Oh, What Hard Luck Stories They All Hand Me

What to say about tonight’s episode of Pretty Little Liars…? It was extremely interesting. One of the Liars’ parents is finally seen again and that is Spencer’s mother who was talking to Alison’s lawyers to find out information about her and who might be questioned in trial. While Emily, Spencer, and Aria are watching Mrs. Hastings from across the street, they also see Holbrook get out of a car and walk into the police station.

While the Liars are sitting inside the brew a random redhead walks up to them and introduces herself as Lesli, Mona’s friend from out of town. When Lesli starts talking about Mona as if she were thebest friend who knew her better than anyone else, the girls become weary about her because the last time an unknown friend showed up it was CeCe and they still don’t trust CeCe.

Hanna and Caleb are at the police station and overhear Holbrook yelling at other police as he gathers his stuff and walks out of the room. He looks at them and says, “Perfect. Just perfect.” Then he walks away. Hanna later tells the girls that Holbrook was suspended for inappropriate behavior, such as being in a relationship with Alison and possibly cheating on her lie detector test for her.

Spencer goes through her mother’s papers and finds a list of people who have been visiting Alison in prison. One of the signatures both surprises and terrifies her so she goes to Aria to tell her that the signature was Mike’s. Naturally, Aria refuses to believe that Mike has been visiting Alison, who allegedly killed his girlfriend, but she agrees to confront him about it anyway.

When Hanna and Lesli go to Mona’s house together, Lesli picks up a book and asks Hanna if Mona ever talked to her about it. Hanna has a flashback of a time when Mona did talk to her about it. In the same flashback, Mona asks Hanna for three wishes and then shares that if she could have any wish, she’d wish for a stop watch that could stop time and space so that she was the only one moving or doing anything. She would be able to spy on people without them knowing. After the flashback Hanna says, “Mona was always thinking. She just wasn’t thinking what we thought she was thinking.”

Hanna and Lesli walk into The Brew with Mona’s book and Mike is there. He notices that they have the book and gets really defensive. He demands they give him the book so he can take it back to her house where it belongs. Hanna is able to calm him down and assure him that she will make sure it is put back where it belongs. After Mike walks away, Lesli tells Hanna that she was on the phone with Mona the night before she was murdered. She tells her that she heard a man’s voice over the phone telling her to get off the phone and talk to him. She is confident that it was Mike who was talking to Mona.

Hanna has another flashback of that night with Mona. In the flashback, Hanna asks Mona about Alison coming back and wonders if they would even notice her. Mona snaps that of course they would notice her, even if she cut and colored her hair. They would be the one’s she wouldn’t notice. She would be crazy and be locked into Radley “and no one gets out of there.”

While putting Mona’s book back, Hanna finds an audio tape hidden in the spine of the book. She quickly leaves and someone follows her. While she’s driving, Hanna notices that it’s a cop car that is following her. She opens the car door, picks up a long tool of some sort (it looks like a crowbar or something) and walks toward the other car. No one is in the car but then Holbrook shows up behind Hanna. He starts rambling, as if he’s drunk or insane, and asks, “How does a girl like Alison become a girl like Alison?” He goes on about how, because of her, the career that looked so bright and promising was now ruined. Hanna calls him out and says that a man like him should have been able resist the advances of a young girl. He goes on to say something about Tanner and how she knows everything.

The new male character, Jonny, talks to Spencer about something he’s making for The Brew for Ezra and explains that he was “inspired by Rosewood. This whole town is strung together with whispers (secrets and lies).”

The Liars listen to the tape of Bethany and she says, “she’s not the only one who can make plans.” The liars assume that it’s Alison that Bethany is speaking of, but of course, we can’t know for sure. At least, not yet.

Aria notices that Mike is leaving the house and follows him. She follows him to a bridge over a lake (it seems to be the one where Spencer confronted Melissa about the masks she had made). Mike takes a bag out of his pocket and leaves it on the railing of the bridge. When he walks away, Aria goes to inspect the bag and it appears to just be a bag of gummy candies that he left for someone. Mike turns around and confronts Aria. She tells him not to come back and not to talk to Alison again, but he says, “Nobody’s giving me orders anymore.” He also tells Aria, “Be careful going home through the woods.”

Mrs. Hastings tells Spencer that the blood spot found near the barrel was Alison’s.

Hanna tells the Liars about her confrontation with Holbrook and explains to them that he doesn’t know half of the stuff they thought he knew. Both she and Spencer wordlessly suggest that Mike has been the one helping Alison. Aria still doesn’t want to believe them and tells them that he won’t be seeing her anymore because she told him not to. However, Mike doesn’t listen and he does go to see Alison again. After discussing what they heard Bethany say on the recording, the girls suggest the possibility that what happened in Alison’s back yard “that night,” was a trap for someone… They just don’t know for whom or by whom.

In the final scene, we see that Liars were finally one step ahead of “A.” “A” goes into Mona’s room to find the recording but discovers that it’s gone.

Also signed at the time of the list was “Sarah Hernando.” If you remember correctly, in the past there was a girl named Sarah who seemed to be a lot like Alison who disappeared the same day Alison disappeared and was liked about the same by her group of friends as Alison was liked by her group of friends. This could be nothing, because the name is slightly different than what you’ll find when searching Google or YouTube for connections between Alison and the girl, because her name was originally “Sara Harvey.” However, it is extremely likely that this could be the same girl. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time someone’s name was changed on the show. Wren Kingston’s original last name was “Kim,” and Toby Cavanaugh’s original name was “Marshall.”

In the flashbacks of Hanna and Mona, we seem to be given two potential hints or clues. First, I’m sure many people might be taking Hanna’s comment about Alison coming back in disguise as a clue that Hanna knew Alison wasn’t dead and that she would indeed come back. Perhaps, Hanna knew about Alison’s “Vivian Darkbloom,” disguise. It wouldn’t be the first time one of the liars knew a random fact about Alison that they didn’t seem to find important to mention to the girls. Or maybe, Hanna was working with Alison? Or possibly even spying on her as “A” or as Mona’s assistant. Who knows? Everything is possible right now. Also in the flashback, when Mona talks about stopping time and spying on people without them knowing, she seems to be hinting at being “A.”

The clip the liars hear is of Bethany talking sinisterly about and to someone. The someone she is talking to is supposedly a psychiatrist or something and the person she is talking about is allegedly Alison. How can we know that though? We can’t right now. For all we know, she was talking about Jessica, she could have been talking about Mona, or she could have been talking about whoever “A” really is. And it is still possible that Mona is still alive and still “A.”

Mike specifically says, “Nobody’s giving me orders anymore.” This seems to entail that he had been taking orders from someone before. Lately, many things seem to be pointing to Mike possibly being “A,” but what if he was simply working for “A.” What if he has been doing a sort of “Toby move” where he works for “A” in order to protect Mona? Or Aria even? Anything is possible in Rosewood. Regardless of what he meant by that statement, he is clearly working with someone that he doesn’t want Aria to know about. Maybe he knows Mona is still alive and he brings her things that she may want or need? Or maybe he’s working with “A” and brings “A” things. Or maybe still, Mona and “A” are one in the same? Who knows?

What do you think? What stuck out to you about tonight’s episode? Please agree with or contradict my theories. Go into more depth about them if you can. I’m not even sure these are necessarily my theories. They are simply things that have gone through my head that I know other people are probably thinking.

“Kisses,”

–OG

P.S. Here is my best friend’s theory:
“Mona isn’t dead. She’s A and never stopped being A. But I think Mike was dating her because he is working for Aly, and Aly was trying to bring Mona down. And now he is visiting Aly in hopes they can still stop Mona.”

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