The fight ends when Tanner summons them to the station — though Spencer makes Aria find her own ride. At Rosewood PD, Tanner outlines the evidence she has against them: pieces of glass from Lucas’ windshield in Spencer’s shower drain, plenty of Radley hotel footage… oh, and apparently none of these idiots know how to clear their search histories, and I personally think they should go to jail for that alone. Anyway, she can’t actually arrest any of them right then, so they go home.
In the car, Aria calls A.D., even angrier than before. “I don’t like being lied to!” she yells. “You were never going to meet me. You just wanted to blow up our lives. You got me to turn against everyone I love.” A.D. says their relationship isn’t over until they say it is (scary) and then Aria can’t even press the END button on the phone. But just as she’s about to chuck it out the window, A.D. says, “Don’t… tomorrow’s another day.”
The other Liars are sitting around at The Brew trying to figure out what to do about the whole “Choose” situation. Someone moans about going to jail, and Emily says, “This time around is kind of special… we did kill a guy.” True!
Hanna asks if anyone noticed anything different about Mona, but no one really takes her seriously. As if on cue, the phone goes off: They have 24 hours left to choose. They go around blaming themselves — Hanna because she was driving, Spencer because she used that credit card, Ali because she, uh, married “whatever his name was.” Then Emily reminds Spencer that she should really be the most understanding about Aria, because “A.D. convinced you to play the game first.” Thank you, Emily!
Someone else is spitting truths… but not exactly the welcome kind. Ashley Marin asks Caleb what’s really going on with Hanna and who she’s covering for about Archer Dunhill, and Caleb finally just tells her the truth. (Truth seems to be a new theme for these final three episodes, which makes sense.) Hanna is pissed at first, but they’re in love, so it’s all fine. She apologizes for getting Caleb involved in all these messes over the years, but something tells us he doesn’t mind.
Spencer heads to Aria’s, not exactly to apologize to her, but something close to it. Aria does apologize, and Spencer says, “I wish I could forgive you, but I might have misjudged you.” Still, she admits that, “None of us is blameless, so I do want to say I’m sorry for—”
They’re interrupted by a knock at the door: It’s the police bringing Aria’s files back. It seems Tanner has gotten proof that Aria was in New Hampshire, 300 miles away, on the night of Archer’s murder. Um, WHAT? A.D. providing Aria a solid (and fabricated) alibi?
Soon, Ezra comes home and explains that he found the police report. Aria apologizes for ever writing it, and Ezra (rightly) acknowledges that he started their relationship with a lie. But Aria brushes that off and says she’s going to tell him everything… right after they hook up one more time, “Because I’m not sure you’ll still be here when I’m done.”
As they reconnect, Emily and Ali have a romantic, night picnic in the woods, and Spencer visits Toby’s cabin. Everyone is having their “It might be our last night before jail” rendezvous, but Caleb and Hanna are doing it even bigger.
Caleb surprises Hanna by taking her to a justice of the peace that Ashley — their marriage witness — has convinced to stay open after hours. Ashley tells Hanna she’s already hired a lawyer for all that murder stuff… but first, they can get married and enjoy their evening. YAY! So here’s the wedding we were teased all season. But I still wonder… will we get another? Clearly, all the rest of the couples are in relatively good places, too…
The next day, the Liars (plus Caleb) all gather together for the countdown to run out. Well, everyone except Aria. Hanna makes everyone swear that no matter what happens, everyone else has to understand. The timer goes, and the phone says, “CHOOSE OR LOSE. WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE?” Spencer makes the choice for them: She smashes the phone with a rock. (“Why didn’t we think of that earlier?” Hanna says.)
Then, Caleb’s cell tower-tracker program finally gets a hit, so he calls his bro Ezra to investigate.
Meanwhile, Aria is alone in the apartment, and she calls A.D. one last time. She tells them she’s going to turn herself in to Tanner for the murder, but A.D. says it’s too late. “Time ran out. The game is over. And guess what? You won. The prize chosen especially for you is an unlimited supply of freedom.” Then the phone literally self-destructs by setting itself on fire. Aria finds her own phone in the police box and calls Spencer, racing out to her car.
She’s telling Spencer’s voicemail that she thinks she’s found a way to make things right, when something happens to her car. She stops it, gets out, and opens the trunk… to find Archer’s dead body sitting inside. (Well, we think it’s him: It’s missing the right finger.) Of course the cops pull up right as she slams the trunk closed.
Meanwhile, Caleb and Ezra follow the location signal… all the way to Mona’s. They’re watching her through some sort of thermal camera that can see through walls (like, what? Is that real? Can a regular 20-something in Pennsylvania buy something like that?!). They don’t enter the apartment, but we do… and there’s Mona, looking lovingly, curiously at the game, as a little jail cell pops up out of the grass. Mona puts her glasses on to look closer, and a little half smile twitches onto her lips.
So… is she still a red herring? Is Mona involved somehow? And what’s the status on the Spencer-twin theory? Did Toby get a long enough mourning period? Is anyone going to congratulate Hanna and Caleb? Should Aria marry a man who knew she was in high school when they got together?
We’ll see if the final two episodes answer any of these questions. I can’t believe we’re this close!