All hail the TV gods! We’re getting more Hastings family drama in next week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars — and this family is as tightly-wound as ever, what with the crime scene in the backyard. In this sneak peek of Season 5, Episode 4 (“Thrown From the Ride”), Spencer (Troian Bellisario) tries to get her mother to see that Melissa and her father are hiding something. Does it work?
Um, nope. This family will never believe anything Spencer says, even if it is staring them in the face. That’s just the Hastings family dynamic. But it sure is fun to watch Spence try! In this particular scenario, Veronica is lamenting about the crime scene still set up in the Hastings’ backyard. Can you believe Mrs. D.’s nerve in dying there?! “Do you remember when you told me that Dad and Melissa had been acting strange?” Spencer asks her mom, broaching the topic gently. “The other day, Melissa tried to tell me something, something important, and Dad stopped her and I think that it has to do with Ali’s mom.”
Mrs. Hastings insists that the only thing Melissa is hiding is getting back with Wren. As if! “She’s keeping other secrets!” Spencer franticly insists, just as Mr. Hastings awkwardly enters from the upstairs.
“What’s the matter? Or should I say what’s the matter now?” Mr. H. asks, condescendingly. Veronica points out that someone they knew recently died in their backyard, and that is kind of a downer. Mr. Hastings promises that the police will be out of the backyard tonight, then leaves for work. Veronica makes plans to get the backyard back in order that night, hopefully with Toby’s help. Sadly, the Tobester is out of town, but Spencer promises to find someone else to help — and then Spencer and her mom can talk about what the rest of their family is hiding, right? Wrong.
“Our next door neighbor was found murdered in our backyard. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe this experience,” Veronica tells her, as if this isn’t the third body to be found in the neighborhood. “Let’s just focus on what we can control, OK?”
Good luck keeping Spencer off the detective trail, Hastings. The day Spencer admits anything is out of control is the day Rosewood falls.
Catch this episode of Pretty Little Liars on July 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.