Pretty Little Liars Review: Driving Miss Crazy (Season 7 Episode 17)

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Haven’t the Hastings’ suffered enough? That’s what I’m asking after watching Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 17 “Driving Miss Crazy.”

Aria has to deliver a gift to Spencer’s house for A.D., and the gift comes in the form of a recorded message between Spencer’s father and Mary Drake. There is a lot of emotional angst in this episode as the Hastings pack up to move to Harrisburg, but the Mary Drake drama comes into play when Spencer finds a baby blanket stamped as “Radley Sanitarium” in the dumpster pile.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Driving Miss Crazy” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
IAN HARDING, LUCY HALE

When the recording begins playing, Spencer feels torn between Mary Drake and the parents who raised her. This dilemma is understandable, and her desire to get to know Mary has been unshakable since the truth was revealed on Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 11 “PlAytime.”

I have been wanting a little more from Mary since she was introduced on Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Episode 20 “Hush… Hush Sweet Liars.” While tonight’s episode does satisfy my desire to see more of this stoic enigma of a character, I am not completely satiated.

One thing that really intensifies this need for more of Mary is the way that Mary accepts Spencer’s decision not to leave town with her. Spencer talks about how her family is upended and her friends need her, especially Veronica, and Mary’s response is to tell her not to apologize because Veronica is her mother.

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That statement doesn’t make Mary a saint, but it does show that she knows where she stands in the Hastings world. I am hoping that Mary sticks around for a little while longer though, if only so that Spencer has a chance to forge a slightly stronger connection with her.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Driving Miss Crazy” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
TYLER BLACKBURN

While Spencer deals with some mama drama, Hanna and Caleb are taking the next big step in their relationship. Caleb proposed to Hanna in front of Ashlee, and they had a little wedding in a tent with champagne and exchanging cigar rings.

The scene is kind of cheesy but ultimately sweet, and it’s a welcome respite from the looming presence of Detective Furey and the Rosewood Police. While I enjoy these smaller ceremonies, I also really want Hanna to have a spectacular wedding with all of her friends.

For one thing, Hanna is a fashion designer! Can you imagine the amazing dress she’ll come up with for herself? That is, if she hasn’t made one already that she’s been secretly eyeing as her dream wedding dress?

The last major development from this episode is Mona’s Lair. Where there is usually an A.D. ending, we see Mona enter her apartment where there is a lair-esque setup with computers, a photo of the game, and the shovels that Hanna went to retrieve.

If this isn’t a “WTF?!” moment, I don’t know what is. Until now, I thought that Mona’s motives where genuine, that she was really reformed and wanted to change. Now I am second-guessing that.

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Driving Miss Crazy” -Freeform/Eric McCandless

When the camera pans away from Mona and to her wall, there is a lot of incriminating evidence. While I find myself saying, “Okay, that doesn’t mean anything she saw the game when Hanna showed it to her,” or “Well she’s trying to figure out who A.D. is, and maybe this is just how Mona thinks” I can’t shake a terrifying suspicion that she’s involved somehow.

My real hope is that this is a red herring and that we ultimately find out that if Mona is working with the A.D. team as a double agent of sorts.

Stray Thoughts:

  • That black and white jailhouse musical number was really entertaining, but kind of jarring coming back from a commercial back. Was that Janel Parrish singing?
  • Ezra didn’t mention Nicole for an entire episode. I feel like that’s worth mentioning, but seeing what shaky footing his relationship with Aria is on, I think he may need to make sure he’s good with the ghosts in his past before tying the knot.
  • Mona and Emily are the most awkward couple ever, but I love the scene in the fertility clinic because Mona is clearly running the show.

What did you think of this episode of Pretty Little Liars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Lauren Busser is a senior writer at Tell-Tale TV. Her work has also appeared on Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. She has also been a dog sitter, worked front end at a bakery, and helped out in a kindergarten classroom. She learned to knit when she was five-years-old and thus, can now complete sweaters at a superhuman speed. She’s currently nursing a novel she’s been making slow progress on for the last six years.

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