Guess who just came ‘tapping through town’? That’s right, Jenna’s back. And of course along with her comes a whole new set of unanswered questions. Could she be the mysterious person behind the tinted car windows during Charlotte’s funeral? How is she connected to Elliott? And what is she really doing back in Rosewood?
Just as predicted the girls decide to cover up Rollins’ untimely death. At least one of them tries to argue going to the police. But Aria’s idea is quickly shot down by Spencer and Emily who point out that the police wouldn’t likely believe their story of accidental manslaughter. It would be ruled vehicular homicide and Hanna, if not all of them, would likely end up in jail. So out come the shovels and we find out who the girls were burying in the opening scene of this season. Of course their carefully crafted plan isn’t executed quite as they had hoped. Ali takes off (for a little while), Spencer gets drunk and almost has sex in an elevator (more to come on that one), and Hanna and Aria loose the bloody murder weapon (a car, how do you loose a car?). Luckily Ali comes back, Spencer keeps her panties on, and Mona comes to the rescue returning a blood free and repaired murder car.
You gotta love Mona Vanderwaal! Just as everything is going to crap she shows up to save the day. Not only did she fix the car but she clues the girls in on the fact that Dr. Rollins had a burner phone, which is why they couldn’t find any incriminating evidence on his own cell phone. As the liar’s were preforming their investigation of Elliott, Mona decided it would be a good idea to bug his car and trail him to see what type of shenanigans the good doctor got up to after hours. Lucky for the liars that she did, because after finding his burner phone in a secret compartment in the floor of his car, Hanna and Mona pick up a call from Jenna! So she isn’t just back in town to celebrate Toby’s engagement, but to see Archer. Is Archer Elliot’s real name or is this yet another twist? Clearly we are meant to think that Jenna is Elliot’s cohort, but because it is so obvious I don’t trust it. My money’s still on Wren.
Amidst the accidental homicide and murder cover up poor Spencer must also deal with her complicated love life. This girl can’t catch a break, first she gets fired and now the guy she’s in love with is kissing his ex, who just happens to be one of her best friends and she is left wondering where she fits in. The scene between Spencer and Caleb was utterly heartbreaking, for a multitude of reasons. One of them being that Hanna is standing there listening to her first love tell one of her best friends how much he cares about her, begging her to let him in and that the kiss that he and her shared was a mistake. Not only was this scene written well, shot well but it was also acted amazingly. The way Tyler Blackburn showed Caleb’s love for Spencer, the hitch in his voice, the wave in his speech as he teared up telling Spencer about the night he knew he loved her (he doesn’t come right out and say it, but we can all tell that’s what he means) is amazing. You can feel the emotion coming off every character and the heartbreak they are all feeling. You feel Caleb’s desperation as he tries to convince Spencer to let him in so he can show her how much he really does care about her, so he can fix what his kiss with Hanna broke. You feel Spencer’s pain at having to turn away the man she loves to protect herself and her friends. She can’t let him in now, not with Hanna here and not with a muddy bloodstained house. You can feel Hanna’s heartbreak at hearing how the man she once loved is professing his love for her best friend. As Spencer so perfectly put it ‘even if you are happy for the person there is still a dull ache’. It is never nice to see the person you once loved now in love with someone else and after everything Hanna has just been through to add this emotional pain to the mix was hard to watch.
I am very happy with how this storyline is playing out however. We all know that I was unhappy with where the romantic storylines seemed to be headed. I actually really like Spencer and Caleb as a couple. They seem to have such great chemistry and their relationship is a lot more grown up then Hanna and Caleb’s was. Probably because all three of them have grown up and have grown into different people. It is nice to see that Spencer and Caleb had a friendship first that grew into a romance. It is a wonderful love story. And it helps to highlight the friendship that Hanna and Spencer have as well. Even after the Haleb slip there is no question that the girls will remain friends. Life is complicated and both of them understand, to an extent, why the kiss happened. The only question now is how do they move on. Spencer assures Hanna that she will get over it but right now she needs to be mad at her so Hanna must respect that and let her be. Hanna agrees but in turn urges Spencer to go after Caleb. I am unsure if this means that Hanna really has moved on from her feelings for Caleb or if she has just realized that him and Spencer really do go well together after his heartfelt confession. After all she had her chance with Caleb and she chose her job. When Caleb had that same choice between a job in San Francisco and a possible future with Spencer he chose Spencer. Perhaps after hearing this Hanna realized that Spaleb deserve a chance.
There is still so much of season 7 left to unfold the mystery but I hope they keep up with this more adult, grittier, messy feel. I love how the show has not only grown up with it’s characters but also with it’s fans. Perhaps the series finale with be even more terrifying than we could have hoped. Fingers crossed!