That one hits Hanna so hard her wheelchair rocks back a little, but then he babbles enough in his nonlinear rant that she figures out he's talking about trashing the memorial. Remember? The shoes? So yeah, not as bad as what she thought at the end of the last paragraph. She finally just gives in at this point like, "What am I gonna do with you, Lucas." He stumbles off toward the night talking about how she can call the cops, whatever, it's an eleven minute walk from her house to his (or vice versa, aw) and whatever, and she's like, "Girl, I am not calling the cops. You have been through hell."
Of course, that's unacceptable too because Hanna's being nice, and this time Lucas really does leave: "Don't make me like you. It's too hard." You know, I don't think there's a person on this show that I don't love, or at least feel such compassion for that it equals the same thing. Sex Cop, Aria's creepster dad, Ian. That's basically it. For such a completely unreal show, they are so spot on about the weirdest, ugliest, saddest things. Acting and direction play a giant part, duh, but the dialogue, especially in this episode, is just too, too real. The only measurable difference between this show and my senior year of high school is like, almost nobody had a cell phone in '94. That's basically it.
Sean comes out to check on Hanna -- "You shouldn't be alone with him" -- but now that they're alone, she can finally ask him about Noel. Old Sean gets pretty antsy when you ask him about his relationship with Noel. I'm not saying anything, it's just interesting. Of course Hanna's being super strange about it -- "Who is Noel when he's not with you?" -- and can't explain why she's asking, so it's just a totally weird contextless thing.
("Um, I assume he does what all guys our age do: Avoid sex with their girlfriends at all cost, for no real reason. You know, normal stuff. We do normal things together, we do normal things when we're apart. Which is most of the time. Football practice and like, the occasional... I mean, I barely know the guy. Noel... Noel... Not ringing a bell, Hanna. Hanna, I have to go.")
At first Sean tries to figure it that she's feeling bad about her crazy friend so she's attacking his friend, and then just sort of goes, "Hanna, you're freaking me out." He asks her back inside, but she's had it. She tells him to throw everybody out, party's over, and he does, and actually that is a very good reason to date Sean. Things like that.
Aria wants Spencer to call Alex, but she's in the same bind: Can't explain the ridiculous circumstance that somebody murderous and crazy sometimes impersonates her to do sick, filthy deeds like submitting applications to overseas tennis clinics. Spencer offers to go over and tell Noel, whom she now thinks is A, to call Alex himself, and Aria immediately jumps to Noel's defense for no reason, just like always. I mean, is she secretly still crushing on him? That would be cool. It didn't occur to me before just now. Underneath the Fitz layer -- where no teens are cool -- is the Iceland layer -- where Noel can suck it because she's gone global -- and then the football v. pretentious layer. But under that, maybe she likes him liking her enough to still like him. I can totally see that, it's simplicity itself when you look at it that way. I will like Aria so much more if that's the deal.