No, the episode's title does not refer to Aria, but I see where you're coming from. Any case, this one was amazing. Not only was there a lot of quality Ella time -- and Ella/Ashley time -- but there were some "breaks" that felt more like actual breaks than they usually do. From the top:
After the Liars infiltrate Melissa's apartment in Philly, Spencer finally gets to the bottom of several slow-burn mysteries. (1) Melissa was the Black Swan, but only because A blackmailed her into attending the Masquerade Ball and distracting Jenna from [the Queen of Hearts] whatever was really going on that night. (But this might be a lie, because of Jenna's secret actions before the Dance, so maybe we still don't know why Melissa was the Black Swan.)
How this was accomplished, allegedly, is that A knew that Melissa has been faking her pregnancy (2) since the day after they found Ian's apparent suicide situation. And finally, all of this makes Melissa look even more suspicious than usual, which is why Veronica took Garrett's case (3): One of his witnesses would have put Melissa's 100 sketchy activities on blast and she would have been on the hook for like every murder. Not that any of this makes actual sense, you understand, but it's nice to have people talking to each other in that house. Even if they're talking gibberish and probably lying.
In other news, Jason DiLaurentis has lost his mind once again and goes around plastering the town with rewards offered for info about Ali's death until Spencer tells him to chill. But true to this show -- and this family in particular -- he's still doing something sketchy that we don't know about, but may have to do with the New A.
...Who had one busy kind of day! After Aria suggests that Hanna just tell Caleb about the A situation so he'll stop trying to control her Mona activities -- a sensible plan for sure -- the A-Team jumps into action, flies to Montecito, arranges a car accident* for Caleb's mother, and dicks around with Mona's visiting privileges a few times. End result: Caleb and Hanna break up, and it is very sad.
*(Of course. Like one episode could go by without Hanna causing some kind of vehicular mayhem.)
Emily gets a new job at the Talon, where she meets and maybe starts dating Maya's very male, very questionable cousin Nate. Not sure where that's headed, but she's actually the most level-headed Liar throughout the episode, which mellows the shock somewhat. She gets to talk about Maya, he gets to talk about Maya, they get to talk about Maya, and in the end she makes sure he knows that he's in the Friend Zone. We'll see how long that lasts, though. I don't mind telling you I'm nervous about where this is headed.
And the Ella and Ashley of it all! This was the best: Worried about Ella losing it once she finds out that Byron is dating Meredith, Aria and Hanna cook up a harebrained scheme to create an online dating profile for her. This leads to a lot of funny scenes of two different generations trying to understand online dating, lots of good Ella/Ashley stuff, and then a fairly riveting and lovely scene where Ella explains to Aria that she knows Meredith is going after Byron again, and she can have him, but thanks for being worried. Great, great story this week. Aria's always so funny when you let her be.
Next week: Is a marathon, but then in two weeks Paige comes back and Jenna lets the world in on her sightedness, which means that once again parts are moving around that we can't see yet, and once again they are centered on Jenna. Which is when the most batshit stuff tends to happen, so that's good news. Have a nice couple weeks!
The Black Swan existed, suspiciously enough; Jenna can see, which is such a jerk move; Meredith and Byron are maybe dating; Veronica's defending Garrett and Melissa lied about her miscarriage; Mona's craziness and Hanna's unending compassion are driving a wedge between her and Caleb; Emily continues to have memories.
Liars: "So let's just say Jenna was faking her blindness for some reason other than pissing us off. Who does that leave? Lucas?"
Hanna: "No way. He can't even start a fire correctly."
Spencer: "Clearly this is all about the Black Swan."
Lairs: "Yeah, obv... Wait, what?"
Spencer: "No, I'm not Spencering you guys this time. Her dress sketches were in Mona's Lair. Which I know, because I created the Matrix in my spare time."
Liars: "So really you're saying that this episode is about the Black Swan. Well, it's about time."
Melissa: "Hey, Spencer. Don't get up. Mom and I are just here at this same restaurant having dinner without you. I drew some really mean caricatures of you on this napkin, wanna see?"
Veronica: "They cracked me the hell up. You really do have a prominent chin dimple."
Melissa: "I made it look like a butt!"
Emily: "Your sister certainly shed her fake pregnancy weight quickly."
Aria: "Even I noticed how dumb you sounded just now."
Hanna: "Maybe she's the Black Swan."
Spencer: "No way. No way could she have faked her fake pregnancy that far back."
Hanna: "Maybe Mona can give me some answers."
Liars: "How... How so?"
Hanna: "I don't know, I just thought we were expositing so I crammed it in there."
Jason: "Hey, everybody! I just stopped by this one restaurant where the entire show is eating dinner so I could yell at Veronica some more."
Everybody: "About what? To what end? Your whole Jon Snow deal?"
Jason: "No! It's about Garrett!"
Veronica: "I am being totally cool right now, okay? I can't tell you why, but just trust me okay?"
Jason: "Whatever. I have to put up signs with a reward for information about Ali's murder. You know, like a crazy person."
A: "Hey, I could really use that money to finance my apparently global organization. Omnipotence and hoodies ain't free!"
Veronica: "Man, defending a murderer is hard work!"
Spencer: "Have you seen these crazy-people signs everywhere?"
Veronica: "Yeah, I think he's going to get super scammed. I worry about that little bastard, I really do."
Spencer: "Listen, what if somebody accidentally found a shovel one time?"
Veronica: "Probably they would go to jail for murdering everybody, and Garrett would go free. You know what a serious offense finding a shovel is. You of all people should know that. You idiot."