FrAmed but Proven Guilty: The Broken Laws in PLL episode 6×08

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This edition of Pretty Little Broken Laws will focus on Alison and Lorenzo. In the episode, Alison visits Lorenzo who is still recovering from last week’s arcade riot, the result of the police invading Jason’s so-called private rendez-vous with Charles.

Alison folds Lorenzo’s clothing and makes him soup; she charms him with claims that she couldn’t think of a better way to thank him. But when Lorenzo falls asleep, Ali thinks of the best way to thank him! She steals his police ID/key so that she can see the evidence about Charles with her own eyes and without permission.

Because the police in Rosewood are so vigilant, her plan goes off without a hitch until Tanner catches her. “I didn’t touch anything!” Alison insists while simultaneously holding a piece of evidence in her hands; it’s her old rattle from when she was a baby and the police found it in the bunker. The only problem is that now, the rattle is evidence from a crime scene and Ali isn’t allowed to play with it like she’s a newborn.

Ali must have felt left out because her friends have been busy breaking into animal labs (check out my entry on that )while she has been on her best behavior, but now she’s pushing her luck.

Ali’s Broken Law 1: 18 PA Cons. Stat. § 3921. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition. (In relevant part)

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

LEGAL NOTE: Ali would likely get the second degree misdemeanor here. (more…)

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…)

PLL Shadow Play… if I May. -Rhyming Recap of Pretty Little Liars Episode 4×19

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My RHYMING recap special entry can be found here!

Since the most recent episode of Pretty Little Liars was a film noir special that took place in Spencer’s mind, I did a special type of recap this time. I don’t hold people accountable for what they do in their dreams, so instead of writing about the broken laws, I made my own special recap. It rhymes! 🙂

It can be found on my other blog right here! It’s very entertaining and I recommend you checking it out. I didn’t post it here just because it doesn’t go with the theme of this blog, but you will still enjoy it! Thanks for reading.

Love ShAck BAby: Let’s Hope No One Shacks Up In Jail! (Recap/ broken laws of PLL Episode 4×15)

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This entry will address any relevant laws that were broken in the premiere of season 4B also

The episode starts right where we left off last week. The girls yell at Hanna for hiding Alison’s journal from them, and Hanna’s excuse is that she hid it because of what Ali wrote in there. There were secrets about all of them and insulting comments. Eventually they agree to take turns reading the journal to figure out which stories were about them (Ali used fake names). Emily’s going first. Of COURSE the girls think it’s smart to trust the diary written by a girl who pretended to be dead for years.

Emily has a dream — at least it looked like a dream; we can never know for sure with this show — about Ali visiting her. In the dream they discuss the journal. Ali begs Emily to help her because Emily always saw the best in her. Emily pretty much tells Ali that she doesn’t see anything good about her now, even if Ali did save her life twice. They discuss a journal entry Ali wrote about the kissing rock, which was Emily and Ali’s meeting spot. Ali thought she was smart “locking everything in a journal” but she now realizes that “THEY” took it all. Emily asks Ali who’s after her but Ali says that she doesn’t know. The intense conversation is interrupted by Emily’s loud, awful, worst noise creator of an alarm clock. That thing is almost as bad as “A!”

Legal Note 1: 

Although this seems like it should be absolutely illegal, the act of faking your own death is not a crime on its own. It depends on the REASON somebody faked their own death. Usually, people who have done this wind up getting arrested because they faked their death to avoid getting caught for a crime that they committed before the “death.” Until we know if that’s the case with Alison, her messed up behavior is not against the law. 

Hanna and Ashley have a brief heart-to-heart regarding Caleb. Hanna puts on a brave face, but there’s no way she’s gotten over Caleb this quickly. It’s not like she can fall in love with a ghost overnight like Caleb can.

Spencer shows up at Toby’s house and learns that her father canceled his meeting with Toby about Radley. She suspects that her father has ulterior motives anyway, but Toby still wants to pursue his war against Radley.  Spencer promises to call her dad for him. Oh yeah and Spencer can cook flan in case anyone wants some; she’s made it clear that she’s your girl!

Aria leaves a note for Ezra in his classroom. She gives Spencer a lame excuse about returning a pen, which leads to Spencer interrogating her, then informing her that she likes Jake, but LOVES Ezra. Score for #Ezria! Then she and Spencer join the other girls who are reading the infamous journal. Unbeknownst to them, Ezra is STARING at them the entire time looking like the creepiest person on earth.

 Emily has been busy; she has color-coded the journal (one color for each girl and white if she doesn’t know who the story is about). Spencer attempts to take credit for Emily’s way of thinking, but Emily shoots back that she got that from her mama. When they decide who should get the journal next, Hanna actively prevents Aria from taking it & claims that her reasoning is that Spencer is “good with clues.” I guess Aria’s not so good at finding clues because she believes this. The girls also learn that Ali was a poet & they didn’t even know it. One of her poems is about the “Busy Bee Inn,” a reference that Aria recognizes even though Spencer’s supposed to be the detective here. The girls decide to check the place out later even though it has closed down. This all makes perfect sense in their minds because they always make the BEST decisions. Hanna also tells her friends that she & Caleb broke up. She claims it was a “clean break” and she’s “totally fine.” Everyone knows that when a girl says she’s “fine,” it’s a pretty little lie.

Aria goes into Ezra’s classroom to cancel their plans. She has bigger and better things to do tonight; she’s headed to a closed hotel! She uses Hanna’s breakup with Caleb as an excuse. During this scene, Ezra is working hard on something; he claims that it’s the end of a story that he’s writing. Aria is completely unsuspicious of Ezra, and she supplies him with all of the information he needs to spend the night as a sketchy spy. She tells him that she and all the girls will be out of town.

 Ezra brings up their night at the cabin and pretty much says that them being together feels right and Jake doesn’t exist. When Aria leaves the room, Ezra puts on headphones and we hear Ali’s voice; she’s begging someone for help screaming that she needs to escape and find a way to “not be Alison DiLaurentis anymore.”  Ezra loudly discusses his illegal relationship with a student and then listens to a recording of a girl who is supposed to be dead, a girl who he’s supposedly never met. Is he trying to get in trouble? It’s a good thing we like trouble in this blog; we can thank Ezra for:

Broken Law # 1 Alert (From Episode 4×15)

This one should look familiar; we’ve been over this many times with Ezra and Aria! For example, it was discussed in my entry on episode 1×10 of Pretty Little Liars, “Keep Your Friends Close.” See broken law # 10 of that entry.  Moving the same illicit behavior to a secluded cabin in the woods does not make it right!

18 Pa. C.S. § 3124.2(a.2) – Institutional sexual assault (in relevant part)

“A person who is a volunteer or an employee of a school or any other person who has direct contact with a student at a school commits a felony of the third degree when he engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a student of the school.”

Ezra, this is not what people mean when they say that teachers are supposed to teach their students lessons! This is a bit much for a one-on-one session with a student. 

Emily, following the instructions of a note she received, heads to the kissing rock to meet Ali at “their spot.” On the kissing rock, we see a heart with the initials EF and AD inside. Presumably this is about Emily & Ali, judging by the way Emily is caressing the heart, but let’s not forget that Emily has the same initials as Ezra Fitz. Ali doesn’t show up. I wonder what excuse she’ll use this time; she probably shouldn’t play dead again. That’s getting old pretty quickly.

Spencer goes home to keep her promise to Toby and call her dad. She’s surprised to find her dad at home already speaking to Mistress… I mean Mrs. DiLaurentis. She overhears them discuss that Jason doesn’t know about something. When she confronts them, Mrs. D claims that they were referring to her divorce and that Peter was giving legal advice to her. When Mrs. D leaves, Spencer blows up in Peter’s face and demands why she can’t even indirectly speak to Jessica but he can have secret meetings with her. She’s furious and accuses him of canceling on Toby to see Mrs. D.

Peter tells Spencer that he canceled on Toby because he didn’t know how to tell him what he learned about Radley; apparently Toby’s mom’s death was an accident, and they covered it up because another “fragile” patient was present when Marion fell off of the roof. Peter’s a lawyer; he’s the perfect person to bring us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

This one may look somewhat familiar as well; we’ve discussed it before. An example can be found in my entry on episode 4×10, “The Mirror Has Three Faces (See the legal note after broken law 4).

Here, if Wilden were still alive, he could get in trouble for this, along with the owners of Radley.

Intimidation of witnesses or victims – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 4952 (in relevant part) 

    (a)  Offense defined.–A person commits an offense if, with the intent to or with the knowledge that his conduct will obstruct, impede, impair, prevent or interfere with the administration of criminal justice, he intimidates or attempts to intimidate any witness or victim to:

 (1)  Refrain from informing or reporting to any law enforcement officer, prosecuting official or judge concerning any information, document or thing relating to the commission of a crime.
 (2)  Give any false or misleading information or testimony relating to the commission of any crime to any law enforcement officer, prosecuting official or judge.
 (3)  Withhold any testimony, information, document or thing relating to the commission of a crime from any law enforcement officer, prosecuting official or judge.
 (4)  Give any false or misleading information or testimony or refrain from giving any testimony, information, document or thing, relating to the commission of a crime, to an attorney representing a criminal defendant.

Grading: (in relevant part)
” (1)  The offense is a felony of the degree indicated in paragraphs (2) through (4) if: …
(ii)  The actor offers any pecuniary or other benefit to the witness or victim or, with the requisite intent or knowledge, to any other person.
 (iii)  The actor’s conduct is in furtherance of a conspiracy to intimidate a witness or victim.
 (iv)  The actor accepts, agrees or solicits another to accept any pecuniary or other benefit to intimidate a witness or victim.

It’s definitely a bad sign when you can’t trust the doctors and police officers in your town!

Hanna runs into Travis at The Brew where she went to find Emily. Emily’s not there, and she and Travis get into a conversation about CeCe. Apparently she has been spotted recently and the cops are actively trying to find her. When he implies that CeCe was paid to kill Wilden, Hanna questions him, and he explains that a lot of people wanted Wilden dead.

Legal Note 2: 

If what Travis said about CeCe is true, we will discuss the illegality of her behavior. 

Spencer, still fuming, hunts down Mrs. DiLaurentis and screams at her to find a lawyer who she hasn’t slept with and to stay away from her father. Something tells me that this was a TERRIBLE idea.

In a shocking turn of events for PLL, the girls set out on a journey in the dark, during a thunderstorm in a car that ends up breaking down leaving them stranded in the woods. Hanna contacts Travis for help with the car, but he needs 2 hours before he can get there. Aria suggests that the girls go to a nearby cabin that her “uncle” owns. Before the car broke down, the girls had been reading Ali’s journal, and Hanna kept blasting music to drown out a story about a “cradle robber.” Should we call him Ezra, Uncle Ezra or Mr. Fitz? This is getting confusing. Imagine if there was a drinking game for every time the girls were in danger, in the dark, in the woods with car trouble. Extra points if they also have no cell phone service, because that’s the situation here, and this is NOT their first rodeo in a scenario where their cell phones fail when they’re in extreme danger. **Note: I am NOT actually recommending that anyone play a drinking game like this; it would be incredibly dangerous, especially with this particular show.

The girls walk in the woods and the pouring rain to Aria’s fake Uncle’s cabin. Spencer badgers Hanna about missing pages from Ali’s journal and accuses her of taking them. Hanna denies this. Emily is astounded that Aria’s orthodontist uncle has such an impressive painting collection. Spencer suggests that Aria bring Jake to this cabin. I’m sure Ezra would be thrilled with that idea!

Aria is not only lying to her friends about who the cabin belongs to, but also using the cabin without Ezra’s permission. This leads us to:

Broken Law # 3 Alert! : 

18 Pa.C.S. § 3503: Criminal trespass (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; or
(ii) breaks into any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof.
(2) An offense under paragraph (1)(i) is a felony of the third degree, and an offense under subparagraph (1)(ii) is a felony of the second degree.
(3) As used in this subsection:
“Breaks into.” To gain entry by force, breaking, intimidation, unauthorized opening of locks, or through an opening not designed for human access.

Excellent behavior, Aria. You’re getting extra credit for that one!

Hanna confesses that the “Cradle Robber” story is about her hooking up with Mike Montgomery. Hanna has a flashback where Alison treats her like complete crap about this, and only agrees to keep the secret for the sake of Hanna and Aria’s friendship. How noble of her. Ali assures Hanna that she’ll find a guy who likes her for who she really is… it just might take her longer than the rest of the girls. Hanna once said it best; Alison was her best friend and her worst enemy.

The girls are surprised about Hanna’s story, but nobody, including Aria, gets mad at her. Emily asks Hanna again what happened with Caleb, and she says that Caleb met someone else and he left her. “A” is watching the girls through the window… What a surprise! Hanna and Emily go outside because they just love the woods so much, and Aria hides Ezra’s Hollis T-shirt so Spencer doesn’t figure out who her “uncle” really is. “A” locks Spencer and Aria in a room. This situation is pretty typical for the PLLs; Spencer and Aria are locked in a room while Hanna and Emily are in the woods with no cell service, too far out of earshot to hear their friends screaming for help. When Spencer and Aria hear something outside the door, they grab paddles as weapons. It turns out, Hanna and Emily are there and they open the door so Aria and Spencer can escape. The girls realize that Alison’s journal is gone (stolen).

The girls aren’t done with those paddles yet! There’s a knock at the door, and the girls grab various items including the paddles, under the assumption that “A” is at the door. They open the door to find Travis, there to help with their car trouble. Travis must be wondering why the Marins always seem armed and dangerous.

At the same time the girls are on their dangerous journey, Ezra takes it upon himself to show up at the Marin household. Apparently he has not received the memo that just because you dated one of your students doesn’t mean that you can show up at other students’ houses, completely uninvited because they might be “failing a class.” This is very Wilden-esque behavior, and it only gets worse. Ashley Marin receives a work-related phone call, during which Ezra claims he can “entertain himself.”

Ezra’s idea of entertaining himself entails rushing up the stairs, barging into Hanna’s room, looking through all of her stuff, pouring out all of the contents of Hanna’s purse onto her bed and looking at every object on Hanna’s dresser. Then, for the icing on the cake that Ezra always seems to be eating, he uses Hanna’s laptop without permission to do something presumably involving hacking and/or spying. When Ashley finally gets off the phone, Ezra claimed that he had been reading the entire time. Did he even clean up the mess he made in Hanna’s room? It turns out Ezra and Aria have a lot in common; he’s breaking the same exact law that she just did!

Broken Law # 4 Alert! [See broken law # 3 directly above– Ezra is guilty of the same thing] 

Ezra is still in the lead though: 

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.

While we don’t know Ezra’s exact motives with Hanna’s computer, he most likely fits in with one of the requirements for this offense. 

I’m impressed that Ezra hasn’t landed himself in prison way before this!

When the girls finally return to Rosewood, Travis comforts Hanna — or at least watches her cry. I don’t know if that’s nice, creepy, or both. Aria talks to Ezra on the phone and they say “I love you,” which leads to Aria lying to Emily and saying she was talking to Jake. These girls cannot go 5 minutes without lying. Spencer has another blow-up fight with her dad when she hears him lie to her mom on the phone, and Peter flips out at Spencer for her behavior towards Jessica. He contends that if Spencer continues acting this way, she will destroy their family. Emily and Aria get an “A” text thanking them for “the tip.” Emily concludes that they gave Alison to “A” by investigating the journal. At the very end, “A” is typing on a computer, with an apple on his desk, teacher style. Whatever is happening on that computer is complicated, probably involves hacking, and means nothing good for the girls.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another update soon, since a new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” airs tonight, and I’m sure it will involve a lot of trouble!

The Mirror Has Three Faces – Are They All Pretty Little Liars? (PLL Episode 4×10 recap + broken laws)

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Firstly, while last week’s episode, “Into The Deep,” was quite eventful, our biggest offenders were either being institutionalized or tracked by ankle bracelets.  Ashley is not a fan of her new required jewelry, but so far she’s being compliant.  The only broken laws were committed by unknown offenders, and they will be addressed when we learn who was behind the crimes.

Onto the most recent episode, 4×10, “The Mirror Has Three Faces.”

This episode begins with our favorite four girls attempting to sneak back to school after cutting class to attempt to visit (and interrogate) Jenna.  Hanna insists that they would have been more successful if they wore the candy stripe uniforms that they’ve already been caught wearing by hospital security cameras; that doesn’t sound like such a great plan either.  Didn’t Hanna just get busted for trying to bury a concealed weapon that was used to murder a police officer?  Has she learned nothing?

In the school hallway, Emily receives a text that she deems “worse than an ‘A’ text.”  Mrs. DiLaurentis has texted her offering her a place to stay instead of the motel room where she has been living; Emily now has the opportunity to stay in Ali’s old bedroom.  She is extraordinarily creeped out by this, but Hanna insists that Emily take Mrs. DiLaurentis up on the offer so that she can look for clues.

Spencer and Hanna debate over which is creepier: Emily’s current motel or Ali’s bedroom.  Spencer feels that it’s scary to sleep in your dead best friend’s bedroom, but Hanna points out that Emily’s motel comes fully equipped with an ice machine employee who crushes ice with his armpits.  This is a tough call, but Hanna deems Ali’s room the better choice; these girls have had some bad experiences with creepy hotels.

Spencer sees Ezra struggling to open the door to his classroom, as he’s forgotten his keys (for the second time today).  She offers to help him get the door open because of her experience in picking locks.  She should add that into her college admissions essay along with tales of her stay at Radley.

Hanna is asking Caleb about his progress in his sleuthing process of finding out who owns the forwarding address that they’re using to track Red Coat.  Hanna wants to know if the address belongs to CeCe, so Caleb patiently explains that it’s a P.O. Box and people don’t jump out of those the way people jump out of birthday cakes.  He mentions that he has a lead, so of course Hanna wants to know how he got it… until he mentions the word “firewall.”  Fire what?! Ok, Caleb, you can take care of this on your own.

Aria shows Jake pictures that she has taken of him and they discuss his match tonight — and it requires head shots!  Aria wants to go to the match and Jake agrees to this.

Wren is back!  And apparently he is now a psychologist at Radley and Mona is his patient.  He shows her a picture and asks for her emotional reaction, but Mona is not very cooperative.  She insults the artist of the picture with snarky remarks.  Then, Wren asks her about Wilden, and she still contends that she killed him to get him out of her friends’ way.  Wren doesn’t believe her and he wishes Mona would trust him the way she did last time she was in Radley.  Mona explains that she would never be honest with him again after finding out where his loyalties lie and that he had been keeping secrets from her.  This whole exchange is bizarre; does this mean that Wren used to do A-team dirty work for Mona?  Loyalties? Wren is loyal?

Toby heads to his loft where he finds an envelope labeled “Toby Cavanaugh” (we saw “A” with this envelope in the final scene of episode 4×09).  Inside, he finds the music to a song called “Any Time” and a note that says “leave the lamb alone and go to the lion.”

Meanwhile, Spencer and Emily arrive at Emily’s new digs, Ali’s old bedroom.  It doesn’t look old though; it looks exactly the same as it did when Ali still lived there.  Emily freaks out about staying there because it looks like The Museum of Modern Alison DiLaurentis.  Ali’s old hair accessories (even the creepy bows!), her posters and her jewelry remain placed in the bedroom as if nothing has changed.  Mrs. DiLaurentis walks into the room and immediately wants Emily to feel at home.  She apologizes that the house is cold; a repair man is coming later to fix the furnace.  She offers the girls vanilla wafers, then she offers Emily some hangers, before realizing that all of the hangers are still being occupied by Alison’s clothing.  Emily and Spencer look terrified of the closet when they see Ali’s entire wardrobe; it’s as if they think that if they open the closet doors, they’ll be taken into Narnia and get stuck there forever.  Emily quickly ends this awkward moment by assuring Mrs. DiLaurentis that she doesn’t really wear clothes that need hangers.

While Emily is getting used to the Ali shrine that is her temporary bedroom, Hanna is at her house with Caleb.  Hanna assures Caleb that she has not rekindled her friendship with carbs; the food in front of her is for her mother. Caleb thought that they’d go to Philly to investigate the mystery PO box, but Hanna informs him that Aria is already doing that; she has a different request.  She wants Caleb to get her into Radley so that she can visit her crazy, old bestie, Mona.  Caleb reminds Hanna that Mona is undergoing a psych evaluation and that it’s ridiculous for any of them to trust her at all.  He suggests that Hanna go to the police and her parents and tell them that “A” is back.

Instead of talking to her mother or the police, Hanna stalks Wren down.  Hanna begs Wren to let her in to see Mona.  He refuses and says that he shouldn’t even be speaking to Hanna because of her mother’s situation.  When Hanna explains that she wants to ask about CeCe, Wren seems troubled, and Hanna notices.  When she asks about it, he explains that he was told that a blonde girl attempted to visit Mona last night and he had assumed that it was Hanna.  He then pretty much says that the security system sucks at Radley because they’re short-staffed, and implies that CeCe may have gotten in somehow even though she was refused entry at the front desk.  Hanna begs him to peruse the Radley security cameras to find out the truth, and Wren agrees to “see what he can do.”

Apparently, what he can do is immediately grab his cell phone to make a shady phone call to a mysterious person and say “We have a problem.  I’ll take care of my end; you take care of yours.”  We’re left wondering what that means.

Toby has shown Spencer the note he received.  Clearly “the lamb” was a reference to Eddie Lamb, and Spencer somehow concludes that the lion is Doctor Palmer.  Toby recognizes the sheet music that was sent to him; his mother used to play that song all of the time.  He asks Spencer to go visit Doctor Palmer with him.  She agrees to go, but she wants to know how long she will need to continue lying to her friends.  Toby says that if the other girls find out about any of this, “A” will stop giving him information, so Spencer has to keep lying until Toby finds out what really happened to his mother.  Evidently, Toby has decided that everything “A” tells him is trustworthy information.

Emily creeps around the DiLaurentis’ house, which is unusually dark, until she gets startled by Mrs. DiLaurentis.  Mrs. DiLaurentis reveals that her husband is divorcing her.

A very angry Ezra Fitz confronts Maggie with an envelope from a DNA lab.  It turns out, Ezra is not Malcolm’s father, and Maggie knew this the entire time.  She attempts to come up with pathetic excuses, but Ezra is furious, AND he has grounds to sue her.  That’s right, Maggie, you can’t just go around and tell people that they’re the father of your child, not without bringing us to:

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

According to Pennsylvania case law, Ezra would have a civil case against Maggie for fraud.  Fraud is:   

“anything calculated to deceive, whether by single act or combination, or by suppression of truth, or suggestion of what is false, whether it be by direct falsehood or by innuendo, by speech or silence, word of mouth, or look or gesture.” Martin v. Hale Prods., 699 A.2d 1283, 1287-88 (Pa. Super. 1997)

The test for fraud: 
(1) misrepresentation, (2) a fraudulent utterance, (3) an intention by the maker that the recipient will thereby be induced to act, (4) justifiable reliance by the recipient upon the misrepresentation, and (5) damage to the recipient as a proximate result. N.C. v. M.H., 923 A.2d 499, 503 (Pa. Super. 2007)

Although since Ezra has no biological rights to Malcolm, since he’s not the father and his name wasn’t on the birth certificate, he still can sue Maggie for fraud and he’d have a chance at winning, given what she has done.

While Ezra surprises Maggie with all of the information he knows about her deceitful behavior, Hanna informs her friends, via text message, that CeCe may have visited Mona in Radley.  She had just gone to drop off some papers at Mrs. Hastings’ office, and she catches Caleb headed in the same direction.  Hanna interrupts Caleb’s plan to tell Veronica about “A.”  Caleb explains that he’s worried that he isn’t enough to protect Hanna anymore against this enemy that is “everywhere and nowhere at the same time.”  If those words sound familiar, it’s because Mona said the same thing about Red Coat when she was trapped in a burning building with the girls.  Wren pulls up and stares at Hanna and Caleb with an odd expression on his face.  It seems like he’s up to no good.

Next, Veronica Hastings heads home to get some files.  She gets a surprise and clearly unwanted visit from Wren.  When Wren brings up the possibility of Veronica still liking him, she laughs in his face and demands why he’s in her house.  Wren explains that he came to warn Veronica about Mona.  Veronica says that she doesn’t care why Mona confessed and whether or not her confession is true, because she’s an evil defense attorney who doesn’t care about the real facts as long as she wins her case.

Wren insists that while Mona did confess, she’s going to turn it around and use it against Veronica.  He claims that Mona plans on saying that Veronica bullied her into confessing to murdering Wilden.  When Veronica reminds Wren that he could lose his medical license by telling her this information, Wren seems oddly unconcerned.  Maybe that’s because he’s experienced, somehow, in every type of field of medicine in the world.  However, Veronica is correct; Wren has just broken the law, leading us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

42 Pa.C.S. § 5944 – Psychotherapist-patient privilege: (in relevant part)

“No psychiatrist or person who has been licensed . . . to practice psychology shall be, without the written consent of his client, examined in any civil or criminal matter as to any information acquired in
the course of his professional services in behalf of such client. The confidential relations and communications between a psychologist or psychiatrist and his client shall be on the same basis as those provided or prescribed by law between an attorney and client.”

According to case law, this applies to both, testimony and records created during the confidential relationship. Commonwealth v. Eck, 413 Pa. Super. 538,545, 605 A.2d 1248, 1252(1990)


For our purposes, I’m presuming that Wren does, in fact, have a license to practice psychology, although I truly don’t understand how a man that was still in medical school two years ago practices so many different fields of medicine.  But if he has this license, he has also confirmed with Veronica that Mona is still his patient, so he’d definitely be in violation of the law.

I suppose it wouldn’t be a proper way to return back to Rosewood without breaking the law on your first day back! 

Ezra is still screaming at Maggie, and she attempts to justify her behavior by explaining that she “knew there was a question and gave herself the answer that she wanted.”  Apparently Maggie doesn’t realize that she’s in Rosewood, where lying is everybody’s specialty; she’s an amateur.  The “answer she wanted?”  That’s a nice euphemism for lying, Maggie!  Ezra is devastated by this revelation, and as sad as this scene is, I’m sure Ezria fans all over the place just want Maggie and Malcolm to get out of Rosewood, NOW, Monopoly style.  Do not pass GO, do not collect $200, just get out.  

Meanwhile, the girl Ezra lost because of all of the commotion with Maggie, Aria, is currently on a scavenger hunt for CeCe Drake, while she’s supposed to be at Jake’s match.  She plans to stalk every vintage clothing boutique in town until she can locate CeCe.  She has a good alibi though, she told him that she was going to get frozen yogurt.  However, it seems like she’s been walking around for about an hour, so that yogurt must be really good!  Aria finds an angry girl in a pink shirt packing boxes.  Aria approaches her and states that she’s looking for CeCe Drake.  Apparently this girl has a problem with CeCe also, since she responds, “If you find her, let me know.”

Emily is at Museum DiLaurentis, talking to Ali’s mom about how people have different ways of grieving.  Mrs. DiLaurentis feels as if she “loses a piece of Ali” every day and claims that, that is her reason for recreating Ali’s bedroom.  Emily opens up to Mrs. D about her relationship issues, to which Mrs. D has a somewhat odd response.  She assumes that Emily is referring to a male significant other, but when Emily comes out to her, she implies that she knew that Emily was in love with Ali.  She also wishes that Ali returned those feelings for Emily. 

Back in Philly, Aria is still talking to the angry girl.  She informs Aria that when CeCe “left” UPenn (at first she claims that CeCe dropped out, but Aria reveals that she knows that CeCe was kicked out), she was supposedly still paying rent.  It appears that this girl is losing her apartment because of CeCe.  The girl reveals that Ali got CeCe kicked out of school, or at least that’s CeCe’s story, and this girl believes it.  She has met Alison and she could “see that girl pushing someone down the stairs.”  We learn that she’s referring to the fraternity party the girls went to back in the beginning of the series.  A girl was pushed down the stairs at that party, and according to this new information, Ali is the person who pushed the girl, and then she framed CeCe which got her kicked out of school.

As if that isn’t enough shocking information for Aria, the girl continues.  She’s surprised Aria didn’t already know all of this, because she is part of the group of “she-devils,” as CeCe referred to them, that hung out with Alison.  Aria learns that CeCe thought all of the girls were in on Alison’s little “prank,” and she held a grudge and hated all of them for it.  

Potential Broken Law # 3 Alert! 

If the girl’s story is true and Alison really pushed a girl down the stairs, Alison would have been guilty for: 
Aggravated assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2702 (in relevant part): 
“(a) Offense defined.–”A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he: attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another,or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life;…”

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

Alison is making it really difficult for people to miss her. 

Speaking of Alison, while Aria is finding out all of this news, Hanna is in Alison’s house looking for Mrs. DiLaurentis.  As Hanna walks in, we see somebody in a red coat walk in as well, but of course Hanna doesn’t notice.  Hanna roams around Ali’s room looking at her old trinkets, including a music box.  In the mirror of the music box, we see that a person in a red coat and an Ali mask is in the same room as Hanna, and Hanna doesn’t notice this because she’s busy fiddling around with an old ring of Ali’s.  

Spencer and Toby go to visit Dr. Palmer, and at first it seems as if he doesn’t have much information to give them.  They both look disappointed.  Meanwhile Aria is finally actually heading towards Jake’s match– he’s up in 5 minutes — but she gets a phone call from Ezra and tells Jake that she needs to take the call.  Apparently she really meant “One sec, I have to decline this call in private!” 

While Spencer is visiting one mental patient, her mother is visiting another; Veronica pays a visit to Mona in Radley to show her just how tough she is.  She asks Mona why she’s taking the blame for Wilden’s death, and makes it clear that she has the connections to make sure Mona spends the rest of her life rotting in a jail cell if she should use this stunt against Spencer or her friends.  

Back at the Dr. Palmer visit, Spencer miraculously knows how to play the song that Toby received on the piano, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a piano conveniently in the room!  Spencer begins playing it, and Dr. Palmer suddenly thinks that Spencer is Marion Cavanaugh, Toby’s mother.  He asks her if Toby is coming today.  Spencer weirdly pretends that she is her boyfriend’s dead mother so that she can get information out of Dr. Palmer.  Dr. Palmer’s visiting time runs out just when Spencer asks Dr. Palmer about the dangerous blonde girl– you know, the one that Dr. Palmer warned “her” about, since she’s still playing the role of Marion Cavanaugh.  Spencer asks if her name was CeCe Drake.  Dr. Palmer doesn’t answer this, but instead asks the person wheeling him out of the room, “Can you please show Mrs. DiLaurentis to my office?”  

Spencer attempts to report this to her friends, but she’s having a tough time convincing them that she’s 100% sure that Dr. Palmer said “Mrs. DiLaurentis,” while simultaneously lying and saying that Toby visited Dr. Palmer alone.  

Hanna and Spencer want to ask Mrs. DiLaurentis if she knows anything about Dr. Palmer.  Emily thinks that it’s too insensitive and she leaves to go to work.  Hanna and Spencer stay, and Spencer asks Mrs. DiLaurentis if she knows of Dr. Palmer.  She justifies her question by saying that Dr. Palmer mentioned Mrs. DiLaurentis.  Mrs. DiLaurentis says that the name rings a bell, and that she thinks that she met him one time.  Mrs. DiLaurentis starts telling the girls the story, and this brings us into a crazy flashback.

During the flashback, Mrs. DiLaurentis slammed a piano lid that Alison is playing with absolutely no regard to the fact that Ali had .5 seconds to move her fingers before they potentially got chopped off.  Mrs. DiLaurentis was so furious because she had been punk’d by Ali and CeCe.  She had received a phone call that her daughter was at Radley, and that she might be a danger to herself and others, and that she wanted to stay there.  Mrs. DiLaurentis rushed to Radley to deal with the situation, only to find that Ali was never there; CeCe Drake was there dressed up in all of Alison’s clothes.  Ali responded to Mrs. DiLaurentis’ story by saying “I can’t believe the crazy bitch actually did it.”  And Mrs. DiLaurentis made it clear that this is the last game Ali and CeCe will ever play; CeCe was no longer welcome in their house.  

This crazy story leads us to:

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

As angry as Mrs. DiLaurentis was because of the prank, her behavior towards Ali with the piano amounts to a crime.

Simple assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2701 (in relevant part):
(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of assault if he:
(1) attempts to cause…bodily injury to another…”
(b)  Grading.–”Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second

Back in real time, Spencer and Hanna are stunned by this story.  Mrs. D tells them that from the very beginning of Ali and CeCe’s friendship, something was wrong.  She contends that they were obsessed with each other and that they “wore each other’s personalities.”  

At Spencer’s house, Spencer and Hanna relay this story to Caleb, who agrees that it’s messed up.  Spencer theorizes that Ali must have had the masks of her face made for CeCe and not the PLLs.  Veronica comes home and informs them that the court received an anonymous tip accusing Veronica of obstruction of justice; the person making the anonymous tip has claimed that Veronica bullied Mona into making her confession.  Veronica further explains that even though the allegations are not true, she needs to recuse herself from the case in order to not harm Ashley’s case.  This leaves Ashley currently without a lawyer.

Legal Note:

Although Mrs. Hastings didn’t bully Mona, I’m going to cite the law that she’s being accused of breaking.

Intimidation of witnesses or victims – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 4952 (in relevant part):

(a) Offense defined.–A person commits an offense if, with the intent to or with the knowledge that his conduct will obstruct, impede, impair, prevent or interfere with the administration of criminal justice, he intimidates or attempts to intimidate any witness or victim to:…

(2) Give any false or misleading information or testimony relating to the commission of any crime to any law enforcement officer, prosecuting official or judge…”
(b) Grading: …  (2)  The offense is a felony of the first degree if a felony of the first degree or murder in the first or second degree was charged in the case in which the actor sought to influence or intimidate a witness or victim as specified in this subsection.

With such harsh allegations against her, even though they’re not true, Veronica is correct that they could potentially be used against her in court if she remains on Ashley’s case.  Hanna is furious that Mrs. Hastings is recusing herself even though she didn’t do anything wrong.  Spencer and Caleb want her to remain calm, so naturally she throws a temper tantrum and screams her head off.

It seems as though Aria falls for guys rather quickly; Jake’s match ended and they’re sitting on the steps switching off between eating and kissing.  

Wren is on another mysterious phone call; he claims that he is “shocked” that Veronica would coerce Mona into confessing.  However, something shady is definitely going on with Wren’s behavior; he continues on to state that he “dodged a bullet” by not marrying Melissa (and therefore not getting Veronica as a mother-in-law).  He then says, with an eerie tone of voice, “that just goes to show that you can’t trust anyone.”  I don’t know if anyone is trusting Wren right now either!

Emily is still with Mrs. DiLaurentis- who has now told her that she can call her Jessica.  The repair man has come to fix the furnace, but upon fixing it, he found “another problem” in the DiLaurentis house.  Emily and Jessica go to explore, and it turns out that somebody has secretly been using the DiLaurentis basement a “temporary home” as Jessica puts it.  The basement is a mess, and Emily suggests calling the police, but Jessica is sure that the person is long gone by now.  Emily discovers holes in the basement ceiling and realizes that someone has been spying on the household. 

And, it’s not “Pretty Little Liars” without a creepy ending, so, at the end of the episode, we see “A” in Emily’s still severely damaged house.  “A” is throwing things all over the place, breaking picture frames of Emily’s family, and worst of all, has put the mysterious dirty high heels AKA damning evidence against Ashley Marin, in Emily’s house. 

Stay tuned for the next episode where we (maybe) find out what’s going on!