January 18th, 2011
01:48 PM ET
Last night’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars” is why I - as well as 3 million other viewers - can't stop watching.
A wise friend of mine recently equated the breakout series with ABC's "Lost." You find so much out every episode, yet you never find anything out. And on that note...
Home from their honeymoon early, Melissa and Ian exchange heated whispers at the kitchen table. Spencer tries to spy on the newlyweds, but, thanks to a creaky staircase, she ends up having to dart back to her bedroom to avoid getting caught. Was anyone able to make out what they were saying?
Upon returning to her room, Spencer gets an e-mail: “Married for love, or an alibi? –A”
So does this mean Melissa and Ian are not A? When could they have sent the e-mail? And, better yet, why would they want to draw attention to their sham of a marriage?
The next day, Spencer calls the Hilton Head resort from the tags on Ali’s luggage and Ian’s golf clubs. Using a spot-on Southern accent, she uncovers that Ali and Ian were, in fact, at the resort the same weekend.
Shortly after, Agent Cooper, the detective assigned to Ali’s case, walks over to Spencer and Emily to tell them she’ll be leaving Rosewood soon. “I came here to find the person who killed your friend,” she says with a smile. That was just disturbing.
Speaking of disturbing, A continues to leave Hanna cryptic notes on $100 bills, such as, if you want your money back, go to the bakery and eat six cupcakes topped with frosted pigs… then purge. Noel just so happens to be nearby while this takes place.
Hanna eventually finds a large sum of money taped to a paper towel in the dispenser on the bathroom wall. Wonder what she’ll have to do to get the rest of her mom’s stolen cash back.
Speaking of Hanna, her broken leg seems to have healed alarmingly fast. Good for her.
In other news… Emily and Maya continue to play footsie with each other. Which would be fine if Emily’s understanding dad were still home. Her mom is another story. Maya leaves her backpack behind when she storms out, and, naturally, Emily’s mom decides to poke around.
The most important thing to remember about snooping: If you go looking for something, you will find it. And that’s the story of how an Altoid tin and two joints ruined Emily’s relationship and Maya’s life. Say no to drugs, kids.
Though, thanks to her friends, Emily and Maya are reunited for one last night of candles and slow-dancing high school style before Maya heads to juvenile detention camp.
In more newlywed news: Melissa and Ian are trying to get pregnant. Ian isn’t pleased that Spencer knows their plan to procreate, but, in the creepiest way possible, acknowledges that he knows she’s able to keep a secret. Dun, dun, dun…
One “Veronica Mars” reference later (thank you, ABC Family), Aria spots her brother talking with Noel. Could that be how A gets his dirt? Doubtful.
When Noel approaches Fitz about his paper for the second time, Fitz looks like he might bust out the white flag, or, as Mona would say, a white La Perla bra. Anyone else catch the emphasis Noel put on the letter A when telling Fitz to change his grade? But, long plotline short, Fitz gives Noel a C and decides to resign from his teaching position.
Of course, thanks to the real A, Noel’s reputation with the administration is tarnished when answers to upcoming midterms magically appear in his locker.
That would be because “A is for Alison, not amateur.”
The episode ends with the girls looking through Ian’s boxes while someone else, presumably A, looks in on them through the window of Spencer’s house.
And then, a text: “Don’t say I never gave you anything. Turn on your computer. –A”
It’s the complete video of Alison that was filmed the morning of her disappearance. And as the camera turns around, Ian’s face fills the screen. Setting the camera down in the dirt, the girls hear leaves rustling and quick breaths in the background. Then, Alison’s limp hand falls to the ground. Seconds later, she clenches her fist. What’s the consensus – is she in pleasure or pain?
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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