This week’s episode starts off with last Tuesday’s closing thought: Andrew might not be as guilty as the Liars want him to be. If Sara was trapped for two years, they wonder, how could Andrew have been with her in the dollhouse when they saw him at school every day? As Spencer puts it, “You can’t exactly ask for a hall pass to go feed your hostage.” True, Mona was apparently stalking them in season 1 while happily attending Rosewood High and shopping (shoplifting) with Hanna, but the dollhouse seems a bit too elaborate to have been left unmanned while Andrew was a participating member of about 9,000 Rosewood afterschool clubs. I laughed out loud at the Rosewood Yearbook’s title: Rosewood High: Best Years of Your Life. Oh yeah. The very best.
Someone who’s probably not pictured in that yearbook? Sara Harvey, who is hanging onto Emily and Mrs. Fields like a lost puppy. Emily skips school to hang out with her, then gives her a burner phone (because we all keep those lying around) so Sara can text her whenever. Some brief notes on Sara: I don’t think the actress is that great, they do her makeup like she’s the girl on iZombie (or crazy Spencer), and I just want her to get out before she does something really insane. Yes, I’ll admit, I’m kind of curious about her past—she tells Mrs. Fields her mom gave her things away after Sara was missing for a year, but it wasn’t out of mourning, it was just because she needed the space. But I’m not curious enough for this random girl’s problems to become a priority, when the DiLaurentis family is seeming more screwed up than ever.
But first, let’s check in on how the girls are coping post-torture this week. Hanna seeks out therapy from the one and only Dr. Sullivan, who, you’ll remember, Mona threatened extensively when she was “A.” Dr. Sullivan must have some sort of death wish if she’s coming back to Rosewood after all that, and trying to work with these same girls. But again, Hanna seems to have the most normal post-torture reaction: therapy! She promises to round up the rest of the girls for a session.
Ezra convinces Aria to play hooky at the coffee shop. After the years of off-and-on (and that whole “Ezra sort of dated Ali, and knew Aria was in high school when they first hooked up, and stalked all the girls” thing), sometimes I can’t remember if they’re together or not anymore. But they are. Aria is still torn up about Andrew, the guy she thought she knew, and Ezra calls the hospital pretending to be a detective to try to get information about Andrew. It turns out they can’t even find out his birth date because [drumroll, please] ANDREW WAS ADOPTED.
Pause. If he were adopted, Andrew could be Charles. If he were adopted, Andrew might be a completely different age than we’ve thought (he has always looked a little macho, even for a farm boy). If he were adopted, Andrew might have a reason to hate the DiLaurentis family for giving him up. Alas… if only it were that easy.
Here’s something that might be easy: Ali and Lorenzo. They run into each other again: Lorenzo wants Ali to coach a girls’ soccer team. Ali doesn’t think it’s such a great idea: “Being a leader of girls hasn’t worked out for me.” Toby watches them through the window of a coffee shop, brooding. Later, Toby tells Spencer Ali needs to keep away from Lorenzo. Spencer tells him people can change, but Toby disagrees: “You know she has a history with cops, and anyone else she can use. … If you can tell me you completely trust her, I’ll drop this whole thing.” Good point, Toby, good point. But can’t Ali and Lorenzo just be together? Can’t we just get a little glimpse of the fun, teen show this used to be when Hanna and Caleb started dating, or Emily and Maya? Much later in the episode Spencer and Ali have a girly chat on the porch about Lorenzo, and how Ali might want something to happen with him. It made me so nostalgic for the old days. It’s a sweet, real conversation, and I’m still a little shocked at how badly I want Ali and Lorenzo to have a normal relationship. Wouldn’t that be more shocking at this point than more torture, or another death?
But we need to back up a bit, to Spencer and Ali fighting. Spencer wants Ali to push her dad until he tells her who Charles is, Ali wants to drop it, so Spencer goes straight to her half-brother. Jason, at first, says he knows nothing about a Charles DiLaurentis. But at the last minute, he seems to have a flicker of memory. “No, it’s a coincidence,” he says, dismissing it. Spencer prods, and then he says he knew a Charlie when he was little. But then he drops a bomb: “Charlie doesn’t exist.”
NEXT: More about Charlie