Safety in numbers.
Taking off from where we left the Liars last episode (see official recap here), Hanna waits to hear back from Uber A after fake-confessing that she killed Charlotte. Aria calls Alison who tells her that she is coming home but Elliott is heading to a conference in Chicago. Emily says Alison shouldn’t be alone and Ezra reminds the girls that none of them should be alone until this is over.
You lie, you die.
Uber A texts back, warning Hanna that if she is lying about killing Charlotte, Uber A will shoot everyone. Spencer is worried about Hanna’s plan but Hanna insists it’s the only option they have and says she trusts Caleb to keep her safe. Hanna tells Uber A she is telling the truth and threatens to call the cops but Uber A demands that there be no police involved. Uber A takes the bait to meet with Hanna, but she asks for one more day before the meet. Uber A tells Hanna it will be her last…
Alison rests up...
While Alison convalesces at home, Elliott admits that he still blames himself for Charlotte’s death but Alison says he’s not responsible and that she and Jason would never have had the time to get to know Charlotte without his help. We find out from Elliott that Jason has been looking after the Carissimi Group organisation, using money from the group to ‘help people’.
All paths lead to Radley.
Comparing blueprints for the old Radley Sanitarium to the new Radley Hotel suites, Spencer tells Toby that Sara Harvey’s old room aligns with a secret exit and that Sara has just checked back into the Hotel, staying directly above the old Radley basement. Spencer tells Toby that Sara must be in looking for something and if the Liars find it, it might prove that Sara is Uber A.
Spoby have a plan!
Sporting sexy new specs, Toby explains that the records room in the old Radley basement isn’t on the new blueprint for the Hotel and that the space was turned into a secret room, possibly by Charlotte. Toby tells Spencer he can seal Sara’s secret exit door so she won’t be able to get back in but he will have to do it during Election night. Spencer is nervous that Toby will upset Yvonne if he’s not there for the Election night party, but he insists on helping Spencer anyway.
Aria and Ezra are working on the book at his place but Aria notices he seems upset. Crying, he finally admits that he’ll never see Nicole again. Aria comforts Ezra and he thanks her for helping him finally finish writing the book.
Mom, is that you?
Home alone, Alison finds her jewelry box playing seemingly by itself in her room but as she turns around she’s terrified to see her mom, looking like a zombie, staring back at her. Still shaken and confused, Alison answers the house phone and after a long pause a women’s voice on the other end finally asks ‘Did you miss me?’
Is it all in Alison's head?
Alison invites Emily for dinner because she doesn’t want to be alone. She tells Emily about seeing her mother in a dream at the hospital and earlier that day. Emily admits that she saw her father in a dream after his death and that Alison’s pain meds are probably causing hallucinations.
I’m not the enemy.
The Hastings are preparing for the election in their place when Mona arrives, offering to help Veronica’s campaign. Spencer is defensive at first, but when Mona explains she’s there to campaign, Spencer begrudgingly lets her stay.
Toby tries to explain to Yvonne why he won’t be at the Election Party with her and her mom, but he refuses to tell her why. Angry, Yvonne tells Toby that she won’t let herself become the woman who forces him to choose between her and Spencer.
How DID this get so complicated?
Setting up at the Lost Woods Resort, Caleb explains to Hanna how his plan will reveal ‘A-moji’ once and for all. While they keep watch over Alison, Emily tells Aria that the book she wrote with Ezra is incredible and that Liam will love it. Aria admits that she was writing about her feelings for Ezra, not Liam when she was writing the book.
Wilden! Wait, what?!
While asleep, Alison feels a hand touch hers. She turns, thinking Elliott has returned home, only to discover that Detective Wilden is lying in bed with her. When she screams, Emily and Aria rush to find her cowering in a corner. A distressed Alison explains that she felt Wilden touch her hand but the girls try to tell her that she's just seeing things. Alison starts to question her own sanity…
I love you...
At Spencer’s place, Caleb and Spencer creep on each other as they get dressed but are interrupted when Spencer’s dad arrives. As Caleb leaves, Spencer tells him she loves him but he doesn’t reply.
Uninvited house guests.
Home alone again, Alison sees her dead mom looking in through a window pointing at a shot up Wilden. At Ezra’s place, he tells Aria that their editor loved their book and that it’s going to be huge. Overwhelmed by the news, Aria and Ezra start making out and…take things from there…
What really happened to Haleb?
At Lost Woods Resort, Hanna and Caleb arrive to set up
for the night. While there, Hanna has a flashback to her breakup with Caleb.
Turns out Haleb had planned a huge trip to Europe that Hanna was flaking out of
because of her job. Upset, Caleb told her that if she left for work he would
leave for Europe without her.
‘I never stopped loving you’
Later, Hanna tells Caleb that she let him down and explains what really happened that night he left for Europe. After she’d left, Hanna immediately headed back to her apartment to apologise to Caleb, but by the time she got back, he was already gone. Hanna tells Caleb that she never stopped loving him and they kiss…
Emily returns to Alison’s place to find her gone. When Elliott calls Alison’s phone, Emily answers and tells him she doesn’t know where Alison is. When she calls Spencer to ask for help finding Alison, Spencer says she can’t leave because she and Toby are about to head to the Radley Hotel basement to find the secret room.
Hanna's as ready as she'll ever be...
Back at the Resort, Hanna texts Uber A to let her know she is there alone. Aria, Ezra and Caleb head outside to keep track of anyone who approaches the Resort. Emily finally finds Alison in the church and Alison’s convinced that seeing her mom and Wilden is proof she’s mentally ill and needs help.
What are you looking for?
At Radley, Spencer and Toby find the secret room when Mona suddenly appears, having followed them to the basement. The room is empty except for an old Radley patient file belonging to Mary Drake, who gave birth to Charles Drake while she was at Radley. The two realize that Charlotte (previously known as Charles) was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis!
And who is Mary Drake?!
Charlotte wasn’t Jason’s older sister because they were practically the same age and the DiLaurentis’ must have lied about that to hide the adoption. Spencer wonders why Charlotte would hide this file, but Mona thinks it wasn’t Charlotte, it was her birth mother, Mary Drake.
At the Resort, Hanna patiently awaits Uber A’s arrival while Ezra, Aria and Caleb track the perimeter. The lights Caleb fitted to expose Uber A go crazy and confuse them for a few moments. They realise somethings not right and head back to Hanna’s room only to discover she’s gone!
Alison will be in safe hands...we think.
While Alison admits herself into psychiatric care at the hospital, Emily questions whether it’s the right thing to do and suggests Alison should wait until Elliott returns. Alison tells Emily that this was where Charlotte got the help she needed and it’s the best place for her right now.
They really should’ve checked the floors...
Back at Radley, as Spencer and Toby celebrate Veronica winning the election to become State Senator, Spencer receives a call from Aria who tells her that Hanna is missing. They rush to the Resort to find Ezra, Aria and Caleb checking out a trap door in the floor of the cabin Hanna was in. Caleb yells at Spencer when he sees Mona is with them, but Mona assures Caleb that she followed them.
Is that, Mrs. D?!
The group checks over the footage caught by Caleb’s cameras as Hanna went missing and discover that the person they saw approach the Resort was someone who looks just like Jessica DiLaurentis.
Elliott is quite literally two-faced.
At Alison’s house, we see Wilden again but it’s
revealed that Wilden’s ghost is actually Elliott wearing a Wilden mask! Mary
Drake (the woman the gang saw at the Resort) is also there and Elliott tells her
that Alison is in hospital and has signed papers to sign over 51% of Carissimi
Charlotte would be so proud...
Mary tells Elliott he was the only man Charlotte ever loved and he replies he would have done anything for her. Mary tells him he proved this when he married Alison, Charlotte’s cousin. This plan, Mary reveals, was to avenge Charlotte’s death and claim back from the DiLaurentis’ what she believes is rightfully hers…but is it? See here. (FYI - this will link to the "what's still a mystery" post when it's live).
What will the Liars do now?
As the Liars wonder whether they should call the police after seeing Mrs. D on video, they receive a text from ‘A.D.’ (aka Uber A) telling them they are free now but that whoever AD is, they have Hanna. But, back at Rosewood church, we see an unconscious Hanna being dragged to the bell tower by an unknown assailant!