July 21st, 2010
04:22 PM ET
After last week’s action-packed homecoming drama, I was sure we were in for a slow episode Tuesday, but “Pretty Little Liars” proved me wrong. Two fast-paced episodes in a row? Hallelujah.
In fact, the episode picked up right where it left off – with the girls searching for Emily at the homecoming dance. Though she was nowhere to be found, her cell phone sat on the ground beside a small pool of blood.
Meanwhile, a bloody Toby drove a bleeding Emily, who was passed out in the backseat of his car, to the hospital. We later found out from the assembly of police officers congregating at Emily’s house that he left her there alone, hurried home, exchanged the car for his motorcycle and skipped town.
While the police questioned her mother, Spencer and Aria were upstairs visiting with Emily – who, for some reason, was bed-ridden after tripping and falling in a hallway. When Emily’s mother told one officer that her daughter doesn’t lie, he retorted: “Ma’am, everybody lies.”
Hanna joined the girls after trying to return Toby’s file to his shrink’s office, but the police were already there. After Spencer and Aria left, Emily asked Hanna how she knew about her flirtation with Maya. Hanna told her about the photo booth pictures A sent her and then encouraged her to go after what she wants. (Such a good friend!)
Things at Aria’s house, however, haven’t improved since A spilled the beans about her dad’s affair; Aria’s parents just continue to avoid each other and alienate their children. CNN commenter Dawn brought up a good point a few weeks back: "...[H]ow long [will] it [take] before the adults stop focusing on themselves and start asking who A is.”
And as if dealing with her family wasn’t hard enough, Fitz and his “nice legs” were M.I.A. this episode, though his apartment did make an appearance. (For an educator, Fitz is not smart. Not only does he date his student, but he also tells her where he keeps the spare key.) When Aria let herself into his place, she overheard a machine message from a New York-based school. Uh-oh. Think he’ll take the job?
The creepiest scene of the episode was when Emily woke up to a dog and a shadowy figure – Jenna - standing in her doorway. Though Emily assured Jenna that Toby’s file wouldn't fall into the wrong hands, she wasn't convinced. “Secrets have a way of getting out,” Jenna said. “Like what Alison shared when she visited me at the hospital. I’ve kept quiet about a lot, Emily. The least you can do is give me that file.”
Emily tried to warn her friends not to destroy the file, but she was too late; Aria had already tossed it into the river. (Way to destroy the evidence girls. If only Toby’s shrink took all his notes in washable marker.)
Back at school, things were heating up between Hanna and the yearbook photographer. And by heating up, I mean he accidentally brushed her hand with his as they watched viral videos on the computer together. But what could that mean for her and Sean?
Spencer, in the middle of a "do-over" date with Alex - which ended up being a sort-of non-date because he had to work that night, but whatever - found a bunch of defaced pictures of club members while rifling through a closet. She seemed upset by the devil horns drawn on her photo at first, but shortly after returned to the kitchen for a quick dance number and make-out session with Alex. (Which, as another CNN.com writer put it, looked like something straight out of an Enrique Iglesias music video.)
Later, Emily found the courage to confront Maya and tell her she wants to try and make things work between them. I used to think Maya was creepy, but she’s growing on me. I hope things work out between them and that Emily’s mom is supportive.
Speaking of Emily, as she was driving home later that day, she passed by Toby and Jenna’s house and saw Jenna crying on the porch, with Toby’s motorcycle mangled on the back of a truck. So does that mean he's gone forever?
A seemed to think so. “Thanks for getting Toby out of my way,” A sent to Emily’s phone.
The episode ended with someone pulling Toby’s file out of the river. It appeared to be the same black glove that painted over the Rosewood population sign. Could it be A?
What did you think of last night's episode?
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