Well, and now but even saying that about the Gay Character feels super-subjective -- any good writer, which teen show writers have to be, more than any other kind of show, is not ever writing a "Gay Character" -- so I'll drop it. But there's a difference between being told there's no difference v. seeing (and being party to, as a viewer**) that lack of a difference.
**(Even with the cringy shots every half-second to the other Liars constantly approving of her homosexuality -- which is also helping, of course -- you still gotta think about how the other option right now is Glee, which is a wonderful show when it's good, and which is like getting tied up and indoctrinated by a sheltered, shaven-headed sophomore Women's Studies major from Vassar's class of '99 when it's not, i.e., Generation X Bullshit + Second-Wave Feminism = DEATH.)
Aria goes to yell at the football players -- who are still oinking at Hanna, somehow -- and they watch Noel for awhile as Aria wipes her tears and learns about the sick magic of bulimia that Ali turned Hefty Hanna onto in the first place. Aria is incredibly awesome in this scene, I'll say it. And now Hanna's doing okay, which is also a good thing; she even admits as a proof of strength that A/Noel who is still hanging around has something on her mom. "What does he want you to do?" Aria immediately gets it. They don't really talk about what it is, though, because that storyline's still happening.
Hanna heads into the bathroom of the cupcake place, pointedly slamming the door in the toilet's face, and then on the paper towel roll it comes out OINK OINK, because A must have assumed she'd run off to barf, and Hanna just growls awesomely, "He is such a bitch!" I kind of wish Noel was A, just so they could keep responding to him that way. But the next piece of paper towel, and the one after that, are taped with $100 bills. So Hanna pulls and pulls and gets to the end, tummy issues fully ignored, and of course Aria comes in after a pee-ish length of time to make sure she's not barfing, and she shoves the cash in her giant crazy-girl purse, and they leave together.
While Mrs. Fields is going through Maya's shit, of course, she finds her pot stash we haven't seen or heard about since the pilot, and that's tough on everybody. At school, Noel and Ezra make out for about a million years, but he's still not changing the grade. Then over on the random street, Spencer's still stalking Toby, who is getting abused by like grandmas and little kids, and eventually he runs away to this alley so he can cry about it. Spencer follows, and I honestly thought for a second she was going to cut him a break, but no. She just watches him cry and thinks about her scapegoating habit and how it comes from feeling weird about her own secrets and how the only reason we ever do that to somebody else is to hand off the weight of our own shit, because we find ourselves unbearable. Also, Toby is actually kind of hot sometimes.