They lose Toby after a while, and head back into town. I love, once again, how all of Toby's business is automotive: Cars, bikes, skateboards... Maybe there's a stable amount of transportation karma in Rosewood, and Hanna will never hurt anybody again with a car or a boat. Maybe Caleb's mom is finally safe.
That neat gauzy effect from Aria's house at the beginning, crossed with techno music, lends a Hackers-esque urgency to the proceedings, and we get a lot of close-ups directly into camera as the ladies continue their showdown. Spencer gets to her last question, which is fifteen former parts of the Soviet Union in alphabetical order -- the thing she nailed earlier, with Toby -- and begins melting down just a little bit. Mona corrects a couple of them, but once her time is up Mona has to go back through them all.
Mona: "By population? Or GDP?"
Hate to say it, but...
YEAH, THAT RULED
And speaking of picaresques becoming bildungsromans right before your eyes, Aria's home. I think it's maybe worth noting that of all the first Secrets everybody had, this whole Meredith thing could actually be considered Aria's original Secret. Making Ezra a symptom of this, not actually the Secret itself, if you see what I'm saying. So it's cool that just as they're expanding her into the rest of the show's universe, she's having to circle around to cleaning up Byron's original mess. I guess this goes back to the earrings, now I think about it, but she's always got so much going on with Ezra I didn't think about it. It's nice.
Byron: "Aria! And Meredith. Aria, I need to talk to Meredith. We can discuss my violent loss of control whenever I feel like it."
Aria: "Fuckin' whatever. I hope she breaks up with you."
As Mona's elegantly handing out cupcakes, Hot Nerd offers to accompany Spencer to the administration and appeal the whole thing, but he's even more impressed by her answer: "Would you wanna win that way?"
Hanna: "I just got your text about my best friend ranking on you. Are you okay?"
Spencer: "I guess she cheated? I'm more upset with myself, honestly. And I'm dressed like a jewel-toned prairie witch, which just seems stupid now, and Toby's off chasing Emily and Paige through the woods, so..."
Hanna: "First of all we're gonna get you out of that neck-broach. Scariest thing a woman can wear on her body. And then... Actually, hang on."