“What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted” more than answers that question. The broken-hearted, apparently, go on a bit of a glorious rampage, at least as far as Pretty Little Liars is concerned.
The broken-hearted in this case is Spencer. Still reeling from finding out that Toby is part of the A-Team, she continues her descent into madness. Her skipping school gets her kicked off the Academic Decathlon. To try and win back her place, she plays a game of strip trivia with swing vote Andrew Campbell. When that doesn’t earn her the place on the team, she tricks Wren Kingston, Mona’s doctor and Melissa’s ex-fiancé, into taking her up the Academic Decathlon meeting several towns away. At the Academic Decathlon, Spencer gloriously snaps by tackling Mona to the floor and strangling her. It’s pretty awesome to watch one of the Liars finally just lose it on the A-Team.
Meanwhile, over in the main A-storyline, Emily enlists Jason’s help to continue to dig around in the possibility of Ali’s pregnancy. They actually find a photo that might count as some sort of proof that Det. Wilden is the father of Ali’s baby. The evidence is than immediately taken by A in epic overkill. An elevator that Emily and Jason were taking breaks down several floors up. Just as Emily manages to make it out, the elevator crashes all the way to the basement. Jason survives, but the picture predictably goes missing. All of the Liars, Spencer included, stop what they were doing to go to Jason’s bedside. And then he just disappears. It’s so nice to have A and actual threats back.
However, they’re still not quite done with the unnecessary stuff. Aria might actually be attracted to Wes, surprising no one and going nowhere fast. Also, Hanna reunited Caleb with his father, and even got his father a job. Only to turn around and find out said father is already stealing from the church he works at. So, there’s that.
With all the other things going on, Aria’s and Hanna’s storylines feel less like they’re detracting from the story and more like they’re offering a breather. The slow start to the mid-season is starting to really pay off in big ways.