A major shocker for Ezra fans, Ally and Cece`s secret games, and ball of confusion that is Wren…
Start From a short conversation between the girls we find out that they weren’t able to speak to Jenna, nor did Shana reveal anything that could be useful. They`re also worried about not graduating at the end of the year which at this point doesn’t seem that shocking – there hasn’t been much of taking exams, studying, attending class or doing other things that all of the ordinary high school students do. Even Spence, who had been the most studious of the bunch doesn’t seem to care. Emily finds out that Mrs. DiLaurentis has offered to take her and her mother in while their home is being repaired. That`s a pretty nice, but also creepy gesture, since Emily would have to sleep in her dead best friend`s bed. Emily is far from thrilled but the girls convince her to go – this might be the perfect opportunity to snoop around and possibly find some clues about Ally/A-Team/Red Coat/Black Hoodie or any of the other individuals that have been turning the girls` lives into hell for the past few years.
Where Your Loyalties Are After being M.I.A for a while doctor Wren is back. He is still Mona`s doctor and he is forcing Mona to look at pictures of farm animals and then asking her how she feels. Her face clearly says that she is irritated. The patient-doctor actor is short lived because Wren outright tells Mona that he doesn’t believe that she killed anyone. Mona says that no longer trusts Wren now that she knows where his loyalties lie. Now, that is interesting! It seem like Wren has some connection to someone that has done Mona wrong in the past. Is it A? We don’t get an explanation, but before Wren leaves Mona`s room he makes an observation that shocks the viewers as well as Mona herself – he believes that she has stopped taking her medication. From the way the confident look on Mona`s face immediately floats away it`s safe to say that Dr. Wren might be right.
Mood Swings Emily caves in and goes to stay with Mrs. DiLaurentis. Spencer helps her unpack and tries to make her feel better by telling her a historical fact about parents and their dead children which clearly freaks Emily out even more. On the contrary, Mrs. DiLaurentis looks real happy as she walks into the room and announces that she`s happy to see the girls in Ally`s room but that the furnace is broken so it might be a little chilly (keep that in mind, this piece of information because quite important later on in the episode). When Mrs. D opens up Ally`s closet to get some hangers and sees Ally`s clothes she is on the verge of tears…only to be back to her peppy self ten seconds later.
Voice of Reason Caleb, being the less impulsive and the more productive half of Haleb, has tracked down an unpaid cable bill that might lead to Cece. He invited Hanna to go to Philadelphia and check it out but Hanna has other ideas. She wants to sneak into Radley and talk to Mona, and she asks for Caleb`s help. Aside from a few of the parents and Spencer, Caleb is the only voice of reason on the show. He reminds Hanna of all of the horrible things that have been happening lately (like Jenna, being pulled out of the lake looking like “soggy bread”) and urges her not to go to “the enemy”. Clearly, Caleb has taken a side on the whole “Is Mona a friend or a foe?” issue. Still, Hanna is determined, so tracks down Wren and tries to talk him into letting her see Mona. She knows that he had let Cece into Radley in the past, and he is a little stunned to hear that she knows. Wren also mentions that a blond girl was trying to see Mona recently, and that he thought it was Hanna, but he know reckons that it wasn’t. Did I miss something? When was this shown/discussed? Is he just making stuff up? He promises to help Hanna the best he can, and lets her go with the idea that Cece Drake might be back in town and clawing her way in to see Mona. To make himself look even worse, as soon as Hanna leaves Wren is on the phone, notifying someone that there is a problem, and promising to take care of things on his end, as long as the person on the other side of the phone does the same. Who are we talking about here, Mona, Cece, Hanna?
The Blond Toby strolls into the coffee shops and finds the envelope with sheet music (Black Hoodie stuck in the sheet music for “Any Time” into an envelope in the last week`s episode) conveniently laying around. He takes it to Spencer, who deciphers the A note stuck to the sheet music to mean that in order to find out what happened to Toby`s mother they need to stop focusing on Eddy Lamb and focus on Dr. Palmer instead. And that is what they do. This time, Spoby visit the doctor together and he seems as lovely and as out of it as he did last time. Although he doesn’t know anything about the specific song, as soon as Spencer starts to play in on the piano (which just happens to be in the room) Dr. Palmer mistakes Spencer for Toby`s mom. She goes along with it and tries to find out more about the blond that she should stay away from, but before he can say anything valuable, he is taken away. However, at the last second Dr. Palmer instructs nobody in particular to “show Mrs. DiLaurentis” to his office. What now???
The Result Are And You Are Not… At the start of the episode Mr. Fitz was having trouble unlocking his classroom door and was generally looking disheveled and spaced out. While I attributed that to seeing Aria and Jake at the coffee shop and finding out that Malcolm will be moving to Washington with his mother, that is clearly not the case. After Ezra throws a DNA test that we didn’t even know had taken place, on the table for Maggie to see, Ezra delivers what can be the mid-season shocker. Mr. Fitz is not the father!!! Who saw that coming? Maggie makes the worst apology in the history by saying that she was mad at him, slept with someone at a party, and then convinced herself that the baby was Ezra`s even though she knew that wasn’t the case. Ezra goes on to list all of the things that make him a great father (how he knows all of the names of Malcolm`s stuffed animals and takes him to games, just to name a few) for a good two minutes and I honestly feel bad for the guy. Meanwhile Maggie mumbles a weak “sorry” and takes off. That`s not at all important to the overall story of “Pretty Little Liars”, but nonetheless, the was a awful things to put the poor guy through.
Creeper Later in the day Hanna unexpectedly bumps into Caleb on the street. He confesses that he was about to talk to Mrs. Hastings and tell her all about A being back because he doesn’t feel that he`s able to protect Hanna from danger any longer. Although Hanna objects to the idea of telling anyone about A she can`t be mad at Caleb for trying to keep her safe. As 99.9% of the viewers are saying “awww” and wishing to have Caleb as their boyfriend, Wren messes up the romantic scene by creepily staring at the couple from a parked car and just being…creepy. Seems like Wren might still be hung up on Hanna (they did kiss in season 3 although she was never interested in him). Seriously, it`s time for these older men to leave the teenage, high school girls alone and let them be happy with their age appropriate boyfriends.
Wren`s Intention and Scary Mrs. H Wren is extremely busy in this episode. After peeping at Hanna and Caleb he ends up in Mrs. Hastings house. He did sort of break her older daughter`s heart by kissing her younger daughter and getting caught, so Mrs. Hastings isn`t thrilled to see him and she lets him know about her feelings. To make us more confused about Wren`s true intentions, he warns Mrs. Hastings that Mona still hates Spencer and the girls, and can pull some sort of stunt that could hurt all of them at any instant. The show has a really good way of making essentially every character look suspicious at some point, and it seems like it`s Wren`s turn. Although she does greet him coldly, Mrs. Hastings decides to pay Mona a visit. She lets Mona know that if she does anything to any of the girls she will rot in prison for a very long time. It`s scary how quickly Mrs. Hastings goes from sweet to scary.
Clueless: The Hanna Marin Edition Does anyone in this town lock their door? First Caleb comes into Hanna`s house without even having to knock because the door is unlocked, and now Hanna simply turns the doorknob and ends up in Mrs. D`s house with no problem. Nobody seems to be home (or so she thinks), and for some unknown reason Hanna decides to head up to Allison`s room. She looks around, and finally walks over to a jewelry box. While she is admiring one of Allison`s rings, she completely IGNORES THE FACT THAT RED COAT HAD JUST WALKED PAST HER!!! Major facepalm moment! Even on a show where extremely strange things happen, how is it possible for a person to not have a slightest idea that another human being is moving around and casually strolling down the hallway inches away from you? Eventually, Hanna does feel like something is off, but it`s only when Red Coat is already gone. At this rate we`ll be lucky if we find out her identity in the next ten years.
Some To Love Ally Emily and Mrs. D have a heart to heart and while at first I thought of Mrs. D as highly suspicious, the way she is sharing very personal details with the girls makes me think that she might not be as bad as I thought. Out of the blue, she tells Emily that she sees Ally. Mrs. D recalls a specific time when she saw a girl that looked just like Allison in a park and even chased her down. However, we don’t really find out if she ever saw her face. Emily confesses that she has seen Allison too, but she doesn’t go further and explain that it might not have been a misunderstanding. As the conversation goes on Emily reveals that she is gay (surprising how Mrs. D hadn’t found out before) and even though she had been very judgmental (pointing out the fact that Hanna used to be fat on multiple occasions), she says that she is proud of Emily and that if Allison was alive she couldn’t ask for a better person to love her daughter. Hmm, is Mrs. D suggesting that if Ally was alive she would want the two to date?
She-Devils Since Aria is in Philadelphia to see Jake participate in a championship, she is multitasking and trying to locate the address that Caleb had gotten from that unpaid cable bill that he mentioned to Hanna. She not only finds the house, but also runs into a girl who used to know Cece, and surprisingly, has heard of Allison and her “she-devils” as well. Aria finds out that Cece, although they hadn’t had any interaction while Allison was alive, hated the girls for some unknown reason. The girl also says that Ally looked like a person that would be capable of pushing someone down the stairs – is that a reference to the party in season 1 (the girls snuck in with fake IDs and a girl was mysteriously pushed down the stairs)?
Dress Up and the Mental Hospital Although Spencer is still keeping quiet about Toby looking into the death of his mother, Spencer still tells Hanna and Emily about going to see Dr. Palmer and him mentioning Mrs. DiLaurentis` name. Emily is completely against the idea of asking her anything because she is too fragile, but Spencer doesn’t think the same. So, as soon as Emily leaves for work, Spencer and Hanna question Mrs. D and this is where we get another flashback. Don’t you just love those? So, we see Allison playing the piano (again, there are so many references to music and instruments in PLL, I really think that it is significant in some sort of way) and Mrs. D storming into the house, absolutely furious. She explains that she got a call from Radley because according to the doctors, Allison was admitted due to the fact that she was a danger to herself. When Ally`s mom rushed to Radley she found…Cece, dressed as Ally. Allison is more amused than shocked to hear this, since she didn’t think that Cece would go through with the plan. Mrs. D is absolutely frantic and she says that this toxic friendship has to end and that Cece is no longer welcome in the DiLaurentis house.
Cece=Red Coat=Twins? Now, let`s stop here. Could this possibly be a hint? Cece was no longer allowed to come to the house, but if she was pretending to be Allison, would that rule still apply? Mrs. D does say that the girls not only switched close to look like each other, but also switched personalities. Could this mean that Red Coat is actually Cece, pretending to be Allison? That would mean that she didn’t leave the town after all, and that she has been living a double life this whole time. That`s just a theory, but it makes a lot of sense. Also, the whole concept of switching personalities might also be connected to the twin theory (since Ally has a twin in the books). Maybe the show is going to go with the popular twin theory, but add a twist, since Allison and Cece are not actually sisters (or are they? Just kidding, but really, you never know with this show…) but they do look alike.
Love Triangle Impending After completely ignoring Ezra`s call (sorry Ezria lovers), Jake and Aria are sitting in a tree. No, actually more like on the steps. They share a puppies and kittens cute moment and kiss. I would be really happy for them if I didn’t know what was waiting for them in the future which is a dramatic and crazy love triangle. Now that Ezra is no longer a daddy (and the appearance of Malcolm was one of the main reasons why Aria and Ezra broke up) he will most likely try to get his girl back. I`m fine with Aria`s relationship drama as long as it doesn’t take up time that should be spent on trying to figure out who A/Black Hoodie/Red Coat are.
Legal Troubles and Vivian D. Ashley Marin just can`t get a break. Mrs. Hastings has been accused of forcing Mona into confessing and is now taken off the case so Ashley has no lawyer which forces Hanna to have a full on panic attack and storm out of the Hastings home to see if her mother is alright. We are left wondering who tipped the authorities off, but we don’t wonder for long. We get a scene of Wren, sitting alone and talking on the phone. He is being told about Mrs. Hasting`s situation and he is clearly pretending to be shocked, but he doesn’t look surprised at all. While he is on the phone he has a picture on his lap that he is coloring in. It`s the same picture of people and farm animals that he had showed to Mona in the beginning of the episode. The girl in the center of the picture has black hair and Wren is diligently working on coloring in her coat with a red pencil. I guess Wren knows more about Allison and her double personality after all, because the girl in the picture is a dead ringer for Vivian Darkbloom.
Someone`s Lurking in the Basement Remember how I told you to keep in mind the broken furnace in Mrs. D`s house? Well, she finally gets someone to fix it, and the guy lets her know that aside from not having any heat in the house, she also has another major problem. Mrs. D and Emily sneaks down to the basement (at this point I already know that nothing good ever comes from going to the basement on this show) and find out that somebody has been staying there. If Hanna would be more perceptive you would probably know exactly who it was, but Mrs. D thinks that it must`ve been some passerby that is no long gone. In fact, while Emily looks a little worried Mrs. D is totally nonchalant and is walking up the stairs and offering to heat up some lasagna for Emily, who doesn’t move. She notices the holes that are driller in the basement ceiling/kitchen floor and is feeling the same way that I am feeling – confused. As of now, I`m pretty sure that the holes are there so that Red Coat could see if anyone is on the first floor of the house. Other than that, any other significance of those holes is lost on me.
Wilden`s Killer, Please Stand Up And as always, the end of the episode offers us another mystery. Black Hoodie is lurking in the rubble of Emily`s home. He/she looks through some damaged photos of Emily and her parents, before pulling out a dirty stiletto and throwing in into the rubble. When the camera zooms in we can clearly see that it is the same shoe that Hanna`s mother tried to throw away. If you throw away something important and possibly incriminating, it will most likely reappear. So, is Black Hoodie now trying to pin Wilden`s murder on Emily or her family? So far Ashley has been accused, Mona has made a false confession, and now it`s time for Emily? And we still don`t have a clue of who actually killed the guy and what was the motive behind killing him in the first place…