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Pretty Little Liars Recap: "Let the Water Hold Me Down"

That sound you hear? It’s me drowning in this week’s episode. I feel bad for complaining about my lack of enthusiasm thus far this season because the past couple of episodes were nowhere near as bad as this week’s.

Yet another mystery was connected to Jenna, Lucas’ not so big secret was revealed, and Maya received mysterious texts. When one of the highlights of the show is Mona having a sweater-set breakdown, something has gone very wrong. This week’s recap is brought to you by the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.

The Good

A is a sneaky, sneaky bitch. The lake dramatics ended and Hanna tried to warm in a front of a fire only to find out that her bottle of water had been replaced with lake water. The discovery was followed by a typical snazzy A text. “No fun chugging lake water, is it? Choke on this, bitch.” A has such a way with words. She followed this up by flooding the bathroom at school while Hanna cried in a stall. Being a teenage girl is so hard.

Holden asked Aria on a date and she promptly used this as a chance to see Ezra by buying tickets to a show she had originally planned on attending with him. While it was a little girlfriend crazy of her, the look that passed between her and Ezra when he arrived in front of the theater was phenomenal. It gave me chills, made my heart skip beats, and reminded me why I love these two. And despite everything I’ve said thus far about Aria’s parents, I suddenly resented them for not letting these two be together. Holden picked up on their relationship — something no one else around them had been able to do, understanding that everyone has secrets. Anyone else wondering what his is?

Mona, who only comes out of the woodwork to argue with Hanna or kiss the ground that Noel walks on, had a sweater-set breakdown over her relationship to Spencer. I feel like Noel and Mona are used to throw us off our tracks and make us suspect they are up to something when they’re not. That aside, I loved her crying into her shopping bags. It’s such a stark change from the nerdy girl that used to get picked on by Alison. Spencer gave her great advice, if she’s the Mona she wants to be, then Noel can’t control her. Girls need to remember this in life.

The Bad

Maya received mysterious texts, which Emily worried, were from A. On their date, Maya explained she hooked up with someone who can’t take no for an answer. I should care more, but I don’t because I can’t help but think that it’s another cheap storyline to keep us hanging on.

Spencer discovered packaged cell phones and a receipt in the lake house attic. The only creepy thing about this was that if it is A, she was in the house when Caleb and Hanna were doing things on Spencer’s Nana’s couch. Ew. The receipt was from Philly. A trip ensued; leading Spencer to discovering a school for the blind, yet another connection to Jenna that basically led us nowhere. Spencer met a fellow student of Jenna’s, who had nothing but glowing things to say about her. She swipes a sign in book from behind the conveniently unoccupied desk before she leaves and takes it home to discover that Garrett signed Jenna out the night before Ali died. There was no time he signed her back in.

The Very, Very Ugly

Lucas came back to Rosewood, appearing in the dark in Hanna’s room during a story to confess his secret. I was way off track with my assumption that Lucas was going to confess his love for Hanna. There isn’t a word for how stupid Lucas’ secret was. Tell me I’m not the only one who rolled my eyes when he confessed to gambling away his and Caleb’s savings. This was such a let down when there was so much build up. Honestly, I would have taken Lucas being in love with Caleb this. It’s going to take some time for me to get over this one.

I just can’t quite put my finger on what’s going wrong here – if it’s the storytelling, feeling as if the mystery is fumbling, A’s antics being less crafty, the girls acting on emotion instead of logic, etc. I just want to shake this show by its non-existent shoulders and point it in the right direction again. Hanna said it best when Lucas asked her to say something, “You’re not who I thought you were,” and that’s how I’m starting to feel about this show. 

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Amber Cunigan

Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.