No matter how many answers Pretty Little Liars provides, there's always more questions. "A" didn't make much of an appearance in season one, episode 18, "The Bad Seed," but his/her one moment throws all the girls for a loop.
Before the Pretty Little Liars discover one of Ian's (Ryan Merriman) trophies covered in old blood, they all have to deal with their daily lives.
What does the future hold for Ezra and Aria?
Most of those story lines revolve around a new theater production called "The Bad Seed" that's directed by Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding). "There's no small parts, only parts that don't make it into the yearbook," Mona (Janel Parrish) declares. There are small people, too.
But that's beside the point. The play gives a theme for the episode: are some people born evil? "I'm fascinated by the nature of evil," a creepy Jenna (Tammin Sursok) intones when she asks to create the play's music.
Aria (Lucy Hale) isn't so concerned with the idea of evil as she is about Fitz. Thanks to Aria's father, Ezra's thinking about how their futures might not be tied together. Things end fine, though, as they tend to with this couple.
Hanna gets up close and personal with Caleb
In a wonderfully convenient moment, Hanna (Ashley Benson) continues to hide Caleb's (Tyler Blackburn) presence by jumping into the shower with him. She gets a nice look, but only at his butt. Pretty Little Liars is still an ABC Family show after all.
This moment causes her to go into a tizzy. She isn't treating Caleb very nicely anymore, even when she asks him to break into Jenna's phone. "You've been treating me like something you scrape off your shoe," he says.
Yet, the prospect of him leaving her house makes her think otherwise. In a literal dizzying moment, they share a kiss, finally.
Spencer hangs out with Toby to Emily's dismay
Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Toby (Keegan Allen) are the Pretty Little Liars detectives. They haven't discovered the meaning of the braille message 214 yet, but they're trying to figure out what else Jenna might know. For one, why is Jenna buddy-buddy with Ian?
Toby isn't all that thrilled with spying on his step-sister, but Spencer convinces him it's a must. After all, the nightmare won't end until the real killer is found.
Through all this, Emily (Shay Mitchell) is trying to reconnect with Toby, her old friend. Yet, he seems more inclined to hang out with Spencer. "It sucks doesn't it?" Jenna asks Emily when she shows up to see Toby. "Feeling like you're second choice?" This is a Pretty Little Liars story line that isn't over yet.
The relationship between Ian and Alison
The girls have long considered Ian the culprit in Alison's (Sasha Pieterse) murder. They think that suspicion is going to be confirmed in "The Bad Seed," especially after they find a golf trophy from Hilton Head that not only has Ian's name on it, but old blood.
Yet, is he really the killer? Ian tells Spencer not to be afraid of him, and he confronts her about her accusations regarding Alison. He claims it's the other way around. Alison was the psycho-stalker. That seems to go against everything the Pretty Little Liars thought, including the video from Alison's last night.
But now the girls aren't so sure. One by one they remember a frat party that Alison once got them into, because she wanted to see Ian. Yet, the party ended when a girl Ian was with fell down the stairs. But did she fall? Or was she pushed? And, if she was pushed, who pushed her... Ian or Alison?
It's a dark twist for a show that has kept the darkest secrets--what really happened to Alison--covered up.
The trophy, though, that's important, right? Not so much. The cops show up at school and reveal that there was no Hilton Head golf tournament. And that's not human blood; it's from a rat.
"'Rat' me out, your blood's next," "A" texts the girls.
The trophy might not have led them to Alison's killer, but it does lead to next week's drama, "Person of Interest." The cops question the girls, and in the end, one of them stands accused.
Pretty Little Liars airs on ABC Family Monday nights at 8pm Eastern.
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