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Recap: 'Pretty Little Liars' Episode 14: 'She's Better Now'

January 9th, 2013 10:26am EST

Pretty Little Liars The Freaks Come Out At Night
It’s the wee hours of the night in Rosewood, PA and the freaks are out and about wreaking havoc. Mona’s creeping into Hanna’s house to beg her former best friend for help with her biggest obstacle to date: walking back into high school post-scandal. Because she’s better now (at being evil) and the other kids will be mean. And Toby is trying to run over some black hooded-kid on a skateboard, who refuses to accept that the sidewalk is his friend as opposed to the middle of the street where all cars fit. (That kid is revealed later, hang tight!)

A Dad’s Awakening & A Liar’s Denial
By the time the sun has risen, Emily’s father has already called in contractors to install an alarm system on their house to hopefully cut down on the number of people trying to kill his daughter. Too little too late? Paige is allowed to come over but her dad makes it clear: until this funny business ends, Em’s social life will be stale.
Spence and Aria meanwhile are arguing over Aria’s failure to question her dad about his past involvement with Alison and probable contribution to her death on the night she accomplished everything but survival. But Aria likes her dad now and thinks that accusing him of murder may mess things up a little.
Down the street, Hanna and her grandmother (where is her mother?) have some conversation about a distant relative who went to nuts, did a stint in rehab and got really good at hiding his mental issues. So maybe the same can happen for Mona? Sorry folks. Crazy is crazy.

Obligatory School Scene
At Rosewood High where the Liars rarely do anything other than pace down halls, creep around corners and attend one class. Em is still bummed that her parents actually want to be parents now. But is still prepared to go on the offensive in regards to A; and that means befriending the enemy: Mona.
Speaking of Mona, when she arrives to school, the whispers reach a zenith as the students she wouldn’t have even noticed before, stop to gawk and wisely watch her every move. She plays the victim deliciously.
The Liars are unsettled by her but she won’t be the only person making them uncomfortable it seems. Meredith (Aria’s dad’s ex ho and occasional lay) is their history teacher. And it would appear that she actually intends on teaching. So much so that she takes Aria’s phone away after she catches her texting instead of listening to her boring lecture. She returns it after the class and pleads with Aria and the Liars to let her do her job without any drama. She is going to be a problem.

Cow Brains & Bathrooms
Out in the school hallway, someone decided to send Mona a not-so-subtle message by putting cow brains in her locker. Weird though that the knife (holding the brains in place) was stabbed into her locker door but somehow didn’t show …you know from the outside of the locker door. Must be some of the new upgraded …thicker locker doors?
Anyway Mona handles it like a pro. She takes the knife out …brains still attached, walks it down to the trash can. Shakes loose the brains. Holds onto the knife a little to scare the normals and then chucks the knife in the trash too. She then whispers something to Lucas and sashays down the hall. Is there trouble in the A camp?
Sometime later, the Liars convene in the bathroom for an emergency meeting on the hallway scene and they’ve already learned that the cow brains came from the bio lab. The CSI techs (read: nosy teenagers) at this high school work faster than the actual police in this town. Em is worried that they will get blamed like they always do. But since they were in Meredith’s classroom they have a bit of an alibi. As they reminisce how poor Mona looked as an outcast though Spencer snaps them back to reality and reminds them that you shouldn’t have sympathy for the crazy. It’s ironic since she’s pretty much certified herself, but she does have a point.

Feast On This
So it’s lunch-time and Emily’s parents are in overdrive. They apparently want her to check-in after every class to make up for their incompetence for the last few seasons. Their phone call does a little more than annoy her though; it ensures that she’s in the right spot to see Mona talking to the Janitor, who is none other than that guy from the creepy hotel (where Alison and the A-team schemed against each other).
Meanwhile Toby is busy lying to Spencer and it’s great because it all just adds fuel to the epic meltdown she’s going to have soon. Hanna is enlisting Caleb to question Lucas on his limp. And we learn that Jenna turned punk and switched to another school and Mona has found a friend in Spencer’s brother Jason, who though having graduated from high school years ago, still hangs around without purpose.
After telling Hanna about the return of the creepy guy from the hotel and how he didn’t recognize her, Emily and Han go down to the basement, which is apparently accessible to students. And find him in close proximity to the creepy doll mask that haunts them and as deaf as a white cat since they’ve opened the door and discussed the entire scene without him hearing anything.

Aria the Horrible.
At Fitz house for a mid-day “snack”, Aria freaks out. The lies. The lies! She dips out as fast as possible (due to her inability to deal with lying to him) by lying to him and saying that her mom needs her when she’s really got to head down to the Brew for a meeting with the other Liars.

Spencer the Crazy.
Toby is shirtless. There is God. Proof confirmed. Oh right and um, Spencer was there too. They were doing a practice run for the marathon the school is holding. And though evil Toby was hoping to cool down in the hot tub, she’s leaves to go get in her brother’s face about who he chooses to be friends with. Jason doesn’t want to be so judgmental. Or he’s just been recruited by the A-team, I can’t tell. But either way he isn’t going to stop hanging around Mona just yet.

All Together Now…
Caleb can hack again. He confirms that Mona lied about being dragged back to Rosewood High. Turns out she pleaded to return. To wrap up unfinished business of course.
Aria is freaked. She has a secret now. What if Ezra finds out she knows he has a kid? How were the others able to cope for so long? Hanna tells her to grow a set and fess up. But me thinks that Aria is still looking for a way to get out of this without it being her fault.
What must be a few hours later (since it’s now dark outside), Toby’s finally got Spencer in the hot tub. And with that hot piece of ass beside her, all she can think about is her brother. See? Crazy. She’s coming loose at the hinges this one.

Adults Lie Too
Back at her house, Aria fumbles her first run at her dad. She asks him if he liked Alison and he gives some generic answer. She pokes a little more and he belts out a few more platitudes. He’s lying and it’s obvious. Aren’t Liars supposed to be able to spot liars or at least lies? The double-take he does as he’s exiting her room confirms that he’s hiding something. But is it nefarious?

Lucas the Weird
At the Marin house, Hanna and her grandmother are watching a video that crazy Mona sent out. She’s going the ‘I’m being bullied’ route to get back in people’s good graces. Genius!
Lucas interrupts to hand Hanna a stack of money. It’s the remainder of what he owes Caleb. She quizzes him on his limp and he’s as weird and evasive as ever. Turns out he injured himself skateboarding. (So Toby wants Lucas dead?!!!)

The Return of Norman Bates
It’s finally the day of the marathon and all of the Liars (minus Emily who is still on house arrest) are in attendance. Mona is making friends from all the other (faux) victims. No one will ever believe anything bad about her now. And though I was initially put off by people’s instant acceptance of her it makes sense. It’s not like she harmed them. And who really likes the Liars in this town aside from their absent parents?
Aria tries to soothe her guilty conscience by asking Caleb if little boys really want their daddy’s around. Officially the stupidest question she’s ever asked. He confirms that it probably would have probably helped him.
Elsewhere, Emily’s dad gives her a pep talk about being on lock down. But when he leaves her room for a minute, she uses the time to switch out their phones so that she can turn the house alarm off and meet up with the other liars at the school. She’s officially better with technology than Caleb, who just makes up things as he goes. But it was quite the risk: switching phones with your dad when you are being terrorized by an anonymous group of people who like to send threats via text.
Anyway, the Liars return to the basement to spy on Norman Bates (creepy guy from the hotel) and find his office empty and the doll face missing. It isn’t a total loss though since they run across Alison’s diary in his things. She apparently wrote down all of her dastardly deeds. Including that one time she went to Aria’s dad’s office and blackmailed him for a large sum of money. They want to take the journal but settle on just taking that one page. Seriously?!
Just as they were preparing to make their exit though, Bates comes down the hallway and questions them. Of course, Spencer is the first to come up with a plausible lie and though Janitor guy rips the journal page from Aria’s hands; she is able to retrieve it when Toby inexplicably shows up. He claims he had finished up the race and saw them go in the school but there isn’t an ounce of sweat on that wonderful body.
The girls aren’t given much time to dwell on that however since a fire has broken out in one of the booths at the marathon. Is there ever a peaceful day in Rosewood? If it weren’t for all the pretty people, I’d leave.

The Guilt Trip
Back at their respective homes, Emily and Aria are both hit with the guilt trip. Em’s dad tells her some vague war story and pleads to be her daddy. It’s sweet. And may have just weakened her resolve to keep secret. (Side note: non-amnesiac Emily is sooo much better) Aria’s dad takes a different approach. He outright accuses her and her friends of setting Meredith (the marathon fire victim) on fire since Mer has revealed how they weren’t exactly nice to her on her first day. And in the process also reveals that he doesn’t really like her friends all that much. It’s a shame: he keeps trying to find moral high ground and always winds up getting tripped up by that affair he had. Since they aren’t buddies anymore does this mean she’ll throw the hush money in his face soon?

Jason Killed Garrett?
Wow. Okay. Wow. Jason is relaxing on his front porch when Spencer comes over to apologize for being all aggressive about his personal life the other day and then reiterates her stance that he stay away from Mona. He says anything to make her go away. And then out from his house comes Mona with wound dressing. Seems he’s got a nasty stab wound… perhaps from a run-in he had with the screwdriver held by Aria. Wow. So does this necessarily mean that he attacked Aria and put her in the box as well? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter: @inkonspik.

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