Cover For Me… Or Everyone Might Wind Up In Prison (Broken laws recap of PLL episode 4×22)

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With broken laws from 4×21, “She’s Come Undone” **

At the beginning of the episode, we learn that a sober Spencer has just returned from a 3 day stint at rehab. This is a big change from “She’s Come Undone” when she was taking adderall “prescribed” to her by “A.” Taking the medication that “A” gave her was not only an enormous lapse in judgment, considering it could have been poisoned, but also illegal! Spencer’s poor judgment brings us to:

Broken Law # 1 Alert! (from episode 4×21)

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…”

Spencer has more of her terrifying flashbacks to the night that Alison disappeared. These flashbacks strongly indicate that Spencer hit Alison, or somebody who looks a lot like her, with a shovel…hard.

Legal Note # 1: 

If this is proven true, we will discuss it further. For now, do NOT get any crazy ideas; smacking somebody with a shovel is in no way legal. I repeat, do NOT hit people with shovels. 

Next, we see a very NOT sober Aria at a frat house making out with a guy we’ve never seen before. His name is Riley the Rebound, and neither he nor Aria are 21. This brings us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

We’ve discussed this one relatively recently, only this time it was about Aria’s brother. For a refresher, see broken law # 1 of my entry on PLL episode “Bite Your Tongue.” 

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).”

The following day, Spencer goes down to her kitchen searching for her car keys; she wants to get to school early. Instead, she finds her mother sitting with yet another guy we haven’t seen before. He’s Spencer’s babysitter/ drug and alcohol abuse counselor. Veronica demands that Spencer hand over all of her electronics; she has already confiscated Spencer’s car keys. Veronica also mentions that Spencer is currently not allowed to have friends. Sounds awesome! When Spencer asks Dean what she should do first, he hands her a take-home drug test.

Next, Aria talks on the phone with Emily. We learn that the frat party she attended is at Syracuse; Aria went there with her father to pretend she’s interested in touring the college. She’s really trying to rid herself of all things Ezra, and it looks like it’s working. Aria gets off the phone when she sees a hungover Riley approaching. They decide to ditch the tour to get pancakes and nurse their hangovers.

At school, Hanna and Emily discuss the situations with Aria and Spencer. Hanna reveals that she tried calling Spencer’s phone, but her mom answered and informed her that Spencer won’t be at school for awhile and is not allowed any visitors. Even Ashley Marin was allowed visitors when she was in prison! Emily mentions that Aria’s at Syracuse. Then, Emily informs Hanna that Ezra is back at school. This makes Hanna furious and gives her the motivation she needed to ditch class. Before Hanna leaves, she and Emily overhear a heated argument between Mona and Mike. They quickly realize that this argument is likely Ezra’s fault. As Emily says, it looks like “Ezra’s still pulling Mona’s strings.”

Although Hanna’s ditching class, Emily’s not leaving before she gets to confront Ezra. Emily goes into Ezra’s classroom before class starts. Ezra attempts to get Emily to give him a chance to explain himself and his behavior, but Emily doesn’t allow this. She rattles off a list of times Ezra helped her outside of the classroom and asks him what he got out of all of that. He doesn’t even have an answer for her, which is pretty pathetic. Emily turns in an assignment that’s due that day, explaining that she won’t be staying for the class. Before leaving, she pointedly requests that Ezra make sure a REAL teacher gets her work. Oh, burn! Sorry Ezra, but you deserved that one.

Hanna runs into Gabe/Detective Holbrook at the Brew. She apologizes for “accidentally running into [his] mouth,” something that most people refer to as kissing. Holbrook asks her to join him; he has something else to discuss with her. He wants to know what Hanna knows about the anonymous note he received claiming that Alison is alive. Particularly, he wants to know if Hanna wrote the note. Hanna denies knowing anything about the note, which at the moment is true. She asks if this means that the police will start searching for Alison, but Holbrook tells her that the note likely came from “another crackpot,” and it’s not likely to be pursued. Hanna makes an excuse to leave before getting herself into a conversation that she’s not prepared to have.

Meanwhile, at Syracuse, Aria wakes up in her motel room. Riley is there too, and they quickly realize that they’ve pretty much emptied the room’s entire mini bar. Aria also learns that Riley can play guitar and owns a guitar named Antonio. Apparently, this is some sort of magical guitar, since Riley claims that it named ITSELF Antonio. Aria and Riley’s hotel bar binge is on Byron’s dime; he’s staying in the room next door. Riley suggests that Aria tell her father that she had “the drunkies.” Somehow I don’t think this is a good idea, and it’s unlikely to make Byron excuse the fact that he now owes the hotel at least $100 extra dollars because of “the drunkies.”

Spencer heads to bed, but quickly discovers that half of her sheets are covered in dirt, courtesy of “A.” The dirt is accompanied by a note: “I know you dug her grave, now I’m digging yours. Kisses, A.” Excellent, that’s just what Spencer needs during her recovery process.

Outside the school the next day, Hanna fills Emily in on the latest scary information from Holbrook. Emily’s questions about this anonymous note suggest that she might suspect Paige. Travis approaches Hanna and they make plans for a date the next night. Emily questions this idea with a question along the lines of “Caleb just left PLL like 5 seconds ago, are you sure about this?”

At Spencer’s house, Dean prepares her a disgusting green drink and calls her out on doing her laundry at 2 in the morning. “Um, sorry I had to wash my sheets because you’re a crappy babysitter and allowed someone to get into my room and cover my sheets with dirt?,” she replies. Ok, she was more polite than that. When Dean asks Spencer about her withdrawal symptoms, she mentions the hallucinations she has been having. He suggests that this could be suppressed memories coming back as the drugs leave her system. Spencer excuses herself to take a shower, but she swipes the house phone first. Bad girl! She sneakily starts leaving Toby a voicemail, but is quickly interrupted by Dean; he doesn’t hear running water and he’s onto Spencer’s games.

Hanna runs into Detective Holbrook again, but this time he’s with his partner, Lieutenant Tanner. Tanner believes that Hanna is the one who wrote the note, and she’s ready to prove it with handwriting analysis. Hanna still adamantly insists that she didn’t write the note. Tanner tells Holbrook that she thinks Hanna is a “tough cookie.” She’s right about that, so she should stop messing with Hanna. Look at what happened to the last cop who bothered her!

Aria is still hanging out with Riley. They’re by the water discussing their real reasons for coming to Syracuse. Riley is expected to go there because his entire family went to Syracuse. He wants to study music at a different college. Aria explains that some jerk aka Ezra broke her heart into “thirty thousand million pieces.” Riley thinks that Ezra should be the one exiled from town, NOT Aria. I agree.

That night, Mrs. DiLaurentis shows up at Spencer’s house. She claims she’s there because she wants to know if they will be attending her bridal charity for starving children. When Veronica leaves the room to check their calendar, Mrs. D remarks that she’s likely writing a check in the other room. Spencer apologizes for her behavior in episode 4×21 where she violently grabbed Mrs. DiLaurentis’s arm and screamed at her. It’s a good thing Mrs. D is so forgiving, because Spencer’s stunt was not legal.

Broken Law # 3 Alert! (Episode 4×21)

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

 Mrs. D emphasizes the good cause for her charity and makes an eerie remark that “no parent should ever have to watch their child die.” Spencer excuses herself, using her laundry as an excuse to go upstairs and go to bed. Before she leaves the room, Mrs. D makes an extraordinarily creepy comment: “Nothing beats a good night’s sleep on a set of fresh, clean sheets.” Spencer clearly wonders if that means that Mrs. D was the reason that she had to wash those fresh, clean sheets in the first place.

Riley and Aria say their goodbyes, and Riley leaves Aria with a “beat up a jerk card.” He notes, however, that he thinks Aria can handle this one on her own. Meanwhile, Mike shows up at The Brew and ambushes Emily. Mona broke up with him via text message, and he’s furious because he thinks that Aria is to blame. He tells Emily to tell Aria “thanks” for him. Emily defends Aria and offers to speak to Mona about this. Mike doesn’t buy into Emily’s claim that Aria had nothing to do with this, considering Aria and her friends can’t stand Mona.

Dean and Spencer run 3 miles, then Dean orders Spencer to take another lap because of her stunt with the house phone. They then start freestyling rhymes: “Why are you so mean, Dean?” “Because you make me tense, Spence.” This doesn’t stop them from running the 4th mile, but it makes for some comic relief. Spencer has more terrifying flashbacks, and this time in her flashback, she slams Alison (or somebody who looks a LOT like her and wears the same clothes) with the shovel hard, to the point that Spencer winds up with blood spatter on her face. We don’t know yet if this flashback is real, so as mentioned above, we will discuss it further if it turns out to be true.

When Dean asks Spencer what’s wrong, she tells him that she thinks she knows what she did. She explains that she’s been using other people’s memories of the night Ali disappeared to fill in the blanks in her own memory. Dean encourages her to look at this positively; perhaps she’s ready to accept some things that she’s done and make good on them. Spencer stops talking right before she accidentally reveals too much about what she thinks she did. Dean gives Spencer privacy to read a note from Toby, which is postmarked from LONDON. Toby seems like he’s always Out Of Town, and now he’s upgraded to Out Of Country.

Hanna and Travis go on what’s supposed to be a date, but Travis points out that Hanna’s phone is a lousy third-wheel. Jessica DiLaurentis interrupts their meal (seemingly politely) and then Hanna sees her go off to speak with Detective Holbrook. After she sees this, she’s all about texting. She’s almost sending as many texts as “A” would send. She informs Emily of what’s going on and speculates that the reason Mrs. D is speaking to the cops has to do with the anonymous note, which we know is from Paige.

Mona backs her car out of her driveway, but is quickly stopped when she realizes that someone is right behind her car; it’s Emily. I admire Emily’s courage, but I still think she should have thought this through a bit more. She knows that Mona had no problem running Hanna over with a car! Luckily, Mona does not do this to Emily. Emily tells Mona that she needs to talk to her, but Mona attempts to brush her off by saying that she has somewhere to be. Emily doesn’t allow this though; she shoots right back asking Mona if she’s heading to meet with Ezra Fitz. Mona realizes that she’s trapped and tells Emily to get in her car.

Aria shows up at the rubble known as Ezra’s apartment. As we know, in episode 4×21, Aria went into his apartment and broke nearly all of his possessions. This, of course, is not legal, which brings us to:

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

Burglary – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502 (in relevant part) (Episode 4×21)

We discussed this one in my entry on PLL, “Hot For Teacher” 
See Broken Law 7.

“(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…”
   (c)  Grading. :(1) … burglary is a felony of the first degree.”

Now, we don’t know Aria’s EXACT intentions were for entering Ezra’s apartment, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t involve legal conduct. We do know what she actually wound up doing in his apartment, which leads us to: 

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

Criminal mischief – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3304 (in relevant part) (Episode 4×21)

       ” (a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of criminal mischief if he:
            …(5)  intentionally damages real or personal property of another…”
        (b)  Grading.–Criminal mischief is a felony of the third degree if the actor intentionally causes pecuniary loss in excess of $5,000, or a substantial interruption or impairment of public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas or power, or other public service. It is a misdemeanor of the second degree if the actor intentionally causes pecuniary loss in excess of $1,000, or a misdemeanor of the third degree if he intentionally or recklessly causes pecuniary loss in excess of $500…(4). Otherwise criminal mischief is a summary offense.”

NOTE: Since I don’t know the value of Ezra’s belongings, I included most of the possibilities in the grading section above. Also,
NOTE: If Aria were to be charged with a crime, it would have to be either burglary or criminal mischief, not both. Here’s why: 
§ 3502.  Burglary.
(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.”
Note: At highest, criminal mischief is a felony in the THIRD degree, which does not fall into the situations where someone could be charged with both crimes. 

Back in episode 4×22, Ezra lets Aria into the apartment that she destroyed. Aria wants him to leave town for good. Ezra gives her his manuscript, which he says he is no longer publishing. He wants her to have it because he found out information that could help Aria and her friends.

Mona explains to Emily that when she found out about Ezra’s book, she realized that it contained information about her that could land her in jail. Ezra bribed her; if she gave him the information he requested, he’d omit the illegal things that Mona did from his book. Uh oh, that doesn’t sound right…

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

Since Ezra, at the time of his agreement with Mona, was still planning on publishing a TRUE crime novel, this behavior is not within the law. This is especially true because it is highly doubtful that Ezra had his publishing company’s permission to do this.

Commercial bribery and breach of duty to act disinterestedly – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 4108

        “(a)  Corrupt employee, agent or fiduciary.–An employee, agent or fiduciary commits a misdemeanor of the second degree 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.
        (b)  Corrupt disinterested person.–A person who holds himself out to the public as being engaged in the business of making disinterested selection, appraisal, or criticism of commodities or services commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit to influence his selection, appraisal or criticism.
        (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 subsections (a) or (b) of this section.”

As if Ezra needs more crimes on his less than stellar resume. 

Mona explains to Emily that she tried to get out of the deal that she made with Ezra, but Ezra wouldn’t allow it. That’s why she broke up with Mike; she didn’t want to drag him into this mess. Mike DOES have enough drama involving Ezra already. Mona also tells Emily that Ezra thinks he knows who the person who “stole the game” from her is. At least she sort of got something out of the deal.

Aria begins reading Ezra’s manuscript. She finds something important, because the next thing we know, Spencer’s phone, which is locked in a drawer goes off. When Spencer gets the phone out, she has an “SOS” text from Aria. Hanna is still being the worst date in the world to Travis, when she gets a text from Emily to meet at her house. She leaves, but she promises Travis that she genuinely had a good time and that she’ll be a better date next time.

While the girls wait for Aria to arrive at Emily’s, Hanna notices a familiar-looking envelope hanging up in Emily’s room. It’s an exact match to the envelope that Holbrook showed her before. Hanna quickly puts two and two together, being the “tough cookie” that she is. Before she can say anything, Aria arrives. Emily fills Aria in on Mona breaking up with Mike and Mike thinking it’s Aria’s fault, even though Ezra’s the one to blame. Then Aria tells the girls that she went to Ezra’s and got the manuscript, and Ezra’s theory is that “A” is Alison’s mom. It seems as if Spencer agrees with Ezra on one thing at least, because she’s suspecting Mrs. D also. She fills the girls in on her dirty sheets and Mrs. D’s shady comment. She also tells them about CeCe and Mrs. D seeing her holding a shovel to Ali’s head on the night Ali disappeared. Hanna isn’t buying this though; Mrs. D is too old to text!

Hanna confronts Emily about telling Paige that Alison is alive, however she doesn’t yet reveal why she’s asking. The look on Emily’s face makes it obvious to Hanna that she’s correct about Paige. By the time Aria gets home, Mike has figured out that it wasn’t her fault that Mona broke up with him. They have a cute sibling moment.

When Spencer gets home, Veronica is furious that she snuck out. She goes through her texts and demands to know what SOS means. Really? Spencer tells her mom that she wants to know what really happened the night Alison disappeared, but her mother tells her to consider it a blessing that she can’t remember. Veronica suggests that Spencer go to bed. In her bedroom, we see JESSICA DILAURENTIS creeping behind Spencer. It’s a very scary scene. We don’t yet know why she’s in there, but we do know that nobody gave her permission to be there. Jessica’s weird walk next door brings us to:

Broken Law # 7 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.”

Spencer doesn’t notice Jessica, and Jessica gets the chance to escape unseen when Veronica comes into Spencer’s room. At the very end of the episode, we see “A” creepily messing around with a wedding dress, which is interesting because we know that Mrs. D. is holding a bridal charity event soon. I can’t wait to see what happens then! Next week’s episode should definitely be interesting, and I’ll be here with updates! Thank for reading! 🙂

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

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

Legal Note 1

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

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

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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note 2:

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

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

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

Legal Note 3: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

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

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

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

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note # 4:

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

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

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

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

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

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

“(c)   GRADING.-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

Slick, Spencer. Stick to caffeine, girl! 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note # 2!

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

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

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

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

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

“(c)   GRADING.-

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

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

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

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

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

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

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

(Potential) Broken Law # 5 Alert! 

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 7 Alert! 

Burglary – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3502

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note 1: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Note 2: 

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 3 Alert! : 

18 Pa.C.S. § 3503: Criminal trespass (in relevant part) : 

(a) Buildings and occupied structures.–

(1) A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ezra is still in the lead though: 

Broken Law # 5 Alert: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential Broken Law # 3 Alert! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This crazy story leads us to:

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

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

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

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

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

Legal Note:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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