Do you feel like the show has gotten a lot more sophisticated this year? It's always been a healthy challenge, but for some reason—maybe it's Ali being back, maybe it's Ravenswood having sucked out the last of the magical realism; maybe it's just Hanna watching her sweetness slip out of her hands bit by bit—it just seems more grownup somehow. It's sadder, less dreamlike, grittier. I love it. Anyway, I think about that a lot. (That, and Noel Kahn.)

Have a carrot stick and settle in for tonight's chat and episode; I'm still experimenting with the best way to do this so let's see what opening it early does.