Grand Theft Auto: Rosewood Drift, starring Hanna Marin and Spencer Hastings– the broken laws in PLL 6×06

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This is part one for the broken laws in episode 6×06 of “Pretty Little Liars,” “No Stone Unturned.”

Let’s start with some fun Pretty Little Liars translation! In Rosewood; “Spencer has an appointment in Philly” is Hanna-talk for stealing Lesli Stone’s car. They don’t call her a pretty little liar for nothing; Hanna said it without even flinching when Ashley asked where she was going.

Hanna watches Lesli; she follows/ stalks her to her faculty meeting making snarky remarks about her tardiness and adding content to her pretty little criminal record. She uses a fake, dumb blonde ditzy charm to trick the man working for the valet parking service. She acts like her feelings are hurt because this man doesn’t remember her and her car and eventually manipulates him into handing over the car, literally he drives the car to her and hands her the keys! Hanna must have heard I was looking for some good content to put in this blog!

Hanna has taken me back to season one when the girls still had time to attend parties. Hanna was angry because her boyfriend at the time, Sean, wouldn’t ditch his virginity pact for her, so she stole his car and left the party in it. Now her motive was a lot different in this episode with Lesli’s car, but the crime is still the same!

Hanna’s broken laws: 18 PA Cons. Stat § 3928. Unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles.

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Hanna Marin TV Criminal Rap Sheet- PLL Season 1 A

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Hanna Marin TV Criminal Rap Sheet – This is a brief summary of the crimes Hanna could be found guilty of during the first 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars. I hope you enjoy it!

PILOT 1×01 ~Underage Drinking – At the infamous sleepover that started it all. She also brings a flask filled with alcohol to Alison’s funeral. ~Retail Theft – One of the first things we see Hanna do is steal sunglasses from the mall.

THE JENNA THING 1×02 ~Public Drunkenness Or Similar Misconduct -Hanna was obvious enough with her flask at the Grille to get a dirty look from a random old man. ~Failure To Prevent Catastrophe -Hanna and the other girls are guilty of this for not stopping Ali during “The Jenna Thing.” Hanna attempted to talk Ali out of it, but that’s not enough.

TO KILL A MOCKING GIRL 1×03 ~Unauthorized Use Of Automobiles Or Other Vehicles – After Sean refuses her sexual advances, Hanna takes his car without permission and drives it away from the party.

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The Guilty Girl’s Handbook: Because the Pretty Little Liars Need to Learn MORE About Guilt (PLL Episode 4×08 recap + broken laws)

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** In addition to recapping episode 4×08, this entry also contains comments about Episodes 4×05 (“Gamma Zeta Die!”) 4×06 (“Under The Gun”) & 4×07 (“Crash And Burn, Girl.”)  This entry will discuss legal notes and broken laws from these prior episodes that are relevant to 4×08.  This took a tremendous amount of work and research, so thank you so much for being patient!

“The Guilty Girl’s Handbook” (episode 4×08) begins at the motel where Emily and Pam are temporarily living because “A”/ Red Coat/ Black Veil/ Creepy Mask, whatever we’re calling the current villain, turned the Fields’ living room into a crash garage in “Crash and Burn, Girl” (episode 4×07).  Pam is on the phone demanding action and answers; apparently it took a car barreling into her house to realize that her daughter might be in danger. But, even if Emily is getting harassed, Pam still wants her to go to her meeting with Ezra to discuss college applications.  She still has a chance at making it to college alive… Right?


Meanwhile, the other girls are at Hanna’s house, where Aria briefly wonders if the car wound up in Emily’s house by accident.  That would make perfect sense; perhaps all of these incidents have just been a giant coincidence.  Maybe “A” never existed.  Or maybe a crazy person just destroyed Emily’s house and has successfully framed Hanna’s mother for murder.


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 In episode 4×06, Ashley Marin was arrested for murdering detective Wilden.  Before her arrest, she had finally admitted that she stole Hanna’s father’s gun, believing that she needed it for protection against Wilden.  That shoots us to :

Broken Law # 1 Alert! (Episode 4×05 and (4×06)


Grading of theft offenses – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3903 (in relevant part) 
“(a)  Felony of the second degree.–Theft constitutes a felony of the second degree if: … (2)  The property stolen is a firearm.”

Note that Ashley and Hanna are both guilty of this; Ashley initially stole the gun from Tom, then Hanna stole the gun from Ashley’s bag in episode 4×05, when she stole the gun from her mother’s bag, brought it to a sorority party, and tried to bury it.

Broken Law # 2 Alert! (Episode 4×05)


As we discussed in my entry on episode 4×01 (“A is for Alive”), it is against the law to tamper with evidence.  I would say that Hanna’s burying of a gun believed to be used in a murder definitely counts!

18 Pa.C.S. § 4910.  Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (in relevant part).
“A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, believing that an official proceeding or investigation is  pending or about to be instituted, he: (1)  alters, destroys, conceals or removes any record, document or thing with intent to impair its verity or availability in such proceeding or investigation”

Instead of successfully burying the gun (which is a TERRIBLE IDEA), Hanna buried herself deeper into this mess of broken laws.


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 Back here in 4×08, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer are waiting for Spencer’s mother to come update them on the arraignment; she is representing Hanna’s mother in this nightmare of a trial. Unfortunately, when Veronica Hastings arrives, she doesn’t have the good news that the girls were expecting.  Instead, she informs them that while they entered a plea of not guilty (Ashley is being charged with first degree murder of a police officer), she has been refused bail, and she is being transferred to a different prison.  Hanna storms off, screaming at Mrs. Hastings for not being a magician and making this disappear.

Legal Note # 1: 


While Ashley is still in prison and has not yet had her trial, we do know the crime she has been accused of committing and the defense methods that Spencer’s mother wanted to use as of episode 4×07.  Ashley is being accused of First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.  First, we’ll explore the requirements for first degree murder, then we’ll discuss the increase in severity of the potential sentence because of Wilden’s status as a law enforcement officer. 

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2507.  Criminal homicide of law enforcement officer.(a)  Murder of a law enforcement officer of the first degree.–A person commits murder of a law enforcement officer of the first degree who intentionally kills a law enforcement officer while in the performance of duty knowing the victim is a law enforcement officer.

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2502(d) “Definitions.–As used in this section the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:… ‘Intentional killing.’ Killing by means of poison, or by lying in wait, or by any other kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing.”

Since Spencer’s mother confirmed that Ashley is being charged with first degree murder, and we know that Wilden was shot twice, the relevant grounds for the “intentional killing” requirement are likely “any other kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing.”  

Sentencing for First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer:  
“…A person who has been convicted of a murder of the first degree or of murder of a law enforcement officer of the first degree shall be sentenced to death or to a term of life imprisonment in accordance with 42 Pa.C.S. § 9711 (relating to sentencing procedure for murder of the first degree).” 

Legal Note # 2: The Self Defense Issue


Spencer mentions to Hanna that if they can prove self defense, the charge could be lowered to manslaughter.  The issue with that is that it is incredibly difficult to successfully prove self defense against a police officer.  There are limitations to the justification of the use of force to protect oneself, and Ashley would have a difficult time proving some of them. 

If Ashley wanted to prove self defense to justify murdering Wilden (if she were to choose to plead guilty and then raise self defense), one of the stipulations is that she could NOT have been engaged in criminal activity and she could not be in illegal possession of a firearm.  Ashley stole Tom’s gun, which would rule out that option.   

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Legal Note # 3: The Manslaughter Issue 


The fact that Ashley took the gun in advance could also present a problem with lowering the charge to manslaughter, if that is what she wanted to do.

First of all, while Spencer sued the term “voluntary manslaughter,” when it comes to the killing of a law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania, the more applicable manslaughter statutes to this situation are: Manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the first degree or second degree. 


(c)  Manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the first degree. – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2507 
“A person commits a felony in the first degree who does any of the following:

(1)  Without lawful justification kills a law enforcement officer while in the performance of duty and with knowledge that the victim was a law enforcement officer, if at the time of the killing:
(i)  the person is acting under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation by the victim killed; or
(ii)  the person is acting under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation by another individual whom the actor endeavors to kill, but the person negligently or accidentally causes the death of the victim.
(2)  Intentionally or knowingly kills a law enforcement officer while in the performance of duty and with knowledge that the victim was a law enforcement officer, if at the time of the killing the person believes the circumstances to be such that, if they existed, would justify the killing under Chapter 5 (relating to general principles of justification), but his belief is unreasonable.”


It’s very unlikely that Ashley would be able to prove the sudden and intense passion required by subsection (1), because she got the gun from Tom’s house in advance, which suggests that she had time to think about what could happen that night.  Ashley was expecting some sort of provocation from Wilden, which would mean that if he provoked her, it would be difficult to prove that it was a “sudden” provocation.

However, it IS POSSIBLE that she could prove that she unreasonably believed that she was justified to use such force against Wilden, as required in section (2), but that’s a decision for a jury to make, and her sentencing would still not be ideal, nor would the sentencing for manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree.  Additionally, she would have to prove that Wilden was threatening her, and she’d have to disclose a lot of damning information about herself in order to do that. 
(d) Manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree 

“A person commits a felony of the second degree who, as a direct result of the doing of an unlawful or lawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, causes the death of a law enforcement officer while in the performance of duty and the person knew or should have known the victim was a law enforcement officer.”

Spencer accurately explained to Hanna that if Ashley were to get charged with manslaughter, that would still have a 20 year minimum sentence.  

Hanna better hope that Ashley is being honest that she did NOT kill Wilden, and that somehow she can prove it!  Ashley needs a miracle; maybe her suddenly-missing-in-action Pastor boyfriend can call in a favor!

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Ok, back to the show!  Spencer leaves to go to school; Hanna is shockingly ditching again.  She believes that she should be the one in jail instead of her mother.  Hanna is also ignoring Caleb’s phone calls, which is unfortunate, since he is probably the most intelligent person on this show.  She is still freaking out about what Lieutenant Tanner told her in the previous episode, that she could possibly get arrested for possession of a concealed weapon and spend 7 years in prison.

Legal Note # 4: Possession of a Concealed Weapon

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6106: Firearms not to be carried without a license.
“(a)  Offense defined.–
(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), any person who carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license under this chapter commits a felony of the third degree.”

In Pennsylvania, felonies of the third degree are punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine for up to $15,000.  Lieutenant Tanner’s information was accurate, except for one detail: Hanna is a minor.

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In Pennsylvania, one cannot obtain the license mentioned in the above law until they have reached age 21.  It is more likely that Hanna would be charged with:

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6110.1: Possession of Firearm by Minor (in relevant part)

“(a) Firearm…. a person under 18 years of age shall not possess or transport a firearm anywhere in this Commonwealth.” 
“(d) Forfeiture.–Any firearm in the possession of a person under 18 years of age in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by the arresting law enforcement officer and upon conviction or adjudication of delinquency shall be forfeited or, if stolen, returned to the lawful owner.”

Back in 4×08, outside of the school, Mike approaches Aria and has an awkward conversation with her about his plans for later that night with his lacrosse teammates.  He’s acting incredibly strange as if his lacrosse club has formed their own version of “Fight Club,” and Aria is suspicious. Aria learns that Mike is taking a martial arts class with Jake.  In school, Emily has a meeting with Ezra about college applications.  Ezra suspects that something “A” related might be going on again and he asks Emily.  She denies it and insists that somebody just accidentally drove straight into her house, because things like that just happen all of the time.

Meanwhile, Spencer sees Caleb in the hallway, and he brings her up to speed on the status of his Hardy Boys adventure with Toby (from episode 4×07).

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 In 4×07,  Caleb and Toby investigated a guy named Nigel who they believe was the pilot who flew RedCoat to Rosewood so that she could set all of them on fire.  They approached him to find out information about RecCoat’s flight, and Caleb offered Nigel money in exchange for it.  Caleb and Toby are really working hard to find the person who is tormenting the girls.  Their chart is more organized than the one that the police officers created.  Unfortunately, not everything they’ve been doing is legal.

Broken Law # 3 Alert! (Episode 4×07)


18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 4108.  Commercial bribery and breach of duty to act disinterestedly (in relevant part).
“(a)  Corrupt employee, agent or fiduciary.–An employee, agent or fiduciary  commits a misdemeanor of the second degre when, without the consent of his  employer or principal, he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon agreement or understanding that such benefit will influence his conduct in relation to the affairs of his employer or principal….
 (c)  Solicitation.–A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he     confers, or offers or agrees to confer, any benefit the acceptance of which would  be criminal under subsection[s] (a)…” 

Nigel would be guilty of subsection (a) and Caleb and Toby would be guilty of subsection (C) for solicitation, since the paid him to give them confidential information.
Also in 4×07, when Caleb and Toby discovered that Nigel had lied to them, they confronted Nigel in a rather aggressive manner. 

Legal Note On Assault:


 Some might argue that the behavior could amount to assault, but the force each one of them used was relatively equal, so if any of them got arrested for assault, the other person would get off for self defense with the justification of reasonable force. 

However, during the altercation, Caleb wound up in possession of Nigel’s cell phone, which he and Toby took to use it for their investigation.  The Pretty Little Liars & Co absolutely LOVE stealing, so we’re all probably getting familiar with this one, but it is not legal for Caleb to steal Nigel’s cell phone.  

Broken Law # 4 Alert! (Episode 4×07)


Grading of theft offenses – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3903 (in relevant part)

“(b)  Other grades.–Theft not within subsection (a) or (a.1) of this section, constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree, except that if the property was not taken from the person or by
threat, or in breach of fiduciary obligation, and:
 (1)  the amount involved was $50 or more but less than $200 the offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the second  degree; or
  (2)  the amount involved was less than $50 the offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the third degree.”

Since Caleb got the cell phone as a result of the physical altercation with Nigel, and the phone was on him, I’d usually say that this would qualify as the property 
being “taken from his person,” but theft offenses require intent, and at the time  of the physical altercation, it could be argued that Caleb didn’t have the intent to steal anything.  

However, when Caleb realized he had the phone, his conduct and Toby’s conduct still amounted to enough to amount to the “threat” requirement.  In my opinion, that would be enough for them to get the misdemeanor in the first degree charge, but I  included the 2nd and 3rd degree charges just in case.  I highly doubt the phone cost less than $50, but I figured I’d provide the information. 

BOTH Toby and Caleb would be guilty of both, the bribery and the theft.

Liability for conduct of another; complicity – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 306 (in relevant part)
“(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.–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:
 (i)  solicits such other person to commit it; or
 (ii)  aids or agrees or attempts to aid such other
 person in planning or committing it.”
  
Caleb and Toby come off as such bad boys, yet their criminal behavior is tame at best when compared to that of their girlfriends!

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Back here in good old episode 4×08, Caleb explains to Spencer that he traced the number that they have presumed is RedCoat’s number (Nigel called it on the night of the fire) and it led to 3 different people, all in New York.  He tells her that Toby is currently in New York trying to find out more information and perhaps even verify that the person Nigel called is CeCe Drake, which Nigel claimed in the previous episode.  Since Nigel said it was CeCe Drake, usually in Rosewood, that would mean “it is not CeCe Drake,” but we’ll see what Toby finds out!

Next, Ashley calls Hanna from jail.  They discuss the fact that Ashley was denied bail and that she’s being moved to the state prison facility.  This is not exactly like the “eat pray love moments” that they used to have back in the day. 

 When Hanna gets off of the phone, we learn that she’s not alone at her house; her old BFF Mona is there with her.  Mona is there helping Hanna plan her confession to a murder that she didn’t commit; Hanna wants to take the blame so that her mother can get out of jail.  Sounds intelligent to me!  Hanna theorizes that if she takes the blame, her sentence will be less harsh than the one her mother would get.  While this is accurate, what Hanna is planning to do is ALSO a felony (to be discussed later in this entry) and Hanna’s sentence if she were convicted of Wilden’s murder would still be terrible. 

Legal Note # 5: Sentencing of a Minor for First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer:



“18 Pa. Cons. Stat.§ 1102.1.  Sentence of persons under the age of 18 for murder… of a law Enforcement Officer”
“(a)  First degree murder.–A person who has been convicted after June 24, 2012, of… murder of a law enforcement officer of the first degree (1)  A person who at the time of the commission of the offense was 15 years of age or older shall be sentenced to a term of life imprisonment without parole, or a term of imprisonment, the minimum of which shall be at least 35 years to life.”

Unless Hanna can prove the requirements to lower the charge to manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, that’s at the very least 35 to life, and Hanna really does not seem like the type of girl who would enjoy it in prison!  She hated that orange jumpsuit she had to wear when her biggest worry was being accused of tampering with evidence of a different murder.

In order to pull off this ridiculous mistake that Hanna is calling a “plan,” Hanna knows that she needs help from the one person in her life who lies the most, and she explains that Mona lives in a lie.  Hanna and Mona go over a game plan for Hanna’s “confession,” and Mona is frustrated because Hanna isn’t making her story convincing enough.  She wants every last detail about how Hanna “killed Wilden.”  An exasperated Mona screams “You can’t just keep repeating ‘I did it, I did it!'”

Mona demands that Hanna come up with a motive immediately.  Hanna decides that her motive in this fake murder was that Detective Wilden was threatening Hanna because she had spread a rumor that he got Alison pregnant and she thinks he may have killed her.  Mona’s slowly starting to approve of Hanna’s lying skills, but Hanna will never be up to par with the omnipresent, all knowing, Mona Vanderwaal. 

Legal Note # 6: The Second Manslaughter Issue


See legal note # 3 for the discussion of manslaughter of a law enforcement officer.  
This is the only part of Hanna’s plan that indicates that she may have used an inkling of “logic” when deciding to take the blame to exonerate her mother.  While as stated above, it is highly unlikely that ASHLEY would be able to prove the SUDDEN intense passion requirement due to her intent, the same might not be true for Hanna.  This also depends on how Hanna explains her decision to carry a gun around town. 

Additionally, it’s more likely that Hanna would be able to prove that she unreasonably believed that she could use deadly force against Wilden under the circumstances.  Her fake motive for killing Wilden and fake basis for Wilden threatening her is less incriminating than anything her mother would be able to use to defend herself.  Hanna might just get lucky enough to stand a chance at “only” having to spend 20 years in prison.

Hanna’s plan will be discussed further later in this entry

Spencer heads home to check on Hanna, since she is unaware that Hanna is planning to move out of Rosewood and into prison.  At home, Spencer is surprised to find a random man going through boxes of legal documents.  With all of the dangerous activity that occurs in this town, one would think that Spencer’s mother would have told her that she hired an intern (his name is Beckett) and his office is apparently in the Hastings’ house.  It turns out, the boxes are filled with files on Ashley Marin’s case, and some of them include information about Wilden.  Of course, Spencer immediately steals one of the files about Wilden from a box, which brings us to:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!


18 Pa.C.S. § 4911.  Tampering with public records or information. (in relevant part)
“(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits an offense if he:   (1)  knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, any record, document or thing belonging to, or received or kept by, the government for information or record, or required by law to be kept by others for information of the government; … or (3)  intentionally and unlawfully destroys, conceals, removes or otherwise impairs the verity or availability of any such record, document or thing.”  
 (b)  Grading.–An offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the intent of the actor is to defraud or injure anyone, in which case the offense is a felony of the third degree.”

Spencer’s behavior qualifies under section (3) for impairing the availability of the record.  She is supposed to be the smart one!

Aria asks Jake about Mike taking classes with him.  Jake reveals that he thinks that Mike is afraid of some of his teammates; he says that they might see him as an easy target.

Meanwhile, we learn that the file that Spencer stole was from the night Toby’s mother died; it’s a transcript of an interview between Wilden and Eddie Lamb from Radley.  Spencer confronts Eddie with the file, because it indicates that Toby’s mom jumped off a roof, but the official records of the case say that she jumped out of the window.  Eddie implies that Wilden paid somebody off to lie about how Mrs. Cavanaugh died so that he could get a promotion at work.  More bad behavior in Rosewood.  How not-at-all surprising!  Spencer wants to know who else wants Wilden dead in order to exonerate Ashley.  At least her plan is better than what Hanna is currently trying to do.

Hanna and Mona are still working on their plan and talking about how barbaric it is to wear flat shoes instead of heels.  Mona interrogates Hanna about what happened to Ashley’s incriminating high heels that could have linked Ashley to the scene of Wilden’s death; Mona is frighteningly talented at this.  She reminds Hanna that Ashley is no longer the person who got rid of the shoes; Hanna got rid of the shoes.  She does more than remind Hanna of this, she beats it into her brain until Hanna practically believes that she did get rid of the shoes.  The next order of business for them to discuss is the gun.

Legal Note # 6:


See Broken Law # 2 above for a reminder that if the police were to believe Hanna’s fable about getting rid of her mother’s shoes, Hanna could also be arrested (AGAIN) for tampering with evidence.

While Hanna is planning her future in jail, Emily is attempting to salvage her future of going to college.  She has taken Ezra’s advice and is now meeting with Zoe, her supervisor from Habitat for Humanity in Haiti last summer. Zoe wants Emily to come with the group on another trip this summer; apparently Emily was MVP on the Habitat for Humanity team.

Next, Caleb visits Ashley in jail.  Ashley and Caleb discuss the Marin family resemblance in terms of character traits.  According to Caleb, Hanna is brave, stubborn and loyal thanks to her mother. Perhaps Hanna also got her tendency from criminal behavior from Ashley as well.  Ashley explains to Caleb that she’s worried about what Hanna might do if things don’t work out, because she knows that Hanna would do anything for her.

Mona continues her interrogation of Hanna about the gun, where she got it, why Ashley’s fingerprints are on the bullets; this girl wants to know everything about this fantasy murder.  Mona demands to know what it felt like to kill Wilden.  Mona is clearly the author of “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook.”  We see a glimpse of Hanna’s creepy, imaginary version of “killing Wilden,” and Mona is dissatisfied.  She doesn’t believe that Hanna would just pull out a gun on Wilden; that’s not enough.

 Mona screams at Hanna that Wilden must have said or done something to make her shoot him.  This is getting eerily realistic as the story continues; it’s beginning to look like Hanna actually DID murder detective Wilden.  If Mona wanted some entertainment on a boring day, she probably could pick anybody in Rosewood and trick them into thinking that they killed Alison DiLaurentis.  Mona bellows at Hanna that she needs to establish self defense properly; so Hanna invents a situation where Wilden asked her to sleep her way out of stealing his car, just like Ashley slept with him to get Hanna out of being arrested for shoplifting.  Now Hanna has proper grounds for raising self defense for the murder that she didn’t commit.  But Mona is not finished yet.

Caleb bangs on the door to interrupt this outrageously terrible behavior.  He is clearly pissed off to see that Mona is anywhere near Hanna.  Hanna is rude and demands that her loving boyfriend leave her alone so that she can hang out with the girl who hit her with a car and tormented and stalked her for all of last year.

Spencer goes home and finds her mother working her new intern in their house-turned-law office.  The intern tells Spencer that he knows she stole the file and offers to put it back before Veronica notices.  It’s good to see that this guy is going to be an incredibly ethical lawyer one day!  Aria calls her brother and some idiot answers and tells her that he’s unconscious.

Mona forces Hanna to repeat the vivid chronicle of the pretend murder AGAIN.  We see Hanna’s imagination again, and this time, Wilden is angrier, his tone is more menacing, and he’s kicking his car.  Mona provokes Hanna with comments that she knows will disgust her so that Hanna will believe all of her lies.  She is furious when Hanna forgets that she “shot Wilden twice,” not just once.  “DAMN IT, HANNA, YOU SHOT HIM TWICE, NOT ONCE, IN THIS FAKE VERSION OF LIFE WE’RE CREATING TO GET YOUR MOTHER OUT OF JAIL!”  Madhouse Mona is making sure this murder confession is perfect.  Lastly, Mona asks Hanna if she is remorseful, to which Hanna assures her “Of course I am.”  Mona finally seems satisfied; she tells Hanna that all she has to do now is tell the truth and everything will be alright.  So THIS is Mona’s idea of telling the truth.  What exactly counts as a lie in her “Guilty Girl’s Handbook”?

Hanna gets all dressed up and puts on her makeup; you need to look HOT to confess to murdering someone who you didn’t kill. Caleb stops her; even though Hanna asked him to leave, he secretly stuck around because for some crazy reason, he does not trust Mona.  He talks some sense into Hanna and makes her realize that this is an incredibly awful idea.  What on earth are these girls going to do when Caleb leaves the show?  They are SCREWED when he moves to Ravenswood and takes his common sense, logic and brain with him.

Hanna assures Caleb that this was her own idea, not Mona’s.  She insists that Mona is just helping her.  She’s aware that this sort of argument wouldn’t work on a judge, right?  Because it certainly isn’t working on Caleb; he thinks this whole concept is insane.  Hanna asks Caleb if he thinks that her mother killed Wilden, and he says that he did, but he doesn’t anymore after visiting her.

So Emily is being responsible and trying to make sure she gets an education, Hanna is turning herself into a murderer, and Spencer is interfering with a murder investigation.  That leaves Aria.  Aria is worried about Mike after the weird phone call, so she calls Jake.  He comes over to her house, and it turns out Mike is just at an arcade.  At least someone is out socializing like a real person.  Almost everybody else is acting like they just stepped out of an alternate universe.

At Motel Fields, Emily talks to her mother about her meeting with Zoe and the fact that she wants to go on their trip to Nicaragua next summer.  Pam replies with something along the lines of, “at least someone in this town likes you and doesn’t want to drown you, drug you, kill you and all of that other fun stuff.”  Then Pam starts bawling her eyes out.  Even though Emily thinks that Pam will get rehired at the precinct, Pam does not agree.

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 Broken Law # 6 Alert! (Episode 4×07) 


In the previous episode, Pam lost her job after Emily stole a key to Wilden’s apartment from the precinct, and then proceeded to break into the apartment with her friends to look for evidence to tamper with or steal.

Burglary – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502

“(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.
   (b)  Defense.–It is a defense to prosecution for burglary that the building or structure was abandoned.
   (c)  Grading. : 
(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), burglary is a felony of the first degree.
(2)  If the building, structure or portion entered is not adapted for overnight accommodation and if no individual is present at the time of entry, burglary is a felony of the second degree.
 (d)  Multiple convictions.–A person may not be convicted both for burglary and for the offense which it was his intent to commit after the burglarious entry or for an attempt to commit that offense, unless the additional offense constitutes a felony of the first or second degree.”

One might argue that Wilden’s apartment has been abandoned, but the fact that he died does not automatically deem his apartment abandoned property, especially when its occupant was just murdered.  Pennsylvania law lacks a clear definition for “abandoned real property,” and under common law, real property cannot be abandoned.  

This means that the girls would be guilty of burglary of Wilden’s apartment, because they entered unlawfully with intent to commit a crime (tampering or stealing evidence).  As discussed above, tampering with physical evidence is a misdemeanor, therefore if the girls were arrested in this instance, it would only be for the burglary and not tampering with evidence, per subsection (d) of Pennsylvania’s burglary law. 

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Moving back to episode 4×08, the next thing we see is Mona, strutting around a police station in snazzy, fashionable clothing, asking to speak to a detective about a murder.  What is she doing?!  While this is happening, Aria and Jake are sitting on the couch discussing movies, and Spencer is talking to her mother about Ashley’s trial.  Spencer confronts her with the document that she stole, and Mrs. Hastings is irritated and she doesn’t care that Spencer thinks that Wilden has always been “crooked,” nor does she care that the document could help Toby figure out what happened to his mother.  Mrs. Hastings says the document is irrelevant, and she wants it back now, end of story.

Spencer’s argument is interrupted when Mrs. Hastings gets a phone call and learns that Mona confessed to killing Wilden.  If that was her agenda the entire time, she must have been practicing her interrogation skills on Hanna all day so that when she inevitably avoids jail and goes to Radley, then winds up back in school (and we know she will), she can attempt to kick Spencer’s ass on the debate team.  The girls all go to the police station in time for Mona to give them a creepy smirk as if getting arrested for murder was on her bucket list.  Before she gets too happy, she should know that by lying to the police in this way, she is breaking another law (last one!) :

Broken Law # 7 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.”


As we discussed above, Ashley is being charged with murder in the first degree, which is a felony in the first degree.  Therefore, Mona would be guilty of a felony in the first degree for this lie.  

The girl loves to live in a lie, but it can’t be as fun when you’re confined to a mental institution or prison.  Get it together, Mona! Kisses- A


Turn of the Shoe – High Heels Are Scarce Behind Bars (PLL Episode 4×02 Recap + Broken Laws)

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While the known characters in Pretty Little Liars are unusually obedient in “Turn of the Shoe,” the police officers in Rosewood who have made it to season 4 alive still have plenty of work to do.  The “A” team members who have yet to be identified keep crime on the streets of Rosewood.  On this blog, we will explore those crimes when the people who committed them are revealed.  So don’t get any crazy ideas that “A” strangling Mona and nearly running her over with a car is legal.




This episode began with the PLLs discussing Ashley Marin and the mysterious girl in black from Wilden’s funeral and debating whether or not Ali is still alive.  Hanna is convinced that Alison is alive; it seems that the Ouija board game really had an impact on her.  Mona arrives and Hanna immediately accuses her of putting Ashley Marin’s cell phone in Wilden’s casket.  I bet they miss the days of fighting about lipstick and stolen necklaces.

Mona takes the girls on a field trip to the RV to gain their trust, only to learn that the RV is gone.  We know from the previous episode that Toby moved it, but the girls don’t know that, so they make their usual assumptions and accuse Mona of stealing the RV.  Mona freaks out that the girls don’t believe her.  When she goes to leave, someone wearing a creepy mask strangles Mona in her car and then nearly runs her over.  She’s two seconds from being roadkill, but the “weakest link,” Emily, saves her life.

Later, at the Marin residence, we learn that Ashley has returned from New York.  Ashley claims that she spent the entire time indoors without even looking out windows.  If she does wind up getting arrested one day, it sounds like this business trip has prepared her for prison.  Hanna and Ashley discuss Wilden’s murder, and Ashley theorizes that Wilden had a lot of enemies and someone “decided to do [them] all a favor” by killing him.  Hanna gives Ashley her cell phone, which leads to another conversation that’s riddled with lies. In Hanna’s version of events, she found Ashley’s phone in their mailbox and not Wilden’s coffin.  Ashley contends that she must have left the phone in the hotel in New York, but it’s obvious that she isn’t telling the truth.  Perhaps lying is genetic.

Meanwhile, Spencer receives a rejection letter from UPenn, and Hanna and Aria discuss the recent events in their lives: Emily’s shoulder, the incident with Mona, and the possibility of “A” framing Ashley for murder.  When Hanna and Aria see Shana outside, Hanna badgers her with questions about Wilden and Jenna.  She continues until Aria drags her away.

While Paige plans an entire future for herself and Emily in California, Emily lies to her about her shoulder injury.  She leaves out the almost getting hit by a car part of the story and pretends that she “slept funny” and that’s what caused the pain.  At Spencer’s house, Toby displays his inability to lie without appearing incredibly suspicious and creepy.  Spencer immediately detects and calls him out on his shady behavior.  When she fills Toby in on the attack on Mona, he does not seem surprised.

At school, Spencer opens up to Ezra about getting rejected from UPenn.  Spencer cries, and Ezra offers to help with her essay.  He advises her that “it’s really important to have a second choice even if you had your heart set on something else.”  After school, Hanna and Emily are on the phone, and Hanna attempts to give Emily advise on swimming in tomorrow’s swim meet with a giant bruise on her shoulder.  All she can come up with is a swimsuit with sleeves.  Unfortunately, this suggestion is insufficient for Emily, so she turns to what appear to be prescription drugs.

Legal Note:

This will be further discussed when we learn more information about Emily’s conduct.

Hanna discovers a pair of her mother’s expensive shoes.  She’s appalled that her mother would allow them to get covered in mud and then attempt to clean them with a toothbrush.  This also makes her more suspicious of Ashley, because it indicates that she was in fact outside during her trip.  

Aria wants to take self-defense classes, so she goes to the place where she saw Holden compete.  She meets an instructor named Jake, and they schedule a private lesson for the following day.  Hanna confronts Ashley about the muddy shoes, but Ashley gets incredibly defensive and tells Hanna to go back to reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” 

Hanna runs into Mrs. DiLaurentis, who is accompanied by a talking bird that used to belong to Ali, that none of the girls ever knew about.  Mrs. D warns Hanna that she should be careful what she says to the bird, because it could come back to haunt her.  She assures her however, that she doubts that Ali ever told the bird about “Hefty Hanna.”  At least Hanna doesn’t have to worry about the talking bird forcing her to eat a box of cupcakes then.  

The next day, Spencer and Ezra discuss Spencer’s college essay.  Ezra explains that while her essay is well-written, he doesn’t think that the college admission boards will be impressed by her tales of mental breakdowns and scavenger hunts in mental institutions.  Maybe she should discuss the time that she kidnapped Ezra’s son instead; that would make her look really well-rounded. 

During Aria’s private self-defense lesson, she discovers that she really likes kicking.  Jake wants to know why Aria feels the need to learn how to defend herself, and Aria admits that she doesn’t feel comfortable in her own skin.  Hanna asks Mrs. DiLaurentis about the day Ali’s body was found.  Mrs. DiLaurentis explains that she didn’t need to see Ali’s entire body, because seeing the yellow blouse that she had been wearing was enough.  Then we see a bizarre flashback between Ali and her mother.  In the flashback, Ali begged her mother to allow her to invite the other girls to Cape May for a sleepover.  When Mrs. DiLaurentis refuses, Ali holds her breath until Mrs. DiLaurentis finally gives in (apparently a stunt that Ali perfected at age 5) and allows her to invite the girls to stay there for one night.  In real time, Hanna reveals that Ali had been lying; she never invited the girls to Cape May.  Mrs. DiLaurentis is not surprised; she explains that when she saw the beer bottles in Cape May the day after this alleged sleepover, she suspected that Ali was really spending time with an older boy.

Aria stops her kicking exercise and impulsively kisses Jake.  She immediately regrets this decision and bolts out of the room and into her car where she starts punching her steering wheel.  Then she sees Mona talking to the police, so she starts blaring on the horn and interrupts the conversation like “chicken freakin’ little.”  Mona claims that she was using the cop as a decoy to eavesdrop on the detectives that were standing behind them.  She proceeds to tell Aria that the lake where Aria and Hanna ditched Wilden’s police car is now a crime scene.  His footprints were found there along with footprints of a shoe with high heels, which Mona points out is the type of shoe Ali used to wear.

Spencer and Toby are at the Hastings house where Spencer is ripping her essay into pieces.  Toby finally admits to stealing the RV, but he explains to Spencer that “A” asked him to do it in exchange for the Radley medical records from the night that his mother killed herself.  In the school locker room, Emily and Shana have a brief discussion during which Shana asks Emily why Hanna was interrogating her, then informs Emily that she has her eye on the same spot on Stanford’s swim team that Emily wants.  Emily proceeds to take 2 pain killers, something that might not be the best idea right before an important swim meet.  Back at Spencer’s house, she reads the transcript to Toby, who is becoming suspicious because his mother’s statements in the transcript don’t sound like those of a suicidal woman.  He thinks that there’s some sort of coverup going on at Radley, then he makes Spencer promise not to tell any of her friends about the RV or the medical records.

At Emily’s swim meet, we see her attempt to compete, but her inability to see straight is hindering her performance.  She winds up smacking her head against the wall, and passing out in the pool where she’s gushing blood.  When the EMTs come, Emily claims that she hurt her shoulder by falling off of her bike, then she demands permission to finish her race.  For obvious reasons, she is not granted that permission.

Aria is at Spencer’s house where they are talking about their newest favorite subjects: Mona, the cops, Toby, and the awkward kiss between Aria and Jake.  Hanna arrives and she brought her new friend, Ali’s talking bird who also used to be Ali’s roommate in Georgia.  When Aria and Spencer continue to talk, Hanna wants them to shut up and let the bird talk, because that’s completely normal.  Hanna is worried about the lake becoming a crime scene, but Spencer reassuringly reminds her that she and Aria weren’t wearing heels the night that they pushed the cop car into the lake.  That’s a relief!

When Hanna gets home, she interrogates Ashley again about her New York alibi.  Ashley insists that she did not kill Wilden.  Spencer is blowing up Hanna’s phone because the talking bird is driving her crazy and she wants Hanna to take it back.  Spencer realizes that the bird has been singing the tune of a phone number.

Jake shows up at Aria’s front door to talk about the weird kiss situation.  He assumes that Aria might have a problem with a teacher-student relationship; clearly he does not know much about Aria’s past.  When Spencer keeps calling Aria’s phone, Aria and Jake agree to have a coffee date, then Jake leaves so that Aria can tend to her best friend, Nancy Drew aka Spencer Hastings.

Emily finally tells Paige the truth about her shoulder injury, the new “A,” and painkiller use.  Aria, Spencer and Hanna are trying to call the phone number that a little birdie told them.  When they are unable to get someone to answer, Aria and Hanna decide to record the bird.  When they go to do so, they discover that somebody has stolen the bird.  At the end of the episode, we see Ashley Marin drinking wine and removing the suspicious pair of dirty shoes outside, wrapped in newspaper.

Legal Note

It seems like Ashley Marin might be disposing of evidence of a crime, and if that winds up happening, we will discuss Ashley’s behavior further.

In the final scene, we see “A” wearing the signature black gloves, drinking wine and sharing a plate of chicken with the stolen bird.  A little birdie told me not to judge a person by the alcohol they drink, though, so I’m not making any assumptions! 


A is For A-L-I-V-E … and A-R-R-E-S-T if You Keep Breaking The Law (Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 1 Recap + Broken Laws)

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This episode begins right where the Season 3 finale ended.  The girls and Mona are standing by Wilden’s car which has mysteriously emerged from the lake.  Since Mona is “Hannibal Lecter Smart,” as Hanna put it, she puts on her pretty black gloves.  The other girls just brilliantly decide to decorate the stolen cop car with their fingerprints before opening the trunk.  As soon as the trunk is open, all 5 girls are greeted by a dead pig.  Apparently, “A” wants them to know that this is serious business; now pig slaughter is involved.  Aria is probably really content with her vegan eating habits right about now.

Spencer notices that Mona is out of the girls’ sight and the girls freak out and immediately assume that she set them up.



Although it’s not an outrageous assumption, Hanna realizes that Mona is inside Wilden’s car frantically messing with the magic computer inside.  I refer to it as the magic computer because it has survived being submerged under water without any damage to it or its contents.  I want information about the software on this thing!  When Hanna asks Mona what she’s doing in there, Mona replies, “saving your mom.”  That sounds all well and good, but unfortunately, by “saving,” Mona means that she is stealing evidence from a police car.  That’s right, we’re two minutes into the fourth season of Pretty Little Liars, and Mona is already bringing us to:

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

18 Pa.C.S. § 4911.  Tampering with public records or information. (in relevant part)
“(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits an offense if he:   (1)  knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, any record, document or thing belonging to, or received or kept by, the government for information or record, or required by law to be kept by others for information of the government; … or (3)  intentionally and unlawfully destroys, conceals, removes or otherwise impairs the verity or availability of any such record, document or thing.”  
 (b)  Grading.–An offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the intent of the actor is to defraud or injure anyone, in which case the offense is a felony of the third degree.”


Since Mona is stealing this evidence from a police car that she knows belongs to Detective Wilden, a law enforcement officer who works for the government, she has violated this law.  In my opinion, she did this with the intent to defraud someone, so she’d get the felony of the third degree charge, but otherwise, it’s a misdemeanor of the second degree. 

Hanna urges Mona to hurry up, while the other girls start the car so that they can bolt from the scene of the crime as quickly as possible.  Leaving the scene of the crime?  Wait a minute, that does not sound right.  All of the girls are already breaking the law again.  In case anyone was worried that the PLLs were going to start abiding by the law, the girls are rapidly showing us otherwise.

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

18 Pa.C.S. § 5126.  Flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment.
 (a)  Offense defined.–A person who willfully conceals  himself or moves or travels within or outside this Commonwealth with the intent to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment commits a felony of the third degree when the crime which he has been charged with or has been convicted of is a felony and commits a misdemeanor of the second degree when the crime which he has been charged with or has been convicted of is a misdemeanor.”  

Great start to the season, girls!  Keep it coming!

The girls have a slumber party at Spencer’s house, where they turn on the news to see if there are any press releases about Wilden’s car.  Luckily for them though, the news seems to only be covering the fire at the lodge, because as Hanna puts it, “a fire trumps a dead pig.”  

Mona attempts to act like the girls’ new BFF.  She assures Aria that the police are not coming to arrest them.  Aria doesn’t trust Mona and Emily reminds Mona that she’s lucky the girls aren’t beating the crap out of her.  Now it’s time for the girls to gossip, AKA play an entertaining game called “The 3rd Degree.”  The girls demand answers from Mona.  

Some of the answers she gives the girls include: 1) Mona did not get Wilden’s car out of the lake, but she DID put the car in Hanna’s garage. 2) Shana knew Jenna before she came to Rosewood, may be in love with her, and both of them are afraid of Melissa. 3) When CeCe came to Radley, Mona thought that she was Ali at first, and because of her medication, does not remember what they talked about.  4) Lucas gave Emily the not-at-all soothing massage she got (we knew that it couldn’t have been Mona or Toby).  5) Mona recruited Toby to the A team when he got his job in Bucks County.  6) She didn’t push Ian off of the bell tower and she doesn’t know who did.  

Answers 1) and 4) constitute broken laws which I will now discuss, because although they did not occur in this episode, this is the episode where we learned who was responsible for the acts. 

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

Tort of Battery (in relevant part) Pennsylvania follows the Restatement (Second) of Torts.  Sections 13 and 18 of the Restatement state that “an actor commits a battery if he acts intentionally… to cause a harmful or offensive contact…”

An offensive contact is considered any contact with someone that was not permitted, and would offend a reasonable person.  Lucas would be liable for battery for giving Emily that massage.  Emily did not give LUCAS permission to give her a massage; she thought she was getting a massage from a professional.  A reasonable person would be offended by contact of this kind.  

Apparently when Lucas isn’t taking yearbook pictures, he’s out breaking the law. 

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

18 Pa.C.S. §  3925: theft by receiving stolen property (in relevant part).
“(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of theft if he intentionally receives, retains, or disposes of movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it has probably been stolen, unless the property is received, retained, or disposed with intent to restore it to the owner.”

Mona is guilty of violating this law because she stole Wilden’s car from the scene of the accident and put it in Hanna’s garage.  The fact that she left the car on somebody’s private property makes her guilty of breaking other laws as well:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3712
” (b)  Abandonment on public or private property.–No person shall abandon a vehicle upon any public or private property without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the property.”

and

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

75 Pa. Const. Stat. § 3717.  Trespass by motor vehicle.
 “(a)  General rule.–It is unlawful for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle on private real property other than a private road or driveway without consent of the owner or lessor of the real property.”

Mona didn’t just abandon Wilden’s car on the Marin’s property, she operated it in their garage; she left the car on and the video playing on a loop.  

Mona once said, “Call me guilty!” and she is making it extremely easy to abide by that request right now. 

Sometime after Mona’s confessions, the girls realize that they had passed out and that Mona has left the house.  Any time Mona is more than 3 feet away from the girls, they freak out and think that Mona has set them up, put drugs in their drinks and poisoned their food.  Where was all of this protective instinct when the girls didn’t know who “A” was?  Interestingly enough, while the girls continuously think that Mona is trying to set them up, they also seem to believe her stories. 

Mona walks back into the house carrying something, but it’s not the hand grenade that the girls are expecting.  Coffee is on her, and after being “A” for so long, she knows how each girl likes their lattes and chai tea! Nobody accuses her of poisoning the coffee, because the PLLs, especially Spencer, are caffeine addicts.  Mona explains that she “borrowed” Emily’s car and that she has her own set of car keys for it.  In case any of us needed a ride to the next broken law, Mona’s driving!

Broken Law # 7 Alert!

18 Pa.C.S. §  § 3928.  Unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles.
 “(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree if he operates the automobile, airplane, motorcycle, motorboat, or other motor-propelled vehicle of another without consent of the owner.”

If anyone is curious, we are only 5 minutes into the episode at this point.  Mona is giving us a LOT more material.  

Hanna wants the chip that Mona has, but Mona says that she cannot give it to her until they find out who the phantom person in the Red Coat is.  “Like it or not, we’re in this together,” she proclaims.  The girls want Mona to prove her loyalty to them.  Are they going to make her kidnap a 7 year old child?  Apparently that’s Mona’s idea of loyalty.  The girls are looking for something different, though.  They want to see everything that Mona has on them.  “Mi casa es su casa,” Mona agrees to take the girls to her lair, and Spencer has to translate the Spanish phrase to Hanna.  

On their way to the lair, the girls see that the area surrounding Detective Wilden’s car has become a huge crime scene now.  “All this for a muddy cop car and a dead pig?”  Hanna wonders.  It turns out that it’s for a lot more than that; Wilden is DEAD.  Mona realizes that the text “A” sent the girls in the season 3 finale that said “your mine now” means that the girls are going to be framed for Wilden’s murder.

Next, we see Toby who is still hiding in the bushes by the lodge that was set on fire in the season 3 finale. He sees a fireman pull a burned red jacket (is it THE red coat?!) out of the rubble.  He is also fiddling with the lighter that presumably was used to set the fire, providing the Rosewood Law Enforcement with any proof that they might need that he was present at the scene of the crime.  Really, Toby?  Playing with a lighter at the scene of an arson?  Actually, Toby is not just playing with the lighter; he runs off with it, taking what most likely is evidence of the crime away from the crime scene without informing the police of its existence.  The A-Team is really racking up broken laws here.

Broken Law # 8 Alert! 

18 Pa.C.S. § 4910.  Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (in relevant part).
“A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, believing that an official proceeding or investigation is  pending or about to be instituted, he: (1)  alters, destroys, conceals or removes any record, document or thing with intent to impair its verity or availability in such proceeding or investigation”

Toby is a smart guy; he definitely knew that taking that lighter away from the lodge would hinder the investigation.  Come on, Toby.  You’re supposed to be Rosewood’s moral compass!  

Meanwhile, it’s a fiesta in A’s lair.  Hanna, a fiesta is a party.  The girls discuss the fact that Red Coat (who some of the girls believe is Alison) is playing with them as if they’re mice or dolls.  Emily refuses to believe that Alison is playing with them.  She seems to be the only one in the group who says out loud that Alison is dead. 

Hanna realizes that Mona was the person on the Halloween train who dressed up in the same costume as Caleb.  Mona snidely responds to this realization with “To think we were this close to our first kiss.”  Aria furiously accuses Mona of being the person who tried to kill her on the train, too.  Mona insists that she was not the person who did that, and she has proof in the form of video surveillance of the people who DID put Aria in the box.  Wait a minute, is Mona ALLOWED to have the videos that are stored in the computer in A’s lair?  The following broken law applies to the video Mona shows the girls of the Halloween train activities, along with any other similar surveillance that the A team has collected:

Broken Law # 9 Alert! 

18 Pa.C.S. Interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communications.
“Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person is guilty of a felony of the third degree if he:
(1)  intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, electronic or oral communication;
(2)  intentionally discloses or endeavors to disclose to any other person the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication; or
(3)  intentionally uses or endeavors to use the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know, that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication.”

I suppose we can’t be too shocked that the A team has committed some felonies along the way.  


When Mona shows the girls the video from the Halloween party, she tells the girls that the two people in the video are the ones who put Aria in the box.  The video reveals Wilden in a Queen of Hearts costume screaming at another person in a Queen of Hearts costume.  In the video, Wilden tells the other Queen of Hearts to “just leave her” (presumably referring to Aria) because “Garrett is going to tell them everything and we can’t let that happen.”

The second Queen of Hearts is still disguised on the video, and Mona tells the girls that it’s Melissa Hastings.  Before she can prove it by continuing to play the video, somebody mysteriously deletes all of Mona’s files from the computer.  The Halloween Costume Shop where Shana works definitely got a lot of business this year from a bunch of people who nobody trusts.  

Then, the girls hear creepy girls that look like younger versions of themselves, playing with creepy toy dolls who “coincidentally” are named, Aria, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Mona.  The little girls tell Mona that her “friend Alison” gave them the dolls.  

Later, at Emily’s house, Hanna talks to Mona on the phone and agrees to help her hide the RV.  Hanna explains to Emily that “Mona just wants to get rid of the RV so [they] can all get rid of it together,” and that Hanna is going to drive her to do it.  This plan makes Hanna and Mona guilty of: 

Broken Law # 10 Alert! 

18 Pa. C.S. § 903.  Criminal conspiracy.
(a)  Definition of conspiracy.–A person is guilty of conspiracy with another person or persons to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he:
(1)  agrees with such other person or persons that they or one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime; or
(2)  agrees to aid such other person or persons in the planning or commission of such crime or of an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime.


The crime they are conspiring to commit can be found above in this entry under Broken Law # 8  Alert (tampering with or fabricating physical evidence).  

Pam walks in and brings Emily and Hanna’s discussion about Mona to a halt.  She’s talking about “Poor Wilden” and the fact that there were witnesses, but she “didn’t know what they saw.”  She’s trying to comfort the girls, but she’s inadvertently scaring them instead.  Also, when Pam took that job at the police station, she didn’t quit her day job as a welcome wagon lady.  She tells Emily and Hanna that Mrs. DiLaurentis is moving back into her old house and is doing well despite what is going on with Wilden.  She gives Emily a gift basket to bring to Mrs. DiLaurentis.  Hanna’s new theory is that Mrs. DiLaurentis came back to Rosewood because she knows that Ali is alive.

Spencer and Toby make what Mona would call a “rookie mistake” by returning to a crime scene (the lodge where the fire happened).  Toby discourages going inside the lodge and reminds Spencer that Ali died 2 years ago.  No wonder he and Emily get along so well.

Emily brings the basket to Mrs. DiLaurentis.  Mrs. D is “freakishly like Ali,” as the girls would say.  She behaves exactly like Ali to the point that it’s disturbing.  Whoever the DiLaurentis family uses as a moving company must be filthy rich by now.  Also, apparently Emily always gets stuck helping people bring boxes upstairs in that house.  Emily is creeped out by the “shrine” Mrs. D is making for Ali. 

Next, we see Mona and Hanna hiding the RV.  Mona thanks Hanna for helping her, and Hanna says that “there’s stuff in there that could bring [them] all down.”  They’ve now completed the crime that they conspired to commit, and are guilty of both, conspiracy as stated above, and:

Broken Law # 11 Alert! 

See: Broken Law # 8 Alert (tampering with or fabricating physical evidence).  

The same applies here, except instead of Toby, Hanna and Mona are the guilty parties.  

Mona misses the glory days when Hanna + Mona equaled “us.”  Scenes between Hanna and Mona are beginning to look like scenes a former couple would have.  Speaking of scenes involving former couples, the next scene features Aria and Ezra.  They engage in incredibly awkward small-talk, and Ezra informs Aria that he will be working full time at her school again.  He rubs in Aria’s face that he “has a family now.”  When Aria leaves, she refers to him as “Mr. Fitz.” I’d be willing to bet that something about “Ezria” was trending worldwide on twitter during this part of the episode. 

Meanwhile, Boyfriend– I mean Toby is cooking breakfast for Spencer as she obsessively scours the newspaper article about Wilden’s death. Toby reminds Spencer how to use a fork and tries to be subtle about suggesting caffeine rehab.  Spencer reads about Wilden being shot multiple times and somebody moving his body.  What is it with this town and moving dead bodies?  It’s like a sport here!  Toby receives a text from A.  A picture of Toby’s mother is attached, and the text reads, “Bet you miss her every day. Kisses.”  Now it’s time for some role reversal; when Spencer asks Toby if he’s ok, he lies to her about “A,” just like Spencer always lied to him.  

At school, Emily reminds Aria of the concept of a double date, but Aria is too busy staring at Ezra to pay too much attention.  The Vice Principal is staring at Aria too.  In the hallway, Hanna tells Mona about her nightmares of Wilden with a pig face, and they reminisce about the days when they would go shopping together.  They make a rendezvous to go to Macy’s later. 

Aria gets called to the Vice Principal’s office, where she finds out that Ezra Fitz is getting arrested for having sex with a minor.  This only happens in Aria’s imagination, though; really, the Vice Principal just had some papers for her to give to Ella.  Paige wants Emily to come to college in California with her so that she can become an interior decorator and eat donuts without A watching.  Emily says yes, and they say “I love you” to each other.  

At Hanna’s house, Mona and Hanna talk about the latest fashion trends — they both still love talking about clothes–  and Mona explains that being a stalking mental patient hasn’t gotten her many dates.  She tells Hanna that she knows that she’s only pretending to be her friend again.  She still gives Hanna the chip that she wanted and tells her that it’s the only copy.  Mona says, in the past tense, that she really loved Hanna once and she really was her friend.  Does that mean Mona was just pretending to be friends with Hanna again, too?  Well then, at least they’re being honest about their lies.  

Jenna spies on Emily as she gives Paige her goodnight kiss.  Jenna needs a favor from Emily; she wants for Emily to give Toby a message for Jenna if anything ever happens to her.  Jenna wants Toby to know that she never meant to hurt him. When Emily asks Jenna if she burned herself, Jenna tries to conceal a mysterious injury.  Maybe it’s just another red herring injury like Lucas and Jason’s leg injuries.  Jenna points out that everyone who saw Alison the night she went missing is “waking up dead.”  She explains that Garrett told her that Wilden saw Ali that night also.  The girls and Toby saw Ali the night she disappeared, too.  Under Jenna’s theory, does that mean that they’re all going to die, too?  Or is Jenna only referring to an elite clique of dead people?  

Spencer looks out her window and into Ali’s old bedroom, only to find Mrs. DiLaurentis staring back at her.  That’s not creepy or anything.  Spencer gets a text from “A” that says “Closed caskets keep secrets.  His is open and exposes yours.  Kisses, bitches.”  A clipping of Wilden’s obituary is attached to the text.  

When the girls get to Wilden’s funeral, the place is packed.  Spencer gives Hanna a science lesson about embalming dead bodies.  The girls see someone at the funeral who is disguised in a black, lace outfit with her face hidden.  Another person in an enigmatic disguise!  They want to know who it is.  Maybe it’s Melissa, considering that she has been behind all of the secret costumes in this show so far.  Ezra brought Maggie as his date to Wilden’s funeral.  

Spencer comes up with one of her million dollar ideas; the girls should split up (AT A FUNERAL) to search for Wilden’s casket.  Spencer and Mona find it; apparently Mona received the same text message about Wilden’s casket.  Spencer and Mona hear a cell phone ringing from inside the casket.  I wonder what cell phone company provides such good signal inside a casket.  Spencer opens the casket, moves Wilden a tiny bit, and retrieves the phone.  

Potential Broken Law # 12 Alert!

 18 Pa.C.S. § 5510.  Abuse of corpse.
“Except as authorized by law, a person who treats a corpse in a way that he knows would outrage ordinary family sensibilities commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.” 

I labeled this as a “potential broken law,” because it depends on whether or not a court determined that Spencer’s movement of Wilden’s body to get the phone amounted to behavior that would outrage ordinary family sensibilities. 

When Mona and Spencer look through the phone, they find that it has missed calls from blocked numbers and a contact named “Kisses.”  Spencer redials “kisses,” and Hanna answers on the other end. The girls realize that the phone Spencer found in Wilden’s casket belongs to Hanna’s mother.  Why on Earth was it in Wilden’s casket, and why on Earth was Hanna’s name “kisses” in her mother’s phone?  Did Ashley do that?  Or was it Wilden or “A?”  Hanna believes that her mother is the next person that “A” is going to target.  

Alison’s mother comes up to the girls at the funeral.  She makes an odd comment about Hanna’s weight loss, then she asks the girls to sit next to her in the Church.  A guy that we haven’t been introduced to walks Jenna into the Church; Jenna is wearing her Gucci sunglasses indoors again.  Has she lost her vision again?  Is she pretending that she’s lost her vision again?  Who knows with this girl?  During the funeral, the girls see the mysterious woman in the black lace, again, and continue to wonder who she is.  

Then we see Toby driving the A-Team lair, and it looks like tears are coming out of those “pretty eyes.”  He has received another “A” text: “I know what happened 2 ur mom.  Bring the lair and u’ll know 2.  Kisses.”  It seems this “A” likes shorthand.  Toby has a flashback of a time when he and Ali were friends, or at least friendlier than any other interaction we’ve seen between those two.  Toby and Ali almost kiss, but Toby’s mother who looks frail, sick, and exhausted, walks in before they can.  When Toby tells Ali that he thinks something is wrong with his mother, she rudely chalks it up to laziness.  When Toby asks Ali to leave, she does, but not before calling him a loser.  Then, in present time, we see Toby walk into the woods with a sad look on his face.

Back at the Church, the girls learn that there’s a new cop in town.  His name is Officer Holbrook and he’s investigating Garrett and Wilden’s murders.  He agrees with the girls that Wilden’s behavior towards them was inappropriate, or at least he says that he agrees with them.  Maybe he’s secretly sleeping with one of their enemies, or maybe he’s being honest.  He reminds the girls that he’s “one of the good guys” and that he’s “there to find the truth.”  Of course, “A” is always watching, and right on cue, all 5 girls receive a text: “The truth won’t set you free.  I’m going to bury you with it.  Kisses, A.”  A video is attached to the message, which reveals that “A” recorded the girls stealing the evidence from Wilden’s car and then fleeing the scene.  

At the end, Mystery Girl in the Black Lace is wearing black gloves and an “Ali” mask that looks as if it was severely burned — maybe in the fire in the season 3 finale.  She’s carrying a doll, and probably plenty of other secrets that will keep us guessing throughout season 4.  We’ll see what kind of mischief the girls get caught up in next week!