Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pretty Little Liars: "Under the Gun" (4x6)

This week's episode kicked it up a notch compared to last week, but not by much. While some rather interesting things happened during this episode, we're still laying groundwork for bigger plotlines and weaving Ravenswood into the storyline. So, without any further ado...

Aria
Early in the episode, a Lacrosse player named Connor asked for her help on an English paper. She helped, he tried to kiss her, she wasn't interested, but he lied and told his friends something more happened. Aria's brother Mike believed what Connor said, and angrily confronted Aria. She then stormed into the boys locker room to set Connor straight, and he made some rude comments about her relationship with Ezra. She's conflicted because while the comments are crass... the affair did really happen. Later, Mike apologized and said that he'll make it up to Aria. Towards the end of the episode, in a montage set to Shana's violin, Connor's car is vandalized. Was it Mike... or A? The word "LIAR" is painted on the side of the car, and we know A doesn't like liars.

Pretty Little Liars - Aria Montgomery

Mona
Mona came back for a few scenes, one in which she outed Spencer's secret about Toby taking the lair. In the other, she has a conversation with Emily. Em wants to know what A has on Toby. Mona claims she doesn't know. Em claims she "wants in," because Mona "has the fast track on A, while the rest of us have nothing." Mona's retort... "I'm not the one pulling the strings anymore, Emily." Mona pointed out that she is just as vulnerable as the Liars, because the RV had proof of everything. "Everything bad that I've done, everything you've done... A has proof. One wrong move, we all go up in flames. Maybe this time we don't get out of them." Youch.

Pretty Little Liars - Mona Vanderwaal
Emily
Spencer and Emily apologized to each other early in the episode, but their truce didn't last long. Emily found out about Spencer keeping the RV secret, and got pretty angry. She decided to take matters into her own hands, asking Hanna for the footage from Wilden's car. Emily burned the footage from the hard drive onto a DVD, and set it on Lieutenant Tanner's desk.

PLL - Em's DVD

Later, Spencer attempted to reconcile, inviting Em to Creepyville. Em politely declined, seeing as Spencer only wanted to go to clear her guilty conscience. No matter. We meet up with Em at the end of the episode when Lieutenant Tanner showed up at The Brew for Open Mic Night. She asks Emily to come to the station with her, where she shows her something we've all been waiting for.

PLL - Emily Mask GUILTY Episode 4x6

Lieutenant Tanner knows that Em was at the station, and the DVD wasn't on her desk when she went back for her glasses. Oh, and about that DVD on her desk...

A's DVD

Definitely not the one that Emily left! But the handwriting matched a card left for Mrs. Fields by Emily. Em tried to explain that it must be someone pulling a prank.

Hanna
She tried to help her mom in the last episode by burying the gun at Cicero College. This episode dealt with the aftermath of Hanna's actions. The entire Marin clan is on lockdown inside their home.

Pretty Little Liars - Hanna Marin

Hanna came to the realization that A was framing Ashley. The stakes rose even higher for Hanna when A threatened to implicate her Dad in Wilden's murder if she mentioned anything about A to her parents. Hanna gave Emily the footage from Wilden's Car, so Emily could hand it over to the police, in the hopes that it would clear Ashley's name.

Pretty Little Liars - The Hard Drive

But Em's plan backfired, and by the end of the episode, Ashley Marin was officially arrested for the murder of Officer Darren Wilden.

Pretty Little Liars - Ashley Marin Episode 4x6

Spencer
Mona revealed her big secret to Aria and Emily. Spencer decided to be proactive, chasing down the Grunwald lead from the last episode in an attempt to regain some trust. She invited Emily on her sojourn to find Mrs. Grunwald, but Em declined. So, Toby went instead. Things were tense for Spoby in the car, but even weirder when they got to Ravenswood.

PLL - Welcome to Ravenswood Episode 4x6
Welcome to Weirdsville
When they first arrived, Spencer tried to talk to a woman and her children. They all walked right by her, almost as if they couldn't see or hear her.

Pretty Little Liars - Spoby Episode 4x6

Spence and Toby! Spotted through the window of a shop by a set of eyes.

Pretty Little Liars - Ravenswood Eyes Episode 4x6
These Eyes

Spoby is freaked out, but for the most part, undeterred. They continued on to find Mrs. Grunwald. Magically, or by GPS, they find what they believe to be the correct house, but a caretaker denied them entrance AND information. He's the only one there, and he only deals with the master of the house. Spoby split after claiming to have the wrong address, and Mr. Caretaker made a call on his flip phone. Hmmm.

Pretty Little Liars - Ravenswood Caretaker Episode 4x6

Back downtown, Spencer spotted Mrs. Grunwald in a salon.

Pretty Little Liars - Mrs. Grunwald Episode 4x6

Spencer confronted her about Alison's disappearance, giving her a few vague details about the case. Mrs. Grunwald simply replied, "Well, I must have missed it." Spencer continued questioning Grunwald, adding the fact that Alison is supposed to be dead, but might not be. Mrs. Grunwald politely maintains, "I didn't know her alive, I certainly don't know her dead."

The Bulldozer didn't believe her, and pushed on, but continued to get shot down. During the whole interaction, Mrs. Grunwald was poised and polite. She ended the conversation saying, "I'm very sorry about your friend, really. But I can't help you. I'm not who you think I am."

They left the salon, and Toby went across the street for food. Angelic music began playing, and Spencer followed the music, only to find that everyone in town was also following it. They ended up in a park with an angel at the center. It seemed like the music was coming from the statue, and the townspeople simply stood and listened.

Pretty Little Liars - Ravenswood Angel Episode 4x6

The crowd seemed to be mesmerized by the music. Well, everyone except for Spencer and...

Pretty Little Liars - Shana Episode 4x6
Shana in Ravenswood

Shana seemed to be casing out Ravenswood too. Spencer immediately figured that Shana got to Mrs. Grunwald first. Spencer ran to get Toby, while Shana hightailed it toward a car. Spencer found Toby just in time to watch Shana jump into Jenna's car, but it was unclear if Jenna was driving. Spoby tried to give chase, but were slowed down when this crashed into their windshield...

PLL - Dead Raven Episode 4x6
No... You falled.

Sufficiently weirded out, they head back to Rosewood, only to find Shana playing violin for Open Mic Night at the Brew.

Best Quote:


"I'm not driving back to Rosewood with low-blood-sugar-Spencer, that's worse than no-caffeine-Spencer."
-Toby

My Thoughts:


Umm... let's start at the end, shall we? Well, we all knew that Ashley was being framed, so her arrest was really no surprise. I enjoyed watching the scenes between Hanna and her Dad. They're really doing a good job of showing just how much he HASN'T been there for his daughter. Hanna's actions were definitely rash, but she was desperate to protect her mother. It's been nice seeing Hanna in some more serious situations.

Aria in Hester's shoes a la A Scarlet Letter? It's about time we have some reaction to the affair from the student body. It's a bit anti-climactic happening when she and Ezra are off, but it's about time they addressed it. Connor was a jerk though, and I can't say I blame Mike if he WAS the one who went all Carrie Underwood on Connor's car.

Emily's story was predictable this week, and I can't help but be impressed with her tech skills. I would never have guessed that she could take video from a hard drive and burn it to a DVD, but maybe she's learned a thing or two. Or, maybe she had help from Caleb? Either way... I figured A was lurking around to wreak havoc on Em's plan. She's always watching. Always. 

Ravenswood is creepy in a LOT of different ways.

Eyes of Ravenswood LIGHTENED Episode 4x6

A lightened up version of this pic doesn't give away any clues as to identity, but those eyes. Reminds me of Toby's eyes. Does he have a twin? Does anyone?!?

PLL - Ravenswood Caretaker Episode 4x6

This caretaker moves pretty fast. But he's also zombi-esque like the rest of the town. What's with huddling around the music-playing angel?

Pretty Little Liars - Ravenswood Angel Episode 4x6

And that sign?

PLL - Welcome to Ravenswood Episode 4x6

"So named for the vast wooded area to the east and frequent raven sightings, Ravenswood first rose to prominence during the Revolutionary War for its use as a rest station and later a burial ground."

It looks like the town was established in 1764, but it's tough to tell for sure. It claims that Ravenswood was used as a burial ground. It does have an abundance of tombstones and cemetery space.

PLL - Ravenswood Mourner Episode 4x6
Mourning

PLL - Downtown Ravenswood Episode 4x6
Downtown Tombstone

While Spencer was interrogating Mrs. Grunwald, Toby looked at a few of the framed photos in the salon. Each one used a cemetery as a backdrop, and ravens are generally thought to be a bad omen. So, what's going on in this weird little town?

And why was Shana there? Are she and Jenna investigating for Melissa during her absence? Was Jenna driving the car, or was it someone else?

According to the previews, Mike will be blamed for Connor's Car, It's the birth of Coby, (or Taleb) and Em gets shots to help her shoulder, but surgery is the least of her worries considering that car coming through the wall! Next week's episode, "Crash and Burn, Girl!" is the 7th of the season. Hard to believe we're halfway through the summer season!
-S


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