The Homecoming Hangover… I Hope There’s Asprin In Prison (Pretty Little Liars Episode 7 Recap + Broken Laws)

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The beginning of this episode takes place approximately one second after the end of the previous episode.  We have departed from the creepy Rosewood population sign and returned to the high school where Spencer, Aria and Hanna frantically search for Emily.  They attempt to turn on the lights in the hallway, but of course, the lights have magically stopped working.  However, the music downstairs is still going full-blast — perfect for the ongoing murder movie theme of “Pretty Little Liars.”  Nobody downstairs heard any of the commotion; nobody heard the shattering glass in the chem lab, nobody heard Toby and Emily screaming on the top of their lungs, nobody heard Emily’s nosedive to the hallway floor, and now, nobody hears the girls bellowing “Emily?!” in hopes of finding their friend before Toby can murder her.




In another display of her above-average intelligence, Spencer suggests splitting up.  I demand an explanation for her smart girl reputation.  Hanna objects to Spencer’s splitting up idea, and the girls finally reach a compromise; they will split up together!  Conceptually, this makes absolutely no sense, but it somehow sounds better than the girls individually searching for their missing friend who they think is currently accompanied by a murderer.  Aria calls Emily’s phone which rings ominously outside the chem lab.  Toby and Emily have painted the chem lab floor red with what the girls assume is Emily’s blood.  Little do they know that it’s really Toby’s blood, an immediate result of Emily’s ninja attack on him.

It turns out, Toby is driving his car; Emily is in the backseat.  Both of them have matching bloody faces as if they’ve joined some off-screen gang, but Emily’s injury is worse; she’s unconscious.

The following day, there are cop cars in front of one of the girls’ houses, and for once, it’s not Hanna’s!    Emily has been released from the hospital, and the police are questioning her mother.  We learn that Toby dropped Emily off at the hospital, gave her to a nurse and then left.

Aria and Spencer visit Emily at home and barely ask her how she’s doing before firing at her with information about Toby’s file and Toby and Jenna’s relationship.  Emily is skeptical; she is alive and has just won a brand new car — a Toyota Corolla — in the Homecoming dance raffle.  If Toby wanted her dead, he could have both, had her in a body bag and gotten his next murder confession tattoo by now.  Homecoming, Free Again!

As a police officer and Pam Fields discusse the shadiness of Toby handing Emily off to a nurse and bolting, Pam blurts out that she thought Emily went to Homecoming with Ben.  She quickly covers this up with a non-convincing lie that she knew Emily went to Homecoming with Toby, but she “forgot.”  The police officer pretty much laughs in her face as he says that “everybody lies.” This especially applies to you, right now, Pam.  You clearly know NOTHING about your daughter’s love life.   Simultaneously, we see Emily tell Spencer and Aria that she lied to the police and said that she tripped and fell instead of telling them that Toby “attacked” her.  I admit that I’m a tad confused here; I did not see Toby attack Emily; I DID see her trip and fall on her face.  However, Emily’s mother has definitely lied to a police officer, and it appears she did so to prevent the officer from questioning Emily any further and potentially collecting some damning information from her.  She insists, “Whatever Emily told you is what happened,” as she creates a human barrier that blocks her front door from cops but allows Emily’s friends to enter.  Also, if Toby DID attack Emily in any way, then she has lied to the police as well.  I’m pretty sure the girls are getting well-versed in this one now, and we discussed it for the first time in my entry on The Jenna Thing.

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

Hindering apprehension or prosecution (in relevant part) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 5105(a)(5): “A person commits an offense if, with intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for crime or violation…he  provides false information to a law enforcement officer.”  

“The offense is a felony of the third degree if the conduct which the actor knows has been charged or is liable to be charged against the person aided would constitute a felony of the first or second degree. Otherwise it is a misdemeanor of the second degree.”


Come on, Pam.  How do you expect to set a good example for your daughter if you commit the exact same crimes that she does?!  And you wonder why she’s lying to you… Seriously, if Pam continues this pattern, she’s going to be on Ashley Marin’s law breaking level in no time!

Toby has become public Rosewood suspect # 1 on all fronts.  The cops are suspicious about his late night motor-cycle ride after dropping Emily off at the hospital, AND, when Hanna attempts to return Toby’s file and cover up her theft, she sees the cops outside talking to Toby’s shrink.  They already know that the file has been stolen.  Now, Hanna has no choice but to stuff the enormous file into her bag where it doesn’t quite fit.  Conveniently, the part of the file sticking out is the part that reads, in enormous letters, “TOBY CAVANAUGH, CONFIDENTIAL.”  Seriously?  Hanna should be an expert at lying and breaking the law by now.  At least put the file in your bag upside down so those incriminating words are not sticking out for the entire world to see.

After her failed attempt at returning the file, Hanna arrives at Emily’s house and tells the girls the news about the cops searching for the file.  Aria and Spencer have insisted that Emily tell the police the truth now–but she has to leave out the information about the file!  So, by telling the police the truth, apparently they mean that Emily needs to lie to the police again.  Also, now that Hanna knows that the police are investigating Toby’s whereabouts and looking for his file, she clearly knows that returning the file would help their investigation.  However, it seems that she has decided that the file looks better as an unconventional handbag decoration, which leads us right into:

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

18 Pa. Cons. Stat . § 4104.  Tampering with records or identification (in relevant part):
(a) “Writings.–A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if, knowing that he has no privilege to do so, he falsifies, destroys, removes or conceals any writing or record, or distinguishing mark or brand or other identification with intent to deceive or injure anyone or to conceal any wrongdoing.”

Hanna has both, removed the record with intent to deceive, and concealed it with intent to conceal any wrongdoing.  Great work, Hanna.  Another A+ for you.  It’s too bad breaking the law isn’t a class offered at Rosewood High.  Hanna would definitely do better in that class than she did in Real Love Waits club.

Spencer and Aria politely leave Emily’s house as soon as Hanna arrives.  Before the girls rush out the door, Hanna asks them for their advice on what to do with the file, because all of the girls clearly know  right from wrong in terms of obeying the law.  Aria tells her to just shove the file into her locker so that they can deal with it at a later time.  In legalese, there’s another term for what Aria told Hanna to do.  Considering that we have just discussed that concealing the file from the police is against the law, and Aria has told Hanna to continue doing just that, we’re ready for:

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

This is one that you might remember from my previous post on There’s No Place Like Homecoming, where it appeared as Broken Law # 1.  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 902:  Criminal Solicitation: 
“(a)  Definition of solicitation.–A person is guilty of solicitation to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he commands, encourages or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such crime or an attempt to commit such crime or which would establish his complicity in its commission or attempted commission.”
18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 905: Grading (in relevant part): Grading of criminal attempt, solicitation and conspiracy.
(a) Grading.–Except as otherwise provided in this title,…  solicitation … [is a crime] of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which is… solicited …”

Uh oh.  Aria is catching up to her friends in the crime game.  We’ll have another Pretty Little Felon before we know it!

Additionally, since Hanna is the one who stole the file and has now clearly made the decision to hold on to it, it’s time to discuss:

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

It’s common in Pennsylvania that when someone is charged with theft, they are also charged with: Receiving stolen property – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3925:   (a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of theft if he intentionally receives, retains, or disposes of movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it  has probably been stolen, unless the property is received,  retained, or disposed with intent to restore it to the owner. 
(b)  Definition.–As used in this section the word “receiving” means acquiring possession, control or title, or lending on the security of the property.”  

I did not include this one in the previous post on “There’s No Place Like Homecoming,” because at the time Hanna stole the file in that episode, it appeared that she had received and retained the file with intent to restore it to it’s owner later; Spencer pretty much forced her to miss being crowned Homecoming queen to steal the file, and Hanna intended to return it as soon as possible.  Now, it is clear that Hanna no longer intends to return the file.

Now that Spencer and Aria have left Emily’s house, Hanna and Emily have time to have a private conversation about Emily’s karma.  Hanna is amazed that Emily managed to go to Homecoming with a so-called murderer, crack her head open, and win a new car in one night.  It is rather impressive, I must admit.  This chat about karma quickly turns into a full-blown conversation on Emily’s potential voyage out of the closet.  Emily asks Hanna why she thought that she would bring Maya as her date to Homecoming, and Hanna finally tells Emily that “A” sent her the picture of Emily and Maya kissing.  Hanna has a mature reaction to the situation.  She assures Emily that no matter who she decides to date, she’s not signing a contract, and that her friends will love her no matter what.  They loved her when she was Emily dating Ben, and they’ll love her if she’s Emily dating Maya.  So apparently, Emily’s friends will love her regardless of her love interest, unless her love interest is a stone cold killer like Toby.  In all seriousness though, Hanna’s conversation with Emily was refreshing.  There was no judgment and no sign of discrimination.  At least lying criminals can still be good friends, too!

Next, Spencer visits Alex in the kitchen of the club.  She insists that Melissa lied to him at Homecoming and asks for a do-over date.  While doing so, she pisses off Alex’s co-worker, Stephanie, because Spencer being in the kitchen is a complete violation of a million health-care codes.  Spencer insists that she is fully vaccinated and refuses to leave until Alex agrees to go on another date with her. This time she won’t completely ignore him, she promises.  Alex agrees to the date, but only if he gets to plan it from start to finish.  Spencer Hastings does not always get to run the show.

Aria is trying to reach Ezra on all of his phones, but she keeps getting his voicemail.  She receives a bouquet of flowers from Sean, because it’s perfectly normal for your best friend’s boyfriend to send you flowers in Rosewood.  A furious Mike rescues Aria from having to tell her mother who sent the flowers.  He is angry that Ella will not be attending his Lacrosse game.  Seriously, Ella?  Missing your son’s lacrosse game?  What will your neighbors think of you?!

Back at Emily’s house, Emily awakens from her deep slumber to the sound of the creepiest dog bark in the world.  Emily has another visitor; cracking her head open has made her the most popular girl in town!  Who is Emily’s visitor?  None other than Jenna Marshall… and her little seeing-eye-dog, too!  Jenna and her mother have baked cookies for Emily.  Jenna, in the scariest voice that she can muster, informs Pam that the cookies taste better with milk.  “You do have milk, don’t you?” scary Jenna asks Pam.  This is obviously code for “get out of Emily’s room and leave me alone with your daughter, even though you think that my step brother tried to kill her.”

Jenna sits down on Emily’s bed and asks “How are you feeling?”  Emily answers her with the most polite response she can come up with, “Why are you here?” And these girls wonder why Jenna, the girl that they blinded and the girl that they treat with the utmost respect at all time, could ever hate them.  Rude much, Emily?  I probably wouldn’t eat those cookies either though.  Jenna informs Emily that she’s worried about Toby.  After all, he’s troubled, and now that the police are looking for that file, Jenna does not know what Toby might do if the file falls into the wrong hands.  Emily’s confused; she tells Jenna that she thought that she’d be relieved that Toby was gone.  When Jenna realizes that Emily and all of her friends know about the file’s contents, Emily assures her that nobody will ever find out.  Jenna replies, “Secrets have a way of getting out, like the secret Ali shared with me at the hospital.”  Apparently Ali and Jenna’s secret is an exception to this rule about secrets having a way of getting out, because Jenna does not tell Emily anything more about it.  Instead, she demands that Emily get the file for her.  She does not want the police to find the file, and after all, Jenna has kept quiet about a lot.  The least Emily can do is get the file for Jenna; she owes her that much.  Jenna has managed to terrify Emily and the entire Pretty Little Liars audience, and bring us to:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

Jenna may not be as guilty as Hanna is when it comes to this file, but she knows that the girls have it, she knows that the police are looking for it, yet she has requested that the girls return the file to HER.  She doesn’t tell the police anything that she knows about the file, even though this could help with their investigation about Toby’s whereabouts.  Does this sound legal to you?  No? That’s because it’s not.  Jenna could get in trouble for: 18 Pa. Cons. Stat . § 4910: Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (in relevant part). “A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, believing that an official proceeding or investigation is pending or about to be instituted, he: (1) alters, destroys, conceals or removes any record, document or thing with intent to impair its verity or availability in such proceeding or investigation…” (emphasis on conceals and availability added by me).

It looks like Jenna is not all that innocent, either.

Meanwhile, at school, Hanna arrives in the yearbook room where Lucas is going to do a makeup photo shoot so that she and Sean can have their Homecoming queen and king pictures in the yearbook.  While Lucas and Hanna wait for Sean to arrive, they make small-talk by joking about the custodian’s drinking problems and brain damage due to breathing in too much cleaning product.  Compelling stuff.  Toby’s file is still conspicuously sticking out of Hanna’s bag; seriously, is she going to keep it there forever?  Finally, Sean enters the room, and he is immediately rude.  Also, he couldn’t bother to wear pants to this photo shoot; he has to get to basketball immediately!  When Hanna’s phone rings, she has finally realized that she should perhaps, pay a tiny bit of attention to her boyfriend.  Because of this revelation, she conveniently misses Emily’s frantic phone call about Jenna.  Hanna keeps trying to apologize to Sean as they smile for the Rosewood high school peasants.  Sean angrily cuts the photo shoot short and attempts to scare Lucas with his alpha-male attitude, bro.

Emily’s mother confiscates her cell phone before she can call any of her other friends and tell them about Jenna and her poison cookies and scary dog.  Pam proceeds to flip out on Emily for going to Homecoming with Toby, giving her added stress, which I’m sure is doing wonders for Emily’s health conditions.  Pam spits out accusations about Toby blinding Jenna and trying to rape Emily.  Pam and Spencer would get along swimmingly, what with their tendencies to immediately assume the worst about everybody.

At Aria’s house, Byron and Aria discuss Mike’s lacrosse game and the Ella situation.  Aria wants to know if Byron is moving out; she’d prefer to hear it from him instead of finding out when she’s setting the dinner table and he doesn’t show up.  Byron assures Aria that he would never move out without telling Aria and Mike first; right, he’d just cheat on their mother, but he would NEVER move out without telling them.  He’s such a trustworthy father.

Next, Aria, Spencer and Hanna drive to their favorite place in the world: the woods!  Hanna wants to burn the file there — a brilliant idea if I’ve ever heard one.  Emily calls them to tell them NOT to destroy the file, but the girls miss her call.  Spencer and Aria remind Hanna that burning the file is a terrible idea.  Spencer wants to send the file to the police anonymously, and Aria believes that burning the file is a bad idea because the police could use the file to build a case against Toby — that evil murderer.  What a novel idea, Aria.  NOT hiding evidence from the police would definitely be a new activity for these girls.  Hanna explains that she absolutely CANNOT get caught with this file; it’d be her third strike after stealing sunglasses (GUCCI ONES), and Sean’s car.

Spencer snatches the file out of Hanna’s hands, which begins a game of tug-of-medical-file-war between the two girls.  Spencer screams that the police need to have the file because “The devil has a name, and it’s Toby!”  I knew that Keegan Allen and his 666 pack had a purpose on this show.  Spencer is 100% sure that Toby is “A,” but this is not enough for Hanna.  Hanna makes a remark that if she got caught with this file, she’d go to prison, but Spencer would probably just win another award like she did for stealing Melissa’s essay.  Aria is sick of this argument; she intervenes by throwing the file into the river.  The girls flea the woods, leaving Toby’s confidential medical files to drown.  Aria should know better by now.  This adventure in the woods has given us two more broken laws.

Broken Law # 6 Alert! 

SEE Broken Law # 3 of this entry:  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 902:  Criminal Solicitation.  Now Hanna is the guilty one; she lured her friends into the woods attempting to get them to help her destroy Toby’s medical file.  She wanted to burn it, which isn’t exactly what wound up happening, but Aria managed to destroy the file in the water, bringing us to:

Broken Law # 7 Alert! 

SEE Broken Law # 2 of this entry**: 18 Pa. Cons. Stat . § 4104.  Tampering with records or identification.  Now Aria is the guilty one, as she has destroyed Toby’s medical records with the intent of concealing wrongdoing.  

How adorable, Aria and Hanna have played a game of trading crimes!

Back at school, Spencer and Emily discuss Jenna.  It’s a good thing that Emily didn’t eat those poison cookies.  What is going on here?  Apparently the Marshall-Cavanaugh family does not want Emily alive, if Spencer’s wild assumptions are correct.  Alex cancels his do-over date with Spencer.  Aria meets the author of the PLL book series; Sara Shepard is playing Ms. Shepard, the substitute teacher for Ezra’s English class.  Jenna confronts Emily about the file.  Emily tells her that she doesn’t have to worry about the file anymore; it’s gone for good.  Jenna brings back her signature scary voice and tells Emily, “I hope you’re not lying to me.”

Hanna goes to the yearbook room, responding to the message from the universe (which really was just a message on a post-it) that Lucas wanted to see her.  She chooses which royal photo she wants to appear in the yearbook.  At least Lucas probably is not “A.”  He communicates with post-it notes, not text messages.

Spencer stalks Alex at the club which is closed on most Mondays– but not today, because there’s a “breakfast thing” at the club tomorrow.  This show has a wide range of definitions for the word “thing.”  I hope that nobody goes blind at this one.  Alex’s boss says that Spencer can help Alex make melon balls — but only if she wears a hair net.  Spencer helps Alex with the fruit, leading Alex to comment, “Wow.  If your parents could see their little girl now…” doing actual work instead of just stealing someone else’s fruit kabobs!  Ok, we get it.  Spencer is too rich to have a job.  Then why do the Hastings sisters care so much about being at the top of all of their classes?  Spencer shrugs off this comment and tells Alex to move his melon balls.

Aria screams at Sean for sending her “Screw You Hanna Flowers.”  Their conversation about Hanna and her boring love for Sean is interrupted by Mike Montgomery beating each other up in the hallway. Mike is the one who started the fight.  It seems he’s taking after his older sister and her law breaking ways:

Broken Law # 8 Alert!

Simple assault (in relevant part) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2701: (a) Offense defined: — “A person is guilty of assault if he: (1) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another…” 
(b)  Grading.–“Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless committed: (1)  in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the third degree.” 

I’m going to go with the second degree misdemeanor here, as it didn’t seem that Mike’s friend entered into this fight mutually.  He only got physical when he had to defend himself, and his actions were likely justified. Justification of self defense.  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 505 (in relevant part) : “the actor believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself against the use of unlawful force by such other person on the present occasion…”

That’s not all for Mike Montgomery.  The fact that this happened on school grounds does not help him.

Broken Law # 9 Alert!

As we discussed in my entry on “Reality Bites Me,” Pennsylvania has a law against bullying.  Pennsylvania Tit. No. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. §13-1303. 1-A. : “Bullying: intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or series of acts: (1) directed at another 
student(s); (2) which occurs in school setting; (3) that is severe, persistent or pervasive; AND (4) has the effect of: (i) substantially interfering with student‟s education; (ii) creating a threatening environment; or (iii) substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. “School setting:” in school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school bus stop, or at school activity. School entity may define bullying to encompass acts occurring outside the school setting if the definition meets (1), (3) and (4).” As we discussed in the aforementioned entry on “Reality Bites Me,” most schools have their own policies regarding punishment for bullying, and we find out in a later episode that Rosewood has a zero tolerance policy for bullying.  

One more thing, Mike!

Broken Law # 10 Alert!

Disorderly Conduct: 18 Pa.C.S. § 5503: “(a) Offense defined.–A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he: (1) engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; (2) makes unreasonable noise; (3) uses obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture; or (4) creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
(b) Grading.–An offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree if the intent of the actor is to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience, or if he persists in disorderly conduct after reasonable warning or request to desist. Otherwise disorderly conduct is a summary offense.”

I would say Mike’s behavior fits the description of Disorderly Conduct very well.  He definitely created a public inconvenience, engaged in fighting and violent behavior and made unreasonable noise.  Aria and Sean noticed the fight between Mike and his friend from all the way down the opposite end of the hallway.  Mike’s decision to bellow “Go to hell!” at his sister after the fight had broken up also does not help his cause.

Meanwhile, Hanna and Lucas watch videos of a cat playing ping pong and a turkey on a snowboard.  Lucas nervously confesses to Hanna that he used to be terrified of her and the rest of Alison’s posse.  He pretty much declares that Alison was the Wicked Witch of the West while perhaps Hanna was more of a Glinda the Good Witch.  We learn that Alison called Lucas “Hermie the Hermaphrodite” because she didn’t like his glasses.  Lucas believes that Alison was “straight up evil.”  Hanna attempts to lighten the mood by confessing that Alison had a nickname for her, too.  It was “Hefty Hanna.”  However, Hanna still contends that Alison made her feel special.

Back at the club, Spencer discovers a picture of herself in one of the kitchen’s cabinets.  Somebody has drawn horns on her head.  Apparently the kitchen staff at the club believes that the devil has a name and it’s Spencer, NOT Toby.  If I had to guess, I’d say the person who put that picture up was probably Stephanie, the girl that Spencer pissed off earlier in the episode.

Emily “warns” Maya that a lot of people are going to see their photo booth kissing pictures.  Maya doesn’t care.  Emily misses Maya and wants to “try a new thing called being honest with herself.”  Byron and Ella show up at the school — they’re here because Mike picked a fight and Aria has been skipping her classes.  Ella tells Byron that the kids are probably acting up because Ella and Byron have been behaving badly, AND she no longer wants Byron sleeping on the couch like some sort of drunk uncle.

Aria goes to Ezra’s apartment where she overhears a voicemail that says that Ezra is interviewing for a teaching job in New York.  Sean shows up at Hanna’s house; he brought her her English homework.  Apparently Aria was not the only liar who “wasn’t feeling” the substitute teacher in Ezra’s class; Hanna skipped English that day.  Sean thinks that the videos that Lucas showed Hanna are dumb and immature.

Alex/Diego Boneta dances with Spencer to his own song, “Siempre Tu.”  The couple is ballroom dancing in the kitchen; at least they’re finally dancing, seeing as they did not do much of that at Homecoming.  At least they get to dance during the Homecoming Hangover!

Emily drives passed a hysterically crying Jenna.  Jenna also has cops at their house.  The girls of Rosewood should be charging the police officers rent.  At the Montgomery household, Mike comes home and he’s still in a bad mood.  It turns out that Ella is moving out, and we see a very depressing Ella/Byron scene as she leaves.

Hanna, Spencer and Emily are at Emily’s house talking about Toby’s whereabouts and whether or not he’s still alive.  His bike is wrecked, and Emily didn’t ask Jenna if he had died.  The girls’ conversation consists of Spencer saying “Well I’m not going to cry about the devil’s death and neither should you!” and Hanna declaring that if Emily liked Toby she can cry about it.  Then there are apologies all around.  Emily receives a text message from “A” that reads, “Thanks for getting Toby out of my way.”  Spencer is stunned; she thought Toby WAS “A!”

At the ending of this episode, we see someone in black gloves digging up Toby’s drenched medical file.  Maybe it’s “A” digging the file up, maybe it’s one of Rosewood’s lovely police officers digging it up, or maybe “A” IS one fo Rosewood’s police officers!  Who knows anymore?  I DO know that we will definitely have a lot to discuss in my next post about Pretty Little Liars season 1, episode 8, “Please Do Talk About Me When I’m Gone.”  Stay tuned and thanks for reading!



Still Here

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I’ve been away from my computer for awhile, but I’m still here and working on getting the next post up ASAP.  Thanks for your patience 🙂

Theories While I Work

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Hey guys,
I thought while I nurse my Homecoming Hangover post into health, I’d share one of my fun and far-fetched theories about Pretty Little Liars.  This one is about the A-team, the NAT club, and the “game” that has been referred to in the show.

Check it out here, and I will be working hard to get the post about season 1, episode 7 of Pretty Little Liars, “The Homecoming Hangover” up as soon as possible!

Also, my entry on “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” has been edited as of today (May 21, 2013) to include the tort of invasion of privacy, which is relevant in two different instances of the episode.  Check it out!

–Aly

There’s No Place Like Homecoming… To Dance Around The Law (Pretty Little Liars Episode 6 Recap + Broken Laws)

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This episode starts off with Aria asleep and having depressing dreams about Ezra.  Hey, at least she’s relaxing for once; it seems like the girls on this show don’t do much of that what with the murder mysteries and anonymous stalkers that consume their lives.  This fleeting moment of relaxation is interrupted when Aria’s friends barrel into her room for an intervention.  She has GOT to get out of her bed and take off those ugly sweatpants.  Just like in any intervention, each person takes turns expressing their concerns.  The girls are also armed with Chinese food and magazines in case their words aren’t convincing enough.  Spencer points out that that if Aria doesn’t remove those sweatpants immediately, they won’t be able to pick a homecoming dress for her.  Hanna needs Aria’s vote for homecoming queen.  She asks Aria to at least fill out an absentee ballot if she’s not going to go to homecoming.  Hanna quickly realizes that her comment won’t help Aria get out of bed, so she peppers in a comparison between Aria’s sweatpants and mom jeans and platform flip flops.  Emily comforts Aria about her parents.  “Things can seem over on Friday and on Monday all is forgiven,” she explains.  

The topic of conversation moves to the girls’ dates.  Hanna is bringing Sean, Spencer is bringing Alex, and Emily is going stag.  Aria agrees to go stag as well.  When Spencer jokes about Aria and Emily going to the dance as a couple, Hanna quickly interrupts.  The other girls don’t know about Emily and Maya’s scandalous photo booth pictures.  Aria reminds the girls that she’s not Samantha Ronson, and Hanna decides that Chinese food is the best way to get her friends to stop talking about lesbians.




It turns out, “A” has planned something even more distracting.  To the girls’ horror, when they open up their fortune cookies, they see that “A” has tampered with them.  Their fortune from “A” reads, “Lions and tigers and bitches, oh my!  There’s no place like homecoming.  See you there.”  How did “A” manage to pull that one off?  She is clearly sleeping with the owner of that restaurant.

At school, Hanna attends Sean’s dress rehearsal for rejecting sexual advances, otherwise known as “Real Love Waits.”  The members of this club practice hypothetical scenarios where one person instigates the other to have sex.  The person being provoked then practices saying no to sex.  Hanna is bored out of her mind.  Sean and Amber go first, then it’s Hanna’s turn to pretend to hit on someone.  Her partner is a nerdy guy named Lucas (Brendan Robinson).  Lucas protests that a girl like Hanna would never consider having sex with him; he doesn’t believe that Hanna is attracted to guys with the upper body strength of Screech.  His virginity is well protected, thank you very much.  One might wonder why he joined this club in that case, but I digress.  Hanna fake-instigates Lucas by asking, “So, do you want to come up to my room?”  “Yes!” Lucas exclaims.  Thankfully, Screech– I mean Lucas is saved by the bell.

In the hall, Aria attempts to speak to Ezra, but he runs away from her.  In the cafeteria, Emily learns that Maya does not plan on going to homecoming; she’s not really gaga for Gaga.  Hanna is sitting quietly in the cafeteria when all of a sudden, Spencer thunders in and badgers Hanna to steal Jenna’s medical records.  It’s imperative that the girls get that file, because “Toby Cavanaugh, who has never had a date in his life, bought two tickets to homecoming.”  I’m sure Jenna’s medical records will be filled with information about Toby’s evil agenda to bring a date to a school dance.  Spencer outburst makes her an outlaw:

Broken Law Alert # 1! : First of all, I am going to briefly stipulate that stealing medical records is a crime.  This will be further explained later in this post, but it’s necessary to point out that it’s a crime in order to explain what Spencer has done.  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 902:  Criminal Solicitation: 
“(a)  Definition of solicitation.–A person is guilty of solicitation to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he commands, encourages or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such crime or an attempt to commit such crime or which would establish his complicity in its commission or attempted commission.”
18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 905: Grading (in relevant part): Grading of criminal attempt, solicitation and conspiracy.

“(a)  Grading.–Except as otherwise provided in this title,…  solicitation … [is a crime] of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which is… solicited …”

Mona approaches Hanna and Spencer and makes an obnoxious quip about Spencer bringing the country club’s towel boy to homecoming.  She refers to him as Spencer’s “Cinderfella.”  Apparently in Rosewood, having a job automatically makes you a lesser person.  Spencer abruptly hits Hanna to get her to look at her newest terrifying discovery about Toby; he has a TATTOO! Oh, no!  It says “901 Free At Last.”

Tattooed and armed with an extra homecoming ticket, Toby asks Emily to hang out as his homecoming date even though he thinks homecoming is lame.  Next, we see Spencer setting up for Homecoming– she’s head of the committee of course– and Alex comes and makes fun of her OCD.  When he informs Spencer that he is paying for the homecoming tickets and buying a new suit for the dance, she tries to stop him because he has a JOB and he works hard.  Hanna approaches Maya in the hallway and learns that Maya is voting for her for homecoming queen.  Hanna tells Maya that Emily really wants her to go to homecoming.  Too bad Hanna doesn’t know if that’s even true.  Hanna should win an award for being the worst Cupid ever.  

Jenna sits creepily on a bench outside of the school.  She is furious about Toby spending time with Emily.  She warns him, “once she finds out the truth about you, she’ll hate you.”  WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, JENNA?!  Hanna goes to Jenna’s therapist’s office to get that file.  Even though her attempt to steal Jenna’s medical records is thwarted by a giant security guard, she manages to rig the door so she can return later.  This brings us to:

Broken Law Alert # 2! : I’m going to start off with a brief explanation which is necessary in determining which crimes the girls could actually be convicted for if they were to get caught.

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 906:  “Multiple convictions of inchoate crimes barred.  A person may not be convicted of more than one of the inchoate crimes of criminal attempt, criminal solicitation or criminal conspiracy for conduct designed to commit or to culminate in the commission of the same crime.”

I am still going to cover these inchoate crimes, but understand that ultimately, the girls could only be convicted for one of them.  For example, here, I’m going to explain why Hanna and Spencer are now guilty of conspiracy, which means that Spencer would no longer be able to get convicted for the above-mentioned solicitation.  Additionally, I’ll discuss criminal attempt, because if Hanna was acting alone, it would apply in this situation.


18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 903: Conspiracy (in relevant part) : “(a)  Definition of conspiracy.–A person is guilty of conspiracy with another person or persons to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he: (1)  agrees with such other person or persons that they or one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime; or (2)  agrees to aid such other person or persons in the planning or commission of such crime or of an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime.”
“(e)  Overt act.–No person may be convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime unless an overt act in pursuance of such conspiracy is alleged and proved to have been done by him or by a person with whom he conspired.”


Broken Law Alert # 3!:  Criminal Attempt: 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 901: “(a)  Definition of attempt.–A person commits an attempt when, with intent to commit a specific crime, he does any act which constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that crime.”

Moving on, Hanna is at Aria’s house helping her pick out a dress to wear and going through her jewelry.  Hanna thinks that she has Aria all figured out; she must have a boyfriend back in Iceland!  Aria doesn’t correct Hanna’s assumption that she has an Icelandic viking. 

At homecoming, Mona doesn’t waste a minute before rubbing Aria’s lack of a date in her face.  “Oh how the mighty have fallen,” she says snidely.  To Spencer’s dismay, she spots Melissa at the dance; she’s there to present the crowns to the homecoming king and queen.  She also knows that Spencer stole her essay, and she’s pissed. 

While Melissa is telling Spencer how much she despises her, Mona and Hanna are gossiping by the punch.  Mona makes fun of the girls who she thinks are ugly.  She describes the appearance of one girl by saying, “it looks like her hair got into a fight with her face and they both lost.”  Lucas approaches them and he introduces himself to Mona.  She rudely replies, “Can you be Lucas over there?”  She doesn’t want him anywhere near her, but he needs to take pictures for the yearbook.  Hanna is friendly to him unlike her rude best friend.  When Lucas leaves, Mona gives Hanna a stern speech.  She scolds her for talking to “Hermie” aka “Shim,” her mean names for Lucas.  The two girls argue about the state of Lucas’ genitalia, which is a pretty strange argument to have at a high school dance.  Mona makes it clear that she’s going to be a popular queen bee forever, with or without Hanna.  

Melissa introduces herself to Alex.  If Spencer had a normal sister, this would be fine, but nothing good is going to come out of Melissa talking to Alex.  Spencer does her best to end the conversation as quickly as possible.  Melissa makes sure to mention that she’s met Alex at a club– yet another jab at him for having a job.  Meanwhile, Aria has the first shift at the beanbag toss, and guess which teacher is working there?  Of course, it’s Ezra– or is he Mr. Fitz to Aria again?  Aria compliments Ezra’s haircut and reiterates that “A” is not her friend, but somebody messing with her.  When Ezra asks why somebody would mess with her, Aria juggles between responses: “A knows what I did last summer,” and “It’s complicated.”  What is this, Facebook?  Finally she goes with the most informative response, “I don’t know.”  Great explanation!  Luckily for her, she doesn’t have to continue this awkward conversation because Mrs. Welch rescues her.  

Aria returns to her friends and Maya approaches them.  She asks Hanna where Emily is.  The girls realize that Emily is outside with Toby.  Toby’s nervous about the dance, but he still manages to make fun of the punch while Emily gives him dancing lessons.  When Emily walks in with Toby, the other girls all have identical expressions of doom on their faces as if Lord Voldemort just walked into Hogwarts and none of the witches and wizards have their wands.  Aria wishes she had never asked Hanna for wardrobe advice because she could have worn her invisibility cloak.

The girls all take turns screaming at Emily for bringing Toby to the dance.  Hanna’s opinion that Emily should bring someone who makes her happy to the dance only applied when she thought Emily would take Maya.  Melissa lies to Alex and says that Spencer is only dating him to piss off their dad.  During the dance, the girls also are dealing with the stealing medical records situation.  They continuously disappear on their boyfriends to strategize, and their go-to excuse for their absence is that they “have to get ice.”  Is that what they call it these days?

Spencer dances romantically with Alex when all at once she figures out what Toby’s tattoo means.  901 is the day that Ali went missing!  Spencer bolts to Hanna and bosses her around like a mother who doesn’t abide by the law– so actually exactly like Hanna’s mother!  “Young lady, you’re leaving the dance this instant and don’t come back until you have stolen Jenna’s medical records!”  Hanna asks Aria to babysit Sean while she’s gone.  She gets a ride to the office from Lucas, who is leaving the dance because he only came to take yearbook pictures and cast his vote for Hanna as homecoming queen.

Spencer and Alex go to the fortune teller.  Spencer ignores everything that the fortune teller is saying until she hears the word “hurt.”  Now the fortune teller has her attention!  The fortune teller discusses a relationship that’s a bad match.  “There’s darkness in him,” she insists.  She also describes him as violent and vengeful.  Spencer of course suddenly believes in fortune telling because obviously the fortune teller is talking about Toby!  Spencer asks the fortune teller what else the cards say.  When she flips the next one over, it has been doctored by “A.”  It says, “Kiss bye bye to your BFF!”  One thing’s for sure; these girls are NOT getting a proper fortune today.  “A” has a monopoly on fortunes in Rosewood.  The fortune teller also leads us to an unexpected broken law.

Broken Law # 4 Alert! : Fortune Telling (in relevant part): 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 7104: (a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree if he pretends for gain or lucre, to tell fortunes or predict future events, by cards…”

Lions and tigers and bitches, oh my!  Stop telling fortunes or an arrest may be in your future.

Emily confronts Maya and asks why Hanna thought that Emily was taking Maya to the dance.  Maya is furious about Emily’s firm stance in the closet.  Aria and Ezra loudly discuss their illicit relationship in the hallway.  Ezra leaves her hanging with a remark that he figured Aria would be at the dance and he “didn’t get his haircut to impress Mrs. Welch.”


Hanna opens the rigged door and rifles through peoples’ personal medical records like it’s no big deal.  When she can’t find Jenna’s file, she calls Spencer for help, but of course her phone dies.  The girls’ phones never die when “A” is harassing them, just when they actually need their cell phones.

Back at the school, Toby brings Emily to the chemistry lab and Alex leaves the dance, because he believed Melissa’s lie.  When Spencer asks Melissa where Alex went, her triumphant response is, “He left, do I have to tweet it to you?”  Spencer would probably just retweet it without giving Melissa any credit.  In the chem lab, Toby asks Emily about Maya, then says that he’s done some things that he’s not proud of, and everybody has secrets.  He closes the door to create a nice murder movie vibe.

Hanna returns with Toby’s file.  Let’s discuss what has happened:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!: It is not legal to steal or disclose an individual’s personal medical records.  45 CFR § 160.102: HIPAA Privacy Rule (Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information) : Basically, it is a HIPAA violation for a healthcare provider to disclose a patient’s personal health information.  For criminal charges, the disclosure has to be intentional, but for civil charges, the healthcare provider can be held liable if the disclosure is a result of willful neglect.  (42 U.S.C. § 1320d-6).  Under this statute, the maximum penalty for one instance of disclosure of private health information is $100.
paraphrased

Now, that’s only in regards to Toby’s doctor.  Hanna is in a lot of trouble too if she gets caught.


Broken Law # 6 Alert! Burglary (in relevant part) : 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502: “(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits the offense of burglary if, with the intent to commit a crime therein, the person:

(3)  enters a building or occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof that is not adapted for overnight accommodations in which at the time of the offense any person is present; or (4)  enters a building or occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof that is not adapted for overnight accommodations in which at the time of the offense no person is present.”
Grading.–“(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), burglary is a felony of the first degree. (2)  An offense under subsection (a)(4) is a felony of the second degree.”
“(d)  Multiple convictions.–A person may not be sentenced both for burglary and for the offense which it was his intent to commit after the burglarious entry or for an attempt to commit that offense, unless the additional offense constitutes a felony of the first or second degree.”  Here, it would depend on the decision regarding the grading of the theft.  

ETA additionally, if Toby were to sue Hanna for what she has done, she could be found LIABLE for the TORT of INVASION OF PRIVACY.  Pennsylvania follows the second restatement of Torts. Intrusion on Seclusion (in relevant part): Restatement (Second) of Torts § 652B: “One who intentionally intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the solitude or seclusion of another or his private affairs or concerns, is subject to liability to the other for invasion of his privacy, if the intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.”  

Broken Law # 7 Alert! : 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3921.  Theft by unlawful taking or disposition.
(a)  Movable property.–A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with intent to deprive him thereof.
(b)  Immovable property.–A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully transfers, or exercises unlawful control over, immovable property of another or any interest therein with intent to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.
The punishment would depend on the determination of the value of the medical records.  These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.  

I’m beginning to think that Hanna just enjoys getting arrested! 

The reason Hanna returned with TOBY’S file and not Jenna’s is because it turns out this was his doctor and Jenna only went there for one visit to talk about how she felt about Toby coming back home.  The file contains information about Toby and Jenna having an inappropriate step-sibling sexual relationship.  There’s a flashback to Ali screaming at Toby that she has looked through his window and “If you talk, I’ll make sure everybody knows you were doing it with her!”

Legal Note: Some states have anti-voyeurism statutes forbidding someone to look through a person’s window that way.  However, in order for Pennsylvania’s law to apply, the person must be looking through the window for her own sexual pleasure/gratification.  

I don’t know what type of things Ali’s into, but I don’t think that’s what she was doing.


ETA** but she could have been liable for the above mentioned tort of invasion of privacy in the same way that Hanna could be liable to Toby.  These girls just keep invading that boy’s privacy, but HE is supposed to be the creepy one?

Broken Law # 8 Alert: Intimidation of Witness or Victims (in relevant part): Pa. Stat. Ann. Title 18 § 4952: Click on that link for a reminder of our discussion of the illegality of Ali’s threatening Toby in the entry on “To Kill A Mocking Girl.” 

Back in real time, the girls, armed with only a stolen file and a tattoo as their “proof,” have deemed Toby a murderer.  He killed Ali, end of story, commence blowing up Emily’s phone.  Toby begs Emily not to answer her phone because he wants Emily to know what he did last summer.  Emily begins to get freaked out by Toby’s demeanor and behavior.  She gets even more afraid when she receives a text from one of the girls that reads, “You’re with Ali’s killer.  We have proof!”  


Emily turns to leave and Toby grabs Emily’s arm and tugs it, begging her to wait and listen.  Emily pounds Toby in the face and shoves him as hard as she can… into GLASS!  Hello there, broken law.


(Potential) Broken Law # 9 Alert! : Aggravated Assault :  18 Pa.C.S. § 2702: “a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:  (1)  attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another…”  

(b)  Grading.–Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(1)… is a felony of the first degree.”

**This is labeled as a potential broken law, because depending on how hard Toby grabbed her arm (I couldn’t really tell if he used a lot of force or not), she could have had a reasonable belief that she needed to use that amount of force to protect herself.  If so, Emily might have the justification of self defense.  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 505 (in relevant part) : “the actor believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself against the use of unlawful force by such other person on the present occasion…”


Of course if it were to be decided that Toby used enough force when he grabbed Emily’s arm, he could be found guilty of simple or aggravated assault.  We have finally reached a conclusion of the broken laws in this episode!


This is definitely not your typical homecoming dance.


Emily notices Toby’s tattoo and knocks a stool loudly onto the floor in a fit of horrified rage.  She runs away, and Toby chases her.  She’s terrified, but it doesn’t actually seem like Toby was chasing her in a threatening way.  Emily runs frantically while screeching, “get away from me” and “leave me alone!”  Then she falls flat on her face by no fault of Toby’s.


The episode ends with someone, presumably “A,” painting over the population sign in Rosewood indicating that there is one less person living in the town now.  


Alright, that’s all for now.  Thanks for your patience, this entry took a lot more research than I expected.  I’ll catch you next time for the Homecoming Hangover! 



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Running a bit behind schedule.. Bare with me; I’ll have the entry up ASAP.  This one took a LONG time to research

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I’m currently working on my entry on the 6th episode of Pretty Little Liars, one of my favorites, “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.”  I never really know exactly how much research I need to do for each individual episode until I’m actually writing the post; I’ll have it up as soon as I can.

ALSO: I’m currently working on my first post for the pilot episode of “Twisted.”  I’m not going to post it until the official premiere of the show.  For those who don’t know, it officially premieres on June 11th after Pretty Little Liars.  I’m working on it now so that I’ll have it ready for the premiere and everyone will be able to follow along.  For those who use Facebook and Twitter, make sure you have “liked” the Twisted Facebook page and that you’re following the Twisted Twitter account.  That way you can stay up to date on this amazing new show!  I’m so excited to begin covering it on this blog!

Just in case any of you aren’t following the PLL pages, I’ll provide those links here, too:

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I’ll be working as hard as I can to have the next PLL post up ASAP, but in the meantime, don’t forget to check out my post on episode 5, Reality Bites Me, and make sure your friends read it too!

ALSO: I have a personal blog that I write in from time to time.  I just posted a rant/theory about the A Team, their lack of proper communication, and why anyone can technically be “A.”  While I work on the entry for PLL episode 6, check out my most recent thoughts on the A Team!  Additionally, I discuss the Melissa Hastings and CeCe Drake situation here.  I figured I’d give you something to read while you wait for my next update!

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–ALY

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Reality Bites Me & the PLLs Bite Laws Without Tasting Punishment (Pretty Little Liars Episode 5 Recap + Broken Laws)

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This episode begins with Aria finally telling her friends about her father’s affair since evidently “A” is taking the liberty of making this information public.  The biggest confession about this affair?  Byron cheated on Ella with a woman named MEREDITH.  Immediately horrified by this news, Hanna comments that if Aria’s father is going to cheat, he should at least do it with someone who deep conditions her hair occasionally… Someone with a pretty name, like Hanna, not MEREDITH.

The girls all slept at Spencer’s house so that she wouldn’t be left unprotected from the Jungle Red lipstick ridden mirror in her bedroom.  The girls agree that they should clean up the mirror before Spencer’s parents return, but Hanna doesn’t think that it takes four liars to clean up a mirror.  The other girls are ready for combat once they hear of Hanna’s reluctance; they respond to it in what might be my favorite scene of the entire show so far.  Aria yells, “Fine, you stay down here, ALONE!”  While Emily taunts, “Make sure that you lock the door!”  I just love this scene because Aria and Emily  speak to Hanna in the same manner that I scream at my television screen weekly, in the hopes that four fictional girls will stop putting themselves in dangerous situations.  The whole “let’s split up” idea never works very well.  Heather Hogan, the editor of AfterEllen.com noticed this too, in her recap of this episode.  Glad to see I’m not the only one!

On the way upstairs to Spencer’s room, Hanna gets a text from “A,” which makes the girls delighted to have unblocked their phones.  “A” has gotten into unique cinematography techniques involving taking movies from Spencer’s closet.  The girls watch a clip that “A” filmed of them looking at the Jungle Red mirror.  When the girls get upstairs, they realize that “A” has left behind a weapon in the form of a tube of Jungle Red lipstick in Spencer’s closet.




Meanwhile at the Montgomery household, Ella and Byron are having a battle royale in the kitchen about Byron’s affair, and Mike is quickly catching on to their fighting.  He questions Aria about their parents’ behavior while she’s putting on her makeup.  He also prevents her from going to school Cyclops eye makeup style.  When Aria has makeup on both of her eyes, she warns her mother that Mike knows something is going on between her and Byron.  She lets it slip that she knew about the affair for a year and immediately sees the look of betrayal on Aria’s face.  Wanting to increase the overall honesty quotient in the Montgomery house, Aria offers to cut class and talk to Ella.

Next, Sean witnesses Hanna dropping the shoes that she wears as part of her uniform at the dental office where Sean’s mother works.  To make up for wrecking Sean’s car, Hanna has agreed to wear a hideous outfit (at least hideous looks good on her) and overcome her fear of children by giving the terrifying creatures their lollipops after their dentist appointments.  Right when Sean and Hanna decide that they should discuss potential Homecoming plans, a blonde girl who doesn’t have to wear an ugly uniform pulls up in her car that Hanna didn’t crash; she’s Sean’s ride.  Hanna hates this situation, but Sean wouldn’t need a ride had she not “damaged” his car.  He did try to take the blame for Hanna’s stunt, which is pretty badass behavior for this son-of-a-reverend.

At school, Spencer questions Jenna’s abilities to break into her house.  She’s blind; it would take a lot more than a talking GPS to break into a house.  Seriously, Wren couldn’t even find the front door when HE broke in, and he was merely drunk, not BLIND.  When the girls suggest the possibility of Toby helping Jenna, Emily attempts to get the girls to stop accusing him.  She’s met with a cruel comment from Spencer that sounds exactly like something Ali would say.  Spencer declares that maybe Jenna DID have more than a talking GPS, because Toby could have taken a break from ripping off the heads of squirrels on his porch to help Jenna on Mission Jungle Red On The Mirror.

Spencer’s history teacher approaches the girls and hands Spencer an envelope.  Although Spencer does not open the envelope, we’re to assume that its contents confirm that Spencer has won the Golden Orchid award for her talented plagiarism of Melissa’s essay.

It’s time for chemistry class, so Emily’s friends have no choice; it’s just Emily, Toby and the beaker.  These lab partners decide that Toby has more credentials to handle the beaker; Emily is tired and low on caffeine, and Toby is clearly more educated about chemistry than she is.  He already had to teach her that the “glass beaker is made of glass!”

Aria pretty much invites herself to Ezra’s short-story reading that he has later.  Hanna runs into Jenna in the elevator at the building where she’s working off debt to Sean’s family.  But what is Jenna doing there other than loudly tapping her walking stick?  Uh oh– this is not good, guys– she is applying lipstick, and it’s none other than Jungle Red.  Also, did Hanna just watch a blind girl look into a mirror?  No matter what Hanna saw, her creeping skills need work; Jenna interrupts her thoughts to announce that she knows somebody is staring at her.  “Do you like the color?” she asks.  Hanna moves back as if lipstick is the new murder weapon in town and mumbles “yes.”  We know she’s lying though; maybe that color looked good on their late friend Alison, but it doesn’t look good on bedroom mirror messages written by anonymous stalkers.

Spencer’s dad has learned that Spencer “won” the essay contest and he brought home Butter Creams as a symbol of his pride.  He invites Spencer to play tennis with him the next day; he has invited a potential client and his daughter to play doubles.

Hanna, attempting to be more discreet this time, follows Jenna to find out why she’s in the building.  She already knows that Jenna was irritated by her meddling behavior in the elevator, and since a blind person could easily be annoyed and/or alarmed by being further followed after conduct like that, I am going to say that Hanna is delving into potential broken law territory.

Potential Broken Law # 1 Alert!  Harassment (in relevant part) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2709: “(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits the crime of  harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another,  the person: … (2)  follows the other person in or about a public place or places…”

Grading.–(1)  An offense under subsection (a)(1), (2) or (3) shall constitute a summary offense.  

This probably is no big deal to Hanna– it’s not even a misdemeanor– but I’m not finished with her just yet.  

Moving on for now, in chemistry class, Emily is shocked that Toby can draw, and Toby is shocked that Emily listens to music, especially the band, Circa Survive.  They make plans to meet later on at The Grille, where Toby studies to avoid Jenna’s loud lectures at home.  

Aria attends Ezra’s short story reading where she’s surprised to meet a man who used to sleep with Ezra.  Don’t worry, Ezria fans, it was just bunk beds in college; the man is Hardy, Ezra’s roommate from college.  Hardy, Ezra and Aria play darts while Hardy tells inappropriate stories about his sexual endeavors in college and Ezra’s tendency to interrupt some of them by laughing in his sleep.  Ok, Hardy is talking about girls; Ezra’s not gay, and all is right with the world of Ezria… Except the fact that this entire short story reading and dart playing event is taking place at a bar!  Hardy points out that Ezra is going to wind up in an orange jumpsuit for dating his student, which we discussed in the entry on the Pilot episode of PLL in this blog.  That’s not the only problem here.  Depending on the situation, Aria might not even be allowed inside a bar.  Let me explain:

Potential Broken Law # 2 Alert! : 47 P.S. § 4-493(14) Pennsylvania Liquor Code: PERMITTING UNDESIRABLE PERSONS OR MINORS TO FREQUENT PREMISES (in relevant part) : Generally, minors are forbidden by Pennsylvania law to go anywhere licensed to sell liquor for on-site consumption.  However, there are exceptions to this rule.
(paraphrased)  
 “Minors may only frequent licensed premises if: … (c) they are under proper supervision; (d) they are attending a social gathering; or (e) the hotel, restaurant or retail dispenser licensee has gross sales of food and nonalcoholic beverages equal to fifty per centum or more of its combined gross sale of both food and alcoholic beverages. If a minor is frequenting a hotel, restaurant or retail dispenser licensee under subsection (e), then the minor may not sit at the bar section of the premises, nor may any alcoholic beverages be served at the table or booth at which the said minor is seated unless said minor is with a parent, legal guardian or under proper supervision. Further, if a hotel, restaurant, club liquor licensee or retail dispenser is hosting a social gathering under subsection (d), then written notice at least forty-eight hours in advance of such gathering shall be given to the Bureau of Enforcement.”  

We could attempt to absolve Aria under subsection (c), but “Section 102 of the Liquor Code defines proper supervision as someone who is at least twenty-five (25) years of age, who is directly responsible for the care and conduct of the minor while on the premises, and who keeps the minor within his or her sight or hearing… [47 P.S. § 1-102].”  

Aria just met Hardy, so if he IS 25 years old (I am not sure if he and Ezra have turned 25 or if they’re 24 years old), he did not go there with the intent of being Aria’s supervisor, and neither did Ezra; she wasn’t constantly within his direct sight or hearing, because he was giving a speech to an entire audience and hadn’t even noticed that Aria and Hardy had met until after his performance. 

The social gathering exception has too many conditions to apply to Aria as well : “no alcoholic beverages may be sold, given, furnished to or consumed by any minor, and the area of the gathering must be segregated from the remainder of the licensed premises, or all alcoholic beverages must be removed from the licensed premises or placed under lock and key during the time the gathering takes place.”

I’d say that her best best here is subsection (e), because Aria wasn’t seated in the bar area, which the Pennsylvania code considers the seating directly adjacent to the serving bar.  Additionally, Hardy wasn’t served his beer while sitting at the table with Aria; he left the area when he ordered it and he didn’t sit down when he was drinking it.  

She’d be more screwed had she been sitting in the bar area, because under Pennsylvania’s liquor code, “minors may sit at the bar or in the bar area if they are with their parent, legal guardian, under proper supervision or are attending a social gathering.”  If she’s not breaking the law, it’s because of subsection (e), and it’s still a close call here.  

The next scene features Spencer practicing tennis for what she refers to as “a friendly game of doubles.”  Alex (Diego Boneta), an employee at the club where Spencer is playing argues that her serve is NOT friendly, and I agree.  Keep that girl away from me in gym class!  

At Hanna’s house, she stalks Sean’s blonde chauffeur online, and Ashley sympathizes with her.  She feels badly that Hanna doesn’t have her own car to give Sean rides in, and suggests that she talk to her father about it.  Because Hanna should really be rewarded with a new car after crashing her maybe-now-ex-boyfriend’s car.  Hanna informs Ashley that her father is engaged now and probably saving up to by her soon-to-be stepsister a car instead.  “A” decides that now is the perfect time to send Hanna a picture of Emily and Maya kissing.  

Spencer and Hanna go to The Grille to discuss Hanna’s “incident” with Jenna earlier in the day.  Emily shows up to meet Toby, but she’s too scared to be seen with him in front of her friends, so she ditches him and sits with Spencer and Hanna to discuss Jenna and her lipstick adventures.  

Ezra makes snappy remarks to Aria that perhaps she’ll understand college boys better when she actually goes to college for herself.  Aria somehow talks him out of thinking that their age difference is a problem.  

Toby gives a waitress a CD, complete with a beautiful drawing on the cover, to give to Emily.  Hanna notices it, and after her recent message from “A,” likely assumes that it is from Maya.  Hanna encourages Emily to go after a relationship if there’s someone she likes.  While this is happening, Ezria makes out at Ezra’s apartment, and the scene is filled with perfection.  Andrew Belle is even playing in the background as we’re taken from the Ezria kiss to Emily hugging her CD from Toby in bed.  

The following day, Spencer’s father tells her to be friendly on the court, because it turns out his potential client and daughter “aren’t exactly Venus and Serena.”  He wants her to purposely lose the match as a “means to an end” so that he makes money off of this rich man who lacks tennis skill.  Alex observes the match and can tell that Spencer is off of her game.  

Hanna returns to her favorite workplace, this time without her uniform.  She’s off-duty and there to figure out exactly what Jenna was doing in the building.  She goes to the room, where she’s learned from yesterday’s spying, that Jenna was inside for an hour.  It’s a doctor’s office, and Hanna wants to know what type of doctor.  Conveniently, the (creepy) doctor comes out and assumes Hanna is a new patient that he’s expecting named Martha.  Hanna knows better than to correct him, so she plays along and pretends to be Martha.  As Martha, she’s able to obtain the appropriate paperwork to learn that Jenna’s doctor is a psychotherapist.  She bolts, but it might be a little late for that.

Broken Law # 3 Alert! : We have already asserted above that Hanna is likely guilty of the summary offense of harassment.  However, as usual, there’s more to the story: 
Ethnic intimidation – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2710 (in relevant part): “(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits the offense of ethnic intimidation if, with malicious intention toward the actual or perceived… physical disability… he commits an offense under any other provision of this article or… or under section 3503 (relating to criminal trespass) with respect to such individual or his or her property.”  
 (b)  Grading.–An offense under this section shall be classified as a misdemeanor of the third degree if the other offense is classified as a summary offense. 



This applies to Hanna, because as stated above, ethnic intimidation applies to offenses including criminal trespass, a crime we discussed at length in the entry on “The Jenna Thing,” that also happens to be the next broken law in this episode.  

Broken Law # 4 Alert!: Criminal trespass – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3503 (in relevant part) :  (a)  Buildings and occupied structures.–  (1)  A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he: (i)  enters, gains entry by subterfuge or surreptitiously remains in any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof. (2)  An offense under paragraph (1)(i) is a felony of the third degree.  

That’s more like it; Hanna is more of a misdemeanor and felony girl than a summary offense girl.  At least she got out of there quickly; that therapist scared me.  I’d have probably left there with more problems than I had originally if he was my doctor.  

At Aria’s house, Aria attempts to console her brother Mike, who is furious about Hurricane Montgomery, which is still going on in the family kitchen.  While comforting him, she continues to hide the truth that she already knows about their parents’ situation.  I’m sure that won’t come back to bite her in the ass like all of the other lies in this show.  

After Peter Hastings and Spencer lose the tennis match on purpose, he gleefully whispers “mission accomplished!” to a pissed off Spencer.  Alex witnessed the entire match and knows Spencer wasn’t doing her best.  He calls her out on her weak game and she uses a different kind of game to ASK him OUT.  

Ashley Marin reveals her internet stalking skills by stalking her ex husband’s new fiance online.  Unfortunately for Ezria, the Andrew Belle perfection has come to a close, and when Aria shows up at Ezra’s to cook dinner and see if she left her phone at his apartment, she gets her phone, but Ezra doesn’t want her, her phone or her food in his apartment.  “A” texted Aria’s phone while it was at Ezra’s apartment, and when he couldn’t take the buzzing noise anymore, he read it, only to find a snarky remark about Aria’s luck– most students only do her homework, but she gets to do the teacher too!  Ezra refuses to listen to Aria as she insists she hasn’t told anyone about their relationship, but he thinks that if “A” knows, then “B” and “C” and everybody else does too, so he kicks Aria out.  Whatever, someone does NOT get his enhanced macaroni and cheese now.  His loss. 

Hanna learns that Sean has joined a virginity club at school and wants to go to a meeting with him.  This should be interesting; I personally can’t wait to see how much fun the “Real Love Waits” club is.  Spencer’s father wants to celebrate Spencer’s award AND his new client.  He tells Spencer that the deal almost didn’t go through, because not only is his new client not Serena Williams, but he was also expecting lunch after the friendly tennis match, and Peter hadn’t made reservations.  He explains that they were only able to get a table (his favorite table) after he lied to the manager and said that Alex forgot to call in the reservation.  He elaborates on his insensitivity when he blatantly says that he doesn’t care if Alex got fired because of this move; he can pick up balls anywhere.  Spencer flips out and confesses to stealing her award-winning essay.  Peter has just confessed to:

Broken Law # 5 Alert! : This one is a tort (a civil wrong), so he can’t go to criminal court for this, but he can get sued.  Pennsylvania follows the 2nd Restatement of Torts in regards to its laws on slander.  Section 570 (Restatement (2d) of Torts, § 570) discusses “slander per se,” or “liability without proof of special harm slander.”  Under the 2nd restatement, “One who publishes matter defamatory to another in such a manner as to make the publication a slander is subject to liability to the other although no special harm results if the publication imputes to the other… (c) matter incompatible with his business, trade, profession, or office, as stated in § 573…” Under section 573 (Restatement (Second) of Torts § 573) :  “One who publishes a slander that ascribes to another conduct, characteristics or a condition that would adversely affect his fitness for the proper conduct of his lawful business, trade or profession, is subject to liability without proof of special harm.”  

The restatement describes a defamatory statement as one that “tends so to harm the reputation of another as to lower him in the estimation of the community or to deter third persons from associating or dealing with him.” (Restatement (Second) of Torts § 559).  

It must be a statement that a reasonable audience would know was about the plaintiff, and here, Mr. Hastings was pretty obvious about who he was talking about when he reported Alex to his manager for something he didn’t do.  Additionally, while “published” seems like it might require more than one person to hear the statement, the requirement is actually a lot smaller than it seems.  Only one person other than the speaker and the person about which he is speaking must hear the defamatory remark, and here, the manager is a sufficient enough audience for Peter’s statement to be considered “published.”  The statement also does not have to be in writing to constitute defamation; there are two different types of defamation.  Libel is written defamation, and slander is spoken defamation.  

In my opinion, Peter’s statement to Alex’s manager falls into the business category for slander per se, meaning that Alex wouldn’t need to prove any special damages (specific economic loss as a result of the defamation).  However, even if it didn’t fall into one of those categories, (slander that does not fall into a per-se category requires proof of special damages), if Alex were to lose his job, he’d likely have a case for regular slander as well.

paraphrased 

For a lawyer, Mr. Hastings certainly doesn’t seem to mind breaking the law to gain himself more clients.  

The brief happy ending (they never last too long in Rosewood) consists of Emily apologizing to Toby for her rude behavior and giving him a CD that she burned for him.  Who does Emily like now?  Maya or Toby?  I guess we’ll have to find out next time!  For now, thanks for reading about the pristine behavior of our favorite characters on Pretty Little Liars!  




Just keeping you updated: (EDITED)

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I just wanted to let everybody know that I am currently researching for my post on episode 5 of Pretty Little Liars, season one, “Reality Bites Me.”  It will be up tomorrow, May 6th, 2013 or Tuesday May 7th, 2013 at latest.

In the meantime, please make sure you’ve checked out my post on Pretty Little Liars, Episode 4, “Can You Hear Me Now?”  Thanks! 🙂

PS: I know this entry was supposed to be up earlier.  I have been having technical difficulties and am currently retyping what I had.  Stay tuned, it will be up later today, I PROMISE.  I’m also planning some more surprises for you to make up for any delay.  As always, thanks for reading. –Aly

Can You Hear Me Now? Or Are The Broken Laws Too Loud? (Pretty Little Liars Episode 4 recap + broken laws)

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This episode begins with a police car in front of Hanna’s house, and Hanna’s mother scolding her that she never wanted to see another police car in front of their house.  She can’t sleep Hanna’s way out of this one; Wilden’s too creepy, the other guys on the police force aren’t too attractive, AND some might frown upon such behavior as bad parenting.  Hanna doesn’t see why any of this is such a big deal; it’s not like she destroyed the car, she just damaged it!

The girls shockingly meet up at a park in broad daylight, breaking the routine of  their death trap meetings in the woods.  They discuss the memorial they plan on making for Ali, which will include a bench and art tiles, or little tombstones if you ask Hanna.  Hanna no longer wants the tremendous responsibility that comes with possessing Ali’s bracelet, so Spencer takes it from her.  Spencer comes up with the idea to block all anonymous incoming messages from any means of communication.  “Screw ‘A’!” she proclaims.  The girls follow her in this decision.  While the girls take turns using Spencer’s computer to block anonymous messages, Spencer spies, with her little eye, Mr. Fitz riding his bike past the park.  Aria is humiliated as her friends loudly admire her secret, teacher boyfriend’s legs.  In any event, the girls are relieved about blocking “A” from contacting them for all of two seconds, when the wind carries over one of the flyers from when Ali went missing.  It says “Ding, dong the bitch is dead!”  This clever little homage to “The Wizard of Oz” reminds the girls that there is no app to block flying pieces of paper from reaching them.




At school, Maya gives Emily a scarf as a present.  She briefly wears it, but gets embarrassed when her friends ask her about it.  She lies and says that the scarf isn’t new.  Hanna’s father, Tom, calls her and asks her to have dinner with him at 7:00.  Hanna has not seen Tom since he walked out on her family.  Emily bumps into Toby and the girls freak out that they just “bumped into ‘A’.” They decide that it would be best for them to continue to avoid Toby and Jenna.

Aria goes into Ezra’s classroom to discuss the bike incident.  She informs him that her friends think that he has nice legs, but he wants to know what Aria thinks of his legs.  Evidently she didn’t make her attraction to Ezra and his legs clear enough during their hookup at the bar.  They decide to discuss the circumstances of their relationship over dinner at 7:00.  Apparently all awkward dinners in Rosewood take place at 7:00.

In the hallway, Spencer’s history teacher approaches the girls and announces that he has submitted Spencer’s plagiarized essay to the Golden Orchid competition.  Hanna makes a joke about Spencer’s academic bling, but Spencer remains uneasy about the essay being entered into a contest.

Emily stashes her new scarf into her locker like she’s on Real Hoarders of Rosewood and if the scarf comes out of the locker, then she comes out of the closet.  Once she’s ditched the scarf, she goes to her chemistry class to find that Toby Cavanaugh is joining the class–and he already noticed that she had been wearing a scarf earlier.  Wow, he’s an observant one.  He thought the scarf looked good on Emily; Emily wants to pretend that the scarf and Toby both do not exist.  Unfortunately for her, Toby does exist, and not only did he see her scarf, but he is also her new lab partner.  Emily opens her chemistry book only to find that someone has strategically placed the pictures of her kissing Maya in between the pages.  She furiously slams the book shut; hiding the scarf in her locker was supposed to guarantee that nobody found out about her attraction to women!

Meanwhile, at Aria’s house, Ella is cooking dinner that Aria won’t be eating, because she has dinner plans at 7:00.  This means that her parents have the house to themselves.  Aria has a flashback to the day that she and Ali caught Byron cheating.  In this version of the flashback, we become privy to more information; Ali insisted that Aria tell Ella what Byron did immediately.  She animatedly pleaded with Aria, telling her that if she didn’t tell her mother what happened, somebody else would, then she’d lose both of them.  In present time, Aria is building up confidence.  She knows that she has to tell her mom, she knows that Ali was right and it seems as if the time has come.  “Mom?” she sputters.  We’re met with a suspenseful LONG… PAUSE… before Aria continues, “Can I have a carrot?”  A carrot?!? Seriously?  What a fake out!

Spencer helps Hanna choose an outfit for her dinner with her father.  Spencer also confides in Hanna about stealing Melissa’s essay.  At first, Hanna doesn’t understand why Spencer is so certain that she is going to win the contest, but then she remembers that the Hastings family uses the #winning hashtag more frequently than Charlie Sheen and all of his twitter followers.

Emily confronts Maya about the pictures and asks her if she was the one who put them in the chemistry book.  Maya doesn’t care if people know that she likes girls; they look hot in those pictures!  When she realizes how anxious Emily is about the situation, Maya angrily returns to work, leaving Emily to go back to hiding in the closet.

At Hanna’s house, her father arrives to pick her up for dinner.  As he remarks that there is barely enough left of Hanna to hug, he notices that Ashley has gotten dressed up for the occasion as well.  She thought that she was invited to this dinner too, but Tom clears up the misunderstanding.  Ashley acts like she doesn’t care that her ex husband doesn’t want to take her out on a date, but as soon as he leaves with Hanna, Ashley hurls her earring onto a table.  Hanna and Tom head to Jolly Rogers, a local amusement park.

It’s also time for Aria to go to Ezra’s apartment for what is supposed to be a pleasant dinner.  Instead, Aria brings up her parents, and Ezra suggests that they have some sort of agreement where they don’t care if they cheat on each other.  He explains that Aria’s parents need to work out their issues as adults. Aria takes this to mean that Ezra thinks that she is a child, and to prove him wrong, she throws a tantrum and storms out of his apartment.

The following day, Hanna tells her friends about her night with her father.  They went to an amusement park, but it’s not like she went on the tilt-a-whirl, so it’s not lame.  Her father wants to take her for a “real dinner” tonight.  I guess last night was fake dinner.

In the classroom, Ezra’s lesson plan is to use “To Kill A Mockingbird” to publicly humiliate Aria and yell at any student who disagrees with her opinion.  Mr. Sperling is still hiding from Ezra for fear of another English Teacher Attack.  Since Mr. Sperling has a different view than Aria’s, Ezra broadcasts to the class that he clearly had made no effort to read the book, and Aria had, since she’s a model student.

After class, we see Toby opening his locker to retrieve his books.  Instead, he is met with a mound of shaving cream pouring out of his locker and a group of laughing boys behind him.  Between Ezra’s teaching methods and the behavior displayed by these boys, it’s clearly Maturity Day at Rosewood High.  The immature boys bring us to (finally):

Broken Law # 1 Alert! : Harassment (in relevant part) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2709

 “(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person: (1) …  subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same…” 
I will interject here to explain that physical contact need not be direct, it can be done through a medium, shaving cream included.  
” Grading.– (1)  An offense under subsection (a)(1)… shall constitute a summary offense.”

Additionally, in light of the bullying epidemic, states including Pennsylvania have implemented laws against bullying, leading us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert! : Pennsylvania Tit. No. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. 
Ann. §13-1303. 1-A.
“Bullying: intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or series of acts: (1) directed at another 
student(s); (2) which occurs in school setting; (3) that is severe, persistent or pervasive; AND (4) has the effect of: (i) substantially interfering with student‟s education; (ii) creating a threatening environment; or (iii) substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. “School setting:” in school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school bus stop, or at school activity. School entity may define bullying to encompass acts occurring outside the school setting if the definition meets (1), (3) and (4).”

Most state schools have their own policies in terms of punishment for bullying.  Without spoiling too much, in a later episode of Pretty Little Liars, we learn that Rosewood has a zero tolerance for bullying, and behavior like this could get somebody suspended or expelled.  

Next, it’s time for Hanna’s “real dinner” with her father.  It turns out, Hanna is not the only person Tom invited to Real Dinner.  Within approximately two minutes of arriving at the restaurant, Tom introduces Hanna to Isabel, the woman for whom he left Hanna’s mother.  Isabel has a daughter named Kate, also present at dinner, and here’s the best part: Isabel is no longer just Tom’s girlfriend, but his fiancee.  Surprise!  

At the Hastings household, Spencer hears another one of this TV show’s infamous terrifying noises.  Someone is inside her house.  She grabs a knife, ready to stab this intruder.  Before she has to hurt anyone, she is greeted by a slurring, but familiar sounding british accent.  “Where the hell are you?!” Wren demands.  He spent his night getting drunk, driving to Spencer’s house, embarking on a scavenger hunt for the front door of the house, failing to find the front door, and eventually breaking in the house through the back door.  He did all of this all because he wanted Spencer to “summon her father” so that he could clear her name and tell Mr. Hastings “what really happened.”  In my book, what happened is that they kissed, and they are both to blame, but for some reason Spencer does not see it that way.  

Wren’s behavior tonight does not comply with Pennsylvania’s laws.  I’ll start by explaining that while he broke into the Hastings’ house, he is not guilty of burglary, because to be guilty of burglary, he would have had to go inside with the intent to commit a separate crime inside.  To my knowledge, he did not have the requisite intent.  But he is still guilty of something: 

Broken Law # 3 Alert! : Criminal trespass (in relevant part) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3503: “(a)  Buildings and occupied structures. (1)  A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he: (i)  enters, gains entry by subterfuge or  surreptitiously remains in any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof; or (ii)  breaks into any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof.
(2)  An offense under paragraph (1)(i) is a felony of the third degree, and an offense under paragraph (1)(ii) is a  felony of the second degree (b)  Defiant trespasser.– (1)  A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place as to which notice against trespass is given by: (i) actual communication to the actor; …  (v) actual communication to the actor to leave.”
(2)  Except as provided in paragraph (1)(v), an offense under this subsection constitutes a misdemeanor of the third degree if the offender defies an order to leave personally communicated to him by the owner of the premises or other authorized person. An offense under paragraph (1)(v) constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree. Otherwise it is a summary offense.”

While Spencer DID firmly tell Wren to leave in the beginning, her softening up and allowing Wren to stay and sober up would likely make this a summary offense rather than a misdemeanor.  

Additionally, we learn that Wren drove to the Hastings’ house while in an intoxicated enough state to be unable to locate the front door of the house, speak properly, or walk in anything resembling a straight line.  Spencer later confiscates Wren’s keys and drives his car for him, which is how we learn that he has driven drunk, a fact that brings us to:

Broken Law # 4 Alert! Pa. C.S. § 3802.  Driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance. (in relevant part) : “(a)  General impairment.–
(1)  An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the individual is rendered incapable of safely driving, operating or being in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle.
(2)  An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the alcohol concentration in the individual’s blood or breath is at least 0.08% but less than 0.10% within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle.
(b)  High rate of alcohol.–An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the alcohol concentration in the individual’s blood or breath is at least 0.10% but less than 0.16% within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle…”

§ 3803.  Grading.
(a)  Basic offenses.–Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b):
(1)  An individual who violates section 3802(a) (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance) and has no more than one prior offense commits a misdemeanor for which the individual may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than six months and to pay a fine under section 3804 (relating to penalties).

(b)  Other offenses.–
(1)  An individual who violates… section 3802(b)… and who has no more than one prior offense commits a misdemeanor for which the individual may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than six months and to pay a fine under section 3804.”
(Nobody tested Wren’s BAC, but I believe it’s possible that he could fall into the “high rate of alcohol” subsection.  If not, he definitely at least falls into “general impairment”). 

§ 3804.  Penalties.
“(a)  General impairment.–… an individual who violates section 3802(a) (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance) shall be sentenced as follows:(1)  For a first offense, to:
(i)  undergo a mandatory minimum term of six months’ probation; (ii)  pay a fine of $300;
iii)  attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and (iv)  comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements.”  

“(b)  High rate of blood alcohol: … an individual who violates section 3802(b) hall be sentenced as follows: (1)  For a first offense, to: (i)  undergo imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours; (ii)  pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000; (iii)  attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and (iv)  comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements.” 

Don’t drink and drive!

While Wren is breaking the law and causing chaos, Aria bursts into Ezra’s apartment and explodes at Ezra for his ridiculous “To Kill A Mockingbird” lesson.  She tells him that if he was trying to teach her a lesson, she definitely does NOT need that from him.  In his defense, he IS her teacher and it’s his job to teach lessons, but I get her point.  

Spencer confiscates Wren’s keys and drives him to the hotel where he is staying.  At Hanna’s dinner, Kate tells a boring sailing story that would put sailing enthusiasts all over the world to sleep.  Hanna’s dad informs her that she’ll be paying for the damage to Sean’s car by working at his mother’s office.  She’s a dentist, and Hanna is suddenly fascinated by dentistry and plaque.  This invigorating conversation is interrupted by an SOS text from Spencer, who needs Hanna to pick her up from her sister’s ex fiance’s hotel room.  That’s completely normal.  

Emily runs into Toby while she’s throwing the pictures of her and Maya in the garbage.  They bond over the fact that they live in a town filled with idiots.  Toby actually seems pretty nice in this scene.  Ezra “makes really good leftovers” and he apologizes to Aria over a gourmet leftover meal.  Aria decides she has to tell her mother the truth about her father’s affair.  

As Spencer drops Wren off at his hotel room, they kiss, despite the fact that Spencer feels SO bad about their first kiss and she never wanted to hurt Melissa.  Hanna watches this from the car, but is distracted when her “BFF, ‘A'” dedicates the song “I don’t need you anymore” to her on the radio.  

Emily and Maya talk.  Emily needs time and space and Maya is willing to wait for her.  Aria goes home to speak to her mother, but “A” has already sent Ella a typewritten note about Byron’s affair.  Spencer and Hanna return to Spencer’s house, where Spencer can tell someone has been inside because the mess Wren made before has been cleaned up.  She barrels up the stairs immediately assuming thats somebody broke in to steal Alison’s bracelet, rather than the myriad of expensive items in the Hastings household.  Ali’s bracelet is still in Spencer’s drawer, and there is a terrifying note written on her bedroom mirror.  It says “It won’t be that easy bitches! -A”  The scariest part about this is that the note is written in JUNGLE RED, Alison’s signature lipstick color.  It looks like blocking electronic messages from “A” was not the best idea after all.  

PS: For a second there I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough material for this entry, so I’d like to thank Wren (Julian Morris) for his presence in this episode.



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I’m currently in the process of typing up the entry for episode 4 of Pretty Little Liars.  Episodes 4 and 5 have less law breaking than usual, so I wanted to announce what I plan to do to make up for that:

I have been deliberately omitting the laws that “A” has broken throughout the episodes.  I am going to compile a list, and when there are episodes with less law breaking, meaning my entries on those episodes will be shorter, I will do a separate post just dedicated to A’s behavior.

My new entry should be up soon!