Jenna is Back in Rosewood, There’s Trouble in Ezria Land, a New Bully Makes Trouble for Em and She Takes a Turn on the Liar’s Lament.
On this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars entitled, “These Boots Were Made for Stalking,” a miniature version of high school Allison (Sasha Pieterse) has us wondering if somehow this high school mean girl could be part of A.D.’s latest operation. The episode picks up right where we left off with the all the Liars gathered around the Liar’s Lament. Emily (Shay Mitchell) isn’t having any parts of A.D.’s twisted, Jumanji-esque game. So the ladies agree to not to play and continue about their lives as usual. Spencer (Troian Bellisario), still quite upset about all the Hastings secrets, confronts her mom and continues her search for Mary Drake (Andrea Parker). She turns to Detective Fury (Nicholas Gonzalez) for help and at the police office discovers Jenna (Tammin Sursok) is back in town. She makes more trouble with her skewed perception of the night of Noel Kahn’s (Brant Daugherty) death and recent events.
Hoping to distract herself from the Ezra (Ian Harding) and Nicole (Rebecca Breeds) situation, Aria (Lucy Hale) confides in Holden (Shane Coffey) as she helps him with wedding catering. Very couple-y photos of the two cause her to rush to NYC. Elsewhere, Hanna (Ashley Benson) works on designs for her big break but finds Jenna donning the very same design as hers. Her and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) trail Jenna to find out what she’s up to. While at Rosewood High, Em clashes with a student, Addison (Ava Allan), who seems to be a new version of high school Ali. When a connection to an all too familiar foe is revealed, Em turns to the Liar’s Lament for answers. In true PLL form, there are so many moments worth O.M.G.-ing. Here are the episode’s top moments.
A New Mean Girl Walks the Halls of Rosewood High and She’s Basically Ali 2.0
In the locker room as Emily and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) discuss Em’s intense history with both her and Ali, a snotty teen, Addison, eavesdrops on the conversation. And when Em confronts her about her missing swim practice and her snooping, Addison cops an attitude. Her nosy behavior continues. From outside Ali’s classroom, Addison listens to a conversation between Emily and Ali and snaps a convenient photo of the pair. Then Addison goes to Paige accusing Em of being too close and touchy with her and has also been touching other swimmers on the thigh. Addison adds more fuel to the fire by using a more-than-friendly photo of Em and Ali showing Em with her hand on Ali’s shoulder in comfort as another example of being inappropriate. Luckily, Paige keeps her from going to the principal saying she’ll handle it.
“I’m not saying she’s a predator, but she’s definitely way over the line.” – Addison
Wow, what a conniving little bitch. What is her deal? Surely, there’s no coincidence in Addison and Allison being so similar to each other. Just substitute D’s for L’s. It’s rather ironic because Addison is practically Rosewood High School mean girl, Allison DiLaurentis, reincarnate. What’s even funnier is Ali’s reaction to Addison as she shudders at the possibility that she could have a child just like her. Be careful what you wish for Ali, or don’t rather.
Spencer looks for Mary Drake, but finds Jenna Marshall has returned to town with an unbelievable story.
Spencer drops by the Rosewood P.D. to check on Marco’s progress helping her find Mary Drake. Instead, she learns Jenna is back and claims she needs to tell the truth about what happened the night of Noel’s death. (insert eye roll) First, Jenna questions how sure they are if Noel is really dead. Then she claims Noel was targeting everyone including her. Jenna explains she was afraid he was going to kill like Sara Harvey (Dre Davis). She goes on to claim the only reason she went along with all the stuff at the house was because she was scared and because Noel told her Charlotte (Vanessa Ray) supposedly left money for her to have eye surgery. Says Noel needed money because he was broke and the only reason she even had a gun was for protection. Sadly, Marco takes Jenna’s serious and has her escorted to a conference room for more questioning.
“Everything I said to you and your friends was for Noel’s benefit so I could make it out alive.” – Jenna.
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Jenna. Wherever she goes trouble seems to follow as well as her creepy and borderline supernatural claims. Like she could tell Spencer was at the police off with Marco by her breathing? It’s sad to say, but sometimes I wonder if she’s really blind. Anyway, Spencer’s reaction to Jenna’s bullshit story pretty much sums up everyone’s feelings. I 100% agree with Spencer when she says Jenna is worse than Noel.
Things get even more complicated as Aria struggles with the news that Ezra and Nicole might have been engaged…
Aria continues to plan her wedding despite her missing groom, who is supposedly helping his ex-adjust to life after being held captive in the jungle. After running into a reporter who wants to talk to her for a story about a local author reuniting with his fiancee’…what? Ezra and Nicole were engaged? She goes to plan her wedding menu and finds Holden is swamped with a wedding order. So looking for any distraction, Aria offers to help Holden with the catering order and confides in him about her and Ezra. Then she gets an alert on her phone. Turns out the reporter she encountered earlier did write an article about Ezra and Nicole. And it includes lots of smiley, couple-like photos to go along with it.
I love Aria and Ezra together as much as the next person, but she seems to be holding onto something or someone that’s already gone. Actions speak louder than words. Ezra might assure Aria he still wants to be with her, but he’s not physically with her. He’s in NYC with Nicole and judging by the photos, the two are happily enjoying each other’s company. Even worse, Ezra doesn’t even care to call, especially after the article is published with the photos of him and Nicole. No girl needs to be kept on a string like that. Shame on you Ezra Fitz.
A case of “Bitch stole my look!” leads Hanna into a situation that triggers flashbacks of her being tortured.
At the Radley, Hanna and Mona (Janel Parrish) discuss business and Jenna comes walking in a carbon copy of Hanna’s dress design except in white instead of black. Jenna ignores their questions about where she got the dress claiming it was a gift but won’t say who from. So Hanna and Caleb decide to follow Jenna in an attempt to figure out what she’s up to and she leads them to the same cobbler Hanna’s using for the senator’s daughter’s shoes. While Caleb confronts Jenna and she claims to have an upcoming concert, Hanna sneaks into the cobbler’s office to get her shoes back. Inside, Hanna is trapped in some metal cage filled with all sorts of tools aka potential murder weapons. Of course, the stuff turns on. Hanna has flashbacks of being tortured in the barn as wooden shoes swing at her head, a drill comes through the wall and she gets all scraped up by some spinning tool. Luckily, Caleb comes to her rescue.
Why didn’t Hanna and Mona blame Hanna’s evil, ex-boss, Claudia of giving Jenna the same dress design as Hanna’s instead of instantly assuming it has something to with A.D.? Her boss did see the dress, so why not suspect her? That doesn’t mean there’s not an A.D. connection. One has to wonder given Hanna seemingly freak entrapment. Who puts a metal cage in their office? Poor Hanna can’t get a break. She should really see someone about her flashbacks, but who can blame her for not in a town where A.D. could use anything she says against her. Surely, we all remember the Liars track record when it comes to psychologists and anything associated.
Emily takes a turn at the Liar’s’ Lament for answers after suspecting a connection between Jenna and Addison.
At The Brew, Em sees Jenna’s back. She overhears her sending a text and surprised to hear the notification nearby. It’s Addison. Could she and Jenna be working together? For A.D.? Emily believes A.D. is using Addison to get to her and needs answers. Emily resorts to the Liar’s Lament and Ali begs Ali for the keys to Spencer’s barn. They go together. The phone reads “#BENCHME.” Em presses it and security footage from behind The Brew of Addison and her boyfriend smoking a bong on the same day she ditched swim practice because of a ‘headache.’ Armed with this newfound information, Em confronts Addison and lectures her on bullies. Paige interrupts to take Addison to the principal’s where her dad’s waiting because an email she wrote bragging about getting Emily fired was sent to her parents and the principal. Emily finds a puzzle piece in her staff mailbox and all the Liars meet up at Spencer’s. They gather around the Liar’s Lament to put the new puzzle piece in the game. Spencer thinks it’s a map and believes a dark area could be Rosewood and the ladies wonder what or where A.D. might be leading them. Even creepier, someone is outside watching them.
“It’s not like this game wants to help us escape.” – Ali.
“No, but maybe it wants us to find something.” – Em.
“Or someone.” – Spencer.
What’s going on? Is it me or does A.D. have a soft spot when it comes to Emily? First, A.D. takes and passes her final college exam and now helps with Addison aka Ali 2.0. Could A.D. have a connection to her? Maybe Emily has a long lost sibling fathered by Spencer’s slimy dad. All kidding as aside, A.D. Most likely created both problems for Em only to appear as if helping her. Perhaps, it’s just to later use as a ploy to create tension between the Liars. The real question though is what the map on the Liar’s Lament wants the Liars to find. Something or someone? Rollins? Mary Drake? Charlotte’s killer? Or because it is the final season, could it lead to A.D.’s identity?
FINAL VERDICT: Jenna Marshall’s return stirs up all kinds of delicious drama in “These Boots are Made for Stalking,” and a second Liar turns to the Liar’s Lament resulting in a new puzzle piece which drags the Liars deeper into the game.
We’re the second week into A.D.’s Liar’s Lament, Jenna’s back and in true PLL form there’s even more delectable drama brewing in Rosewood. Oliver Goldstick penned an episode that keeps us entertained throughout and is filled with witty and sometimes a bit ridiculous, but still great dialogue. Despite wrangling with the thought of hurling a shoe at my TV each time Addison’s face appeared on screen, her presence is a clever way by Goldstick to show us a new side of Emily. Episode director, Ron Lagomarsino, does a fantastic job focusing on Addison’s permanent resting bitch face and capturing her smug glares while hurling snide remarks. Addison’s behavior forces the caring, compassionate, Emily, who was dead set against playing Liar’s Lament to take a turn at the game. Goldstick also manages to wraps a lesson on bullying into the episode with the Emily and Addison storyline. And there’s the irony of Ali being afraid that she could possibly have a child just like Addison. That would be a spin-off I NEED to see.
While some of the Liar’s storylines are more pressing than others, the drama just keeps coming from all as Jenna is back in Rosewood and as usual up to no good. Goldstick cleverly ropes Jenna’s return into not one, but three of ladies’ problems this week. There’s her sob story at the police station. Girl knows how to make an entrance. Lagomarsino has fantastic camera work, focusing on Jenna’s cane as she walks into the police and then her facial expressions telling the story just as much as Spencer’s priceless reactions to the outlandish claim. It’s Jenna’s apparent text to Addison that is the last straw before Em resorts to playing A.D.’s game. And we cannot forget Jenna rocking an identical dress as Hanna’s design initiates her and Caleb following her to the cobbler’s. Which then leads to Hanna becoming trapped in a shoe hell and her flashbacks. Everything seems to be connected to Jenna, but why? She know’s exactly what she’s doing setting up drama wherever she goes. Surely, we haven’t seen the end of Addison. And then there’ the Liar’s Lament…it’s got me hooked. I cannot wait to see what limits it takes the Liars to next.