Tonight’s episode brought a lot of questions, a couple of answers and a lot of shouting at the TV. There may have been a few tears, too. Haleb, anyone?
Sure, we found out who the Black Swan was, met Maya’s cousin and discovered the real reason why Mrs. Hastings is representing Garrett, but the real showstopper and heartbreaker was our beloved couple Hanna and Caleb. Things started off safe enough when Caleb thoughtfully got them tickets to Bon Iver, but after tonight, we’re thinking those tickets may go to waste.
Caleb confessed that he went to visit Mona and Hanna wasn’t pleased to hear it. She threw Wren’s advice in Caleb’s face and continued to be so rude to him when he was just trying to help her. But thanks to some helpful and surprising advice from Aria to come clean about why she’s been visiting Mona and the whole second-A thing, Hanna decided to do just that. But as usual, A did what they do best and texted Hanna a picture of a Montecito EMT at precisely the wrong time.
Moments later, Caleb walks in and says his mom – who lives in Montecito – was in a car crash and felt like someone was trying to run her off the road. We knew this would scare Hanna away from telling Caleb, but we couldn’t help yelling at her through the TV to still come clean! Caleb will be there for you Han; he loves you and you’re only pushing him away. When Hanna tells him now isn’t a good time to talk, it seems to break Caleb. He knows she was trying to protect him from A last time, but why now? HANNA, JUST TELL HIM! (That’s what I was yelling to my TV, at least.)
But she didn’t… and as a result Caleb gave a heart wrenching explanation of how he feels he only exists in half of her life and how she’s been pushing him away for weeks and that he just can’t do it anymore. Hanna asks if he’s breaking up with her and Caleb, clearly struggling, replies, “You’re not really giving me much of a choice, are you?” Hanna, could you make some room on Aria’s lap for us to so we can weep over the break up as well? Thanks. Oh, and if you could fix this right away, that’d be great, Han.
But while Hanna may have been off her game with Caleb, her insight proved correct when it came to Melissa. Hanna makes it clear now that Melissa is back to being a “size 2 skinny” that she thinks she could be the Black Swan and that she was faking her pregnancy. We’re with you on this, Hanna, and rightfully so as we discovered that Melissa was, indeed, the Black Swan… but her story, well, we don’t buy that for a second.
Spencer was supposed to distract Melissa while the girls went to investigate Melissa’s apartment in Philadelphia, but the girls went inside too early and had to cut their investigations short and hide out in her even-more-anally-organized-than-Spencer closet when Melissa came back to get her forgotten wallet. When she left and the girls came out of the closet, they found a costume bag with a missing costume but one single feather that perfectly matched the one from the Black Swan. As Hanna said, “You know what they say, if the feather fits.”
In an impressive move, Spencer directly confronted Melissa about being the Black Swan and the lost baby (although I may have done it when Melissa didn’t have a huge knife in her hand, Spence) and Melissa actually provided some answers.
She explained that she faked nearly the entire pregnancy considering she lost the baby the day after she saw Ian’s body. Yeah, that was a long time ago, Melis! She said it was because she didn’t want that part of her life all over the papers, but we have our eye on you. And the Black Swan story? She claims a package arrived in the hallway for her with the costume inside and a note that said she had to do it or they would tell about the loss of her baby. Supposedly the note also said to distract Jenna at the ball. Yeah, yeah, Melissa, we don’t trust you as far as we can throw you.
When Spencer finds out that Garrett (and her father) knows about the fake pregnancy, Spencer makes her mom come clean about why she’s representing Garrett. Apparently she had caught wind of the witness list and included the PI who they hired to keep an eye on Melissa. He didn’t find anything, but if anyone heard even that, it would make them think she was guilty of something. Well, again, to quote Han … “if the feather fits.”
Speaking of the Hastings family, we finally saw half-brother Jason DiLaurentis back on the scene and he was out for blood with Mrs. Hastings representing Garrett. He put up flyers offering a $50,000 reward for any information regarding the disappearance of Ali’s remains. At the end of the episode, he tells Spencer the calls have been pouring in and that he’s withdrawing the reward because it’s the calls are too much right now. But when Spencer walks away, we see him sign a check for $50,000 and agree to meet someone.
Speaking of meeting someone, Emily met a rather interesting character on her first day of work – Nate, Maya’s cousin, who now lives in Hollis. While there were a few tender moments where they shared Maya stories and sentiments – and when Nate gave her a t-shirt with a movie poster from Em and Maya’s first date that Maya had ordered before her death – we couldn’t help feel like Nate was a bit tense and defensive the whole time.
We’re also a little suspicious of him “forgetting” Maya’s parents’ address in his car. Emily had a letter all written out to send them and he volunteers to send it with his package – but really, how hard would it be to go and get the address from the car for her? We’ve got our eye on you, too, Nate.
But Maya wasn’t the only person meeting someone new tonight. Well, that is, if Aria had anything to do with it. When she finds out that Byron is seeing Meredith, rather than telling her mom right away, she decides to set up an online profile for Ella – with the help of Hanna. Hanna’s mom finds out and tells them Main Line Mate is a better site to use, making it pretty clear that Ms. Marin has joined the dating pool again.
When Ashley and Ella meet up at a coffee shop, Ashley ends up showing Ella the profile Aria set up for her and the two have a heart to heart about being single and dealing with the little stuff that comes with being on their own. This scene was kind of perfect! And, to make us love Ella even more, when she tells Aria she saw the profile, they end up leaving the profile up for a little while. Oh, Ella! You go, girl!
But believe it or not, after all of this happens with everyone, there’s still more going on in Rosewood… or should we say Radley Sanitarium. For a girl who isn’t allowed visitors, Mona sure has a lot going on. While Hanna is trying to sneak in, Detective Wilden barges past Wren (who is going out of his way to help Hanna, apparently) to go in and see Mona to ask her about Ali’s missing remains.
Just when we think we’ve seen the last of Wilden for the episode, he appears at the end driving past Spencer and asking how far away her parents’ lake house is. Hm, does he know something isn’t adding up with their story?
Well, perhaps we will find out when the visitors come back for Mona since we saw A at the end hacking her way into the Sanitarium’s system and switching Mona’s status to allowing visitors. But we’re going to have to wait two weeks until we get any more clues or questions for a new episode – think we have enough to consider in the meantime?
A couple final things to consider:
Emily mentioned that things would only get worse during Maya’s trial. This is the first mention of Maya’s trial! Really, this is the first mention of anything related to her death. We never got the specifics and we’ve been waiting for them! If there’s a trial, does that mean there was a crime? Was there another murder in Rosewood?
In the final scene between Spencer and Jason, Spence references how she can’t wait to go to college next year and get out of Rosewood. Leaving college? Going to Rosewood? How would that work in the series? Maybe the best way to think about it how Jason explained, “You can leave Rosewood, but Rosewood will never leave you.”