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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Recap: A Birthday Bash Gone Bad

Relationships were made AND tested on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars as Mona’s (Janel Parrish) confession helped Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) get out of the big house, an old “friend” returned to Rosewood, and everyone celebrated Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) birthday.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s episode, “Into the Deep.”

Happy Birthday, Emily! Your girlfriend, Paige (Lindsay Shaw), who apparently hasn’t seen previous episodes of PLL, thought it was a great idea to get everyone together and throw you a surprise birthday party at her aunt’s lake house.

Big mistake, Paige. Nothing good ever happens at the lake in Rosewood, nothing.

And Emily’s party was no exception. Not only did Paige and Emily have a major fight, which appears to be sending them on their way to breakup city, but PLL foe, Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), was found face down in the lake after a confrontation with Aria (Lucy Hale).

Did someone knock her out to prevent her spilling the details on Alison? Was that someone CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray)? These are the questions we’re left wondering as this episode came to a close. Jenna and her friend/more than friend(?) Shauna (Aeri l Miranda) apparently think so but only time and Marlene King will tell.

Meanwhile, Jake (Ryan Guzman) got a peek into Aria’s (Lucy Hale) crazy life and instead of running for the hills, told her he’d like to help her “navigate” through it. The best part? She is going to let him.

I know Ezria fans may not be happy about this – especially after seeing Ezra’s (Ian Harding) jealously at the pair – but I really like Jake. He seems like a genuinely good guy and besides; he’s nice to look at and has no kids. I’m just worried he’s going to end up dead or something worse as a pawn in “A’s” game.

As for Ezra, I can’t see how a custody battle with Maggie (Larisa Olyenik) is going to end well or do anything good for his relationship with Aria but he appears game for whatever it takes to keep Malcolm with him.

Rekindled romance may be in the cards for Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) mom, Ashley and Ted (Edward Kerr) as the good pastor reached out to Hanna and apparently paid the $100,000 dollar bail set for her mom’s release after Mona’s confession.

And Mona. Oh Mona. Her confession has sent her back to Radley Sanitarium and with the most devious smile on her face, whatever plan she has seems to be falling into place, just in time for the penultimate episode of Season 4A.

Buzz Moments

OMG: I’ll go with the obvious here and say I was shocked when Jenna almost drowned but it was mostly due to the insanely creepy face Sursok had when pulled from the water. Did you see how big her eyes were?

Thank you, TV gods.: For some plot development!!

Awk-ward: So much jealously in Rosewood on this episode but none was more awkward than Jake and Aria at Emily’s party.

Hotness: Jake is rocking some serious abs, I mean, SERIOUS. Even Aria couldn’t look away.

Fab-u-lous: All of the PLLs were looking great before and during Emily’s bash. My faves included Hanna’s black shirt/coral pant combo and Emily’s Adidas track jacket. For more fashion info and where to get these looks, head to

Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Mona is up to. Girl has obviously got some major plans in play.

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. Nothing tells you we are getting closer to the summer finale of PLL than tons of almost reveals and “Into the Deep” had plenty. As we inch ever closer to the big episode (airing Aug 27), I’m expecting a lot more to go down. I hope i’m not disappointed.

What did you think about “Into the Deep”? Who did you think knocked out Jenna? How do you feel about Aria and Jake!? Sound off in the comments below!

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