Pretty Little Liars Review: “Face Time” (Season 4, Epsiode 4)

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Things are far from perfect on this episode of Pretty Little Liars, where we are seeing first hand what happens when you eliminate one threat – two more pop up.

Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) was never anyone’s favorite, especially when it came out that he was connected to Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in some perverted way or another, but he looks a lot like the lesser evil when you think about what’s lurking in the shadows now. Not only did Wilden’s murder bring in investigators of a higher pay grade with embarrassingly more resources, but they seem to have a chip on their shoulders about the size of our lovely Liars. They’ve wasted no time flagging all the usual suspects and without any of the personal vendettas that Wilden had, they might actually solve a case before they exit stage left.

So who killed Wilden? I’ve squandered over several theories floating around the twitterverse and blogosphere in the last few weeks, but there seems to be an equal distribution of pointing fingers at both Hannah’s (Ashley Benson) mom and Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) sister, Melissa (Torrey DeVitto). Both of these women have their reasons for wanting him out of the way, and it’s sad to admit, but those reasons actually don’t completely suck. They don’t justify murder, but they’re definitely rooted in wanting to protect someone they love. Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) is pretty transparent about it, while Melissa usually hides it strategically under layers of designer duds. Either way, if the truth comes out that it was actually one of them behind shooting Wilden, it might be one of the first times in Pretty Little Liars history that someone actually looked guilty, and was guilty .

Which is anything but what is happening at Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) house these days. With Child Protective Service’s breathing down their necks, it couldn’t have been a worse time for Emily to start with the diva act and throw a temper tantrum on the front lawn. I understand that all the girls are dealing with a lot of stress, but it looks like we’re about to see Emily really start to feel the “air getting heavy.” She’s probably not going to go all mental like Spencer and end up in Radley, but we can probably expect to see her acting out and becoming more aggressive then we’re used to. It seems a little late for this type of behavior considering what she’s already been through. Between Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) death and shooting Nate (Sterling Sulieman), her world has been turned upside down more than once. But everyone has their threshold (or a case of PTSD)- and now that ‘A’ may have inadvertently taken her out of the running for a swimming scholarship, it’s a Bad News Bears type of day (before they got good).

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‘A’ has made it a habit of filling in the blanks with her own version of the story. Aside from a skewed perception of right and wrong – and generally bad timing – she usually gets to the bottom of things before anyone else. If ‘A’ is really Alison, it makes sense that she would know all of this information, given that she had a front row seat for most of it. If not, I’m not sure if stalker is a strong enough word for whoever ‘A’ really is.

Without putting a whole lot of effort into it, ‘A’ traded a major breadcrumb with Toby (Keegan Allen) for leverage over the Liars. Imagine what would happen if even a few things in that RV fell into the hands of those two not-so-friendly FBI agents. Lucky for the Liars, ‘A’ usually likes to handle her business without bringing guests to the table. And Toby is going to take full-advantage of his newly acquired breadcrumb and follow it straight to the truth about his mother’s death. His latest discovery? That she was getting secret visits from a young blonde, presumably Alison (Sasha Pieterse). Why is it that Alison always has something to do with everything that went terribly wrong in Rosewood before, and possibly after, her disappearance?

Meanwhile, Spencer is still keeping hush hush about what she knows. It’s the little white lies like this that come back to bite you later. If we’ve learned anything from Pretty Little Liars, it’s that the secrets the liars keep from each other end up causing the most trouble for everyone. What is the worse thing that would happen if Spencer came clean and told Aria (Lucy Hale), Hannah, and Emily what Toby did? It’s not like they’re in any position to give Spencer her walking papers. Officer Tanner (Roma Maffia) was right about one thing, the Liars certainly attract their fair share of corpses – and there’s strength in numbers.

With everyone going for a ride on the emotional roller coaster this week, I almost forgot about Ezra’s (Ian Harding) adorable son. Judging by the look on Aria’s face, I’m betting she wanted to as well. It’s got to be rough explaining to the new man in your life about your sorted past with your teacher/ex-teacher/ current teacher. Jake (Ryan Guzman) took it pretty well considering the heavy subject matter. The chink in that scene was definitely Aria’s offbeat ending line – “Can I call you?” Is it just me or did someone else assume that they’d already elevated their relationship from texting to calling before this date?

Things aren’t going much better for Hannah and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) with the weight of what her mother might have done on their shoulders. Caleb is only trying to help – which is always adorable to watch – but he may be doing more damage. And, Hannah’s form of damage control is anything but subtle.

How do you think things are going to the play out on Pretty Little Liars next week, and where do you think Mona (Janel Parrish) has been hiding? Share all your theories with us in the comment section below!

Until next episode.

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  • DM

    It would be the second time the guilty person looks guilty. Everyone knew that Maya’s fake cousin was actually her killer the second he walked in.

  • Emaya Shannon

    Maya is not dead, Nate never say I killed Maya, Pam never say Maya’s dead she said They THINK it’s Maya they never say it is, they never let us see her funeral and her grave.