Pretty Little Liars Recap: Season 4, Episode 9 — “Into the Deep”
Dive in! In this week’s recap of Pretty Little Liars(Season 4, Episode 9: “Into the Deep”), Pastor Ted bails Ashley Marin out of jail, Jenna goes for a swim, and Paige throws Emily the worst surprise birthday party ever.
Wherein Emily’s Dreams are Crushed...Again
It’s the day before Emily’s birthday and Paige thinks it is a good idea to a) send Em to an Olympic-level swim coach who tells her she probably won’t be able to get back into scholarship shape and b) subsequently throw Emily a surprise party with people Em doesn’t like (okay, the Jenna and Shana invites were actually Spencer and Aria’s idea). The night culminates in a teary heart-to-heart on the dock (a la Dawson’s Creek) during which the couple recognizes the fact that, with Paige going to Stanford and Emily’s future so uncertain, they will probably not be together next year - and, possibly, ever again. Worst. Party. Ever.
Wherein Spencer Isn’t the One Floating Facedown in the Lake
Spencer is in full-on Nancy Drew mode this episode (our favorite kind of Spencer). She and Aria (yay Team Sparia!) overhear Jenna implying to Shana that she knows something more about Ali’s death, so they hatch a plan to get Jenna alone to grill her about it. Unfortunately for Emily, this involves inviting their “B” Team nemeses to Emily’s birthday party. Surprise! But whatever Jenna knows about Ali’s death, she’s not talking - like, almost forever. While searching for Spencer, Emily finds Jenna floating facedown in the lake. From the head wound, it certainly seems like someone knocked her out and left her there to drown. But Jenna pulls through, and Spencer discovers the identity of person who has Jenna so scared: Cece Drake!
Wherein Aria Hates Barbarella
Meanwhile, in the House of No Parental Supervision, Jake spends the night on Aria’s couch. (First Wesley, now Jake. We’re beginning to think this is, like, Aria’s go-to move.) Also Aria’s move: being extremely awkward and non-communicative about her feelings. When Jake shows up at Emily’s party with a long-legged, Barbarella-like beauty from the swim team, Aria is absolutely, definitely, positively, not-at-all jealous. But Jake isn’t fooled! He accompanies Aria back to her house, and the two make out in front the fire. Yeah, they’re totally in like.
Wherein Hanna Realizes Pastor Ted Really Likes Her Mom
Holy moly, Pastor Ted has access to a lot of money! After finding Hanna crying about the lack of funds she’s managed to scrounge together to post her mom’s bail (Papa Marin is none too enthusiastic about shelling out the dough, and Caleb’s car isn’t worth that much), Ted comes up with $100,000. Not too shabby for a man of the cloth. Maybe those church clothing drives are doing better than we thought...Hanna and her mom spend the episode engaged in some much-needed bonding time. They’re allowed to hug again and everything! It’s great. But the dark cloud hasn’t passed over the Marin household just yet. Ashley’s newest accessory - an ankle monitor that tracks her every movement - is a reminder that, though Mama Marin is out of jail, she’s still set to go on trial for Wilden’s murder. Apparently, Mona’s confession didn’t totally convince the police. It was good enough to land her another stint in Radley, however (worst runner-up prize ever).
— We weren’t at all surprised to hear Shana tell Spencer that Jenna was scared-to-death of Cece Drake. It’s kind of been a recurring theme this season, along with the implication that Cece is the one pulling all of the strings. Is this just another PLL red herring, or is Cece the baddie the Liars have been looking for?
— We missed Toby in tonight’s ep (he totally should have been at Em’s birthday party - those two are BFFs), but we suppose he had a good reason to be away. He finally tracked down the apartment of the person Nigel Wright was calling. It was empty, but the forwarding address is in Philadelphia, which means it could belong to pretty much anyone in Rosewood. Anyone for a stakeout?
— Speaking of Toby, what was that piece of music (“Any Time”) “A” was sending his way in the episode’s epilogue? We’re guessing it has something to do with his mother, but does it have meaning past that? We don’t like when “A” picks on Toby...Though, we did appreciate the musical accompaniment.
— Red Coat Sighting! What was the hooded (and possibly masked?) figure doing breaking into the DiLaurentis house? Was she retrieving something she left there? Crashing for the night? And, with all of this break-and-entering, how does she keep her coat so clean and crisp?
Other Things To Be Discussed:
— Things aren’t looking good for poor Ezra. First, he loses his girlfriend (and has to watch her hugging hunkie martial arts instructors while sipping his morning coffee). Now, he might lose the so, too?! Come to think of it, we don’t want to lose Malcolm either. He’s the only one in Rosewood who seems to always be having fun.
— Speaking of the hunky martial arts instructor, were we the only ones suspicious that Jake was wandering around by himself outside just before Jenna was found unconscious in the nearby lake? We don’t want to believe Aria’s new beau would be mixed up in the “A” game, but we’ve learned that paranoia is always wise in Rosewood.
— Mona’s back in her old digs. Is her return to Radley all part of some master plan? Mona is rarely out of control of her life situation. If she’s in Radley, there’s probably a reason for it. More face time with Dr. Wren or Nurse Eddie Lamb, perhaps?
— After last week, we thought Caleb was a shoo-in for best Marin boyfriend ever, but Pastor Ted’s really giving him a run for his money. Bail money and pie? Caleb better learn to bake.
What did you think of the episode, PLL fans? Sound off in the comments!
Catch the episode on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.