February 15th, 2011
02:21 PM ET
Last night on “Pretty Little Liars,” Spencer discovered what the rest of us already knew, thanks to your comments and the Twitterverse.
The Braille note Toby found in Jenna’s room actually reads “214,” not “BAD” like the girls previously assumed.
On last week’s recap, commenter alex costa wrote: “The #214 … must represent the hotel room number that Ian and Alison stayed at in North Carolina.”
Based on the close up of the motel room door at the end of the episode, it looks like alex costa was on the right track. But the motel is definitely located in Rosewood. Before we get into what significance that might have, let’s go back to the beginning…
As Fitz convinces his fellow teachers, including Aria’s mom, to attend an event, Paige’s dad Nick storms into the cafeteria. He begins to yell, saying Paige wasn’t treated fairly by the swim coach, and that Emily has received preferential treatment because of her sexual orientation. It’s clear Paige is mortified, but it’s definitely not any less embarrassing for Emily, who overhears the entire exchange - along with the rest of the student body.
Emily decides not to tell her mom, knowing she doesn’t support her decision to come out as a gay woman. However, when Aria’s mom spots Mrs. Fields at school, she tells her about Nick’s outburst. Ella’s slip turned out to be positive, prompting Emily’s mom to stick up for her daughter. She tells Emily she still doesn’t understand her, but she would never let anyone hurt her.
Then, for the first time since the series’ premiere, “Pretty Little Liars” was predictable. Paige confronted Emily, kissed her and asked her not to tell anyone.
Hanna’s mom is introduced to a very creepy man claiming to be Mrs. Potter’s great nephew from Syracuse. He obviously knows something is up, because he immediately asks to see the safety deposit box - the source of Hanna's mom's unauthorized loan.
Caleb, who’s still living in Hanna’s basement, notices James' pen when he stops by the house. Architects don’t use crappy plastic pens, he says. If Caleb didn’t seem a little off, I might feel less weird about that vital observation. Vital because James is not who he says he is. Thanks to Caleb’s investigating, we find out that Mrs. Potter’s actual relative of the same name is no longer living. So who is this identity thief?
Despite having this information, Hanna’s mom doesn’t act. She doesn’t want to draw any more attention to the situation. However, she does begin to question James when he inquires about Potter’s finances. I can’t wait to see how this will play out.
Meanwhile, Spencer visits Toby’s house and finds out that the DA has dropped the charges against him. Apparently the blood evidence tying Toby to Alison’s murder had been corrupted. To celebrate, the pair embarks on a joy ride to the city’s limits. (Where did their love affair come from? Must they hold hands on the way to the car? Was he not dating Emily like six episodes ago?)
Well, if Emily doesn’t care, Jenna sure will. Earlier in the episode the girls see her shopping for a lace getup to impress a guy. Is it Toby?
The creepiest part of the episode comes after Hanna and Caleb part ways for the evening. (Totally thought they were going to kiss.) The doorbell rings at Hanna’s house. She opens the door to find a frightening looking exterminator.
He inquires about an infestation in the basement, saying A called for him.
The episode ends with someone placing flowers on Mrs. Potter’s headstone, which seemed to be ready awfully fast considering she just recently died. I’ll chalk that one up to Hollywood.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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