(He goes downstairs to tell the cops how a bitchy ghost stole his gun. Spencer is given time to take like half a breath before it all starts up again.)
Melissa: "Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you -- just sneak up on you. After our house was broken into and our dad told you that I killed your best friend."
Spencer: "Where have you been? And do you know how little I trust you right now?"
Melissa: "In direct contravention of my constant pleas and protestations that I don't want to be here and how I have my own condo in the city, I fell asleep watching TV in our barn earlier."
Spencer: "J'accuse! The TV in the barn is broken!"
Melissa: "Uh, I was watching it on my computer? Like everyone else on earth?"
Melissa: "Dude, I gotta get out of here. You're being weird, I suddenly hate our parents, there's blackmail that was or was not happening that may have caused our father to allegedly kill a little girl -- it's a lot. So I'm going back to my house. Do you want to come?"
Spencer: "As always, it has been a pleasure."
Melissa: "Are you sure? I'm going to stop by the quarry first -- there's plenty of pitch-black night left where anything could happen. At the quarry."
Did Ashley buy it? Of course not. Being A would be a total Spencer move, they should have just sent her in instead.
Ella: "I know, Aria can't lie for shit. I don't know why they think she's the best liar. It's just that she's the most boring one because she doesn't really care about anything or anybody."
Ashley: "I wish Hanna were more like that. So listen, how are we gonna track down this A?"
Ella: "I don't know, but you better not go to the cops. This A is a pretty bad character. We've had dealings."
Ashley: "Is there anybody A isn't fucking with?"
Ella: "Basically, just my daughter. Everybody else is fair game."
Did their moms buy it? Of course not. Does Aria feel guilty? Of course also not, but she's too Aria to admit it. The plausible deniability of the Mighty Shusher; to be less Liar, and more Pretty. Definitely quite Little.
The Vivian phone rings again -- apparently despite his many protestations to the contrary, Jonah has nothing better to do than issue clues at precisely measured intervals. He and Caleb could form a company, some sort of limited-liability concern, where they just dole out clues reliably at the beginning of every second and fifth act. Breadcrumbz, Inc. Quicksilver & Confusion Systems Mgmt. With Little Haste Decryption & Marching Orders, LLC.