As her friends are trying to find out the truth about the John Doe the police found in the woods to prove that it isn't Toby, Spencer remains at Radley piecing together clues that Mona left behind. Which brings forth a quite shocking revelation to her character. Meanwhile, Aria and Hanna have run-ins with "A" once again messing with their lives.
The Only Way To Know Your Enemy, Is To Play Their Game
I knew it! I called it!
Spencer agreed to join the "A" Team.
Certainly as a survival tactic. She doesn't want to hurt her friends, she doesn't want to play these malicious games that she knows can get people seriously hurt or even killed, but if it's the only way to get inside information, then by all means she's going to take the bait. She literally has nothing else to lose at this point. She's been approached by Mona twice now, so why not use that to her advantage? This is probably the closest she'll ever get to real answers about things. And realistically speaking, it really is the only leverage any of them have to getting the truth. They've tried playing it safe, they've tried to get ahead of "A", but every time they think they've stumbled across some kind of evidence "A" is always several steps ahead of them. So this seems like the only solution. Is it safe? Probably not, but for Spencer it's the only way out of everything they've all been suffering.
This even gets me to thinking about those recruited. Why did Mona approach Spencer the way she did? Because out of all the girls, Spencer was the only one approached with this particular offer. Is this how others were recruited, as well? Is this how "A" became a team of people? What are the requirements, who decides who gets to be on the team? There are so many questions about this particular side, and thankfully, now that Spencer has joined, we get an all-access pass to see what goes on behind the curtain.
Things I liked about the episode:
++ Spencer being all investigative. Naturally, this was because she had already agreed to joining the "A" team and perhaps this was to prove that she could be as sneaky and catching onto things and able to do whatever it is she needed to do as motivation. Discovering the things she did, the window, the room with all of Mona's mementos, all which was a set-up to the reveal of why she was doing all of this. It wasn't just to see how Mona got in and out, but because this was to show her the way to her first assignment as the new member of the "A" Team: being taking Ezra's son to the carnival. All of that was brilliantly done, bravo show.
++ The Alison flashback was startling. We'd seen little moments of her being vulnerable before, but this really makes you wonder what really did happen to her. Also, Spencer hallucinating and seeing Alison at Radley. I love it when they do stuff like that, although it makes me hope that they do the twin reveal because, given these little hints and nudges, it would all make sense.
++ Hanna trying to help Caleb, which is something she always does no matter what. I like that their relationship is all about helping each other regardless. But of course, they got caught in an "A" trap once again, and it's super sad because just once you'd think they'd catch a break.
++ Aria contemplating taking a break from Ezra. I'm not just saying this because I've never liked their relationship, but it seems right for her at the moment to really just break things off to clear her head, and for him to clear his too.
Things I didn't like:
++ I so badly wanted Wren to be revealed as the bad guy. I so desperately wanted him to have been the one to authorized and help Mona carry out her little acts, but unfortunately that didn't happen and I'm pissed. MAKE HIM A BAD GUY SHOW. MAKE HIM A BAD GUY SO HE CAN GO AWAY.
++ I don't want Toby to be dead. ;__; Please, don't be dead. I don't think he is, but what if, because he was found out, that the ringleader of the "A" Team decided to do away with him? There has to be more to the story, since the last we saw of him was at Spencer's house when she caught and confronted him, so there's got to be more than just him abandoning post. Hence why Spencer joining is crucial, she has to find out what happened. If the body the police found with Toby's tattoo is just a decoy, if Toby is elsewhere being held. Just, gah! This is killing me. We have to know! :O
Overall: Shit is getting real, y'all. There was always talk about one of the girls being on the "A" Team, and while many speculated that Aria would be one of them (which those theories are mighty convincing, let me tell you), Spencer joining works perfectly in the context of what is happening. What will the reactions of her friends be? What will happen? How is Cece, Melissa and Mona involved in all of this, and why? So many questions, so little time to answer them all. Which is why I'm thankful that they have a fourth season, which will be airing this summer!