Sean drives Hanna over to this little boutique, where this totally weird Lily Munster/Nicolette Sheridan hybrid lady sadly states that she cannot hire Hanna, even though she's a shopaholic and knows the entire inventory, because once again Ashley Marin's subprime ways have her in debt. Hanna stomps back out to the car and won't talk to Sean about it, and generally just acts pissy and weird, because Hanna gets what she wants, and on the rare occasions when Hanna doesn't get what she wants, total destruction is usually the result. (In this episode, the part of Hanna will be played by Emily Fields. Kaboom!) Just in time, A sends her a message: Another task for cash, coming soon. Hope it's totally awful!
Aria heads over to Ezra's garret with coffees and pastry, because that's what sophisticated young ladies do with their boyfriends. Ezra's shifty and weird about it, and of course she thinks it's because she didn't knock three times on the door and then meet him at their prearranged place or whatever cloak & dagger shit they get up to, but actually it's because Ezra Fitz has a busy day ahead of him. Specifically, his Ella-arranged date with Simone.
This is where Lucy Hale/Aria's total badassness kicks in, and it's just great. I mean, not that Aria entirely gets what's really going on exactly -- she never will, the show would fall apart -- but she acts more like a destructive teenager and less like an annoying Delia*s version of Anaïs Nin than usual. Ezra strong-arms Aria out the door, and she rolls her eyes, and he tells her he'll count to fifty before leaving and it's all so, so gross and so, so funny to watch her deal with it. I think this is the first time I've ever completely bought into Aria Montgomery. Lucy Hale is a down girl.
Ian's making a scary serial-killer sandwich and scraping the cutting board with a huge knife when Spencer walks in on him in the kitchen. Ian confirms that she backs up her files, but says he doesn't know where her computer is -- even suggests she check the barn, like it maybe wandered across the yard -- and then notifies her that he'll be chaperoning the dance.