Caleb tells the truth about Ravenswood, and Melissa reveals who killed Bethany Young.
Ali is the enemy. Of course we can’t be sure that’s the truth, but that was the point of view that this episode took, and that’s exactly what made it work. Basing the entire hour around something so concrete, so certain—if only for a moment—gave the show a firm foundation upon which to add layers of relationship drama, family secrets, and one very telling confessional. After all this time, it was a breath of fresh air for these girls to know exactly whom to blame. For years, it’s been about blaming “A,” a mysterious figure no one can identify. Blaming Ali, on the other hand, finally put a face on the idea of “the bad guy” and allowed viewers to get out of their own heads for a second and start having fun with all of the Rosewood craziness again.
Speaking of craziness, we caught up with the Liars on their way to the Rosewood Police Station to tell the truth about Ali’s story when “A” stopped them via a television display window. When all the TV sets lit up with a picture of Ali leaving Hanna’s hospital room—and proving the girls knew she was alive—the Liars knew their plan had been foiled. As “A” told them, “We’re all in this together.” So does that mean “A” is helping Ali? Or, if we went with Emily’s bold theory (to go with her bold new attitude), “A” is Alison.
To get more info, Emily took the ATM picture of Ali to Ezra, who helped track down another shot of the same interaction. Yep, Ali was meeting with Cyrus long before he came to Rosewood and “confessed” to kidnapping her. Again, all signs point to Ali being “A,” a theory even Hanna shares. Yes, Hanna has thoughts. Well, more like things that she claims “show up” in her head. Basically, if “A” said Ali wasn’t allowed to leave town, then how come Ali’s currently out of town with her dad? Did Ali strike a deal with “A”?
Just as the questions come flooding in, writer Joseph Dougherty goes meta by having Aria and Hanna perfectly sum up the Liars’ struggle—as well as every viewer’s struggle with the show—in two sentences: “Nobody tells you anything when you want to know it, only when they feel like telling it. And then they only tell you enough to make you crazy to know more.” Bravo.
And speaking of tight-lipped individuals, Lieutenant Tanner finds the girls walking around town and asks to chat. She claims she’s “lucky” to get three of them together at once, which only proves she’s the worst detective ever, because these girls almost always travel in groups of three or more. Anyway, she tells the girls that the hunt for Cyrus is on before asking them who they think killed Bethany Young? Ah yes, the old “ask the 17-year-olds about murder when their parents aren’t there” tactic. Good police work, Tanner. Maybe you should’ve used your time more wisely and asked them something they could’ve actually helped you with, like what hair products to use to regain some volume. Honestly.
From flat hair to unexpectedly large hair, we go from Tanner to Paige, who has a hot date with some random blonde. Although considering that Paige started her date at a coffee shop in formal wear, it’s doubtful there will be a second date. At this point, things are looking good for Emily to win her woman back.
NEXT: Melissa’s confession
Across town, Emily’s relationship problems are nothing compared to Aria’s. Well, Aria’s problem with Mike and Mona’s relationship (also known as the return of M&M). And when Mona replaces Ella at family night, Aria has had it. She whispers something to Mona that makes her cry and ultimately leads to the two of them having a heart-to-heart, where Mona claims she was only ever trying to protect herself. And now, she warns Aria, and all the Liars, that after Ali is through with Mona, she’ll come for them next. Mona then reveals that she knows some stuff about New York, and for once, she seems sincere in her warning. But then again, any of these Rosewood girls can cry on cue.
But Mona’s tear ducts aren’t the only ones hard at work in Rosewood. For Caleb, it’s finally time to let go of his ugly secret and talk to Hanna about Ravenswood. Of course, it takes a while to get there. After a brief mention of Spencer’s old sobriety coach, Dean, Spencer decides to call in Cadet
Kelly Toby for some help. (But can we also call Dean? He’s hot.)
Over dinner, Spencer’s plan for a bromance confessional backfires, and Toby manages to piss Caleb off enough for him to want to pack up and leave, but Hanna stops him. She’s ready for some answers, so he tells her all about how he’s scared that his actions in Ravenswood got rid of the demons and messages but maybe didn’t help Miranda.
[Insert painfully obvious Ouija promotion here.]
Hanna assures him that things will be fine and that she didn’t come this far not to have a happy ending. And after one final Ouija message from Miranda—”goodbye”—Caleb sleeps as the fireflies gather outside. Two thoughts: 1) If Caleb is having trouble sleeping, perhaps he should try an actual bed; and 2) Do the fireflies mean spirits are coming to Rosewood? Because unless they kill “A,” they’re just another nuisance.
So, with Hanna cleaning up Toby’s mess, Spencer’s able to head home and receive a package from Melissa who claims to be back in London. It’s the videotape we saw last week. On it, Melissa reveals her secret as Spencer stands by in a scene that was a bit over-directed. Sure, it was a cool idea to have Spencer watching Melissa confess, but wouldn’t it have been just as effective without having them “in the same room”? That aside, the confession itself reveals that the night Ali disappeared, Melissa saw Spencer fight with Ali and then walk away with the shovel. Melissa saw Ali’s bloodied body on the ground and assumed Spencer had killed her. So trying to be a good sister, Melissa buried the body. Only now, she’s realized that it wasn’t Ali that she buried and it wasn’t a dead body. Rather, she’d buried Bethany Young alive.
This brings up a million questions, such as why Bethany Young was wearing the same clothes as Ali. And why was her head bleeding? Was Spencer’s chat with Bethany after her chat with Alison that night? And who dug the hole Melissa put Bethany into?
Too bad we don’t have any time to answer those questions, because Tanner tells Byron that one of the Liars is finally ready to tell the truth, and by process of elimination, it has to be Ali. So will the Liars act before Ali can destroy all of them?
Theory time: The big question right now is why Bethany was dressed in the same clothes as Ali that night, as if someone wanted to swap them out. Who would know what Ali was going to wear in enough advance to get a second outfit? Ali? Perhaps Mrs. D had more to do with that night than we realized, and that’s why she buried Ali alive. Is Bethany another of Mrs. D’s kids? Did Melissa really not get a good look at Bethany’s face?
(Current) top suspect: Alison
What did you all think of the episode? Do you think Spencer hit Bethany in the head? Why? And for goodness sake, who is Bethany Young?
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