There are some newspapers in the boxes, where the girls learn that Ali’s murder conviction was overturned (since, you know, Mona’s alive). They also learn what their parents have been going through—Hanna’s mom has apparently been so distraught that she was sent to the hospital. But the biggest discovery is what Aria finds in the back of the closet: Mona has carved “HE’S GOING TO KILL ME” into the wood.
With that, Spencer finds an Etch A Sketch in one of the boxes and finally tells the others what she figured out in the finale: “Charles is a DiLaurentis.” Earlier in this episode, she tried to explain to them what it was like when she shared airspace with Charles (in the season 5 finale). “Something about him was really familiar,” she says, and compares it to meeting someone you knew when you were little, like a pen pal or a cousin. Or, perhaps, a neighbor boy you forgot you knew? Or potentially, if Jason and Charles are twins—your other half-brother?
Ali’s car runs out of gas just as it reaches its destination. She’s instructed to open the trunk, where she finds a “See You Soon” card signed by all the Liars, and a new outfit. If she doesn’t leave her old outfit (and those nifty tracking-device boots) behind, “A” says he’ll kill the girls. She starts walking into the woods, following a marked trail, but Ali is smart: She leaves her old boots pointed in the direction of her path, so Ezra and Caleb know how to find her.
The dolls in the dollhouse are getting antsy—and angry. They go on a hunt for Charles’s vault to find the things he loves so they can use them as collateral. Once they find the vault, Spencer plays the home movie we saw in the finale, with Mrs. DiLaurentis holding a baby (Ali?) and her two sons running around. But when the clip ends, Spencer does something different: She sets it on fire, holding it up to the security cameras so Charles can see. They burn a doll and set its crib on fire, until brilliant Aria says, “What if A’s not watching this?” (Lucky for us, we could see that he was watching, switching back and forth from the burning film to the footage of Ali wandering the clearing, looking for the place).
Suddenly, the fire is spreading too fast, and the Liars need to escape. They pull back a curtain, and there’s Charles, in hood and mask, staring at them from the other side of the window. SCARY. After Charles pulls the fire alarm, which allows the Liars to escape, they run through the halls to find Mona, who has been suffering down in a Silence of the Lambs-style hole since right after the candy striper incident.
The fire turns out to be a blessing, because smoke starts coming up from a door in the ground, and as it grows, it leads Ezra, Caleb, and Ali to the dollhouse. They fling the doors open just as the girls come bursting up, and a happy reunion ensues: Girls with boyfriends, Liars with police. As Spencer and Toby embrace, she says, “We know who it is. We have a name.”
“It’s Andrew, babe,” Toby says. “And we’re going to get him.” Yeah, Andrew is probably guilty of something, but so is this Charles character—Spencer, tell him!
When Emily asks Ali, point blank, “Who is Charles DiLaurentis?”—fourth question—she gives one of her enigmatic Ali faces. She could know nothing, or everything. (Although the preview for next week shows Ali asking her dad who Charles is, so maybe she doesn’t know.)
Oh and that random girl from the beginning? That’s Sarah Harvey, who has been missing since around the time Ali originally disappeared. Looks like she’s been in this dollhouse the whole time. This season’s shaping up to be a doozy.
What questions did I miss? Did you feel like we got any satisfying A-nswers this episode?