With only 10 episodes left — and six months before they premiere — Screener takes a look back through the twisty mysteries and tangled lives of everyone’s favorite “Pretty Little Liars.” So join us daily as we revisit Rosewood of old. The entire series is streaming on Netflix — re-watch with us!
Up next: Season 1, episode 15, “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again,” aired Jan. 31, 2011.
What we thought then …
The photo of Ali (Sasha Pieterse) the night she disappeared shows a shadow — who turns out to be Spencer (Troian Bellisario). The two fought about Ian (Ryan Merriman) that night, though Spencer didn’t know at the time that at least part of Alison’s rage was because she had her own relationship going on with Ian.
Viewers are only shown part of the Ali-Spencer confrontation and some seeds are definitely planted that maybe Spencer did kill her.
Meanwhile, “A” is continuing her twisted game of making Hanna (Ashley Benson) do awful things for money. This time it’s arranging for Ella (Holly Marie Combs) to show up at the art gallery where Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) are having their first real date. The plan is only thwarted because Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) lurves Hanna.
What we know now …
Spencer didn’t kill Ali. In fact, Spencer didn’t even hit her over the head with the shovel. A hopped-up-on-speed Spencer confronted Ali, but eventually just fell asleep with the other girls, only to wake up later and not be able to find Alison.
Also, knowing “A” is Mona makes the Hanna game so interesting. Because “A” has already shown that she would help Aria and Ezra keep their relationship a secret — remember framing Noel (Brant Daugherty) so he couldn’t rat Ezra out to the principal?
So this feels more like a “how desperate is Hanna and how far will she go” ploy, which is so twisted when you know it’s Mona (Janel Parrish) behind it all and you think about how close she and Hanna are.
Hindsight hilarity …
Not so much “hilarious,” but it is kind of funny to watch the origins of Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Paige’s (Lindsey Shaw) relationship — homophobic insults and sort of trying to drown Emily. True love!
In all seriousness, there’s a lot going on with Paige at this point in her life and it’s pretty heartbreaking to watch. Still, after the chillaxing Maya (Bianca Lawson) vibe, Paige is quite the contrast it’s kind of funny to watch this and know that Paige and Emily end up together.
Creepiest dude award goes to …
Nobody is really “creepy” this episode, though Aria is playing with some serious fire here — both the stunt she pulls at school and the actual date could have landed Ezra in major trouble (because this relationship is wildly inappropriate, remember).
However, we will grudgingly admit that Ezria also could not be cuter in this episode. It might be the cutest they’ve ever been on the show.
Best ‘A’ message …
Definitely the best “A” message:
Though the “A” tag, with the reappearance of Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) as the bead lady is delightful.