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Up next: Season 1, episode 18, “The Badass Seed,” aired Feb. 21, 2011.
What we thought then …
Hoo boy, “The Badass Seed” is full of all sorts of interesting things.
First of all, we’re treated to the infamous frat party flashback that turns out to be even more important than it seems here. But at the time, we’re supposed to think first that Ian (Ryan Merriman) pushed a girl down the stairs, and later suspect Alison (Sasha Pieterse) of actually doing it.
Secondly, Ian is seen handing Jenna (Tammin Sursok) a Neufeld’s bag, contents unknown.
Thirdly, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has a dream about a crying baby in her house — and when she goes to help it, a man attacks her.
Finally, “A” plants the fake Ian Thomas Hilton Head trophy with rat’s blood on it in the props box for “The Bad Seed” in an effort to cast suspicion on the Liars — because they think it’s real and turn it into the police, thereby making them look like they created a fake trophy to make Ian look guilty.
Side note: Let’s all take a moment and appreciate the infamous Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) shower scene.
What we know now …
- The frat party comes back into play a couple times. The first is in the Season 4 episode “The Mirror Has Three Faces,” when the girls are led to believe that it was Alison who pushed the girl and then blamed it on Cece Drake (Vanessa Ray), a.k.a. her cousin Charlotte, and got Cece kicked out of school. By the time we learn in Season 7 that it was actually Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) who pushed the girl down the stairs, it seems like the whole Cece thing must have been a lie on Cece’s part.
She didn’t get kicked out of school and she didn’t leave for California, like she told her roommate. She was actually just skulking around town tormenting Alison and then eventually got put back in Radley after Jessica DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker) thought she killed Alison… At least, that’s what we think happened. This whole storyline has never been explicitly made clear by the show.
- The contents of the infamous Neufeld’s bag is actually never revealed on the show, but executive producer Marlene King tweeted that it was Jenna’s flute, which is … a really weird answer to that particular question! Why did Ian have Jenna’s flute? Is it something as innocuous as that maybe she left it at Garrett’s (Yani Gellman) house and Ian was returning it? Very strange.
- Spencer’s baby dream is obviously meant to signify that she’s scared of Ian and nervous about Melissa being pregnant, but in light of what we eventually learn about Melissa’s miscarriage, Jason DiLaurentis (Drew Van Akcer) being their half-brother, and now Spencer’s bio mom actually being Mary Drake (Parker), it’s certainly a lot more interesting now. So many secret babies and paternity running around the Hastings house!
- The fake trophy is an interesting turn of events, because half the time it’s like “A” loves and want to protect the Liars, and the other half of the time “A” wants to make their lives miserable and put them in jail.
Knowing that this “A” is Mona (Janel Parrish), it seems like this is particularly geared towards her rivalry with Spencer — Mona had to know that Spencer would not only insist on turning the trophy into the police, but that a vendetta against Ian is most likely to originate with Spencer.
Hindsight hilarity …
It’s so great watching Ezra (Ian Harding) and Byron (Chad Lowe) have a beer together, just because Byron can see why everyone loves Ezra, and yet… In a little while, Byron is understandably going to want to kill Ezra with his bare hands.
Creepiest dude award goes to …
Definitely Ian, though knowing what we know now, Ian gets sadder and sadder as this storyline goes on. Yes, he’s a lech and predator, but he really didn’t have anything to do with Alison’s “death,” so the fact that he disappears and then kills himself is pretty tragic.
Best ‘A’ message …