*Spoiler alert: Please do not read any further until you have watched Pretty Little Liars Season 3B premiere (titled “She’s Better Now“).
How do you top a jaw-dropping “A” reveal on Pretty Little Liars? That was our foremost concern about the PLL Season 3 winter premiere. Well, if “She’s Better Now” taught us anything, it’s that the web of lies, deceit, and betrayals is always thickening on this show. Not only did Grandma Marin (Betty Buckley) make another cameo and not only did Mona manage to squirm her way out of Radley and back into the hallways of Rosewood high but, additionally, the A antics grew more dangerous and creepy new suspects were introduced (You’ve been a bad boy, Byron…) Relive all the drama in the recap below, and then head over to The Lying Game to continue the ‘Night of Lies’ celebration!
The Top 5 OMG Moments from Pretty Little Liars Season 3, Episode 14, and The Big Ta-Da:
Sk8ter Boy Blues: A hooded figure is spotting skateboarding around Rosewood late at night because that’s what the cool kids do. He/she is cruising along when a black SUV begins tailing them from behind. Suddenly, the car speeds up in an attempt to run over the freewheeling lurker. The mystery skateboarder manages to escape just in the nick of the time and the camera pans in on the driver with mega road rage — TOBY yo! (Just like Taylor Swift with John Mayer, we should have known.) However, the biggest question is who was skating around like a boss — Paige (PLEASE LET IT BE SO!)? Well, we don’t know but Lucas, upon dropping by Hanna’s house to tell her that Mona had been sneaking in and out of Radley before her release, gets blatantly asked by the blonde bombshell if his limp was courtesy of being stabbed with a rusty screwdriver on the A Train. Lucas seems horrified slash confused and confesses that he had a skateboarding accident. (Look at those wheels are a-turning!)
Changing The Locks: Back at the Fields home, Emily is turning into quite the daredevil. It all begins when she receives an alarming text from Hanna: “It’s official. Mona’s back.” She suddenly hears a thud outside her window and sees a ladder being set up against it. Joey Potter? No, girl – this ain’t Dawson’s Creek! Her eyes loom large with fear. OMFG – A?! Nope. As it turns out, Emily’s parents are finally installing a security system (although simply locking the doors would suffice) that comes with a special app that allows them to turn it off remotely. They are not taking any chances when it comes to their little swim champ! Interestingly enough, Emily appears less than thrilled about being jailed in her own home — and even the thought of preventing intruders from messing with her body creams and planting sketchy notes in her room sounds promising, she’s less impressed than even McKayla Maroney. However, Em snaps out of it and gets smart with her dad – Colonel Wayne Fields — when he informs her that Hilary Reynolds is angry that her innocent son Garrett was released without protection and is holding a community meeting to go after the Rosewood police. Emily does not believe in an “innocent” Garrett nor happily ever afters nor in being cooped up like a fish in an aquarium. This Liar has got to dream…it comes with the territory — and indeed she shocks us all when she switches her dad’s smartphone with hers (MacGyver who?) and sneaks out of the house….only to break and enter onto someone else’s private property…creepy Harold’s office! SO BADASS.
Papa Don’t Preach: Like father, like daughter? Well, this certainly seems to be case over at La Casa de Montgomery where both Byron and Aria are hiding secrets from another. However, whereas Aria is hiding the fact that Ezra has a son (since his baby momma, Maggie, begged her not tell to him), Byron is harboring a much more menacing one. Before meeting his doom on the A-Train, Garrett revealed that he had seen Aria’s dad arguing with Alison on the night that Ali disappeared. And, in “She’s Better Now,” the Liars dig up new details to add to the growing pile of disturbia.
Upon spotting Harold (Travis Richey), the Norman Bates-esque hotel proprietor at Lost Woods Resort, working as a janitor at Rosewood High, the pretty little sleuths pick his office lock to find out why he was so chummy with Manic Mona. Well, they uncover some interesting dirt on ol’ Harry indeed — namely Alison’s old diary which contains an entry about Byron (Chad Lowe). Flashback time! Alison, despite not even being legal to vote or get her permit or attend the MTV Video Music Awards on her own, pays Byron a visit at his Hollis College headquarters to blackmail him about his affair with Meredith (Amanda Schull). Apparently, he has already dished out cash to make her hush up but she has major living expenses (a queen bee’s gotta do her thang, homies) and comes sniffing around for more dough like some sort of well-coiffed loan shark. (The funniest part is that Byron looks terrified of a girl who spends a majority lot of her time on the show eating ice-cream, curling her hair, and visiting her nana.)
Aria is mega displeased by the emerging details about her father’s involvement with Alison. It’s a hella shady situation! (Imagine the possibilities though….Aria: “Dad, I’m going to spend the night at Ezra’s.” Byron: “Girl, you trippin’! Over my dead body.” Aria: “I mean, I didn’t want to bring this up but Remember the time you murdered my BFF?” Byron: (laughs nervously) “Oh that…well, no need to bring up the past, dear. Go! Have fun and tell Mister Fitz I send my regards. Here’s two hundred dollars for some pizza.” Aria: (a triumphant smile plastered on her face) “Yea. That’s what I thought, you fool.”)
Furthermore, as though their father-daughter relationship wasn’t strained enough as it is with the whole divorce and Ezria scandal, Byron confronts Aria about a fire in which Meredith received a bad enough burn that she was rushed to the ER. (Literally by fire. Not, like, by a sassy comeback or a flip of the middle finger.) Interestingly enough, Byron seems to think that Aria and her fierce cronies were responsible for the catastrophe but, in all actuality, crazy A set the girls up by planting a note (“Can you grab two swag bags for staff leaving early? -Thanks”) for Mer to see and then leading her to the wrong place at the wrong time (to an exploding storage shed). Aria denies his accusations but he continues shouting at her and waving the “note” in front of her face as though he has proof on her. Bitch please! Instead of divulging her secrets with her pappy, she calls him out him on his, and he immediately shuts up, walks out the room and….proceeds to spy on Aria every chance he gets because he’s G-U-I-L-T-Y as sin. (Basically, Byron is Griphook, the goblin who kept trying to unsuccessfully eavesdrop on Harry, Hermione, and Ron in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, and we don’t trust him one bit.) Overall, Byron is one creepy patriarch and Aria now knows.