If nothing else happened in this episode, there's only one thing that would truly matter to me at the end of the day: a Liar finally acknowledged that if they STOPPED keeping secrets, then maybe A wouldn't have anything to hold over their heads.
That's it, recap over, I'm officially a happy blogger.
Yeah, OK, that lasted all of five seconds.
In all reality, tonight's episode wasn't anything monumental; however, after last week, I think we all earned a little break. Instead, what tonight did really well was set up future plot twists that will provide something for everyone.
To start, how did A get their hands on Aria's phone? I mean, anonymous texts are one thing, but this was her phone. A bit too close for comfort, if you ask me.
Ezra handled being hit by the Spencer Mack truck fairly well, if you ask me. Despite the fact that Aria has been lying to him for weeks, I truly did feel bad for her watching Ezra leave her, standing there in the street. It seems that Ezra is going to have a bit of a rough road ahead of them as Mr. Fitz navigates being a new dad.
Also on the Aria front, I'm not sure if it's just me, but her blind willingness to accept what Byron says and forgive him seems a bit naïve. We'll see if I'm right or not, though.
Hanna stumbles upon Paige and Caleb's plot to stop Mona and the rest of the A-team, and I must say, the image of her getting hit on at a lesbian bar and subsequently having a drink tossed on her is pretty hilarious. Somehow, she is quickly gaining a spot in my book as favorite Liar. Keep it going, Han, and remember that hot oil treatment your mom suggested.
This episode, I legitimately thought that Spencer's secretive text would be to Toby, and I was so ready to be mad at her for it too. Instead, she surprises with a top-secret meet with a PI of sorts. Yes, Spencer, I am oh-so-curious as to what that key will lead us to as well.
Emily's, I mean Ali's, notebook was one of the real focal points for the episode, and I have a few points moving forward with that: Could Ali really have been pregnant? And if she was, is that what got her killed (even if next week's previews seem to hint otherwise)?
Also, what role in Ali's death and/or the A-team does Detective Wilden play? He was clearly around Ali and CeCe that summer.
This week's A-scene seemed to be more of an “Ali-scene” with that infamous red coat, but really now, burning Hanna doll's head is a bit extreme. I'm still holding on to the theory that Ali may not be dead after all.
As always, only time will tell.