Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 3 unsocial-yet-determined-to-prove-herself-to-her-fellow-condemned version, is the kick in the tookus this series needed after letting Spencer close out Season 3 with a whimper. Supposing that Mona’s honestly on the outside of the A Team now, we have an actual Bruce Wayne for our Batman analogy: Someone who’s good with gadgets, can be popular and bubbly by day but calculating and ruthless by night, and pretty much made a name for herself in a black costume.
Makes you kind of wonder what the Liars are now that Mona is on Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 3 their side? What can they do that Mona hasn’t been able to accomplish with her inside information and doused-with-Chemical-X level of brainpower? Serve as bait?
One episode deep into Season 4 and that’s basically what the Liars are: a playground upon which Mona gets to see the other side of the bullying. After so much bravado last season (particularly before Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 3 Spencer withered into a pathetic wisp), the Liars seem to have lost their edge, backed into a corner by their antics. The disappointing thing is that no one seems to be learning any lessons.
The last message A sent them was “The truth will not set you free”—which, other than being one of PLL’s few Biblical puns, rings more like empty intimidation in light of the sage rebellion Spencer exhibited in her mourning-for-Toby stage. Stop harboring secrets, and A will have nothing. Stop lying. Tell the truth. Call A’s bluff.
Instead, they’re playing into all the little traps, they have no vision as to how to protect themselves (wearing gloves while touching incriminating evidence shouldn’t be considered “Hannibal Lector smart” at this stage), and they’re grasping at the low-hanging fruit. At best, Mona is going to help step up their game. At worst, Mona’s going to be dragged down by Ali’s flighty friends.
Case in point: Everyone else seems to have their own non-A concerns, despite getting so close to Red Coat that they saw her face (and then immediately dismissed it because she looked like Ali). Emily wants to run away to California with Paige to escape A (because that worked out for J. Love in I Know What You Did Last Summer 2: I Know Harder). Hanna is one-track-minded on the video of her mom hitting Detective McCreeperson and not trusting Mona with the evidence. And Aria, as usual, is still struggling with her past abuse.