Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pretty Little Liars: "Bite Your Tongue" (4x17)

And the questions just keep on piling up, don't they? What an episode! After some Close Encounters last week... this week's episode certainly upped the tension and gave us a small reveal that most fans probably saw coming, but still! Answers, right? Woohoo! We got one!!! But more on that later... We'll take it liar by liar, as that's the easiest way to do it lately. O.o

Aria Montgomery PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Aria
Her brother threw a party while their Dad was out of town. And of all the people Mike could invite... he picked Mona. Needless to say, Aria was less than pleased. At school, she walked in on Ezra talking to Maggie. Aria was annoyed at the situation, but Ezra was quite calm, telling her, "Flying off the handle isn't going to help anything, Aria. People get what they deserve. Eventually."

Ezra Fitz PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Later, she found out how Mike and Mona met, and confronted the new guidance counseler, Jesse. He wasn't sorry that Mike and Mona had formed a friendship, and suggested that Aria talk to someone about her anger. 

Jesse PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Outside the Post Office, Aria spotted Maggie and felt the need to tell her off. The two had an ugly exchange of words, and Aria caused Maggie to drop a box full of Malcolm's toys. Later, she told Emily about the converstaion and her regrets. Still feeling guilty, she decided to call Ezra and explain the situation, apologizing over voicemail.

Aria calls Ezra PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Emily Fields PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Emily
The stress was really getting to Emily last night. She realized her car had been hacked by A, freaked out, and insisted on riding her bike to school. That evening, someone came to her window, scaring her. Her Dad came up to check on her and she almost stabbed him with a pair of scissors.

The next day, Em's Dad talked to Ezra about getting her mind off of everything that's been going on. He asked Mr. Fitz to give her a project to keep her busy, co-directing the school's spring play.

Emily was helping Mr. Fitz copy papers, and A decided it was prime time to mess with her. A couple of doors slammed shut, angry music blared on the PA system, a message for Emily flashed on the message board, and Em totally freaked. She called her Dad to come and get her. He arrived, climbing a drainpipe so he could help Emily open the window and escape. When they reached the grass, Em's dad collapsed. Turned out, he was home to have some tests done. He claimed it wasn't his heart, just stress, assuring Emily he'd be fine. She wasn't too convinced.

Emily's Dad + PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Hanna Marin PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Hanna
She was still trying to figure out a way to follow the trail of the "random" in Ali's grave. After reading a couple of crime novels, one recommended by Detective Holbrook himself, she formed another plan. She scheduled a cleaning with Ali's dentist, Dr. Ackard. Hanna figured that someone had to have switched Alison's x-rays in order for her body to be correctly identified. She wanted to check the patient files for clues.
A gasses Hanna PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

At the dentist's office, Hanna found the records, but was drugged by A before she could read them. Upon awakening, Hanna tasted blood. The files were missing, leading her to suspect that she hadn't been treated by Dr. Ackard.

Hanna wakes up PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Spencer Hastings PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Spencer
Studying Ali's journal was Spencer's latest obsession. She forgot about a physics test, and ended up asking for Andrew Campbell's "Study Aide." He had hoped she was done with the carpenter (Toby), but still gave her a couple of pills anyway... and the research continued.

Andrew Campbell PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Love and Death was a story from Ali's journal, describing someone Ali met with regularly. The two talked about her writing, and he enjoyed a unique combination... boysenberry pie and beer.

The Hart And The Huntsman PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Spencer figured out that the bar was actually a local one called The Hart and The Huntsman. She made a trip there, only to find Ezra enjoying a piece of boysenberry pie.

Ezra Boysenberry PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Or was it blackberry? Either way, Ezra seemed spooked and made a quick excuse in order to leave. The waitress came back with the beer he had already ordered and paid for, giving it to Spencer. 

Board Shorts Ale PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue
Board.Shorts.Ale.

Spencer realized that the story was about Ezra, or as Ali knew him, Board Shorts.

Ezra
In addition to all the Aria and Maggie drama, Mr. Fitz met with Mona. A meeting, according to Mona, that Ezra requested.

Mona talks to Ezra PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Later, (presumably after his meeting with Mona), Ezra sent this text before meeting with Emily's dad.

Ezra sends A text PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

The Liars
At the end of the episode, Em's parents insisted that she stay with Aria rather than at the hospital. Aria called Spencer, and when she arrived, she asked Emily not to send her away.

Spence and Em Hug It Out PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Emily and Spencer's reunion was short-lived as Hanna arrived with bad news. She didn't get the sign-in logs, and her jaw was aching. She asked the Liars to check her mouth, and they find a horrifying note from A.

Checking Hanna PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Note in Hanna's Tooth from A PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Across town, (or something like it) A proceeded to shred the records Hanna found. We got a glimpse of a list of names before the shredder gobbled up the page and A used it to line Tippi's cage. The camera panned up to a map of Cape May on the wall, as Tippi greeted Board Shorts.

Patient Sign-In Sheet PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

Board Short's Map PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

My Thoughts

Aria
That episode that's coming up called She's Come Undone? Girl is seriously starting to un-hinge! She's already angry, so when she finds out about Ezra... does Radley have an extra bed? She might need it.

Emily
She's clearly still upset over losing Alison's trust. I'm not sure who was after her tonight. I think the person outside of her bedroom might've been Alison or Shana, trying to talk to her without any of the other girls around. It could very well have been A, too.

Handprint outside Em's window PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

 I'm thinking that A is the one who attached her in the school, or Shana, or even Mona. Clearly, she's not done with all of this. Maybe Mike has been recruited? I'm not entirely convinced that the black hoodie was malevolent. They seemed to be concerned about Em's dad. A wouldn't be.

Black Hoodie PLL 4x17 Bite Your Tongue

And speaking of Em's parents... I love how they sent her to spend the night with Aria... whose Dad is clearly (possibly conveniently) out of town!

Hanna
I love her new direction, I really do. She's starting to try and take charge of her situation. Her theory about the body in Alison's grave seems to be spot-on. I'm also glad that she slowed it down with Travis. Is it too early to start shipping her with Detective Holbrook? Since Mike is unavailable... :(

Spencer
Kicking butt and taking names. That's what Spencer does. She knocked it out of the park, decoding Love and Death AND figuring out that Board Shorts = Ezra. Now, how to tell Aria... Oh, and that whole pesky pill popping thing. Just say no, Spencer. Just say no! O.o

Ezra
The board shorts reveal wasn't really all that surprising. We knew that he and Alison had to have a history, so I think most fans saw that coming. And Board Shorts Ale? Ali's journal really is brimming with clues, possibly more than we realize.

I'm also really curious who he was sending that text to... Interesting that it happened right after his meet and greet with Mona.

Mona
I'm not sure what to make of her anymore. Obviously, she's still involved, but how? Is she working with Ezra? Working against him? Working for him? Does she know his secret? I don't want to think that Mona is still playing A games, but I don't know that she could resist the fun of it either. She really wants the girls to pay for all the bullying. Count of Monte Christo level revenge. She has such a love/hate relationship with the Liars, but I really want her to be good. I also hope she's not using Mike.

Mystery Blonde
Okay... so there's a ton of theories floating around about Ezra writing a book about Alison. Could the lady in the car be his agent, or maybe editor? I'm not throwing the whole lawyer thing out of the window, but I'm not buying into it 100%, either. 

The List - C. Cavanaugh
There was definitely a Cavanaugh on that list. C. Cavanaugh. It couldn't have been Marion, because she was already dead.

Is it a random Cavanaugh? Like, maybe that Chris Cavanaugh who went to Jenna's school?

Could Toby have a twin? Perhaps an evil one who killed Marion? Maybe he/she switched the records?

Could C. be Toby's Dad?

Alison's Death
Did Alison fake her own death, or did A fake it for her?
  
Spencer's Secret
Still haven't learned what secret she's been keeping about that night from the girls. Did she ever tell anyone other than Toby about her Dad burning that field hockey stick?

Maybe next week, we'll learn even more answers in Hot For Teacher... Or maybe we'll end up with a couple more questions. Either way. But seriously... answers, producers! We want Answers!!!

-S

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