Part 1 of 2: Dinner Parties and Vodka Waters
Nothing else matters this episode because...Hanna and Caleb are back together! Or, at least, they're making out and exchanging adorable comments. I guess we can erase Ravenswood from memory, and know that all is right again in Rosewood. Except not really. A's back and worse than ever (see: Toby's house, on fire), Ali's skulking around in the dark, we still haven’t seen a return of Gratuitous Male Shirtlessness, and Bethany Young is proving to be more than just the girl in Ali's grave. Speaking of a Twists That Make An Old Plot Actually Relevant, Miss Young may have been the "fragile patient" who was on the roof of Radley when Toby's mom died. Remember that? Me neither, but I. Marlene King never forgets.
We start the episode with another meeting in the Liars' favorite super-secret meeting spot — the girl’s bathroom.
The girls’ outfits are on point this week, which is a good thing considering they pretty much wear the same outfit the whole episode. Not ok, ABC Family. NOT. OK.
After her recent encounter with A, Ali worries about the resulting bruises and the questions that may come up. Fortunately, concealer + a really cute scarf is all she needs to cover them up.
Unfortunately, people tend to hide in those bathroom stalls. Donna LaDonna Sydney is really starting to fit in at Rosewood — she’s got the sneaky part down pat, and is also sporting the swim team’s usual drapey earth-tones.
Em’s also in her usual this week: jeans, a sweatshirt, and a moderately interesting jacket.
We'll get to Mona's animal situation in Part 2.
But back to Ali, who’s taking a test in order to get back into Rosewood High. She’s also swapped out her cute scarf for a cute necklace. Continuity issue, or did she decide to ditch the scarf? I'm still loving the rest of her outfit — the white blazer with printed shoulder pads pairs nicely with her floral top. Nice to see her out of sundresses/flashback filter.
And she even dressed up for dinner with Emily’s mom, exchanging the jeans for a flared black skirt. Which is more than I can say for Hanna, who showed up in the same outfit she wore to school.
It seems that with Ali’s homecoming, Hanna's given up on the skirts, sequins, and pink and gone for a rocker chic look instead. No more politician wives' cardigans — in their place are amaze leather jackets and speckled jeans. Love.
The new hair and clothes aren’t the only new things about Hanna…she's gone and picked up a drinking habit.
Sidenote, why was there vodka on the bar cart if Pam was the only adult? I’d always pegged her as more of a wino.
But she totally plays the part of perfect hostess to a tee. I mean, who lugs a bar cart out to the porch for dinner with a bunch of teenagers?
Anyway, The Most Awkward Dinner Party Ever. Alternately titled: Hanna's drunk, Ali's making shit up, Pam's not buying it, and Em's in the middle of it all.
After getting kicked out of Emily's house for too much drinky, Hanna sobers up at the Brew. Where she runs into Caleb! You guys, how perfect do they look? Caleb brings the usual in a fitted black jacket, but I'll be the first to admit, I miss the long hair.
But did anyone else wonder why Caleb was buying so many brownies? Late night study snack or is he feeding a crowd?
No matter, this made the whole episode for me. Yay, Team Haleb!