After one slow week and a lackluster party, Pretty Little Liars THANKFULLY offered another exciting installment this week.
"Remains of the A" shot suspicious evidence at two characters who have mostly escaped scrutiny lately: Ezra and Holden. Ezra's relationship with Aria has mostly shielded him from our accusations and theories (although some fans have been distrustful of his appropriately timed arrival in Rosewood). Holden was another mysterious character until he came clean about his heart condition and carpe diem approach to life
But all the goodwill these characters built up could be thrown out the window as this episode makes us ask how much we should trust them. Or rather, how much Aria should trust them.
Could Ezra be A? Or one of A's minions?
Let's take a look at the evidence. Aria finds stacks of cash in his drawer and, unfortunately, we had to wait until the end of the episode for her to ask him about it. Granted, this is a major improvement for the series. It used to be that we'd have to wait weeks before one of the girls would work up the nerve to just ask about suspicious behavior. But Aria is comfortable enough in her relationship to be open and honest with Ezra about what's bothering her (just not about the A drama).
Ezra's excuse seemed really lame. It was like he came up with it really quickly and then tried to distract her by acting so pitiful and embarrassed. And it worked! She immediately felt sympathetic for him and cuddled up on the couch. BUT Ezra shot a look back at his sockless drawer. Where did he get the money?
The most likely source is Jason's reward. Jason made his check out to cash, and that certainly seemed like large amount of cash sitting in Ezra's drawer. Any other thoughts about where it might have come from?
In other relevant revelations, Emily began having more flashbacks about the crazy night she wound up next to an empty grave. Apparently, at one point she stopped at a diner. Must've been a long evening. What was interesting about this memory was that she wasn't with Jenna; there was a man with her. This guy had a mysterious stamp of an eye on his wrist, and Emily saw this same stamp on Holden's wrist at the church dance.
What was Holden doing at the church? Was he following the instructions Hanna left with Garrett's mom? It seemed awfully coincidental that he would pop up again in the same place that the girls set up to trap A. We haven't really seem him since "CTRL-A." But we're not even sure that A read the note. Wilden intercepted it at some point and decided to wait around at the church, as well as harass the Marin girls. That guy is the biggest creep on the show! (and that's saying a lot!)
Holden definitely knows something. He tells Emily he saw her girlfriend once at the club where he got the stamp, but runs off when she presses him for more information. Emily can't quite remember the face of the guy with her at that diner; she can remember the back of his head and even that image is a little fuzzy. It could be anyone, but the hairstyle seems to suggest its Holden...or maybe even Ezra. So, who was with Emily at the diner?
Other than offering us some great suspects to consider, the episode also delivered a key piece of evidence. Jason finally tells Spencer the truth about the N.A.T. club. There were three members that Jason knew of him: himself, Garrett and Ian. Ian did the videotaping, but Jason thought that maybe Ian was taping for someone else too. And there were other girls involved who might have been setting up their own friends. Sounds like something Ali might do, right?
The brother and sister team, Spencer and Jason, find out that April Rose is an antique shop. The store has a some pretty damning evidence too - Ali's anklet. Luckily, they turn it over to the police. But the evidence doesn't help things out in the way Spencer expected. Instead of proving that Garrett is a killer, the anklet actually does the opposite. It has blood from both Ali and an unknown third party. Spencer has a very uncharacteristic breakdown when she finds out that Garrett's case has been dismissed.
Wow! That's a whole lot of stuff to think over before next Tuesday's installment, so be sure to check out our PLL Round Table later this week as we explore some of our big (and not so big) questions from the evening.