Marlene King promised us answers in Pretty Little Liars Season 4, but after watching the most recent episode (Episode 3: "Cat's Cradle"), we know have more questions than answers. Whose side is Melissa on? Did Ashley Marin really kill Detective Wilden? Will Emily be taken away from her parents by Child Protective Services? And will Ella Montgomery ever remember she has a son?!
Jokes aside, "Cat's Cradle" was a return to form for our favorite teen murder mystery. It had enough suspense to leave us jumpy for days, and who could forget all of the creepy masks? So many questions. so little time.
So what went down in Rosewood this week? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then rate it yourself!
Hanna is still trying to prove her mother's innocence, but Ashley Marin isn't making it easy. First, her muddy Manolos place her at the scene of the crime, and now we find she wasn't actually in New York on the night of Wilden's murder, which also happened to be the same night Mr. Marin's gun went missing. Did we mention Ashley had a tense conversation with her ex-hubby earlier that night? Yeah, things don't look good for Mrs. Marin. But that doesn't mean Hanna is going to give up hope! Will Caleb and Hanna find a way to prove Ashley didn't kill Wilden, or did our favorite Rosewood mom actually commit the dirty deed?
Meanwhile, Aria and Emily have their own individual mama drama to deal with. Ella's boyfriend (remember him?) asks her to fly away to Vienna, and despite some initial reservations (none of which had to do with her absentee son, Mike Montgomery), Aria finally convinced her mom to travel the world with her beau. She's rather have her mom out of the picture than in "A's" grasps. Poor Emily doesn't have the same luxury. After she gets caught stealing some pain meds, Em and her mom have a public confrontation. This leads to an anonymous call to Child Protective Services, claiming that Emily's mom is abusing her. Yeah, "A" went there. They're even investigating Mr. Fields, who has been called home away from war. This sounds serious, Em.
As for Spencer, she and Toby continue to investigate his mom's suicide. Thanks to her time spent in Radley Sanitarium, Spencer and Toby sneak into his mom's old room — the one where she supposedly killed herself. However, something doesn't add up. There was no way Mrs. Cavanaugh could have jumped from that room because part of the roof was blocking her fall. Does this mean Radley is trying to cover something up?
Last, but certainly not least, "Cat's Cradle" introduced PLL viewers to a creepy mask maker living in the middle of nowhere. When the Liars discover an Ali mask in a box of Ali's things, they track down the creeper who made it. It turns out, Ali had a bunch of masks made — hard and soft — for her "friends." This would explain where "A's" Ali mask came from, as well as the mask on the Halloween train.
But in order to get the intel, Emily much lend her face to another one of his masks (he needs a Medusa model). Em freaks out and says she feels like she's being buried alive. Well, we know Ali was an expert at holding her breath, so we doubt she had a problem with it. While Emily was getting her mask made, Hanna went snooping, but she wasn't quite prepared for what she found — a mask of Melissa's face! Does this mean Ali and Melissa were working together? Or are the "A" team and "B" team really at odds?
This leads to a super intense conversation between Melissa and Spencer, in which the elder Hastings sibling ultimately tells Spencer she knows she doesn't trust her. Awk-ward.
What did you think Pretty Little Liars fans? Did you love "Cat's Cradle"? Or were there too many questions? Sound off in the comments!
Catch the episode on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.