- Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 3
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Episode Name: Cat's Cradle
Air date: 6/25/2013
Summary: Hanna worries that her mother is keeping a dangerous secret and is determined to protect her at all costs, which leads her to an uncomfortable meeting with Detective Holbrook. A clue in Ali's things leads the Liars to a creepy mask maker, who takes a shine to Emily and may have ties to another Rosewood resident. Spencer and Toby continue their search into a painful chapter of Toby's past and Melissa returns to Rosewood. Meanwhile, A targets Emily's mom, leading Aria to make a desperate plea of Ella.
Sadly, the show seems to be doing its best to keep all four Liars in Rosewood for the foreseeable future. Emily’s dreams of attending Stanford with Paige on a swimming scholarship are fading fast, as a shoulder injury she gets while saving Mona from A causes her to nearly overdose on painkillers. Her medicated state during an important swim meet puts her in the hospital and probably ruins her chances of winning the spot over rival Shana, so it seems likely the show will follow the grand old tradition of sending its graduating cast to the bog-standard local college.
This episode was very much about the girls’ individual struggles, only bringing them together at the beginning and end of the hour. After A attacks Mona at the start of the episode, Aria decides that it’s about time she learnt to defend herself, and she enrols in self-defence classes with Holden’s dishy teacher. Because this is a teen drama, her teacher is dishy, and because Aria has a thing for authority figures, the pair develop some sexual chemistry. The show quickly dispenses with any pretence to the contrary, and has Aria kiss her trainer during their very first lesson. I guess she’s moving on from Ezra but, then again, not really.