July 6th, 2011
12:36 PM ET
Every time I’m about to give up on "Pretty Little Liars," it reminds me why I watch in the first place.
Last night’s episode was the first time since season 2 kicked off last month that I was actually excited to relive the events through my own recap.
So, without further ado:
Spencer heads back to the pawnshop to collect Melissa’s ring, but finds a horseshoe in the sparkler’s place. Two things:
But the horseshoe – which I’m adding to my list of unexplained clues, right beneath “snowglobes” – wasn’t the weirdest thing the girls saw. A billboard outside the pawnshop read: “Someone's watching you, so look your best.” Of course it was for an eye doctor.
Things have certainly changed at Emily’s house since she was offered a (pretend) scholarship to swim at Danby. Along with a box of college paraphernalia, she received a hand-written note: “So happy to have you on our A-Team.” Clever.
Later, in the school cafeteria, Hanna and Caleb are reunited – finally. (Caleb was one of several “PLL” references to trend of Twitter last night.) The pair agreed to go on a double date with Lucas and Danielle from yearbook, but only to be Lucas’s “wing-people.”
Aria’s mom, who took over Fitz’s English class, isn’t thrilled when she sees the girls walking together in the hallway. She believes the “bestie ban” – as Hanna dubbed it – should extend to school property. But, after asking Aria to deliver her brother’s keys to him at the park, she backs off.
When Aria gets to the park, she realizes her friends aren’t the only pretty little liars in Rosewood. Mike is nowhere to be found. She does, however, find a slew of shirtless boys, including Jason DiLaurentis, who seems to be pretty into her and her old pink ‘do. Fitz, shmitz.
Spencer, who is either the bravest or dumbest person on this show, visits Wren at the hospital. He tells her Melissa asked him for meds and supplies, and said Ian wouldn’t tell her where he was until she had everything he asked for. At first, Wren says he doesn’t want to get involved, but when he suspects Melissa and Spencer might be in danger, he agrees to help. But I’ll get back to that…
Back at school, it seems things are going well with Emily and Samara (also a trending topic last night). Em tells Samara the truth about Danby, and she reacts without any judgment. She even helps tone down Emily’s mom’s excitement, and keeps her from calling the scout. Paige, who?
After a successful double date, Hanna decides she’s ready to open up to her therapist. In hindsight – silence in golden.
The therapist convinces Hanna to talk to the black leather chair in her office as she would talk to Alison – if she were alive. You were my best friend, but you were also my worst enemy, she says, before Alison appears in the chair.
The scene was pretty intense, but also dragged a bit. That said, Alison, played by 15-year-old Sasha Pieterse, was phenomenal. More please!
After Hanna’s session, the therapist heads back to her office, only to find the whole place trashed. The clock, which she found on the floor, is frozen at 6:05, and the phrase, “Nosy b-- die,” is written on the wall. Police said there weren’t any signs of forced entry, but the therapist insisted she had the only key.
The girls have bigger issues when they find out that Wren and Melissa know Ian’s whereabouts.
They follow them to a barn in the woods, only to find Ian dead, with a bullet through his forehead. The scene looks like a suicide – the gun was placed in Ian’s hand, and a note sat beside his body.
But just in case you didn’t pause your TV to read the entire note (like I did), here it is: “I killed Alison. I lost my temper because she knew too much. But there's only so much you can bury. It won't be that easy but I know how to get rid of the pain. I can't run from the law. Come and find me. -Ian.”
I was half expecting it to be signed “A.” But that wouldn’t make for a very convincing suicide note from a guy named Ian.
What’s up with the horseshoe spray-painted on the wall of the barn? Or the red cell phone our black-gloved friend placed inside the bag in Spencer’s car? What's going on with Aria's brother? So many questions!!
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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