July 27th, 2011
12:39 PM ET
After last week’s, dare I say, flat episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” we were due for some “Pretty Little” drama.
The girls may have dubbed their fashion show an “A-xtravaganza,” but more clues would have been nice after leaving us with an extended clip of Ali and Ian’s romp the week prior.
Those clues came last night in the form of – drum roll – a potential murder weapon. But I’ll get back to that.
Emily officially moved into Hanna’s house, and it didn’t take long for the welcome wagon to arrive: “What fun. Two little liars under one roof. You’re making it so easy. –A”
Meanwhile, Aria’s parents invite Fitz to their dinner party to make sure he’s settling in at Hollis… and because they have no idea their underage daughter is dating him.
Fitz agrees to go. He tells Aria it will be good for her parents to see them together, putting her mind at ease – that is, until she finds out her mother has also invite Jason.
Mike is still acting strange – ducking out before breakfast and keeping to himself. He even has a rear view mirror on his desk to see when his parents enter the room.
At the Hastings house, it’s becoming clearer that Spencer’s dad has an issue with the DiLaurentis family. After arguing with Jessica at the fashion show, he puts the kibosh on the fence Jason was planning to build, separating their yards.
We’ve always known the Hasting family was strange. Even Aria and Hanna’s moms acknowledge that fact when they meet to discuss what happened at the show. They come to the conclusion that the torment from A has most likely occurred for awhile. Such perceptive parents.
Later, while Toby clears the ivy around the Hasting’s barn, he finds something buried about six inches below the ground on the Hastings-DiLaurentis property line. It’s a piece from Spencer’s old field hockey stick. She said she lent it to Alison a long time ago, adding, it was in Ali’s bedroom the summer she was killed.
The wooden stick appears to have split, much like a baseball bat does sometimes after it makes contact with a ball. Blunt force trauma, anyone?
Spencer’s dad takes the stick from Toby, and later asks him to keep their conversation from Spencer. So shady!
Speaking of Shady – Mike finally got caught breaking into his neighbors’ homes. Aria looks through his closet to see what he’s accumulated when she finds the lamp Jenna created in their art class.
When Aria confronts Mike about stealing from a blind girl, he tells her he took the lamp from Garrett’s apartment while looking for a gun to “get out of here.” I hope that didn’t have a suicidal undertone, because Aria came off way more concerned about the lamp than her brother’s well being.
Mike’s delinquent act helped alert the girls of Garrett’s true colors – something we’ve been dying for them to figure out since we realized he and Jenna play on the same team. The A team, if you will.
And they figured it out just in time, too. Spencer was getting ready to confide in Garrett about the field hockey stick. Not that it matters. Mr. Hastings tossed the stick in the fireplace after telling Spencer, “This is over. Ian Thomas is in a grave I paid for.” He even makes a jab about the trophy Spencer believed was evidence some time ago.
Did anyone else notice the number on Garrett’s police car? “583,” most likely Garrett’s unit number, was printed on the roof of the vehicle. But “35” appeared on the back of the car. Is there a clue here? Or am I seriously over-analyzing a teen drama?
The episode ends with A’s black gloves filling a bottle with some type of chemical, possibly bromobenzene, also known as BB - a toxic substance that can cause liver and nervous system damage. And if the scenes for next week are any indication, Emily is about to figure that out the hard way.
What did you think of last night’s episode? What’s up with Caleb and his criminal past? And What is Mr. Hastings keeping from us?
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