Spencer, Emily and Aria had another run-in with the new ‘A’ while Toby and the Rosewood PD discovered the barrel of what could be Mona’s remains in Pretty Little Liars’ “The Bin of Sin.”

PLL 5×17 “The Bin Of Sin” Recap

After Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) tell the group about the discovery of the storage room filled with evidence and rented in Hanna’s name, Hanna is completely freaked. She’s convinced Alison is going to try to frame her for Mona’s murder, and she wants to go in and get rid of everything. Spencer tells her she can’t, that it would be playing right into A’s hands, and Aria (Lucy Hale) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) agree it’s too dangerous. In an effort to ease Hanna’s fears, Caleb promises to corrupt the online records that show Hanna as the owner of that storage room.

Hanna And Caleb Break Into The Storage Facility

Hanna, of course, doesn’t listen. Instead, she recruits Caleb to help her break into the storage facility and destroy the evidence. She’ll burn all the bagged clothes and find a way to dump the barrel somewhere, or dissolve whatever could be inside. Caleb is hesitant to join her, but goes along with his girlfriend. He did, after all, destroy the bloody knife found in Mona’s backyard, and, besides, Hanna will need his help to disable the security cameras.

When they get in, after Caleb cuts the wires to the security cameras, the storage locker is empty, except for the barrel. The evidence, including Mona’s computer, is all gone – A knew they were coming. Caleb suggests they take the barrel and destroy it anyways, so they leave the storage room and go out to get the dolly to help move it to her rented truck. In the hallway, they come face to face with Detective Tanner (Roma Maffia) and Toby (Keegan Allen). Toby, who has been avoiding Spencer despite the fact that she came to him and told him she was worried Hanna might be doing something stupid, and Detective Tanner got an anonymous tip about the storage facility. Caleb makes up a story about needing to rent storage space for himself and he and Hanna make a quick exit.

Detective Tanner lets them leave, but takes note of the disabled security cameras. She and Toby find the barrel with what appears to be Mona’s remains inside, and Tanner spots a few drops of blood on the floor. Later, at the station, Tanner warns Toby that, if the remains or blood found at the scene are determined to belong to Mona, she’s bringing in his friends for questioning. Now, she tells him, would be the time to tell her any information pertaining to the case.

Later, after confronting Hanna about her decision to go to the storage facility even though they agreed not to, Spencer calls Toby in tears. She wants to talk to him about the case and what they need to do next, but Toby brushes her off. He’s distancing himself from Spencer and the girls, and cozying up to the law instead.

‘A’ Traps Aria And Spencer In A Freezer

Meanwhile, Spencer, Emily and Aria go on their own adventure when Spencer notices that Mona’s computer is on the move. They track it down to an abandoned ice cream factory and split up to search for the laptop. Spencer finds it open, playing a video, taken from Hanna’s own computer, of Hanna and Caleb plotting to break into the storage facility and destroy evidence. Aria finds Spencer with the laptop, but before they are able to get out, a hooded ‘A’ figure locks them inside an industrial freezer and turns it on, leaving them to freeze to death in a matter of minutes.

Luckily, Emily finds them and is able to break them out before they die of cold, and the three girls walk out relatively unharmed. After the eventful night, Emily returns to the Brew to close up and ends up bonding with Talia (Miranda Rae Mayo). Earlier in the day, Emily had confronted Talia about Ezra, telling her that she should back off from their boss because he’s seeing one of her best friends. But, as Talia later reveals, she isn’t even interested in Ezra. The only reason she made the comment about Ezra being cute was because she was trying to get a read on Emily’s sexual orientation. She’s interested in Emily, not Ezra.

Ezria Headed For A Breakup?

Ezra (Ian Harding), of course, has his own relationship drama to deal with. After putting it off, Aria finally tells Ezra about the letter she sent to Jackie to get into Talmadge. He reads it, but doesn’t react the way she expected. He understands that she wrote it to appeal to Jackie’s hatred of him, and he even goes so far as to say it was a smart move. Later that night, however, he says he had a change of heart. It’s not that he’s hurt by the letter or her decision to write it, but he can’t help but feel like there’s some truth to what she wrote. He doesn’t want her to miss out on any college experiences because of him, like she did in high school. Aria protests, but promises to consider a break up.

In other awkward relationship news, by the end of the episode, Ashley (Laura Leighton) officially quits her post working with Jason (Drew Van Acker) and tells him, in no uncertain terms, that they are not going to be engaging in any sort of romantic relationship. She even tells him about Ted’s proposal.

After she clears out her office for good, Jason tries to kiss her goodbye, but she pushes him away. When she gets home, she tries on Ted’s engagement ring.

At the end of the episode, the hooded ‘A’ figure returns to the ice cream factory, where all the storage locker evidence is now hidden. He/she walks slowly over to the freezer, where clear handprints left by Spencer and Aria are seen in the glass door.

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

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