After a pretty underwhelming season opener, we finally begin moving forward in typical PLL fashion. In other words, barely moving forward at all. Spencer and Hanna investigate possible A subjects while Aria is forced to interact with Meredith again (Byron's affair from season one). And Emily? Don't worry, she's still got her shifty emotionally confused looks. Which come in handy when the girls finally find out that bitch isn't only crazy but can also SEE. Wait, didn't we already know that? Oh and also A isn't just one person but a TEAM. We definitely knew that. Wait, so did WE, the AUDIENCE, actually learn anything in this episode? Ugh. At least some things never change in Rosewood, PA.
The episode starts off with a lovely message from A:
After seeing this, Emily has a meltdown in the middle of class and just leaves, without permission. I mean, what is her deal? Fine, she got a morbid message from A with a necklace made of human teeth. And fine, she might fail and have to repeat the 11th grade. And fine, her girlfriend was just murdered. But like.... come on.
Spencer and Aria rush out to talk to her (I guess this is all okay since Aria's mother is the teacher???) and serendiptiously run into Hanna on the way to the bathroom. They meet in a bathroom stall...apparently the new Spencer's Kitchen.
Wow. They all look pretty fantastic. Let's break it down.
Oh, Emily. Distraught-naive-emotionally-conflicted Emily actually looks pretty good at the start of the episode. Add a pair of aviators and she looks like she's ready to jump on the back of a motorcycle.
All she needs to do now is GET IT TOGETHER.
Speaking of "getting-it-together," we can always count on Spencer Hastings for a little lesson in elegance and class and style and WTF IS THIS TOP?!?!
Okay, okay, I see it now. Whew. Totally redeemed with the '70s flared jeans and platform sandals. Aria and Emily may be the main event in the shot but Spencer is silently stealing the show.
Hanna rocks every single outfit in this episode and I couldn't even bring myself to picking a fav. I mean, for crying out loud, look at her. Her style is changing lives around the world.
Pink, blue, green, black AND white? She's wearing five different colors and NOTHING is clashing.
Hanna and Aria battle it out a lot in the accessories arena but Hanna always seems to win (aka Aria wears half her jewelry box every day).
I love that geometric cuff and those long blue and white earrings. She's not messing around.
Even though Hanna has the best outfits all around in this episode, Aria's AllSaints dress is the one that REALLY makes me swoon. The suspender belt straps, the uneven and pulled-up hem, the engineer stripes... LOVEEEEEEEEEE.
Best outfit even with the weird open-toe boots.
Also, I won't even comment on her sloppy-but-not-sloppy-in-a-cute-way ponytail. Did the show's hairstylist even try?
Looks like he/she was more focused on Meredith because damn, this girl's hair is BOUNCY and BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY and PERFECT. It's UNREAL.
Her pink-blouse/blazer combo is pretty generic but how can you concentrate on anything BUT her hair in this scene? It's like everything melts away and nothing else exists.
Sidenote: how many teachers are there in Rosewood? Aria's dad, Aria's mom, Ezra, Jackie Molina and now Meredith... is teaching a coveted career in Pennsylvania or something?
Speaking of Teachers Who Break Up Families, Aria urges Emily to get tutored by Ezra, which is clearly just a way for Ezra to stay active on the show. I guess they haven't figured out anything for Mike Montgomery yet.
Also, is this Ezra's dressed down look? What happened to his excessive layering of patterned ties, patterned shirts and patterned jackets?
Wren is just too much. Why is he always in everyone's biz??? Kissing fiancees' sisters, getting underagers drunk and being EVERYONE'S doctor? Like, I get that he's there for exposition and stuff. And fine, I'll let go of the fact that he just happens to volunteer at the mental hospital that Mona's at. But does it make ANY logical sense that he's always at the mental hospital the same time Hanna is visiting?!
Speaking of illogical, there's also a lot of throwing of stuff in this episode:
Don't these girls ever have homework to do? God, I love this show.