Season 2, Episode 23, Pretty Little Liars Recap, Eye of the Beholder

Jenna and Toby get aggro at the pretty little liars; Aria flies a plane; Ezra turns down the job offer.

Meet Duncan Albert, the generic himbo who used to be Alison’s secret summer fling. Last episode, Aria managed to score his digits by being a walking piece of jailbait in a red jacket. Since then, they have agreed to meet up with each other to discuss god-knows-what.

How weird is this? Imagine if some dude gave you his phone number after he mistakenly recognized you as an ex-girlfriend of his. (*STRIKE 1*) She hasn’t contacted him in over a year, yet he can’t seem to get over her. (*STRIKE 2*) Worst of all, he doesn’t have any idea that she’s already dead, dead, dead. (*STRIKE 3*) Would you still call up this mofo? Because it seems like he has a lotta issues!

Aria: I’ll call him.
Emily: Aria, you don’t have to. Any one of us could’ve been wearing that coat.
Aria: But it was me.

Leave it to Aria to come up with some mystic connection out of a circumstantial encounter. ZOMG I WAS WEARING THIS COAT & HE SAW ME, SO IT MUST BE DESTINY!!! O_O

(Of course, this is the same bitch who thinks destiny = intentionally staging a meeting with Ezra at a theatre show that he had already purchased tickets for, so this kind of logic is only applicable in Aria’s deluded mind.)

Hanna: He was cute from the back. ;)
Aria: And so was his front. ;)

In case you don’t have a gutter mind and can’t read between the lines, the pretty little liars are talking in euphemisms for his ASS and his DIQ.

Duncan turns out to be a big putz who didn’t even know Alison rolled over and died two seasons ago. We get a hilariously awkward scene where he goes like “How’s Vivian doing? Is she still wearing bad wigs and using fake aliases?” And Aria is like “Umm…she’s doing okay. And by ‘OK’, I mean she’s rotting away in the eternal depths of hell while her murderer runs loose around town.”

Duncan: You’re the one who kept the journals! The writer! Vivian talked about you.
Aria: She talked about us?

HOLD UP. In what fucking world is Aria considered the *writer* of the group!? I don’t think we’ve seen her lift a pen to write a single word throughout the whole series. When did she have the time to write these imaginary journals? And no, nauseating break-up letters to Ezra do not make one a legitimate writer!

In this episode, Jenna FINALLY gets that eye operation she mentioned in a bajillion episodes ago, but for some reason she only gets one eye done at a time. If there’s anything scarier than an evil blind witch, just imagine what an evil CYCLOPS witch is like! *eeeeeek*

By the way, Toby is back… after someone dunked his head into a bucket of hair gel, apparently. Since he has been away for so long, Spencer kinda forgets why she broke up with him in the first place, so she suggests that they should get back together again.

Spencer: Toby, I’ve been thinking a lot about us…

Oh bitch please. Don’t act like Spoby was anywhere on your mind while you were slipping your tongue in and out of Wren’s mouth just two episodes ago! Even Emily, the serial dater, isn’t as loose with her kisses as you are!

Speaking of Emily, why oh why must she insist on wearing tattered shirts with these weird holes cut out of them? Is it a fashion statement? Or is she trying to be economical and save on fabric costs? IDGI.

Maya is still missing, and the show plans to drag on this storyline until the end of the season, even though it’s blatantly obvious to all the viewers that Bianca Lawson has moved on to her next television project in another fictional high school.

Emily receives a short text message from her gf (ex-gf?), reassuring her that a Season 3 cameo is still possible. After receiving the text, Emily has a ditzy moment where she frantically turns her head left and right, acting as if Maya sent her the message right here in this school hallway. Um, I don’t think she’s hiding BEHIND you, Em. You gotta look for her a little harder than that. *lol*

Emily receives another message from Maya via e-mail:

I’m fine. Don’t worry. I won’t take chances because I’m not as brave as you think I am. You’re the brave one. You know what else I love about you? You know how to be still. In the middle of everything, at a swim meet with all the craziness and pressure. I look at you, and you’re still. I wish I could do that. But I’m impatient. I can’t wait. I guess that’s why I can’t finish anything either. I shouldn’t have come back. I should have just left, all tragic and perfect and we’d always have had that instead of this mess. I guess good-byes are the only things we get. Don’t tell my folks. I’ll talk to them when I’m ready. Maya.

(It kinda sounds like she wrote this while high, no?)

In typical Maya fashion, she rambles on for too long without saying anything of substance. I’ll summarize her entire message for you: “blah blah blah you can do better than a runaway teenage druggie, Em, so you should settle for Psycho Paige instead.”

Meanwhile, Toby and Jenna are making a power move! They filed a report with the authorities, presumably about ‘the Jenna thing’, which freaks out the pretty little liars because they feel guilty as fuck. The best part about this scene is watching Toby try to *mime* an explosion with his hands. Hee, it’s seriously the cutest thing ever.

Jenna: Remember that movie with the blind lady who got her sight back? She filled her room with all the beautiful things she owned so that she can see them when she opens her eyes. I’m gonna do that. Before they take the bandages off, I’m going to fill my room with all the things I love. *grabs Toby’s hand* You’ll be there too.
Toby: *inappropriate reaction* That woman in the movie was a mean old bitch.

I don’t even care about the context of the conversation. Just hearing Toby say the words ‘mean old bitch’ feels like a sweet delightful melody to my ears.

Toby’s return to PLL is all kinds of awesome. He tries to act all sullen and angsty, but ends up behaving like a big PMSing bitch instead, especially after he bumps into Dr. Wren at the hospital.

As usual, Wren is like “Oh hullo, I’m still a rich, successful & handsome doctor better at everything than you ever will be. How are you doing?” And Toby is like *poutyface* while he mumbles back some passive aggressive remark. Of course, Jenna is all *smirkyface* because there’s nothing she enjoys more than having a full grown man get emasculated right in front of her. She eats up this shit like it’s her primary source of energy.

Jenna: Mmm. I bet even a lie would sound good in that accent.

LMAO at Jenna shamelessly rubbing it in Toby’s face. Ooh yeah, your stepbrother definitely needed more salt on his wounds.

Jason: Yo. Whaddup sis?
Spencer: OMG LOAN SHARK!!!

Jason randomly shows up at the school to track down his sister, and Spencer freaks out because she obviously has no intentions of paying back the $2000 any time soon. Besides, what’s a nice way to tell your half-brother that you wasted two grand to buy evidence that strongly implicates your sister’s involvement in the murder of his other half-sister?

Hey, you know where Spencer could get that money to pay off the debt? I’ll give you one hint – she has an eight thousand dollar payment currently sitting in Toby’s driveway. Unfortunately, he’s still holding onto that truck gifted by his sugar mama with no intentions of giving it back. He’s even trying to sell the vehicle to make some extra moolah!

Toby: The truck seating could easily fit two. Trust me, I’ve tested it out. Quite thoroughly, I may add.

Mona obviously has no desire to purchase a ~*sex truck*~ from him. It was just an excuse to set up a confrontational scene between Hanna and Toby.

Hanna: omg jenna is the evil, you need to stay away from her~

OMG. Who knew Toby could be so fierce!? Hell hath no fury like a bitter heartbroken teenage boy scorned!

Hanna: Did you forget everything Jenna did to you!?
Toby: No, did you forget what you did to her?

OH SNAP SON. He went right there for the jugular! Hanna got *lolpwnt* so much that she was rendered completely speechless. Take notes, Kate! This is how you dominate someone.

Aria: Hi Spencer!
Spencer: Hi Aria!
Aria: Hi Emily!
Emily: Hi Aria!
Aria: *completely ignores Jason’s presence*
Jason: *completely ignores Aria’s presence*

Okay, that was just downright rude! It was bizarre watching Aria and Jason openly disregard each other’s existence. What’s up with the diss? If they hadn’t shared a scene together later in the episode, I would’ve thought these two got into a tiff off-camera. Their exchange was so…peculiar. O_o

Maya found some of Alisons’ belongings while she was packing up, which she didn’t bother returning until two episodes before the season finale. Jason is here to drop off his dead sister’s shit to Spencer and Emily, but then Mama Hastings comes strutting in with a BITCHFACE OF THUNDER. She takes one hard look at Jason and he immediately recoils in fear. Veronica didn’t even have to say a single word to kick him out of her house!

Spencer and her mom argue about how fucked up their family is. This includes bastard sons, cheating husbands, and daughters who became prime suspects in an unsolved murder investigation. In fact, Mama Hastings reveals that she was the one who suggested they hire a private detective to keep Melissa’s crazy ass in check. Spencer acts like this is some kind of major revelation, but it doesn’t really change anything except confirm the fact that *both* parents think Melissa is a loony bin who’s off her rocker!

When a stranger invites you to the airport in the middle of the night, you can expect either one of two things to happen:

1.) Congratulations, you’re about to experience the most memorable first date ever as he takes you to a romantic getaway overseas!

2.) Uh-oh, your ass is about to get smuggled in some human trafficking, sex trade, and/or international slavery scheme!

Fortunately for Aria, Duncan’s intentions lean towards the former option rather than the latter. But man, that was a close call.

Aria: You and Ali came here?
Duncan: On the days I took her flying, yeah.
Aria: Flying!? In a plane!?

No Aria, he spreads out his wings and morphs into a bird. *rolls eyes* I don’t blame her for getting the wrong idea though, since Duncan’s character becomes more and more ridiculous with each passing scene development. It turns out he’s a PLANE PILOT who got his license since he was sixteen-years-old. (In other words, he’s some rich prick whose billionaire daddy paid for flying lessons on his sixteenth birthday.)



Hands down, this is the ~*strangest*~ scene in Pretty Little Liars history. Duncan decides to have a conversation with Aria inside his airplane of all places, except it’s obvious they’re inside some plane simulator apparatus thingy that rocks back and forth in the same motion. I guess we’re supposed to believe that he’s piloting the vehicle and the two of them are chillaxing in the skies?

What’s even more bizarre is that Duncan pretty much FORCES Aria to pilot the airplane at one point. *lolwtf* She declines as any regular person would, but he basically commands the poor girl to steer the plane while he babbles on about Alison. He also gives her zero instructions whatsoever, so Aria is literally winging it so to speak!

Was I the only one who watched this scene with some kind of wide-eyed bewilderment? I couldn’t believe this sequence was actually real, because everything that happened was just so BIZARRE! Poor Aria is being held hostage by a complete lunatic who refuses to fly his own plane. Isn’t that illegal? Shouldn’t this guy have his license revoked or something? Can you imagine if you’re on a plane, and the pilot suddenly orders you to take over for him instead? I would freak the fuck out just like Aria did! O_O

Even more hilarious is the moment when Aria and Duncan stared into each other’s eyes for-fucking-ever. She was looking at him, and he was looking back at her, but there was nobody looking out at the skies! It’s like these two forgot they were supposed to be in a plane simulator and decided to hold an impromptu ~*staring contest*~ instead!

Their actual conversation in the plane is nothing short of hilarious.

Aria: Can I ask you something else?
Duncan: Was I in love with her? I could have been.

*lolwtf* Okay, first of all, nobody asked him that question. For all we know, Aria might have wanted to ask him if he passed his psych test or something. And second of all, Duncan met the bitch for ONE summer. He didn’t know her real name, he mistakenly recognized another person as her, and he didn’t have any idea that she was dead, dead, dead. So, I don’t know where this guy gets off claiming he’s in love with her. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, buddy!

Aria eventually learns a shocking fact – on the day of Alison’s disappearance, it turns out that she actually arrived to town by plane! Duncan literally flew her back to Rosewood hours before her supposed arrival time, which only complicates the circumstances of her death even further.

Don’t you love how Alison actually had her own designated pilot? Most teenage girls would be overjoyed to find a boyfriend who can drive them to the mall, but this bitch is like “I have a chauffeur too… IN THE MOTHERFUCKING SKY!”

Mama Montgomery goes to Fitz’s office and tells him: “I just wanted to let you know I still don’t approve your relationship with my daughter” and Ezra is like “You came all the way just to tell me something I already know? Lady, you have too much time on your hands!”

I don’t know who Ella is trying to fool though. It’s pretty obvious that she is practically heading the Ezria bandwagon at this point. You don’t really go to a child molester’s apartment, sit down for a nice cup of tea, and listen to him justify his relationship without taking some kind of implicit stance on the matter.

Later in the eppy, Papa Montgomery also shows up at Fitz’s office (Ezra spends more time with Aria’s parents than Aria herself these days). Instead of graciously accepting the job offer, Ezra turns it down and goes: “Imma reject your bribery and continue to bone your daughter whether you like it or not. Eat me, Montgomery. Oh wait, that’s what I said to Aria last night.”

Ooh burn! Okay, Ezra didn’t really have the balls to say that, but it might have seemed that way judging from Papa Montgomery’s stunned reaction. Byron looks absolutely mortified, as if he realizes what kind of monster he’s dealing with for the first time.

Byron: Where do you get the nerve to talk to me this way!? After what you’ve done to my family!?
Ezra: I’m sorry about that…
Byron: Well, I don’t accept your apology! We could have resolved this, but apparently egos get in the way!
Ezra: Whose ego are we talking about here!?

OMGLOL at Ezra talking smack to Papa Montgomery. Does he have a death wish???

Ella: *whiny* I don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish by strong-arming him!
Byron: You come very close to defending.

Good grief, Mama Montgomery! You might as well hand over the wedding bands to your daughter. Whose side are you on?

Ella: It’s complicated!
Byron: Well, maybe we’re making it complicated when the answer is really simple and right in front of us.

DING DING DING. We have a winner!

The Montgomery parents keep overlooking the one obvious solution that they should’ve taken from the start – CALL THE FUCKING COPS!!!

Ella is worried their daughter might start acting out if they take drastic measures (*eloping* does sound like a future Aria storyline lol), but it’s time for some tough love! Do it, Byron. Just do it. Get that gormless fucker locked up behind bars. Here, give me the phone and I’ll gladly press the three digits for you!

The next scene takes place at Jason’s house, but he’s nowhere to be seen. Instead, Jenna shows up out of nowhere, like some kind of creature that crawled out from a horror movie! She goes *PEEK-A-BOO* for a brief second before collapsing on the floor of Jason’s house. But wait, that’s not all. Did I also mention that his house is on fire!? *lolwtf*


Who needs answers when you have explosions, amirite!? Hanna and Spencer arrive just in time to save Jenna’s unconscious ass right before the house goes a-explodin’. We don’t really know what’s going on here, but at least we figured out where the show blew most of its budget instead of investing in an actual airplane for a previous scene. -_-”

Like lightning that strikes twice, Jenna is either considered too lucky or too unlucky to have survived yet another life-threatening accident. Except this is more of a *murder attempt* than a mere accident, since someone allegedly invited her to Jason’s house, knocked her unconscious, and left her for dead inside the ticking time bomb. Whoever arranged this must have wanted to take away Jenna’s life, because that explosion looked pretty damn deadly!

Poor Jenna. It must be biting her ass that her life will be forever indebted to the same girls who have blinded her. In the hospital, she’s basically reduced to a blubbering mess with conflicting emotions, going like “Y DID U SAVE ME!? *sob sob sob*” and Hanna is like “IDK. *shrug* You’re just lucky that I was in a generous mood tonight, I suppose.”

I guess that’s the closest thing we’ll get to a truce or an act of gratitude between Jenna and the pretty little liars.

Spencer had a little booboo in her hand, which means she gets to share a touchy-feely scene with Dr. Wren. I don’t really know what’s going on with these two. Are they supposed to be together or not? Sometimes, it seems like they’re so intimate and affectionate with each other. But at other times, it’s like any progress they’ve made in their relationship has been completely reversed. I guess this inconsistency depends on the specific writer who is in charge of the script that week. The amount of Wrencer in any given episode correlates to how much of a Spoby fan the PLL writer is.

HOLY SYMMETRICAL AQUARIUM DRESS, ARIA MONTGOMERY!!! We almost made it through the entire episode without criticizing her ridiculously fugly wardrobe choices, but I guess a leopard never changes its spots.

A girl almost died and his house just blew up, but Jason plays dumb and insists that he doesn’t know what’s going on. I guess home insurance will cover up most of the financial damages, but that creepy Aria photography shrine in his house could never be recovered again. ;_;

At least the explosion brought Jason and Mama Hastings a little closer together in the end. The annoying background music prevented us from hearing what they actually said to each other, but “I’m sorry your house blew up” is usually a pretty good conversation starter.

Even though Maya is like “Don’t give my parents the satisfaction of knowing that I’m safe and sound”, Emily does the responsible thing and informs the parents about their daughter’s current status.

Emily: Good news, Maya’s parents! Your daughter spammed my e-mail inbox with a ridiculously inane love letter, which probably means she hasn’t died from a drug overdose in an alleyway yet. Keep hope alive!

Throughout the episode, the pretty little liars have been rummaging through Alison’s belongings in hopes of finding some clues. Since the formula of the show dictates that they couldn’t make any major revelations until the final thirty seconds of the episode, Emily just happens to discover A VERY VITAL CLUE that they’ve all conveniently missed until now.

I kid you not, the scene literally went like: “Welp, we couldn’t find any clues about Alison’s murder!” *one second later* “No wait, we just found a scrap piece of paper with an address that we could investigate for the next episode! Hooray for discovering a new lead!” *roll end credits*

Oh my god, that must be the most half-assed clue discovery to date. It’s like this show isn’t even *trying* anymore, right!? -_-”

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22 Responses

  1. Default avatar Anonymous March 20th, 2012 / Tuesday


    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      This one took me forever to write for some reason, but I'm glad it's done! :D

  2. Default avatar Leo March 20th, 2012 / Tuesday

    Giggle. Finally it's here…But you still have 2 more episodes yo….don't get lazy lol! ;)

    I gotta agree with you that the flying scene is hands down the weirdest thing I ever seen not on PLL but on TV history!! Lmao. Why can't they make Duncan a racer or a biker? xD like he take Alison to Rosewood with his tiny little bike :DDD
    OMG I don't remember Aria's aquarium dress lol. Gotta rewatch that one!
    It's a blech episode for me but I'll wait for your next episode review hehe…

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      And now, just one more recap to go! (Plus maybe 30 other recaps for all the other shows I've neglected over the past two months. *lol*)

      That plane scene SLAYED me so hard. It was like the PLL equivalent of the boat scene in Ringer. That's how iconic the scene was.

      Another reader actually tipped me off about that aquarium dress, which I also missed on my first watch, so I immediately went back to include it in this recap. All of Aria's horrible choices in life must be documented through my recaps, no exceptions. :D

    • Default avatar Leo March 29th, 2012 / Thursday

      Yeah. Whatever happens to Ringer and Once Upon A Time? ;_; LOL.

  3. Default avatar Anonymous March 20th, 2012 / Tuesday

    So glad you're back !! Thanks for the recaps !!

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      You're welcome! Thanks for coming back! :)

  4. Default avatar Anonymous March 21st, 2012 / Wednesday

    Hooray! Can't wait for the finale recap!

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      I finally watched the finale, and I don't even know how to digest that episode. *lol* I really liked the penultimate episode though.

  5. Default avatar Anonymous March 21st, 2012 / Wednesday

    yeah the only thing that will make up for the disappoint of hte finale is the hilarity of your recap!!!! so, pretty please :) my baby daughter catches me laughing hysterically and then she smiles like mad too, without knowing whats so funny

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      Aww! That should totally be my new tagline. Recap Everything – even your babies will laugh at my recaps. Hehe. ^_^

      But yeah, the more ridiculous an episode is, the more material I have to work with. That season finale was full of ridiculousness, so I don't even know how to compact it within a single recap. *lol*

  6. Default avatar Sabs March 21st, 2012 / Wednesday

    This recap was definetly worth the wait! I can't wait to see what else you've come up with! I really want to see Mama Hastings and Mama Marin team up those two are FIERCCCCCCCCCE!

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      YESSS. Mama Marin is a total goddessa and Mama Hastings is just fierce as hell. They should either team up or have a bitch-off against each other. It will be epic either way.

  7. Default avatar Anonymous March 21st, 2012 / Wednesday

    I am so excited to read your thoughts on the finale!!! Love your recaps with a burning passion… not as obsessive as Aria/Fitz but still a lot;)

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      The season finale was…interesting. I've a lot of thoughts on it. I'm gonna watch the episode again and work on the recap ASAP.

      Ezria love is kinda destructive though, so I'm glad you've kept your burning passion in moderation. *lol* Nobody should love me as much as Ezria loves each other.

  8. Default avatar Anonymous March 22nd, 2012 / Thursday

    “No Aria, he spreads out his wings and morphs into a bird.”
    I laughed so hard, I accidentally farted

    • Default avatar Recap Everything March 25th, 2012 / Sunday

      Hehe. I loved that line too. I always imagined myself saying that in a very deadpan/sarcastic tone.

  9. Default avatar Hannah March 26th, 2012 / Monday

    But Duncan actually does know Alison's name. They talk about it in the first few scenes with Aria.

  10. Default avatar Anonymous August 6th, 2012 / Monday

    My favorite moment from this episode is Wren saying, “Spencer, I hate to do this, but I'm going to ask you a direct question,” which was immediately followed by a cryptic exchange between them. It was like a metaphor for the whole show.

  11. Default avatar Pretty Little good_girl December 4th, 2012 / Tuesday

    nice review :) Recap Everything

  12. Default avatar a June 5th, 2013 / Wednesday

    I am the real a and now you know and what’s in the trunk is a shovel

    • Default avatar EzriaIsLifexD July 5th, 2014 / Saturday

      Bish…Please…No. If the girls are in the kitchen A just be like”You want a sandwich?” x3

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