‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap: Spencer on ‘planet freefall’

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The Spencer ride just kept nose-diving this week on “Pretty Little Liars,” but with it came some genuinely surprising moments.

She is just not the same in a post-Toby world, and that’s how it should be.

Her friends, however, aren’t being completely understanding -- but, then again, how could they be? Spencer hasn’t breathed a word about why the breakup happened. They don’t know that he’s on the dark side with Mona.

The mind-boggling moments

Troian Bellesario is killing it. Really, before we go any further, we have to tip our hats to the actress playing Spencer Hastings. We weren’t sure she had this kind of acting chops, but we’re sure glad to have been wrong.

Spencer gives and receives a shady threat. After getting kicked off the academic decathlon team, Spencer approaches Mona and snaps, "Is there anything else you want to take away from me?” before storming out of the school. As she does, she whips out her sunglasses and starts to put them on… but there’s a message. “You rat out T, I take down 1 of your 3. -- A.” Yeesh.

Ezra’s mom is calling Aria. And Aria is lying to her about Wes crashing at Ezra’s apartment. That’s not going to help the mean matriarch accept her, but it seems she may be past caring.

Who wants to play strip trivia?! In an effort to get her seat on the academic decathlon team back, Spencer challenges Andrew to a World History battle where they each remove an article of clothing when they get something wrong. If Spencer wins, he’ll try to convince the team to bring her back.

That’s what academic decathlon guys look like?! Spencer and Andrew’s game gets pretty deep before Emily interrupts -- Andrew’s down to his skivvies. We don’t recall academic team guys in our high schools looking like Andrew, but we’re certainly not complaining.

Cupcakes as a euphemism for boobs? Love it.

Emily has changed. Between this week and last week, we’ve seen Emily get a bit more bold and assertive, especially when she’s dealing with Spencer. A year ago, we wouldn’t have seen her trying to do put Miss Hastings in her place. Spencer may have declared “This is the new me” at the end of their confrontation, but when Emily said, "You don’t have a monopoly on pain, Spencer. Everybody has their fair share,” she showed evidence that we’re also dealing with a new, stronger Emily.

Wren just really doesn’t know when to quit. Yep, our favorite foreign doctor was back, courtesy of Mona calling him to check on Spencer, who's clearly about to crack.

Wren isn’t the answer. Spencer cracks anyway after making him take her up to Louisville where the academic decathlon team is practicing. She barges in, gives Mona a piece of her mind and loses it. “Who’s looking cray-cray now, Spencer?” Mona taunts her. “Have you completely lost it? Is that why Toby left you? … Do you still have any friends, Spencer?" And then, Spencer goes downright feral and attacks her.

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Emily and Jason get a warm, wet welcome. When they arrive at Jason’s house to get the key to his dad’s new office (where the photo collage showing Ali, Wilden, and Cece all together is kept), they’re greeted by hundreds of liquor bottles. As they start to throw them away, Emily gets a text saying, "Better tell him to save a couple. He might need it. -- A."

Cece is the worst. First she lies to Emily about knowing creepy cop Wilden and then she tries to mess with Aria and her Fitz boys, leaving Ezra's woman and baby bro alone with a bottle of wine. Bad. News.

Jason has been holding back on us. He finally came clean to Emily that he did wake up for a few minutes the night of Alison’s murder. In his drunken haze, he spotted Melissa Hastings arguing with someone who looked like Ali from the back, but was actually… Cece. Like we said, the worst!

Indeed, Jamie is Caleb's father. Can we move on now?

OK, fine. We’ll keep talking about this. Jamie is also still every bit the petty thief he told Hanna he did time for being. When they’re at the church trying to get him a job that will keep him local so Caleb and Jamie can get to know each other, Hanna puts a $5 bill with a stamp on it into the donations box. That marked bill shows up again when Jamie offers to pay for their pizza dinner.

Red wine on a white rug! Oh, no. We have a feeling this is going to come back to haunt Aria and Wes.

OMG! Wes kissed Aria. That can NEVER. HAPPEN. AGAIN.

What goes up must come down. Our hearts are still dropping thinking about Jason standing in that plummeting elevator. Like he said, someone really wants him gone.

And then, Jason got gone! As the girls assemble at the hospital outside his room, the patient sneaks out.

Your Jason tweets. Seriously, your tweets about the elevator, Jason’s shirtless hospital stay and subsequent disappearance were too funny. Here are some of our faves.

Lingering questions

  • Where did Jason go?
  • Back when Ali and Cece were friends, did Ali worship Cece (because she was the older one) or was it a "Single White Female" kind of thing for Cece?
  • When is the other Fitz going to go away? Really, the lack of Ezra is totally not good for our otherwise healthy hearts.
  • We don’t want to rush Spencer’s journey -- we’re kind of loving the new her -- but when is she at least going to get her old wardrobe back? Most of what she’s worn these last two weeks would never have really been in her closet.

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"Pretty Little Liars" airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on ABC Family.

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