June 29th, 2011
02:35 PM ET
Nightmares are bad enough when they’re unrealistic. I can’t imagine dreaming about someone in a hooded sweatshirt cornering my friends and me in a dark movie theater, only to wake up knowing the event could actually happen. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
Melissa, searching for her lost wedding ring, wakes Spencer up from her bad dream before running upstairs to take a private phone call.
To fool their parents into thinking they’re taking time apart, the girls each start new activities. Emily continues swimming, Hanna begins working on the yearbook with Lucas and Spencer plays field hockey. Aria enrolls in an art class at the very same school where Fitz and his ex-fiancee Jackie (what a small world) teach. Another small world story for you: Jenna is in her class.
Anyone else catch Aria complaining to Fitz that her new student ID resembles a mug shot? (What a fitting simile from a person of interest in a murder case.)
I know I harp on this every week, but how can the two of them make out in public just because Fitz isn’t Aria’s teacher anymore? Since when is it OK for an adult to date an underage high school student without parental consent? (But then, "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison, 51, did marry his 16-year-old girlfriend last month. So...)
On Spencer’s way home from field hockey practice, she notices a shadowy figure in Alison’s house. Jason, who’s outside, insists he’s the only person living there. When she gets home, she finds Melissa’s ring underneath the toaster. Rather than returning it to its rightful owner, Spencer takes the ring to a pawnshop for a loan. She uses the money to purchase a truck for Toby, her boyfriend of five minutes.
Tickets to a sporting event probably would have been sufficient, Spencer.
Cue the flashback: Alison walks over to Spencer’s house one night to avoid a wild party Jason is throwing at their house. She mentions that Jason is waiting to inherit money from their grandmother and that Spencer’s family has the worst apples. (There's a good chance I read too much into the apple remark, but - no closer to solving the mystery - we're not in a position to leave out details.)
Back in Jason’s yard, a trash bag opens and bloody tissues spill out across the lawn. Jason says he cut himself. I’m calling BS on this one.
Emily, in her attempt to stay in Rosewood, writes a fake letter from a college scout about why she needs to stay put in order to get an athletic scholarship. But, after a heart-to-heart with her mom, she decides to rip up the letter. (She did rip it up, right? I only ask because, thanks to A, the letter eventually made it into the mail - in one piece.)
Turns out, A didn’t want Emily to move to Texas either. A note, replacing the discarded letter in Em’s trash, read: “You can't play cat and mouse if the mouse moves to Texas. I need you here, Em. Congrats! –A.”
Aria and Jenna’s exchange in art class was by far the creepiest part of the episode. Pretending her name is Anita to throw Jenna off, Aria describes Jenna’s candle-holder to her. But once Aria gets going, Jenna recognizes her voice, and screams at her to blow the candle out, leaving the pair in the dark classroom.
However, looking back, the exchange was a bit anticlimactic. Aria appeared in the next scene, totally unfazed, with Spencer and Hanna. The three girls followed Melissa out of the house, and watched as she greeted her ex-boyfriend Wren at his car. He gave her a package before heading on his way.
The girls assume the bag contains painkillers for Ian. A good hypothesis, considering he recently fell down a bell tower. What do you think?
The episode ends as A buys Melissa’s ring from the pawnshop. Toby better appreciate his new set of wheels, because Spencer is about to be in serious trouble.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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