Pretty Little Liars Episode Review: “Over a Barrel”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 5 television episode that first aired January 20, 2015.

Synopsis: An alert sent from Mona’s (Janel Parrish) stolen laptop leads Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) to a storage unit that may contain Mona’s body. Meanwhile, Aria (Lucy Hale) debates whether to tell Ezra (Ian Harding) about the negative letter she wrote about him and Emily (Shay Mitchell) continues to struggle with her recent breakup.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Miranda Rae Mayo and Will Bradley

This is Just Too Easy for "A"

For the second week in a row, I had to avoid giving myself a face palm after watching these supposedly smart girls continue to dig themselves into a deeper hole. Well, to be fair, it’s mostly just Spencer doing that with Caleb’s help.

As I said in last week’s review, when has not going to the police about something ever proved to be the right decision for the PLLs? Had they done that, even if it was just telling Toby (Keegan Allen), the police would have found a locked storage shed in perfect condition to conduct an investigation. Instead, because Spencer and Caleb broke in, then later tampered with the video cameras (and, do we really believe that footage is completely gone), it only makes them look guilty of something and potentially leaves a fingerprint or DNA at the scene.

Incidentally, am I the only one that thinks Mona is really alive and is A? The whole scenario, ranging from the texted alert and Caleb having an unusually easy time (according to him at least) hacking into her security company account just smells fishy. And, she would be just the person to pull off an elaborate scheme like this while, at the same time, framing Hanna (Ashley Benson) by putting the unit in her name. She’s the only one I can think of (not in prison, that is) that could program the register to spit out Aria’s letter. Well, her and maybe Caleb. Don’t think, for a moment, I haven’t been watching him closely.

At minimum, at least short term, this is putting a pretty serious strain on Toby and Spencer’s relationship. This does have me wondering about the timing of adding that new Hastings’ tenant, Johnny (Bradley), to the series. Since he seems to have quite a bit in common with Spencer, it does definitely set up the potential for a love triangle. And, I can’t help but wonder if that is part of A’s plans.

Speaking of love triangles, Pastor Ted’s (Edward Kerr) sudden return from Peru with an engagement ring in hand sure has poor Ashley (Laura Leighton) in a tough spot. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when she tells him about her surprise fling with Jason (Drew Van Acker) and, just as important, what will happen when/if, she calls it off with her new boss.

One other person of interest in this series has to be the newly added Talia (Mayo), who does seem to spend a great deal of time around the same cash register that spit out Aria’s note while, at the same time, likes to mess with Emily’s head.

I’m not convinced, at this point, she’s A or anyone that has anything to do with A. But, she does look a lot like the kind of person we normally see hanging around the MIA Jenna (Tammin Sursok). And, with Mona (at least for all appearance) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse), it’s probably only a matter of time before she returns.

Is Mona Really Dead?

Final Opinion

This episode was interesting because it’s becoming pretty apparent the PLLs are getting led into a pretty big trap and it’s only a matter of time before the door slams shut and one or more of them gets accused of murder.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 03/02/2016, StevenHelmer
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