Thursday, July 31, 2014

PLL: "Scream For Me" (5x8)

Previously, on Pretty Little Liars... Hanna was beginning to spiral out of control, Spencer was dealing with lots of family drama, Emily was confused about Alison, Aria was trying to deal with the fact that she killed someone AND investigate Radley, and Alison was continuing to act all mysterious and shady. The plot thickened with some new revelations...

During a typical day at Rosewood High, the Liars were at choir rehearsal, watching as Lietenant Tanner questioned Alison in an adjoining practice room. Tanner asked Ali a lot of questions about her relationship with Shana. When Alison joined the girls after practice was over, she claimed that Lt. Tanner was trying to find holes in her story and trip her up. Alison noticed markings on her sheet music that hadn't been there before she had been questioned. All of the A notes were circled in red Sharpie, with the message, "Glad to hear you singing. Last time you were all choked up." -A.

Ali's Sheet Music PLL Scream For Me
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Spencer and Emily stopped at Hanna's locker to talk when a beer can fell out. Aria was still upset at Hanna for the New York slip, and Emily and Spencer suggested that Hanna try a more sincere apology this time around. Hanna claimed that she was sincere, and that they didn't need to worry about her. When asked to join them for lunch, Hanna said she had other plans.

Aria left choir rehearsal to warn Ezra about the possibility of Lt. Tanner coming back to question him. She chose to venture out onto the sidewalk to make the call, and was caught by her mom. Ella asked Aria to be her Maid of Honor, and tried to get Aria to commit to a fitting that afternoon. Aria agreed to be her mother's MOH, but was clearly distracted as she mentioned that she had to volunteer after school and couldn't go with her mom. Distracted, she asked if they could figure everything out later and she rushed back into the school.

Sydney and Em talk PLL 5x8
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In the locker room, Emily approached Sydney, in an attempt to find out just how much she knew about the girls and New York. She concocted a story about Hanna exaggerating while drunk, and told Sydney that Hanna had been going on and on about a trip they had taken to New York, when the two had never gone there together. Emily asked Sydney if Hanna had invited her to New York, but Sydney didn't bite. She claimed that Hanna didn't mention anything about New York. She did tell Emily that she broke one of her personal records during practice and told Emily that the team had voted her Assistant Coach. Em wasn't sure what to make of the news.

Outside, Hanna called Caleb, wondering why he hadn't met her for lunch. He sounded like he was still sleeping, possibly the result of having been wasted the prior evening. As Hanna hung up the phone, Alison came over to talk to her brandishing a bottle of water like an olive branch. She asked if everything was okay between her and Hanna, and Hanna took the opportunity to genuinely apologize for her actions at Emily's house. Alison wondered if anything else was bothering her, but Hanna told her there wasn't anything. Alison looked skeptical, and explained that her father was going out of town, and wondered if she could stay with Hanna and Ashley. Hanna told her that she'd ask her mom and let her know.

Spoby talks PLL Scream For Me
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Over at Chez Hastings, Spencer showed Toby the drawings from Bethany's sketchbook. She apologized for dredging up the past, but Toby claimed it was okay, that he knew things weren't going to be "really" over until he had the answers he was looking for. He told Spencer that he had enrolled at the Police Academy in Harrisburg. Spencer initially thought he was joking, but Toby explained that it was the only way he could think of to find out what had really happened to his mother.

Aria and Rhonda Chat PLL Scream For Me
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Aria went back to Radley in an attempt to return Bethany's sketchbook, but was caught returning it to Rhonda's room by none other than... Rhonda. Aria tried to make a beeline to the door, but Rhonda claimed that she would keep quiet for a price. After buying her a soda and cheese curls, Rhonda and Aria talked about Bethany. Rhonda wondered why Aria wanted to know so much about Bethany, and Aria told her the truth. Rhonda told Aria that Bethany used to get signed out by a rich lady with a big beige purse. The woman bought her a horse named Custard, and she would take Bethany to ride the horse at a stable in Lewisburg. Aria asked if the woman's name could've been DiLaurentis, and Rhonda claimed that it sounded familiar. The two continued to talk until a nurse found Aria in Rhonda's room, chastized her for giving a diabetic sugar, and kicked her out.

Hanna and Ashley PLL Scream For Me
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Hanna arrived home to find Alison spinning her kidnapping tale for Ashley Marin. Her mom invited Alison to stay at their house while Mr. DiLaurentis was away. She also offered her fancy soaking salts to use in a relaxing bath, and encouraged her to use the guest towels. When Alison left the kitchen, Hanna told her mom that she wasn't staying for dinner. Ashley asked Hanna to make the daybed up before she left. Hanna not-so-gently reminded her mother that she had asked to use the guest towels a billion times, and her mother had always said no.

Over at the Fields Estate, Emily was upstairs studying when Sydney popped into her room, having been let in by Emily's mom. She brought her an Assistant Coach jacket, and tried to change Emily's mind. The two talked for a little, and Sydney mistakenly mentioned New York while she was rambling on about her father's frozen yogurt empire. Emily called her out on it, and Sydney did her best to gloss over the mention like it was nothing.

Hanna at the Brew's Window PLL Scream For Me
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Later, Hanna and Caleb met up for what was supposed to be dinner, that turned into the two of them and a bottle of Rum. She was hungry, so she walked over to the Brew for a sandwich. Zach claimed he was closing up early, but ended up inviting Hanna in and making her a sandwich. While inside, he told her that he could smell the booze on her, and he used to have a thing for bad girls. Hanna offered to pay for the sandwich, but Zach claimed it was on the house, if she kept his secret. His hand lingered a little too long on her back, and made it's way lower than it should've, and Hanna was clearly creeped out, but didn't know what to say. She took the sandwich and left.

At the Montgomery House, Ella stormed in, annoyed that her daughter didn't show up for the fitting. Aria apologized, but Ella wondered if her daughter had a problem with the impending wedding. Aria claimed that she didn't, apologizing more sincerely, and claiming she just had a lot going on at the moment. Ella seemed to believe her and left to reschedule the fitting again, but was obviously irritated that the wedding duties weren't more of a priority for Aria.

Hanna Marin PLL Scream For Me
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At the Cabin, Hanna was drunk and wanted to go home, but Caleb was too drunk to drive her, and suggested she take a cab. She and Caleb kissed, and it was clear that Caleb wanted Hanna to stay, but Hanna was still creeped out by Zach's actions earlier and just wanted to go home and go to sleep.

At school the next morning, Hanna came into school late, hungover, with a crispy treat stuck in her hair. She talked to Emily and Spencer, telling them about what happened the night before with Zach. Spencer and Emily were unsure of whether to believe Hanna, and questioned her story, wondering if she was just drunk, put herself out there, or misread the situation. Their attitude made her question her story too, and she was clearly upset that her friends didn't believe her.

Back at Hanna's house, Ashley came into Hanna's bedroom looking for her daughter and found Alison home from school. Ali claimed that she heard someone trying to get in the window the night before, and she couldn't sleep. Ashley noticed the pillow and covers on the closet floor, and believed that Alison had spent the night in there.

Spencer and Emily investigate PLL Scream For Me
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Spencer and Emily followed the Custard lead to a stable. Once there, they found a riding instructor who was able to tell them about Mrs. DiLaurentis and the girl she brought to ride Custard. He mentioned a particular visit when the girl got angry at Mrs. DiLaurentis. Mrs. D. wanted Bethany to call her Aunt Jessie, but Bethany refused and threw a bucket at her head.

Hanna was sitting in her car, when an uninvited Zach got in the passenger seat. At first, it seemed like he was apologizing for his behavior, but then he claimed that he was pretty sure Hanna was accurately reading his vibe. He creepily licked his lips while talking to her, gave her his number, and touched her leg in an extremely inappropriate manner. When he got out of the car, Hanna ripped up his number, in addition to looking like she wanted to vomit.

Back at the Marin house, Ashley was calling for Alison to come downstairs when she saw the front door was ajar. She went to close it and noticed a shadow duck around the corner into the kitchen. When Alison came down the steps, she quickly called her over and picked up a paperweight. The intruder left quickly through the back door and Ashley dialed 911.

Ashley and Alison PLL Scream For Me
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Later, Lieutenant Tanner responded to the call at the Marin household. She questioned Alison and Ashley about the incident. When Lt. Tanner began repeating her questions, Ashley accused her of having no compassion for Alison or what the "poor girl" had been through.

Ashley & Alison grilled by Tanner PLL 5x8
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Fully creeped out by everything that had happened with Zach, Hanna finally made the hard decision to tell Aria the truth. Aria didn't believe her, and accused Hanna of coming on to Zach, drinking too much, and always being the problem. Furious at her for what she thought were lies, Aria kicked a very defeated-looking Hanna out.

Spemily PLL Scream For Me
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At the stables, A locked Emily and Spencer in a pen with a skiddish horse. Emily was not feeling the equestrian vibe and wanted to leave, just as Spencer found a riding helmet she recognized.It matched her own, except for the initials M.H. (Melissa Hastings.) As the storm rolled in, the horse continued to buck, causing the girls to realize they had been locked in the stall and were in danger. Thanks to Spencer's quick thinking, she and Emily made it out, but not before the horse kicked Spencer in the face, injuring her eye.

Later, at Chez Hastings, Spencer's vision was blurry as Toby responded to her text. She told him the truth about what happened, and he reiterated the importance of becoming a cop. Spencer told him that she knew, and that's why she invited him over, to apologize, and to give him her blessing.

Back at the Montgomery home, Aria, Ella, and Zach were making flower decorations, and Aria told them she was done for the evening. Zach joked about his ineptitude at flower making, and Ella asked if Aria wanted to watch the movie she had picked out earlier. At first, Aria declined, but then changed her mind. She went to sit down on the couch, leaving room for Zach between them. Aria noticed as Zach took the seat next to her, and not her mother.

Alison DiLaurentis PLL Scream For Me
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Spencer and Emily talked with Alison about how everything was getting worse with this A. They weren't happy that their parents were becoming targets, when Alison admitted that Noel Kahn was responsible for the break-in, and she had asked him to do it. She claimed that with all the police scrutiny, she needed to have an adult on her side, and it had worked out just the way she planned.

In the last scene, we watched as A uncovered a secret compartment in what looked like Spencer's bedroom.

My Thoughts

Poor Hanna. That's really the first and foremost thing that keeps crossing my mind after this episode. She's definitely going through the ringer right now. Like, really going through it. That being said, I also completely understand why Aria didn't want to believe her, given the state of their friendship at the moment. And PLL producers? Can I just say THANK YOU, for FINALLY showing that older men creeping on younger girls is totally NAWT okay at all! Honestly, it's about damn time. I'm guessing they're making Zach out to be like Xavier Reeves from the book series.

Spencer is definitely going to need to have that eye looked at. According to the description for next week's episode, she'll find something surprising when she goes. Could it be a message from A? Or perhaps the knowledge that Bethany Young went there, too?

Emily tried to trip up Sydney, but couldn't. Sydney ended up tripping herself up while talking to Em over at her house. I don't think that she's falling for Emily per se... but I think she's getting friendlier than she's supposed to. I loved Emily's story about Hanna being Amish when it came to drinking, though.

Aria is having a little trouble balancing her life at the moment. She was all in when it came to Radley, and helping Ezra, but totally left her mom out to dry. Ella looked so disappointed in Aria when she huffed off to reschedule her fitting for the 87th time... After all the mama drama, Aria couldn't deal with Hanna telling her anything about Zach given the way she slipped about New York. I totally understand her logic. She didn't get to see the scene with Zach and Hanna like we did. She's only hearing about it from someone who she doesn't know to be extremely reliable or sober at the moment. Again, poor Hanna!

Alison continued her shady ways and story-telling, reeling Ashley into her game of lies. I get where she was coming from and everything, but to not say anything to the other girls? I can't tell if she's just legitimately used to planning solo, or if she's up to something major... like being A? I don't want to believe it... but she's been sooooo sketchy. Also, why didn't any of the girls ask her where she was going the night before when they saw her on the surveillance tape? While we're on that subject... why haven't they asked Alison all the questions they want to know the answers to? I mean... she's finally right there and they have meetings all the time... so....?!?!?!?

How does Sydney Driscoll relate to any of this? She mentioned something about her dad being the founder of some chain of Fro-Yo stores. We know or think we know that Sydney is working with Mona and Jenna, but we don't know how or why. Was she brought in at the last minute to take Paige's place in Mona's Army? I think she's starting to think of Emily as really being her friend, and I'm 97% sure she was behind the rat in Paige's locker. Mona might not be an amateur, but it seems like Sydney might be.

Could Sydney be the one with a twin? Perhaps "bad" Sydney that we saw with Mona and Jenna is black veil? That would work and everything, except for the fact that the producers have basically nixed that idea. They claim that Black Veil is someone we know, and Sydney just showed up to the party.

Bethany Young... the body in Ali's grave. She was hit on the head with something, buried alive, and thought to be Alison for almost 2 years. She was supposedly 17 when she escaped from Radley. Alison had turned 15 that summer, so Bethany was 2-3 years older than Alison and the other Liars. I had thought that Bethany could've been a secret twin to someone on the show. Due to her age, that's impossible. PLL time is currently in late fall/almost winter 2012. The Liars and their friends are 17-18 and in their senior year of high school. The "older crowd" all graduated together and are around the same age of 24-25. (Melissa, Ian, Garrett, Jason, CeCe...) So, unless Bethany is the twin to Black Veil and both are unknown AND the producers are lying... Bethany can't have a twin.

But that doesn't mean she can't still be a secret child. According to the stable hand, Bethany threw a bucket at Mrs. D's head when she asked her to call her Aunt Jessie. Either Bethany didn't like the fact that Aunt Jessie wasn't really her Aunt, or Jessica DiLaurentis wasn't really her Aunt. Perhaps she was her mother? Bethany saw her as a Liar, drawing that picture BEFORE she escaped from Radley. Could Bethany be another Hastings/DiLaurentis love child that fell between Alison and Jason, that Mr. D. thought was his?

That leads us to Uber A and Black Veil... We've been led to believe that they are the same person, and I'm not really much closer at figuring out who A actually is, much less WHY they're so obsessively trying to hurt Alison and her friends. I do have a couple of suspects, though. I'm working on some theories for each at the moment. :)

Why haven't we seen a picture of Bethany Young, yet? Does she look like someone we know? We haven't really ever met anyone in that particular age range. I thought for a little while that the whole thing could've been a ruse by Rosewood PD to flush out Ali's real story, but we've gotten so involved with her story, that I think it's legit. Could her age have been estimated incorrectly? Maybe?!?

If Bethany was definitely the girl in the grave... was Sara Harvey just a big old red herring? Or does her disappearance have something to do with all of this?

I know that the producers and Sasha Pieterse have claimed that Alison doesn't have a twin... but I keep coming back to that theory with every new bit of information we get. I know there were rumors floating around about CeCe having a twin, and her twin being A... but that hasn't seemed to go anywhere.

Lastly... is everything really connected? I almost have to say yes... and no. :) We have so many lingering questions, that I feel like everything has to be part of the endgame A reveal/reasoning, or we would have more answers than we do. At the same time, I also say no, but I think that the characters involved in each plotline think that they do. When it came to Alison's death, a lot of people thought their version of the night's events were what actually happened, and there turned out to be more to almost every one of those versions! So... I think that the characters involved in some of the more outstanding mysteries might think that what they're trying to cover up is involved in something bigger, when in reality, if they'd just tell the truth, they'd be alright. For the most part... well, some of them, anyway! ;)

Before my brain explodes any more goo onto this already soppy page... I figure I'll hang it up for today. Let me know what you think of my theories in the comments, and I'll keep working on my theories. I tend to post super-specific and well-outlined theories on my tumblr, so keep checking there! The next episode is entitled March of Crimes and here's ABC Family's official synopsis...

"Hanna continues down her boozy path, with the help of Caleb, and her friends can no longer stand by and watch Hanna self-destruct. After her last encounter with Hanna, Aria starts to take note of Zach and wonders if Hanna – while drunk – was telling her the truth.”

Can't wait to see how all the drama unfolds... Until next time... Kisses!

-S


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PLL: "The Silence of E. Lamb" (5x7)

If Season 5 of Pretty Little Liars is a swamp... we are trudging through it with the best of them! I know more action and a faster pace are coming, but it's hard to stay patient with SO many mysteries still shrouded in the shadows of Rosewood. It's clear that A is back, and in the last episode, Ali wasn't so sure she was going to stick around, but A seems to want her to stay put, for now. Keep your enemies closer, perhaps? Anyway... this week, we dove into more of those mysteries...

Emily and Pam Fields PLL The Silence of E. Lamb
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The Silence of E. Lamb opened up with Emily and her mother talking as they walked through the halls of Rosewood High. Pam spontaneously suggested inviting Alison and the other girls over for dinner. In the privacy of the bathroom, (yeahright) our Little Liars discussed dinner at Chez Fields. Spencer was busy that evening helping Ezra moving "spy stuff" and Aria was volunteering at Radley. Alison begged Hanna to come along so it wouldn't be so weird, and Hanna agreed. She left for class when the bell rang, and Alison hung back, asking Emily if her scarf covered all the bruises on her neck. Em assured her that between the makeup and the scar, you couldn't see anything. Not even half a second later, Sydney popped out of a bathroom stall and introduced herself to Alison, commenting on Ali's scarf.

Sydney Driscoll PLL The Silence of E. Lamb
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Alison went to class, and Emily and Sydney continued talking, and Sydney told Em about the rat in Paige's locker. Emily wondered who did it, and Sydney told her the coach had called a team meeting about the whole thing. Mona approached the two, and commented on what had happened to Paige. She stated that it seemed like something a boy would do. As she spoke, Em noticed that Mona was carrying Noel's notebook and called her out, suggesting Noel was part of Mona's Army. Mona claimed she was merely borrowing his notes.

Haleb Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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In the courtyard, Hanna spotted Caleb and wondered if he was back at school. Turns out, he was just there to take an exit exam. Caleb and Hanna continued to talk, and Caleb suggested cutting Alison out of her life. Hanna worried about losing her other friends, and Caleb told her she'd still have him. He realized his mistake immediately, and awkwardly ended the conversation.

Aria and Eddie Lamb Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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Across town at Radley, Aria began her first day of volunteer work. As she unpacked a box of supplies, Eddie Lamb greeted her, thought she looked familiar, and wondered how he knew her. Aria assured him that it was her first time there, but Eddie didn't look completely convinced.

Alison and Caleb Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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Back at Rosewood High, Caleb entered the room for his exit exam, only to find Alison there, taking a similar test. Ali recognized him, and the two begin to talk, but it didn't take long for their conversation to sour. Caleb couldn't hide his contempt for the way Alison treated Hanna and the other girls, and Alison didn't appreciate being judged because of her past.

Rhona Pretty Little Liars The Silence of E. Lamb
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At Radley, the art class Aria was volunteering for had begun. She spread out a bunch of artwork, including the picture Bethany had drawn. A patient mumbled the word thief, and Aria quickly moved the sketch beneath another piece of artwork. The patient told one of the nurses that Aria had stolen from her, but the nurses didn't believe her. The teacher suggested Aria ignore her, that Rhonda was just "having a day." Aria wondered aloud what that meant, and she learned that Rhonda had been Bethany's roommate, and the police had questioned her.

Over at Chez Hastings, Spencer spotted Melissa coming out of the barn and went outside to talk to her. Melissa was about to throw away a bag from the barn when Spencer stopped her. She wanted to help Melissa clean up, but when she grabbed the bag, she realized there was a dead rat inside. She dropped the bag, causing the rat to fall out. Melissa calmly picked up the rodent, stated that she would handle it, and that she needed to wash her hands.

Dead Rat PLL 5x7
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Caleb came over to Hanna's house after the test with a six pack of beer. Alison had already talked to Hanna about her confrontation with Caleb, and Ali wasn't pleased. Hanna told Caleb that she wasn't happy with the way he had treated Alison, but Caleb didn't seem to care. He told Hanna that he walked out of the test, and cracked open one of the beer bottles he had brought along. Hanna said he was stupid for walking out of the exit exam, that she could fight her own battles, and kicked him out.

Across town in Apartment 3B, Spencer arrived to find Ezra packing up his spying equipment. She asked to borrow one of Ezra's hidden cameras, and he agreed. Later, when they were packing the equipment into a storage shed, Ezra suggested they both walk away from the puzzles, but Spencer claimed that just like him, she couldn't walk away.

Spencer and Ezra Pretty Little Liars The Silence of E. Lamb
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Emily was walking home and saw Mona standing in front of Cavanshall Manor. Emily accused her army of putting the rat in Paige's locker, but Mona denied having anything to do with it. She told Em that she could call her a lot of things, but amateur wasn't one of them.

Monda Vanderwaal PLL The Silence of E. Lamb
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Meanwhile, at our favorite Sanitarium, Rhonda confronted Aria about the sketch. She called her a thief again, but Eddie walked in before the confrontation could get physical. Rhonda didn't tell Eddie what she thought Aria stole, and left the room to take her shower.

Aria Montgomery Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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Aria texted the other Liars that Radley had just gotten interesting. When Rhonda left her room, Aria slipped inside the door in an attempt to find the sketchbook. She looked around for a minute before she heard Rhonda yelling about another patient taking her shower stall. Aria slipped underneath the bed just in time for Rhonda to come in the room and angrily sit on her bed. Aria looked up and the mattress springs and noticed the sketchbook with Bethany's name on it, right in front of her nose.

Hanna Marin, Ali D, Pam Fields, PLL 5x7
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Over at Emily's house, Hanna arrived to find Pam and Alison talking on the porch and laughing. Pam went inside to check on the popovers, and Emily went to help her. While they were alone, Ali talked to Hanna and warned him about "guys like Caleb." Hanna immediately got annoyed with Alison and told her that Caleb was the best thing that had ever happened to her. Angry, she poured vodka into her water glass in an attempt to help her get through the evening.

Aria was walking out of Radley when Eddie Lamb stopped her, wondering why she was there so late. He seemed to notice the book in Aria's bag, but he didn't say anything. Aria got in her car and left, and Eddie placed a call to Ezra Fitz.

Back at Chez Fields, Emily, Alison, Pam, and Hanna were just about finished with dinner. Hanna was clearly tipsy, and Alison and Emily were trying their best to keep that fact from Em's mom. Alison began telling parts of her story to Emily's mom, with Hanna drunkenly commenting here and there. Emily tried to intervene, saying, "I think what Hanna means..." but Hanna cut her off, stating, "Hanna knows what Hanna means." Alison offered to help Pam clear the dishes, and Emily took Hanna's glass and smelled it, realizing it was full of alcohol. Hanna claimed that Pam wasn't buying Alison's story. Emily chastized her for drinking during the dinner and kicked her out.

Aria took the sketchbook over to the Hastings Estate, and looked through it with Spencer. The mood of the artwork in the sketchbook progressively turned darker, eventually ending with pictures of Mrs. DiLaurentis with devil horns and the word Liar written on her face. Spencer took pictures on her phone to show the drawings to Toby.

Bethany's sketches Pretty Little Liars

At Rear Window Brew, a still-drunk Hanna had arrived to order coffee. She ran into Sydney, who offered to sit and hang out with her while she sobered up. Hanna took her up on the offer, and the two sat and talked. Sydney innocently wondered why so many people had beef with Jenna, and Hanna joked that she wouldn't mind "raking her over the coals." Immediately after saying that, she claimed that she was just joking. She stated that the fight that all the girls were in with her wasn't even their own. Sydney wondered if they had ever thought of making up with Jenna, and Hanna accidentally slipped that everything with New York and "Shana, I mean, Jenna" made that impossible. (Ooooooops, and busted!) Sydney offered to take Hanna home, to which Hanna readily agreed, until she noticed Caleb walk in. Rather than head home, she stayed with Caleb, and the two shared their first kiss since Caleb returned from Ravenswood.

Haleb Kiss Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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Over at Casa de Hastings, Spencer and Melissa finally had a heart-to-heart conversation about their parents. Melissa explained to Spencer that Veronica had told Peter they were definitely done. Spencer speculated that all of this came about because of Alison, Bethany, and a whole bunch of lies. Melissa agreed that Alison and Bethany played a part in it, but claimed that it wasn't all the lies that motivated everything... it was love. When she left the room, Spencer tested the feed on her hidden camera, and watched Melissa walk into the Hastings barn and turn off the lights.

Back at Emily's house, Pam wondered if Emily still had feelings for Alison. She told her daughter that she thought she had feelings for her before Ali disappeared, and she wanted to see the dynamic between the two girls. Pam confided in Emily that the police found several holes in Ali's story, confirming what Hanna had earlier suspected. Pam also told Emily that she understood why Em had helped save Alison, but that didn't mean she had to keep on saving her.

Spencer received an alert on her camera feed, and the lights outside the barn turned on. She picked up her iPad, and watched a figure walk across her backyard. She zoomed in on the figure of face on the surveillance video to see that it was Alison.

Ali caught sneaking PLL The Silence of E. Lamb
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Emily had gone upstairs to her bedroom and called Paige. She left her a heartfelt voicemail, apologizing for what had happened to her, and asked her to return her call. She almost told Paige that she loved her, but switched her words to say that she'd love to hear from her instead.

Aria was walking towards her door while talking to Spencer on her phone, saying that "she'd be right over." She opened the door to find Ezra, who asked if she saw Eddie when she was leaving Radley that night. She claimed that she had, but wondered why or how Ezra would know that. Ezra told Aria that Eddie called and asked to meet him. Ezra waited an hour, but Eddie never showed up.

Aria, Emily, and Spencer watched the footage of Alison walking in her backyard, and Emily noted the difference in Ali's clothing. The girls got a text from A just as Hanna showed up to the front door. Em, Aria, and Spence asked Hanna if she got the message too, but she claimed she hadn't. Emily asked Hanna to double-check, and Spencer gave Hanna her phone to read A's latest taunt... "New York, New York, it's a hell of a town. Ali's keeping secrets, maybe that's because of Hanna's big mouth." -A.

another text from A Pretty Little Liars 5x7
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In the last scene, A was wearing black gloves, carefully opening a letter that was addressed to Emily's mom. It was an invitation to Zach and Ella's engagement party, and A took a picture of it. Using glue to seal the envelope, A made it look like the invitation had never been opened.

My Thoughts

When, oh when will these girls learn to be more discreet when discussing their secrets? I mean... Sydney in the bathroom? Really?!? And while we're on THAT subject... hasn't anyone noticed that she came out of nowhere and is getting nosier and nosier? I mean, besides the audience?!?

For someone who, at times, is so seemingly afraid of everything including her own shadow, Alison likes to roam around in the dark awholehellofalot. Makes me really wonder about her... Is she telling the truth? Is there truth to that twin theory from the books? Why is she so shady? What is she hiding? Ugh... soooooo many questions surrounding that girl.

Caleb and Hanna are helping each other self-destruct, and I don't like it. Let's get these two sober and together... in that order!

Those sketches! Rhonda was Bethany's roommate! I'm not sure what to make of any of these new revelations yet, other than everything is related... (...and probably in an extremely convoluted way!) Marion, Jessica, Bethany, Alison... It's all a big chain of events, and I'm wondering if it all started with Marion's death and Radley's subsequent coverup. 

Mona claimed that she wasn't behind the dead rat, and I believe her. I think it might've been done by one of her minions (Sydney) or possibly A?  

I understand pacing and exposition and all of that... but this episode just went soooooooo slow. I'm hoping that we get a little more action in Scream For Me. Until then... XOXO!!!

-S

Monday, July 28, 2014

Accent: Queen of Gray

Glitter accent manis are still a thing right? Good, because I can't get enough of them! I've been thinking neutral lately, so I went with gray, then added a little sparkle to the mix!

Sinful Colors Cool Gray and Queen of Beauty

Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty and Cool Gray

Sinful Colors Cool Gray

Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty and Cool Gray

Sinful Colors Cool Gray and Queen of Beauty

Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty and Cool Gray

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Cool Gray
5 Coats SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear
1 Coat Essie Good to Go

I've been craving a gray manicure for a while now. I think I tend to gravitate toward gray for the same reason I like black nails in Fall and Winter. Just like black... gray nails add a little coolness and edge to my look, and they go with just about everything!

My stash doesn't have too many gray polishes... so I picked up Cool Gray while on a Walgreens run yesterday. I like that it's a really neutral gray gray. It's not leaning towards purple, blue, blurple, taupe, or green... it's GRAY. Cool Gray is a palette cleanser... really refreshing for me to look at, honestly! (Especially given my obsession with neons and brights lately!!!)

Application was great... just what I'm used to from SinfulColors. Three easy coats, and I was ready for some shine-enhancing top coat. Queen of Beauty applied well, too. It did require more dry time between coats, and more coats to get complete glitter coverage. In hindsight, I probably would've gone back and added another coat or two, because I notice a few bald spots in the pictures that aren't so noticeable in person. (Which happens, sometimes!)

Silver & Gray... Gray & Silver... these two polishes were made to go together! I really like how this manicure turned out. It's perfect for any time of year, really. I could wear this for a little while, but you know me... already brainstorming the next one!!!

-S

Friday, July 25, 2014

Accent: Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee

Butter London Rosie Lee & Orly Tropical Punch
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Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee
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Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee
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Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee
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Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee
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Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Orly Tropical Punch
3 Coats Butter London Rosie Lee (accent)
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This manicure definitely was not what I set out painting the other night... I had a completely different contrasting polish as my accent nails, but it just wasn't working out. I didn't think it would need a base coat, but it definitely did, and the color scheme didn't mesh with Tropical Punch all that well. So, I started over on the accents and kept Tropical Punch as my main color. Now that I think about it... my nails are a mixture of this mani and this mani... just a different neon with good 'ole Rosie Lee. 

Orly Tropical Punch is a slightly warmer, more coral leaning neon pink than Va Va Voom. (Which I'm wearing on my toes...) Rosie Lee is a super-fine rosey pink glitter polish. The two definitely aren't matching pinks by any stretch of the imagination, and 2 or 3 years ago, I probably wouldn't have thought of wearing them together. But now? In the age of pattern mixing and working contrast... Rosie Lee and Tropical Punch make a fun combination on my nails. Application was great with both polishes, too. Three coats gave me complete coverage!

I'm not sure why I'm so obsessed with neon pink lately... but I find myself painting my nails that color almost as often now as I paint them black during fall and winter. Yikes! So... I promise... the next mani I post won't be pink, neon, coral, or blue. Actually, there's a high likelihood of gray, considering I haven't worn gray polish in sooooo long, but, I've also been thinking about white and silver... Choices, choices! What do you guys think?!? Either way... I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

-S

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PLL: "Run, Ali, Run" (5x6)

The 100th episode of PLL paved the way for an explosive beginning to this episode, fizzling out nicely into a slow burn that will likely continue for the next couple of episodes, with a few flares thrown in here and there for good measure. Shall we get started, then?

So, the explosion from the end of the 100th episode sent our Liars out into the street to survey the damage. Caleb wondered if anyone was in the house, and Toby ran off to check. The girls got a message from A that read, "Did you miss me, bitches?" -A. (Ummm... no, but thanks for asking!) As the group looked up at Cavanshall Manor... another explosion sounded, scaring the girls and knocking them to the ground.

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One scene later, Spencer ended a phone call, and we learned she was talking to Toby. He had made it out alive, no one had been in the house, but his dad DID break his leg while dodging a falling tree. The girls had gathered back in Emily's house and discussed Shana, Shana as A, and A in Em's bedroom.

Later, Hanna spotted Caleb at the Brew and the two talked. Hanna asked about Ravenswood, but Caleb didn't tell her anything. The two discuss what happened with A, and Caleb voiced his concern, telling Hanna that the girls should go to the police. Hanna disagreed, telling Caleb that a lot had happened while he was gone.

Over in 3B, Aria was helping Ezra look through his research for any mention of Bethany Young. They didn't find anything, but Aria offered to help him continue searching after school.

Spencer returned to Chez Hastings to retrieve a few schoolbooks and encountered her father. He had stayed home from work, claiming to be genuinely upset that his wife and daughter were staying in a hotel. He and Spencer talked, and when she told her father she had nothing to do with Bethany's death, he claimed he would never kill someone to cover for her. Spencer told her father that she and Mrs. Hastings knew he and Melissa were lying about the night of Jessica's death.

At school, Aria and Spencer talked, and we learned that Melissa and her father went to the lake to "talk" the night of Jessica's death. Spencer told Aria that her dad wouldn't tell her what they spoke about. Aria told Spencer about slipping twice with Ezra, and Spencer was shocked. She reminded Aria about the book, and all of the lies Ezra had told her.

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Emily, Hanna, and Alison joined Aria and Spencer at their lunch table. The girls talked while Alison received an incoming Snapchat. It was a video of her mother being buried, claiming that, "I buried your mom the same way I watched her bury you." It was signed by A, and automatically deleted itself from Ali's phone moments after the girls watched it.

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After school, the girls gathered in the Marin kitchen for another A meeting. They wondered if they knew who A was, and Aria went as far to suggest that Peter could've lied to cover for himself because HE was A. Spencer ruled him out immediately, claiming that her father thought that SHE had killed Bethany, so he couldn't be A. As the girls talked, Alison complained that she had only come back to Rosewood because she thought A was dead and gone. With the threat of A still out there, Alison thought about leaving Rosewood for good. The other girls talked her out of it, telling her that everyone in the world now knew that she was alive... where would she hide?

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Across town at Rosewood's finest Sanitarium... Spencer tried to meet with Eddie Lamb. When she arrived, she was almost spotted by Lt. Tanner, who had just been trying to get information and had no luck. Eddie wouldn't tell Spencer anything, and Spence realized that it was not because of Radley's privacy policy or HIPA, but because Eddie and Spencer were being watched.

Back at Hanna's house... Ali and Hanna were discussing the rationality of Alison's fear, when the doorbell rang. Hanna was just going to open the door without looking, when Alison stopped her, asking her to check who was there. Turned out it was just Travis, and Hanna had forgotten they had made dinner plans that night. Hanna asked to reschedule, telling Travis that Alison needed her help because she was going through a tough time. Travis commented that from what he saw and heard on Mona's video... it was the other way around. Hanna assured him that wasn't the case, and that she would call him later. The two kissed, and Hanna went back into her house.

When Hanna returned inside, she couldn't immediately find Alison, and when she did, Ali was talking to someone on the phone, making plans to leave Rosewood. Hanna called Alison out, but Ali wouldn't give up her plan, so she asked her to keep quiet until she left. Just as Ali was about to leave, Hanna called her back, telling her that she would help her leave Rosewood for good.

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Back in 3B Ezra and Aria were back to looking through his research. As they looked, they discussed their relationship. While Ezra was open to beginning fresh, Aria told him that their 2 slips were a mistake, and they weren't getting back together. A knock on the door interrupted their conversation, and when Ezra answered, Lt. Tanner was on the other side of the door. She gave Ezra an envelope that was sitting outside of his door, and began to ask more than a few questions about his mugging, also mentioning Shana's body being found in his parent's theatre. By the time she made her way inside, Aria was safely hidden in the bathroom. Ezra stuck to his story, but as Lt. Tanner left, she noticed Aria's purse on the counter.

At Rosewood High, Emily confronted Paige in the girls locker room, asking her to name the people who were in on Mona's army. She tells Paige a little bit about what's been going on in her life, suggesting that the explosion at Chez Cavanshall was really meant to scare Ali and her friends. Paige seemed unsure that Mona would blow up a house.

Meanwhile, Spencer arranged for her parents to meet and talk over coffee. As Peter put his hand over Veronica's, Spencer noticed, got up, and let the two have some privacy.

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Over at the Marin house, Alison finished talking to Noel, and filled Hanna in on her plans. Rather than have Ali take a train, Hanna offered to drive Ali to the train station herself. Alison hugged her, telling Hanna that she had saved her life. Before they could leave, Alison asked to visit her house to say goodbye to her dad, and pick up a few things for the trip.

Lt. Tanner left 3B without Ezra or any evidence, but Aria was convinced she'd be coming back. Worried about Ezra's research, the two brainstormed where they could hide all of Ezra's files. He suggested his storage unit, but Aria claimed that Lt. Tanner would gain access to that under the same search warrant as his apartment. She offered to house his research in her family's attic, since her father was teaching in Syracuse. Ezra opened the envelope, finding a drawing of Mrs. DiLaurentis watering her roses, with a demonic figure sketched beside her. The back of the sketch had Bethany Young's name on it.

Emily haplessly bounded into Hanna's room... almost immediately catching her in the act of helping Alison escape. She was about to leave, when she noticed a train ticket on Hanna's bedside table, for a destination in the opposite direction of the one Hanna claimed to be travling in. Emily grabbed the bag on the bed, finding the money Hanna had stashed underneath and realized what Hanna and Alison were up to. Furious, she chastized Hanna for her behavior, adding that Hanna was turning into a completely different person now that Alison was back. Hanna retaliated with Emily's actions the night before, suggesting that Emily was falling for Alison all over again. Emily told Hanna not to follow her, and hightailed it out of there.

Still in the locker room, Paige reached for something in her locker. She found a dead rat and screamed.

Over at Casa DiLaurentis, Alison arrived to an empty house. She called her father to tell him she would be sleeping over at Hanna's house, and went upstairs to her bedroom. After she walked up the stairs, a gloved hand turned off the lamp in the living room she had just exited.

Next door at the Hastings household, Spencer searched online for Bethany Young, and visited Radley's website for clues.

Back at the DiLaurentis home, Alison grabbed a few items of clothing, fake IDs, and some extra cash. She made her way downstairs and noticed that the lamp in the living room was off. Before she could get out of the house, she was hit from behind with a fireplace poker and knocked to the ground. She tried to get up and get away again, and her assailant grabbed her scarf and started choking her with it. Emily arrived at just the right time, grabbing a book to fight off Alison's attacker. The gloved figure got away, and Emily comforted Alison. She told Ali that she understood now why she was so afraid. She also told her that tonight wasn't the night to leave Rosewood.

Hanna went to see Caleb, and she told him about her plan to help Alison, and the selfish reasons she had in doing it. Caleb claimed to understand, saying that Hanna seemed to really doubt herself whenever Alison was around.

Aria and Ezra searched his video surveillance to see who left the envelope for him, thinking it might have been A. The two scrolled through the footage to find that Eddie Lamb had left the envelope outside of Ezra's door. Ezra remembered interviewing him and a few others while doing research at Radley. Aria wondered if Ezra should just come clean about everything that happened in New York, and apologized for dragging him into her mess. He claimed that he volunteered for the mess before he even met her.

Later, Spencer and Emily comforted Alison, horrified to hear about her ordeal. Aria arrived with Bethany's sketch, filling them in on what had just happened. The girls realized that someone needed to get into Radley and dig around, and Aria volunteered Spencer, thanks to her history and knowledge of the place. Spencer immediately disagreed, but had the perfect plan for who their "inside" person could be. (Paging Aria Montgomery...) All the girls wondered where Hanna was, and Alison got a text from A, taunting her... "See how easy it is for me to kill you? If you leave Rosewood, I will." 

After the girls left, Alison thanked Emily for saving her earlier. She praised Emily's bravery, and asked if she could sleep over. She claimed that this time, they would actually sleep. Emily covered Alison with her comforter, and proceeded to spend the entire night watching over her.

The next morning at the Brew, Spencer met her mother for coffee, good news, and bad news. Veronica and Spencer would be moving back into Chez Hastings, but Peter would be moving out. Veronica and Peter were getting a divorce. Spencer was clearly upset, having thought that she had helped them to reconcile their differences.

Outside of Rosewood High, Hanna spotted Travis reading, and apologized for not calling him back. He wondered if it was because of Caleb, and told Hanna that it would be better if it just ended between the two of them. He told her that he liked her too much to deny the fact that her heart wasn't it anymore.

At Radley, Aria was interviewing for a volunteer position. The interview warned that the environment could be stressful at times, but Aria eagerly stated, "I'm comfortable."

Emily and Alison were on their way to school, when Lt. Tanner pulled up behind them. She told Alison that she wanted to ask her and her father some questions down at the station. Alison wondered what Lt. Tanner needed to know that she hadn't already told her, and Lt. Tanner told her that she was looking for specifics about the trip to Philadelphia. As Tanner walked away, A sent Alison another text, "Time for the caged bird to sing."

At the end of the episode, A/Black Glove/Black Widow had a huge arrangement of flowers and was filling out a message for the card. It was a bouquet for Bethany's parents, and the message read, "My Deepest Condolences." -A.

My Thoughts

After this episode, I'm really beginning to wonder if Mona and A can be the same person... I mean, Mona wants Alison gone, and A wants Alison to stay. Either Mona is really messing with Ali's mind, or there are 2 different people pulling the strings.

That doesn't mean that Mona and A aren't working together. It's definitely a possibility. But remember last season when A tried to kill Mona? I'm wondering if keeping Alison in Rosewood is punishment for Mona's earlier betrayal. A definitely added a Mona doll to the dollhouse.

That also doesn't mean that A won't cut Mona loose when she's no longer useful.

Alison hasn't really brought out the best in anyone since she has come back. So, I'm not too sure that Mona isn't getting overly cocky. I have a feeling that Mona might also be acting as A, and that might not be entirely "approved." When Mona sent out A messages, her texts were usually cryptic and witty, with a reference to some sort of literature or pop culture. "Time for the caged bird to sing?" Sounds like vintage A to me!

Another possibility... Mona, Jenna, Sydney, and that unknown 4th person could possibly be working independently from A, but Mona is also moonlighting as A. If so, I don't think A will take kindly to her territory being stepped on, and Mona should probably watch her back.

Regardless of any theory, Mona should watch her back. Right now, she's at the top of my next-to-die in Rosewood list... (yes, that's a thing.)

Paige is really conflicted about narking on Mona's Army, but in the end, she told Emily that Melissa and Lucas were working with Mona. Now, who's going to spill the beans about Jenna and Sydney working with Miss Vanderwaal? 

Veronica and Peter are getting a divorce. I wonder if that will lead to more Hastings secrets coming out into the open? Could the Pennythistles from the book series be on their way to Rosewood in Season 6 or 7? Honestly, I hope not...

A made the claim that she buried Jessica DiLaurentis the same way that she watched Jessica bury Alison. So, does that confirm that A was the person who hit Alison with the rock? Or did she just witness the events of that part of the evening and miss Alison being pulled out of the ground like a carrot? Because A sure seemed to believe that Alison was dead...

That sketch that Bethany supposedly drew? How did she know what Ali's house looked like? How did she know about Jessica's roses? Mrs. DiLaurentis was just a member of the board... she really shouldn't have that much of a connection with a patient... unless that patient might be related to her. But how? Bethany was 17 when she escaped, and Ali was 15. Jason was older, so that kind of rules out twins for either DiLaurentis kid... unless Bethany is a middle child with mental problems, or a secret love child... but how would Mr. D. not know about it?

We got a lot of clues pointing towards Radley, which, let's be honest... we all know is a shaaaaaady place. How shady? Looks like we'll find out with a little help from Aria and Big Rhonda next week in "The Silence of E. Lamb."

-S

PLL: "Miss Me x 100" (5x5)

For a little while there, it seemed like the Liars were Thrown From The Ride, but just when you thought it wasn't possible... the game changed and A came back with a vengeance. Okay, so us viewers totally knew that A wasn't dead and gone, but the girls seemed to believe that fact. For a show that constantly delivers shocking twists, turns, and reveals... the 100th episode was no exception what. so. ever!

The 100th episode opened with Hanna and Travis working on an Astronomy project. Well, Travis was working, and Hanna was clearly distracted by the fact that Alison would be making her return to Rosewood High the next day. Travis tried to tell Hanna that no one thought of her and the other Liars as Alison's puppets, but Hanna still wasn't too sure.

Aria and Ezra were talking as they walked down a street in Rosewood, and Ezra assured Aria that she didn't need to be afraid of text message alerts anymore. The two saw Alison being dropped off at her Dad's office and went over to exchange pleasantries. A bus pulled into the stop across the street, and Alison, Ezra, and Aria looked surprised to see Jenna Marshall (and her sunglasses) back in Rosewood.

Meanwhile, at the Hastings, Toby and Spencer were talking and having some coffee. Toby claimed that he couldn't picture Alison as a victim, and Spencer didn't particularly lie to him, but she didn't tell him the truth. He received a call from Jenna and answered it, only to find out what Spencer already knew, Shana was dead. Oh, and Toby also claimed that he hadn't talked to Jenna since she moved to New York...

Emily Fields, Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Alison DiLaurentis, Hanna Marin
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The Liars regrouped for another meeting to discuss recent events. Hanna was sure that Jenna was back to avenge Shana's death, Alison stood watch, Aria gave Spencer permission to tell Toby the truth, and Emily waxed philosophically about nothing changing even though A was gone. (foreshadowing!) Alison claimed that she was going to apologize and make amends with everyone she had hurt and bullied in the past, but when asked if the list included Jenna, Alison remained silent.

The next day, Alison made her return to Rosewood High. Spencer, Hanna, Emily, and Aria waited outside for her, and before she came over to see them, she apologized to the twins in Mona's army. The girls walked into school together, and Alison asked Emily if she could show her where the Guidance Counselor's office was, because she had forgotten.

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Not long after the friends went their separate ways to classes, Spencer was called into the office. Her mother was there waiting for her, and Veronica told Spencer to get her things and come with her, because she was leaving Peter Hastings, and Spencer was coming with her.

Outside, Lucas ran into Hanna and invited her to a party at his house that evening, to meet his new girlfriend. Hanna happily accepted and asked if she could bring Travis, and Lucas agreed.

Back at Chez Hastings, Spencer asked her mother why she was leaving Peter, wondering if it had anything to do with the death of Jessica DiLaurentis. Veronica told her that she didn't go to a spa, she hired a PI and had them investigate Mr. Hastings. The PI found out that Peter and Melissa had lied about their wherabouts the night of Jessica's death. Worse yet, Veronica couldn't believe that Melissa was involved because Peter and Veronica swore they would never involve their children in "this" but didn't tell Spencer what "this" was.

Back at school, Aria, Emily, and Hanna were having lunch and Aria was still working through her guilt. She thought she should talk to Jenna and try to console her, considering she's responsible for Shana's death. Hanna and Emily tell her that's a horrible idea, considering that she was never really close to Jenna in the first place.

Later, Sydney invited Emily to a Frozen sing-along (plot hole!), which Emily only agreed to attend to get out of the house and away from her mother's questions. She ran into Paige, and the two talked about Alison's return. Paige admitted that she still couldn't stand to be in the same room as Alison. Emily cautioned Paige about letting Alison have power over her, and reminded her that she is one of the strongest people she knows.

Despite Hanna and Emily's warnings, Aria went over to the Cavanaugh/Marshall house to try and talk to Jenna. The front door was open, and Aria called out for Jenna multiple times before eventually finding her sitting on her bedroom floor, sobbing. Jenna realized that someone was there, and asked who it was, but Aria didn't answer, and quickly retreated.

Emily, Paige, and Alison met in Em's bedroom. Alison apologized for the way she tormented Paige. Alison also told Paige that the two of them were very lucky to have Emily as a friend.

Spencer went over to Hanna's house under the guise of finding out the homework, but later admitted that Hanna was the first person she thought of to talk to about her parents, because Hanna had gone through the same thing. During Spencer's visit, Ashley cames in and Spencer lied about why she and her mother were staying at a hotel. When Hanna's mom left the room, Hanna called Spencer out about lying, saying that her mom would never judge Veronica. Spencer apologized, claiming that she thought her parents would always be together, and the whole situation was very unsettling. Hanna and Spencer hugged, and Hannakins told Spence that they'd all be there for her.

After Paige left, Alison asked Emily about getting dinner, and Emily informed her that she had plans for that night. Alison asked if she could come along, and Emily said that Paige would be there, and Alison backed off. She asked if she could stay at Emily's house for a little while, since her father was still away, and Em agreed. As Emily was about to leave, Ali illuded to the fact that their previous kiss might not have actually been practice.

Downtown (or uptown... not really sure now that I think about it!) at the Brew... Hanna and Travis were on a coffee date when Caleb showed up. Hanna broke up a fight between Caleb and another guy from school, but when Caleb saw the coffee cup with Travis' name on it, he bailed.

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Later, at Lucas' party, Hanna was drunk, and attempted to call Caleb. She dropped her phone while talking to Lucas, and he picked it up and refilled her cup, just as Travis came over to check on her.

At the Frozen sing along, Emily and Sydney met Paige, and heard the news that Jenna is back in Rosewood and Shana is dead. Emily tried her best to look surprised.

Alison left Emily's house, only to be followed by a dark car.

Outside of the Chez Montgomery, Jenna rang the doorbell and Aria answered. Still feeling guilty about Shana, she offered Jenna tea, but Jenna declined, claiming she just wanted to know why Aria was in her room earlier. Aria claimed that she felt bad about her involvement in Jenna's accident, and then heard about Shana, but Jenna wonderded why Aria cared? She still had all her friends, but Jenna was alone. Aria asked Jenna if she wanted to come in for some tea, and to tell her about Shana, and Jenna accepted.

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Still being pursued by the same vehicle, Alison ducked into the church in an attempt to get away. She sent out an SOS text to all the girls, but no one answered. After hearing a noise and finding a shutter banging in the wind, Alison closed it, turned around, and found herself face-to-face with Mona. The two had a heated exchange, largely brought on by Mona. She told Ali that she wasn't as good of a liar as she used to be, and that she had proof that Ali, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer were in New York the night Shana died. She told Alison to leave Rosewood, but Ali stood her ground and told Mona that she wasn't going anywhere. Alison told Mona she made her Loser Mona once and she could do it again. Mona's temper flared, and she angrily slapped Alison. Ali slapped her back, telling her to leave her alone.

Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal PLL 5x5
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Later, in Ali's bedroom, the Liars minus Hannakins had a meeting. Ali told them about what happened in the church, but left out the part about slapping Mona. The girls couldn't think of any evidence that Mona could possibly have against them. Spencer was sure it was purely a scare tactic, and Alison admitted that she's scared.

In back-to-back mother/daughter scenes, Ashley tucked a drunk Hanna into bed, waiting for morning to lecture her. Pam Fields let Alison sleep over, as Em tells her that she's really missing her mom.

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Across town at Ezra's apartment, Aria came back, and this time, she brought pie. The two dug in a little bit, and Aria continued to tell Ezra how guilty she felt for killing Shana. Ezra stopped her and showed her the scar on his stomach, from where Shana shot him. Aria apologized again as she traced her fingers over his scar, and Ezra told her he never wanted to hear her say that again. One thing led to another, and the two kissed... and kissed... and kissed... and eventually ended up in bed together.

Alison and Emily were in Em's bed, not sleeping. When Em asked if Alison was asleep, she turned over and faced her. Em leaned in, the two kissed, leading to a feverish makeout session. 

The next day at school, the Liars walked into the school lobby and were immediately confronted by Mona and her army. Mona recounted her story, showing video footage she secretly captured of Alison slapping her and calling her Loser Mona. Conveniently, Mona's slap and threats were edited out. Alison ran to the bathroom, and Emily, Spencer, Hanna, and Aria followed. The girls were angry that Alison had once again chosen to tell them a lie, rather than tell the truth.  Emily was especially angry, given the events of the previous evening.

Two girls got out of a car... Jenna, and surprise, surprise... new girl Sydney. They met Mona, with news that Aria and Emily don't want things to go back to how they were before, when Alison was in charge. Mona was pleased with the news, and the girls looked off camera as another car pulled up.

Sydney Driscoll, Mona Vanderwaal, Jenna Marshall, Pretty Little Liars 5x5
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In Toby's truck... (across town, in Bucks County, just outside Ravenswood... Honestly, I'm not sure where...) Spencer finally told Toby the complete truth. He was understanding, and the two ended up making out.

Hanna found Caleb at the swings in the playground and asked about Miranda. Caleb claimed that he hadn't seen her since Hanna left Ravenswood. The two were catching up, albeit awkwardly, when Hanna received a text message. She told Caleb that they had to go immediately, and he had to come with her.

At Emily's house, all the Liars and their significant others gathered for a televised press conference from Rosewood PD...

"Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. I've called this press conference because we received confirmation tonight that the name of the victim that was buried alive on the DiLaurentis property was Bethany Young. She was a 17 year old patient at the Radley Institution, and was believed to have run away from the hospital on the night that Alison DiLaurentis was alledgedly kidnapped. The victim's parents have been notified, and the family is requesting at this time that you respect their privacy and allow them to grieve over the loss of their loved one. There will be no comments and no questions."

Just as the conference ended, a loud boom sounded, and the large window behind the liars shattered, sending glass shards spraying inside Emily's living room towards the group.

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In the last scene, we watched a gloved figure moving into a new apartment. A's doll house was wrapped up, several dolls are present, and the black widow dress and veil were neatly displayed on a mannequin. A turned on the police scanner and listened as emergency crews responded to the blast.

My Thoughts

It's kinda funny... If the people in Rosewood chose to tell the truth instead of lie, it would be a much less dramatic place, and people might stop winding up buried in their neighbor's backyard. I wasn't ever sure if every mystery tied together... Especially Toby's Mom and Alison... but now, I'm beginning to think that everything is related in the convoluted town of Rosewood that we know and love. (and are sooooo glad we don't live there...)

The episode opened up with Hanna, still questioning who she is. I like that the show is exploring this, and they seem to be taking their time with it. Add in the fact that Caleb showed up out of nowhere, claiming to be back from Ravenswood, and... well, you can identify with the reasoning behind Hanna's bender. Travis swooped in at just the right time and got her out of there. I've really come to like Travis, so it's hard for me to watch Tranna slooooooowly implode. We all know it's just a matter of time before Haleb happens again... and I like Hanna and Caleb... but I really like Travis' character. He is one of the few seemingly genuine good guys on the show.

So, Emily and Paige broke up, making way for the possibility of Emily and Alison... but am I the only one who thinks it feels forced? It seems like Alison just isn't into it as much as Emily. It's hard to say if Alison is sincere, lonely, or manipulative. Emily got really mad at Alison for lying to her and the other girls, AND told Alison as much. I really like that Em has gotten stronger as the series has progressed.

Aria got involved in the whole A mystery by killing Shana and finally getting her hands dirty... but she's right on her way back to Ezraland. That worries me a little, because I liked having her feel a little more present in the mystery side of the show. I have mixed feelings on her getting back together with Ezra, but I know that's where she's eventually headed. I just hope that she'll remember that she has friends this time around and find a balance between Ezra and the other Liars.

Spencer's family is falling apart, much like it did in the books, just for different reasons. There are still a LOT of secrets surrounding Melissa and her father... What happened the night Mrs. D. died? Who does Melissa know/think killed Bethany Young? What was the understanding between Mrs. D. and Mr. H.?

It was great to see Mona and Alison in a scene together, and it was quite the little catfight. Mona came out on top in the first battle, thanks to a cleverly edited video she made while the two fought. Alison seriously needs to step up her game and remember just what Mona is capable of. When Alison started talking about how she faked the apologies and could make Mona "Loser Mona" again... I had a baaaaaad feeling.

All of that being said... I don't really understand Mona's continued vendetta against Alison. I flip between thinking there HAS to be more to her story, and thinking that she really isn't as mentally stable as she pretends.

And then there's Alison. She's really hard to read. At times, she seems really vulnerable, and I want to believe that she doesn't have anything to do with the A game. But then, there are times that she slips back into "Old Alison" and says mean and hurtful things like she did with Mona in the church. She's definitely hiding something from the girls... but what? Hard to say...

...and just to be clear, while I'm on the subject of Mona and Alison... their behavior as bullies is reprehensible. I don't like the idea of glamourizing Mona as the villain, or Alison as the villain. Alison being a bully in the past doesn't make it okay for Mona to do what she's doing. Sure, we can understand a little better and relate to her character, but Mona is playing a very dangerous game. It was just as dangerous when Alison played it.

Jenna seemed like she was close to Shana... but I don't know that we got enough scenes with the two of them together to really know that for sure. It's pretty clear that Jenna was only over at Aria's house to occupy her during Mona's showdown with Ali.

New girl Sydney is in league with Mona, Jenna, and a mysterious 4th. Could that person be the Black Widow? Could it be Melissa? Could it be someone else entirely? What is her connection to all of this? It goes without saying that she looks very similar to Jenna with the glasses on, but also bears a resemblance to Mona. Also, if you've seen the actress PLL cast to play Mona's mom later this season... well, there's a resemblance there too! Could Sydney be the long-lost/secret twin of either girl? Was she related to Bethany Young?

In the last moments of the episode, before the explosion at Cavanshall (Cavanaugh + Marshall) Manor... Rosewood PD publicly ID'd the body in Ali's grave as Bethany Young. I feel like it's important to note that they also chose to reveal the fact that she had been buried alive. I'm not sure why they announced that when keeping a small detail like cause of death might've helped their investigation. It could be that I give Rosewood PD too much credit, and have watched a few too many episodes of Law & Order. ANYWAY... Bethany Young. The mystery Jane Doe in Alison's grave... She escaped from Radley Sanitarium the same night Alison DiLaurentis disappeared.

That little tidbit, plus a little more knowledge from prior episodes, kinda makes some things unravel in Rosewood. Jessica DiLaurentis was on the board at Radley Sanitarium. If you ascribe those worried phone calls to the fact that Bethany escaped, it makes sense, but then all logic falls apart! She saw who hit her daughter with a rock, to her knowledge killing her, yet still protected that person. Could that person have been Bethany? If it was... why in the world would Mrs. D. cover for her?

Could Bethany be Alison's twin? The press conference ID'd her as a 17 year old patient. So, she would've been 2 years older than Alison and the other girls. Well, the only other person that I know of around that kind of age is CeCe Drake, and last we saw... she caught a flight to Paris as Vivian Darkbloom.

...and then outside of Emily's house... we heard a loud BOOM and were treated to that lovely closing scene... A was moving. The Black Widow outfit was on a mannequin in the background, so can we finally say that Uber A is Black Widow is a SHE?!? I'm honestly not sure... we've been minioned out so many times, it's hard to say. All we know for sure, is that Black Widow is definitely related to the A game, and A. Is. Back... with a vengeance and a "proclivity for pyrotechnics" to quote Professor McGonagall. 

Next time, we'll get to see more of the explosion, more plotting, more scheming, a message from A, and maybe a little bit more about Bethany Young in Run, Ali, Run... Kisses!

-S

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