Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Review “The Silence of E. Lamb”

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 7 The Silence of E. Lamb (26)

On the latest episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” it was time once again to focus on the seemingly-never-ending goings-on at Radley, in the amusingly-titled “The Silence of E. Lamb.” As Aria settled into her job volunteering there, she kept her eyes open for reactions when she cleverly slipped in the freaky sketch (the one that Eddie had left at Ezra’s in last week’s episode) amongst others in an art exercise she was overseeing. She got one, courtesy of Rhonda (Ambrit Millhouse), who turned out to be the late Bethany’s roommate at Radley.

It seems that Bethany had a hidden sketchbook, from which the picture was taken, so Aria absconded with it, and we saw some more weird drawings, including one of a falling woman. Was it Toby’s mother? Was Bethany the mystery patient that witnessed the death? And, given the other sketches of Jessica DiLaurentis as a devil and a liar, did Mrs. D. cover it up when Bethany came forward? Also, who was that the monster was carrying out as the blonde girl (presumably Bethany herself) gave chase? Who was the monster, for that matter?

Meanwhile, Spencer continued to look into her family and their potential involvement in everything- specifically Melissa, when she placed a spy camera borrowed from Ezra outside of her place in the guest room. Interestingly, what she caught wasn’t Melissa up to anything, but Ali creeping by, dressed down like she was up to no good, and looking like the cat that swallowed the canary when the motion sensor lights came on.

However, I still remain convinced Melissa is up to no good. Note the dead rat thing- it was probably her who put the rat in Paige’s locker, which makes sense as she definitely knew Paige was aware of who was in “Mona’s Army.” She also admitted doing “something she regrets,” but claims it was done out of love for someone. Even if Melissa isn’t “A,” her hands are far from clean. I totally think she killed someone, though it might well be to help cover up some shady family secret- or what she thought was one. Might she be Bethany’s real killer?

On other fronts, Ali continued to alienate everyone, dissing Caleb to Hanna, who subsequently cast shade at her at a dinner at Emily’s house, albeit when she was drunk off her shapely behind. But Hanna was far from the only one, as Spencer admitted Ali had a tendency to suck the fun right out of a room, while Caleb likened her to a tornado leaving wreckage everywhere she goes.

As if that weren’t enough, even Emily’s mom, Pam (Nia Peeples) admitted that she didn’t buy Ali’s story about being kidnapped any more than the cops did. Between that and admitting knowing in retrospect that there was something going on romantically between Ali and Emily, both before she went missing and now, Pam was really on the ball in this episode. But Emily still hasn’t quite let go of Paige, so that could be trouble…probably for Paige, who was nowhere to be found, post-rat incident.

Speaking of rats, there was also Sydney, who is being way too obvious with the spying on the girls at this point. Between revealing herself in the bathroom after an intense conversation with the girls had taken place, to plying Hanna for info- which she got, and promptly used via a text message sent to everyone but Hanna under the auspices of being from “A”- she might want to watch herself. Surely, once Hanna sobers up, she’s going to realize it had to have been Sydney who ratted her out. Maybe she should borrow a rat from Melissa to leave at Sydney’s locker. Either way, the girls were not happy with Hanna, so she’s going to pay for that slip.

Other stuff: Ezra’s book was actually supposed to be about his family, primarily his brother and the effect his parent’s divorce had on them, but morphed into something else altogether when the Ali thing happened; Eddie was supposed to meet up with Ezra, presumably to talk about the Aria thing, but never showed (hence the title, one assumes); Caleb is still reeling from the “Ravenswood” cancellation and skipped out on his exit exams to get drunk; dad Peter Hastings is living with daughter Melissa; “Mona’s Army” (or at least the mini-version) now know about the girls being in New York, and that it had something to do with Shana, but also about Hanna’s feeling alienated from Ali and feeling sympathetic towards Jenna; and finally, “A” stole some of Pam’s mail and it turned out to be an engagement party invitation for Zack and Ella, so one assumes from that, that “A” will be in attendance and that Ella and Zack will be back for said party, so that’s something to look forward to.

All in all, an okay episode, but not much really happened so much as stuff was set up to happen later on; and things started pointing in a distinct direction on most fronts, with the girls, Ali, “Mona’s Army” and “A.” Looks like Hanna in particular will be under the microscope, so she better sober up because things are going to get worse before they get better again for her.

What did you think of “Pretty Little Liars” this week? Is Eddie dead? Was Toby’s mom the one Bethany drew falling? Did Mrs. D. cover it up? Did she kill Bethany? Or did Melissa? Is Aria going to get herself into trouble creeping around Radley? Will Hanna’s drinking get worse? Is she going to ruin it for everyone by blabbing the truth of what happened in NY? What is “A” up to at Ella’s engagement party? Are the cops about to punch holes in Ali’s story for real? Let me know what you think down below and see you next week!