Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Review “Cover for Me”

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 22 Cover For Me (7)

On the latest episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” the plot thickened, and deepened, in “Cover for Me.” This one was all about damage control and the various forms it takes- and the repercussions. For instance, Spencer found herself on full-on lockdown after her pill-popping shenanigans over the last few episodes resulted in a brief stay in rehab, followed by a live-in sponsor, a la Watson and Holmes over on “Elementary.” I’m not entirely sure that a younger guy was the way to go, but thankfully, the show avoided angering the “Spoby” fan-base by focusing on helping Spencer get back in fighting shape.

Not so lucky was the “Ezaria” contingent, of which I was once part of, before the big reveal a few episodes back. Not that anyone could blame her, but Aria paid a visit to rebound town with Riley, who had one-night-stand written all over him, between his being a musician and naming his guitar “Antonio.” (A reference to this, perhaps?) Aria told him to look her up if he ever passed though Rosewood, so we might not have seen the last of him, but I know Jake has his fans, so maybe she’ll try and make that work in the meantime.

Either way, she and Ezra are dunzo. He did give her a copy of his manuscript, and claims that he returned the advance on the book, in hopes of eventually mending fences with her, but she was clearly not having it. Can’t say I blame her there, either. So, Ezra apparently thinks that “A” might be Mrs. DiLaurentis, Ali’s mother, which does make sense. If she actually thinks Ali’s dead, or even if she knows she’s not, it would make perfect sense that she would torture the girls, especially if she thinks they either played a role in killing her or tried to. Spencer wasn’t exactly helping dissuade her of that, either, mind you.

The question is, did Spencer actually whack Ali in the head with that shovel, or was that a mere hallucination brought on by drug withdrawal, combined with her immersing herself in Ezra’s notes? Also, Ezra thinks it’s her mainly based on talks with Cece, and can she be trusted? I’ll certainly allow that Ali’s mom is creep-tastic, but is she really together enough to be “A”?

How chilling was that scene where she popped up behind Spencer in her room? Not to mention her not-so-subtle reference to Spencer’s bed mishap, which definitely was “A.” Still, that latter bit could just be a coincidence, but it’s entirely possible that, after Spencer’s outburst/confessional that Ali’s mom could believe Spencer actually did do what she said and is looking for revenge based on that alone, which would make her a bit crazy (which we already knew), but not necessarily “A.” Besides, they are pushing this way too hard for it to be this easy, so I don’t think she is. The show loves to highlight a certain someone for a while, only to clear their name in some form or fashion, or show them to be guilty of something, just not being “A.”

Meanwhile, Hanna figured out that Paige was the one who left that note for Detective Holbrook, and that is going to cause big problems for whatever fans call Emily and Paige. Emge? Pailey? Who knows? That said, I get the feeling that fans have never quite taken to Paige overall, anyway. I’ve heard a consistent and constant declaration that Paige was absolutely up to something, and almost certainly on Team “A,” if not “A” herself. That would make sense, too.

I mean, look at some of the people who died, and their connection to Emily. Ali- if it even is Ali who’s dead- and Emily were close and Ali hated Paige, plus Maya actually dated her, and neither or them fared too well. So, there’s a certain logic to “A” being Paige, but I think it’s more likely that she’s on the “A” Team than that she’s actually “A” herself, IMHO. But I could be wrong.

Some great lines tonight. I loved Spencer’s wry retort when sponsor Dean asked Spencer to fill the cup for a drug test: “Fantastic. I will go upstairs and fill this with my dignity.” LOL. That was also great when Emily confronted Ezra and was all like: “Will you make sure a real teacher gets this?” Burn! Finally, there was the moment when Hanna confronted Detective Holbrook after their one-sided kiss last time: “Don’t get up. I don’t want to accidentally run into your mouth again.” Well played, Hanna!

So, I don’t know what’s going on next week with Spencer and that wedding dress, but it didn’t look good. Any theories on what’s going on there? It didn’t look like it was going to end well, whatever it was. Do you really think Spencer tried to whack Ali in a drug-induced haze? And if Ali’s mom knew, why didn’t she go to the cops? For that matter, why did she choose now to go after her? Was it because of Spencer’s recent ravings, or did she only suspect Spencer’s involvement until she came right out and asked her about it? What about Paige? Is she involved or just a concerned girlfriend? Sound off below and see you next time!