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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Summer Finale Recap: What did the girls learn about Ali? Who might be ‘A’?


Pretty Little Liars went out with a HUGE bang in tonight’s summer finale when the girls learned more about what happened the night Ali died. Viewers were equally shocked when they learned who might potentially be ‘A’! 

‘A’ officially declared war when she sent the girls a small coffin with a Mona doll in it. Before they could figure out what it meant, they were sidetrack by their loads of relationship drama. Spencer and Toby had to overcome her telling everyone about his mommy issues while Toby had to deal with his mommy issues as well. Aria’s date with Jake went bust, so she ended up having coffee with Ezra instead and talking about poetry and short-story writing and all those pretentious things teenage hipsters discuss – and it resulted in a kiss! Hanna stressed about her mother’s impending freedom. Emily hid out with Paige to avoid ‘A’, which is awkward since they have this whole we’re together except not really thing going on.

And that was just in the first thirty minutes.

Yeah, I know. It wasn’t really that exciting, but I’ve gotten good at lying to myself when it comes to this show.

Once their relationship drama fell by the wayside, the girls received another gift from ‘A’ in the form of a saw. Spencer knows a lot about magic and quickly figured out that ‘A’ was doing magic tricks. Or something. Spencer knows a lot about things that people really never know about. A quick internet search sent the girls to Ravenswood for a magic show.

The girls go to Ravenswood where everything fades in color. It reminds me of Pleasantville and I feel like I need to change the coloring on my TV. Thankfully the creepy clown distracts me from the odd coloring when he drags Aria into a box. I know she’s going to disappear, which makes me wish she had put Emily inside instead. Just a thought?


‘A’ did hear me. Who knew she not only tortured people, but granted wishes as well! Unfortunately for Emily, she’s in a coffin beneath the ground in Rosewood and a saw is about to cut her in half. They race to find her and I just sit back and bask in the glory of this moment…

because five seconds later Emily is free and Spencer and Aria hunting Red Coat, who is wearing a creepy Alison mask.

Suddenly, Aria’s self-defense lessons make sense because she takes on Red Coat with her bare hands. Jake should have focused on Aria’s upper arm strength though because when Red Coat falls over the railing, she drops her like 10,000 feet to her death.

The girls abandon the dead body and retrace their steps until they find ‘A’s newest lair. It’s this insane monitor system that follows the every move of the liars. Dun, dun, dun! Caleb tries to help them hack the computer system, but fails from afar. So while he hops on a bus to head to Rosewood, the girls dig further into their surroundings and start to wonder if ‘A’ is a dude – and better yet, if Ali is alive. Not only is ‘A’ tracking all the liars, but ‘A’ is tracking Alison has well.

Creepy Ravenswood Lady tells the girls they shouldn’t chase after Alison because it’s not safe. She’s trying to protect Alison, who had been contacting her that summer when she was calling the sorority house. Turns out, she’s a psychic and she could see who was following Ali and trying to hurt her. She tried to protect her, but by the time she went to Rosewood to tell her, it was almost too late. Ali was found buried alive and she pulled her from the ground. They went straight to the hospital. She went inside to get help for Ali and when they came back outside, she was gone!

The girls want to find Alison and Creepy Lady tells them that following Ali is only going to keep her in danger. He – so ‘A’ is like so totally a guy because this crazy lady says so – is in Ravenswood and watching them. Naturally the girls don’t listen and crash whatever memorial is happening.

Meanwhile, Shana delivers a letter to Mona. Caleb dramatically climbs on to a bus headed to Ravenswood… and ‘A’ returns to his apartment.


My initial reaction is all:

Because Ezra cannot be ‘A’. He just can’t be. He’s too cute and handsome and emo-fied and hipsteresque to pull off all this nonsense. He’s just not.

And then I’m all:

Because if Ezra is ‘A’ (but let’s remember that we were all aghast when Toby was revealed to be working with ‘A’ and how they’ve since whitewashed him) this would be the greatest, most epic plot twist of all time. Aria’s story is always so boring, so at least this would be an excuse as to why she’s never really screwed with. And given how annoyed Ezra was when Emily asked about her stupid college applications last week, it totally explains why he’d stick her in a coffin.

Can this stick, writers? Can this be real? It’d be the best ever and you guys could sit back and Kanye everyone and be like:

What do you think about Ezra? Do you think he’s ‘A’? Or is he pulling a Toby and trying to help out his lady love? What do you think about Alison being alive? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

…and with that, CONGRATULATIONS! You survied a summer of insanity that wasn’t always explained well and didn’t entirely make sense. Hallelujiah!

Amber Cunigan
Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.

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