Pretty Little Liars: Hit and Run, Run, Run – Goodfellas (Review)


 KEEGAN ALLEN, TROIAN BELLISARIO

At the start of “Hit and Run, Run, Run,” we are treated to the Pretty Little Liars reenacting a scene from Goodfellas, shown as the teaser for episode one of season seven.  After killing Elliot Rollins the Liars are now digging a shallow grave in the woods. Although unlike the characters in the 1990 Scorsese film, who are enjoying their dark work far too much, the Liars are squabbling, bickering and yelling at one another loud enough to awaken Elliot from his enforced slumber.

*Elephant in the scene; part 2. Where the heck did all those shovels come from? Although the question becomes less pressing when Ali come up to the grave later and only Hanna is putting tiny shovelfuls  of dirt over Elliot.*

Elliot is not disturbed enough to came crawling out of his new grave, but Alison can hear them arguing about getting her back into the hospital.  She walks up to Elliot’s final resting place and drops to her knees. Reaching unto the freshly shoveled dirt, Ali pulls up his key card.

Driving away from the murder scene the  only Liar not taking is Alison. The rest of the group are still freaking out, making plans and  arguing.  Toby pulls an all-nighter looking up Rollins and later Hannah finds a sliver of glass in her hair.

(We will not say anything about the lack of windshield glass in last week’s episode but  now we know where it all went, in Hanna’s hair.)

Spencer is cleaning the mud and dirt tracked in from the woods and as Hanna offers to help,  Caleb tries to open the door and fix things with Spencer. He holds a tearful conversation walking down memory lane and Spencer cries as well. Finally Caleb leaves.

Aria and Ali make it back into the psychiatric hospital.  Alison goes missing immediately. Spencer and Emily go over the details of hiding  Elliot’s death and discuss the Caleb problem.

Back at Welby, Aria finds Alison who has problems with going back. After a pep talk and a promise that Ali will not get hurt she finally   agrees to go back. Alison is uncomfortable being strapped to the bed and after Aria reassures her that they will come back, Ali has the mask put back on as well.

Before Aria leaves, they talk about Charlotte and Ali reveals what really happened in the church. She did not kill Charlotte and heard a noise in the building before she left.

Hanna and Aria head back to find the murder weapon; the car, and it has been moved. Cue two liars arguing and having simultaneous meltdowns. Meanwhile back at the bar, Marco and Spencer almost have wild sex in the elevator.  Drunk  Spencer may be, but she manages to stop herself before it is too late.

Back at the woods Hanna is yelling about Keebler Elves and Aria says that they just hid the car too well.

After  Aria and Hanna give up looking, the car appears with a new windshield and Mona (Janel Parrishis driving it. She later explains that their plan to torch the car was a bad one. She has had the windshield replaced at “a place that won’t ask questions and doesn’t give answers.”

Mona also asks about Rollins’ burner phone.  “What burner phone,” asks Hanna.

Emily tells a drunken Spencer off for messing up when they needed her most. Spencer explains that this has put her right back at the beginning and apologizes.  Later at the club the Liars and Mona talk burner phones.

Aria worries about the security cameras recording their conversation. Mona talks about pinging the phone and as the conversation pauses, they hear the tapping of a cane.  The source of the tapping is a blast from the past in the form of Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok). 

Aria gets the line of the episode after Jenna leaves:

“So the day after we run someone over she comes tapping through town.”

Toby meets Jenna outside the precinct and asks what she is there for. She claims that making amends is on her mind. Mona cannot ping the burner phone.  Hanna and Mona share a moment  and Mona notices that Hanna’s engagement ring is fake.  Hanna reveals that she and Jordan have broken up and she has not told anyone.

Suddenly Hanna notices that her bracelet is missing and that it must be in Rollins’ car. Aria and Emily go to see Ali and find Toby and more of the Rosewood PD at the hospital. Spencer finds that Caleb has collected his things and moved out.

Ali has had the restraints removed and Mary Drake tells her that she is in charge now. Toby tells Spencer, Emily and Aria that Elliot Rollins was a fraud. The real Rollins died of a stroke. The police think the dead man has gone into hiding.

Spencer gets the second best line of the episode:

“If Rollins isn’t Rollins then who the hell did we kill?”

Mona and Hanna break into Elliot’s car and find the bracelet and the burner phone after it starts ringing. The caller says “hello Archer,” and follows up by saying “it’s Jenna Marshall.”

Things have picked up nicely. Not only has Hanna’s secret, about Jordan, almost been revealed but it seems that Mona may also have a few “Goodfellas” connections as well. Mary Drake is becoming even more of an enigma. Did she remove the straps to keep Rollins in the clear or is she not a villain after all.

We have, at least, learned that Elliot Rollins is, in fact, someone named Archer.  Soon the Liars will have a new bit of information and can begin more Nancy Drew investigations.

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays on Freeform. Tune in and catch all of the final season.

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Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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