I’m totally dreading next week’s summer finale of Pretty Little Liars — last night’s explosive episode was THAT good!
A storm brewing in Rosewood, Pa., last night — and I’m not talking about the terrential downpour our four fave little liars were forced to endure on top of having to take the SATs. While holed-up in the school for a hours on end, a lot of baggage from both Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer’s (Troian Avery Bellisario) past was finally brought out into the open!
While prepping for the SATs in the big storm at Rosewood Day, Spencer awaits the arrival of her new love interest (and resident country club pool boy), Alex (Diego Gonzales), but her mother is a bit taken back when she meets Alex’s eyes. When Spencer finally confronts her mother about her icy greeting with her soon-to-be boyfriend, Mrs. Hastings reveals a heartbreaking secret from her OWN past that she even kept hidden from her husband… but drunkenly spilled her secrets to Alex one day at the country club and swore him to secrecy.
Even though the frosty Hastings family is beginning to warm up to Spencer again, things may be heating up between Aria’s father (Chad Lowe) and Hanna’s mother (Melrose Place alum Laura Leighton). Despite their rather personal conversation over glasses of wine during the storm, it seemed when the storm was over, so was their lingering ‘love-connection.’
Meanwhile, Aria (Lucy Hale) is doing her best to put up a strong front, as her parents relationship crumbles and her own romance with her English teacher, Mr. Fitz, (Ian Harding) seems to be over. While bonding with her middle-school crush Noel over music in an abandoned classroom, the two almost kiss, but are interrupted with the return of Mr. Fitz himself! As Noel leaves them, Mr. Fitz confesses to Aria that he thought about her everyday he was gone. Though he was hoping to possibly start over with Aria, it seems she’s moved on …for now.
As Aria reels over her feelings for both Noel and Mr. Fitz, it seems Hanna (Ashley Benson) and her nerdy friend Lucas (Brendan Robinson) seem to be building a lasting friendship/working relationship with their online business of selling Hanna’s designer duds. While Hanna’s willing to put her queen-bee status on the line to stand up to her frenemy Mona, (Janel Parrish), Lucas takes this gesture in a more romantic way than Hanna may have thought.
Though Aria, Spencer and Hanna were busy balancing their personal lives as well as the SATs, Emily’s was in a different place all together! It seemed that ‘A’s’ target of the week was the sweet sports star, who is still coming to terms with who she is and what (or who) she wants. While lying to the police as well as her friends about her whereabouts from the night before, Emily is blamed by the Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) for destroying Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) memorial. However, to clear her name, Emily’s forced to admit hidden feelings she had for Alison after the two shared a sincere kiss in the quiet corner of the library, just a year before.
With this week’s Pretty Little Liars revealing more and more juicy scandals and secrets, there’s no telling what’s in store for the show’s summer finale airing next week on ABC Family! Will ‘A’ expose who he/she really is and will resident red-herring Toby Cavanaugh (Keegan Allen) reappear in Rosewood to drop another bombshell?