January 17th, 2012 by thetvchick
After last week’s crazy, action-packed Pretty Little Liars, there were a lot of questions unanswered. Last night, we found out that Lucas is alive (I had a feeling) and he’s not A or working with A. Although in my opinion, things are never as they seem in Rosewood, so we don’t know if perhaps he was working for A at some point in a sort of round about way that he didn’t know about. Also, the new guy is back. At first, I was all against Holden because I don’t like things getting in the way or Aria and Ezra, but perhaps he’s not so bad after all? “Let the Water Hold Me Down” kept up the momentum of this pretty great second half of the season.
The episode begins with Han talking to the girls. She’s convinced Lucas is out there somewhere. Han comes clean and tells the girls that Lucas destroyed Ali’s memorial. And when she’s about to take some aspirin, she drinks lake water. Someone put lake water in her purse and on top of that, she gets an evil A message. Ashley Marin is asking about what happened, but Han’s being crytic. These Rosewood parents are pretty great, huh? Apparently, they found prepaid cell phones in and a receipt with a store name on it in the lake house. Spencer and Aria agree to go to Philly to look for clues.
At school, Holden asks Aria out. Go away, new guy! I <3 Ez! Meanwhile, Mona is talking to Han and saying that Noel Kahn was on the phone with someone all of Caleb's party. Shut up, Mona! Han has more important things to worry about than listening to you! Mona freaks out at Han's lack of attention. Ugh. It's not really a secret Mona was involved in a big wAy in the books, so I'm kind of guessing all this screen time is for a reason. But who knows, the show could always take it a different way. Anyway, in the school bathroom, Han is crying and clearly suffering from some sort of PTSD sitch. She then notices water on the floor and comes out of the stall to see the sink overflowing with a boat floating in it. And then gets a creepy A text. Oh man.
And Maya is back! She wants to see Em and she needs a fake ID. Hmm. Aria gets tickets to a play she was supposed to go to with Ezra to make him jealous when she and Holden show up. Good move, Aria...
At the Marin house, Han and Caleb are hanging out. Lucas is supposedly at his cousin's house. Caleb wants to help Lucas and go back to the lake house. Han doesn't want to find him. They get into a fight because he thinks Han isn't being honest. She gets a text from Mona about needing to talk. Bad time, biotch! Sigh, make up you two!
Spencer and Aria are in Philly and the place that was on the receipt is just a newsstand. Aria leaves to go meet Holden and Spencer realizes there is a blind school/rehab center in the area. Spencer investigates further and goes in and asks about Jenna but they won't give her any info. A guy overhears Spencer and tells her he knows Jenna. Spencer and the guy sit down to coffee and apparently Jenna helped him to come out of his depression. Jenna kept saying she had things to do back home and learned everything quicker than everyone else. When she goes to leave, Spencer is asked to sign in but instead, takes an old sign in book.
Han is about to be left home alone and Aria says she'll cancel her date and so will Em (who thinks Maya is hiding something from her), but Han encourages them to go. Don't you know being home alone is never a good idea, Han? I think these girls need a lesson from Kevin McAllister. Haha!
Later, Aria shows up to her date/the play and just like she expected, so did Ezra. They steal glances at each other and my heart melts once again. Spencer gets off the train and runs into Mona, who always seems to creepily be there. Mona gets all sad and pours her heart out to Spencer. Spencer says she can do better than Noel Kahn. Are we giving them a sweet moment to show bad things about Mona later?
After the play, Holden and Aria are talking to a teacher, and they find out Ezra had to leave 10 minutes in because he "didn't feel well." He had given his extra ticket to this woman. Holden figures out Aria really likes Fitz. Aw, he's pretty understanding. He thinks perhaps they can help each other out.
Back at the Marin household, Han seems like she wants to tell Ashley something but just keeps calling Caleb. She's worried. The back door comes flying open and Han closes it but then we see muddy footprints. Oh no!
And back in town, Maya comes clean to Em about someone she hooked up with while she was away. Apparently it was a guy. Hmm, interesting. I really wonder what will happen with these two. I miss Samara. I realize she's kicking some vampire ass (or really, in a coffin) on The Vampire Diaries but I'd love to see her return to Pretty Little Liars. I'd also kind of love to see Maya and Emily work it out. But Maya obviously is still interested in this guy, or there's something else we don't know.
Meanwhile, Lucas is in a hoodie traipsing around Han's house and she discovers him. Lucas says he never wanted to hurt her. Meanwhile we see Caleb come in the house looking for Han. Han calls Caleb (smart move!) who hears what's going on. Lucas was being super creepy and Caleb comes to the rescue. Apparently, Lucas wanted help from Han. All of Caleb's money is gone as well as some of his own money because Lucas got into gambling. He hands Caleb a bunch of money and is all apologetic. Caleb is all nice and understanding. Han tells him he's not who she thought he was (meaning A). I'm glad Lucas is a good guy but I do think maybe something with the gambling could be tied to A. Perhaps I'm reaching here.
The girls gather later and Spencer shows them the rehab center sign in book. Ali didn't visit Jenna the day she went missing (like she told them), but Garrett did. Jenna didn't sign back in so she could have been anywhere that whole night. Then, their Chinese takeout turns out to be dirt and worms. They all get a text that says "This is what live bait looks like. Now we're even, bitches. -A." At the end of the episode, we see someone unscrewing something.
Whew. What a night for our little liars. Obviously we are back to suspecting Garrett and Jenna are A or in on the whole A thing but I really think that A (or multiple A's) won't be who is right in front of our eyes. Clearly, Ezra is still in love with Aria but will A interfere? Can they find a way to be together? How does Holden factor in? Can they find a way to be together? How does Holden factor in? Also, Caleb is the person who has gotten the closest to figuring out something is up with the girls so will he get too close to the truth? I'm excited to see more!
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