APRIL ROSE ANTIQUES
Is in Brookhaven, or possibly the Lost Woods, based on the intensely creepin' old lady behind the counter, who rocks back and forth whilst staring into the middle distance.
Jason: "Crazy old lady? Hello? Can you help us with a mystery?"
A random old man pops out from behind some Tiffany lamps and a giant globe like in a some kind of moneybags's wood-paneled smoking room, you know, because it's Brookhaven, and he tells them to leave her crazy old ass alone and get out.
Jason: "Listen, can you be helpful in any way?"
Old: "No sir."
Jason: "Because our friend dropped something off here for us to find later. But we don't know what it is, and we don't know when she did it, and she's dead."
For a second I was really hoping that it was going to be like Return To Oz and all the things were people and they had to touch the right things and turn them into people. I don't remember which Oz book that was in but it was my favorite. I loved retail, and I loved the Royal Family of Ev, and that scene had both. Touch a green thing and say "Oz," boom. Touch a purple thing and say "Ev," boom. Touch a brass thing, say "Tiktok," maybe something happens. And so on. I probably, as a child, made a lot of antique store owners very nervous for this reason.
Anyway, Spencer sees an ankle bracelet on a mannequin's wrist, and instantly remembers this one time.
Alison: "Check me out, not being a bitch."
Spencer: "It's fun to just hang out with you with nobody else around because then we don't have to jockey for power or blind other girls."
Alison: "I got this ankle bracelet from a person but I refuse to say whom."
Spencer: "One of your many gentleman suitors?"
Alison: "No, just a friend."
Alison abruptly bounced.
Spencer: "Um, are we not hanging out right this second? Isn't that what's going on?"
Alison: "It was, now it's not. Rock and roll. I have to go out with a mysterious lady friend, or maybe the same one I was saying before, to get us fake IDs."
Spencer: "But that hurts my feelings!"
Alison: "Deal with it."
Spencer: "Oh, I'll deal with it all right."