Exhibit A: Spencer Hastings. “Spencer is living on Planet Free-Fall,” Aria mused, as the girls wondered if she was skipping school. But Spencer wasn’t playing truant after all—she was in the courtyard being unceremoniously dumped from the academic decathlon team. As Spence grabbed her sunglasses and stormed out of the school, she spied a message scrawled on her specs: “You rat out T, I take down one of your three. -A”
Later that day at the Brew, Emily ran into CeCe and used the opportunity to quiz her on Officer Wilden and that summer in Cape May. CeCe begged off the question, saying she had to hurry back to work. She clearly knew more than she was saying.
Since nothing gets a girl out of her funk quite like roughage, Spencer retreated home to make a green smoothie, when decathlon hottie Andrew (sans glasses) showed up to, well, we’re not sure. Smooth things over? Spencer’s offered to go toe-to-toe in world history to win her spot back, he wasn’t having any of it. What would he agree to? A round of strip quiz. (Guys, so predictable.) Andrew was down to his boxers when Emily showed up with cupcakes—sending him fleeing.
Meanwhile, CeCe—not satisfied with the iPhone photographer she accidentally hired for her store’s shoot—asked Aria to bring some of her boss’ equipment to the boutique to take photos. She agreed, bringing Ezra’s brother Wes along as her “assistant” before he was to take off for his friend’s couch in Philadelphia. CeCe left to get takeout, calling much later to say her car had been towed, hence the delay, but it was pretty obvious she was giving Aria and Little Fitz some alone time. Which the two took full advantage of. When Aria discovered Wes didn’t actually have a place to stay in Philly, she invited him to her house, and, well, as you could have predicted, they kissed. What does it all mean?! (Wes is more age-appropriate and has much less baggage, for what it’s worth…)
Wren, at the behest of Mona, of all people, showed up at the Hasting’s door to offer his doctorly services to unstable Spencer. (Too bad Melissa answered the door…awkward.) Spencer rather surprisingly accepted, but it was all a ploy to get Wren to drive her to the site of the following day’s academic decathlon, where she got into a verbal and physical altercation with Mona. Not the best way to endear yourself to the team captain, Spence.
Back in Rosewood, Emily and Jason had teamed up to do a little digging into Ali’s history with Officer Wilden. Jason remembered a collage Ali had crafted using photos from that summer, and the two went over to his dad’s building to find it. What they found was an image of Ali, Wilden and CeCe together on a boat. (So much for CeCe’s claim that she didn’t know anything about the relationship!) With evidence in hand, Emily and Jason got into the elevator, which got stuck in between floors. Instead of waiting for help, Jason pried the door open far enough for Emily to jump to the next floor. Seconds after she did, the car plunged down the shaft with Jason trapped inside! But it’s okay. Jason didn’t die: he was only injured. Em played Nurse Nightingale at the hospital, running to get him water, but before she could return, he had disappeared from his bed!
In other news, Hanna continued to snoop into Caleb’s paternity, and it was looking more and more likely that Uncle Jamie was actually Father Jamie. He’s had a rough past, though, and never felt well-suited to be a role model for Caleb. With a little help from Hanna, though, he can turn things around. Right? Well, maybe not. In the process of getting Jamie a job helping Pastor Ted at the church, Hanna dropped a $5 bill (marked with dice) in the church’s offering—the same $5 bill Jamie used hours later to pay for celebratory pizza. Scandale!
What did you think of last night’s episode, Crushers? Where do you think Jason disappeared to? Do you like Aria better with Ezra or Wesley? Do you care at all about the Caleb paternity storyline? Tell us everything in the comments and on Twitter!