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Pretty Little Liars Recap: “Close Encounters”

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Former “A” Teamer Shana (Aériel Miranda) came back to Rosewood. She told Emily (Shay Mitchell) that Alison (Sasha Pieterse) wanted to meet with her — only her. 

Shana said she grew up in Atlanta, and was neighbors with Ali’s grandma. She was actually on Ali’s side the whole time, and was only using Jenna (Tammin Sursok) because they thought she was “A.” The other girls thought it was a trick, but Em believed her. 

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When Em went to the secret rendezvous, a sincere-seeming Alison confided she only felt she could trust Emily because she’d loved Alison the most.  Emily wanted them to go to the police, but Ali said she was still too scared (and dumb). 

Spencer (Troian Bellisario) had followed Emily there.  Ali spooked, and ran away.  Emily was furious because she thought Ali wouldn’t trust her again. Spencer insisted it was another one of Ali’s games, and that she was just trying to divide the friends. 

It’s pretty unfortunate to see Emily fall back down Alison’s rabbit hole. Ali’s such an awful person; I wish the girls would just cut her and her drama off.  At this point, “A” can’t have anything left to blackmail them with either! 

It doesn’t even make much sense to me.  Emily got over her crush on Alison when she realized and accepted Alison really was just a manipulative user. Nothing’s changed on that front, Em! 


Hanna (Ashley Benson) was still grieving over her breakup, and that included throwing away everything that reminded her of Caleb (Tyler Blackburn). She also spent more time with Travis (Luke Kleintank), a definite upgrade in the boy-toy department. 

Hanna initiated a make out sesh, even though Travis said he didn’t want to be just a rebound.  Luckily, Ashley (Laura Leighton) walked in on them, and sent Travis home. Then, she had a heart-to-heart with her daughter. 

Aria (Lucy Hale) dumped Jake (Ryan Guzman) for Ezra (Ian Harding), which totally bummed out the kickboxer.  Later, Jake saw Ezra angrily yelling at a blonde woman. Jake warned Aria about it. 

Ezra had lied and said he was someplace else at the time, but came “clean” when Aria confronted him.  He made it seem like a misunderstanding, and that Jake was just trying to manipulate Aria into being with him again. Aria confirmed to Ezra she was happy with her decision. 

Later, Jake got a knife to the foot. Someone had stuffed his punching bag full of (very pointy) knives.  Could it have been Ezra?  

The pointless saga of Toby’s (Keegan Allen) mom’s death kept going.  Spencer told Toby he shouldn’t settle with Radley over his mother’s accidental death, since maybe it could be murder after all. She was especially uneasy about it, when she found out her dad’s new confident, Mrs. DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker), was on the Board. 

Ultimately, Toby signed because he wanted to “move on,” but it seemed unlikely Spencer would drop it. Does anyone honestly care anymore?  This has next to nothing to do with what else is going on in the show.  It’s time they end it, and work Spencer and Toby into a useful story again. 

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