it be?
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