The humdrum episode kicks off with a… well, whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t a “bang.” We see the aftermath of Hanna’s drunken car wreck, which consists solely of the town having to put a new bench in the park. (Seriously, that’s the only repercussion.) Thank God — homeless people will still have a place to sleep!
While in the park, Spencer encourages the girls to block any messages from unknown senders. (Again, it feels like a bad sign when the show is giving the girls a way to prevent exciting things from happening.) But who could pay attention to discovering the identity of “A” when there are much more pressing issues going on in the world, like… Mr. Fitz wearing shorts while riding a bike. (What — you thought they’d be discussing solutions for the oil spill?)
Okay, so the dorky teacher on his bike isn’t exactly going to be making Lance concerned about his chances at the upcoming Tour de France or anything, but the girls point out that at least Ezra is in better shape than Mr. Villardi. (Poor Mr. Villardi takes quite a few potshots in this scene.) And at least Mr. Fitz was spotted on a bike, and not something even more embarrassing, like roller blades or — God forbid — a Segway. Shudder to think.
Moments later, “A” drops by and tosses a threatening note to our heroines, in part to intimidate them and in part to prove to our nation’s schoolteachers that the proliferation of new media trends doesn’t mean that the written word is dead. The note says, “Ding-dong, the bitch is dead,” giving us a new clue about the identity of “A”: We now know that the culprit is apparently a huge fan of Judy Garland. But who can blame “A”? The woman had pipes.
At school, Maya gives Emily a red scarf as a gift, which makes Emily uncomfortable, either because Emily is unsure about their burgeoning relationship, or because she’s afraid that she won’t be able to do justice to fellow scarf-lover Audrey Hepburn. Once in class, Emily realizes that she and Toby will be lab partners. Wait — let us get this straight. The two people who don’t really like each other but appear to have pent-up sexual frustration towards each other, have been paired up to work on a class assignment together?! We’ve never seen that on a high school TV show before!
Hanna’s absentee dad drops by to pay her a visit, and the reason is to let Hanna know that he’s disappointed in her for the car accident, and then to introduce her to his fiancee, Isabel, and her daughter, Kate. It’s like, “Thanks, Dad!” Maybe the next time he visits, he can provide Hanna with other uplifting news, like telling her how many people die in Africa each year from AIDS, or telling her that a new sequel to Big Momma’s House is currently in the works.
Wren stops by to pay Spencer with the aforementioned geranium, which he drops on the ground. We then half-expected Wren to hear some noise off in the distance and say, “Do you hear something?” To which Emily would respond, “Oh, God! Wait — is that what I think it is? Yes — it’s Roomba, coming by to clean up the spill. Wait — where are you going, Roomba? You missed a spot!”
In fact, they both lean down to clean up the soil broken flower pot shards, when they get a little flirty. Because what’s more romantic than the smell of fertilizer? And wouldn’t you know it — someone is videotaping the two of them from afar. Looks like the neighborhood is full of budding Spielbergs.