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Pretty Little Liars 5×11 Recap: “No One Here Can Love or Understand Me”

After Alison’s little confession regarding her “kidnapper” Cyrus, the rest of the girls lost complete trust in the blonde. I’m tired of her games too. They finally think it’s time to come [sort of] clean to the police and that’s where tonight’s episode begins.

policeThe girls make their way to the police station and it’s in plain view calling their name. They plan to throw Ali under the bus and confess a half truth, but “A” gets to them before any confessing can take place. A video of Alison the day she visited Hanna in the hospital show up on some tv screens in a shop window. This shows that the girls may have known that Alison was in fact alive before they “saved” her from Cyrus. “We’re all in this together” flashes across the screen before “A” rudely posts “Act normal, bitches”. How does one act normal in this situation?

After their failed attempt, the girls retreat back to their “normal” lives. The theory that Alison could be “A” crosses Spencer and Emily’s mind and I think it’s a great theory after her little stunt with sending Cyrus away last week. Emily reveals to Spencer that she regrets pushing Paige away. Later on, we see Paige trying to move on.

Hanna makes her way to visit Caleb. He’s startled by her as she wakes him up, but Hanna then calls Caleb out for drinking again. She’s worried with good reason. I’m excited to get some sort of closure on the Ravenswood chapter of Caleb’s life.

Emily can’t shake off Alison’s lies so she goes to Ezra to have him do some more research and updates him on Alison’s latest lie that put Cyrus in jail for a second. She gives him the photo of Alison in clear view at an ATM with the back of an unidentified man. At this point I’m going to assume it’s Cyrus.

Aria comes home and Mona is with Mike. It’s so awkward because Aria still doesn’t trust Mona. It’s with good reason since Mona is to blame for some of this drama. Aria confesses her feelings about Mona to her father, but all they can do is let Mike live his life and maybe watch from the sidelines and make sure Mona doesn’t pull some act that hurts the young Montgomery.

The next day Hanna also brings up the theory of “A” and Alison being one in the same. My question right now is..where exactly is Alison right now? She’s tried getting hold of the girls last night, but no one picked up. Then the one place where they would all show up (school), Alison is MIA? Because honestly, I don’t think Alison’s father really took her out of town for a little.

Amongst all the Ali drama, Hanna is still looking out for Caleb and asks Spencer about her old sober coach. Spencer thinks Toby is the guy to talk to Caleb instead, after all they have this epic bromance. While they discuss the sobriety of Caleb, Spencer receives a goodbye note from Melissa and soon the big secret will be revealed!

Hanna has another “bad thought” thinking that Ali left town and may have made a deal with A, like she did with Noel. Another plausible theory, but Detective Tanner decides to interrupt Hanna’s conversation with Aria and Emily.

Detective Tanner tries to reassure the girls that they’ll find Cyrus soon. I don’t think they could care less. Before she leaves, she asks them if they ever thought about who killed Bethany Young. This takes them off guard. Hanna calls Spencer and freaks because while there was no connection before, there is one now after all their snooping at Radley and at the horse stables.

While Spencer discusses Caleb’s current “haunted” state with Toby, Spencer receives a package from Melissa. It’s the video confession we’ve all been waiting for! Melissa reveals she’s running back to England, but not before revealing what happened the night Alison “disappeared”. “I saw you the night Alison disappeared. I heard you fighting with her..” Melissa starts. Apparently, Melissa thought Spencer killed Alison with the shovel she was dragging along. At that moment, Melissa freaked seeing a girl she thought was a dead Alison and ended up burying that girl alive. Now there’s an answer to the Bethany Young case, but what will Spencer do with this information?

Back to trying to live the normal life, Caleb’s intervention begins when Toby straight up asks what’s been bothering him. Caleb’s reaction: “Who died and made you Oprah?”

It’s family night with the Montgomery’s and they opt to watch an old film. Because Ella canceled, Mona happens to take her place. Aria is not happy sitting next to the girl who’s been in the “A” game. During the film, Aria whispers something into Mona’s ear. This troubles Mona and she steps out of the theater to compose herself.mona5x11

Like a good sister, Aria complies to Mike’s request to check on Mona and the two actually share a moment. Mona even warns her about Alison tossing them aside and playing games with them because of the new found lack of trust. “I’m just trying to protect myself. That’s all i’ve been doing protecting myself from her.” I’m trusting Mona over Ali now and it’s a strange feeling.

Ezra does his research on the photo and finds another photo showing Cyrus was the man with Ali. Cyrus Petrulo isn’t the only name he’s known for. It appears he has a thing for running and changing identities. No wonder he and Ali are such good friends.

Spencer rewatches the video and has a conversation as if her sister was there listening to her.melissaconfesses1 “She was a stranger and I buried her alive because I thought I was protecting you,” we hear Melissa say again and it’s heartbreaking. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, while Melissa and Spencer have a complicated relationship, their dynamic is just so great and intense. I once again applaud Torrey DeVitto and Troian Bellisario.

Detective Tanner pays a visit to to Mr. Montgomery while Aria listens in the shadows of her home. Byron has some sass and I love how he’s not enjoying Tanner running around in circles. Tanner reveals that she is certain that Aria is part of the complications of the open cases. What comes next makes me nervous. According to Tanner, someone stepped up and came forward wanting to tell the truth. When Byron asks who, Tanner says goodnight.

On the Caleb front, he’s angry at Hanna for the intervention. Hanna doesn’t think Caleb can take care of himself this time and Caleb finally cracks and retells what he experienced in Ravenswood. If you didn’t watch the show, there was pacts, dead people, demons and doppelgangers (the last recap I did for Ravenswood can be found here). Basically, Caleb was involved in a pact he did not agree to and was supposed to die along with their friend Miranda (Nicole Anderson). According to Caleb, they found a way to get rid of the pact and demons by releasing the jars of hair. The woods filled with fireflies in an event, Mrs Grimwald referred to as the “great ascendency”.

Miranda’s spirit was gone and so was everything else. While Hanna is convinced that Caleb did his best to help Miranda, he believes otherwise. He brings up the Ouija board sitting on his coffee table and it’s not just a game to him anymore. Honestly, a part of my giggled at the obvious product placement/advertisement for the movie (#WatchOuija). “I can sleep, i’m just afraid of my own dreams,” Caleb remembers the first time he spoke to Miranda after her death. While Hanna asserts that she is there for Caleb, the Ouija board moves and points to the word “goodbye”. I wonder if we’re ever going to see any of the Ravenswood kids again.

The girls seem to be pretty sure that Alison was the one to step up to Detective Tanner and I’m sure that’s a good assumption. I just wonder what additional lies and stories Alison will make up this time. Also after Spencer shows Emily and Aria the video of Melissa’s confession, Spencer throws out the idea that Bethany Young’s involvement was part of the plan. I wouldn’t be surprised.

And there you have it, folks. Next week is the #fAtalfinale and someone will die! I wonder who! I hope we get some answers to hold us over the break!

A PLL recap: “Who’s in the box?” Because Alison isn’t.

A PLL recap: “Who’s in the box?” Because Alison isn’t.

On the last episode of PLL, we found out who was “A” / “board shorts”. The other shocker was the fact that Alison is/was ALIVE this whole time. She’s back, bitches, and she needs the help of the little liars.

The girls are still in shock and none of them feel insanely happy about it. They’re all on edge and at this point they don’t really seem like they want to trust Alison, but they need her to answer their questions of the past.

Hanna’s got a theory and Spencer is pretty shocked that Hanna actually came up with something that may actually be a theory. Frankly, I’m surprised no one else came up with it earlier. Basically it goes like this: A body not belonging to Alison is in her coffin. Someone else who is dead was buried in the backyard after Alison was pulled out by Grunwald. There’s a girl who went missing the same time Ali did and she may help make all the connections. “It was important to somebody that we think it was Ali.”

And so the search begins. “Knock, knock — Who’s there?”

The girls are determined to find out if Ali contacted anybody else. First person that comes to their mind: Jason DiLaurentis. Emily finds out from Mrs. D that Jason is supposedly traveling across the country. While this conversation takes place, Mrs. D is changing Alison’s bed sheets, and I’m sitting here thinking she knows exactly where both of her children are hanging out.

Now a cute ass Spoby scene happens and Spencer’s whole demeanor changes. It’s quite adorable if you ask me.

Mona is still trying to get on Hanna’s good side. She seems to want to get back to normal, whatever that is, but Hanna is still hesitant to trust her. Totally understandable since bitch tried to kill them and was “A” minor for a long period of time.

“You all know the plot to Jekyll and Hyde but you don’t know the story.” – an English lesson by Mr. Fitz. What a fitting story considering what the viewers just found out back in October. Now they’re playing eerie music as Ezra shows up on the screen and I’m not okay. But Ezra wants another chance after Aria is done with Rosewood High. “I would like to try and be the person you think I am.”

Hanna did her research and found a girl named Sara Harvey who went missing around the time that Alison did. She filled Emily and Spencer in on her findings, but for some reason a video started to play on a projector in the classroom they were in. “A” has moved on from text messages and has decided to do subliminal messages inserting the following message in the video: “Ali, Ali, Oxen-free. Whoever finds her gets to keep her. Kisses –A” The game has just started back up again. Ezra is talking to Aria as this is happening, so I’m curious as to who is manning the projector.

Spencer goes to her father to ask about her half-brother Jason. Mr. Hastings wants Spencer to avoid Jessica DiLaurentis at all costs and it’s kind of fishy that he’s so passionate about it.

Emily seems to be the only liar that doesn’t care that Ali is alive — or she cares too much. She’s defensive and angry. Considering the girl that she loved was alive this whole time, it’s understandable she doesn’t want to trust Alison, the girl that gave them everything and took it all back. But Hanna brings up a good point. “We don’t know which one is the truth. None of us does, so we have to bring her back.”

Another Rosewood boy has returned! Caleb is back from Ravenswood and Hanna couldn’t be any happier. But it’s complicated and that’s all I’m gonna say for now.

Emily and Hanna meet Sara’s friends. Avery, one of the friends, is not present at the meeting, but according to the others, she was the last to see Sara. Here’s what screws up Hanna’s theory. Avery saw Sara the day after Labor Day..the day after the cement was poured as the foundation for the gazebo.

Mrs. Marin is now going to work for Mrs. D. She’s been having trouble trying to find a job due to her recent stint in jail regarding the death of our favorite detective, but Mrs. D listened to some advice. “Alison suggested it.” Alison is showing up in Jessica’s dreams, but they’re not really dreams. At this point I’m not sure if Jessica is in on Alison’s game. If she’s not, then this is all kinds of creepy.

Now onto my favorite scene of the show. Mona, first “A”, chats it up with Mr. Fitz, ultimate “A” (at least for now). I like how Mona had the balls to indirectly confront Ezra. She first starts off with how envious she is of the other girls and their student-teacher relationship with Mr. Fitz. Then she brings up Mr. Fitz reading list filled with mystery, secrets, masks and stolen identities. #MonaKnows and Fitz could care less.

“Fear is the number one motivator…but it also makes you vulnerable. Fear can be a very good thing, Mona. It can keep you from underestimating people. It can keep you from making mistakes about how far you can push someone before you push back.” And fear just made Mona get up and leave, without another word about secret identities and revenge.

Aria, who is still dating Jake, went ahead and called Ezra and of course he came to the rescue. She wants to go somewhere and Ezra is willing. The fact that she hopped into his car out in the open confuses me. They’re supposed to be less obvious. I love Ezria, but again, all the creepy music that surrounds Ezra makes it so hard to forget what we learned!

Emily is closing up The Brew and hears some mysterious knocking. I’m thinking that Alison is secretly visiting her because she knows how disappointed and angry Emily is, but I’m wrong. It’s Claire, one of Sara’s friends. Emily and Claire talk more about their missing friends. Claire is jealous that Ali is dead and Sara’s still missing. Apparently, Sara was a bitch. “She’s gone, but she’s not gone and we can’t get away from her.” Man, if only Claire knew…

Ezra brings Aria to a remote cabin in the woods. I’m thinking some stuff is about to go down, but he gets all sweet and gives Aria a key to the cabin. “We could have this place…It could be our secret.” My Ezria heart is hurting.

Now back to Haleb. Caleb has been giving Hanna lots of “It’s complicated” explanations. I really wish that Caleb would just tell Hanna about his situation. I’m sure she’d understand considering how her life is going at the moment. For him to make Hanna think that there’s something going on between him and Miranda makes me so frustrated. However, at the same time I get that he doesn’t want to get Hanna involved in the Ravenswood web. THIS IS NOT EASY. When Hanna cries, I cry. UGH.

Earlier, we learned that Mr. Hastings was passionate about Spencer staying away from Jessica DiLaurentis. Now we learn that he is passionate about taking Radley down. He says it’s for Spencer, but i’m guessing there’s some other ulterior motives involved.

After Emily’s talk with Claire, she decides to tell Paige about her past feelings for Alison. But now, clearly those feelings are gone. “I don’t think she ever loved anybody.” Ouch. “Cruel would mean she cared what she was doing. I don’t think she did.” Yup, now my Emison heart is broken.

Cue another Haleb scene to make me cry. “Goodbye.”

Anyways, the girls still have no idea who’s in Alison’s grave. But maybe Hanna’s little discovery may lead them closer. After stealing the item from “A”s lair, she finally decided to let the others in on it — Ali’s diary. They shall now begin from page 1.

The final “A” scene of the night, brought us back to Ezra’s cabin in the woods. The black hooded figure opens the door and goes straight to the little hidden door on the floor. I’m assuming this hidden passageway leads to the main “A” headquarters. What bothered me about this scene was the fact that we didn’t see a face. “A” could still be anyone despite what we were shown in the last episode and we still have no idea.

Until next time liars…