Despite promos proclaiming that the "Blond Leading the Blind" would reveal the "biggest secret yet," I was simply left with one question when the episode ended: That's it?!?
I enjoyed the intense relationship drama between Toby and Spencer (and Aria and Ezra), and I was genuinely worried for Toby's safety. But,when it comes down to it, what did we really learn tonight?
Think about the main mysteries that keep the show exciting. The biggest mystery of all - who is A? - will supposedly be revealed by the end of the season. So, this week, we got confirmation that A was actually stalking Ali when the girls found the secret compartment in the first of the creepy dolls. Didn't we already know that after the Halloween episode, though?
The second biggest mystery involves Alison's murder. Ian's suicide note included a confession for that crime, and he seems like a good suspect. However, Jenna and Garrett made some veiled (although damning) references to Alison's death at the end of the fall season. We know that Garrett, Ian and Jason (and now apparently Jenna) were all members of a secret surveillance club called N.A.T. Allison found their videos, which would have given them some motivation to kill her. Plus, she was involved with Ian.
So what revelatory information did tonight's episode offer us?
A video from A's cellphone confirmed that Ian, Garrett and Jenna were in Alison's room the night she died, arguing about the videos Ali had. Garrett and Jenna discovered the little meeting was being videotaped by Ian as Ali (or someone else) returned to the room... and that's about it! The same suspects, the same motive and the same mysteries. Watching the show gets pretty frustrating when you're promised so much more from the episode, but solving the mystery too soon would spoil the fun.
And there were some bright spots in this evening's episode.
Toby's scary tumble off the scaffolding added a nice bit of dramatic tension because it just reinforces how serious A's threats really are. Equally intense was the exchange between Wren and Toby in the hospital. I've never thought of Toby as a tough guy (although the whole town thought he was capable of murder) because he's always seemed so sweet and vulnerable. However, his threatening response to Wren's confession that he kissed Spencer just shows how passionate he is about their relationship. Poor Spoby! Their future looked pretty bleak by the end of the episode.
However, Ezria fans can rejoice! Although it looked like Ezra might not show, he rekindled Aria's hope for their relationship by meeting her and sharing a romantic kiss with her in the rain (a staple for romantic moments!). Things are still complicated, but at least both of them are committed to making it work.
But for how long? At the end of the episode, we saw A burning a picture of Ezra along with one of Toby. As Toby seems to be out of Rosewood for now, does that mean Ezra's next? Or does A not yet know that Aria and Ezra are back together?
Also, I'm pretty positive Hanna is campaigning for Queen of Overreactions. After all of her behavior with Lucas, you'd think she'd learn to think before she acts, but instead she immediately puts a very important piece of information in a blender at the first sign of trouble. I understand she's very concerned about Caleb's safety, but it seems like telling him the secret and letting him make an informed decision about his involvement seems more sensible than destroying evidence that might be helpful in stopping A. Just a suggestion, Hanna!
And one random stray thought: did you notice that Mona mentioned how Noel was a "natural liar?" Then, he and Jenna "double rebounded" by having dinner together. Is Noel Jenna's new helper? Or has he been involved for much longer?