Pretty Little Liars Review: The Weak Link
Last week's Pretty Little Liars episode ventured a little too far into crazy territory, and I'm glad to say that things have evened off with this week's installment.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much going on besides more details on Spencer's mental breakdown. And after weeks of watching Spencer slowing crumble to pieces, I'm getting really bored watching her take the forefront in all these episodes.
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" finally reached a point of oversaturation with the Spencer storyline. I'm all Spencered out - and it made it really hard to like this episode.
I was very glad that they didn't give Spencer amnesia. When the episode started, it seemed like a real possibility and what could be worse than that old soap opera cliche .... except maybe a show that refuses to give answers. But the writers steered clear of that ridiculous idea and instead Spencer was just trying to avoid being herself.
There was a lot of "blah, blah, blah" about Spencer's "real" problems and how she really has become the weak link in this group. She accepts that no one can really rely on her anymore because she's changed. Basically, most of the scenes involving Spencer (and there were a lot of them) were just trying to set up a longer stay for the Liar. From the looks of next week's promo, she might not get out after 72 hours.
But just how long will she be in Radley? If these season finale pics are any indication it won't be more than two episodes, but how much time will she actually be locked up?
Fortunately, we did get some information from the helpful orderly Eddie Lamb. It seems like Toby might have gotten his security badge (with the E. Lamb name) from Eddie. Eddie mentions there were having issues with the badges and with the visitor passes. All signs point to someone on the staff. Is it Wren? Or could it be Dr. Sullivan?
Wren seems like the easy answer based on his opportunistic interest in both Hanna and Spencer, but Sullivan could also be a serious suspect. Sullivan was an important part of the midseason finale back in Season 2. Was Mona (or someone on the A team) still blackmailing her while staying at Radley? Or is she still being pressured by the A team?
Plus, Eddie might not be just another helpful friend. Most of the people on this show are never 100% honest. Especially not Mona. However, I thought she was probably telling the truth about Ali's pregnancy scare. I really wish Spencer would play along so we could find out what else is in those diaries. But that would be too convenient. And there's no telling what Mona would want in exchange.
The other girls were relegated to smaller slots of screen time, but that doesn't mean nothing happened to them. Except for Emily. Oh, wait! She got to meet Missy Franklin. Good for her, but what does it really have to do with the show?
In more exciting news, Wilden is back! Guess that means the body in the woods isn't his. Unfortunately, we won't know who it is until the police can find it. A has really created a lot confusion over this body, which could have been avoided if Spencer had taken off that freaking helmet.
Wilden's return seems to spell trouble for Ashley and Hanna, but all he wants is his car back. Too bad Hanna drove it into the lake! With any luck, he'll just be glad to be rid of it. But I'm guessing that's not going to be the case. And with A blackmailing Hanna, it's only a matter of time before the car and the video resurface.
There was also a little movement on the Ezria front. Aria seems so deadset on helping Ezra get a job that she doesn't seem to realize she's driving a wedge between them. Her father hopes that getting him a job at Hollis will separate them slowly over time as he becomes more committed to his family. But there are not jobs at Hollis.
Ezra's attempt to substitute teach means their relationship will have to be hidden again. Well, it didn't have to mean that, but Aria decided that it would be best if the principal didn't know they were still dating. How much longer do you give them as a couple?