'Pretty Little Liars' S4-E10 Recap: Mommie Dearest
After Toby’s delivered an envelope of sheet music and a note about lambs and lions, he and Spencer set off for another visit to the dementia-ridden Dr. Palmer. Of course, Dr. Palmer had no idea what the pair were talking about; that is, until Spencer took the sheet music and began playing piano. He immediately believed she was Toby’s mother and questioned her about Toby’s next visit before dropping a mention of Mrs. DiLaurentis. Spencer automatically assumed Mrs. DiLaurentis was the blonde whom Dr. Palmer previously warned Toby of, but Spencer’s usually a little wrong about these things, isn’t she? So let’s assume Mrs. DiLaurentis is a red herring, as she all but confirmed when Spencer confronted her. Turns out, Alison and Cece liked to play mind games by imitating one another; once, Cece dressed as Alison and stopped by Radley, which resulted in a frantic Jessica DiLaurentis skipping several stop signs as she raced to her self-harming “daughter.” Doesn’t everyone spend their adolescent years trying on their best friend’s personality? No? Just me, then? Moving on…
Once learning Jake had a match in Philly, Aria invited herself along, much to Jake’s happy surprise. Taking advantage of her situation, Aria also paid that potential Cece Drake address a visit (under the guise of seeking fro-yo), but merely ran into a huffy ex-acquaintance of Cece’s as she was moving out. The woman revealed Alison had gotten Cece kicked out of college after knocking someone down the stairs at a party, then called Aria a “she-devil” once learning she’d been a friend of Ali’s. Aria’s reaction to the nickname was priceless, but she wasn’t exactly innocent back then, was she? On her way back to Jake, Aria received a call from Ezra (who’d spent the episode learning Malcolm was not his biological son, which, ugh Pretty Little Liars, seriously? But Ezra’s response was pretty heartbreaking, so props for giving Ezra a good storyline outside of his relationship with Aria) that she ignored. After winning his match, Jake and Aria shared a cheesy-but-sweet moment on a stoop, eating burritos, ragging on one another, and kissing. Team Jake, yeah? Though Malcolm was the obstacle separating Aria and Ezra (not their age gap, of course–don’t be ridiculous), and he’s gone now…
As Emily quickly found out, moving into the room of your dead best friend/occasional lover is both creepy and pretty sad, especially when said friend’s mother wanders around the home crying and practically begging for the company of her dead daughter’s best friends. Seriously, every scene any of the girls shared with Mrs. DiLaurentis was usually a little odd but mostly just heavily sad–not only is the woman still mourning the loss of her daughter, but also she’s been served divorce papers by her husband. Luckily, she seemed to take solace in Emily’s company (even expressing a wish that Alison had returned Emily’s feelings once Emily revealed to Mrs. DiLaurentis that she’s a lesbian), and Emily was conveniently put in the position to discover A’s underground hideout.
Lastly, A took that dirty and incriminating high heel of Ashley’s and tossed it among the wreckage of Emily’s house, right beside a cracked photo of Emily. Presumably Em’s her next target (A has a serious fixation with her), so Emily should probably just get the hell out of town now, graduation be damned. And, I forgot to mention the incident when Hanna stopped by House DiLaurentis, and A sneaked around RIGHT BEHIND HER wearing her signature red coat and Alison mask. Though A was literally two feet behind her, Hanna never even heard or saw Red Coat, so A’s obviously either a ghost or a ninja or BOTH.
P.S. World War A (hahahahaha) is only two weeks away, ARE YOU READY FOR IT?
BONUS: That lovely, slightly spooky song closing out the episode was “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” by Talk Normal.