'Pretty Little Liars': Covered in mud
August 4th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars': Covered in mud

I am not looking forward to next Tuesday.

Not because I don’t want to know what happens on the mid-season finale of the most scandalous TV show of the season, but because I’m not confident I can make it through the rest of the summer without my “Pretty Little Liars.”

Last night’s episode didn’t waste any time before delving into drama and suspense. While Hanna, Aria and Spencer flipped through flashcards and prepared for the dreaded SAT, Emily was nowhere to be found – and not because she doesn’t like studying in groups.

When we caught up with Emily, she was running into her bedroom with a terrified expression on her face. Covered in mud, she read a text message from A: “There’s only so much you can bury, Emily. You’re not done with me yet.”

After a quick commercial break, the girls met at school to take the test, except when it ended up getting postponed due to the severe weather, mayhem ensued.

As it turns out, Alison’s memorial was vandalized the night before and, true to form, the creepy cop didn’t waste any time before jumping on the case.

He approached Emily - who forgot to rinse the mud off her shoes - at her locker, and informed her that Toby was spotted at a gas station. Emily said she hadn’t seen him, and before the creepy cop walked away, he suggested she check her basement.

Though it’s not clear if Emily really has been in contact with Toby, we know she’s not interested in telling the truth… to anyone. She told the girls she never made it to their study session because practice ran late.

At school, Emily got another text message from A: “Hey Em – you weren’t the only one with ‘Great Expectations.’ Check it out. Xoxo.” She immediately left the girls and set off to find the book, at which point, Spencer’s phone rang. “Define ‘desertion.’ Seems like you’re about to lose Emily. Who’s next? –A”

Tucked inside the book, Emily found the letter she wrote Alison just days before she disappeared. We’re then treated to a flashback to the time they spent kissing in the library. When she comes out of her daydream, she realized the storm has picked up outside. Books began to fall off the shelves and her bag, as well as the letter, is nowhere to be found.

Emily then has another flashback, this time recalling a moment in the girl’s locker room. When Alison asked Emily to hook her bra, she leaned over and gave Emily a kiss on her shoulder. “Just because we kiss in the library doesn’t mean I’m into you,” Alison snapped back. Harsh.

In another part of the school, Noel and Aria had wrapped a very “High School Musical”-esque moment and were leaning in toward each other as if they’re about to kiss, but then Aria spotted Fitz standing in the doorway. (Yes, Fitz was back!)

Noel scurried back to the rest of the students, but Aria stayed to ask a “homework question” (sure; whatever you say, Aria). She couldn’t seem to understand why one minute Fitz told her he got a haircut for her, and the next he’s interviewing at schools in New York.

The creepy cop then found Emily (again), and told her he found her belongings, which included the broken pieces from the memorial. That evidence, combined with the pictures of Emily sitting at the memorial and the letter she wrote to Alison, lead the cop to conclude that Emily wanted to punish Alison for rejecting her. Luckily, the girls were there for her, as was Spencer’s mom, who put the cop in his place for questioning minors without an adult present.

Speaking of Spencer’s mom, she told her daughter that she has nothing against her boy toy Alex. It turns out she spent one very drunken day at the country club, and Alex took care of her and listened to her talk about the lump she found in her breast. It was definitely a breakthrough moment for Spencer and her mom.

The most unsuspecting part of the episode comes after Lucas thanked Hanna for sticking up to Mona. Why did everyone forget to clean the mud off their shoes? Or at least wear a different pair. Could he have vandalized the memorial? Better yet, is he “A”?

The episode ended with the same black gloves we’ve come to expect around 8:57 p.m. on Tuesday. A video of Alison appeared on a laptop. “I know you want to kiss me,” she said into the camera. The video was placed in an envelope, clearly on its way to the Rosewood Police Department – hopefully it will get there by the next episode.

Most of the speculation I’ve seen is based on what happened in the book series, but what do you think will happen based only on what we’ve seen on TV thus far? And what did you think of last night’s episode?

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Sorry, Aria, not Ariel.

    August 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AJ

    By the end of the memorial episode I was sure Allison's brother is the killer, but we'll see who it really is in the end, looks like everyone in town may have a reason to hate Allison, she was an evil girl, it seems. Fitz and Ariel's relationship does gross me out too. The cop is an incompetent idiot but he plays it well, if they knew about the cell phone call that Allison received from Toby the night she died, why did he wait a year to investigate Toby? Great show, every episode leaves you hanging and anticipating the next, will be sad to see the season end.

    August 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nh4paws

    Is anyone else creeped out by the fact that Aria is 16 and Fitz is at least in his late 20's? Ummm gross

    August 10, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lorin

    I don't know if "A" is Lucas. I mean I guess there is a possibility. He is a computer geek and knows a lot about technology, enough to be able to have that video of Allison at the end of the episode. And, yeah his shoes were covered in mud, but I think they are pointing a figure at a new person in every episode. "A" is going to be the unexpected, the last person we would ever think to be A. Last episode I thought it was Spencer and this episode it made me think Emily and than Lucas. Maybe it's the creepy cop? But I think it would be awesome if it were one of the 4 girls. That would be a total twist. IDK... I definitely don't want this season to go on break. I love the show. But I bought the books to keep me preoccupied, though I think the TV seris is going to be completely different than the actual books.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pam

    This is driving me nuts. I started reading the books because of the show and they aren't following the books. I am really excited for next weeks show. If I hadn't read 5 of the books already I would say A was Lucas. he really liks Hanna but he is really odd.

    August 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. S

    Ummm I'm confused Abt lucas shoes!!!

    August 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LALA

    Correction Emily kissed Allison on the shoulder

    August 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KBW

    I just dont understand.. why would Lucas wear the same exact shoes as Emily covered in mud and everything? i still have no idea who "A" is and it is bugging the crap out of me to find out!

    August 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MK

    Wait a minute – is that the same actress as the girl who played "Jesse" in KYLE XY? And yes, I'm admitting to watching both this show and Kyle XY... embarrassing for me, I know. http://www.thesmogger.com

    August 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    can't wait to see where that tape shows up ??? http://watch-pretty-little-liars.com/

    August 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. noneofyourbeeswax

    to much information darlene

    August 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Darlene

    This makes my boobs sweat.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Landru

    I'd hit that.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

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