Pretty Little Liars Recap

Pretty Little Liars Recap: Visiting Hours

Alison pulled a Princess Leia on Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars, sending a desperate plea — albeit via phone, rather than droid — to her only hope, Emily.

I can’t say I’m surprised that Alison chose Emily as her lifeline — we all know what went down during those “sleepovers” — but I definitely didn’t expect her request to inspire an alliance between Em and Mary Drake. I also didn’t I think we’d see Mary and Elliott butting heads this early into the season; proving herself to be more sane than I assumed, Mary told Elliott he’s going “too far” with Alison’s treatments.

Based on the promo for next week’s episode, it seems Emily’s determination to save her friend (with benefits) is only going to strengthen moving forward — but does she really think it’ll help to get a job at the Radley? Someone needs to light a few barrels of wildfire under that place once and for all. Seriously.

SOB STORY | But Emily didn’t hog all of Mary’s time this week. Ali’s twisted aunt — who’s already shaping up to be one of the show’s most interesting characters — also sat down with a freshly unemployed Spencer, at which point she spun the dark tale of her admittance to Radley. According to Mary, she was blamed for the death of an infant Jessica had been babysitting; their parents allegedly thought Mary would be safer in Radley than in prison. (They were wrong. Mary looks like she was born to wield a shiv.)

‘ONLY FOR A MINUTE’ | Hanna and Caleb made good use of their first moment alone, finally addressing the big, sexy elephant in the room. Unfortunately, at least for all you “Haleb” ‘shippers, the chat didn’t end with another kiss. “In that room at the resort, before all the lights went off and someone pushed me down a hole, I was scared,” Hanna began. (For the record, if you can actually say that sentence about yourself, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.) “But you were there. I always felt safe around you. Even when we weren’t getting along, you made me feel safe. Maybe that’s why what happened happened with us.”

Then came this surprise: Upon discovering that the bar where she met Jordan had been torn down, Hanna basically fell apart, ending her engagement in the process. (And here I was thinking that Hanna would be the one donning that mysterious wedding dress this season! Back to the drawing board, I suppose.)

BAD TEACHER? | In other relationship news, Aria ended things with Liam mere moments before he told her he was back on her book. (I know I should feel sorry for him, but this is just what comes with dating a Liar. Frankly, Liam’s lucky he even survived the relationship.) Despite promising to remain civil, Liam wasted no time making things weird, comparing “Ezria” to Lolita and saying it’s likely to make the readers’ skin crawl. And while I’m not sure I’d look down on Ezra and Aria’s relationship with that much judgment, you have to admit, Liam wasn’t wrong when he said she was seduced by her English teacher.

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