Pretty Little Liars Recap: Mona Is Alive, Charles DiLaurentis Is 'Big A'
The season 5 finale ended on a huge cliffhanger
Who is Charles?
That’s the question Pretty Little Liars fans face after Tuesday night’s (literally!) electrifying spring finale.
Though we never saw his face, we know he’s “A.” According to the anagram from a few episodes ago, his last name is DiLaurentis. And based on the old film footage showing Mrs. D (Andrea Parker) playing with two little blond boys, we’re pretty confident this is author Sara Shepard‘s twin twist come to life. But it’s not Alison (Sasha Pieterse) who has the secret, evil doppelgänger – it’s her brother, Jason (Drew Van Acker).
• The girls’ van got hijacked on its way to the penitentiary, and they woke up locked in weird bedrooms inside A’s dollhouse. An automated voice led them to a living room where someone wearing a blonde wig, yellow shirt and mask was playing the piano.
• Surprise! Mona’s (Janel Parrish) alive, masquerading as the Stepford Wives version of Alison. At first, she seemed to be brainwashed into believing she really was Ali, but it turned out she was just playing the part for A. That’s our girl.
• A brought the girls to a creepy room designated for an opera-themed “prom” they’re supposed to plan. Spencer (Troian Bellisario) noted that the night’s song list exclusively contains hits from seven years ago, when Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) and Ian (Ryan Merriman) were seniors. The elder Hastings was looking hella suspicious.
• By acting totally aghast at the crappy decorations they’d been left with, Spencer tricked A into giving her the supplies to make some sort of machine that would shut down the electricity in the whole bunker. Mona also understood the science behind it, so we won’t question that plan. A also gifted Mona a gas mask, suggesting he planned to kill the rest of the liars after prom night. So Carrie!
• The Liars dressed up in the tacky gowns A gave them and headed to “prom.” Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” blasted through the speakers, so you know A loves The Hills. A bunch of freaky mannequins also donning formalwear were placed on the dance floor, but one of them moved! When it was time to crown “Ali” (aka Mona) as prom queen, Spencer called for “Charles” to come forward – she realized that lettered blocks in her room in the dollhouse spelled out that name. A masked man came forward, and Aria (Lucy Hale) flicked the shutter on a disposable camera that Mona and Spencer had rigged, shutting off the electricity.
• The girls ran away, but Spencer got separated, winding up in screening room where a vintage video of the DiLaurentis family played. Charles appeared for a hot second, but when Mona burst in, he was gone.
• Reunited with Aria, Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell), Spencer and Mona escaped the dollhouse only to end up in an outside pen surrounded by an electric fence. And that’s where the episode ended: a huge cliffhAnger. (Get it?)
• Meanwhile, Spencer’s parents joined forced with Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Ezra (Ian Harding) and Toby (Keegan Allen) to convince the police that, no, four teenage girls didn’t go on the lam by cyber-hacking their jail van. After much coaxing, Detective Tanner (Roma Maffia) decided to believe them. Caleb tracked the van to a place the Hastings parents had brought Melissa and Spencer as children: THE OLD CAMPBELL FARM! As in … Andrew Campbell (Brandon W. Jones)?! The cops found A’s control room/lair inside the barn, but they couldn’t locate the dollhouse … or A’s lifesize dolls.
• In other super shady news, Veronica Hastings (Lesley Fera) got a call from Melissa. We never heard what Spencer’s big sis told their mom … but Andrew sure did! Aria’s suitor went all NSA on Mrs. Hastings’s phone, tapping it so he could listen to the conversation.
• “We just had an accident.” –Emily
“Yeah, I did, in my pants!” –Aria
• “Please follow the lighted pathway. Please follow the lighted pathway.” –Automated voice in A’s dollhouse
“We heard you, bitch.” –Hanna
• “I didn’t think you were wearing these for a fashion statement.” –Mona, on the girls’ orange jumpsuits
• ” ‘Hanna Marin, food and beverage committee.’ Bite me.” –Hanna
Questions for Next Season
•Mona told the Liars that Mrs. Grunwald saved her. Is that true, or was she talking as “Ali”?
• Wasn’t Mona the one who left the “Charles DiLaurentis” anagram note for the girls? Why didn’t she clue them in while they were trapped in the dollhouse?
• Will the police find everyone, or will they have to get free on their own?
• Is Melissa involved in this? Did she know about Charles? We’re betting yes and yes.
• WHAT IS UP WITH ANDREW?!
FAvorite FAn Theories
Here are your best guesses from last week. And hey, you never know: Charles could have had some help terrorizing four teenagers.
• From A: “I totally think that Andrew is A. At the end of the episode (where they always show a clip of A, well, being A) dolls that I’m guessing were the Liars were in a Woman’s Correctional Facility bus. But one doll was pulled out, that looked suspiciously like Aria, and was given flowers?”
• From @Samantha_Fong: “I swear it’s Melissa. It’s no one obvious. We all know Marlene is too smart for that.”
• From Just A Theory Or Two: “Ohmygosh! I have this weird feeling that not only will über A be revealed next week, but other characters of the show who were in on it the whole time will be too. I’m talking about Potential ‘A’ members like Caleb’s tech savvy skills, Wren’s ability to get in and out of hospitals/Radley, and tamper with medical equipment, Andrew’s strength & brains, Lucas’s film/camera skills, Toby’s inside information with the police/jail & tampering police records.”
• From @JENNNYYYC: “I believe A is Jenna and Aria has been helping her.”
• From Just a Theory: “Charles DiLaurentis is an anagram for the 3 sentences Mona left behind. My guess is that Charles DiLaurentis is Bethany’s father, and that Mrs D. had a fling with her brother-in-law, thus producing Bethany, then realizing she had to get rid of her, and gave her up for adoption or at least gave her to her father and whoever he was with at the time, to raise up. But the loss was so deep that she quickly fell pregnant with Alison to Kenneth.”