The Liars come face-to-face with another "A," which results in a shocking death

By Samantha Highfill
Updated March 11, 2015 at 04:36 PM EDT
Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC Family

Well, that was one way to welcome us all back. I might be suffering from whiplash right now, but if I’m being honest, I was kind of loving it. This episode had a ton of the elements that make this show fun. There were ridiculous, laugh-out-loud moments — like “A” turning into a ninja and hitching a ride on top of an ambulance — and suspenseful moments, all mixed in with some good old Liar banter. And, of course, a tiny piece of the puzzle was solved, which is what we all want from every episode. Let’s dig in, shall we?

We picked up right where we left off last season, with Ezra being taken off in an ambulance while Noel gave a statement to the police. I immediately started to question Noel’s motives before I realized he was talking to the police to that Aria wouldn’t have to. The Liars needed to get out of there. And “A” needed to hitch a ride to the hospital on top of an ambulance. So at this point, “A” can fight off Fitz, hop rooftops, and find his way onto the top an ambulance. Thoughts?

The Liars quickly determined “A” wasn’t Ali’s mom — you don’t say? — before they came up with a decoy plan to get Aria to the hospital. After Ali quoted a little Sun Tzu, as high schoolers do, the girls split up. Best part of this scene? Spencer calling “A” a “he/she/it/bitch.” Mystery solved!

At the Hastings household, poor Peter was clearly traumatized by what Melissa had told him. In the season 4 finale, Melissa claimed to know who killed the girl in Ali’s grave, and apparently it was so upsetting that Peter wants to keep it a secret. Just as Melissa was going to tell Detective Holbrook what she knew, Peter stopped her. According to him, Veronica can never know. So is he worried about the murderer reveal or the victim reveal?

In this scene, we also learned just how much Melissa hates Ali. Spoiler: She pretty much blames her for everything that has ever gone wrong. I was really waiting for someone to say, “Ali is the scandal,” but no such luck.

Meanwhile, a very gothic-glam Mona was watching the news about the missing girls and their very alive friend Alison DiLaurentis. She immediately called a meeting to order. And no, that wasn’t Red Coat she was talking to. It was a surprisingly hip Lucas! He was back and ready to join Mona’s “B” — or is it “C”? — team. More on that in a moment.

NEXT: New York is home to the world’s creepiest playground

At the hospital, “A” apparently snuck his/her way into the OR, where the surgeons were working a little too low on Ezra’s body for my liking. I’m pretty sure he got shot in the stomach, guys. And if that weren’t bad enough, apparently no one noticed the black hoodie in the room. Honestly, did anyone think “A” was a doctor just because he/she put a lab coat on? “A” put it on over top of a black hoodie, while also wearing black leather gloves (which you cannot text in, FYI). These are either the world’s dumbest doctors, or “A” is a big enough hot shot that he/she can walk into an OR looking like Darth Vader and blend in. Could it be Wren? Eh, I’m not even sure he’s cute enough for that. Wait, I take it back.

Once he/she ditched the magical lab coat, “A” was just out in the hallway, wearing a mask and making a phone call. NBD. Apparently no one in this insane asylum-looking hospital has ever seen a horror movie. But you know who has? The PLL writers.

Ali’s decoy worked, but she ended up finding herself at a playground with “A.” Whose voice was that that said “Wanna play?” I swear it sounded familiar. This show makes me feel like I’m on True Detective or something, the way I analyze every detail. Regardless, everyone but Aria found Ali at the playground. The thing was, “A” also had backup in the form of at least 15 minions in black hoodies. They all started circling the Liars.

Now, this is New York, so do we think they’re all on the “A” team, or did “A” just find some theater minions looking for a fun role? There’s no way Ali’s pissed off that many people in her life.

After the police showed up and drove all the hoodies away to the sewers of the earth, Ali took the girls to the Fitzgerald Theater, a.k.a. Fitz’s family theater where they used to hang out. She knew it would be a safe place for them to sleep. Ali told the girls about the Ezra she knew before Spencer’s stomach rudely interrupted. While they got snacks, Ali called Shana and told her to check in on Aria. Now call me crazy, but by “check on Aria,” I don’t think she meant “try to kill Ezra,” which was what appeared to happen. And when Fitz finally woke up, he clearly tipped Aria off to something Shana-related when she scanned the waiting room looking for her.

NEXT: Another one bites the dust

At the theater, the girls bonded over the hobbies they’ll never be able to have before falling asleep. However, Ali was quickly woken up by a leather glove over her mouth. Calm down, it was just CeCe, who’d escaped from jail — do you have to be a ninja to live in Rosewood? [Theory: “A” is Oliver Queen. We know Stephen Amell does parkour! I’m sort of totally kidding.]

At this moment, it looked like CeCe had been a good guy all along. She’d helped Ali in Ravenswood, and now she needed help. Noel, the PLL vacuum cleaner, handed CeCe the passport he’d gotten for Ali. Just like that, CeCe was out.

In Rosewood, Mona was holding the first “C” team meeting. She’d called up everyone who’d ever been victimized (read: nicknamed) by Ali, which included two familiar faces: Paige and Lucas. Mona gave a great speech about how they all need to protect each other, but Paige wasn’t feeling it. Well, she wasn’t feeling it until Melissa walked in.

Back at the theater, Ali told Emily about how CeCe had acted as a decoy the night Emily nearly got sawed in half. She also mentioned CeCe killing that cop, which means CeCe officially killed Wilden, right? Right? Too bad we didn’t have time to figure it out before Holbrook located the Liars. However, “A” beat him to it. And by “A,” I mean Shana.

Shana walked into the theater holding a gun. She admitted that she was the one who’d tried to kill them at the lodge. Apparently Ali sent her to Rosewood looking for answers, and instead, she’d found Jenna. Shana fell in love and decided that she needed to kill Ali out of love for Jenna. She wanted justice. But justice isn’t easy to come by, especially not when Aria was holding a rifle. Aria hit Shana with the gun, knocked her off stage, and Shana fell into the orchestra pit, where she appeared to hit her head on a music stand. Regardless of how, she was dead.

Did Aria really mean what she said about it all being over? They can’t genuinely think it’s just one person at this point, right? Hours ago, they stood in a playground surrounded by black hoodies. Get it together, girls! Also, Shana clearly joined the game late.

My (current) top suspect: Jason

But what do you all think? Did you enjoy the premiere as much as I did?

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