February 20, 2012 6:49pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: An Unlikely Ally Joins Fight Against 'A,' Spencer Gets 'Pissed'
On this week's Pretty Little Liars, someone outside of the group of four is targeted by "A" -- and it may have helped put the kibosh on a potential suspect and introduce a new dynamic.
The returns of a few familiar faces also complicate matters, with Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily all heading in rather different directions by the end of the episode. As ABC Family keeps reminding viewers, the reveal of "A" is in the not-so-distant future (four weeks to be exact) and activity in Rosewood is ramping up.
Here is what went down on "Breaking the Code":
[Warning: Major spoilers ahead.]
"A" Targets Mona: Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna aren't the only ones receiving texts from "A." Now, it's Mona feeling the wrath. She spills to Hanna that she's been getting texts about Hanna's mom and her involvement with Officer Wilden (in an effort for Hanna not to face charges for shoplifting). That gives Hanna pause, who confronts her mother about her past rendezvous with Wilden. Mona should be more careful with the material threats she's receiving from "A" because a police report on Hanna gets into the hands of Hanna's mom, who in turn confronts Wilden (who obviously didn't leak out the report; a firable offense, duh). Mona's decision to be a good friend doesn't prove beneficial, as she's now forced to do community service. In the end, she becomes the girls' latest ally. At the end of the episode, it's revealed through the sifting of mail that Melissa, Spencer's sister, interned at the law firm Hanna's mom used for her divorce proceedings. Huh?
Is 'A' Just Around the Corner?: Aria and Spencer meet Jonah get information on "A" and after he gives them a green slip of paper -- after Spencer is forced to hand over $2,000 from Jason -- all that's on it is an address: 2672 Southampton Rd., 19116. And to say the girls are disappointed is an understatement. Just as they're about to head over to the location (20 minutes away), they see Garrett creepily stalking them. (It'll be an ongoing thing in this episode.) Once the time is right, Hanna, Aria and Emily drop by the address and when they think they've got "A" firmly in their grasp, not so! It's an elderly guy living in the dark, gated building. "Well that's not 'A,' " one of the girls say.
Spencer Gets 'Pissed': Things are already touchy for the Hastings family, after Spencer tells a pregnant Melissa that Jason is a sibling. That's not all. Caleb sends a video that shows Melissa storming into a room demanding to know where Alison is. This causes Aria, Emily and Hanna to warn Spencer that she best have a one-on-one with her sister -- stat. While waiting for Melissa to show up (and rainchecks their meeting after bumping into Garrett) at the local bar, Spencer bumps into Wren and the two reconnect, while the underage drinker pops back some shots and engages in a makeout session at Wren's apartment. Is she going to regret it the morning after? Probably. But darn, Wren is too much the English gentleman to let things go awry (he even tells her she's "pissed," as in drunk) and leaves Spencer be.
Aria's Parents on 'A' Hunt: That letter that "A" put on the dashboard of Byron's car? He must've told his wife because before you know it, Ella's passively confronting Aria about it. Turns out, she made the connection between the letter she received about her husband's infidelity being from the same "A" person. So what's going on?
Ezria Not Done Yet: Meeting in a nondescript alley, Ezra breaks the heartbreaking news to Aria that he may be ready to move on from Rosewood, taking a job in New Orleans. This time, he's serious. Oh young love. But Ella drops by Ezra's apartment unannounced, giving Aria and Ezra an opportunity to explain themselves; at least that's more than what Byron would ever do. Topic A: Exactly what is this relationship? Hm, good question.
What Happened to Maya?: Paige is back -- with a new hairstyle, no less -- and she and Emily make a great team. All episode long, it's teased that the two swim team members have chemistry, and it was Emily's "coming out" that gave Page the courage to do the same with her parents. All that's shortlived when a police officer asks Emily if they could question her regarding Maya by episode's end. Did Maya hurt herself?
Was Wren and Spencer's late-night encounter just a one-time thing? What exactly happened with Maya? With Ella warming up to Aria and Ezra, what will this do to Byron and the family? Will the parents play a role in the hunt for "A"? What is Melissa's deal?
Pretty Little Liars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.