Pretty Little Liars Review: “Under The Gun” (Season 4, Episode 6)

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Pretty Little Liars has had some high stakes before, but tonight even ‘A’ has out done herself. Hannah (Ashley Benson) is on house arrest after being arrested with the gun that was used to kill Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson), and when Emily (Shay Mitchell) tried to help, she wound up looking just as guilty.

The Liars may have truth on their sides this time, but truth is in the eye of the beholder and ‘A’ is doing a pretty good job of skewing the facts. The ballistics results confirmed that Hannah’s dad’s gun was the weapon used to kill Wilden, and her mom’s fingerprints were on the bullets. That doesn’t mean she was the one that pulled the trigger, but it doesn’t look good either. What will Hannah’s life look like with her mom locked up? And, how far would she go to clear her name?

Watching there be actual consequences for things in this episode of Pretty Little Liars was kind of refreshing, I have to admit. Hannah had a gun and was attempting to bury it on a college campus. Yes, this is a television show, but somewhere along the lines there has to be something resembling reality. The threat of jail time for one of the Liars is a pretty big step in terms of realism. Of course, it was all set up by ‘A,’ who more than likely planted the gun in the house knowing that nosy Hannah would stumble across it, and then called in the cavalry.

‘A’ has become somewhat of an enigma these days. At least when Mona (Janel Parrish) was running the show, you sorta knew what to expect. It never seemed like she was going to actually hurt the Liars, more like she was teaching them a lesson. She even backed them up a few times, because of course, she was the only one allowed to mess with them. Incriminating them in a criminal case is taking it up more than a few notches, ‘A’ seems genuinely pissed off.

And, she’s not the only one. Aria found herself the butt of a cruel lie when she rejected the advances of a sophomore. He returned the favor by telling the entire Lacrosse team that they had hooked up. Aria’s brother didn’t help the situation by sharing her connection with Mr. Fitz (Ian Harding) to all his friends, only adding fuel to the fire. He did redeem himself a little by smashing up the guy’s car later on, but he probably shouldn’t have done it wearing his lacrosse hoodie. It was a sweet gesture though, even if it was on the super illegal side. It’s nice to see that they are repairing their relationship and I’d like to see him more involved in the plot. It can’t hurt to have a family member on the Liars’ side.

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