Pretty Little Liars Recap 309: The Lesbian Crying Game

In light of last weeks glorious lesbionic triumph I almost couldn’t write about this week’s episode. How do I come back after such hot epic lesbian action to recap the usual sneaking around and boy crushing. It took a while, but for you guys, I did it. Because I love you weirdos. And Pretty Little Liars even threw us a bone at the end. Hallelujah.

We open on Spencer and Aria experimenting with their sexuality and/or grabbing a damn good muffin at the Life Cafe. As you probably obsessively remember, last we checked Maya had a website page diary full of all her deepest and darkest secrets. Aria has found a clip showing Maya with the same wrist stamp that Holden had and that Emily remembers from THAT NIGHT.

LIKE SOOO BIG RIGHT?

Aria is desperate to tell super sleuth Spencer but, unlike the previous 55 episodes, Spencer is done with sleuthing. Why? Because if there’s one thing more important than preventing a megalomaniacal psychopath from framing you for murder, it’s getting in to college. And Spencer forgot to apply early decision to U Penn. Shit just got real.

WHAT KIND OF DUMMY DOESN’T EVEN APPLY ED 1 TO AN IVY LEAGUE?!

Just then, Craycray Cece arrived with flourish to save the day. Turns out Cece has some friend named “Steven” who works at U Penn admission. What a co-inky-dink. And there’s a party tonight where “Steven” is going to be! This just keeps getting better.

SEE IF IF YOU HOLD THE END OF THE COUCH YOU CAN TAKE IT FROM BEHIND FOR LONGER WITHOUT YOUR WRISTS GETTING TIRED

Obviously Spencer begs to go to the party to hand her resume to “Steven” in person. Much like every other super smart and privilege but slightly self involved teenager in the world, Spencer thinks silly things like deadlines don’t apply to her. (Unfortunate reality check: they do.)

PLEASE STEP-MOTHER, PLEASE MAY I GO TO THE BALL WITH YOU?

An ambiguous amount of time later, Hanna and Caleb have a moment in the hall. Like a I-miss-you-no-I-don’t-miss-you-I-love-you-forever-but-also-never-ever-but-forever moment. Caleb gives Hanna the log in to Maya’s website and they talk for a hot moment.

WILL YOU BE MY GIRLFRIEND AGAIN? CHECK YES/NO.

Seconds later Hanna gets a text from A instructing her to come to The Cheesecake Factory alone later or Caleb will get hurt. There’s a subplot here throughout the episode but honestly I watched those parts while cleaning my living room. Basically Caleb was actually the one who sent the text thus proving to himself that there’s a New A. And so he and Hanna kiss and stuff. Honestly it was pretty disappointing because I was all signed on for Hanna to play doctor with Wren and for Caleb and Spencer to U-Haul their love and adopt a dozen cats. Can’t win the all I guess.

WELL THIS WAS FORESEEABLE AND DISAPPOINTING AND NOT GOING TO GO OVER WITH THE HANILY FANS.

Starsweep to lunch time where Spencer and Hanna discuss their long term future together and the merits of adoption versus finding a sperm donor. The two look over to where Emily and Paige are being The Most Cute. And, understandably Emily is The Most Happy. Like the way you feel when you’re finally with someone who your mother likes, who isn’t in the closet and who doesn’t have a shrimpy friend with huge chicken feather earrings. (Remember Samara? Whatever happened to her?)

IS THIS LESBIAN SEX?

NO, I THINK IT’S MORE LIKE THIS

The two lovebirds skip over and want to know what the cool kids are up to. I just want to know where Emily got that adorable plaid shirt. Probably from Lesbians-R-Us. Either way, Spencer and Hanna don’t have the heart to tell Emily about Maya’s video journal from beyond the grave. Even if this situation made any sense whatsoever, I wouldn’t have the heart either.

JUST FOUND OUT ROMNEY CHOSE PAUL RYAN AS HIS RUNNING MATE.

Time dance toward to the “Outside Ezra’s Apartment” set where Aria walks in on Ezra and his younger brother Wesley having a slight spat.

EVERYONE HAD TO CLEAR OUT OF THE APARTMENT AFTER A WICKED BAD FART

Was there ever a more uppercrust name than Wesley? If I know this show, Wesley (who looks unsurprisingly age appropriate for Aria) has a few tricks up his sleeve. For one, he’s actually a Werewolf!

WOLF FITZGERALD

Secondly, he’s already dating Aria’s long lost twin sister.

BIEBER IS GONNA BE PISSSSED

Most importantly, Gregg Sulkin sounds hilarious without his british accent and maybe should have been cast to play Dr. Wren’s brother instead.

THIS IS THE FACE OF MISSED OPPORTUNITY

I also want to take this moment to nerd out and point out that Selena Gomez played the lead in Another Cinderella Story and Lucy Hale played the lead in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. If Wesley steals Aria from his brother Sulkin will officially have some motherfucking Prince Charming status. Which is a step up from his current status of Bro Brother. (Or Brother Bro depending on your preference).

WHERE THE FUCK ARE EZRA’S MANNERS?

Either way, Aria and Ezra hurry in to Ezra’s apartment where he dishes. Wesley is around because apparently Ezra’s get rich quick scheme to sell his car kind of blew up in his face. Something about a family heirloom. Basically blah blah blah Ezra’s mother is trying to choke hold him using money blah blah blah.

DOING THE ROBOT AND/OR SQUATS AND/OR KEGALS

After school, Emily confronts Hanna about Maya’s website. Hanna caves like soggy bread and admits that they’ve been able to hack in to Maya’s site for a few days. Hanna gives Emily the password and tell her to see for herself. Seeing videos of your dead ex is probably a good time for therapy and community, but obviously that’s not a part of living in Rosewood. Emily’s on her own this time around.

DEAR EMILY,
I KNOW YOU’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT WE WERE JUST FRIENDS BUT I’VE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF CONFUSING FEELINGS LATELY. I RECENTLY REALIZED IT’S NOT THAT I WANT TO BE YOU OR SPEND TIME WITH YOU, IT’S THAT I WANT TO BE WITH YOU. ROMANTICALLY. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE FOR ME AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER.
LOVE ALWAYS,
HANNA

Over in grown-up land, our second favorite mom is trying to track down our fourth favorite mom. That is, in light of the DA subpoenaing Hanna’s blood, Ashley Marin is trying to get Veronica Hastings to lend a little lawyering. No can doozeville on the legal tomfoolery, but Ashley does see our favorite man of the cloth Ted! Nothing sounds more religiously serious than the name Ted. Ashley and Ted have a little flirt fest. Aw.

NOT EVEN GOD CAN FIX A BIKE ON HIS OWN

Much like her daughter, I wasn’t paying goof attention and/or really didn’t care about this plot-line. Basically Ashley invites Ted over for a little nosh, but she ends up talking on the phone with Veronica the whole time. Then Ashley and Ted make out anyways.

YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD MAKE THIS MEAL EVEN BETTER? PREMARITAL SEX.

Honestly the only parent I really care about is Ella and she wasn’t on payroll this week.

Starsweep to the Hasting’s household where Spencer shows off her most uptight outfits to Aria. She can decide between her vintage tuxedo and her Sarah Palin Halloween costume.

WOULD BE CUTE WITH A V-NECK, SKINNY JEANS, SILK BANDANA SCARF AND AN UNDERCUT.

Aria suggests Spencer dial it back and bit and just do what she does: grab random items from across your household, string them up on fishing line and call it jewelry. Most importantly about half of this conversation adorably takes place while the two lay in bed like actual goofy high school girls who are maybe about to kiss.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND I WAS LIKE TOTALLY TOUCHING YOU?

Dressed to the nines, the two head out in Cece’s red convertible confirming my suspicion that Cece is actually, technically Barbie. Spencer is stil sort of dressed uptight, but in a cute way. At least she doesn’t have glasses and a ponytail. The two quickly realize that this shindig is going down at none other than Eric Kahn’s lake house. That’s right, Eric Kahn, brother of Noel Kahn.

NOW IF WE GET SEPARATED YOU GIRLS LET OUT A “CAWCAW CAWCAW!”

To make matters more confusing, they all get stamped with the dark mark to get in. When I say confusing, I don’t mean because Maya and Holden also had that mark. I mean because who the hell ever got a stamp to go in to a house party?

THIS STAMP GRANTS YOU ACCESS TO ONE (1) KEG OF NATURAL LIGHT

Because Aria and Spencer are two ordinary high school kids, they are super excited to be at a college party. They immediately get some drinks and try to fit in a meet boys. JK They refuse booze and act horrified by the reasonably fun looking party going on around them.

QUICK HUDDLE TOGETHER SO THE FUN DOESN’T RUB OFF ON US

Entering The Game Room, Cece engages with Eric in a playful game of Truth a.k.a. Who Blew Who.

IS CONSTIPATED.

The rules of Truth seem to be that you ask each other questions and have to answer honestly despite a complete lack of consequences. Seeing an opportunity to strangle out some info, Aria goes toe-to-toe with Noel Truth style. Unfortunately, Noel doesn’t have much dirt on Maya and all he wants to know is if Aria was Shaking the Speare with their English teacher.

DID I SLEEP WITH MY TEACHER? WELL TECHNICALLY SPEAKING WE NEVER DID MUCH SLEEPING

Upset to discover people know about her little Fitzy situation, Aria bolts from the party. Running from your problems is the most effective way to deal with them, but Spencer still wants to stay and go knee deep in Truth with Jenna. So Aria decides to follow the number six rule of How to Have Fun at a Gay Bar and break the number one rule of High School Girls at College Parties and get the fuck out of there.

LISTEN GIRL. YOU GO TRY TO GET IN TO COLLEGE AND SOLVE SOME MURDERS. I’M GONNA GO NAIL MY MUCH OLDER BOYFRIEND.

Aria calls Ezra but Wesley picks up. Aria demands Wesley tell Ezra to come pick her up but, duh, Wesley comes himself instead because he want to get his werewolf all up in Aria’s Waverly Place.

CAN WE PLEASE DISCUSS THE ENORMOUS ERECTION THIS YOUNG MAN IS SPORTING?

In the car Wesley tries to make nice with Aria. Unfortunately he accidentally reveals that Ezra and his high school girlfriend got pregnant. Wesley explains that Ezra tried to “do the right thing” and, though often times the right thing for any pregnancy is to terminate, we’re led to assume this means he tried to marry her and raise a baby at 18. Wesley gets vague on the details once he realize Aria has no fucking clue what he is talking about.

WELL THAT EXPLAINS THE FRAMED ULTRASOUND IN THE LIVING ROOM.

Flash forward back to the “Outside Ezra’s Apartment” set, where Aria confronts Ezra about the whole teen pregnancy thing. Ezra basically explains his mother found his desire to make his own choice unacceptable. Instead, Mummy Dearest paid the girl off to get an abortion and never speak to Ezra again. Dark.

I actually really liked this scene. Really! Me! The truth is, people get pregnant in high school and it’s really really complicated. Perhaps more complicated than I, as someone who didn’t get pregnant in high school, can really understand. And sometimes there really is a parent in the picture taking away everyone’s agency by saying “I will take care of this” and knowing that, in a lot of ways, that’s what any scared person wants to hear. I also appreciate that the writers gave us a chance to see why Ezra would want to date a 17-year-old. Aria could have bolted or thrown a fit or been a regular child about this situation, but instead was able to understand that Ezra can’t change his past anymore than he can change his mother. They finally gave us a chance to see that Aria is actually, technically, totally mature for her age. Well thank God.

I UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE ABORTION, BUT I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE HOW FAST THE JAMAICAN TEAM RAN THE 4X100.

Back at the Kahn lake house, Spencer gets herself engaged in the most sexual tension laced game of Truth of all time. She and Jenna eye dry-hump as they ask each other about their respected lies and That Night. Jenna even goes so far to ask about a certain tape. You may or may not remember this as the tape that proves that Jenna was raping Toby. Oh yeah. That.

AND ALL THE ANIMATED GIFS TOO!

The whole shindig is all’s well that ends well when Cece manages to actually give Spencer’s resume to “Steven.” Well supposedly. Spencer does manage to dig up that Noel and Jenna actually found Emily together at the diner (rather than in the middle of the road as previously expected). This lends itself to the theory that it was Jenna or Noel’s stamp that Emily saw That Night rather than Maya’s or Holden’s. But let’s get real. It was probably some third rate character we’ve not yet even met. Or Paige.

Wait. Where are those two lesbians anyways?

Well Emily for one is hold up in her room watching videos of Maya over and over again exactly as you probably would if your dead high school girlfriend left a video diary behind.

SEEING CRASHPAD FOR THE FIRST TIME

And crying. Lots and lots of crying.

DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA. THE TRUTH IS, I NEVER LEFT YOU.

The ret-conned glory of Maya proclaiming her undying love for Emily leaves only one thing uncertain. Maya is stone cold high out of her skull.

GIRL NEEDS TO EASE UP ON THE BATH SALTS

Because people in Rosewood don’t know how to use phones or recognize the warning signs of doorbells (includes: ringing) Paige walks in on Emily crying.

OH MY GOD MILEY CYRUS CUT ALL HER HAIR OFF?!

First of all, Paige is looking dapper as fuck. She looks like she knew she was going to see her girlfriend and changed her clothes in to get-laid-gay-chic clothes. ‘Aint nothing saying dapper high school gay like a white button-up and a blazer. Nothing. Second, much like Aria and Ezra’s scene, there was opportunity here for obnoxious immaturity. Paige could have run from the room screaming about how Emily is still in love with her dead girlfriend.

SNUGGLE TIME

Instead Paige tells a truly adorable story about seeing her late grandfather on film for the first time. It’s a story with a few jokes, but no real pressure to laugh, and it’s relatable. Paige delivers it with perfect empathy. She doesn’t seem to presuppose that she understands exactly how Emily feels, or even a little bit how Emily feels, but she tells her through this story that she gets it.

I GET IT. WHEN I LOST MY FIRST LOVE, MY BICYCLE, I THOUGHT I’D NEVER LOVE AGAIN

She gets why Emily might really want/need to watch her dead girlfriend over and over again. Paige gets why Emily can’t just decide to be over Maya’s death. Why that’s the sort of thing you don’t have any say in. And if you can’t talk to the person you love about the person you use to love, who can you talk to? Obviously it is freaking lovey-dovey adorable. Paige cradles Emily’s head as Emily says “I just don’t want it to hurt anymore” and I literally died of emotional overload. Literally. I’m writing this from the grave. Ali is here and she said to tune in next week for more stoned Maya videos and maybe even some more Paige hand holding.

THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH. WHEN TOO MANY CUTE THINGS HAPPEN I GET SCARED THAT SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.

We end this episode as we end every episode. With creepy gloved hands doing creepy gloved things. This week it’s admiring cat artwork and renting an apartment.

SMALL CATS. VERY SUSPICIOUS.

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    Because Spencer wants to get into U-Penn so bad, her application and relief of it being given to “Steven” means that she will miss the application deadline entirely and get academically fucked by A. And not in a “naughty school girl” way. Also, let’s just reiterate how great they dress the dykes on this show. Also, I’m so glad that Paige is awesome and I too am scared that bad shit is going to come down on these two because of her awesomeness.
    Another fantastic recap.

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      I completely agree!! I think that there is noooo way Spencer is going to UPenn or going to make the real deadline.

      She is a chump for even saying it out loud. The best way to get in to that school would have been to pretend another was her first choice.

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        That was def sooo sketch/not a real email. And I’m shocked my girl Spencer was fooled by something so simple as a fake email from a college at like midnight on a weekend night.
        BUT wouldn’t she kind of figure it out on December 15, when no yes/no/deferred decision came for her in the mail/email? And then be like A WILL DIE FOR THWARTING MY DREAMS and also apply regular decision in January?
        Then again, we know tv shows love to play fast and loose with the realities of college application timelines (see: Gossip Girl, the OC, Gilmore Girls + every show on the CW and ABC family ever, if we’re being real).

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    paige saves this show every single time

    weird party? have paige show up and get drunk and go through the cupcakes
    awkward moment with ex’s videos? have paige show up and talk about her grandfather’s bare ass

    i love that little baby soft butch with all my heart

    NOW LET’S SEE THEM BANG

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          well, the other ladies have had fairly revealing sex scenes for an american teen drama (aka keep most of your clothes on and make out horizontal) so i have high hopes. i love their relationship but i feel like it’s been a lot of touchy-feely lovey tender taking care of each other, and i’d like some animal lust. but that’s probably the highest hope of all the hopes, right? that’s like bath salts high hope…

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          Except it’s not that high of a hope! Emily totally had a “keep most of your clothes on and make out horizontal” scene with Maya that I’m pretty sure was signifying them having sex for the first time. It was during that episode where Maya turned her bedroom into a faux aquarium and they each said “I love you” for the first time. Does anyone else remember that? Just me? Anyway, it was equally as revealing as any of the “sex” scenes that the other liars have had with their boyfriends. I was impressed.

          And if she can do it with Maya, she can do it with Paige. So there is hope!

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    And the award goes to you, Paige McCullers, girlfriend of the year.

    I’m so glad to see how much this character has grown, I was all ready for a Jealous Hissy Fit, cause well this is PLL after all, but was so so pleasantly surprised.

    Not that I’m not loving the baby butch look, but can we just talk about how pretty Lindsey Shaw looked in the school courtyard scene with her hair down and all flowing? Can we have more of that please? Or is it some rule that only Shay Mitchell gets to have flowing hair porn in scenes?

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      I meannn I (literally, don’t tell) cried for Emily in this scene/every scene in which she was sad about Maya or pretending to be ok but clearly hurting. But it IS fairly established that Maya was stoned a lot. Like it was a(n absurdly) big plot point and everything.

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    why does nobody ever say anything about how creepy it is that A walks around in a hoodie and leather gloves? i just never get it when the shopkeepers act like it’s normal to wear fucking leather gloves inside! are they really THAT concerned about leaving fingerprints in a shop or whatever? isn’t that more suspicious? i guess if they weren’t wearing gloves we would be able to see if they were all delicate like jenna’s or manly like ezra or something but plotwise this just makes no sense.

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    Barring the adorable and super appropriate Paily, this was a terrible episode. Caleb was fucking crazy, CeCe was fucking creepy, Wesley needs to get his fucking face punched, and for once, Bianca actually manages to convince me her character is a fucking stoned teenager.

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    Even though I normally think Paige is super boring, the fact that her and Emily get about five minutes of total screen-time per episode this season has left me wanting so much more (and then later hating myself for it)

    ALSO can every episode from now on have at least one scene with spencer lying in bed laughing like a goof please please, i will do anything, i’ll even start watching secret life of the american teenager or the weird reality shows that are advertised during PLL

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    I never thought I’d like a teen drama, but I am in love with this show now. I caught seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix a few weeks ago. I mean I spent every minute of my free time on Netflix. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so invested in a series. I have to download the current season now since I don’t get ABC Family. When I’m having a shitty week, this show is the highlight of a shitty week. I’d give anything to have Aria’s wardrobe too. Hell, the whole cast. Those girls can dress. One thing I don’t get though is the fact that Rosewood is so small and everybody knows everybody…..yet nobody sees when shit goes down? You know small towns have nosey ass people.

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    I couldn’t agree more. I’m 25 and I sometimes feel guilty for how much I am in love with this show! I feel like it just gets better and better.

    Also, Lindsey Shaw is so damn fine.

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    OK, Paige and Emily were cute. But here is the real take away from the episode. These girls learned a lesson. Emily was drugged. And now they don’t take drinks from strangers! Hanna said the same thing, btw, when she was at that stupid church basement dance. Toby asked if she wanted punch from the punch bowl and she said no she doesn’t drink it if it isn’t shrink wrapped. For the first time, ever, they learned a lesson! So much pride.

    I am sorry but I just can’t care about Maya. I can’t. Emily sobbing was so sad and I feel badly for her. And there is pretty much no way Paige will be the real killer after that scene. Emily has just been through too much. But those videos were painful, in the bad way not the emotional way. Maya is just the worst.

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      Also, what I like about this show is that it did sort of give me the freedom to not like a lesbian couple as I didn’t care too much for Maya/Emily other than the very early photobooth, share a bed scenes. I always felt obligated to ship a couple if a television show was willing to dare to go there. And now it is like NBD. Emily is just a Liar. All the Liars have multiple interests and you aren’t going to like them all.

      I feel like just the fact that Emily has choices. And dates around just like the rest sort of makes this show special and different. Just having the luxury to not like a lesbian couple on a mainstream tv show is kind of cool, right?

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