January 10th, 2012 by Lindsey Charles
Last night’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, “A Hot Piece of A,” had some very interesting clues as to who A might be. Or in my opinion, who A might be working with. It also was a bit of a heartbreaking episode for those rooting for a certain former teacher/former student relationship. There was also still some leftover tension with the girls from their fake fighting extravaganza. It was a great episode though, even if it was a little sad.
So after the girls found the phone, they quickly discover that the phone is locked. The girls want Hanna to hand over the phone to Caleb, but she’s very reluctant. I get it. Letting another person in on all this crazy is maybe not the smartest thing to do. Anyway, the phone rings and they don’t know what to do with it. More glass comes raining down on them and they get the hell out of dodge. One of my favorite lines of the episode was Emily saying “These aren’t highlights Hanna, I have glass in my hair!”
The girls decide to go to Caleb with the phone. He starts to transfer all the locked up files and the owner shut down the transfer remotely. He might be able to get some files off the phone but not all of them. Han is reluctant but finally agrees to let him help.
Meanwhile, Aria is still being punished for the whole Ezra relationship. Her parents want her to cut him off completely and not say goodbye and spend less time with her friends. Boo!
Spencer goes to talk to Toby. She doesn’t want to shut him out. But she is so close to being able to tell him the truth. They kiss. Aww. But it’s interrupted when Garrett, who is fighting with Jenna on the phone, approaches. She won’t answer the door. Spencer hides so Garrett doesn’t see her.
At school, Caleb and Han talk and he’s worried she doesn’t trust him. Oh Caleb, you are doing dangerous things, don’t pry further. Lucas is acting weird, even for Lucas.
After Em takes a make up test, Ella asks her about Aria, and Em says she’s someone you should be proud of, nothing changed. Aria leaves a super sad message on Ez’s phone from Hanna’s phone. Spencer wants Em to go with her to snoop in Jason’s house because she’s convinced he’s helping Garrett and Jenna. Em tells her to ask Han and offer her the lake house. Han is studying with Lucas and she wants to throw Caleb a surprise party. Lucas is being so so weird and doesn’t want to help Han. He finally agrees. But as we find out later, he’s crAzy.
After school, Em is doing community service at a crisis hotline and has to help read out a sample call. As she reads it, she realizes it might be a call from A. Or someone helping A. Interesting!
Later, Byron goes to visit Ezra. He wants assurance that Ezra will never see Aria again. He threatens Ez with the police. Nooo why???? I mean, I get why. I do. But I think Byron is being a little bit harsh, even for Byron. As Aria points out later, he should take a good look in the mirror. He of all people, who had an affair with one of his students, should maybe not be so hypocritical. But I digress.
At school, Han runs into Noel and Mona. They want to come to Caleb’s party. Not a great idea. They are creepy. Em shows the transcript of the mysterious Crisis Center caller to the girls. Aria is on lock down, so she can’t help or come to the party. Caleb gets the girls and shows them that he found a picture of the dolls (from the end of season one) on the phone. He wants to know more but Han is not willing to share. Are there going to be relationship troubles for Han and Caleb because of the phone? And A? I hope not! But A has his/her way of getting in everyone’s business.
Back at the Montgomery household, Byron and Ella talk. He wants to call the police but Ella tries to talk him out of it. She doesn’t want Aria to be humiliated even more. Go Ella!
Meanwhile, Han goes to see Ezra. She says the girls don’t feel the same way about him and Aria. Aw. So cute. While all this is going down, Em is at the Crisis Center with Spencer, when the phone rings. The woman who runs the center signals for Emily to listen in. Em and Spencer pick up the phone and it’s the transcript caller. It’s Lucas on the phone. He says the only solution isn’t going to be pretty. He’s in too deep. Whoa! Spencer and Emily try to convince Han that A is working with Lucas. But she doesn’t believe them. Get with it, Han!
Aria finally gets a hold of Ez and he tells her she can’t call there anymore. SADNESS. MY SHIPPER HEART MELTS. Yes, that is what I wrote in my notes and I am sticking with it. I know they will find a way to be together in the end but that phone call was just so sad.
Later, Han and company are trying to set up Caleb’s party at the lake house. Spencer is trolling around her lake house attic for party supplies and finds a backdrop where the picture on A’s phone was taken of the dolls. Lucas comes up and is acting all weird like. Get out of there, Spence!
Before heading to the party, Em goes back to the Crisis Center to return the transcript she “accidentally” took. Em has to answer the phone and it’s Lucas again. He says he has to take care of ‘this’ tonight. He’s in Spencer’s lake house attic. He says that he keeps seeing her face and how hard it’s going to be to lose her forever. AH! Obviously, he’s talking about Hanna.
Back in Rosewood, Aria’s family runs into old family friends and their son Holden. It’s clear that both families want them to do some hanging out, so who knows what this means for Aria and Ezra. Later, Aria leaves Ez a message to please be patient. Aw!
At the lake house, Spencer tries to tell Han about Lucas and A, but she is in crazy planning mode. Em tells Lucas not to do something he’s going to regret. And he has this look on his face like maybe Emily knows too much. Spencer and Em then find out Han’s with Lucas in a boat going to set up fireworks. Oh boy. Lucas gets all creepy and crazy in the boat. He tries to hit Hanna but she thinks fast and he falls off the boat. As she tries to get away, something is preventing her from steering and she falls in! Spencer and Em are going crazy shouting for her but it’s foggy and crazy and they can’t do anything.
Han gets out of the water finally and is totally shell shocked. And then Mona and Noel show up and they were conveniently “out for a dip.” As much as I like seeing shirtless Noel Kahn….ummm creepy! Caleb arrives and Hanna weakly declares “Surprise!” Then they see the boat moving. At the end of the episode, we see a sneaker and someone fishing it out of the water.
Whew. What an action-packed episode. So, here are my theories. I don’t think Lucas is A. I think he may be working with A. I think he is probably still alive somehow. It would be too simple to just kill him off. I think he was supposed to kill Hanna or do something crazy like that but couldn’t do it because Hanna fought back. This sort of alludes to a scene in the book where Hanna almost gets killed but ends up being able to fend off the person who was A. I have to say, I expected more from Lucas. I could see that something was up in the Halloween prequel episode, where he was being tortured by Alison. But maybe the whole Hanna/Lucas relationship was set up for us to expect more from Lucas so that when he turned all crazy and vengeful, we would be surprised. I am curious to see if Lucas comes back to Rosewood (if he is alive), and how A is going to continue to torture the girls. Clearly, a new cell phone will be purchased, so I’m sure the evil texts will continue. The second half of the season is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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