March 15th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
Best. Episode. Yet. Or, at least since the second half of season one picked up in January.
It all began with the girls pondering Jenna’s potential motives for enlisting Caleb to spy on Hanna.
Spencer zoned out, watching as people set up scary clown statues for the Founder’s Day festival outside the restaurant. (Why don't these soirees ever have happy themes, like puppies or rainbows?)
Creepy decorations aside, Spencer couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching them - possibly because she was right. They never caught a glimpse of the mystery stalker, though. (I didn't get a good look. Was that Alison’s brother hiding outside the restaurant?)
The next day at school, Paige told Emily she invited a boy on their date for “insurance” so her dad doesn't become suspicious. Em encouraged her to reach out to a nearby campus group for tips on coming out to her parents. Paige agreed, but ended up bailing on the meeting, leaving Emily to get to know group member Samara alone. Bad move, Paige.
On the other side of the cafeteria, Hanna asked Caleb what Jenna wanted him to find in her house. He told her she was looking for a key that once belonged to Alison. He seemed genuine, but Hanna wasn’t about to let him off that easy.
While Aria waited for Fitz at his apartment after school, she stumbled across his profile on a fictional social networking site. (If Fitz were real, he would totally have a MySpace page.) She left after spotting a picture of her teacher/boyfriend snuggling up to someone by the name of Jackie Molina.
Hanna suggested Aria create a fake profile page and friend Jackie to get more information, but she couldn't go through with it. Looks like Aria’s more mature than I thought. That said, she and Fitz still annoy me to no end. (My apologies to those of you who previously vowed to boycott the show should the pair split.)
Aria eventually finds out that Jackie was Fitz’s college girlfriend and fiancée, but she broke off their engagement before they made it to the altar.
While setting up for the festival, Spencer catches Melissa and Ian in their Hilton Head fib when Melissa gushes about the amazing ocean view by the ninth hole. Too bad for her the ocean is on the other side of the resort. Ian threatens Spencer with a quicksand analogy: “The more you struggle, the faster you sink,” he says.
Caleb dropped by Hanna's house to say goodbye, but she wasn't home. Her mom, who has warmed up to the freeloading spy since he moved out, suggested he find Hanna at the festival and give her the letter himself. Not wanting to run into him, Hanna asked Mona to cover for her. You should know better than that, Hanna.
Mona took the letter from Caleb, read it and tossed it in the trash. We only got a tiny glimpse of the ripped up note, but it looks like Caleb is in love. Mona, the great friend she is, told Hanna that Caleb was just looking for change for a $20.
When Emily got home, she gets a text from A: “Poor Em, you definitely have a type: Love me, lie for me.” The text leads to a flashback of Alison returning home from her trip to Hilton Head. She gave Emily a snow globe, supposedly from her grandmother, and asked her keep it in a safe place.
Emily then found a key to a storage unit, the key Jenna was looking for, tucked away in the trinket.
When Aria leaves Fitz’s apartment to meet the girls, Garrett, the police officer, knocks on the door and asks to speak with him about one of his students. Wonder who that might be…
At that moment, Spencer receives a text from an unknown number claiming to be Toby. She looks for him in the fun house, but finds A has been there instead. “Having any fun yet? Shut up or I’ll shut you up,” is written on the wall. Spencer looks to a revolving door in an effort to escape, but someone, presumably A, locks her in with a crowbar.
One panic attack later, Ian rescues her with Spencer’s mom and sister close by. (What do you think: Did Ian lock her in to begin with, or is he really her knight in shining armor?)
While Spencer reunites with Toby, Aria, Emily and Hanna head to Alison's storage space where they find a flash drive inside a lunchbox. The drive holds footage of the girls taken through a window on July 4. Could it have been Alison’s brother spying on them all along?
The episode ends with someone stealing the spare key from underneath Fitz’s doormat. It’s on!
What did you think of last night’s episode? Will you tune in for the season finale next week?
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