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This episode presents the most bizarre yet intense game of Truth or Dare Truth I’ve ever seen. I’m serious. I think I held my breath through both rounds.

This episode starts off with Aria trying to get Spencer on board with investigating the latest clue from Maya’sSpace. It’s a picture of a stamp that is associated with some mysterious traveling party. Spencer is reluctant, to say the least. She’s been spending so much time super sleuthing lately, that she forgot to apply to college. COLLEGE!

Luckily, this CeCe broad shows up. It turns out that CeCe is not only book smart, for she too attended Spencer’s dream school, but she’s also a great multi-tasker. She’s headed to a party later that night, and guy who happens to work in the University’s admissions office will most likely be there.

She agrees to let these two ladies tag along, and Spencer is over the moon.

While things are working out for these two, it’s a different story at the Marin Household. Officer Barry shows up, and he’s out for blood. Hanna’s. He needs a sample to see if it’s a match to the trace amounts found on Alison’s ankle bracelet.

I’m not gonna, lie. I can’t remember why Hanna is the only one who needs to provide a sample, but her mom is pretty worried about it and immediately makes a call to Mrs. Hastings.

And then we have these two.

These two are trying to keep their distance. Hanna decided, that with a new A on the loose, it wasn’t safe for Caleb to be around her. Caleb, who was tired of being left in the dark on Hanna’s secrets agreed it was a good idea for them to part company. They exchange awkward pleasantries, and longing looks until Hanna gets a text message from A.

Spencer agrees that things are too dangerous for Caleb to get involved. She’s also relieved to find out that Hanna has been keeping her distance from Mona.

It would appear that being kept in the dark seems to be working out for Emily and Paige. Emily has finally to moved on after losing Maya, and if Spencer and Hanna give her the passwords to what they’ve discovered on Maya’s website, they’re not so sure her heart will be able to handle it.

Hanna, realizes that although it will be difficult for Emily, she needs to know about the website and gives her the password anyway. 

Aria, drops by to visit Ezra, and she’s just in time to overhear some angry shouting.

And then THIS guy comes storming out.

Surprise! It’s Ezra’s little brother Wesley. Wes wants the 411 on Aria, but Ezra is not in the mood for family bonding and sends him on his merry way. Then Aria makes this face, which is pretty much my favorite Aria expression.

Aria, who is one smart cookie, instantly concludes that Wesley’s visit had to do with money. She confesses to Ezra that his mom tried to pay her to break up with him.

Naturally, Ezra is less than pleased. He explains to Aria that the car he sold actually belonged to Wes, and now Mom is making him buy it back. Only now, the price of the car is much steeper and Ezra has to borrow the money from his mother to pay for it. (At this point, who knows if this “car” really exists. All I know is that Momma Fitz(gerald) is making it really difficult for her son to cut the cord.)

Across town, Ashley Marin and trying to square things away with her lawyer, in regards to Hanna’s blood sample. On her way out of the office, she runs into Pastor Ted.  I think it’s interesting how the chemistry works on this show. Ella and Pastor Ted were so awkward to watch together, but these two? I’m rooting for them. Anyway, they both agree that having coffee together sometime wouldn’t completely suck.

This next part made me laugh. It’s a good thing Spencer has the sense to ask Aria’s advise for college party/application attire, because Spencer owns way too much plaid. And don’t even get me started on her selection of collegiate blazers.

And then they have a nice moment. Spencer assures Aria that things with Ezra will work out, she shares an anecdote about the time she shaved her dad’s sideburns in his sleep and then the two of them actually laugh. It was fun to watch a scene where they weren’t totally consumed by A.

And seconds later, it’s back to serious business. CeCe takes the girls to the party and when they get there, things look a little too familiar.

Not only is the location familiar, but so is the party stamp. I’m not gonna lie, when I saw there was a “list” and stamping involved for this party it made me laugh. I mean seriously. It’s a bunch of college kids sitting on logs drinking from their Solo cups. Anyhoo, I have decided- right now as I type this- that from now on, whenever I throw a shindig, I’m going to hire a bouncer to stand at my door with a list and a stamper because why not?

Inside the cabin, we run into this guy.

It’s Noel Kahn’s older brother, Eric. According to CeCe, he’s known for grand acts of douchebaggery and epic games of Truth or Dare.

Emily, who is back at home browsing through Maya’s website is not in the partying mood.

Outside the Grille, Hanna has gone to meet A. Only she was supposed to come alone, and gets upset when she sees that Caleb is stalking her.

It turns out, Caleb’s no dummy. He’s put 2 and 2 together and knows that, although Mona’s in the loony bin, there’s another A on the loose terrorizing Hanna, and he’s had enough of it.

Back at the Kahn Cabin, Spencer and Aria have had enough of this party and are ready to bounce when these two show up kicking the party into full throttle.

First it’s Aria vs. Noel in a game of Truth or Truth. Noel wastes his time asking really vague questions, all of which he already knows the answers to, about Aria’s “relationship” and uses the word “teacher” a lot, but she manages to get through the round unscathed. Aria’s questions were a little more on point, but not too much was revealed. 

It turns out that Maya had attended a few of Noel’s parties, in fact, there was a party at the cabin the night Alison’s grave was dug up. Although Spencer couldn’t wait for her turn vs. Jenna, Aria  wanted to get far away from Noel post-haste. She called Ezra to pick her up, but he was unavailable.

Elsewhere, in an alley by the train stop, Hanna explains to Caleb just how dangerous this new A is. She tells him that the real reason she wanted him to stay away, was to protect him. After all, A had flown all the way to Montecito to play bumper cars with Caleb’s mom.

This clears up a lot for Caleb and he is now more determined than ever to help Hanna take A down. Teamwork is a beautiful thing.

Back at the Kahn Cabin, it’s Spencer vs. Jenna. If I had been the time-keeper for this round, I would have just let things go on…forever. Seriously. These two ladies were super intense. Jenna wanted to get her hands on the video of her and Toby, while Spencer wanted to know what happened to Alison.

The mood was much lighter at Hanna’s house. Ashley Marin and Paster Ted were having a nice dinner/date.

Of course nothing kills romance like getting hassled by the popo.

No worries, though. Paster Dan seems like a decent fella, and is willing to take a chance on Ms. Marin.

And then there’s poor Emily. Spending hours alone in one’s room, watching footage of one’s recently deceased girlfriend is bound to take its toll.

Luckily, just as I’m about to reach into my TV to give this sad sack a big ‘ol bear hug, Paige shows up. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about Paige. She’s very sweet one minute and very “if I can’t have you, no one can” the next. Right now she’s very sweet. She tells a charming story about the time she saw her grandpa’s wrinkly ass, which put’s a much-needed smile on Emily’s face.

Across town,  Aria’s Knight in Shining Toyota Camry finally arrives to give her a lift. Only, SURPRISE! It’s Wesley.

After a few minutes of “Sorry we got off on the wrong foot” chit-chat, Wesley does some serious over sharing about his older brother.

WHAT? Wesley just drops a huge bomb in Aria’s lap. Ezra got a girl pregnant, and Mom paid her to “take care of it.” I must admit, I was not expecting this. I knew there was going to be more to Ezra’s story, but I assumed it would involve Mrs. Fitz(gerald) paying off that crazy Jackie woman; I really wanted her to come back on the scene and raise all kinds of hell. But the possibility that there’s another woman out there with a baby Fitz? That totally caught me off guard. Nice job PLL. Likewise, Aria is totally caught off guard.

Suffice it to say, (I’ve always hated that expression, but like to use it now and again just for kicks) Ezra is not pleased with Wesley’s fondness for open communication.

Ezra goes on to explain that he’s not a bad guy. He was just a scared teen who tried to do the right thing for Maggie and turned to his mom for help. Mrs. Fitz(gerald)’s form of helping, involved writing a check in exchange for banishing Maggie from Ezra’s life. Ezra also admits that he tried to contact Maggie, but couldn’t find her. As a result of his anger towards his mother’s problem solving skills, he turned his back on his family and became the adorable Mr. Fitz we know today.

Aria, who knows a thing or two about parents who feel the need to intervene on behalf of their children’s future, seems to understand where Ezra’s coming from decides not to give up on him just yet.

Back at the Kahn party, where Spencer’s been stranded with the likes of Noel and Jenna, CeCe comes through.

Lastly, we’re left with this crazy cat lady. Seriously?

Things to ponder:

Which character would you like to face off with in a game of Truth or Truth? I’m thinking Nate. Or Paige. But mostly Nate.

What ever happened to Maggie and baby Fitz? (Along these lines, Did Momma Fitz(gerald) scare of Jackie too?)

What’s CeCe’s story?



Well, enough of my yammerin’. (I’m off to do the recap for 3.9 )  What are your thoughts about this episode?