Your Official Recap for Season 7 Episode 1: Tick-Tock Bitches

Catch up on all the crazy goings-on with this official recap!


So many questions!

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Tick-Tock Bitches throws us straight back into the dark world of the Liars when we see Spencer, Aria, and Emily burying something, or someone, in the dark. All three girls are visibly upset. Emily says that she’s not going to be able to live with whatever it is they’ve done, but Spencer, forever the realist, replies that there is nothing that can be done when a well-thought-out plan ends up as first-degree murder…!

That can't be Jessica DiLaurentis...

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Flashing back to four days earlier we see the Liars, minus Hanna, outside the church in Rosewood with Caleb, Toby, Ezra, and Mona. The gang notice a woman walking into the police station. They think she is Jessica DiLaurentis, but know this can't be true... unless they're all seeing ghosts! Toby finds out that she is actually Mary Drake, Jessica’s twin sister. Caleb looks visibly freaked out that Hanna could be in danger, and keeps snapping at Spencer!

Is Hanna Dead?

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Everyone in the group receives a text message from AD telling them that the bell tolls for Hanna. As the church bell then starts ringing, the group runs inside. They look up to see Hanna hanging from the bell tower. The friends release Hanna from her ties and lower her to the floor. They all fear the worst and begin breaking down. Caleb then spots that, thankfully, it was a doll wearing a lifelike mask, so Hanna must still be alive somewhere. The doll gives them all a chilling message: they have 24 hours to give AD Charlotte’s real killer… or Hanna dies!

The countdown begins!

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The team goes back to Spencer’s place where they try to think about who could have killed Charlotte. The majority think it could have been Alison since Ezra and Aria saw someone with a red coat go into the church the night Charlotte was killed. Toby then suggests that all they will need to prove Alison is the killer is the red coat, as it will have Charlotte’s blood on it. When a photo is texted of Hanna looking scared and hurt, the team springs into action. Emily, not believing that Alison is the killer, leaves to speak to her to find out the truth, while the others decide to split up. Believing that Mary Drake is the quickest route to Alison, Mona and Caleb tail her after she leaves the Lost Woods Resort, while Toby and Spencer investigate the bags she has left behind.

Welby is a scary place!

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Arriving at the hospital, Emily tells Elliott about Mary Drake, hoping that this will help get Alison released as it proves she was not seeing dead people. Elliott, however, tells Emily that Alison’s condition has deteriorated, saying that she has suffered from a psychotic breakdown and is consumed with shame. He believes that this has been triggered by a tragic event that she feels responsible for. This makes Emily think that Alison could actually be the killer and so later on, Emily goes into Alison’s room while she’s sleeping and tells Alison that she needs to know the truth about Charlotte. After Emily asks Alison if she killed Charlotte, Alison wakes up and asks for God’s forgiveness.

Team Spoby and Team Ezria reunite!

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Spencer and Toby break in to the Lost Woods Resort where they find a lot of books belonging to Mary Drake. Spencer finds one that is specifically about cyber war and Toby, investigating Mary's passport, finds out that she flew from Heathrow to Philadelphia a week before Charlotte died, giving her plenty of time to become Uber A. Meanwhile, Ezra and Aria break in to Alison’s house in an attempt to look for the red coat, but they are interrupted by Elliott coming home. Forced to sneak out, they aren't able to find the coat, but they do learn that Elliott keeps a locked cabinet with a hidden key in his and Alison's room.

Hot on Mary Drake's trail!

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Mona and Caleb, still following Mary Drake, see her loading bleach and charcoal into her van – everything, according to Mona, that you need to cover up a murder. Believing that she is on her way to kill Hanna, they follow her. Time is beginning to run out: Hanna is seen being tortured by her captor! AD seems like the most malicious A yet, which does not bode well for Hanna. Instead of leading Caleb and Mona to Hanna, Mary goes to Spencer’s house instead. Caleb tries to warn Spencer not to answer her door, but she does not see his text and so invites Mary Drake in for tea. Mary then tells Spencer that she and Spencer's family used to be very close, but that she and her sister Jessica never got along.

Ezria struggle with their feelings.

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Meanwhile, back at Ezra’s place, Aria tries to ask him what’s happening between them before they both agree that they have a lot to think about before they talk. On her way back home, Aria bumps into Emily at The Brew, but Emily does not tell her about what Alison said. Instead, she asks for the keys to Alison’s house. Back at the Lost Woods Resort, Mona and Caleb figure out that Mary is speaking to a guy at a bar near Hollis, and Aria goes to investigate. Spencer visits Hanna in a dream and gives her the courage to try and figure out how to escape.

Mary Drake was in Radley!

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After studying Mary Drake’s file from Radley, Spencer tells the group that she was in and out of the hospital for the majority of her life, and that she was first institutionalized because a child died in her care. No charges were filed, but Mary Drake had to stay in Radley until she was 18. Emily then arrives at Spencer’s place to tell everyone about what she heard Alison say, and to show them the red coat. While they argue about whether Alison is the killer or not, Caleb sneaks away with the coat. Back at the Lost Woods Resort, he leaves the coat and texts AD, telling them that the killer is Alison.

Hanna escapes!

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An unknown, hooded figure enters the place where Hanna has been held hostage only to find that she has escaped! We then see Hanna running through the forest where she flags down a car, screaming for help. And who is it behind the wheel? Mary Drake! Back at Spencer’s place, the team have had nothing but “radio silence” from AD and they're starting to worry. Meanwhile, at Welby, Elliott tells Alison that he knows she killed Charlotte. He then injects her with some kind of solution and whispers "Just like you, Alison, karma can be such a bitch."

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