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Pretty Little Liars recap: Songs of Innocence

They’re free from the dollhouse, but the Liars’ problems are just beginning.

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Eric McCandless/ABC Family

Pretty Little Liars

type:
TV Show
genre:
Drama
run date:
06/14/11
performer:
Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell
broadcaster:
Freeform
seasons:
7
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14

Well, Liars, tonight’s episode had its share of tired, familiar elements—a too-easy arrest, the ghost of Spencer’s “drug problem,” new characters I just don’t have the energy to care about yet—and some new ones, like actual torture, and perhaps a budding romance for Ali? Look, I was happier when she was mean, too, but she’s so boring as the saintly survivor. I’m ready for her to seduce Toby’s hot new cop friend, Lorenzo, whether her intentions are good or evil.

Let’s start with Andrew Campbell. Toby arrests him almost immediately, after catching him running through the woods. Aria, who was the closest to Andrew recently, is ready to accept this. “It makes perfect sense,” she tells the others. “Andrew’s always been there on the edge of things.” Yeah… but this is season 6 of PLL. We know the drill: No way in hell are they arresting “A” in episode 2. My money says he’s out of jail by next week, and there’s some sort of Rosewood-rational explanation for his behavior. If they hadn’t closed Radley, I’d think they would just lock him up there instead.

To speed things up, Aria goes to the police station with her mother (who’s suddenly back from wherever she was, ready to be a parent again). She tells the detective she never saw “A” unmasked when in the dollhouse, until the detective says the only evidence they’re missing is someone actually seeing Andrew at the scene. “I did see him,” she switches, quickly. “I’m telling you, I saw his face. It was Andrew Campbell.” She’s lying, and Ella and the detective know it.

They’re building a case against Andrew, with his surveillance equipment and creepy, anti-female manifestos, but so far, there’s no word on Charles DiLaurentis (of course). Ali asks her dad, who quickly shuts the conversation down—there’s no Charles DiLaurentis in their family. “Well, then I guess that person made a mistake,” Ali says of the person who “mentioned” Charles to her. Mr. DiLaurentis’s eyebrows did a very weird furrow/twitch at this point, which definitely means “I am hiding a giant secret that you will find out soon enough.”

Another story line I’m just sick of: Spencer with her pill addiction. The girls all come home from the hospital with bottles upon bottles of prescriptions, especially anti-anxiety meds, but Mrs. Hastings tells the hospital not to give Spencer any. (Sidenote: I especially loved the part where Aria explains to her mom what each medicine does, as if this high schooler who was just kidnapped should have to explain her meds to her mother.) Spencer, like the other girls, hasn’t been able to sleep since they returned, so by the end of this episode, she’s holding one of Aria’s anti-anxiety meds in her hand, considering it. Snooze.

How is everyone else coping with their return? Pretty poorly, as you might guess. Emily breaks into her military father’s safe/locker and finds his guns, then makes multiple trips to the shooting range, against her mother’s wishes. I’m shocked Emily hasn’t tried to follow in her dad’s footsteps sooner, actually: She’s strong, she’s angry, and with all the deaths she’s experienced, you might say she’s been to hell and back even more than the other girls have.

Hanna’s post-kidnapping reaction is the most normal to me. She strips the wallpaper and furniture from her old bedroom until it looks nothing like A’s dollhouse replica. Before, I thought those replicas were just a good trauma-inducing device while in the dollhouse, but now I’m realizing how sick and twisted it really is: Even now, when the girls are (relatively) safe, they won’t feel safe because even their own homes remind them of being in that dark place.

NEXT: What really happened in the dollhouse