After an altercation with Mikey leaves Ella with some accidental bruises, Aria agrees with Byron's plan* to medicate his brain out. A single touching heart-to-heart later, Aria decides to come clean about Mikey's other crimes on the way to helping him not be crazy anymore; Mike is tired of being crazy and ready for treatment, so it kind of works out.
Also confessing: Emily, who is just sick of A's shit and ready to talk. She runs to Anne's office only to find the other Liars there waiting for her, worried to death, and they finally tell all about A and how things have been going down. In the middle of all that, Maya comes back to town all hopped up on Centrum Silver and makes Emily's post-Samara broken heart go pitter-pat once again.
Anne goes to the police after A starts menacing her, but they don't care because obviously Garrett is going to stop that investigation before it starts. She finally figures out who A is, but by the time the girls get to her office she's gone, presumably having been brutally murdered.
Hanna tries to make nice with stepsister Kate, but of course that goes down horribly: Kate engineers a massive bender that ends with Hanna barfing on the wedding dress and getting thrown out* of the rehearsal dinner. Which would be the worst thing ever, if it weren't for her awesome grandmother -- the always lovely, always genius Betty Buckley -- who throws down and says the whole wedding is a sham anyway. I wish Grandma Regina were here every week! If only she were the director's sister or something. (But seriously, even with that connection it's still an awesome get for the show. Love that girl.)
Spencer's story gets a little crazy this week, if you can believe that. She catches her dad coming out of Jason's house and they have a really yucky fight*, and then later on he confesses that he altered Hilton Head Grandma's will after Alison disappeared so that the just-disowned Jason wouldn't look like he murdered her for the money. (In a flashback, you can see Ali coming up with the plan to sell him out, which is one of the reasons she -- like everybody else on this show -- was in Hilton Head the week before she died.)
*(All of the dads are scary in this episode. Just menacing and screaming and scary. They're all protecting their families in one way or another -- Mikey from his genetic depression, Spencer from whatever is going on there, Hanna from ruining the wedding -- but it's still scary to see them yell.)
What's really interesting, though, is Spencer's realization that this means the DiLaurentises already have something on her dad, or else why would he break the law in the first place? So we end there: Therapist Anne's missing, Mikey's going to get treatment finally, Spencer's dangerously close to figuring something really bad out, Jenna is still creepy, Noel Kahn and Lucas and Mona show up for a second in this class assembly about cyberbullying, and Emily just got Maya back for a minute.
Next week: SUMMER FINALE!
A finally convinced Emily she was the weakest link, through breakfast cereal and terrifying massages. Aria was lost in her usual Dolores Haze, and Mikey was losing it. Spencer went rampaging on this latest bad-Latin clue of the NAT Club, and Hanna got into some heavy shit with her stepsister-to-be.
EMILY CAN'T SLEEP
Emily, after getting her sixth scary text message of the day, can't quite sleep. She roams around Hanna's house -- Hanna sleeps in a bra, camisole, tunic sweater and jeans occasionally -- and checks out. When she calls Emily, she finds that Emily's left her phone behind. Couple hours later, the Liars are all together looking for her.
Aria: "I think she went to Texas. I would bust out of here too."
Emily: (Running randomly through the forest like a crazy person.)
The text that broke the swimmer's back: A picture of Aria kissin' Ezra, with a threat to tell Ella or else.
Hanna: "Is that you, Aria?"
Spencer, awesomely: "Of course it is. Unless you're Ella, then you'd just assume it was me sluttin' it up like usual."
Hanna: "I don't think Emily would tattle on something that amazing and forever like your boring love that nobody cares about."
Spencer: "Well, even if she would, which you can't trust anybody but especially not a weak link like our friend Emily, she can't now. She's running through the forest like a crazy person, while we have her phone."
Emily: (Still running. Maybe to Texas.)
Emily, who ran so far that she pulled herself together, ends up at Therapy Anne's office. Who is also there is: Everybody.
Hanna: "Girl, you had us worried. Why didn't you wake me up?"
Aria: "I'm still under the impression that you were running to Texas and just randomly ended up here."
Emily: "I will not be the bowling ball that takes the rest of you guys out."
Spencer: "Clearly we believe in you, that's why we're here talking to your therapist behind your back."
Anne: "What's with all the bowling-ball talk? Are you guys being stalked by a ninja ghost or something?"
Spencer: "Yeah, somebody has been up our asses for a while now. We didn't tell you before because it means certain death for you, but whatever. Emily's cracking."
DILAURENTIS YARD WHERE IT ALL ALWAYS GOES DOWN