When Spencer (Troian Bellisario) on "Pretty Little Liars" discovered the truth about Toby (Keegan Allen), fans knew it would have lasting repercussions. But on "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno," which aired Jan. 29, it's becoming clear that Spencer is headed down a dark, dark road, and things might be changing for the four group of friends.
A lot of other interesting things happened in the episode -- like Hanna (Ashley Benson) learning that Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) was the one to put the cow brain in Mona's locker, and Emily (Shay Mitchell) discovering Ali (Sasha Pieterse) may have been pregnant when she died -- but it's Spencer’s downward spiral that deservedly gets a lot of attention.
Spencer struggling was no more evident than when she received a "Pretty Little Liars" text from who she thought was Aria (Lucy Hale), claiming that Aria told Ezra (Ian Harding) the truth about Maggie and her son, and he broke up with her because of it. Aria wants to meet her in the park.
Even though top student Spencer was in a study group, she scurried out of class to Ella Montgomery's dismay, spouting off about how she's tired of reading about people with made-up problems. After all, she has issues of her own, and they're going to get worse.
That's because Spencer discovers Ezra in the park, and she yells at him for abandoning Aria when any secret is a burden, especially when it involves telling Ezra that he's a father. That's news to Ezra, and Spencer can't believe what she's done.
But does she really care? Aria knows that it was A's doing, but Spencer thinks that maybe they all deserve this treatment from A. But why? It's not like the "PLL" girls have really done anything all that horrible, other than keep some secrets. But Spencer is clearly sick and tired of this "game" the A team plays, and actress Troian Bellisario does a really amazing job of acting like someone who doesn't know what to think or do anymore.
Yet, she does have a plan. After all, she ends up meeting with a private investigator and asks him to follow Toby. If anything, she's more determined than ever to put an end to the A team. Still, it's clear that her downward spiral is far from over.
But her friends may be joining her soon. Emily hasn't been dealing with her feelings after she killed Nate, and the discovery that she just gave a key piece of evidence -- a biology notebook -- to Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson), someone who may have killed Ali, might just put her over the edge.
"Pretty Little Liars" season three continues to be darkest and scariest season yet, and just wait until next week when Emily decides to see a therapist. The ABC Family drama airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013