The girls, on edge with the ongoing investigation into Alison's missing body, are anxious on figuring out if Melissa was the black swan from the masquerade ball. Orchestrating a plan, they all go to Philadelphia to check out her apartment for any evidence. And evidence they found. When confronting Melissa about it, she breaks down and tells Spencer and their mother the entire story (or at least, what we're supposed to think is the entire story.) Meanwhile Hanna and Caleb hit a rough patch in their relationship, resulting into a devastating breakup, and Emily gets an unexpected yet not unwelcome visit from Maya's cousin.
Melissa Hastings: Victim or Liar?
Whatever has been going on with Melissa over the course of the show, it's certainly gotten more confusing.
Needless to say, I don't buy her story. Some of it might be true, but it still feels like there's more to it than that, and with her unpredictability there's always something underneath something else in order to protect herself or someone she knows. Then again, the Hastings family is known for covering things up, so this shouldn't be surprising the fact that Melissa had pretended this entire time and the fact that their mom and dad kept this from Spencer, after everything. I get they want to protect family but, there is something by digging yourself too far deep into this pit of lies and deceit. I'm just really confused and, like Spencer, I want to know the truth. But I have a feeling that this is going to get even more confusing, and messier, once the investigation continues and when the detective learns of the things the Hastings family has done in the past and brings it to the surface for the trial.
In any case, I really want the truth to come out about the video of Melissa being in Alison's room the night she disappeared/was murdered. We have yet to get a proper explanation for that.
But I find it interesting that both Melissa and Jenna have claimed that someone is out to get them.
It makes you wonder if they are telling the truth or if it might be another facade, particularly with how shady and suspicious they've been. I honestly think they are working together in some way or another.
Hanna and Caleb
This was heartbreaking, ngl. I hate it when my OTPs not only fight but end up breaking up as result from a fight. ;___;
Although I will say that, unlike my previous statement in my last review, I can actually understand where Caleb is coming from. It wasn't just about the Mona thing, that was a little fraction of the actual issue which was about trust and communication. Hanna loves Caleb, and Caleb loves Hanna. We know this. However with this new "A" in town, who is more destructive and deadlier than their previous foe, is making it known that they can easily frame the girls and hurt those they love. Much like how Spencer had to push Toby away fearing that "A" would hurt him if she didn't, all means to protect him, Hanna is doing the same. Caleb feels like he's been pushed further and further away by Hanna keeping secrets from him. From before he understood something was going on and she needed to protect him, and in this episode Hanna struggled with wanting to tell him the truth and was planning on doing so -- until "A" intervened in providing evidence that yeah, they aren't fucking around. They overhear everything, they are everywhere, and they can hurt anyone, including those connected to the ones they love outside of Rosewood. This led Hanna to make the most difficult decision. She could tell Caleb the truth and risk his family getting hurt, or she could lie and keep everything a secret and risk losing him.
From before I had ranted about how I didn't want their breakup to be over something trivial as to why Caleb doesn't understand Hanna going to see Mona, since I felt that would've been unnecessary to create a certain drama between them. Thankfully, this episode gave more build-up to why this had to happen, and it makes more sense. Even if it hurts. :(
I know it won't last forever. They just need time to breathe before coming back together. I keep thinking about Spencer and Toby last season, and how I was devastated but so super relieved that they got back together in the finale.
I just hope that Caleb finds out the truth of what is going on.
Also, can Wren just fuck off? For real. I swear, I don't like the implications that Wren is trying to ~pursue Hanna in some way. He's some skeevy motherfucker who needs to get the fuck off the show because he keeps ruining everything with his entire presence. Get the fuck away from Hanna, you toxic asshole. >:|
Other things I liked in the episode:
++ My favorite bit in the episode was with Ella Montgomery and Ashley Marin. I love their friendship they have with each other, and I love their conversations. From discussing their daughters and figuring out what to do (re: the entire "A" situation from last season) to this episode just talking about the dating scene, particularly dating after being divorced. I love it when shows that are primarily targeted towards teens have mothers conversing with each other like this. It seemed very real, the two women connect really well and I just think it's something not many shows talk about that often, let alone show it in a very normal light. Ella actually reminds me of my mother in that way. I thought it was a very sweet moment in the episode.
++ I also love Aria trying to help her mom. Also, lol @ Hanna giving that username. XD
++ Oh, and this:
LIKE OKAY THE FEMSLASH IN THIS SHOW YOU GUYS. HANNA/ARIA. SPENCER/ARIA. HANNA/EMILY. I LOVE HOW THE SHOW HAS PICKED UP ON CERTAIN THINGS LIKE THAT AND PLAYED WITH THEM A BIT (A.K.A. THE "TEAM SPARIA" COMMENT LAST SEASON, AND THE ROOMIE CUTENESS BETWEEN HANNA AND EMILY, ETC) AND NOW THIS. LIKE OKAY HANNA. YOU WERE SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ARIA. WAS THAT REALLY NECESSARY TO STAND UP AND HOVER OVER HER JUST TAKE OVER THE LAPTOP? JUST OMG THIS SHOW, ILU
++ JASON DILAURENTIS! I HAVE MISSED YOU! I want more of Jason and Spencer interactions, please. I love how she has embraced the fact that he's her half-brother and talks to him despite her family's objections.
++ The girls becoming Scooby Doo while sneaking into Melissa's apartment. Hanna with her classic remarks, as usual.
++ The fact that we went outside of Rosewood for a change.
++ The way Spencer confronted Melissa. It was like, she had enough of sneaking around she needed a straightforward answer. But once it was out you could tell immediately how apprehensive she was, that she wasn't sure whether Melissa was going to breakdown or if she was going to strangle her. Between this and Hanna confronting Jenna in the previous episode, I like that the girls are trying to stand up to the obstacles that are placed in front of them.
++ I really like Maya's cousin. I don't think there's going to be a relationship between him and Emily, like some people are worrying. Emily is gay, and he knows this. I think there's going to be a connection between the two in a pure platonic way because of their connection with Maya. It might help Emily move onwards and it can help the two of them heal, get past certain things that have been holding them back since Maya's death.
Things I didn't like:
++ Wren. Go the fuck away.
++ Mona wasn't in this episode. :(
++ Hanna and Caleb breaking up, but that's a given. ;___; BBS WORK IT OUT AND COME BACK TOGETHER.
Overall: I really enjoyed this episode. It was more lighthearted than the previous ones, but still had that level of tension, with dealing with Melissa's strangeness and the heartbreak of Hanna and Caleb. Still, very enjoyable and I can't wait to see what happens next, and how things are going to be dealt with.