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Recap: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Episode 18: ‘Dead to Me’

February 7th, 2013 9:35am EST

PLL S3E18 This episode was a massive bag of filler but even the Pretty Little Liars need a day off right? Most of the girls are busy making their way through their own dramas all while seemingly ignoring a fractured Spencer.
Case in point: While chilling at the Brew, Hanna and Emily are consoling Aria, who is in Ezra withdrawal. They are all confused and they turn to their leader (Spencer) for guidance and she’s blank. No emotion. No proof she was even listening to the conversation. She just makes up an excuse and heads up to the coffee house register.
Jason walks in and informs the Liars that his family is once again going to bury Alison. But this time they are opting for a mausoleum. While the service will only be open to the family, he offers to let them stop by to pay their last respects and they all seem appreciative of the offer. Well, everyone except Spencer who doesn’t plan on attending. She’s through with Alison.
The Liars’ excitement is soon tempered too after Jason tells them that the grave robbers will be identified once he/she/they are found in possession of the items that the Liars left in Alison’s grave. It’s more than likely a ploy by the A-team to once again raise questions about the girls. Because really, when is the last time anyone in Rosewood has been arrested due to actual police evidence?
Either way Hanna is spooked and she wants to get rid of her Ouija board. Aria for once is more cautious and opts to hang onto her earrings. I’m not entirely sure why one hangs onto an Ouija board in the first place.
At school, Mona takes the opportunity to mess with Spencer and remind her that the Academic Decathlon is coming up and they can’t afford to have her off her A-game (all puns intended). Spencer warns her that it’s no longer a game but it does nothing to erase the creepy smile from Mona’s face.
Meanwhile Hanna walks in on Caleb in a classroom as he’s sending a text message. Like a typical guilty person, he starts offering up alibis. Seems he’s talking to his mother… (and I feel bad because I fully expected him to say: she got hit again) she located his aunt (on his father’s side). She is moving to Australia and leaving behind some of his childhood things. He can stop by the storage to pick up some items if he’d like. Caleb is still bitter about that whole part of his life though so he’s thinking about skipping it all. Surely Hanna won’t let that happen.
Aria stops by Ezra’s apartment after she finishes her classes to lie on his twin-sized bed. And gets interrupted by his brother, the Lipstick Bandit. He claims that Ezra offered him the spot but it becomes fairly clear during Aria’s repeated visits to water the plants and pout that something is going on with him.
Elsewhere Spence is busy meeting men in strange corners. Are all Private Investigators this creepy? He wants more money to tell Spencer about where she can stick that key. But it wasn’t entirely clear that he wasn’t talking about sex.
Meanwhile Emily decided to head back to the police station to see if she could get a picture of Det. Wilden at Cape Mays as if that somehow proves he was the father of Alison’s baby. But it’s already been removed. She does however get a new message from A written on a post card she left in Ali’s grave. It’s written in French. So definitely from Mona?
She takes it over to Spencer’s house for deciphering since she clearly failed French (in addition to almost every other class she’s ever been in). Turns out A wasn’t threatening to turn her into the police as she initially thought – they only want her to back off. The implied “or else” is open for interpretation.
And for the first time (at least in a while) – we’re learning about things after they’ve happened off screen: At some point (in between episodes): Hanna told Emily about the Paige situation and it seems it wasn’t at all what it looked like. She was just trying to get information from the Halloween Store clerk on who brought the queen of hearts costume. The clerk got a little handsy but it definitely wasn’t a date. And she wasn’t of much help; she hasn’t tracked down the purchase (yet).

Feeling still a little unhinged from the whole experience though, Emily seeks comfort from psychiatrist and all around A-magnet Dr. Sullivan. The Doc hypnotizes her in hopes that they can glean more information around the incident where Em stabbed Nate, so that she can conquer her fears. But what we get is a bumbled mess that appears to show Em murdering Alison. So – Em is either twice the killer she thought she was or her forever faulty memory is resilient enough to eff her over even when she’s in a hypnotic state. Either way she loses. The memory proves to be too much for her and she hightails it out of the Doc’s office.
Spencer is doing some reminiscing too at casa de la Hastings. But unfortunately for her she remembers everything just so. Bet she wishes she had Emily’s memory right about now. She gets love-sick and calls up the PI to confirm that she’s willing to cough up the extra $500 to get the answers she needs.
Elsewhere Hanna goes with Caleb to pour over his old belongings. They are met there by his Uncle Jamie. It’s largely uneventful but we get the vibe that ol’ Jamie is more than he says he is early on. He gives Hanna a picture to give Caleb towards the end of their trip and it pretty much confirms that Jamie is Caleb’s father (without really confirming it – in true PLL fashion). She tells Caleb about the picture when they get back to her house but he isn’t ready to think about his father being around him through his entire childhood without actually being there.
Lipstick Bandit (aka Wesley)’s weird behavior reaches a zenith when he is out eating pizza with Aria. He assaults some man and they make a dash for Fitz’s house before he can explain. It seems he has been trying to escape his mother’s heavy handed parenting like Ezra but the best he has been able to do is throw temperature tantrums. All of which have been covered by his mother’s check book. So he escalated things: He flirted with his physics teacher and got put on academic probation. He didn’t foresee his physics teacher’s husband going ape though. So this not-so-great plan is having some undesirable side effects that required he flee to his brother’s apartment for refuge.
Oh and he also tries to soothe Aria by telling her that their mother hates her because she’s “unpredictable” or something she didn’t expect. It has nothing to do with the fact that she’s still in high school – like him. Because high schoolers are geniuses fully equipped with life experience and maturity.
As night falls in Rosewood, Dr. Sullivan closes up her office and gets greeted by Mona. She’s wisely creeped out by the crazy and opts not to put flowers from Mona in her office. Mona won’t be deterred however – she promises to try and repay Dr. Sullivan for all that she’s done – it’s clear this will not have a good outcome.
And neither will Spencer’s visit to the A-compound. She spots the door and braces herself for what’s inside. Only to find confirmation of her fears: the room has been cleaned out. No one cleans out innocent fun. An A lair full of Liar hatred however – that would have to go.
At the mausoleum, the girls show up to pay their respect and end up waiting a few to see if Spencer will show. She does. But not because she gives a damn about Alison. Spencer is fighting for herself now and it’s not clear if she plans on leaving anyone alive (figuratively or literally). She tells Jason that Alison was pregnant and Det. Wilden is more than likely the baby daddy and then hits the rest of the Liars with the IDGAF face as they scold her for being so cold hearted. And she sticks around to scribble Toby’s name on the burial chamber of a person who shares his last name. The message is clear: he’s dead to her now.
Elsewhere Emily’s memory finally kicks in and she’s able to tell Hanna and Aria what we already know: A red coated blonde chick is running the A-team.
A-Tag: A black hoodie tries to purchase some whiskey at a liquor store. They appear to have a horizontal license though, so were they actually over the age of 21?

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