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Pretty Little Liars Recap: "Blond Leading the Blind"


Dating is difficult, no matter which sex you belong to, and it’s even harder when you’re being text message stalked by the mysterious A. The lesson in Rosewood this week: lying is never good for your relationship.

It should be obvious, but in the case of Spencer and Hanna it’s definitely not. And yes, I get that they are trying to protect their beloved boys. However, it’s doing more harm than good and no lie they tell will keep A from coming after them.

Poor Toby thought that a little front seat car make out meant things were looking up for him and Spencer. Instead she blew him off and later on he tumbled from the scaffolding around the barn. Understandably upset, Spencer flew to be at his side and discovered Wren was his doctor. Toby wants to know what is going on with her, but A intervenes with a text. This leads to Spencer asking Emily to lie to Toby and tell him that there is someone else she is with now. Naturally Toby asked who and confronted the doctor, threatening to hit him. It was kind of awesome.

In between this madness Jenna went step-sister crazy, clearly offering to heal Toby with her hands. The icky incestuous tone aside, I will say that Jenna has a point. These girls do nothing except get him into trouble, which could be avoided if Spencer would just be a little more honest. While not knowing about A may be safe, isn’t it safer to be prepared for her to wreak havoc on your life? Toby’s been getting walked all over and he finally manned up by returning the truck Spencer bought him. She seemed so surprised that he gave it back. Someone needs to clue her in on how a girl is supposed to treat her boyfriend. Team Toby forever and always on this front.

Hanna is also trying to keep the truth from Caleb, only he seems to be catching on. He realizes that he’s decoding a video involved with Alison’s murder, which prompts Hanna to throw the video footage into a blender. It’s later discovered by Hanna’s mom, who tries to talk to her about keeping a secret from Caleb. She doesn’t say anything. Meanwhile, Caleb goes to Spencer and asks for the truth. Going behind Hanna’s back together when it comes to this video footage? Very bad idea. She is not going to be happy.

Although, Caleb’s footage may or may not be important, so perhaps it was a good thing. It depends on what you think about things. Given how this season seems to be about confusing viewers and steering them in all kinds of different directions, I’m not sure what I think. I’m afraid if I get my hopes up, it’ll end up being another terrible secret a la Lucas’ gambling secret. 

The video is of Ian, Jenna, and Garrett in Alison’s bedroom. Jason is supposed to be there, but no one in the video knows where he is. They’re having a secret NAT meeting that Ian is recording as evidence that they are all involved in whatever their club is all about. Apparently their headquarters just happen to be Alison’s bedroom. Maybe it just has good acoustics or the walls are soundproof or something. Who knows? One of the most important things in the video is that Garrett held the wooden box that Jason gave Spencer.

This prompted the girls to look through it. Inside they discovered a note from A, which means Alison was stalked before her death. A’s identity continues to run in circles because our pretty little liars aside, everyone hated Alison. It could be anyone in Rosewood – or out of Rosewood for that matter. She is the type of girl who lines up enemies everywhere she goes.

Other notable things that happened: Ezra and Aria stared in a video montage that resembled a music video by Snow Patrol or The Fray, ending in a romantic kiss in the rain. Aria’s mom remained oblivious to Aria and Holden’s scheme. Hanna and Mona caught Noel on what appeared to be a date with Jenna.

The episode ended with A cutting pictures of our couples in half and burning the guys. Toby and Ezra’s sweet faces burned to ashes – just like that. A cue for what is to come? Or does A think she’s definitely gotten rid of them?

While the girls lied to their significant others this week, they’ll be lying to each other next week and that may end worse than lying to their boyfriends. 

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.

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