PLL s05e14: Recap and Review (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**originally published January 7, 2015. Republished March 2, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

Tonight, the second half of Pretty Little Liars’ fifth season premiered. The episode takes place three months after Mona Vanderwaal was allegedly murdered. All eyes are turned suspiciously at Alison DiLaurentis. Even her four closest friends, or maybe ex-friends, suspect that Alison killed Mona. No one can prove it though. Both Alison’s dad, Kenneth, and her brother, Jason, swear she was with them at the time of the crime.

Rosewood’s four little liars refuse to believe Alison’s alibi. So Emily and Spencer decide to do whatever it takes to prove Alison’s guilt. They drop in at the DiLaurentis home where they find and confront Jason. At first, he refuses to admit he wasn’t with Alison, but then Spencer plays the “I’m your sister too” card. Jason’s silence says everything. After Emily and Spencer leave, Jason confronts Alison about where she was. Alison swears she is being framed for Mona’s murder but doesn’t answer otherwise.
Later, Emily and Spencer go to Mona’s house and plant false evidence against Alison. While looking for a place to leave strands of hair from Ali’s hairbrush, Spencer finds a hidden camera in the air vents. She suspects Mona set it up for evidence and safety.

After the girls tell Hanna and Aria about their find, Hanna goes to Mona’s mom and suggests that she ask the police to search her home one more time. She claims Mona had mentioned to her that she had wanted to set up hidden cameras around the house. Mrs. Vanderwaal follows Hanna’s advice and the police do find the hidden camera. On the camera, they see that Mona was dragged down the stairs and around the house by a blonde that looks suspiciously like Alison. The police decide the video is proof enough that Alison was the murderer and call Jason in for more questioning. This time, Jason admits that he lied about Alison being with him and that the person in the video does look like it could be Alison.

In the last few minutes of the episode, we see the police pull up at the DiLaurentis home while Alison is inside. Scared, she tries to run away, but the other four liars stop her in the yard and don’t let her pass. She argues that they are wrong. She did not kill Mona and that by letting the police arrest her, they are giving A exactly what (s)he wants. The girls don’t listen though and Alison is arrested. The final scene with the girls shows fireworks that leave a giant “A” in the sky to scare them. The doubt is obvious in the girls’ eyes; they seem to second guess their decision to believe that Alison is “A.”

Also throughout the episode, Aria worries about her future. None of the schools she’s applied to have accepted her. Suspected that “A” is the reason she’s not getting into the schools, she goes to Caleb for help. She wants him to hack into the school systems to see why exactly she was rejected.

We see Mike react, or not react, to Mona’s alleged death. For the most part, he seems stone-cold, almost as if he doesn’t care, but then he has a talk with Aria and admits that he is hurting. He hates seeing the whole town, including Aria and the girls, pretending that they liked and knew Mona. They didn’t know her at all. Aria asks Mike to tell her about the real Mona one day and Mike stares blankly at her before starting to cry. As Aria walks away, she hears Mike’s sobs for Mona and stops at the exit of the living room to cry with and for him.

Finally, we see the Young family has decided to revoke their decision to let Spencer go free for Bethany Young’s murderer. However, Alison’s alleged murdering of Mona causes the police to believe she also killed Bethany. So Spencer is set free, while Alison is locked up in a prison cell.

**2021 Thoughts** Was Pretty Little Liars as ridiculous as this post makes it seem? Like this particular episode sounds pretty interesting, but my goodness the drama! A fake death? An alleged death? And a proven death? Or wait… now I’m confused… Am I remembering correctly that Bethany Young wasn’t killed? She was actually kept in the dollhouse? Or was that a third suspiciously similar-looking blonde chick? OMGosh. What was wrong with this show? How did we all get sucked in? This is ridiculous! The things I’m remembering while reading these posts are ridiculous and hilarious!

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