Published on June 20th, 2012 | by Mackenzie Bronk0
Pretty Little Liars recap: Taking Back Control
This week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars resolved some major issues that have been percolating over the first few episodes of this season. Most of the major elements of this episode happened because our fabulous foursome actually decided to take some action rather than just watch their lives ruined by forces out of their reach. So often the pretty little liars make wrong calls when it comes to dealing with threats so it was refreshing to see them regain some control of their lives.
Although Spencer already had her suspicions about her mother representing Garrett in the trial for Allison’s murder, she waited patiently for her mother to tell her and Melissa about the trial and her decision. Spencer, always the pragmatist, cannot see why her mother was doing this, so she decides to do some snooping. She discovers that her sister and mother never went to the hospital in Hanover to get the abortion for Melissa’s baby. Spencer confronts her mother who admits that while she didn’t know that Melissa had the abortion before Hanover, she did try to hide it from Spencer. After some brainstorming with her friends, Spencer also suspects that Garrett may have been involved with Melissa at some point (aka could have been the father of her baby). This could definitely explain why her mother is representing Garrett in the trial. So moral of the story is that Melissa is and always will be completely loco and her mother is the biggest pretty little liar of all.
Meanwhile, Hanna becomes concerned with Lucas after she notices that he’s deteriorating at school. She has Caleb talk to him, which really doesn’t work considering how depressed and jaded Lucas has become. Caleb also gets pretty upset with Hanna because she continues to go visit Mona despite his insistence that she is better left alone. We saw a totally different side of Mona in this episode because according to her, the doctors changed her medication. So she has become a neutered buttered-up happy-go-lucky version of her former self, but at least she’s walking and talking. Hanna doesn’t really buy into it, but continues to visit Mona to try to discover out the truth. While there, she sees Lucas going in to visit Mona, which is super suspicious since he is definitely on the list of people who could have been working with her. When Caleb and Hanna confront him, he told some off-handed lie about how he just wanted to see if she turned out to be a nut job (yeah right). Later in the episode, Caleb goes to visit Mona in one of the most balls-out moves I’ve ever seen. He totally confronts her, saying that he knows this is all an act and that she clearly has things planned for the future. Hopefully, Caleb isn’t the first person on her future hit list.
Arya goes into the belly of the beast in this episode, by taking up Jenna’s offer to accompany her flute performance on the piano. All four of them know that Jenna isn’t blind, but they have yet to catch her in the act, so they hope this recon mission will help. They see a post-it with an appointment for the next day so they decide to follow her. She is driven to her appointment, but when she gets there, she just gets into another car takes off the glasses and drives away, clearly not at all blind. While Emily, Arya and Spencer want to keep their distance, Hanna clearly is fed up. She walks right up to the front of the car, confronting Jenna face to face. Jenna admits to the group that she has been hiding the fact she can see, so that she can keep an eye on people. She’s convinced people are out to get her (a fair assumption), so she has been sneaking around. Jenna also confesses that she did drive Emily on the night that she blacked out, but that it wasn’t anything malicious. She saw Emily drunk in the middle of the road, and drove her to where Emily wanted to go. I’m really excited to see where this new relationship with Jenna goes now. Jenna has almost no cards to play at this point, so it will be interesting to see her be vulnerable.
Finally, Emily had some major problems in this episode in the aftermath of her make-up midterm. As we know, Arya’s mom changed the score of Emily’s midterm so that she would pass. Emily confronts Arya’s mom saying that her grade was way too high, and Arya’s mom basically implies that she changed the score herself. After Emily tells Arya who tells Fitz, he confronts Mrs. Montgomery, who says that the vice principal received an anonymous note about her playing favorites in class. She decides to tell the principal the truth about the test, but Fitz steps in and saves the day, saying that students must have thought his involvement with her tutoring was favoritism. Although Emily is grateful for this treatment, she is fed up with being a victim and tells Fitz to stop treating her like a fragile child. Because his awesome and always does everything right, he gives her another copy of the test and tells her to complete it right then and there so that she can prove to herself that she could have passed the test. In the final scene, we see the mysterious new “A,” who clearly has stolen Allison’s body from the ground as he/she unzips the coffin bag to get more accoutrements for furture torture. While several people’s intentions have been temporarily resolved (Jenna and Spencer’s mom) there are still several mysterious players in this game, namely Mona, Melissa, and Lucas. These three will most likely experience some enlightening run-ins with our fabulous foursome soon, so keep tuning in for more juicy intrigue.