Recap: Pretty Little Liars: Crash and Burn, Girl! [Beware: Spoilers]

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As soon as we saw the title, we knew we were in for a ride last night.

Short recap:
Toby and Caleb bromance
Someone from 4.01 makes an appearance
Things aren’t looking good for Ashley Marin…
Ezria moments
Where is Shana?
No Ali appearances (that we know of)

Complete recap:
8:03 Emily and Spencer are washing up at the Marin household. Emily’s shoulder proves to still be in pain.  Sweet moment = Aria says they are in this together. Cue a cute hand holding. Looks like the girls are getting back on track after the Spoby/RV revelation.

8:05 Hanna is upstairs on the phone to Caleb. Cute Haleb moment, with Caleb saying “You’re not gonna lose me”. He then hangs up to reveal he and Toby are hanging out. Toby offers him “Coffee?”. COFFEE. NOT TEA. Remember ‘A’ was seen drinking tea in 4.05?
It turns out they have teamed up to crack the ‘A’ mystery, revealing a board of locations and names, among those including: Shana, Melissa, and Wilden. I want this board. I feel like the answer is on it somewhere.

8:07 Emily’s mom is on the phone discussing insurance, and, as seen in the sneak peak, she talks to Emily about a series of injections that could help Em’s shoulder. She has an appointment at 3:45.

8:09 Also seen in a sneak peak, Aria questions Mike’s whereabouts when Connor’s car was vandalised. He states he plays lacrosse, and the assailant probably used a “bat, a pipe or a sledgehammer.” Clue?

8:11 Hanna visits Ashley in jail and Hanna discusses her trial outfit. Ashley says she wants her watch, and for Hanna to check the ‘top tray’ for it. Is this important? But Hanna reminds her she isn’t allowed jewellery. Hanna says that she’s gonna get out of jail and they could go on a ski trip someday, but Ashley can’t promise her that. Ashley ends the scene crying. #PoorAshley

8:13 Back to Toby and Caleb and their brewing bromance – they are checking out Pennsylvania flight records and talk about Red Coat. They both state that their girlfriends claim to have seen Ali that night (3.24). Eventually, they get a hit on a plane and decide to check it out. Caleb also finds Toby’s notes on the mysterious Radley ‘blonde girl’ but Toby snatches it away. He only trusts Spencer with that information… N’awww.

8:16 At the school now, and Emily and Hanna notice that Shana hasn’t been around. Hanna, in one of my favourite lines of the episode, says “It’s not Hogwarts” – implying she must be somewhere. Emily then snaps at some guys who appear to be gossiping about Hanna’s mom, and Ezra steps in. He and Hanna take a walk and discuss how she’s coping, and he lets her off an essay that is due. How sweet.

8:19 Still at the school, Aria is stopped on the stairs by Principal Hackett who is investigating Mike’s possible involvement in the vandalism, and the subject of Mike’s medication comes up. Aria adamantly replies that “Mike’s fine.” This scene clearly showed the power Principal Hackett has over Aria, as he towers over her. She sees him as a threat or reminder of her relationship with Ezra.

BREAK

8:22 At the police department now, Emily visits her mom and steals a  key labelled ‘Wilden’ while asking her mom to print of the directions to her appointment. There is a blonde in the background. See? My eyes are always peeled.

8:24 Aria returns home, as her dad gets off the phone with the school. Mike could face being expelled. Big sad face. Aria explains about Connor, the kiss, and the Ezra rumours, and blames herself.

8:25 Hanna is dealing with things at home before her mom gets home, when Spencer visits with bad news.  Spencer worries about Hanna and tells her she overheard her mom talking. Ashley either faces voluntary manslaughter (20 years) or a first degree murder charge. And that it would be better if she had just done it in self-defense, because of their history. Oh, Ashley.

8:28 Toby and Caleb again. I’m loving their scenes. They’ve arrived at Howell Acres Flight Center and offer the person on the desk money for some information about a certain plane and its activity. He shows them the screen, but they don’t get the right evidence they need. They mention Red Coat, and the guy, Nigel, thinks they are chasing a girl. As soon as the boys leave, Nigel calls someone. He is definitely someone to watch out for… And we’ve seen him before. Do you know where? Think back to 4.01.

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He escorted Jenna to Wilden’s funeral. Does this mean he knows Jenna AND Wilden?

8:31 The girls are in Wilden’s apartment, thanks to the key from the police station. There are boxers on the floor. The phone rings.

8:32 This scene is the final sneak peak, where Toby and Caleb discuss their trip and the lighter. Toby doesn’t know how Nigel knew it was foggy the night of the fire, and they link the lighter back to Nigel’s initials. What smart boys.

8:33 Back in Wilden’s apartment, the girls come across a box from a steak company called ‘Perishable’.  They find stale, raw meat inside with a note from ‘A’: Can’t wait to see you at our little BBQ. This was a big deal. Wilden was being targeted by ‘A’… And if he was, does that mean ‘A’ has something on him? What did Wilden do?

BREAK

8:35 Freight Train by Sara Jackson-Holmon plays as Hanna cries and picks her outfit for her mom.  She didn’t look for the watch.

8:36 Mike is in with the principal, and Aria waits outside. Ezra finds her. Ezria moment, guys.  Ezra says ‘Mike couldn’t have done that.” Does he know this for sure? Byron comes out and tells Aria to go home, while being very civil towards Ezra.

8:38 Emily goes to return the key but finds her mom looking for it in a panic, with her superiors surrounding her. Emily stays back and overhears them say they better find it, as the camera zooms to Emily’s hands, where she holds it.

8:39 The boys are back. Toby and Caleb. I don’t know their ship name yet… Taleb? Coby? Tobeb? Anyway, they’re at the air field again and questioning Nigel, who tries to run. Suspicious move. World’s Best Bromance stop him and he reveals he was told to alter some data, because a ‘CeCe Drake’ told him to. He gets away. I love that CeCe is back, but could someone have used just used that name? Don’t trust anyone in Rosewood.

8:42 Ezra confronts the principal about his questioning of Aria and how it wasn’t the right thing to do. It is suggested that Connor’s parents want to see punishment, and Hackett would like to blame medical instability. Hackett points out that Ezra himself may be biased due to his connection with the Montgomery family…

8:44 Caleb and Toby. Lots of screen time today.  I can’t complain. They trace a number back to NY and wonder whether CeCe could have gone there. Spencer is there with Toby, and points out that CeCe was ‘afraid of Wilden’. But there are timing issues with CeCe being away, being involved in the fire, and framing Ashley for Wilden’s murder etc… Spencer also says that CeCe visited Mona in Radley. Toby pulls Spencer over to the kitchen to discuss whether CeCe could be the Radley ‘blonde’. She could have gotten Toby’s mom’s records. Don’t forget we found an ID card for CeCe at Radley. Caleb is adorable though, telling them not to make out.

8:50 Emily’s mom knows Emily rescheduled her appointment and tries to make her see how important her swimming is in terms of her future. We learn that Pam was suspended from work today. As her mom leaves, Em gets a text… From ‘A’. “I’ll make it all come crashing down.”

BREAK  – New TMI trailer was EPIC. Cassandra Clare posted it today.

8:53 Aria turns up at Ezra’s apartment to deliver a letter to say Thank You. She leaves it under the door and then bumps into our favourite English teacher. Ezria moment. She thanks him for “swooping in” after previously telling him it wasn’t his place to just swoop in and save her now. He says –are you ready?- he says: “You know there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.” She can’t handle it, and leaves, as he looks defeated. Stop torturing us and make out already, guys! The bedroom is literally a few feet away!

8:55 Hanna tells Ashley to plead it was self-defense, to which Ashley gets really upset, claiming she didn’t do it. “He didn’t get to die and leave me looking like a criminal.” I feel ya, Ash.

8:58 Nigel boils some tea (TEA!) for a mysterious person he refers to as ‘babe’.  There are glasses on the table. They look suspiciously like Jenna’s. The connection between them becomes more mystifying… What could this mean if it’s Jenna?

8:59 Emily wakes up and heads to the stairs where she overhears her mom talking to her dad about her suspension, saying it’s without pay, when suddenly…  BOOM. A car crashes straight into their house. Emily and Pam are okay, just shaken.

‘A’  – At the end of this episode, ‘A’ is seen in a hardware store purchasing a £50 gift card for home repairs for Emily. Oh, ‘A’, you have a twisted sense of humour.

Okay, what did we learn:
Nigel and Jenna have a connection, and may also be connected to CeCe
CeCe could be the Radley Blonde
Wilden was being targeted by ‘A’

A follow-up post on the promos and sneak peaks for the next episode will be coming shortly! Stay tuned! xoxo

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