It might have been a slow burn to get here, but when Pretty Little Liars explodes, it really explodes. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” is a fairly epic episode that gives the all the Liars there chance to shine.
Aria still spends most of the episode way off the main plot, but it’s not as bad. She spends most of her time dealing with the fact that Ezra’s son and Maggie are now moving to Rosewood, since being evicted. It really puts Aria in a tough place, as she’s suddenly confronted with the idea that she could, for all intents and purposes, be a stepparent to a seven-year-old before she even graduates high school. While considering whether or not she should take time to herself away from Ezra, Aria very suddenly gets pulled back into a possible facet of the A-plot.
At first, it seems like Hanna is also dealing with her own personal issues, too, as the fallout of Ashley hitting Det. Wilden with a car comes back to bite them. But then the episode takes a turn for the strange as Det. Wilden’s car shows up in the Marins’ garage, lights going and video constantly replaying. Hanna doesn’t know if this means A is tormenting her, Det. Wilden tormenting her, or both. Naturally, she enlists Aria’s help and dumps the car in the lake. This is not going to end well for them, but it’s sure fun to watch.
Meanwhile, in the main A-plot, Spencer has revealed the awful truth of Toby to the group. Emily suddenly remembers that she was once friends with Toby, and retraces Spencer’s steps trying to find Toby. A responds by threatening to take someone away from Spencer. Naturally, Spencer assumes that’s Emily and goes into overprotective mode, but Emily isn’t having any of it. They’re split up and lured away into separate directions. Emily finds an obituary for Toby at his work. Worse, though, Spencer comes across Toby’s body in the woods. From there, Spencer loses what little grip she had left on her sanity, and is taken to Radley by the authorities.
This is the kind of episode where Pretty Little Liars is at its best. There’s no looking back, no trying to hide secrets from each other, and no lingering on unnecessary side-plots. Instead, there’s just a bunch of awesome twists and turns at breakneck speed that leave little in the way of predictably. It’s a very interesting way to tell a story.