Hanna's got a limited amount of time to figure out whose blood is on the anklet, since Wilden's fairly sure it's hers and her legal guardian/mother's out of town. While Veronica works on a court order to stop them testing her blood -- because let's be honest, on this show it's going to somehow be her blood -- A steps up the game and brings up a major thing from the past that we never knew about.
Spencer pulls Toby into her shit when he claims to be her alibi for saving Jason (who's losing his shit in a big way after last week's anklet debacle) from his own drunken hit-and-run accident. The DiLaurentises are not doing well, overall: For reasons that play out across the hour, Mr. D is back in town and pretty much interested in screaming at Hanna in whatever public place he can find.
No traction on Emily's memory or the million other things for now, but with Hanna having spontaneous flashbacks to huge events and secret codes every few minutes, there's hardly time for that. However, she does get involved with a strange new Rosewood resident: The glamorous CeCe Drake, presumably the "old friend" mentioned in last week's Alison flashback, who is now in town on a permanent basis for reasons apparently having to do with Jason. Lotta secrets with this girl, but so far she seems to be another version of Ali, even down to her bitchy wild schemes: By episode's end, she's done Emily the favor of breaking up Jenna and Cousin Nate before they can even start dating.
A couple of days before Ali's body was found, Mona and Hanna played with a Ouija board that told them Alison was still alive -- and Hanna saw her standing in the backyard, just blatantly staring at her. She hasn't said anything since, of course, about this visitation from beyond the grave... But she did, at the time, stupidly call up the DiLaurentises and tell them Ali was still in town. Which explains, I guess, why the family's now so hot to nail her instead of Garrett for the murders.
Sick and tired of Hanna getting beat up, Aria decides to visit Mona at Radley for answers -- which goes as well as expected -- and then the two of them meet with her after hours, accidentally setting her free for a few hours in the process. Mona starts talking in code at this point, as one does, and this eventually leads the Liars to a website all about Maya, presumably about her murder, but no password to access it. (Is that Caleb's return I hear on its way?)
Most importantly of all, though, Ella Montgomery goes on an internet date with Pastor Ted -- I know! That dude is in it to win it! -- but, once she gets creeped out by the Byronesque way he eats his ice cream, considers throwing it all over for the hot young owner of the Brew. YES!
A truly wonderful episode, writing-wise, with some strong visuals and interesting twists. One hopes we'll see more of the Mona Code in future weeks -- although with this show, who knows -- but we will definitely be seeing more CeCe Drake and more creepy dolls, which is just as good. Not to mention Ella getting busy.
Next week: Ezra's mother comes to town to fight with Aria, and hopefully he gets mad some more.
Mona is still at the Radley facility, acting hyperadrenalized and possibly providing Lucas with roofies. Spencer and Jason found an old anklet of Alison's which ended up getting Garrett out of jail, much to Spencer's chagrin. Emily's convinced her night of many abductions holds the key to Alison's disturbed grave, but Maya's Cousin Nate's interest in Jenna -- as well as Holden's possible involvement in Emily's various kidnappings -- could complicate matters. Hanna and Spencer tried to lure A to a church dance, but their note was intercepted by Officer Wilden, who managed to cockblock Ashley and Pastor Ted at the same time. And speaking of moms, it's about time for Ella Montgomery to hit the floor, wouldn't you say?
Hanna, putting on lip gloss: "Yes, Mom! I am able to stay home by myself without burning the place down or crashing several cars into it. I mean, we'll never know I'm capable of it until I pull it off, but I have a good feeling about this one."
Ashley: "Not inspired with confidence exactly, but fine. There's thousands of dollars in a box of lasagna if you want to order a pizza or something. I'll be home to identify your body at the morgue on Sunday. Love you!"
Hanna sighs and applies more lip gloss.
Wilden: "Ashley home? I can't talk to you without a guardian present."
Hanna, putting on some lip gloss: "I can't talk to you because you suck, so whatever. If you'll excuse me, I have to put on even more lip gloss before I can go to school. It's Lip Gloss Day."
Wilden: "You need to come in and give a blood sample. The DiLaurentises are going nuts because of Garrett, and the blood on the anklet is O- just like yours, and..."
Universal donor, of course. That's our Hanna.
Hanna puts down her lip gloss: "So wait, now I'm the one who killed her ankle bracelet?"
Wilden: "You're the one stashing notes on the original suspect's mom, who just..."
Hanna: "-- I didn't do that."
Wilden: "Hanna, plenty of people saw you do that. It's easily verifiable. It was not stealth, even to your low standards."
Hanna: "I know, I was just flustered. God."
PEDECONFERENCE, MAIN ST
Hanna: "So essentially Garrett's out of jail, and I'm going in. Wilden knows about the note, he caught me at the place that was on the note, and it's my blood type..."