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25 February 2013 @ 08:54 pm
Pretty Little Liars: "Hot Water" Episode Review  
Pretty Little Liars 3.20 "Hot Water"

Things escalate pretty quickly in regards to Detective Wilden figuring out that the girls have discovered that he was on the boat with Alison DiLaurentis that summer, and he tries to detain the information circle by personally visiting Hanna's mother to demand that she keep her daughter quiet. She sees this as a threat, as he does threaten to stop them if she doesn't, and she ends up doing something she shouldn't have, possibly putting both herself and her daughter in even more trouble. Aria deals more with Ezra and his family situation. Emily confronts Cece on why she lied about being with Alison and Wilden. Spencer is ready to open up about what she knows.

Murder, Secrets and Lies

As the events leading up to the night Alison had been murdered keep expanding, the suspects that keep getting more interesting.

More specifically, by narrowing down the members of the NAT Club, the closer we may get to who might actually have committed the crime. First we have Melissa Hastings, who we suspected before based on her appearance in one of the videos. Many also thought Cece might have been behind it, either the murder or even the ringleader of "A", but it seems less likely that she partook in any of these events and was just there coincidentally. But again, we can't rule anyone out at this point. And finally, we have Detective Wilden, who Alison and Cece met on the boat that summer (as evidenced with the photo that Melissa Hastings took), who also might have gotten involved with Alison and possibly gotten her pregnant. At this point, Wilden looks more and more suspicious, considering he has spent most of the series being too involved with the girls, specifically with Hanna and her mother, and been incredibly skeevy with his investigation. What if all this is true and Wilden is trying to keep his involvement with Alison under wraps by being on the case?

Though what if that's all that was, his interference seems to be more like he doesn't want information about his relationship with Alison DiLaurentis to get out in the open, thus having his badge revoked from withholding evidence of his involvement.

The most convincing suspects at this point is either Wilden or Melissa Hastings. The latter especially since, as Cece mentioned, Melissa wanted those videos something fierce.

Things I liked about the episode:

++ I really thought the steam shower scene was very well done, mostly because one of my greatest fears is claustrophobia and being trapped in a steaming room with no way out is possibly the worst things ever. D: Also, the "A" message is rather creepy:

It's also the thing that gets Spencer to open up and ready to tell the rest of the girls everything.

++ I liked that Emily and Hanna basically cornered Paige in regards to what she is continuing to do with investigating the Queen of Heart fiasco. Plus, I loved seeing Emily's sneaky skills as Hanna hilariously tries to distract the sales clerk, lol.

++ I'm sad that Cece is going to be gone. I thought she was a great additional character, plus having connections with Alison and was a great source of information to the girls. But considering she's in the middle of something serious, plus the possibility of Wilden threatening her about what she knows, it's understandable that she would skip town to avoid any kind of future collision.

++ I'm kind of shocked about what happened between Wilden and Ashley Marin. With Wilden it's not a surprise that he's been quite invasive with the Marin family, and he would blackmail and try to manipulate Ashley to obtain evidence or keep something quiet. But the way their confrontation happened, with him tailing her only to pull her over (after he basically followed her to where she was having dinner to ~talk to her about Hanna) and dragging her out to basically force her to keep Hanna quiet. Ashley doesn't tolerate that shit, he should have known that. And what happens? After he basically threatened her, she runs him over with her car. It was instinctual, and she was protecting herself and her daughter. But at what price? Never mind that Wilden's police car has those cameras on the dashboard which captured the whole thing. You know that shit is going be used against them.

But the real question is: where the fuck is Wilden? Did he escape? Did someone take him? Is he dead? Is he just unconscious? No matter what the answer, this is just another thing that will be against them.

Things I didn't like:

++ GO. AWAY. WREN. >:| Granted, given the warning that "A" gave, I doubt Spencer is going to be seeing him anymore. And hopefully he disappears forever.

Overall: It was a good episode. Spencer is going to reveal things to the girls, shit is going to get real revolving Wilden being missing and how Hanna and her mother are involved with it. And just, yeah. I can't wait for the remaining episodes of this season.
Current Mood: accomplished
Chrissaodysseedesreves on February 26th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
The shower scene was so well done. I was caught up in the panic that Spencer felt and every moment of it was just fantastic.

Ashley and Wilden were also great. It wasn't surprising that Ashley hit him, but I only thought about that after I got over the shock of it. Like you said, it looked like a very instinctual moment. I'm really curious about where he is and if he's okay now too.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on February 28th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
It really makes you wonder how involved is he with the "A" stuff, or if he has any notion of that at all. Like, there are two different categories here: those who are linked to the night of Alison's disappearance/murder and those who are part of the "A" Team. Where does he fit into all of this?
an idea is bulletproof: Pretty Little Liars - castelizalavelle on February 28th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm so sure it was Melissa who locked Spencer in the shower. She'd have wanted to write a snarky Wren message too. Totally her!

I could see Cece coming back at some point. If she's not dead she could show up in the future. She's clearly tied to a lot of the A plot right now.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on February 28th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
I'm so sure it was Melissa who locked Spencer in the shower. She'd have wanted to write a snarky Wren message too. Totally her!

It's highly possible, considering her resentment towards Spencer because of what happened in the past, and just in general really.