Six Girls In A Dollhouse: Broken Laws in PLL 6×01

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Usually I don’t cover A’s crimes until we learn a definitive identity of A, but for “Charles” I am making an exception. His crazy behavior has been the focus of the last two PLL episodes, as he thought it would be a good idea to forcibly restrain six girls in his disturbing, creepy, life-sized dollhouse. It’s scary to think about the fact that we once found Mona’s toy dollhouse problematic. Her entire lair comes dangerously close to looking normal at this point! In case you hadn’t figured this out, Charles’s conduct is NOT legal in the least, which makes him the perfect villain for my blog!

Let’s discuss the major elephant in the room first!

Charles’s Major Crime! 

18 PA Cons. Stat. § 2901. Kidnapping. (in relevant part) (more…)

“They Don’t Allow Fireworks In Prison”: The Broken Laws in PLL 5×15, “Through A Glass, Darkly”

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At the beginning of the episode, the girls attend Mona’s Hawaiian-themed funeral which takes place three months after her death. Her body hasn’t been found, but Mrs. Vanderwaal filled a casket with Mona’s keepsakes. She’s looking for closure, but Alison shows up to extend her supposed condolences and to insist that she had nothing to do with Mona’s murder. Mrs. Vanderwaal greets Ali with a loud slap in the face. It’s the kind of slap that I almost don’t want to write about because Ali deserved it so much, yet it’s still against the law.

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

18 PA Cons. § 2701. Simple assault (in relevant part).

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

My reaction to tonight’s PLL and more support for my theories on A’s Motives

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Melissa as “Big A” on PLL

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This is a theory to hold you guys over as I finally ease myself back into writing about the law! It has been a crazy few months, but it’s time for this blog to make a comeback.

For now, let me know what you think of this theory regarding Melissa on Pretty Little Liars, and I will be getting back on the subject of broken laws in my upcoming entries!

Based on old theories I have written and more recent events on the show:

Maybe Melissa is big A… She has looked guilty in lots of possible ways when the girls were testing to see if she was A. She admitted to sending texts to Ali and this was proven true by Jonah tracing the texts to a law firm where Melissa worked. (more…)

Toby & Aria PLL theories

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This weekend (today included) will be devoted to finally getting this blog up to date. I have been busier than I expected. But for now, although slightly off topic, I have two theories based on the PLL finale. One is based on the fact that the writers said that some of the characters would find out who “A” was in the finale of PLL, and the other is about who killed Mona. Both of them are farfetched; I don’t necessarily believe they will happen.

Theory 1: Toby is (still) A

The dialogue between Mona and Spencer could have been a clue about who A is.

This is the play-by-play of what happened.

Mona “Emily hasn’t checked in..”

Spencer gets a text..

Mona: “you better make sure that’s not A”

Spencer: “you mean Alison?”

Camera zooms on Spencer’s phone and shows the name TOBY..

Spencer: “it’s Toby.”

Then Mona discourages Spencer from telling Toby that they broke into Radley saying as a cop he wouldn’t want to know.. Maybe that wasn’t why.. Mona didn’t initially say Ali was A outloud even when asked twice.. She only said it to Aria moments before she died. Maybe Toby is A and Mona knew it.. And that could have been the clue to the fans to which the writers of the show were referring.

Theory 2: Aria killed Mona

Aria drops the red paint at Radley and says “I’m so sorry this was all my fault!” The red could be symbolic of blood.. Aria spilling the paint was deliberate and it was to help MONA and Spencer sneak around Radley.. What if this was symbolic of Aria having “blood on her hands?”

Maybe Aria killed Mona.. The paint reminded me of the fact that Mona’s blood was everywhere.. Also the girls get a text from A when they find out Mona died that mimicked what aria said at Radley.. “It’s all your fault-A”. Plus, at Radley, Holbrook mentioned murder to Aria (whether she imagined it or not it was put in that scene) AND mentioned homicide in the scene when Mona died.. Were these scenes purposely parallel? And I am aware that Aria was with the girls when they found Mona’s house that way, but we don’t know if some time passed that could have given Aria time to do this.

I hope you enjoy this for now, and the next thing that gets posted on this blog will be law-related. Somebody call me on it if it doesn’t happen soon 😉


Pretty Little Liars Toby Theory (Other Blog)

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Hey everyone!

As fans of “Pretty Little Liars” know, the show comes back tomorrow. This means I will be doing broken law recaps of the new PLL episodes AND continuing to do broken law recaps on “Revenge” so that I’m ready for that show’s return!

While PLL fans wait, I have a theory on my other blog (in Q and A format with a fan) about Toby throwing the rock at Ali’s head on the night she disappeared. Definitely check it out, and this blog will be updated ASAP on both PLL and a season 2 episode of Revenge! Also make sure you’ve seen my most recent post on Revenge!

A is For Answers.. And Most Of Them Are Illegal (broken laws+ recap of PLL Episode 4×24)

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This episode begins with the PLLs sitting in a room still wondering where Alison is. We learn that the mysterious person who met the girls instead of Alison is Noel Kahn. He tells the girls to wait there, and the girls wonder if they made a mistake trusting him. The girls wonder if this is a prank, and Spencer makes sure to correct Hanna after Hanna says that they’re just sitting there waiting like ducks. “It’s lame geese, Hanna!” She also reminds her that geese honk; they don’t quack, because that’s obviously the most important piece of information right now. Thanks, Spencer!

Alison walks in when she hears the girls wondering why she would trust Noel Kahn. She says it’s because Noel has secrets, too. Then Hanna gives Alison a warm greeting by telling her that she wants to hug her and slap her at the same time. Alison winds up getting hugs from everyone except Spencer. Spencer asks Ali why she wants her there if she’s the one that she can’t trust, and Alison says that she needs help from Spencer and all of the PLLs. Now that the police know that Alison isn’t the one buried, she knows they will start looking for her. She explains that she can’t come back to Rosewood until she finds out who “A” is. The girls fill Ali in on their theory that they think Mrs. DiLaurentis stole the game from Mona. Ali doesn’t seem at all surprised that her friends suspect her mom. Ali tells the girls that she’s ready to tell them everything about the night she disappeared, but if they don’t find out who “A” is tonight, she’ll have to disappear forever.

At the police station, Holbrook has CeCe Drake in an interrogation room. He starts asking loaded questions about Wilden, but CeCe still does not admit to killing him. She does, however, agree with Holbrook that Wilden was a jerk. Holbrook doesn’t think he’s going to get any answers from CeCe, but she surprises him by saying that she knows who killed “that girl.” She goes on to say that she knows that the girl in the grave is not Alison DiLaurentis, and that she can prove that Ali is alive. This gets his attention. CeCe tells Holbrook that the person who killed that girl is the same person who tried to kill Ali, and that the person is still trying to hurt Ali.

Meanwhile, Alison starts telling the girls her story. She says that it all started in Hilton Head, where she went with Ian to get a reprieve from the threats from “A.” She had been getting the threats since Halloween. Alison might also be the only person to use the word “reprieve” out loud.

We see a flashback from Ali’s point of view from that night in Hilton Head. Melissa followed Ian there and she knows that he is with Alison. She tries to get into the room, but Ian stops her. Ian assures him that he only was with Ali because Melissa wanted a break and he was just “killing time waiting for her to come back.” What a standup gentleman! While Ian and Melissa go from fighting to kissing, Alison sees Ian’s creepy video of Jenna and Toby. She steals his flash drive. By the time Ian returns to the room, Ali has already left.

In real time, Alison explains that she took the flash drive because everyone she suspected of being “A” was in some way compromised on Ian’s videos. Jenna was her number 1 suspect, because as Alison so eloquently put it, even though she was blind, she had her “little dog, Garrett” to do her dirty work. She then takes us to a flashback of her visit to Jenna in the hospital. Ali told Jenna that if she ever got another threat or if Jenna ever came back to Rosewood, Ali would bury her.
In real time, Ali explains to her friends that she had assumed that this would stop the threats, but as she left the hospital, she got an “A” text that said “Bitch can’t see you, but I do. Tonight’s the night I kill you.” Creepy much?

Legal Note 1:

 If Alison had threatened Jenna more than one time, her behavior could have amounted to a crime, it’s unlikely that sole threat would have gotten her into legal trouble.

Meanwhile, at the Hastings’ house, Veronica watches as Detective Holbrook collects objects from the house as evidence. Veronica comments, firmly, that if Holbrook would tell her what he was looking for, maybe she could help him find it.

Legal Note 2:

When police officers have a search warrant, under the 4th amendment of the United States Constitution, the warrant must be clear as to what exactly the police are looking for and where exactly they will be searching. Veronica’s comment struck me as odd, but since we don’t know what permissions Holbrook had on his warrant, I can’t confirm that he broke the law here. Something about this search does not seem right, though. However, Veronica Hastings IS a lawyer, so for now I’ll assume that she was on top of things!

Not at all surprisingly, the PLLs’ parents have no idea where to find them. When Veronica asks Holbrook what he thinks that the girls are guilty of, he says that they may not be guilty of anything, but he has probable cause to believe that they know the whereabouts of a missing person. He shows Veronica a picture of the girls with Alison that was taken recently. Veronica seems stunned to learn that Alison is alive. Suddenly, the Hastings’ door opens, and Melissa walks in and says “surprise!” She can say that again! Where has she been for the entire season?

Meanwhile, Ali continues her story. She tells the girls that upon getting home, she went to her room and found a note from her mother accompanied by the yellow shirt that she was wearing on the night she went missing. When she tried it on, she found a terrifying “A” message on the mirror, written in lipstick. It said, “I’m everywhere. And soon you’ll be nowhere. –A”

As we continue in Alison’s flashback, we learn that she overheard her mother on the phone with someone and she sounded very worried. She was asking the person on the other end of the conversation, “How could this happen?” We don’t find out what Mrs. DiLaurentis was talking about, but whatever it was had her concerned enough to tell the person on the other end of the conversation to send someone immediately. Mrs. D then told Alison that she couldn’t go out that night. We all know that Alison didn’t heed this request, but as we continue on in the flashback, we learn something new. Before Alison snuck out, she stole her mother’s prescription sleeping pills and used them to drug the PLLs! Does this behavior sound legal to you? I hope not!

Broken Law # 1 Alert! 

 Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. § §  780-101—780-144) (in relevant part)
(a) The following acts and the causing thereof within the Commonwealth are hereby prohibited:

“…12. The acquisition or obtaining of possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.” –stealing from her mom 

“…16. Knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under this act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board…” –possessing

“…15. The sale at retail or dispensing of any controlled substance listed in Schedules II, III and IV to any person, except to one authorized by law to sell, dispense, prescribe or possess such substances…” –dispensing/giving drugs to the girls

(b) Any person who violates any of the provisions of clauses (1) through (11), (13) and (15) through (20) or (37) of subsection (a) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and…shall, on conviction thereof, be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding one year or to pay a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both…”

Alison definitely is not allowed to steal her mom’s prescription medication. There are no “I’m Trying To Figure Out Who ‘A’ Is” exceptions to the law!

In the flashback, Ali’s mom suspected that Spencer was the person bullying Ali. Armed with her mom’s prescription medication, Ali headed to Spencer’s barn. This part of the flashback is familiar; it’s the beginning of the girls’ sleepover from the pilot episode, but this time from Ali’s point of view. After Ali walked in and scared the girls, she spiked the infamous red cup the girls were drinking from with her mother’s drugs. No wonder she wanted them to drink it so badly! “Friends share secrets; that’s what keeps us close,” she encouraged. However, she really wanted all of her friends to pass out so that she could rule them out as “A” suspects. She planned to see if she received a text from “A” while the girls were asleep. That’s an interesting method; instead of telling the girls about “A” and/or confronting them about the threats, Ali chose to drug her best friends instead! Since instead of sharing secrets, Ali really wanted her friends to share sleeping pills, her behavior is against the law.

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

Even if Alison didn’t intend to hurt her friends, she put the girls in danger by putting drugs into their alcoholic beverages. 

18 PA Cons. Stat. § 2705.  Recklessly endangering another person.
        “A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he recklessly engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.”

Speaking of alcoholic beverages, during this sleepover, the girls were around 15 years old and therefore not allowed to drink.

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

Underage Drinking (in Relevant Part) 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6308 (a) :

“A person has violated the law against underage drinking if she is under 21 years old, attempts to purchase, consumes, possesses OR knowingly or intentionally transports any liquor or malt beverages…For a first offense, this is a “summary offense,” the lowest level of crime in Pennsylvania.
Penalties: Fine of up to $500.00, but the maximum fine for a first offense is $300, License Suspension of 90 days (1st offense) (an occupational limited license may be available for a first offense).”

Next, in real time, Alison recounts getting a phone call with Toby and meeting up with him outside the barn. The girls take a small break from Ali’s blast from the past, and they go downstairs to a jazz club/coffee house. The girls are shocked that Ali drugged them. Emily tells Ali that Toby wanted her to know that she did him a favor. Alison tells Spencer that she understands what she sees in Toby. This does not explain why she spent her junior high years referring to him as “Freak Toby,” but it’s a start. Ali explains that when she met up with Toby, he thanked her because his time in juvie got him away from Jenna. This is when Ali ruled Toby out as an “A” suspect. Of course she fails to bring up that in the future, Toby did wind up joining the “A” team. Spencer points out that Alison’s plan didn’t work because Spencer didn’t sleep through the night. Thank you, adderall addiction! Alison uses one of her famous remarks as she tells Spencer to “wait for it.” When Hanna asks Alison if she works at this club, Alison says that the owner travels a lot and she watches his place when he’s gone.

Next, we return to Ali’s flashback. It’s right after she met with Toby, and she’s still wearing his sweater. She fills the girls in on the part of the story that Toby didn’t know; he had told Spencer, back in season one, that Alison got into someone’s car but he didn’t know who it was. We learn that Ezra was driving the car. He showed up to confront Alison because she lied to him.

Back in real time, Veronica Hastings is in an interrogation room at the police station being questioned by Detective Holbrook. He asks a few questions about Spencer’s whereabouts last week, but when he tells Veronica that she’s free to leave, she’s a lawyer and she understands that, that means, SHE’S FREE TO LEAVE. She grabs her purse and gets ready to bolt, but Holbrook fibs that there’s a “sea of reporters” outside and she might want to wait until they can clear a path for her. She agrees to wait, but says she wants to call her husband to find out what’s taking him so long to get there. We find out that Peter Hastings really is already there and Holbrook knows and hasn’t told Veronica the truth.

Legal Note 3: 

While this conduct might seem outside the law, police are given some leeway in the things they say to further their investigations. I looked up this conduct and found nothing illegal. Veronica wasn’t under arrest, was free to leave, and nothing Holbrook said seems to have crossed a line where it would be against the law. PLEASE NOTE that there are certain things police are NOT allowed to lie about, and if he had taken this further, it could have meant trouble.

When Holbrook leaves Veronica to wait in the interrogation room for the fake reporters to leave, another officer approaches him and informs him that he got a warrant to track the Spencer’s car and the girls’ phones, and the results should be in within the hour. It’s likely that Holbrook felt that Veronica might interfere with this process and that could be why he lied to her.

Holbrook then goes into another interrogation room where a different police officer is questioning Melissa Hastings. Melissa says that she has always looked out for her sister, so when she saw Toby in London and he said that Spencer missed Melissa, she came home. The cop asks Melissa if he can record their conversation, but she replies that she should probably ask her mother about that first. These officers are messing with the wrong family if they’re trying to trick the Hastings family into giving them answers! Holbrook goes into another interrogation room next; this is like a weird version of musical chairs. This time, we see that Peter Hastings is in the room, which is interesting since Holbrook said that Peter was still on his way. Please see the note above for my reasoning for not citing Holbrook’s lies as broken laws.

Holbrook also lies to Peter and says that Veronica is on her way. Peter asks Holbrook if Veronica knows he’s there, but Holbrook interrupts to ask him if he knows where Spencer is. Peter gives Holbrook a snarky reply: “If I knew where she was, would I be sitting here talking to you?” Holbrook then calls out law students everywhere by asking Peter if he learned in law school to answer questions with questions. I still am wondering if the PLL writers were blasting this blog a little bit! Peter makes it clear that the only reason he’s there is because he wants to know where Spencer is and to keep her safe. We also see that Jessica DiLaurentis is at the police station. Party at the Police Station, everyone! This is nothing unusual for the characters of “Pretty Little Liars.” Some of them should be paying the police station rent for how much time they spend there.

Surprisingly, for once, the PLLs are not included in the group of people at the police station. They’re still with Alison. They watch Noel Kahn give Ali a passport. He tells her that they need to leave for the airport in an hour. The girls talk amongst themselves; they don’t want to let Ali leave again but they realize that they need to put the pieces together. After figuring that out, Aria decides to completely sidetrack the putting the pieces together process to question Ali about Ezra. She wants to know if he told her the truth.

Ali begins explaining how she met Ezra, and we’re taken into another flashback from her point of view. This time it’s of the day she met Ezra. It happened at a bar near Hollis. Alison lied to Ezra about her age, and just about everything else they talked about the day that they met. She said she was CeCe’s roommate at UPenn and she pretended that the book Ezra was reading was one of her favorites. However, in the flashback we see Alison looking the book up on her phone; she didn’t know anything about it and was using it as an excuse to strike up a conversation with Ezra. It worked for awhile; Ezra believed Ali’s lie about her age up until the night she went missing. Ali tells the girls that Ezra wanted to write a story about her, then she apologizes to Aria for everything.

Next, Ali goes back to her flashback of the night she disappeared. We learn about the conversation she had with Ezra that night. He was angry that Alison lied about her age and he told her that he actually liked her and didn’t want her to get hurt. Alison was sure to mention that she and Ezra “didn’t do anything,” so her age shouldn’t have mattered. It mattered to Ezra, though. When he left, he made it clear that he wouldn’t be seeing Ali again.

Note: we haven’t seen any REAL flashbacks of Ezra and Ali “doing anything,” so while I find this a bit hard to believe, I will only cover confirmed broken laws for now.

After leaving Ezra, Ali met Ian at the kissing rock. Ian wanted to end whatever their relationship was on a good note, but Alison didn’t share that viewpoint. Alison mentioned that she and Ian had “some goodbye kiss,” then went on to say that Melissa and Ian deserved each other because Melissa is “such a bitch.” When Ian tried to calm Alison down, Alison went on to tell him that he was going to jail. He clarified that they never had sex, but Alison explained that she meant that he was going to jail because of his creepy videos that he made with the NAT/Need A Therapist club.

In present time, Alison explains to her friends that this meant that according to her plan, if Melissa or Ian had been sending her “A” threats, the threat of the videos getting out would stop them. Alison is correct that Ian could have gotten in a lot of trouble for those videos. Ian also seems to have gotten confused regarding Pennsylvania law; he and Alison clearly did SOMETHING, enough to warrant them getting a hotel room. Ali tells the girls that Ian was very freaked out after they met at the kissing rock, and he was right to be freaked out!

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

Alison was around 15 years old when her fling with Ian had, meaning she was below the age of consent in Pennsylvania, which is 16. Ian would NOT be off the hook for his relationship with such a young girl.

Indecent assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3126 (in relevant part)

 “Offense defined.–A person is guilty of indecent assault if the person has indecent contact with the complainant, causes the complainant to have indecent contact with the person… and… (8)  the complainant is less than 16 years of age and the person is four or more years older than the complainant and the complainant and the person are not married to each other…”

Definition of indecent contact: 

“Any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of the person for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire, in either person.”

Ian and Melissa are at least 5 years older than the PLLs, which means that this law would apply to Ian’s behavior. 

Another problem for Ian is the fact that he was taking these weird videos without the people on the videos knowing about them and/or consenting. If Ian was still alive, it’d be about time for HIM to strike a pose for his mugshot!

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 7507.1. Invasion of privacy.

“(a) Offense defined.–Except as set forth in subsection (d), a person commits the offense of invasion of privacy if he, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, knowingly does any of the following:

(1) Views, photographs, videotapes, electronically depicts, films or otherwise records another person without that person’s knowledge and consent while that person is in a state of full or partial nudity and is in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

(2) Photographs, videotapes, electronically depicts, films or otherwise records or personally views the intimate parts, whether or not covered by clothing, of another person without that person’s knowledge and consent and which intimate parts that person does not intend to be visible by normal public observation.

(3) Transfers or transmits an image obtained in violation of paragraph (1) or (2) by live or recorded telephone message, electronic mail or the Internet or by any other transfer of the medium on which the image is stored.

(a.1) Separate violations.–A separate violation of this section shall occur:

(1) for each victim of an offense under subsection (a) under the same or similar circumstances pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct whether at the same or different times; or

(2) if a person is a victim of an offense under subsection (a) on more than one occasion during a separate course of conduct either individually or otherwise.

(b) Grading.–Invasion of privacy is a misdemeanor of the second degree if there is more than one violation. Otherwise, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree.”

NOTE I included section 3 of part (a) just in case Ian did send the videos to other people. We have seen other people, such as “A,” in possession of the videos, so I put it in this entry in case anyone was wondering about this. 

The entire NAT club would likely go to jail for this, but they seem to be getting killed instead! No wonder in the flashback, Ian “ran out of there like a plucked peacock” like Alison said.

In real time, Alison tells Aria that Ezra’s still looking for her, but it’s no longer for his book; he thinks that if he can help bring Alison back to Rosewood, Aria will take him back. Ali knows that she treated people poorly, but she believes that she deserves a second chance. When Spencer asks Ali what happened when Ian left, we go back into Ali’s seemingly never-ending flashback.

In the flashback, Alison returned to the barn and was greeted by a scary, angry Spencer who said “I’ve been waiting for you.”

Back at the police station, Holbrook continues attempting to get answers out of Peter Hastings. When he starts asking questions about the PI Peter hired the summer Alison went missing, and about Spencer’s drug use, Peter decides that he’s going to exercise his right to stop answering questions until his attorney is present. Holbrook still fails to tell Peter that his wife is at the police station.

Holbrook speaks with Jessica DiLaurentis, then an officer informs Holbrook that they’ve located Spencer’s car and it’s in Philadelphia. Peter confronts Jessica and tells her that the police are asking a lot of pointed questions about Spencer and asks Jessica if they still have an agreement. Jessica responds that she just found out that her daughter is alive and that’s her only current concern. This conversation quickly ends when the police ask to talk to Jessica again.

Next, Melissa approaches Peter, and Peter is shocked to see her. Melissa tells him that she and her mother have been at the police station for an hour and that they were questioned separately. She also explains that Toby came to London and told her about Spencer’s relapse. Melissa wants to know what’s going on. Peter tells Melissa that despite everything he did to try to protect Spencer, the police know. He doesn’t elaborate, but Melissa clarifies a little when she says that Peter thinks that Spencer killed “that girl.” It sounds a lot like they’re referring to whoever really is in Alison’s grave, especially considering that Jessica just told Peter that Alison’s alive. It seems like Peter and Melissa already knew that, though.

Next, Alison and Spencer discuss what happened between them the night Ali disappeared. In real time, Spencer explains that she’s been remembering things, but she can’t tell which memories are real. Alison clarifies that she was trying to get Spencer to tell Melissa about Ian because she really thought Ian liked her and wanted to break them up. Spencer mentions the “ugly” fight she and Alison had in the kitchen.

We then see the infamous Spencer holding the shovel flashback, but this time it’s from Alison’s point of view. In the flashback, Alison looked absolutely terrified when Spencer held the shovel up to her, and for a second it DID look like Spencer was going to hit her with it. It’s clear that at the time, Spencer was at least trying to scare Ali. Before anything too crazy could happen though, Spencer was saved by the pills! When she dropped a bottle of adderall, Alison realized what was going on. She promised Spencer not to tell anybody and demanded for Spencer not to take anymore pills tonight and to never take them with alcohol. At least Alison was advocating against the speed/alcohol/sleeping pills cocktail. Even though it turns out Spencer’s flashback of hitting Ali with a shovel was incorrect, her behavior cannot be ignored. Most of the time when friends fight, the fight doesn’t involve threatening people with shovels, and that’s for a reason.

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2701. Simple assault (in relevant part)

“(a) Offense defined.–A person is guilty of assault if he:…
…(3) attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;…
…(b) Grading.–Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree…”

Walk away, and put the shovel down, Spencer!

NOTE** Since we learned in the show that Spencer used to have a prescription to this medication, I’m going to assume that the bottle she dropped belonged to her, but if it didn’t, see broken law # 1 of this entry. If these drugs to not belong to Spencer, the same law I applied there to Alison would apply to Spencer here.

After Alison recounts her crazy altercation with Spencer, she tells the girls that she had one last “A” suspect to confront that night, and it was Byron. We get a brief flashback of a conversation that we’ve heard about already, Alison threatening to tell Aria’s mother about Byron’s affair if he refused to pay her more money. I covered this in the episode when it happened, but since this is an episode of flashbacks, I won’t ignore the illegality of Alison’s threats to Byron here.

Broken Law # 7 Alert!

18 PA Cons. Stat. § 2906.  Criminal coercion. (in relevant part)

 (a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of criminal coercion, if, with intent unlawfully to restrict freedom of action of another to the detriment of the other, he threatens to:..
…(3)  expose any secret tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule…
   …(c)  Grading.–Criminal coercion is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the threat is to commit a felony or the intent of the actor is felonious, in which cases the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree.”

In the flashback, Alison said that Byron “made his own bed,” but really she was making hers!

Alison continues her story. After she saw Byron, she went back to the barn and waited for another text from “A,” but she never got one. For some unknown reason, Alison then decided to ditch her friends and leave the sleepover. She headed home thinking that “she’d won” and that she’d “silenced ‘A’.” When she approached her house, she saw her mom through the window. All of a sudden, someone (we don’t know who) snuck up from behind her and forcefully threw a rock at Alison’s head. She fell to the ground next to a rock covered in her blood. In the flashback, we see Mrs. D watch this happen and gasp in shock.

Legal Note 4: 

Whoever threw the rock at Alison would likely be guilty of attempted murder, but as usual, in this blog I only discuss crimes when we know the identity of the guilty party. I’m sure it will come out soon and we’ll discuss it further!

When Alison continues her story, she and the girls assure Spencer that she didn’t hurt or kill anyone that night because she had gone to sleep already. Emily puts it together that Mrs. DiLaurentis saw whoever hit Alison with the rock. When Hanna asks why Mrs. D didn’t call the police, Alison reaches a terrifying part of her story. She tells the girls that Mrs. D is the person who buried her alive. According to Ali, Mrs. D thought she was already dead. I hope nobody reading this thinks that what Mrs. D did is consistent with the law. There are various crimes that she could have gotten nailed for, so I will call them potential broken laws. Feel free to weigh in and tell me what you think about this!

(Potential) Broken Law # 8 Alert! 

Attempted Murder:

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 901. Criminal attempt.

“(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.

(b) Impossibility.–It shall not be a defense to a charge of attempt that because of a misapprehension of the circumstances it would have been impossible for the accused to commit the crime attempted.

18 PA Cons. Stat § 905. Grading of criminal attempt, solicitation and conspiracy. (in relevant part)

Grading.–Except as otherwise provided in this title, attempt, solicitation and conspiracy are crimes of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which is attempted or solicited or is an object of the conspiracy.”

18 PA Cons. Stat. § 2502. Murder.

(a) Murder of the first degree.–A criminal homicide constitutes murder of the first degree when it is committed by an intentional killing.

18 PA Cons. Stat. § 306.  Liability for conduct of another; complicity. (in relevant part)

        “(a)  General rule.–A person is guilty of an offense if it is
     committed by his own conduct or by the conduct of another person
     for which he is legally accountable, or both.
        (b)  Conduct of another.–A person is legally accountable for
     the conduct of another person when…
            …(3)  he is an accomplice of such other person in the
        commission of the offense.
        (c)  Accomplice defined. (in relevant part)–A person is an accomplice of
     another person in the commission of an offense if:
            (1)  with the intent of promoting or facilitating the
        commission of the offense, he:
                (ii)  aids or agrees or attempts to aid such other
            person in planning or committing it…
        …(d)  Culpability of accomplice.–When causing a particular
     result is an element of an offense, an accomplice in the conduct
     causing such result is an accomplice in the commission of that
     offense, if he acts with the kind of culpability, if any, with
     respect to that result that is sufficient for the commission of
     the offense.”

(Potential) Broken Law # 9 Alert! 

18 PA Const. Stat. § 4303.  Concealing death of child. (Attempted- since Ali wasn’t really dead)

        “(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of
     the first degree if he or she endeavors privately, either alone
     or by the procurement of others, to conceal the death of his or her child, so that it may not come to light, whether it was born dead or alive or whether it was murdered or not.”

She’s definitely guilty of something! “Like mother, like daughter,” describes Jessica and Alison DiLaurentis perfectly. 

Alison tells an emotional story of trying to cry out to her mother that she was alive. She couldn’t get the words out and Mrs. D thought Alison was dead. Alison could hear Mrs. D screaming at someone, “What have you done?” We don’t know who she was talking to, but Spencer figures out that whoever it is, that’s the person who Mrs. D has always been protecting.

As if Ali’s story isn’t enough already, she tells the girls what happened after she got out from being buried alive due to her magic breath holding powers. We go into more of Ali’s flashbacks. This time, she was running, terrified, when Mona drove up to her. Mona took care of Alison and helped her with her wounds at the infamous, creepy Lost Woods Resort. To Alison, Mona seemed shocked that someone would try to kill her. Mona helped her come up with a plan to disappear and allow “A” to believe that she was dead. Mona also checked into the room using the name that Alison requested, Vivian Darkbloom. Before Alison ran away, Mona suggested that she get some rest. Then, we see a flashback to the room next door to Alison. We see Mona playing with a doll that looks like Alison in her original lair. This scene is incredibly creepy.

The following day in the flashback, Alison got ready in her Vivian Darkbloom disguise, with help from Mona. Mona made Alison promise to stay away and stay safe. Alison gave Mona beauty tips to help her become popular. Right when Alison left town, Mona gave her signature, creepy, “A,” smile.

**Note: Once we get exact confirmation as to what Mona did to Alison, we will be discussing a multitude of crimes including stalking and harassment. This entry would never end if I did all of this now. 

In present time, the girls realize that this means that Mona has known Alison was alive this entire time. Ali explains that Mona “played [her] like a fool and got exactly what she wanted.”

Meanwhile, at the police station, Melissa insists to her father that Spencer did not kill “that girl.” She whispers something in his ear that causes Peter to get a crazy look on his face. We don’t hear what Melissa said to him, but it’s clearly a big secret. It’s also clear that Jessica, Peter, and Melissa have been keeping secrets from the police, which is not legal. This brings us to:

(Potential) Broken Law # 10 Alert!

Hindering apprehension or prosecution – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 5105 (in relevant part)

“(a) Offense defined.–A person commits an offense if, with intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for crime or violation of the terms of probation, parole, intermediate punishment or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, he:…
 (5)  provides false information to a law enforcement officer.

(b)  Grading.–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 of the second degree. Otherwise it is a misdemeanor of the second degree.”

I labeled this one as a potential broken law, just because we don’t know exactly what Peter, Melissa and Jessica’s lies are, we just know that they concern a murder investigation. 

In present time, the girls beg Alison not to disappear again. They want to figure out who “A” is so that she can come back home. Ali explains that it was easy to stay hidden until Mona hit Hanna with her car. Then Ali says that she did her best to stay one step ahead of “A” so that she could protect her friends. She’s still too scared to go home until they figure out why her mother was willing to bury her alive. She gives the girls a shocking example of a time she protected one of them; Alison reveals that SHE was the person who pushed Ian on the Bell Tower.

Legal Note 4:

 Alison would not likely get in trouble for this since she used the force necessary to prevent Ian from killing Spencer. However, Ian definitely wasn’t allowed to try to kill Spencer. If he were still alive, he could be charged with:

Broken Law # 11 Alert! 

Attempted Murder (see potential broken law # 8 of this entry). 

Alison also tells the girls that Ian did not die as a result of her push; she was hiding and saw him leave the Church, very much alive. We still don’t know who killed him! Alison also answers the girls’ questions about the night of the fire at the lodge. She reveals that she saved Hanna, but the rest of the girls were already saved by whoever landed the plan that night. We still don’t know who that is either.

The cops trace Spencer’s car to Philadelphia, but when they arrive there, they find the car, but not the girls. The girls are still with Ali, whose storytelling gets interrupted when they hear a noise outside. We see “A” wearing a mask and aiming a gun at Alison. “A” shoots at the girls and the girls run away, realizing that they can’t call the cops because Noel took their phones. The girls run out onto the fire escape. “A” comes outside. Surprisingly to everyone, Ezra shows up out of nowhere. He announces that he knows who “A” is and that the police are on their way. “A” shoots in Ezra’s direction. Ezra starts fighting “A,” causing “A” to drop the gun onto the ground. Hanna picks up the gun and aims it at “A.” The girls demand for “A” to take off the mask. For a second, it looks like “A” is going to obey this command, but then “A” jumps off of the building and grabs onto the ledge like Spiderman. Hanna concludes that “A” cannot be Alison’s mom based on this crazy action.

The girls decide against shooting “A,” so “A” runs off and escapes. When Aria approaches Ezra, the girls realize that he has been shot and begin screaming for help. When we see the view that Ezra’s admiring, we realize that the girls have been in New York City all of this time! At the very end of the episode, we see a mysterious figure dragging a dead Jessica DiLaurentis across the lawn, then burying her in the exact manner that Alison was buried. What a crazy episode! I can’t imagine everything I’ll have to cover after the hiatus!

Free Fall… Into A Pile Of Felonies (Recap and Broken Laws in episode 4×20 of Pretty Little Liars)

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This episode begins with Spencer waking up, which would be normal if she woke up in her bed instead of on a chair at Ezra Fitz’s desk. Spencer is in her pajamas with no recollection of driving to school. At least she’s there early and can have her own personal Pajama Day.  It’s too bad that Spencer wasn’t awake for all this; we would have had a broken law in the first second of the show!

Legal Note 1

If Spencer hadn’t been sleepwalking when she went to the school, she could have gotten in trouble for trespassing. However, criminal trespass requires a voluntary act, and acts done while someone is asleep are not considered voluntary. 
Requirement of voluntary act – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 301 (in relevant part)
        “(a)  General rule.–A person is not guilty of an offense unless his liability is based on conduct which includes a voluntary act or the omission to perform an act of which he is physically capable.”

Ezra comes in to the classroom and finds her there. He wants to talk to her about the dangerous path she’s taking, but she’s completely sketched out by him and bolts out of the room. She then has a meeting with Emily and Hanna in the bathroom. When Spencer attempts to greet them, Hanna flips out about Spencer’s outfit, which now includes shower shoes. Emily asks if Spencer had an accident. Spencer insists that the girls need to tell Aria what they know about Ezra. The other girls are worried about her reaction. “But Ezra’s creepy, guys!” “But this will make Aria cry!” Come on girls, make a decision!

Ezra approaches Aria in the hallway. He offers to write her a late pass for history class, one of the many perks of dating your high school English teacher. He tells Aria about Spencer’s drug problem. Aria doesn’t believe this at first, but Ezra says he’s willing to break the rules if it’s to help Spencer. He gives Aria Spencer’s confidential academic file to prove that he’s telling the truth. At least he knows he’s breaking the rules here. I wonder if he realized that he was committing a federal crime, though!

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Under this federal law, student records that contain “personal identifiable information” may not be released to third parties unless the situation falls into one of the exceptions. 
In relevant part, Ezra violated this portion of FERPA:
“The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including law enforcement and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  The university uses contractors, volunteers, in-service providers to provide university services and functions.”

Note, even though the above paragraph refers to a university, this law applies to public schools as well, since they receive government funding. Unfortunately for Ezra and Aria, the fact that Aria is dating a teacher at the school does not make her a school official.  

Toby shows up at the school to have lunch with Spencer. She has had a wardrobe change and is now wearing Hanna’s clothes. Toby just got back from being “Out Of Town,” a mysterious place where PLL characters hang out when they’re not in episodes. He notices that Spencer has been acting strange lately. He’s determined to get her to come to a lasagna dinner at his place; he doesn’t know that the pills are probably interfering with Spencer’s appetite. 

Emily and Hanna eat lunch together. Actually Emily eats; Hanna’s already finished her food and has her eye on some of Emily’s meal now. Hanna gets hungry when she’s nervous and eventually Emily caves into the former “hefty” Hanna’s needs. They both discuss how worried they are about telling Aria that they think Ezra is “A.” They’ve been avoiding Aria all day; Emily even hid from her in the bathroom!

Aria arrives, which abruptly interrupts this conversation. She calls them out on ignoring her calls and texts, but they act clueless. Since they act that way often, Aria believes them. That doesn’t mean that she’s up for small talk though; she’s looking to stage an intervention. She fills Hanna and Emily in about Spencer’s drug addiction. The girls are shocked and don’t believe Aria until she shows them Spencer’s confidential file that she’s not supposed to have. 

Later, the girls are all at Spencer’s house for the most confusing intervention in the world. Spencer senses the awkward vibe and assumes that Hanna and Emily told Aria about Ezra without her. She asks them if they did it already, and Aria wonders what she means. When Aria explains that they came for an intervention, Spencer screams “yours!” With the crazy lives these girls lead, I guess it’s reasonable not to know whose intervention is taking place on a particular day. I’m thinking spinoff– “Whose Intervention is it Anyway?” This time, Spencer figures out what’s going on when Hanna blurts out “Are you a speed freak?” I’m pretty sure that’s on the list of things NOT to say at an intervention, but it was funny. 

At first, Spencer tries to deny having a drug problem and acts like she has no idea what her friends are talking about. Aria’s not falling for the clueless act twice in one day, though. She pulls out the confidential file, and when Spencer learns that she got it from Ezra, she freaks out. Loudly. She blurts out that Ezra is “A” and that he’s “Board Shorts.” When she looks to Emily and Hanna for support, she doesn’t get it. They pretty much make her look like an idiot and a maniac by not speaking up. Spencer insists that Ezra gave Aria that file to undermine her credibility. Unfortunately, she winds up not needing Ezra to do that, because she does it herself. She screams at Aria that it’s this exact type of deer-in-headlights behavior that almost got her shot in the back of a night club. For those who don’t recall, Aria almost got shot in the back of a nightclub in Spencer’s hallucination. Spencer quickly realizes her mistake; the look on her face screams “I just mixed up film noir PLL with regular PLL and now everyone thinks I’m crazy!” 

In over her head, Spencer tells her friends that she can’t do this right now and grabs her bag to go upstairs. Everything winds up falling out of the bag because of her sudden movement, and among the bag’s contents is one of Dr. Wren Kingston’s prescription pads. The girls assume that Spencer is either using Wren as a drug dealer (it’s not that far-fetched, Melissa has done this once already) or that she stole the pad. Spencer denies it, but the girls don’t believe her. At this point, I don’t know which pretty little liar is telling the truth anymore!

Legal Note 2:

Since we don’t know for sure if Spencer stole the prescription pad, I will wait on going into detail on how insanely illegal that is until it’s confirmed. 

While Aria’s out giving or receiving interventions, her brother, Mike is on a date with the Mona formerly known as “A.” It’s actually a cute scene, which in this show means only one thing; something scary is about to happen. Cue Ezra walking into the same restaurant and creepily staring at Mona. Suddenly Mona looks scared and is completely distracted from her date. Mona excuses herself, telling Mike that she needs to talk to Mr. Fitz about a reading assignment. Considering how long Aria lied to Mike about Ezra, I’m surprised that he believes that at all. 

Mona confronts Ezra demanding what he’s doing there. He makes a smart-ass remark that he’s there to get something to eat (um, duh?). Mona tells Ezra that she can’t help him anymore because it has gotten too complicated. Ezra responds that it’s always been complicated and it’s too late for her to back out when he needs her help the most. If you’re wondering what the hell is going on in this scene, you’re not alone. Ezra’s name is called; his take-out order is ready. He tells Mona to enjoy her dinner, but I bet she’s not hungry anymore after that weird conversation.

Legal Note 3: 

If it turns out that Ezra is blackmailing Mona, which it seems like he might be, we will discuss this further.  

Meanwhile, at Hanna’s house, Emily and Hanna discuss what happened at Spencer’s house. Hanna compares Spencer’s drug addiction to Aria’s addiction to Ezra, insisting that “love is a drug.” Surprisingly in the context, this makes sense Hanna suspects that Aria lied about staying in that night and that she’s really seeing Ezra. 

Spencer shows up at Hanna’s and she surrenders her pills upon her arrival. She says that she doesn’t need them anymore and asks for a chance to prove that Ezra is “A.” She shows them the changes that “A” made to the diary and explains her theory that “A” did this to cover up a meeting spot with Alison. And of course because she’s Spencer, she’s cracked the code. The meeting spot is a building at a zoo. The girls decide to do a set-up. They want to convince “A” that Ali will be meeting them there and see if Ezra shows up. Even if it seems clever on the surface, it sounds like another terrible, dangerous mistake for these girls. Let’s go to some zoo and trick somebody who has been trying to kill us and see if he shows up! Maybe if we’re right, he’ll kill one of us and we’ll have all the proof we need!
The next day, Spencer’s mom asks her if she can come to dinner at the club, but Spencer claims that she’s having dinner at Toby’s that night. Her mother tells her to come up with a better excuse to give her club friends next time. I’m trying to catch a killer at some zoo tonight so I can’t go to dinner. Would that work? 

At Ezra’s apartment, Aria describes Spencer’s reaction to the confrontation about her drug problem. Aria tells Ezra that Spencer flipped out, and almost reveals what Spencer says about Ezra, but stops herself. Ezra encourages Aria to involve Spencer’s parents in this issue and says that it will become a bigger deal if a teacher gets involved. Actually, as stated above, that’s exactly what he should have done. If he had gone to her parents with a genuine health concern, that would be a legal, correct response. Instead, he wants his student/girlfriend to do the dirty work. Once again, for a teacher, Ezra teaches some horrible lessons. 

When Aria protests, saying that Spencer is strong enough to figure this out on her own, Ezra brings up her stay at Radley. Aria defends her friend; Spencer wound up at Radley because she thought she found her boyfriend dead in the woods. Ezra points out that all it took for Spencer to think the body was Toby was seeing a helmet and a tattoo; he suggests that Spencer unravels easily. This could have been a decent argument point, if Ezra was supposed to know about the helmet and tattoo incident. There was no news coverage about what Spencer saw, and Aria knows that. Toby’s “901 Free At Last” tattoo might have meant freedom for Toby, but it looks like it means “screwed” for Ezra! When Aria asks Ezra how he knew about this, he claims that Aria must have told him. Out loud, she believes him, but the look on her face suggests otherwise. 
Ezra is having coffee at The Brew while Emily’s at work. Emily drops a bunch of plates and cups on the ground and they break. She bends down to clean up this mess, and it’s revealed that she made the mess on purpose to make sure Ezra would pay attention to the phone call that followed. The girls planned to have a phone call about meeting up with Ali at the zoo, and they planned for Ezra to hear the whole thing. Ezra definitely is listening, so part 1 of their crazy plan worked.

Spencer regrets her decision to fork over all her pills, so she impersonates her mother and calls her doctor in attempt to refill her prescription. She’s in the middle of leaving a voicemail, but she hangs up when her drug study buddy, Andrew calls her. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t usually pretend to be my mom on the phone when I call my doctor. That’s because it’s illegal! 

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 18, §4120 (in relevant part)
 “Offense defined.–A person commits the offense of identity theft of another person if he possesses or uses, through any means, identifying information of another person without the consent of that other person to further any unlawful purpose…
(f)  Definitions.–…As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:…”

“Identifying information.”  “…or any fact used to establish identity, including, but not limited to, a name, birth date, Social Security number, driver’s license number, nondriver governmental identification number, telephone number, checking account number, savings account number, student identification number, employee or payroll number or electronic signature…”

While Spencer’s pretending to be her mom, Aria’s at Ezra’s cabin trying to guess his password so she can sneak inside. Her initial guesses are ridiculous; obviously Ezra’s not stupid and he wouldn’t make his password “Ezra.” She figures it out though; the password is B26, which is cute for Ezria fans, but not so cute in the legal system. As soon as she goes inside, she walks us to:

Broken Law # 3 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. 

Note I’m not including burglary here, because that would require Aria to have intent to commit a crime inside at the time she entered the cabin. It seems as if she’s looking around for any clue she can find, not committing felonies. 
Aria quickly searches the cabin, looking anywhere she can to find something to solve this mystery. When she kicks a rug, she finds the trapdoor where we saw Ezra’s creepy stalker lair in previous episodes. However, when Aria finds the room, all signs of the lair are gone.  

Next, the real Veronica Hastings gets a phone call from the receptionist at the doctor’s office that Spencer called. The receptionist says that she’s returning Veronica’s multiple phone calls. Veronica quickly figures out what’s going on and Spencer is busted! At least it’s by her mother and not the police… this time. 

Hanna and Emily are at the zoo and of course Hanna doesn’t want to walk through the reptile section. Emily convinces them, so they peruse different reptiles while waiting for Spencer to arrive. A creepy reptile slams into the glass right by Hanna’s face, and for a brief moment, Hanna seems more afraid of this creature than she is of “A.” Eventually, they see a blonde girl, which they think is part of their plan; Spencer was supposed to show up in a blonde wig so “A” would think Alison was there.

Aria’s about to leave the cabin when she notices a weird book on the table. It’s about grilling, and Aria is stunned, since Ezra’s been all about vegan recipes with chick peas lately. She opens the book and discovers that it’s a hollow book containing a bunch of papers. She begins reading and realizes that the papers are about ALISON and contain comments about her lying and kissing habits. This is not good at all. 

Aria hears a car pulling up; Ezra’s there! She freaks out, stuffs the papers that she found in her bag and runs away; she’s definitely scared. She’s also not thinking clearly, because she leaves her keys at the cabin. 

Legal Note # 4:

Normally, I’d cite this as one of Pennsylvania’s theft crimes, but judging by Aria’s state of mind, she doesn’t have the requisite intent required to be arrested for those crimes. She would have needed to intend to use the book for her own benefit and/or permanently deprive Ezra of it. We don’t know what her intent was at the time; I don’t even think she does!

Ezra gets a notification on his phone; he’s set up alerts with his fancy security system. Now he knows somebody has been inside! When he walks in, he knows exactly who it was, because he recognizes Aria’s keys. He also sees his hollow book on the couch and realizes that Aria must have found its contents. 

Aria’s running around in the dark, in the woods, AND without her keys. This is another excellent scenario! She’s terrified, and Ezra is trying to find her; she hears him calling her name. He makes creepy comments like, “there’s no place to go, Aria, you might as well come out.” He should not be chasing her through the woods, but since he is, let’s run with him to:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

18 Pa. C.S. § 2709. Harassment (in relevant part).

“(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;
(3)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;…”

“(c)   GRADING.-

An offense under subsection (a)… (2) or (3) shall constitute a summary offense.”

Note I didn’t include the crime of stalking here, because that requires the intent to cause the person reasonable fear of bodily injury or cause severe emotional intent. Although Aria is an emotional wreck, I don’t believe at the time that this is Ezra’s intent. 

Ezra calls Aria’s phone which OF COURSE isn’t on silent. That’s like the first rule if you’re hiding from someone; put your phone on silent! 

At the zoo, Hanna and Emily wonder why Spencer hasn’t made her move yet. They wait for her signal. Suddenly, Spencer shows up behind them, trying to quickly get a blonde wig on her head while apologizing for being late. Now they have no idea who the blonde girl that they saw was, because it’s not PLL without a mystery person in disguise. Hanna and Emily run towards the area where they saw Mystery Blonde Girl. 

Aria sees that there’s a ski lodge nearby and it closes in 5 minutes. While Ezra continues to beg her to come out, she bolts towards the ski lodge. She gets in the ski lift and starts pulling down the bar, but not before Ezra pushes himself inside too! He wants to explain. He has a LOT to explain; this could take years. 

Of course by the time the other girls get to the place where Mystery Blonde Girl had been, the girl is gone. The lights go out, and the audio guides for the animals turn on by themselves, and with the girls’ typical luck, they’ve been locked inside! All of the audio guides are going at once, so the girls are stuck listening to jumbled information that they don’t want. Somebody grabs Emily’s arm and they assume that it’s “A,” but it turns out it’s a creepy zoo employee. He tells them they need to leave because the zoo is closed. I think the girls are perfectly willing to leave!

Aria screams for help, she doesn’t want to hear any of Ezra’s excuses. She thinks he’s dangerous and that he tried to hurt Alison. She voices this to him. Ezra says that he lied about knowing Alison and he wanted to tell Aria many times, but he thought she wouldn’t forgive him. So he decided to stalk her and her friends instead? MEN. Aria continues screaming at Ezra, and he finally gets a few words in. He explains that he never hurt Alison; he was writing a book about her. He was writing an Alison DiLaurentis true crime novel. 

When Ezra admits that he knew who Aria was the entire time and that’s why he took the job at Rosewood, Aria is disgusted. He insists that even though he “took advantage of an opportunity” when he saw Aria at the bar, that he never lied about his feelings for her. Anything coming out of his mouth is hard to believe right now. 

Ezra explains that he stopped his research when he and Aria were in a serious relationship, and started again when they broke up; that’s how he knew Alison was alive. Ezra apologizes and says that he’ll burn the whole book. Aria’s not having any of that; she wants to read every single page. Ezra attempts to grab the papers from Aria, and what do you know? Instead of either one of them succeeding, the pages go flying. 

At the Montgomery house, Mona shows up late for a movie date with Mike. Aria gets home and is visibly upset; it’s obvious she’s been crying. Mona asks her if she’s ok but Aria just walks away silently. Mona gets a guilty look on her face. What is she up to now? 

Spencer also gets a surprise when she gets home; she’s greeted by Toby and her mother. Veronica called Toby because she was so concerned about Spencer and the pills. Toby now knows about her drug problem. He gives Spencer a necklace that he planned to give her at dinner, and he leaves after Veronica thanks him for coming. Veronica tells Spencer that she doesn’t know if she can handle this happening again, and that her resume is already tarnished by Radley. 

At the end, Aria angrily throws a book that Ezra gave to her across the room. Then, we see someone, presumably “A,” gathering up the pages of Ezra’s book. Great. “A” having this book is just what the girls need! 

Let’s see the aftermath of all of this next week! Thanks for reading. 🙂 

Hot For Teacher — But Even Hot Teachers Break The Law (Recap + Broken Laws for PLL Episode 4×18)

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At the beginning of the episode, Ali’s at a pay phone trying to call home (and now Maroon 5 is probably stuck in your head)… Or Shana; she needs Shana to get something from her house.  Emily wants to trust Shana, but Hanna disagrees, saying that Shana has “too many faces to count.” She makes a point, 2-faced is an understatement to describe some people in this show.
Spencer has a drug problem and is making it obvious in her demeanor. Even Hanna has already noticed her leg shaking. The girls all promise not to go searching for anything and to wait until they hear from Ali. I personally don’t see a point in making promises anymore with this crowd; we’ve seen how good Spencer is at keeping her word.

I enjoyed the little ADD medication montage that went on during Spencer’s frantic investigation of Ezra’s entire life. At first, she doesn’t remember that she’s dealing with a guy who lied about his last name, but when she searches for Ezra FitzGERALD she finds more results. I wonder if she can now recite the entire history of Board Shorts Ale given the amount of time she’s spent on her crazy research. She temporarily stops her search, but just to ask Andrew for more of his “notes” aka drugs. He’s all out, so she attempts to call her doctor posing as her mother. Judging by what happens later in the episode, it doesn’t seem like that call got her very far. I must mention that AWOLNATION’s song, “Sail” is 100% the perfect song for this scene… Good music cannot, however, change the fact that Spencer is breaking the law.

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

As discussed in my entry on episode 4×17 of PLL, Spencer got these pills from Andrew. 

Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. § §  780-101—780-144) (in relevant part)”…Knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under this act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board…”

Slick, Spencer. Stick to caffeine, girl! 

Ezra wants Aria to come to his super-safe, not-creepy-at-all cabin in the woods that he mentions just got broken into. Aria attempts to exude ignorance so that he doesn’t find out that she is the culprit. “What, like with robbers?”

Hanna gets her stuff back from Detective Holbrook, also now known as “Gabe.” She’s relieved to have her shoes back that were confiscated when Ashley was in prison. Now she feels like she has real feet again because of those heels! He mentions how busy he is with his investigation of CeCe, because it’s the norm around here for cops to chit-chat with teenagers about murder investigation. Welcome to Rosewood! “It’s the little things that are most important,” Gabe reminds Hanna. I certainly hope that proves to be true, because people spend a lot of time theorizing about this show!

When Emily tells Shana that she wants to help her with her Ali missions, Shana takes a stab at PLL fan pages everywhere by asking if Emily would like to contribute by making a “Friends of Ali” club equipped with collages and fan-fiction.

Hanna, taking her new cop BFF’s advice, pays attention to detail and tells Aria the details she’s noticed about Spencer; she’s clearly lying about something. Aria doesn’t care about this because she’s too busy with HER lies about Ezra. She does take the time to confirm something we already knew, Hanna’s friends have ZERO faith in her and think that she’s a MORON. When Aria finds out that Hanna has been talking to Gabe, she immediately assumes that the only thing Hanna has the ability to discuss is fashion. Hanna + Gabe = Book Club Buddies! Aria uses her father as her alibi for seeing Ezra this time. I’m losing track, first it’s her uncle’s cabin, now Syracuse with Byron… How does she keep up with her own stories?!

Since Andrew couldn’t help Spencer, Spencer finds another drug dealer — an intense, creepy girl named Brenda. Since Spencer didn’t show this girl her boobs, she doesn’t get any freebies this time like she did with Andrew; it’s $5 per pill. Of course, Ezra is lingering right near Spencer when she buys the drugs. He asks to talk to her about her “sub-par essay” that’s riddled with wikipedia commentary. He eerily reminds her that sloppy work leads to consequences and he’d hate to see her suffer. And if she does suffer, we learn in this episode that Ezra WILL see it; he’s got some crazy surveillance equipment in that cabin! Oh, and of course, as mentioned in my entry for last week’s episode, people can’t just go around selling their prescription drugs whenever they feel like it. This applied to Andrew last week, and now it applies to Brenda.


Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. § §  780-101—780-144) (in relevant part)
“…The sale at retail or dispensing of any controlled substance listed in Schedules II, III and IV to any person, except to one authorized by law to sell, dispense, prescribe or possess such substances, unless upon the written or oral prescription of a person licensed by law to prescribe such drug…”

Kudos to Brenda for committing a crime in her first ever PLL episode. Seriously, it helps my blog a lot!

Ezra continuously lingers in the background during scenes of this episode; we see him immediately after Aria talks to her guidance counselor about her frustration with lying about her boyfriend and her friends’ disapproval.

Emily and Hanna spy on Spencer in Hanna’s car after Spencer lies to Hanna pretending not to be home and claiming that she’s at the library. Hanna debunks this lie because she hears Spencer’s “stupid clock” in the background while they’re on the phone. Ezra’s right, Spencer’s getting sloppy! Hanna and Emily see Shana leaving Mrs. DiLaurentis’s house.
Ezra sneakily takes Spencer’s academic files which include information about her medication. While he’s doing this, he has a creepy scene with Jesse the guidance counselor.


According to the rules set out in the Pennsylvania department of education, Ezra has not YET violated any law by looking at Spencer’s academic files. However, depending on what he chooses to do with her files, we may need to revisit this subject in the future.

Shana shows up at Emily’s house because she needs her help. We see somebody in the background spying on them and taking pictures! Emily asks Shana questions about Paige. When Emily accuses Shana of spying on them, she assures Emily that she wasn’t SPYING, she was just “taking a look around.” Great, Shana! That is so much more comforting news! Shana recognizes the snow globe from Ali’s grandma. She tells Emily that she needs her help stealing something from a poster in Ali’s room.

Spencer goes to leave Aria a message which in turn would force her to tell her what she knows about Ezra, but at the last second, she chickens out and doesn’t leave the voicemail. This was the one time I actually WANTED Spencer to speak up.

The “Ezria” cabin scenes in this episode are all around creepy. First, Aria wants to go home and Ezra pretty much says that it’s a good thing for her to get closer to him and drift apart from her friends. Because that’s a completely normal thing for a boyfriend to want from his girlfriend.

Hanna corners Spencer about lying, but Spencer screams in her face for her to back off. Gabe/Detective Holbrook witnesses all of this. I wonder if Spencer will become a suspect again now; Her behavior is not helping her cause at all.

Emily gets the “thing” that Ali needed from her room, and it turns out that it’s $5,000.

Legal Note # 2!

I know that stealing 5 grand doesn’t sound legal, but Emily and Shana had permission from the owner of the $5,000, so that’s why I’m not mentioning this as a crime. 

Aria makes a point to mention that she’s been taking pictures around Ezra’s cabin. Ezra lies to her FACE about being out of chick peas as a method of getting Aria to leave the cabin to run an errand for him. The nerve of him! Vegans take their chick peas very seriously.  When Aria leaves, Ezra goes to the creepy trap door in the cabin and we learn that it leads to his psycho lair. It’s extraordinarily high-tech and looks like it must be VERY expensive. He definitely didn’t pay for all of that with his teaching salary. He has eyes EVERYWHERE with the equipment in there; he has shots of the girls all over town. He knows what they’ve been doing for this entire episode and God knows how much longer than that. He even already sees that Emily took something from Ali’s house, and it looks like he knows what it is. Tisk, tisk, Ezra. Didn’t you learn in school that harassment is against the law?

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

18 Pa. C.S. § 2709. Harassment (in relevant part).

“(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;
(3)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;…”

“(c)   GRADING.-

An offense under subsection (a)… (2) or (3) shall constitute a summary offense.”

Additionally, as with our discussion about Mona in my entry on the PLL episode, “Keep Your Friends Close,” Ezra could likely be found guilty of stalking as well:

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

18 Pa. C.S. § 2709.1. Stalking (in relevant part).

“(a)   OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits the crime of stalking when the person either:
(1)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts toward another person, including following the person without proper authority, under circumstances which demonstrate either an intent to place such other person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or to cause substantial emotional distress to such other person; …”

Next, Emily and Shana talk on the phone and agree that Shana will come pick up the money after her swim meet. However, she never shows up, and the next time we see Shana, she’s in her car, looking in her rearview mirror and screaming in fear.

Hanna gets permission from Spencer’s mom to come to the house by lying and saying that she needs her nail polish that Spencer borrowed. Maybe she does bring some of this 1-track-fashion-mind reputation on herself. What she really does is spy on Spencer by going into her computer and looking at EVERYTHING Spencer has been doing and keeping from the girls. She figures out that Spencer suspects Ezra, and shows up just as Spencer is about to investigate Ezra’s apartment.

(Potential) Broken Law # 5 Alert! 

Computer trespass – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 7615 (in relevant part) 

(a) Offense defined.–A person commits the offense of computer trespass if he knowingly and without authority or in excess of given authority uses a computer or computer network with the intent to: (1) temporarily or permanently remove computer data, computer programs or computer software from a computer or computer network; (2) cause a computer to malfunction, regardless of the amount of time the malfunction persists; (3) alter or erase any computer data, computer programs or computer software; (4) effect the creation or alteration of a financial instrument or of an electronic transfer of funds; or (5) cause physical injury to the property of another. 

(b) Grading.–An offense under this section shall constitute a felony of the third degree.

I labeled this as a POTENTIAL broken law, because if Hanna only intended to snoop without the required intent stated above, she could be in the clear… for once. 

Spencer rings everyone in the entire building’s buzzer until someone answers. When somebody does, Spencer claims she’s there to deliver flowers, and the person lets her in the building. Hanna confronts her and asks Spencer if she’s on drugs. She gives her opinion on Spencer’s theory about Ezra: “you’ve gotta be on crack if you think Ezra is ‘A’!”

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

Last time I checked, Spencer was not a florist, so she gained entry to the building in a deceitful way. She IS a pretty little liar, so we can’t get too shocked!

 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.

We discussed this in my entry on PLL “Reality Bites Me” for those who want to check up on the girls’ criminal history! 

Ezra has footage of Aria sleeping AND of Hanna and Spencer snooping around his apartment. Spencer finds his key and opens the door, and Ezra watches and delivers the best/creepiest line ever “Walk away, Spencer!” Luckily for him, she complies, not because of his request that she didn’t hear, but because she sees that Ezra has a hidden camera set up. He is looking worse and worse. When Aria wakes up in the cabin, she’s freaked out and asks where Ezra was, so of course he tells some lie.

Even though Spencer DID walk away like Ezra wanted, she could still get in trouble. She DID take use his key without permission and step, very briefly, inside his apartment. If she hadn’t noticed the camera, she most likely intended to steal any evidence she found in Ezra’s apartment.

Broken Law # 7 Alert! 

Burglary – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502

We discussed this one in my entry on PLL “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook” (see broken law 6) in regards to Wilden’s apartment. 

“(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of burglary if he enters a building or occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof, with intent to commit a crime  therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter.
   (c)  Grading. :
(1) … burglary is a felony of the first degree.

When Spencer fully fills Emily and Hanna in on her theory about Ezra, the girls are in disbelief. “But he was so sweet to me when my mom was in jail!” Hanna protests. That statement in itself sounds absolutely ABSURD. Emily feels betrayed too; he helped her with her college essays! Spencer explains that this must have been his method to get close to them. She says that they can’t tell Aria about this until they’re 100% sure. That makes a lot of sense. Keep your friend in potential danger for even longer, because that’s what friends are for in this show.

Because this worked out so well for Emily recently, she once again reveals a secret about Ali that only she is supposed to know; she tells the girls about the money and that Shana never showed up to get it. BAD move, Emily!

At the end, Ali’s at a pay phone trying to call Shana again. This time, her phone call wakes Shana up. She’s asleep in the driver’s seat of her car and she doesn’t know where she is when she wakes up. It appears that she’s been drugged, which is no longer any surprise in PLL where everyone has probably been drugged at least one time. When Shana turns the lights on her car to figure out where she is, she realizes she’s right in front of a sign that says “You’re now leaving Rosewood. Come back again!” Except someone has painted DON’T, in red to make it say “DON’T come back again!” Someone is pissed at Shana, and she’s terrified enough to hang up the phone with Ali immediately with no explanation. Ali starts crying because she’s running out of money. She tearfully looks at a picture of herself and the other girls, then she takes the midnight bus going anywhere.

Last, we see “A” watching a creepy black and white film, which most likely is a RED herring to get us to suspect Ezra even more. “A” has one of Wren’s prescription pads. Maybe we’ll find out what Wren is up to soon, but for now I’m sufficiently creeped out by the characters who are in town!

Bite Your Tongue — Even Talking Can Get You In Trouble In Rosewood (PLL 4×17 Recap + Broken Laws)

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This episode mentions relevant broken laws from Episode 4×16

This episode begins with Emily and Aria discussing a movie they just got back from seeing. Aria attempts to lightly mention Spencer, but it’s clear that Emily still has not forgiven Spencer for invading her secret rendez-vous with Alison in episode 4×16. As Emily and Aria approach Aria’s house, they hear music blasting. Party at Mike Montgomery’s! Aria barges in on her brother throwing a party, or as he refers to it, “having a few friends over.” Aria makes it clear to her brother that she’s “not chillin,” and she gives him 10 minutes to break the party up. I’m pretty sure there’s more than just water in those red cups everyone has, meaning Mike and his friends have also managed to break the law in the first 5 minutes of the episode. That’s pretty impressive!

This is a law that characters in PLL have been breaking since day 1. Seriously, check out our very first broken law discussion from my entry on the pilot episode of PLL!

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

Underage Drinking (in Relevant Part) 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6308 (a) :
“A person has violated the law against underage drinking if she is under 21 years old, attempts to purchase, consumes, possesses OR knowingly or intentionally transports any liquor or malt beverages…For a first offense, this is a “summary offense,” the lowest level of crime in Pennsylvania.
Penalties: Fine of up to $500.00, but the maximum fine for a first offense is $300, License Suspension of 90 days (1st offense) (an occupational limited license may be available for a first offense).”

It’s not as bad as Mike’s breaking and entering days, but still, he should know better!

Next, Spencer obsessively stalks her pictures from Ali’s journal and calls Hanna to find out earth-shattering news– Hanna is READING A BOOK! She’s into detective novels now and Spencer refuses to allow Hanna to be intelligent. She implies that Hanna can’t read on her own and needs a boy (Travis) to read to her. Hanna informs Spencer that she’s not seeing Travis anymore and she’s capable of reading by herself. 

Still in disbelief, Spencer asks Hanna if she really chose to stay home and read instead of going to the movies with Aria and Emily. It turns out, Hanna wasn’t invited to the movie because Emily is mad at Hanna for not being mad at Spencer. If you listen carefully, this almost sounds like a conversation that normal high school girls would have!

Aria and Emily find MONA in Aria’s house; They’re shocked to learn that Mike invited her. Mona informs Emily that not everyone treats her like garbage. Mona loves Aria’s wallpaper, Emily and Aria are sufficiently freaked out just by her presence. If they’re not busy being afraid of anonymous girls in red coats, they can still get their fix of horror by seeing Mona in a red dress!

The following day, Aria asks Mike about Mona. They met in a group in school with the new guidance counselor, Jesse (Wes Ramsey). Apparently he’s “cool” and Aria demands if Mona was at their house to poop or snoop. Mike wants Aria to stop judging Mona for tormenting her and her best friends. When Aria brings up that Mona is the reason Ella found out about Byron’s affair with Meredith, Mike suggests that if Aria forgave her dad,  she should forgive the messenger, Mona. While it makes me cringe when people defend Mona’s behavior on this show, I have to admit that Mike might have a point here. 

Wayne Fields is back and he immediately terrifies Emily by explaining that someone remotely messed with her GPS and/or car. Wayne notices that Em is acting weird AGAIN. But why don’t any of the parents realize that “A” is back? Wayne’s revelation about Emily’s car has caused Emily to boycott driving. She’s taking her bike where she’s obviously safe from “A,” since “A” would never attack a bike rider. I guess everybody has forgotten about that poor guy on Spencer’s decathlon team, but I digress.

Maggie is back; oh, great! She has returned because her landlord is SUCH a jerk for wanting her to return the keys to her old apartment! Maggie doesn’t want Ezra seeing Malcolm- he’s pissed, and so is Aria. She interrupts their conversation in Ezra’s classroom. Ezra tells Aria that “people get what they deserve eventually” when Aria begins getting angry about Maggie. Does he mean that Maggie deserved for him to punch her lawyer’s car? 

Next, Hanna runs into Detective Holbrook while book shopping. Holbrook recommends books and apologizes for abusing Hanna and her family, causing her mother to go to prison for NO reason and get an undeserved stigma of being a cop-killer. Hanna brushes this off; as long as he has a good taste in mystery novels, he can do no wrong. 

At school, Hanna and Emily talk. Emily fills Hanna in on what “A” did to her car. She tells Hanna that she doesn’t feel safe anywhere and predicts that next move by “A” might be to melt off her face with coffee. Emily demands for Hanna to stop reading; it’s great to see Hanna getting such sound advice from her friends! Hanna begs Emily to make up with Spencer but Emily slams a locker door in Spencer’s face instead. Hanna compares Emily and Spencer to her divorced parents. 

Aria flips out when she sees Mona acting flirty with Mike. Mona remarks she found a new crowd when the group “burned her off like a wart” after she helped Hanna’s mom get out of prison. Mona still has great one-liners even when they’re not delivered in the form of “A” text messages! Aria immediately assumes that Mona’s interest in Mike is solely for the purpose of stalking Aria and her friends. Mona brings up the same super-awesome guidance counselor that Mike mentioned, and Aria can’t even come up with a response to Mona’s accusations of her and the other PLLs treating her like a frozen wart/yoyo. 

Spencer runs into Andrew Campbell, who reminds her that she has a physics exam. Spencer freaks out because she completely forgot about the exam. She begs for Andrew to cover for her and come over with his physics notes later. Then she demands to know how he can stay up all night studying and still look so pretty the next day at school. She wants his beauty tips. 

Mona goes into Ezra/Mr. Fitz’s (I’m still unclear on what we’re calling him these days) classroom because he wanted to see her. He asks her to come in and close the door. I figured Ezra was not allowed to shut the door with students in the room anymore after the whole dating-his-underage-student thing, but it seems as if the administration of Rosewood High has temporarily forgotten about this.  

Hanna goes ballistic when she thinks a waiter threw her book in the garbage; she’s on the last two pages! She runs into Holbrook again, and admits she always skips to the ending of mystery books (there goes my speed-reading theory), but Holbrook insists that she needs to read the twist in the middle. He’s not into spoilers, but since he owes her for the whole sending her mother to prison thing, he hints that the twist has to do with the teeth used to identify the body. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that somebody stole teeth from the coffin where “Alison” was buried! Or maybe somebody just thought that necklaces made of teeth would be the next fashion trend. 

Aria confronts the new guidance counselor and explains that she’s worried that Mike is hanging out with a girl who’s “bad news.” Aria attempts to be polite describing Mona, so she comes up with a great euphemism, “MONA’S THE DEVIL.” She has always been great with words! Jesse wants Aria to come to sessions with him, but she declines. She’s too busy solving mysteries about fake dead girls to get any guidance. 

Next, we see Ezra send a mysterious text stating that “there’s a setback re: Alison.” That’s not creepy or anything. Luckily, somebody still thinks Ezra is trustworthy. Wayne Fields comes to Ezra’s classroom to discuss Emily’s recent strange behavior. Wayne isn’t pleased that Emily slept in her “dead” BFF’s bed while he was gone, nor is he pleased that Emily lived with Alison’s delusional, crazy mother. He insists that school can’t be the only cause for Emily’s stress. Wayne wants Ezra to help since he is “one of the only teachers that Emily trusts.” Ezra offers to give Emily an extra curricular project; let’s just hope it’s not like the projects he’s given Aria!

Andrew shows up at Spencer’s house with his physics notes, as promised. Spencer grills him on how many hours he studied for the exam; it turns out she has been “watching him,” and she sounds incredibly creepy when she tells him this. She wants him to share “his study aid. The kind with the child-proof cap,” because she needs to stay up late. She begs him, and reminds him that he should definitely give his drugs to her because she once showed him her side boob. Andrew admits that he knew Spencer would never trust somebody else’s notes, and admits that he had an ulterior motive for coming over; he was hoping that she was done with “that carpenter.” Everybody just loves calling Toby that out of jealousy! Since Spencer is still with Toby, for now Andrew decides to settle for being Spencer’s drug dealer! For the two smartest people at school, they sure know how to break rules! This brings us to: 

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. § §  780-101—780-144) (in relevant part)
“…The sale at retail or dispensing of any controlled substance listed in Schedules II, III and IV to any person, except to one authorized by law to sell, dispense, prescribe or possess such substances, unless upon the written or oral prescription of a person licensed by law to prescribe such drug…”

I’m looking at you, Andrew!


Broken Law # 3 Alert!: 

Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. § §  780-101—780-144) (in relevant part)“…Knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under this act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board…”

Now, I’m looking at YOU, Spencer! Don’t you have enough trouble in your life already?

Next, Emily wakes up in the middle of the night hearing creepy noises as usual in the PLL world. She grabs the first weapon she can find to defend herself and winds up nearly stabbing her father with a pair of scissors. Wow, Emily, way to NOT hide your craziness from your dad one bit. We do see a handprint outside Emily’s window, though, so “A” probably was planning on messing with Emily, and in that case, scissors would not likely be enough to save her!

Spencer is studying, but not for physics. She’s scrutinizing Ali’s diary, reading an entry about Ali on a date with a mystery boy who likes a weird pie and beer combination. On this date, Ali discusses her story-telling, then Ali and the mystery boy kiss. Spencer pictures the scenes in her head using her own voice to fill in the mystery boy’s part of the conversation. The mystery boy says that all great literature comes down to 2 themes: LOVE AND DEATH.

 Spencer has a lead after reading Ali’s diary entry. She shows up at Hanna’s house at 4 AM, and Hanna looks GORGEOUS for a girl who just got woken up by her crazy friend at that hour. Her mom luckily didn’t wake up from Spencer and her noise because she downed a bottle of wine before bed. Classic Ashley Marin. Spencer recognizes the pub Ali described in her diary with pie and beer boy. Spencer wants Hanna to go with her to the pub, but Hanna has big plans to go to the dentist and pose as a patient so she can steal the records about Ali’s case.

Aria runs into Maggie. Maggie really needs to go back to Ezra’s fake son and leave Rosewood. Aria is being her snarky self and inserting herself into the Maggie/Ezra/Malcolm situation. Maggie keeps calling Ezra “MR. FITZ” and implies that Aria’s GPA is solely from sleeping with Ezra. This leads to Aria shoving Maggie and causing her to drop a box filled with her belongings. Suddenly, Aria is sorry and “walks away fast,” as she recounts to Emily. Emily informs Aria that she will be working with Ezra on the next school play as a result of her close call with stabbing her father with scissors. 

At the dentist’s office, Hanna is told to wait because she has a loose filling, but she wants to get right into stealing files. Spencer goes to the pub where she runs into Mr. Fitz/Ezra. She asks what he’s eating, it’s the same pie that Spencer read about in Ali’s diary. Ezra rushes off and cancels the rest of his order. When the waitress returns, she gives Spencer the beer Ezra had ordered and deliberately doesn’t ID her. We just met this woman and she’s already breaking laws! She fits right in with the rest of the crowd.

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

 47 P.S. § 4-493(14) Pennsylvania Liquor Code: PERMITTING UNDESIRABLE PERSONS OR MINORS TO FREQUENT PREMISES (in relevant part) :
“…If a minor is frequenting a… restaurant… 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.” 

Beer and drugs cannot be a good mix for Spencer. I didn’t actually catch Spencer drinking the beer, but if she did, refer to the first broken law of this entry! 

Spencer and the waitress agree that Ezra’s order of weird berry pie and beer is gross, which was the same sentiment Ali had in the entry that led Spencer to this pub. Then Spencer notices what type of beer Ezra ordered, and this CANNOT be good; it’s called BOARD SHORTS ALE! Spencer immediately knows what this means: EZRA IS BOARD SHORTS! She’s Spencer and knows this as a fact because beer labels are ALWAYS concrete evidence. If I nicknamed all of my friends after their favorite beers, they’d all have some pretty weird nicknames! Spencer looks 100% convinced and terrified. Spencer goes through the entry in her head again, but this time, she fills in mystery boy’s voice with Ezra’s voice. It’s a little odd that she’s having a flashback of something she’s never seen in real life, but this is PLL where nothing is weird.  

Meanwhile, at the dentist, Hanna bolts from her chair to steal Alison’s dental records. She shoves the confidential file in her purse; she’s an expert at this by now. See my entry on PLL’s episode “The Homecoming Hangover” for a reminder on Hanna’s expertise on this particular broken law. It’s broken law # 2 in that entry. 

Broken Law # 5 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.”

NOTE: Spencer could have been guilty of this too when she looked at her attorney father’s confidential records about the Radley case in episode 4×16. 
I forgive her though, because of the priceless remark her father made to Toby afterwards: “PUT SOME PANTS ON. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RADLEY.” 

It’s very hard to teach these girls the lessons they need to learn about proper behavior!

“A” is trying really hard to teach Hanna this time, though! After stealing the file, Hanna returns to the dentist chair thinking that nobody noticed she’d been gone. She thinks she’s making small talk with Dr. Ackard, but we see that it’s “A” sticking a NEEDLE IN HANNA’S MOUTH. This is absolutely insane. Hanna quickly goes unconscious. 

 Emily shows up at school after-hours and of COURSE, something creepy happens. There are no lights on inside and Emily hears scary noises. Not considering the fact that she’s been being stalked for the past few years, she assumes the best, her English teacher must be making the noise, so she bellows “Mr. Fitz?!” instead of leaving. Doors start slamming and locking by themselves, and music starts blaring out of the speakers. Emily frantically calls her father to pick her up. A neon sign lights up in the hall that flashes, “Act Normal, Bitch!” Really, “A?” That’s a low blow, there! 

Still at the dentist, Hanna wakes up. She’s completely freaked out (rightfully so) and the file is gone from her purse. Emily is still at the Rosewood house of horror trying to get herself out through the window because she’s locked inside. Her dad arrives and she bangs on the window to get his attention. Wayne realizes the doors are locked, Emily sees a creepy “A” like shadow, and someone is attempting to open the door to the room she’s in; the doorknob is moving. Emily gets her dad’s attention and he climbs up to rescue Emily who is screaming that someone is there trying to get her. Wayne rescues Emily just as the person was about to go in the room. We see a black hoodie person staring at her out the window. 

Immediately afterwards, Wayne collapses due to a heart condition. Wayne claims it’s “just stress.” 
Even though he’s going to the hospital, he seems confident about his health, but so does everyone who dies on this show. Oh, PLL, PLEASE DO NOT KILL OFF WAYNE FIELDS! 

After this incident, Emily goes to Aria’s house, absolutely terrified. These girls are always terrified. Spencer comes over because Aria told her about Emily’s dad. Spencer and Emily finally hug it out. Hanna arrives and tells her dentist horror story. Her mouth is still numb.

Among her other skills, Spencer is suddenly a dentist too. Hanna asks the girls to look in her mouth and Spencer grabs the tweezers and retrieves an “A” NOTE LEFT IN HANNA’S MOUTH. CREEPY MUCH? It says: “I told you: Dead girls can’t smile. Stop looking. -A” WHAT?!?!? As creepy as this note is, if I were Hanna, I’d be more worried about my health at this point… Although I’d hesitate to trust ANY doctors anywhere near this town. 

Finally, at the end, we see someone in black gloves, presumably “A,” taking the files Hanna had, shredding them, & using them for TIPPI THE BIRD’S CAGE. We see a map of Cape May, and the bird greets “A” by saying “HEY BOARD SHORTS.” Tippi the bird is back in town with a vengeance! I’ll be back with another update on PLL next week, because I don’t anticipate the crime in Rosewood to stop! 

I’ll be updating soon with my first “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” installment. Additionally, don’t forget that “Twisted” comes back on February 11th and so do my updates on the show! Thanks for reading. 🙂