Pretty Little Liars – Recap: Bromance and Blondes
Tonight’s Pretty Little Liars saw the boys of Rosewood stepping up to the plate as Season 4 continued to explore the murder of Wilden and the mysterious lodge fire. Orange is the new black, Ashley!
Episode 7 of Season 4 of Pretty Little Liars was appropriately dubbed “Crash & Burn, Girl.” Aside from the much teased “Car through Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) living room” scene, it seemed as though each of our favorite Liars began feeling the heat sparked by A. See, I was always under the impression that A and Red Coat were obviously separate people. Remember when Red Coat rescued them from the lodge inferno? I guess they don’t. They’re clearing suspects left and right. Well, they’re writing people off of the show left and right. As I often say in my recaps, everyone is A. Of course, does that even matter if the entire town just up and leaves for New York or Europe or Ravenswood? I enjoy Toby (Keegan Allen) on Pretty Little Liars, but wasn’t it fun to finally watch two of these boyfriends teaming up? I liked the soundtrack PLL chose to christen the new Toleb/ Caloby bromance. Maybe it would benefit future spinoff Ravenswood to allow Toby to jump ship with Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) when he leaves this fall. I did notice that Keegan Allen was listed merely as “guest star” this week, which surprised me. I mean, most of the parents are listed as regulars to put things in perspective. Let me begin the Recap and Review of Season 4 Episode 7 of Pretty Little Liars!
The episode opened with Emily and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) scrubbing dishes in the Marin household while Hanna (Ashley Benson) sat sulking in her room. Ashley (Laura Leighton) had been hauled off to jail. “As If.” proclaimed Aria’s (Lucy Hale) giant sweater. No washing pots for Aria. I thought it was nice that PLL had the three Liars hold hands in support of an absent Hanna. Mozzarella sticks do, indeed, fix all. Meanwhile, Caleb promised Hanna via phone chat that he’d stay out of trouble.
Thus, we knew trouble would be a-brewin’. “The Devil takes care of its own,” sang the song that played over Caleb and Toby’s wall of Wilden. Much like the bulletin board at the Rosewood Police Department, the duo had been mapping out the dead cop’s murder. Step one involved researching the tail number on the plane Red Coat had worn the night of the fire in conjunction with organizing time frames. How could Red Coat move so quickly from the lodge to the scene of Wilden’s police car framing? Because they’re clearly two different people. These Liars and their friends, as previously stated, don’t really seem to fathom that, generally speaking. Well, at least these boys don’t for the sake of Episode 7. Eventually, the pair connected the plane to a hanger in Howel. There, they managed to easily bribe the attendant, a Mr. Nigel Wright, to allow them to peak at confidential files. See, why is it that I feel like I’d be the one person in the world who would have the wad of cash thrown back in my face after a maneuver like that? The plane was scheduled to land somewhere in Delaware according the flight record of a Mr. John Smith. Pocahontas Caleb was not amused. According to Nigel, fog would have made it extremely difficult to land near the lodge fire that evening. Toby was not sold.
Meanwhile, Pam (Nia Peeples) managed to schedule Emily a new sort of doctor’s appointment where she would receive special injections in order to help her wound heal. Emily would swing by the station after school to gather more information from her mother. There, she was tempted by the sight of a key that had been labeled for Wilden’s apartment. If it meant clearing Ashley Marin and finding a new suspect, Emily would risk her mother’s job by swiping it. Oh, and forget about that appointment.
Ashley, in the meantime, was not doing so well. Clad in her prison garb, she met with Hanna twice this episode. First, Hanna, in all of her delusional glory, would attempt to make her mother promise to accompany her to some sort of charity function in a few weeks. Ashley, of course, was aware of the dire circumstances. I think this seen was meant to be moving, but I just kind of found the incessant asking annoying. If you are about to be locked up forever, you don’t want to hear that form of positive talk, I’d think. Luckily, the great and powerful Spencer Hastings would be the one to sit Hanna down for a dose of much-necessary venom. After overhearing her parents, Ashley’s lawyers, speaking, it seemed as though things had escalated to a point where it would basically have been better had Ashley actually murdered Wilden. Seriously, it’s that bad? I’ve never heard of such a thing, but this is Pretty Little Liars. A is everyone and everywhere. I’m looking at you with a side-eye, Fitz (Ian Harding)!
Speaking of Ezra, the former Mr. Aria spent the majority of Episode 7 making himself pretty darn useful. Remember when a mystery man destroyed pervert Connor’s car last week following the jerk’s dissing of Aria? Well, all fingers pointed to Mike Montgomery (Cody Christian). First of all, doesn’t it seem like that principal who clearly has it out for Aria is getting increasingly invasive and obnoxious? This week, he was very quick to pull Aria aside and inappropriately question Mike’s mental medication usage. Aria, taken aback, began questioning her brother herself. Was this the work of revenge in her honor or just plain old A business? Later, Aria’s father Byron (Chad Lowe) would be dragged into the thick of things. I was glad to see Byron, for once, backing his children over outsiders, proudly supporting his daughter and condemning that awful Conner. It seemed, though, that the Montgomery family was in a bit of a tough pickle. With the threat of legal charges, it was looking more and more like expulsion for Mike. Luckily, Mr. Fitz stepped up to the plate to intervene. Pulling the principal aside, Ezra politely reminded him that questioning a student’s sanity is appalling behavior coming from a respected school official. The principal attempted to come back with the classic “Remember when you dated Aria?” knife-twister of a line, but hasn’t that gotten stale by now? Fitz is so A.
Later, Aria would drop by the Fitz Château in order to drop off a “thank you” note. Of course, the two would suffer through an awkward encounter outside the front door. If it takes two to tango, Ezria is currently working with four left feet.
With the help of Aria, Spencer, and a whole bunch of embarrassing gardening gloves, Emily led the way to Wilden’s apartment. There, the trio scoured and scavenged for clues. Aria went on for a good long while about Wilden’s porn collection to the point where this reviewer honestly thought they’d find something of substance among the sea of boobies that were described. Nope, just an opportunity to bring up Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! Eventually, the Liars managed to discover an unopened box of gourmet steaks that had been left rotting amidst the crap of Wilden. Inside, Spencer revealed a card alluding to a “barbecue”… from A. More importantly, Emily would later attempt to track the information, but we’ll have to wait and see what she uncovers.
Toby, convinced that Nigel had attempted to throw them off track, kept the gears in his brain turning. After studying the lighter that had been dropped by his unconscious head the night of the fire, an enlarged “North West/ NW” symbol seemed like a clue. North West… or Nigel Wright? Take a stab, Liars! The next day, the dynamic duo would once again pay Nigel a visit. This time, it seemed the pair was ready to rough the dude up if it meant manhandling some information out of him. They did manage to get a name, Cece Drake, before Nigel quite ridiculously destroyed his own office in the wake of escaping big, mean, scary Toby. Caloby seemed to be unimpressed by the name dropped, but I think Cece Drake is a pretty damn good start. Obviously, I don’t think it was actually Cece. Perhaps, as she admitted, she was afraid of Wilden and did eventually kill him, as Spencer later suggested; however, I don’t think she is Red Coat. She could also have been the girl dealing with Toby’s mother. Then again, I’ve always sort of thought of Cece as a non-character. Doesn’t she just scream “filler”? I think Nigel was flying another blonde to the lodge. Later, it would seem that he was, indeed, romantically involved with this mystery woman. She drinks Earl Grey tea, for the record. Could it have been Alison’s mother? That sounds like a drink for an older woman, no?
I understand that Hanna is usually our funny dame, and I love you Ashley Benson, but why did they have to dress Hanna in a costume that looked like it belonged on a sad clown during her final visit with her mother? Hanna pled with her mom to admit to committing a crime she didn’t do. Ashley, preferring to keep her dignity intact, refused. If it meant jail forever, than she’d have to make baggy orange work. She’s a Marin. She can handle it. I did find the scene where Hanna packed her mom a suit for court to be emotionally jarring enough for Pretty Little Liars, though.
Episode 7 of Season 4, “Crash & Burn, Girl,” made good on its promise. I’m not sure the A note from the steak box was worth getting her mother suspended from her job, but Emily would pay the price anyway. A was not happy with Fields for swiping the key and crashing Wilden’s apartment, so he/she/probably Ezra promised a crash of their own. By the close of the episode, a rogue, driverless car would come crashing through Emily’s living room and heading straight for Pam. Luckily, no one was harmed, and A closed out Episode 7 by purchasing some home goods and repair supplies for Emily. Well, that was nice! What a nice A!
What did you think of Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 7, “Crash & Burn, Girl”? Are you rooting for Ezria or are you hoping Aria hooks up with Jake? Is Mike guilty? Why didn’t Emily think to toss the key in the wreckage of the car? (It could have made the targeting of her family seem legitimate.) Will Hanna get Ashley out of this mess with Mona’s help? Did you enjoy watching Caleb and Toby as a team? Who is this blonde, and why is she so obsessed with high school drama?
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