Pretty Little Liars Recap 417: Bite Your Tongue

Yay! I’m glad you’re here with me to watch the world’s scariest show about teenage girls that I keep watching at like 1am after drinking, which might influence my intense reaction to the end of this episode. Seriously, this was a really scary episode. Was anyone else scared? Was that just me? Anyway, onto the shenanigans!

Oh, as a side note, I wanted to let you know that Lizz is ALIVE, she is NOT being held captive in a well in my basement. She is being a good student and studying for doctor tests. Also, it makes no sense to have a well in my basement, that was a stupid theory anyyway. Whew. I’m glad we cleared that up.

We begin, as one is want to do in this show, on a dark night as the Liars walk around in the dark, completely oblivious to the fact that A is prone to hiding in the fucking bushes.


Of COURSE you should keep your nails trimmed. Did you not read that Effing Dykes post on


Aria is the small child who has just woken up to loud noises and is now sneaking to spy on her parent’s party.

Aria is attempting to talk sense into Emily, but Emily’s being melodramatic (something new and different, EF!) Aria’s like “Spencer wasn’t trying to mess anything up!” But Emily’s all, “And now we’ll never hear from [Ali] again.” Really, Papi, really? You really think Ali’s just going to leave you alone? Dream big, champ.


ewww THAT’S how heteros have sex?!

Anyway, we bust into the Montgomery House and Mike, Aria’s little brother and Hanna’s ex-make out buddy, is throwing a party. Where the fuck is Byron? Where the fuck is Byron, ever?


Ali’s diary: Mad Libs style! I’ll go first! BOOBS at a college BOOBS name, cause the BOOBS is a kind of deer??

Meanwhile at the Hasting’s house, which does not have people fucking each other on desks (that we know of), Spence is obsessing over Ali’s diary, which she took pictures of on her phone like the genius that she is.


Alex Cross is Hanna’s hero.

I just love Hanna in this scene. This is actually how I spent much of my teenage existence: reading and eating graham crackers in bed. Hanna tells Spencer she’s reading, and actually says this line, I am not even exaggerating: “No, James Patterson. This guy just gets the criminal mind.”

I love Nancy Drew Hanna.

Oh and Hanna’s not seeing Travis anymore, FYI, she just wants to take it slow and not rush into anything with anyone anymore haha okay we’ll see where she’s at in two episodes.


Spencer clearly doesn’t approve of Hanna reading genre fiction.



Mona is at the party at the Montgomery’s house, and was creeping in Aria’s bedroom? She says she was invited by Mike, but she’s being very shady and zipping up her purse very obviously. Wonder what she took/planted now?


See I told you that the Luna Beads would be worth it

The next day Mona confronts Mike about it. When did Mike grow up? I’ve always had a creepy feeling about him. Aria gets this glorious gem of a line: “Was Mona here to poop or snoop?” which kind of killed me but also made me laugh a lot. Can you imagine Lucy Hale reading the script and practicing that line in the mirror, trying to really channel Aria Montgomery? But hey, Mike is now “friends” with Mona and they go to a counseling group at school together. Rest assured, there will be more on that later.



Emily’s dad is back! Sometimes parents are around in this show. Remember when Emily’s car was overtaken by A and broke down in the woods? Well, Emily’s dad got the car looked at. Turns out there was a computer glitch, as in something triggered the anti-theft device and someone shut it down from a remote location. Emily refuses the car, only wants to take her bike. Understandable.

Also, do you remember when a car drove into Emily’s living room? So much happens to the Liars in this show. It’s really a wonder they are still functioning at all.


This woulda been a perfect Alex-Mack-puddle moment fo sho.

Alex Mack is back. She left Malcolm in Seattle. Ezra is threatening her and she’s not really having it, which, well, I am totally on her side in this, to be honest. When Aria walks in, Alex Mack leaves and Ezra says, “People get what they deserve. Eventually.” This doesn’t even trigger big red flags in Aria’s brain, are you fucking serious?


Rosewood’s entire collection of kitschy pulp novels.

Hanna has an addiction to crime novels.


Wait, so the sex scenes in Cornwell’s book aren’t that steamy? Well fuck this then.

Guess who else conveniently loves crime novels? Officer Holbrook! Remember him?! He’s kind of flirting with Hanna. I’m uncomfortable. Am I overreacting? Also, I’d like to just note that Hanna is holding a Patricia Cornwell novel, and I’d like to recommend that she just goes with that instead of whatever agenda this weird cop is pushing.


Yep, gonna skip to the end of this one, no question about it.

The Land of Blood and Ice by Verner Yorsten, which isn’t a real book.


Female ejaculation is NOT a myth.

Emily is telling Hanna about how A killed her car in the woods. Hanna, who is delightful in this episode, says, “The sociopathic mind feeds on intricate patterns.”

Here’s where James Patterson solves who A is.

Oh and also Hanna is trying to talk sense into Emily about hating Spencer, but Emily isn’t convinced.


Breeders amirite?

Ohhhh shit, Aria catches Mike and Mona flirting. Aria calls her out on it, and Mona pouts, wanting to know why they aren’t friends after they became allies. Aria tells her to suck it up. GOOD.



Andrew (decathlon Andrew) tells Spence that she forgot a physics test. In appropriate Spence fashion, she loses it. She’s not looking so great, what’s going on here? Is she not sleeping anymore? But her hair still looks perfect. Is she just curling her hair very intricately instead of sleeping? Spencer asks Andrew if he studied and tells him he doesn’t look terrible, and honestly his response is “Sleep is overrated” which made me think of that line in Empire Records where Liv Tyler says “There are 24 usable hours in every day” and looks really hot in a short skirt. I wish Liv Tyler was a teacher on this show. Let’s start a petition.


No, Spencer, don’t do meth, not even once!

Well, “Sleep is overrated” is basically codeword for “I do drugs” so Spencer immediately latches onto it, inviting Andrew over for a “study session” at her place. Uh huuuuh.


I think we can all agree that we missed Mona’s fucking sketchy side.

In the weekly Seedy Characters of Rosewood meeting, Ezra invites Mona to hang out in his classroom and tells her to close the door. She adopts the signature Seedy Character creepy eyes.

I thought that Ezra and Mona weren’t friends. Didn’t he rattle her a little when they last spoke and she tried to threaten him? Are they in cahoots now?


Just hangin’ in my henley being a regular late-20s dude don’t even worry about it

Officer Holbrook shows up a lot for someone who has missed most of the season. He finds Hanna in the coffee shop to flirt a little bit.


Oh, what’s in THIS bag, you ask? Well, Ezra told me that last week he saw Jay-Z and Beyonce over at Babeland, so I went but then I ended up spending like $60 on seven bottles of organic lube. Babe-whole-paycheck-land, more like it.

Then he plants this little seed to not only spoil her book but also this episode, “It always comes down to the dental records.” OH DOES IT?


Jesse seems uncomfortable in his role as the older male Aria is now going to fall for. I can’t say I blame him. The last one turned totally evil.

Aria goes to see the new guidance counselor, Jesse, to complain about his apparent pairing up of Mona and Mike. Turns out Jesse the new guidance counselor is a total babe. I bet Aria’s gonna fall for him. She doesn’t really play this meeting very cool. In fact, she’s pretty awkward.
Jesse explains that he reached out to certain individuals who have had a rough time, but apparently he didn’t think to reach out to the four girls who were stalked and nearly killed last year? Okay.


So, then she blew like really lightly on my nipples and it felt amazing. 5 stars, would recommend.

Aria warns Jesse that Mona is bad news, which is basically her catchphrase of this episode now. She also says that “Mona is the devil” which will surely make people believe she’s not just being vindictive or weird. Jesse tries to reel Aria on in to the afternoon counseling sessions.

I just don’t know if this is how guidance counselors actually work. Is this how they work? Do they have M&M dispensers in their office? Mine sure as hell didn’t, but he did have a giant poster explaining how if you get busted for drugs you can’t get financial aid in college. It’s the little things that stick with you.


LMFAO fcking autocorrect! I meant “Indian food for dinner” not “Alison” lololol sry

Emily’s dad shows up to have a chat with Ezra, who was conveniently just typing, “There’s been a setback re: Alison.” Any guesses on who is he texting? Mona?

Emily’s dad just popped in to say he realizes how maybe Jessica DiLaurentis isn’t a good role model and how bad of an idea making Emily sleep in her dead friend’s bedroom after a car wrecked their living room was. Emily’s dad is reaching out to Ezra? Bad idea alert. Ezra suggests an extracurricular activity, something she can really throw herself into. How about the school play? Late at night, alone with Ezra in the school, what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Is this how parent-teacher relationships in high school work?

Thankfully, this episode blesses us with some amazing Ezra expressions, as illustrated below:





Wait, what do you mean by “overacting”??

Ezra’s already setting up another meeting for the Seedy Characters of Rosewood club before Emily’s dad even leaves the room.


Meanwhile, on the Walking Dead…

Spencer looks like a zombie. Is this just to play up that she’s tired? This is a weird storyline.


gonna eat yo brainzzzzzzz

“I didn’t ask you here to study, Andrew. I’ve been watching you.” He admits to having some drugz. Likely something akin to Adderall or an otherwise not named study aid drug.



Yeah, this seems pretty legit as far as bedroom drug deals go.

I like Andrew way better than Toby. Also I’d like you to know that my sister is apparently a “study-aid” expert and says that isn’t what they look like. Hmm.


Oh fuck I forgot to put my Diva Cup back in

Emily wakes up with her window open and scary noises in her house, you know, as you do.




I couldn’t write this shit. But apparently someone did.

She almost stabs her dad, buuuuuuut, maybe there was someone in the house because:


Naturally, a person who can get in and out of a house silently would leave this kind of trace, of course of course.



Spencer hated my Mad Libs version apparently.

Spencer and her new bff Adderall are typing up Alison’s diary. Here’s what we learn from the entry, in a flashback thing that has Spencer’s voice instead of the dude’s and it’s actually kind of hot:


Weird, your OkCupid profile said nothing about you being intangible.

Alison is at a bar with someone – EZRA? They are talking about literature, naturally. He tells her, “All great literature boils down to two things. Love and death.”



She teases him for eating boysenberry pie and beer. She leans over and kisses the mystery dude and we learn that they’re at The Hart and the Huntsman, which is a bar near, yep you guessed it, Hollis College.


You can’t knock?! I was just having some magical Magic Wand time.

Spencer busts into Hanna’s room in the middle of the night and starts yelling, “I’M SO EXCITED I’M SO EXCITED I’M SO… SCARED” and Zach Morris grabs her hand and takes the bottle of pills from her hands and then she breaks down.




That’s right girl, you channel your inner Jesse Spano.

Nah, just playing, she bursts into Hanna’s room and tries to explain to Hanna about the journal, but Hanna’s more interested in telling Spence about the dental details. Hanna figures someone switched dental x-rays so that the girl in the plot would be identified as Ali, which is genius. Hanna’s going to go to the dentist the next day and try to snoop.

New tagline of this show:

“Should we tell the others?” “Nah.”

And how do they justify this mindset? “Once we find out who A is, all will be forgiven.” – Hanna. Uh huh.


Sorry, your “flower pants or something and what even is on that purse” search returned no results.

What is Aria wearing? If this were a fashion cap, I’d find this jacket by googling “uhhh grommets.” So she’s in her grommet-jacket and she sees Alex Mack. I hate it when girls get catty against their boyfriend’s exes. Come on. Someday you’ll bond over what a jerk that guy is.


You clearly didn’t know me as a element-morphing teen.

Aria is being a badass to Alex Mack, making some pretty big threats. Shit gets real, and Aria and Alex Mack start fighting, and then the box AM was carrying drops and out comes a broken framed picture of Malcolm. Ouch. Awkward.


Guy in the background just wants you to understand his feelings on breasts.

Emily explains to Aria that she has to help Ezra now with the after school play. They’re just walking along, chatting, when suddenly they are interrupted by the horrific sight of:


Deleted scenes from “Pleasantville”

Mona and Mike makin’ out. Ewwww.


Uhhh ham? Is that what cooked deer looks like?

Spencer goes to visit the real life bar from Ali’s diary: The Hart and the Huntsman, which I think is a great name for a bar. Guess who else is there?


Ezra still frequents the bro bars of his college days, is anyone surprised?

YEP. We called it. I’m kind of excited for Spencer to figure out EzrA this episode, and this is convenient, because Ezra is eating boysenberry pie and beer, just like the guy in Ali’s diary. He gets really weird and runs out of the bar super quick as soon as he sees Spencer.


Forever Intern Grace read my mind and made this for me before I could even request it.

Grown men talking to teenage girls in the coffee shop Pt. 2 of this episode consists of Jesse cornering Aria at the Brew. Let’s all take a moment to imagine Aria as a Jammer. I think it could work.

Can Aria not fall in love with another adult male teaching role model in her life? Jesse is overly excited about Aria joining the counseling group.

The last time the Liars had a therapist, the therapist was kidnapped and threatened? So I can understand the hesitation on wanting to open up to a professional at this point.


I’m glad it’s so easy to steal medical records in this show.

Hanna is so genius, getting locked into the dentist right now in the file room. The woman notices Hanna isn’t in her room and assumes she couldn’t wait, so she leaves. Hanna is all alone in the filing room. She rips out a few pages from a file.


Black nitrile gloves? Nice touch, A.

However, the flaw in this plan is that Hanna got her herself locked in the dentist’s office alone. But not alone because A is fucking everywhere, as usual.


Let’s numb this already unconscious girl without studying the exact location of where I should put this needle so I don’t give her permanent nerve damage!

A gasses Hanna and injects her with some Novocain. If she’s already passed out, why bother with the Novocain? For reals, though. I think it’s just because syringes are terrifying.

The waitress gives Spencer a beer, playing this off as something Ezra had ordered but left before getting. This is questionable. Ezra is now the mystery man in the flashback. It’s suddenly clear to Spence. Thank goodness, it took them long enough


Gotta say I preferred this scene when I had Spencer’s voice in for Ezra.

Guess what beer Ezra ordered? THE BEER WAS BOARD SHORTS ALE. OF COURSE IT WAS.


Here’s a list of beers I’d be hesitant to drink: 1. Board Shorts Ale 2. Flip Flops Porter 3. Sand In The Vag Lager

At this point, my sister and I became skeptical. She says, “Not that I’m unhappy that they’re figuring things out, but at the same time, does this seem way too convenient to you and overly simplified?” He stole the journal back, he clearly knows that the story is about him and that bar and that beer. Did he want to get caught?


All I was doing was hanging out in this dark school all alone at night, where did I go wrong here?

Really Emily? At school in the complete dark? And guess what? There’s strange noisesssssss! Ooh, something new and different for PLL! She yells out, “Mr. Fitz is that you?” Ha, well, probably but not in the way you think.

Why are none of the lights on? The door suddenly closes, seriously, with nothing around it, I’m creeped out really bad and clutching my sister because I can’t handle the world right now. And then metal music starts playing over the loudspeaker. Of course it does.


yes good advice thanks A

Emily runs out into the hallway and sees the LED scrolling sign which now says, “Act normal, bitch!” Okay, that’s really scary actually. Normal, how? What would be a normal reaction to metal playing over the loudspeaker and the doors closing on their own and being locked in your school at night?


Uhh Hanna you got a lil somethin’, no, to your right, no your other right.

Meanwhile on this show that’s going to give me nightmares, Hanna wakes up with blood on her lip because of course she does. A HAS STOLEN HER FUCKING TOOTH WHAT HAS THIS SHOW BECOME.


Office Supplies: How and When They Could Save Your Life, Make You Look Ridiculous While Doing So

Emily calls her dad, which is smart, and barricades herself in a room with the epic weapon choice of a three-hole-punch, just going down the list of office supplies that would potentially really hurt a person.


Dad, what are you going to do? Shimmy up the drain pipe?

She breaks a window to yell for help.



Her dad is scaling the fucking drain pipes while A is trying to bust in the door. This scene is so intense. The whole time, I was panicking about Emily’s dad’s safety.


Inconvenient lighting, for sure.

We see the black hoodie face over the window ledge. Any guesses on how many As there are right now?


Sorry Dad, I can’t exactly explain WHY I was panicking in that room.

What’s wrong with Mr. Fields?! There’s suddenly an ambulance. Why are they not having a convo about the person trying to bust into the room? Mr. Fields is ill? Not just on furlough. Something vague is wrong with Mr. Fields’ heart, but I still love him, he’s seriously so endearing. I love that he scaled that drain pipe.


Contest: Caption this!

Emily is at Aria’s, freaking out, naturally. Then, a shadow crosses the window ugh PLL stop doing this to us.


But it’s just Spencer! Emily and Spencer make up, finally.



I find teeth problems/teeth pain to be extremely disconcerting, I can’t even explain to you how terrifying I found this storyline.

Hanna gets there and describes what happened at the dentist. Her mouth hurts, though, for some reason. Spencer sees something in Hanna’s tooth and grabs some tweezers.


Hanna’s reactions 5ever



Oh just another day in the life of the average teen girl.

Emily finds a handy magnifying glass nearby, of course, which makes this scene so Nancy Drew.


Who just has a magnifying glass lying around?!

“I told you, dead girls can’t smile. Stop looking – A.” How did A fit a fucking note inside of a tooth?!


A shreds the evidence to put in the bird’s cage. I see one name that rings a bell: Cavanaugh.


“Hey board shorts, miss me?” is what the bird just said. So Ezra has the bird?


And what is the significance of the map? I can see it says Wilden’s Yacht, but then what else? A&C – Ali and CeCe?

What did we learn?:
Spencer knows that Ezra is Board Shorts.
Mona and Mike are gettin’ it on.
The dental evidence was shredded.
A can perform complex dental work.
Ezra and Mona have something going on, as to what, we’re not sure.
Ezra has the bird.

What questions do we have?:
Where is Ali?
Who was Ezra texting/talking to?
How many As are there?
Was the same person tormenting Emily and Hanna at the same time?
What’s the significance of the Cape May map?

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  1. “Weird, your OkCupid profile said nothing about you being intangible.” lol seriously love your captions! ok, the first time i saw spencer i was like “what did i miss?” did she look so sleep deprived when she was in radley? genuine question i don’t remember. can’t say i blame her though, a lack of emily fields affections would have that effect on this girl

  2. It took me way too long to realize that Spencer isn’t sleeping because she’s obsessing over Mad Libs.

    And I don’t think A put the note in Hanna’s tooth – I’m guessing he shoved it tightly in the gap between two teeth.

    THIS WAS A SCARY EPISODE! Girlfriend and I genuinely freaked out when the Board Shorts Ale label came up.

  3. Having recently had my very first panic attack at the dentist’s office, this episode scared the shit out of me.

    I think maybe Wren was the one who knocked Hanna out since he seems to be an expert in every medical specialty mentioned on this show.

    Also, I loved the whole Board Shorts Ale explanation because I feel like ever since Ezra was revealed as a potential ‘A’ I’ve read all of these angry posts (elsewhere, not on Autostraddle) about how he can’t possibly be ‘A’ because “Ezra Fitzgerald would NEVER wear board shorts!”

  4. Verner Yorsten was such a specifically obscure name, I looked up anagrams hoping it would be a wink to one of the show’s writers’ names.
    It was not.
    But “Onset Nervy Err” was, which I feel is how they coach the girls to act every episode. Scared. Confused. Shifty-eyed. Constipated. Now confused again!

    I genuinely love these recaps so much. Thank you for keeping them going in Lizz’s absence!

  5. I actually feel like they’re purposely dressing Jesse poorly and making him a really good guy to eliminate any possible sexual overtones. I think he’s one of two adult men living in Rosewood that do not have relationships with high school girls.

    I must agree, I also like Andrew way better than Toby. Spencer should get with him.

    Most important line of the Hannah/Spencer bedroom scene: I’m not wearing underwear!

    I just don’t understand…why can’t the liars figure out that A is more than one person?!?!?! Or at least that more than one person can do A’s bidding (i.e. Mona, Toby, etc.)?

    I don’t think you can assume that any scene where we see gloves/don’t see a face is Ezra. That’s what I love/hate about this show. So I wouldn’t assume Ezra has the bird.

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