Pretty Little Liars Recap: Season 3, Episode 21 — Is Toby Dead?!
We miss you already, Toby (Keegan Allen)! In this week’s tragic Pretty Little Liars episode (Season 3, Episode 21: “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,”), Aria (Lucy Hale) lends Hanna (Ashley Benson) a push in the right direction, Emily (Shay Mitchell) makes a new friend, and Malcolm has discovered a very clever way to get his parents to buy him a trampoline.
Wherein Aria Realizes That Ezra’s Bed Is For a Lot of Things (Wink Wink) But Not For Jumping
Is Aria ready to cut the Ezria cord? And, uh... do we still care at this point? Granted, we love Ezria as much (probably more!) than the next person, but how many times can we see them on the brink of splitsville before we start to get over them? And given that Ezra (Ian Harding) needs this time to get to know Malcolm, maybe Aria bowing out is the right thing to do. (There, we said it. Don't hate us!)
We also didn’t know what was going to happen when Aria helped Hanna push Wilden’s car into the lake, so we have to admit we were impressed by their strength — even if they probably should have thought things through first, since the car is about to be discovered by a fisherman. (He probably shouldn't eat those fish.) Somehow, we can’t help but think CeCe and Wilden were setting Hanna and Aria up. Gulp.
Wherein Spencer Has a Crazy Night — and We Do Mean Crazy
Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has the saddest storyline of all the Liars this week, as she has to discover Toby's body in the woods. We've been holding out hope that Spoby would finally get back together one day, but the odds of that happening seem to be slim, not that he's dead.
But is that really Toby's body — given that we can't see his face? Either way, all the Liars needed a hug this week, but Spencer needs one the most. Our arms are open and waiting when you're ready for them, Spence.
Is Spencer faking her meltdown in order to get some quality one-on-one time with Mona at Radley? And speaking of Radley, the Liars bring up all kinds of mysteries involving that place, including whether Mona was working with Dr. Sullivan to avoid jail. Given those flowers that Mona gave Dr. Sullivan as a thank you present a few weeks back, we're definitely suspicious of the Liars' not-so-trustworthy shrink.
Wherein Hanna Makes Quite a Splash
Hanna always seems to have car-related issues, doesn't she? And while we appreciate her looking out for her mom's best interest by making Wilden's car and his police video disappear, we really think she's gonna regret that decision. So where was the always-sensible Caleb to help give her advice? Clearly, Aria shouldn't be the one giving Hanna advice anymore.
Even more interesting than anything happening to Hanna herself this week was what happened to her mom. Ashley is convinced she sees Wilden in a storefront, which suggests he's still alive. Was CeCe packing a bag last week so that she and Wilden could hide out somewhere and make it seem like he's dead? After all, we already know this show is big on fake deaths. In fact, maybe Wilden is hanging out with Ali where all the fake dead people on this show go.
Wherein Emily Now Has a Tiny Coffin In Case She Ever Needs to Bury a Pet Goldfish
We knew Emily was going to have a hard time accepting that Toby had turned to the Dark Side, but we didn’t know how much she would risk to clear Toby’s name. So did Emily’s investigation into Toby’s whereabouts contribute to his death? Regardless, we are freaking out about how Toby — or should we say E. Lamb — died. Rest in peace, you creepy but lovable dude.
There’s a saying that when one door opens, another one closes — and on PLL, when one creepy guy dies, another one pops up in his place. That was the case this week with the mysterious co-worker of Toby’s, whom Emily sees driving Toby’s truck at his home, and then later sees working in a factory on Olivia Drive. Did this dude kill Toby? And why is it that yet another cute guy on the show has to be evil?
— So who killed Toby — and why? Or is he even dead? Toby has certainly made plenty of enemies in recent weeks — between his decision to run down Lucas with his car, or the fact that he and Wren have never been close, or Mona's ominous comments to the Liars at the coffee place — so the possibilities really are endless.
— Who is the new guy who Emily meets? Clearly, this show is a big fan of a creepy guy who turns out to just be a red herring (Holden, anyone?), but the fact that he knew Emily's name – and claimed that Red Coat wasn't around — suggest that he is somehow working with the “A” team. Let's also not overlook the fact that he was wearing a dark hoodie. Hmmm.
— Wilden is clearly still alive, right? Granted, this show likes to tease us with possible hallucinations from time to time, but we wouldn't be surprised if Wilden is alive and stalking Hanna's mom. And is his fake death another hint that he really did kill Ali and is trying to get the Liars in trouble for suggesting it? Regardless, we would hate to have to pay the car detailing bill that he'll face after he retrieves his car from that pond.
Other Things That Need To Be Discussed:
— The biggest question on our minds after Malcolm ends up in the hospital: Why wasn't Wren (Julian Morris) — aka Rosewood's busiest doctor — the one who fixed up Malcom? So we're supposed to believe that Rosewood has actually hired a second doctor? We're stunned!
— We must say we love Aria's blue top with the skulls on it that she's wearing at the end of the episode. However, after all that these girls have faced, is clothing adorned with skulls really the most appropriate sartorial choice to make? What is she going to wear next week — a sweater with bloody shovels on it?
— What did you think of all the drama? Sound off in the comments!