Okay, this show is really starting to mindfrak with me.
For the most part this episode it was about the relations of the characters and how certain things, like blackmail and manipulation, can be seen in certain situations. Noel using his manipulating skills to get what he wants (and that bastard got caught too, thankfully, he was such a smug little shithead I wanted to punch that smirk off his face every time he appeared on the screen), A blackmailing Hanna into doing humiliating things if she wants to get back the stolen money, and whatever is happening with Melissa and Ian and their entire arrangement which seems awfully sketchy the more we learn about it. Not to mention how Emily's mother continues to be a narrow-minded bitch and controlling her daughter's life. Some of these things are crumbling apart piece by piece and it's only a matter of time before the dam breaks entirely.
I was most affected by Hanna's story this episode though. Her being my favorite of the girls, my heart hurt because of what she was going through, what she was forced to relive again. The entire thing of eating all those cupcakes with pigs on them in public while those assholes mocked her as she ate them? That must have been painful.
I HATED A SO MUCH RIGHT THEN. LIKE, WHAT IS THAT TRYING TO MAKE HER GO BACK TO THAT, BEING HUMILIATED AND MOCKED WHILE STUFFING HER FACE? JUST FOR THE MONEY? I KNOW YOU'RE DOING THIS TO SAVE YOUR MOTHER HANNA, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF THROUGH THAT. D: D: D:
Thankfully girlfriend didn't go through with the purging after the binging. I loved how in the bathroom she looked at the toilet and, in spite and defiance, kicked the stall door closed so she wouldn't have to look at it. Hanna bb girl, you totally are stronger than that an you've shown in many times. This scene made me so proud of her. ♥
Aria was hilarious in that one scene, though. Being snarky to the assholes laughing at Hanna.
This episode also dealt with Emily and Maya, or rather how Emily's mother continues to prove she's a huge hypocritical bitch in destroying her daughter's happiness just because she doesn't agree with her daughter being a lesbian. I love how the show is making these kinds of conflicts and struggles of coming out so realistic instead of just a gimmick, but I also hate it because of how painfully realistic they are and how you just wanna punch the mother in the face and go SHE IS YOUR DAUGHTER DAMMIT LET HER BE HAPPY! FFS DO YOU WANNA HAVE HER HATE YOU FOREVER? JFC, ARRRGGGH!
I'm very happy that Emily sneered at her mother by saying "for the first time in my life, I am ashamed that you are my mother" before storming out. Also, this made me applaud her:
Because it really doesn't. Her mother can get rid of all the girls Maya will ever like and bring home, but that doesn't change who she is. I keep wanting Emily to say this, to really make the reality sink in that she cannot be changed no matter what. From what I understand in the books is that it's Emily that gets sent away to a reform school to turn her into an ex-gay, however from this it seems Maya is taken away, though to a juvenile detention center it seems for three months for marijuana found in her bag rather than the gay thing. Though Emily's mother might have added that part to it, probably, knowing her ways of controlling others and situations. ALSO, HER MENTIONING THAT HER FATHER WAS DISAPPOINTED IN HER? BIG FAT MOTHERFUCKING LIE. GO FUCK YOURSELF, EMILY'S MOM. >:|
I have a feeling that this will result into Emily moving out and hating her mother for doing this, or that she'll be kicked out and disowned somewhere down the line. It is a painful reality many kids face when coming out to their conventional parents like Emily's mother, and these are two possible scenarios they go for when they can no longer stand living in such a household. :(
Upside? I love how accepting and supportive her friends are of Emily and Maya's relationship, and it's obvious they find them cute as well. ♥
ALSO HOW ADORABLE WAS IT THAT AFTER HEARING WHAT EMILY'S STUPID MOTHER DID, THEY SNUCK MAYA OUT OF HER HOUSE AND BROUGHT HER TO SPENCER'S SO SHE AND EMILY COULD HAVE ONE FINAL NIGHT TOGETHER BEFORE MAYA WENT AWAY? LAJS;LFJASJFLSKF BEST FRIENDS ARE THE BESTEST OF FRIENDS, AMIRITE? THAT SCENE MADE ME SOOOOO HAPPY. SAD BECAUSE, OMG MAYA DON'T GO! D: BUT HAPPY-MAKING BECAUSE EMILY HAS THESE KINDS OF SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE AROUND HER THAT ACCEPT AND LOVE HER NO MATTER WHAT. *draws hearts all around them*
Seriously, whatever may happen at least Emily has them to fall back on if things get really bad.
In fact in general, I love the loving sisterly relationship all of them have together. There are many scenes that with just little mannerisms and things they do that show the chemistry and unconditional love they have has friends. Like how Aria wiped frosting off of Hanna's face, or how they get together to do something amazing for Emily as they did, or in a previous episode how Spencer kissed the top of Hanna's head before leaving. Their BFF bond is so strong, and has become stronger over the course of the season, it is just so amazing to see that on the screen and frequently between these girls, you know? One of the reasons why I love this show. ♥
I felt so bad for Toby. He gets a bad reputation and everyone is blaming him. He's just caught in an unfortunate situation that he cannot get out of, and seeing him crying in the alleyway was also very sad. ;__;
For the intensity of the episode, the fact that A is helping the girls (at least sometimes) is rather interesting. "Frenemy" is definitely the term to use. At least we know it's not Noel, he was just working with his own agenda to do whatever he wants for his own gain. Though it makes one wonder how on earth they managed to out him for those stolen exam answers on the very day that Mr. Fitz was going to be ratted out? Did A do that, just to let the girls know that's not who they are? Hmmmm....
I have high suspicions that Melissa and Ian are prime suspects in the murder of Alison, given their odd behavior. I'm not entirely certain on the details, but it seems to be the biggest bet with me at the moment. Again though, remember that there are two parties here: Alison's killer and A who is texting the girls.
This show is so addicting, I swear. GAH.
ALSO, VERONICA MARS SHOUT-OUT IN THIS EPISODE! \O/\O/\O/
Can I also say that Bianca Lawson pretty much never ages? I mean she's played a high school-aged character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in 1997/1998 and she's playing a high school student now on this show. If anything she's aging backwards, because she looks much younger than back then, you know? Girlfriend has ~magical~ qualities, for reals.
Not to mention she's lovely in this role. Emily/Maya are love. ♥