|By JJ Duncan http://www.zimbio.com (Ashley Benson) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
The episode opened with a disturbing scene for everyone who loves people who are close to Hanna Marin. It’s full of ambulances and body bags. Spencer and Aria are comforting Hanna, who is crying hysterically. IS IT CALEB? Or her mom? A cop is questioning Emily, who looks like she’s in shock. She tells the cop that she knew the deceased. Hopefully it’s Nate, since the cop is talking to Emily, and Hanna is just crying so hard because she was in danger or saw something awful. Is it Ali’s body in the bag? Two days earlier, jury selection for Garrett’s trial is going on, and all the reporters are stalking Emily because she dated the victim.
Spencer, Aria, and Hanna are planning to tell Emily about the earring. Aria is wearing a blue skirt that looks like half of a tacky Halloween costume. Emily arrives and doesn’t take the news well. Paige and Spencer confront each other in the school hallway. What we wouldn’t give to see those two physically fight. It’s an important finale and all the girls should be focused on A, so naturally, Aria has some Ezra drama to deal with and steal her away from the main plotline. Maggie confirms that Malcolm is Ezra’s baby. Aria needs to tell Ezra immediately. No amount of money from the Fitzgeralds is worth a kid not having his dad, first of all, so how could keeping the secret be good for the kid? And second of all, Aria should be loyal to her boyfriend, not his ex.
When we saw Caleb’s gun, we thought Hanna was crying in the future because Caleb was arrested for having it and possibly shooting Nate. As much as we don’t think Toby and Spencer should be together much longer, their reunion was pretty sweet. YES. Spencer and Toby sexytime. Spencer loses her virginity. It was sweet, overly romanticized, and probably not a healthy message for the tween audience watching it (that having sex when you are high-school aged is acceptable and normal), but we liked it anyway. Kids, it’s not really like that. The guy you sleep with probably won’t have that bangin’ of a body either. His job won’t be to work out 24/7. It's just TV. Hot, blessed TV.
Emily decides to escape her friends and the reporters by going to an isolated cabin with Nate. Emily, why would you go on vacation with Nate, a boy who likes you, but you don’t like back? Putting aside the fact that he is creepy and clearly not Maya’s cousin, that’s just a bad position in which to put yourself. Emily’s mom should have insisted on coming. She doesn’t know this guy and her daughter is still a teenager! Holy Moly, the phone call Emily got was scary. That night in the cabin, Emily realizes that Nate is actually Maya’s stalker/boyfriend from camp. We knew it! We bet a whole lot of other people did too. Nate has concocted a long-running plan to kidnap Paige and kill her in front of Emily. And lesbians: that’s why you should never suddenly turn straight on your girlfriends.
The other girls are distracted by a text telling them to meet A by Ali’s grave. No one shows up, and they realize that they need to find Emily. Who else was surprised when Emily stabbed Nate in the lighthouse? During their fight, we thought Caleb would come in and save her. But clichés die on this show. Well done, PLL. That was bad ass. Maya is avenged! Then gunshot. WHAT?!! This show is so good. Nate shoots Caleb with his own gun right before dying. Caleb is going to be fine; we know it. Thank the Lord the Maya and Nate storyline is over.
The A team had a plan to frame Paige, but Nate foiled it. Mona escapes from the mental institution. The creepy A lair is back! We can’t believe Toby was the betrAyer, but we love it and it makes sense. He’s always been a little weird. For some reason though, we keep thinking that Toby isn’t really with the A team. He is infiltrating them for information. He seems to really love Spencer. Maybe we’re just in denial. We think the whole lesson of this show is that parents need to keep a better eye on their kids. We’ll see this show again in October!
Episode grade: A-