Pretty Little Liars
Hot Water

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 3 USERS: A-
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Half In Love With Easeful Death

Hanna: "What part is that? What actually is your aim here?"
Ashley: "I guess bury his body? Or... I don't know. Definitely not do anything with the police car footage of me killing him, from before, or the police car footage of us standing around the crime scene, in a minute."

The cop car is still there, with the door open and the lights going, but there is no Darren Wilden. Where did he go? The Marins are stumped. I'd imagine that he has gone off into the woods and run afoul of the A-Team, but that could just be blind optimism. I do love me some Detective Wilden, I'm not gonna lie. But in case he is dead, I will tell you my favorite memory of him: It was the moment I realized that at least one of the sets on Popular was painted a particular shade of blue purely to set off his eyes. I think about that a lot, still, because it was the first time I ever really realized that TV is also art, and that people were doing cool things on my favorite shows that I wasn't even noticing, and that maybe a little humility -- more openness to the story being told, rather than my desires for the story being told -- would, in the long run, help me notice and enjoy more stuff like that.

A-TAG

A brutally chops the heads off four roses, clipping them into one of those huge godawful wreaths you only see in the Winner's Circle and cop funerals, and sometimes Mardi Gras, while "Steam Heat" plays on vinyl. A bit self-congratulatory, A, and a little on the nose. But just a little.

NEXT WEEK

Emily's not loving Spencer's latest revelation, so she puts herself merrily in A's hands. Hanna's all about dealing with Lady Leadfoot over here. And Aria... Is it possible to feel sibling rivalry with your boyfriend's kid and if so, does that make you both disgusting?

Check out possible spoilers for the February 26 episode and find out what all those visions of Ali could really mean from our friends at Wetpaint.

JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Good Wife, Deception, Zero Hour, and Pretty Little Liars for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, and a novelette, "The Commonplace Book," appeared this fall on Tor.com.

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