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'Pretty Little Liars' recap: 'To Plea or Not to Plea'

When Schoolhouse Rock turns to Jailhouse Rock.

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Pretty Little Liars

TV Show
run date:
Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell
Current Status:
In Season

How do you do homework in prison? How do you excuse a week’s worth of absences to flit off to London? How do you keep your grades up when you’re stalking lawyers with your ex-boyfriend? When do you find time to go to class between working at a coffee shop and digging through the trash of mystery men? Most importantly—can’t we just drop the whole “high school” story line with the Liars?

Seriously, in Pretty Little Liars if you aren’t getting threatening notes in your locker or having an affair with a teacher, what is the point of high school? The focal point of the Liars’ world has shifted far away from Rosewood High. There is no swim team anymore. There is no French club. There are few plot points to root the gang there other than a sexy tutor and a pageant that Emily may or may not be out of the running for (is anyone else clear on if that is done? Did Talia blackmail her back into the pageant, or is she just into ponying up cash? I hope she’s back in, because I miss hearing Ariana Grande play eight times in an episode). Even seeing the Liars back in the lunchroom feels jarring at this point.

But we know we won’t be running into Hanna in the girl’s room anytime soon. Lt. Tanner finally found the blood that “A” planted on Mona’s clothes, triggering a warrant for Hanna’s arrest. So will Ali finally have an ally in the slammer? Don’t count on it. Judging by the death glare that she gave Alison as she was being led in, Hanna still believes that Ali took the plea deal and named her as an accomplice.

And it did look like Alison was going to name Hanna and craft a confession to Mona’s murder. Alison has had a rough go on the inside, like Orange is the New Black kind of rough, but minus the loveable characters. Finding a note scrawled on her cell wall instructing her to take the plea seemed to send Alison over the edge, but at the last minute she decided not to drag Hanna down with her.

But anyway, when—and I say when because she absolutely will, somehow, dig her way out this—Hanna gets out of prison, she will go back to high school. Because going back after you were thrown into the slammer for killing your former best friend, all while believing you were put there by your other former best friend, seems totally normal.

Han also dealt with high school right of passage—lying to your parents. After Mrs. Hastings dropped by the house to warn Mrs. Marin about Ali’s plan to name Hanna as an accomplice, Hanna came clean to her mom about why she was visiting the storage unit. At this point, I bet Mrs. Marin is waxing nostalgic about the days when she was dealing with Hanna’s drinking problem. 

And Spencer? How does she not have a truancy officer after her by now? She’s skipped across the pond to interview for colleges  flirt with cute English boys stay out of the line of fire of possibly being named Alison’s accomplice in murder. To be fair, she’s been trying to get back stateside since she landed in merry ol’ England. She’s been too busy gallivanting with Colin, the conveniently hot roommate, to notice Melissa and Mrs. Hastings’ plot to keep her tucked away from possible allegations.

Not to say that this trip is keeping Spence out of trouble. After a night of Shakespeare and pints (God, that is soooo England), Spencer and Colin lip lock in the living room. What does Colin or that kiss accomplish? Yes, it shows that she and Toby are pretty much done. But couldn’t the charming artist back in Rosewood have done that? No, macking Colin was not the plot point that brought Spencer to England. There will need to be one more twist that makes this whole UK trip worth it, and something tells me it won’t be Oxford.

NEXT: Another ‘ship runs its course