'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Melissa's Mysteries Unfold
Once confronted with the face of her past via a creepy mask, the elder Hastings sister revealed a whole laundry list of secrets to her sister while Aria (Lucy Hale) got real with Jake (Ryan Guzman); Hanna (Ashley Benson) learned more about her mother’s possible involvement in Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) murder and Emily (Shay Mitchell) attempted to protect her family from social services and “A.”
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s episode of PLL, “Face Time.”
Now, if Melissa is to be believed, the pride of the Hastings family may have just jumped to the top of the list of suspects in the “Who killed Det. Wilden?” mystery of Season 4A. After a hilarious (to me anyways) scene narrated by Spencer (Troian Bellisario) in which the liars set Melissa up to find her mask, Spence and Aria follow her older sister to Hector the mask maker’s cabin.
There, Spence finally confronts her sister, and the mysteries begin to unfold. Apparently, it WAS Melissa on the Halloween train with Wilden, though she didn’t know he planned to kill her sister and Aria.
She revealed that those working with Wilden to take down the girls were afraid of him. Not surprisingly, he was just a puppet in “A’s” game and there was someone else pulling the strings. She also declared she’s been trying to protect Spence from the start and indicated it was Wilden who started the fire that almost killed them at the lodge.
When asked directly if she killed him, she replied, “Let it go, Spencer. If you don’t, it will come apart in ways you can’t even imagine.” Because that always means no, right Melissa?
Joining Melissa at the top of the suspect list is Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton). Heck, by episode’s end, even her own daughter, Hanna, thinks she did it. Her suspicious behavior keeps getting sketchier and Detective Tanner (Roma Maffia) and Office Holbrook (Sean Faris) appear to be hot on her trail. I’m sure her awkwardness when showing them Wilden’s safe deposit box didn’t tip them off at all. Sense my sarcasm.
Meanwhile, over in the capital of awkward town, Aria and Jake run into Ezra’s son Malcolm. And when the little one questions why she doesn’t come over anymore, Jake knows something is up.
Thankfully, Aria comes clean with him and spills the whole story about Ezra, his family and their past. Being a rational, observant person (they make those in Rosewood?), Jake tells her there is no way her and Ezra (Ian Harding) are done. And I, well I, am just getting more Team Jake every day.
Emily spends the episode attempting to get family services off her parents’ backs but ends up doing the exact opposite. When Poppa Fields and her mom attempt to get some answers, their daughter runs off, which is dumb considering the circumstances. Em also learns her shoulder injury may be more serious than she thought.
And Toby (Keegan Allen) continues to seek information about his mother’s “suicide.” Dr. Palmer, the physician who worked with her, gives one semi-coherent clue – he wanted her to stay away from an evil blond girl. So the plot thickens.
Buzz Moments OMG: Melissa spilt secrets so fast that it was hard to keep up!
Thank you, TV gods.: For a Liar coming clean …After the most awkward moment of the episode (see below), Aria came clean with Jake about “Ezria.” It was good to see one of the girls being truthful upfront and on their own for once.
Awk-ward: Aria and Jake’s run in with Malcolm outside the bookstore was cringe worthy! And her response that Ezra was “just her teacher” made it even more uncomfortable. Eek.
Hotness: Don’t hate me “Ezria” fans, but this Jake guy, he’s a good one.
Fab-u-lous: The fashion on PLL was as always, fantastic, on “Face Time.” My favorites of the episode include Spencer’s black All Saints dress and Hanna’s DVF Peplum Top. Both items are on sale now and can be found through wornontv.net.
Can. Not. Wait.: To see if the obvious answer is the right answer… Did Hanna’s mom kill Wilden? Or did Melissa? Also, The PLLs head to college next week, well at least Em and Spence do.
Celebuzz (1-10): 9. Sure they saved all the reveals for the last 10 minutes, but this is PLL, shouldn’t we expect that by now. And hey, they were worth it!
OK PLL Fans, now it’s your turn, what did you think about “Face Time”? Do you believe Melissa? Who’s your No. 1 suspect in Wilden’s murder? Sound off in the comments below!