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

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

Legal Note 1

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


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

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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note 2:

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

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

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

Legal Note 3: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

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

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

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

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note # 4:

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

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

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

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

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

“(a)   OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:…
(2)  follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
(3)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;…”

“(c)   GRADING.-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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












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

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



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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

Slick, Spencer. Stick to caffeine, girl! 

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

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

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

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

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

BROKEN LAW # 2 ALERT!

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

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

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

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

LEGAL NOTE #1: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note # 2!

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

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

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

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

“(a)   OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:…
(2)  follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
(3)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;…”

“(c)   GRADING.-

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

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

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

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

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

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

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

(Potential) Broken Law # 5 Alert! 


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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 7 Alert! 

Burglary – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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This episode mentions relevant broken laws from Episode 4×16

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



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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

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

I’m looking at you, Andrew!

And:

Broken Law # 3 Alert!: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

 47 P.S. § 4-493(14) Pennsylvania Liquor Code: PERMITTING UNDESIRABLE PERSONS OR MINORS TO FREQUENT PREMISES (in relevant part) :
“…If a minor is frequenting a… restaurant… then the minor may not sit at the bar section of the premises, nor may any alcoholic beverages be served at the table or booth at which the said minor is seated unless said minor is with a parent, legal guardian or under proper supervision.” 

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

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

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

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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!