February 1st, 2011
02:29 PM ET
Be honest, ABC Family - do you even know who A is?
With so many clues, cryptic notes and possible motives uncovered in each new episode, how is it possible that we still have no idea who the culprit is?
More confusing than that is the fact that the characters on my list of potential As - Jenna, Mona, Melissa and Ian - don’t even appear in every episode. What are they doing when they’re not on screen? Digitally blackmailing their frenemies? Taping money to paper towels in bakery bathrooms, perhaps?
Last night’s episode began as the girls studied and restudied the picture from the night of Alison’s disappearance, eventually coming to the conclusion that Ali’s brother took the photo from her bedroom.
Things are equally as hectic at Hanna’s house. After hiding some more money in a Popsicle box - seriously? Someone get this girl a safe - Hanna and her mom are told that Mrs. Potter - who, unknowingly, subsidized their unauthorized loan - has requested an appointment. Still $50,000 short, Hanna’s mom begins to panic. Little did she know Potter would die minutes before their meeting, buying her some much-needed time. Coincidence?
Later on, Spencer finds Jason during his afternoon workout. Anyone else notice the lingering shot of her shadow in the hallway? Nice foreshadowing. I might not have noticed it if a post from CNN.com commenter Shannon didn't remind me that Spencer is actually the shadow in the aforementioned photograph. Think back to the early flashbacks; she followed Ali out of the barn. Good catch, Shannon!
We’re then introduced to Paige, played by Lindsey Shaw, formerly of ABC Family’s short-lived series “10 Thing I Hate About You.” Paige is the first blatantly homophobic presence on the show. Her jab about Emily preferring the breaststroke was nothing compared to her attempting to hold Em’s head under water. (Think the Paige storyline will mimic that of Kurt’s closeted bully on “Glee,” or is she just threatened by Emily’s skills?)
Back on dry land, Aria, or shall we call her James Bond, invites Fitz to an art exhibit in the city. With a ticket taped to her notebook and a post-it reading “wear me” stuck to the tie hanging around her neck, she slickly asks him to take a look at her "work."
Speaking of sneak attacks, Hanna opens her locker to find a “Happy Mother’s Day” card. It reads, “Wanna help mama get $$$? Show Aria’s mom what her kid’s hiding. –A” There’s one ticket to the art show inside.
After Spencer’s in-class monologue about giving in to bullies, Hanna attempts to stop Aria's mom Ella from attending the exhibit and, consequently, finding out about Aria and Fitz’s relationship. Lucky for her, Caleb (the new kid) knows a bit about cars, and, without Hanna knowing, makes sure Ella isn’t able to drive to the exhibit. (Sidenote: What was with that awful Justin Bieber product placement. Dear Hanna, please don’t say “Biebs” ever again.)
Aria and Fitz head to the exhibit in a limo while Aria’s (separated) parents fight about their stationary car. That is, before Ella acknowledges that her ex has been working out and recently purchased a new shirt. They end up making out and missing the show.
Spencer finds Jason on her couch when she returns home; looks like the picture is real after all. The bad news? He doesn’t remember if he took it or not because he was stoned all summer long. (Reasons not to smoke pot, according to “PLL”: 1. You will get sent to a juvenile detention center. 2. You’ll black out for extended periods of time.)
He does, however, note that he used to party with Ian. “Poster boy by day, party boy by night,” he says.
When Spencer heads to the bead boutique responsible for the girls’ bracelets, the owner tells her, almost immediately, they were purchased by someone named Spencer. Fishy stuff.
She later comes clean to the girls about being the shadow in the picture, explaining why she followed Ali outside the night of her disappearance. When the girls look out the window, they see Jason staring back at them from Alison’s bedroom.
The episode ended with the owner of the bead boutique making tea for an unidentified guest wearing black leather gloves. Sound familiar? “You have interesting eyes, dear,” she says. “The eyes are the window to the soul.” “Don't worry,” she adds. “I did exactly what you told me to do.”
Anyone else immediately think of Jenna with all that talk about eyes?
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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