Tuesday’s episode of Pretty Little Liars featured a lot of firsts. It was the first time we found out where Alison really was the night Charlotte died, or at least where she says she really was.
It was the first time we got to meet Rosewood’s latest hot cop, Vic Furey (lol really?), though his identity is still ‘hot dude Spencer drunkenly hooks up with before remembering how hot Caleb is.’
It’s the first time we learned Elliott Rollins’ real name, which is Archer (who is naming these characters?), and that he stole the identity of a 72-year-old dead man. Really, fake Elliott? You couldn’t steal the identity of someone who was at least within three decades of your age? In all fairness to fake Elliott, the Rosewood Police Department hasn’t done much to inspire the need to cover your tracks.
Tonight was the first time we saw a love-triangle-sobfest thanks to Caleb, Spencer and Hanna, and the first time Spencer came home to find Caleb had cleaned out his closet. That appears to be his move, right Hanna?
But the biggest surprise of all came from the first sighting since Season 5 of Jenna, the blind, then not blind, then blind again-mean girl.
Jenna’s return sets the stage for a number of new story lines, which is what this season of repeated scenarios desperately needs. Her interaction with the inadvertently, comically bad cop Toby *almost* gave us the look into their family dynamic that we really haven’t seen much of since Season 1. Hoping a flashback is not far.
Then there was Hanna and Mona (how does anything get done without Mona?) finding Elliott’s burner cell in his car, with Jenna clearly identifying herself before confirming that it was in fact Elliott, or Archer, answering the phone. Seems like someone has been out of Rosewood a little too long.
So, we know that Jenna is working with Archer, or at least that she knows he’s actually a British con man and not a terrible doctor. But the most exciting possible interaction that would make sitting through another scene where Emily relies on acting only with her sad eyes doable, would be the reunion of Jenna and Alison. This is especially the case if the playing field was once again evened.
So much of the early seasons of PLL relied on ‘the Jenna thing,’ which of course was Alison accidentally or not accidentally blinding Jenna. Then there was Jenna’s possible involvement in Alison’s disappearance, as well as Jenna’s handiwork in stalking the Liars.
A final face off between two of Rosewood’s most cunning characters (are we still supposed to believe that Alison is a reformed mean girl?) would be a throwback to the smackdown delivered in every brilliantly salacious episode from Season 1 that Season 7 has been lacking.
Because so far it’s been a lot of crying and brunch.
Season 7 of Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8E/5P on its new home on Bravo!