‘Pretty Little Liars’ Recap: Spencer’s Shocking Decision

'PLL': Spencer's Cracks
Spencer's downward spiral continues at Radley.
The writers and executive producers of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars sure do know how to step up their game as another season of the addictive drama draws closer to a close.

Thursday’s penultimate episode of Season 3 featured a shocking reveal and yet another mysterious dead body in Rosewood. And, of course, no episode of PLL would be complete without some relationship drama as well as a fan favorite couple calls it quits.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “I’m Your Puppet.”

OK, PLL fans, that crazy cliffhanger — did anyone see that coming?

Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has joined the “A” team!! After Mona’s (Janel Parrish) visit last week reminded her of all that’s gone wrong since she turned down her devious offer in the woods on the Season 2 finale, Spence decided to accept the black hoodie and join forces with her nemesis. Or, at least that’s what the producers want us to think/debate/ponder until the finale.

As her first “A” team assignment, it appears Spence was the friend of Aria’s (Lucy Hale) who pretended to be her when picking Ezra’s (Ian Harding) son Malcolm up at karate. The brainiac found her way out of Radley through Mona’s board game map that also led her to some of Mona’s hidden treasures.

This creepy and uncomfortable storyline sent a frantic Aria to a carnival and puppet show to find the 7-year-old. And after returning him safely to Maggie, Aria realized that no matter what happens with Ezra, it’s not just the two of them in their relationship anymore and someone is bound to get hurt. Wanting it to be her instead of him or Malcolm, she tells Mr. Fitz, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Meanwhile, Emily (Shay Mitchell) remained desperate to reveal that the body found in the woods was not Toby (Keegan Allen).

A trip to the morgue with Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Aria — they really need better security there — reveals “John Doe” is most definitely not Toby. However, when Emily’s mom lets her know that another body was uncovered in the woods, she starts to freak out. Could Toby really be dead?

The body, which Pam (Nia Peeples) informed her suffered significant trauma, was found just where Spence said it was, with her purse not to far away. A shot at the end of the episode revealed his tattoo on the body, but I won’t believe it’s really Toby until we see his face on that table.

“A” was also busy framing Caleb’s (Tyler Blackburn) recently returned dad on “I’m Your Puppet” by stealing the bell from the tower and replacing it with a much cheaper version. Of course, the culprit revealed herself in a text to Hanna after Caleb had an emotional argument with his dad. Seeing the text, Caleb became upset with his girlfriend and rushed to make things right with Jamie.

Trouble for two couples, a death and a shocking reveal! There must be a finale coming!

Some additional thoughts to ponder:

  • Cece (Vanessa Ray) was a frequent visitor to Mona when she was in Radley due to her own torment from Ali (Sasha Pieterse). Is this another clue she may be the girl in the red coat?
  • Spencer’s Ali hallucination and her mother’s flashback? Ali was right when she told Spence, “Oh honey, you didn’t know me when you knew me.”

Buzz Moments

OMG: WHAT?!!? SPENCER JOINED THE “A” TEAM! Obviously, there has to be more to this story but this reveal definitely sent my jaw to the floor and my hand to the rewind button.

Thank you, TV gods.: For the twists and turns that PLL brings. You can always count on the producers and writers of this show to “bring it” at the end of the season and they are showing, once again, that they can do just that.

Awk-ward: Aria and Ezra sharing a pastry on the sidewalk after she told the principal they never hung out was a bit weird. She is completely right in thinking that someone is bound to see them.

Hotness: Caleb’s back. That counts for hotness, right?

Fab-u-lous: Hanna killed it in the fashion department on this episode. I particularly loved her brown leather coat and black leather peplum top. Unfortunately, my research didn’t help me find where you can get either but check Possessionista in the coming days as she is sure to have some details.

Can. Not. Wait.: With that cliffhanger, I’ll be counting down the days and hours until the Season 3 finale. Is Toby really dead? Is Spencer really on the “A” team? Who is the girl in the red coat? So many questions… I can’t wait for the answers!

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. A great penultimate episode which did what PLL does best… leave me wanting more!

Do you think Toby’s really dead? What was your reaction to Spencer joining the “A” team? Sound off with your comments and theories below!

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