How Spencer's day goes is, she gets a boardgame from Eddie Lamb that leads her to some crucial areas within Radley. One of them is a room full of cribs and hobbyhorses, which -- since she's tonguing her meds and has given up sleep altogether -- is where she meets and has a quick slow-dance with her dead best friend, before being discovered by Dr. Wren with evidence that he helped CeCe Drake break into Radley for A meetings with Mona, under the odd belief that CeCe and Melissa had Mona's best interests in mind. (Also, Alison got CeCe thrown out of college -- maybe by snapping that girl's neck that time? Even the most lenient RA would probably escalate that one.)
All of which is very exciting -- to say nothing of Veronica's flashback to a moment before Alison's death when she found her sneaking in the backdoor with a bloody lip -- but not as thrilling as a last-minute framing device that tells us Spencer's been secretly working with the A-Team since Mona's visit last week. It even comes with a black hoodie in her size. Her duties this week? Shocking, actually.
Ezra's response to Aria's meeting with the Rosewood Principal last week -- in which she was made to disavow their entire relationship -- is to take her on lots of public romantic dates, I guess because the thrill is gone. Aria offers to pick up Malcolm from karate, and for some reason Ezra thinks that's a fine idea. Of course, she's so terrible at this that he gets kidnapped before she even shows up, so then she spends the entire episode not telling anybody that her boyfriend's son is missing, and eventually finds him at this super-creepy carnival -- which is exactly where Spencer left him. Yeah.
After a tiring day of other people's exhausting problems -- such as wondering how much of an ass-ache Malcolm's parents would be about it, if Aria just never found him -- some ill-timed but well-spoken advice from Ella means a breakup for Aria and Ezra. On the downside, it is very sad but heartening to hear her rational, valid, mature reasons. On the upside, it is the fiftieth time they have broken up. For these reasons. So we'll see.
Just as we'll see about whether Toby's really dead, whether Wren or Eddie is right about the other one being a creep, and most obviously, whether Spencer's really gone black. I would say, just by my own reading, that she's still just our sneaky little Spencer and will be an A-Teamer for about five seconds of next week's episode, but the best thing is that you really have no way of knowing.
After an early scene spent trying to scream Spencer back into acting normal, Hanna wrestles with an aggressive Emily over whether or not she's meant to care about crazy Spencer or dead Toby this week, or remain focused on the lurking cop her mom tried to kill recently, or possibly the lengths she went to in order to connect Caleb back with his dad: Who, Ella tells us, is now being investigated for much larger church thefts. In the end, Caleb turns his back on his dad... And A waits about twenty minutes before letting them know it was all an A scheme and the dad is actually blameless. Twist! Sad, yucky, poor-Caleb twist.
Emily takes time off from yelling at Hanna and Aria to yell at her mom about getting more information about the body that was found last week. First the Liars sneak into the morgue for a quick run-in with Redcoat and a quick peek at the body -- which is not Toby's -- but before you can even recover from the amazing #ISmellDeadPeople screen bug hashtag, Pam tells Emily a new secret: They've found a separate body, much closer to Toby's description, so he might be dead after all.
Next Week: Redcoat is revealed, the Liars learn about Spencer's shocking betrayal, and somebody blows up a house, in the spring finale. Then we wait until June. What do you think will happen? I think Redcoat is multiple people, but not like the A-Team are multiple people: I think Alison copied herself across several identities to keep herself safe from the original A, and Redcoat is part of that larger game. She's too tall to be a dwarf with a knife, but now that I'm thinking about it I guess she could be two dwarves, with two knives.
Spencer's convinced she found Toby's body in the woods, even though she didn't have a chance to confirm it was his face; now she's in Radley Sanitarium, working at best two separate agendas (relocating her mental health and chasing Mona's trail) -- but an invitation to the A-Team has been extended, and not for the first time, and given Spencer's semi-permanent fugue state and emotional/internal goodbye to the other Liars last week, it's possible she's up to a good deal more.
Aria's about had it with her boyfriend's adult responsibilities, and has been verbally working through her doubts about their future for a while now, making it the most/only interesting form of self-absorption she has ever attempted. Oh, and she told Rosewood's sudden principal that she's not even dating him, so now he can sub while he looks for a more permanent position.
Emily's been the most stable one of the group for a while, in terms of reality, but a weirdly flirty vibe triangle with her girlfriend and Halloween Shana, and continual anxiety about Toby, have left her a little frayed at the edges. Luckily, Pam is back and more awesome than ever, with a possibly useful job at the police department doing tasks unspecified. Hanna's pretty sure Caleb's Uncle Dad, whom she forced to return to town and got a job, is on the take, but she isn't talking to Caleb about it. She has 99 other problems, including a riled-up Detective Wilden and a mom who's back in Hitchcock femme mode.
Liars: "Did you not know we were coming?"
Spencer: "No, this is just how I dress now. Like a mental patient. And the reason for that is fairly simple to suss out, I think."
Liars: "Maybe it would be best if you stopped being one, then. Your mom..."
Spencer: "My mom thinks I can power through this, because she has no idea what is going on, because she's been in the UK since last season. My mom would be wrong about that."
Hanna: "THEN JUST STOP BEING MOTHERFUCKING CRAZY."
Liars: "Hanna, that is not an approved form of therapy."
Hanna: "I don't care! This is boring! Spencer, they found the body."
Spencer: "Yeah. Toby's body. Duh."
Liars: "That's the thing, it's not Toby. That's... Maybe we should have led with that."
Spencer: "Nevertheless, it is Toby. And I am not going anywhere."
Hanna: "I SAID FUCKING STOP BEING CRAZY."