We were psyched to see a flashback of Alison where she wasn’t a one-dimensional (albeit, awesome), mean, scheming brat. She felt unsafe in her home with Jason and his friends and even shed a tear in front of Spencer. That’s probably why Spencer wasn’t afraid of her. Ladies, never cry in front of your enemies. It does nothing to keep the fear alive.
Wren is back! In case you forgot about him, he was Melissa’s old fiancé from the beginning of season one who started having a thing for Spencer. When he and Spencer were caught, Melissa dumped him and he disappeared from the show. We love that Melissa was sneaking out to meet him and not Ian. That genuinely surprised us. Melissa was showing a secret someone an ultrasound last week. Is it Wren’s baby? We don’t like that idea, because we liked Wren with Spencer, and if it’s his baby, he’s going to be pretty attached to Melissa.
Toby is fine, for now, and he looked good without his shirt on, but we don’t see him as a real partner for Spencer, long-term. They are bonded over the towns suspicion and misunderstanding of them. When that goes away, what will they really have in common? Like Spencer is going to be forever intellectually stimulated by a guy with a GED who works construction… There is nothing wrong with either of those things, but the almighty Man Pride might make the relationship go sour when Spencer becomes Secretary of State. Just sayin’.
That was a touching scene with Spencer and Melissa where Spencer asked for her sister’s loyalty and protection, something she had when they were littler. Melissa claimed to not remember and said, “Don’t make me choose between you and my husband (Ian).” Laaaame. In her defense, that would be a very tough call. Husband or sister? But on this show, that’s an easy choice, because Ian is sketchy and violent, whereas Spencer is awesome.
Melissa was being such a sneaky butt that we weren’t even mad when Spencer stole Melissa’s wedding ring and sold it to a pawn shop to buy Toby a truck. But we’re pretty sure that’s going to come back and bite them in some way. We can just see Toby arrested for theft, refusing to rat out Spencer.
Hanna’s mom and dad were getting cozy, so Hanna deleted a text from her dad’s fiancée so that this other relationship would go down the toilet. We don’t blame her. At all. Maybe that’s why we want Emily to be bad too…we like when the girls are a little bad. Bad, but not stupid bad (like Aria dating Ezra). Hanna balanced it out with some good: trying to help Lucas land a school hottie. We love this idea! On the one hand, we don’t want Lucas with Hanna. She belongs to Caleb. On the other, we love him and want to see him happy. Hanna as cupid sounds great to us. And entertaining. That could be her calling. She could have a show like The Millionaire Matchmaker.
Jackie Molina sighting! Although she wasn’t given much to do yet, Jackie spotted Ezra and Aria canoodling. Hopefully she figures out that Aria is a child soon (if she doesn't already know, since they've met once before, albeit briefly). Ezra and Aria have moved their risky PDA to Hollis. Aria is taking a class there. She so would. She can’t bear to not be a student in a place where Ezra is teaching. After all, it’s not as fun when it’s more appropriate, right? (Wrong.) Keep in mind that Aria’s dad is teaching at Hollis too. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Even if you like this couple, you have to admit that, for this, they deserve to get caught.
Aria’s class is an art class, because that’s probably the only class she is smart enough to take at Hollis. It’s so easy a blind girl can do it! We feel a little bad for laughing when Jenna came onscreen making ceramic pots. Maybe Jenna just likes a challenge. She had a cool tearful moment. We’re starting to think that Jenna is the most well-rounded, interesting character on this show. Creepy as all get-out though. When she found out that Aria was in the class and she had accidently poured out her heart to this girl, she was very upset. Understandable, since Aria’s friends slapped her glasses off in the bathroom, blinded her, and threatened her. Love it. Keep it up, bad girls.
This was an entertaining episode, but are there too many characters on this show? Do they really expect us to remember every guy who came and went a year ago? Well, if they're as hot as Wren we will, but otherwise not so much.
Episode Grade: A-