Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Recap of PLL 7x09 “The Wrath of Kahn”: Noel Kahn-Dollhouse Connection

Hanna goes on the offensive and takes drastic measures to take down Noel Kahn in Pretty Little Liars episode 7x09 “The Wrath of Kahn”. In a shocking reveal, we find a connection between Noel Kahn and the dollhouse. Hanna goes off the deep end in her pursuit for answers, but is she making a huge mistake?

Hanna goes rogue, since she doesn’t want to wait around for proof that Noel is Uber “A”. She texts her friends that she is in New York working on her fashion business with Lucas. In her new lair, Hanna takes out duct tape, a hammer, rope and a video camera. Hanna records a goodbye message in case her plan goes wrong. “If you find this video before I finish what I need to do, something went terribly wrong. Please give this to the police” Hanna says to the camera.

Spencer gets a visit from Detective Marco Furey. The police believe Archer Dunhill fled to France with a fake passport. The case is no longer in Marco’s jurisdiction. Now that Marco isn’t investigating Alison’s husband anymore, he can asks Spencer out to dinner. Spencer turns him down because she still isn’t over Caleb. It’s too soon for her to start dating someone new. Marco understands, but he gives her his card in case she changes her mind.

Emily stops by the Brew to see Sabrina, who is having red velvet cake for breakfast. She’s testing out the icing for a special order cake. Emily freaks when she sees the special order is for Noel Kahn. She warns Sabrina that Noel is dangerous. Sabrina doesn’t see what Noel can do other than steal her pies or give her a bad Yelp review. Emily begs Sabrina not to work with Noel, but she can’t explain why.

Aria is stressed about the whole Ezra-Nicole situation. Ezra called when he landed in Colombia. Four hostages were rescued, but he doesn’t know if one of them is Nicole. Luckily, there is a distraction at the door. Jason stops by to ask about the fire at his Aunt Carol’s house. He thinks Archer followed Alison to Aunt Carol’s house and tried to hurt her.

Aria initially denies knowing anything, but eventually comes clean. Aria tells Jason that Mary Drake had another child. They can’t ask Mary anything, since she disappeared. Jason thinks his mom was killed because of the secrets kept in Aunt Carol’s storm cellar.

Aria is heading to the courthouse to look at the adoption records. Jason says Aria won’t get any information because she isn’t a relative. It is Jason’s cousin that they are looking for though, so Aria and Jason head down to the courthouse together.

Hanna, incognito in a baseball cap, watches Noel dump a trash bag in a dumpster. Once Noel drives away, Hanna digs out the bag. She finds Sara Harvey’s cracked cell phone in the trash bag.
Emily and Paige both have interviews for the swim coach position at Rosewood High. Emily has trouble filling out the job application. She doesn’t know if she should be honest when she answers “Have you ever been arrested?”

Paige gives Emily a pep talk. Principal Hackett already knows Emily’s history. He wouldn’t have suggested the job if he didn’t want Emily to apply. Emily and Paige bond over past history of committing crimes. Paige thinks she’s probably aided and abetted a few of Emily’s crimes.

Paige tells Emily to forget the past. Emily would make an excellent swim coach. Emily is a great swimmer, but she’s also a good person. Paige says Emily is the best person she knows.

Emily has a good interview. A few girls on the swim team are being bullied, so Principal Hackett thinks Emily can help them. Paige and Emily reminisce about high school. Paige doesn’t miss the stalking and acne, but she does miss Emily. Paige wants to hang out with Emily, but Emily has plans with Sabrina.

Emily doesn’t think her relationship will work out with Sabrina. There are so many secrets she’s keeping from Sabrina. Emily tells Paige that the hell from high school is happening again, but she doesn’t go into specifics. Paige gives Emily some relationship advice. Emily found a way to include Paige in high school. Emily should be able to do the same with Sabrina now.
Aria and Jason have a long wait ahead of them at the courthouse. Jason gets Aria a coffee. He remembers that she takes her coffee with sugar and a dash of milk. In a flashback, we see Jason and Aria during the five year time jump. Aria and Jason kiss and seem pretty cute together. Jason is going to Ethiopia in a few weeks. He asks Aria to come with him, but Aria isn’t enthusiastic about traveling. She already has job interviews lined up. Jason asks Aria to think about it.
Back in the present, it is finally Aria and Jason’s turn to speak to the clerk. The clerk immediately dismisses their request for the 23-year-old adoption records. Only the baby’s mother can get the records.

Aria details Jason’s sob story to gain sympathy from the clerk. Jason’s mom is dead, his dad disappeared, his cousin was recently murdered and his sister was recently released from a psychiatric hospital. Aria pleads for help, saying Jason is desperate for a family connection. Finding his cousin would mean everything to him.

The clerk is moved by Aria’s speech. Noticing Aria’s engagement ring, the clerk mistakenly thinks Aria and Jason are engaged. After telling Jason how lucky he is to have a fiancée that cares so much, she promises to find the closed adoption records in the archive room.

Spencer looks into Noel Kahn. If he is Mary’s second child, then he might be out to avenge Charlotte’s murder. Spencer calls her mom’s campaign manager to get Noel’s address from the voter registration database. She gets the address for Noel’s parent’s cabin. Spencer and Emily are shocked when they realize Noel’s cabin is in the same area Hanna was held captive by A.D..

Spencer and Emily break into Noel’s cabin. They hear a sound that reminds them of the dollhouse bunker. They also spot a security camera. Spencer takes care of that problem by smashing the lens.

Spencer and Emily search Noel’s bedroom for clues that he is Mary’s son. They find a box with the symbol that Noel’s brother, Eric Kahn, used as a stamp to let people into his parties. (Emily remembers seeing the stamp on Maya’s hand. Spencer remembers the stamp from the time Charlotte took her and Aria to one of the parties.)

Inside the box is a flash drive. Spencer immediately checks the flash drive. They are shocked to find folders marked ‘Spencer’, ‘Aria’, ‘Hanna’, ‘Emily’ and ‘Mona’. Spencer opens the folder with her name on it. It’s filled with videos of Spencer in the dollhouse.

Spencer watches a video. She sees footage of Noel in the dollhouse. While Spencer was unconscious, Noel poured blood on Spencer’s hands and on the floor. Spencer is horrified to learn Noel Kahn was there the whole time. He even made her think she murdered someone. “I really thought that I hurt someone,” Spencer says as she cries.

Back at home, Spencer tells Aria about the flash drive. They all agree to take the flash drive to the police, but Aria and Emily want to wait until Hanna gets back. Unfortunately, they have no idea where Hanna is. Hanna has been ignoring their phone calls. And Lucas told Emily that he has no idea where Hanna is.

Spencer really wants to go to the cops right away, but she’s outvoted. Aria and Emily want to wait for Caleb to track Hanna’s phone. They can’t tell the cops that Hanna is tracking Noel down like The Hunger Games.

Sabrina stops by to give Emily some red velvet cupcakes. Sabrina wants to grab a bite to eat with Emily, but Emily can’t. Once again, Emily can’t explain what is going. Emily asks Sabrina to be patient. She promises to explain everything the next day when it is all over.

Hanna buys some pills that will knock a person out for hours. She uses a hammer to smash the pills into a powder. She texts Noel, telling him to meet her at a bar. She has Sara Harvey’s cell phone with his fingerprints on it.

At the bar, Hanna orders two beers. She drugs Noel’s beer with the crushed pills. Once Noel arrives, Hanna gets right to the point. She immediately accuses Noel of killing Sara. Noel insists Sara died when she fell in the shower.

Hanna tells Noel that they both need alibis for the night Sara Harvey was murdered. They can help each other and both walk away clean. Noel demands to see Sara’s phone. Once Hanna shows him the phone, she tries to get him to drink the drugged beer.

Noel may be dangerous, but he’s certainly not stupid. Noel tells Hanna to take a sip of his beer first. When she refuses, Noel realizes Hanna must messed with the drink. Noel grabs Sara’s phone. Before taking off, Noel says “Be careful, Hanna, or you’ll end up just like her”.
Spencer rushes home because the storm caused her mom’s car alarm to go off. She cries as she watches the dollhouse footage again. Spencer calls Detective Marco Furey. She leaves a message asking him to come over ASAP.

Suddenly, a tree branch smashes through the kitchen window. Spencer notices the door is open. She sees the shadow of a person in her house. Detective Marco Furey arrives just in time. He searches Spencer’s house, but he doesn’t find an intruder. Spencer didn’t imagine it, though. The intruder stole Noel’s flash drive.

Marco seems like a good guy. He fixes Spencer’s window. He also offers to get Spencer a blanket or a stiff drink. Spencer asks Marco to stay a little longer. She really doesn’t want to be alone.

Aria goes to Jason’s house to check if he received the adoption records. Unfortunately, the storm knocked out the power at his place. He can’t get a fax from the county clerk until the power is back.

Aria is still stressed over the Nicole situation. She hasn’t heard from Ezra. Aria doesn’t know what will happen if Nicole is alive. Jason reassures her, saying Ezria will still be engaged. Jason knows how much Ezra loves Aria.

Aria worries that she is just his consolation prize. Ezra loved Nicole and Aria thinks he would still be with Nicole if she hadn’t gone missing. Jason doesn’t believe that. He thinks Aria and Ezra were always meant to be together.

Jason remembers when Aria took a job as an editorial assistant instead of going to Ethiopia with him. It wasn’t a great job, but it was with the publishing company that published Ezra’s book. Jason thought Aria took the job in order to cross paths with Ezra. At the time, Aria denied it. Now Aria realizes Jason was right. She hoped the job would bring her and Ezra back together.

Jason sweetly comforts Aria. If Ezra goes back to Nicole, it’s his loss. Jason can’t imagine there is anyone better than Aria. Jason goes to the kitchen to make something for them to eat. Aria finally gets a text from Ezra. Nicole wasn’t one of the hostages. Ezra is flying back home tomorrow. Aria cries as she reads Ezra’s message.

Jason finally gets a faxed copy of the adoption records, but he’s disappointed to see that it is heavily redacted. All the important information is blacked out, like who adopted the baby, the father’s name and the gender.

Aria notices one important part, though. The name of the judge was Steven Kahn (Noel’s dad). Aria wonders if Steven Kahn adopted Mary’s baby.

Emily calls Paige and tells her that things didn’t go as planned. Emily tells her that Noel Kahn is the new “A”. Emily asks Paige to come over. Paige, who is at the Brew watching Sabrina, says she’ll be right over.

Emily leaves a voicemail for Hanna. She says Hanna was right about Noel being dangerous. The Liars are ready to go to the police. Emily begs Hanna to come home.

Hanna’s got other plans, though. Noel finds Hanna’s baseball cap at his cabin. When he bends down to pick it up, Hanna comes up behind him and whacks his head with a metal rod. “It’s over, bitch” Hanna says to the now unconscious Noel.
What did you think of Pretty Little Liars episode 7x09 “The Wrath of Kahn”? I really liked seeing the Jaria flashbacks of Aria and Jason during the five year time jump. And I still can’t believe Noel Kahn was the one who poured blood over Spencer in the dollhouse. Clearly Noel has a lot of secrets, but do you think he is Mary Drake’s son? So many things can go wrong with Hanna kidnapping Noel. Can’t wait to see what happens in the season 7 summer finale next week! Comment below with your thoughts on the episode!

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