To Kill A Mocking Girl was the title of this week’s Pretty Little Liars, and much like the title, the episode was all kinds of strange.
I only got to watch the episode today and I feel like I’ve missed something. At the end of the previous episode, Spencer saw Jenna on a weird device sending a text message and yet for some reason, the Pretty Little Liars didn’t seem to think much of it. If it wasn’t for an offhand comment, I would have been convinced that Spencer had kept the information to herself. For four teenagers who are freaked out by the text messages from “A”, they seemed particularly dismissive of the possibility that Jenna is behind it all.
Speaking of Jenna, that girl is really quite the bitch. She made a snarky comment to the girls in the school corridor about Ali and was very short tempered with her step-brother, Toby who made his first appearance this week.
Flashbacks to the Jenna incident showed a little more of what happened that night, most interestingly was Ali seemingly threatening Toby about what would happen if he told the police that they were responsible for the accident. Spencer – who seems to be the one who knew the most about Ali’s secrets – revealed that Ali had something over Toby and had warned him that if he told the truth, she would tell everyone his secret.
As a foursome, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily decide to create a memorial for Ali and head through the woods to the place Ali was kidnapped. It was unclear what their plan actually was but every time they got into the woods they heard noises and ran away. Towards the end of the episode they found Ali’s friendship bracelet there – but more on that later.
This week, Aria’s story took a slightly more interesting twist as it deviated away from her fling with Mr Fitz. Although there was still a little student/teacher interaction, the focus shifted to Aria’s father, Byron and the woman he had an affair with. Meredith is a gorgeous blonde who happens to work at the same place as Byron and this week we saw her making an effort to get closer to his family by making friends with his wife, Ella. Aria made it clear to Meredith that her presence was not welcome but it’s not looking as if she is going to sneak away quietly. It will be interesting to see where this is going.
Spencer is really doing nothing to make me like her. Whether it’s an acting thing or something else, she always looks shifty. After kissing Melissa’s boyfriend, Spencer is now in her family’s bad books, in spite of her continued insistence that Wren kissed her and she was the innocent party. In an attempt to clear her name, she visits Wren and asks him to explain to her parents that it was all his fault but he tells her it will make no difference. Irritated and tired from everything that has been happening, Spencer steals one of Melissa’s essays and prepares to submit it as her own work.
Confused, delicate little Emily is still having a hard time this week. Her feelings for Maya seem to be taking over as Emily constantly distances herself from her boyfriend. Things almost get nasty in the girls locker room when he refuses to take no for an answer, but Toby comes to Emily’s rescue. Later, Emily goes to a party with Maya and they decide to hop into a photo booth together to have some pictures taken. While they are goofing around, they kiss and are photographed doing so. Outside the booth, an unknown person takes the strip of photos. At the end of the episode, they light-fingered stranger has many reprints of Emily’s photos pinned to a wall in different sizes, begging the question – who would do that? Is it Toby? Does he have a weird crush on Emily? Maybe it’s Jenna, or someone we have yet to even suspect.
Poor Hanna. Since her mother decided to pay for Hanna’s theft by sleeping with Detective Wilden, the teenager’s life has been nothing but a misery. He seems adamant that Hanna knows something and takes her for more questioning while she is at school. The thing that caught my attention was his realisation that Hanna now looks just like Ali. I wondered if the rest of the characters were blind because I picked it up in the first episode! Hanna made it clear that similar looks does not mean she killed Ali to take her place as the most popular but the creepy Detective seems to think he’s on to something. At Hanna’s house, he finds her friendship bracelet and says it looks familiar. Thankfully, Hanna’s mum has the good sense to throw him out for snooping.
At this point, I am hatching a theory. We know that Ali was having a fling with an older guy. Wilden, perchance? He recognised Hanna’s bracelet and then at the end of the episode, Ali’s bracelet just appeared. Is he the murderer?
And if so, where do Jenna and Toby fit in? Is Toby involved in the weird text messages or is he an innocent bystander?
The questions keep on coming and as yet, there have been no answers. Perhaps there will be a little more clarity in episode four.