Pretty Little Liars Recap: 'A' Takes Aim

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Another Pretty Little Liars premiere, another big casualty, as Detective Wilden is laid to rest.

His body surfaces in the morning after the fire incident, and it sure does look like the Liars could be framed for this one. A message from “A” leads Spencer and Mona to his casket, where Hanna’s mom’s phone has been planted alongside the deceased. But it’s not Mrs. M who is the texter’s target. “A” actually got video of the four girls and Mona with Wilden’s car the night of the murder, putting the former enemies all in the same “We’re so screwed” basket. (The thing in the trunk? It was a dead pig.)

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“Truth won’t set you free. I’m going to bury it with you,” texts “A” to all five girls right after a new hottie officer shows up to put the fear of arrest in the gals. He’s there to investigate Wilden’s murder, and he’s been reading up on the quartet.

Earlier in the hour, Mona reveals that Wilden dressed up as the Queen of Hearts during the last Halloween episode and put Aria in that box with Melissa’s help. During a recap session, she also spills that Shauna might be in love with Jenna, and that both of them are afraid of Melissa. Elsewhere, Jenna spills some scoop of her own to Emily: Wilden saw Alison the night that she disappeared.

Among the other big developments:

BROKEN HEARTS | Ezra is offered a permanent teaching position at Rosewood High, which sure does make not seeing him harder, Aria complains. He counters that he’s got a family to think of now, so he really needs the gig. It might help things if Aria could stop staring at her on-and-off boyfriend while at school, but she can’t, and gets called into the Vice Principal’s office. In a cruel bait-and-switch, she imagines the VP confronting her with pictures of her and Ezra in bed and her BF getting carted away in cuffs. (The VP just wanted her to give her mom some papers to sign! Told ya it was cruel.) This daydream from hell convinces her to tell Ezra that she wants to see other people.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST | Spencer and Toby are back to being lovey-dovey, but there could be trouble ahead. “A” texts Tobes a photo of his mom, with the following message: “Bet you miss her every day.” Then she offers up a bargain: She’ll tell him what really happened to her – a flashback implies she might have been sick – if he brings her Mona’s camper full of secrets, which he’s seen driving at episode’s end. Meanwhile, Ali’s mom resurfaces in town and stares at Spencer creepily from the window. What else is new?

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER | Hanna cozies up to Mona to get the cop cam video chip that could incriminate the Liars. Shopping trips and girl talk is involved, but Mona sees through it — and willingly hands over the tech! “I really loved you once,” she explains. “And I really was your friend.”

TRUE LOVE | Talk about a big step forward: Paige tries to convince Emily to come with her to Stanford. Aside from Hawaii, it’s the college furthest away from the crazy town that is Rosewood, she smartly points out. After Paige paints her a picture of their life together – weekends in San Francisco, lounging on the beach – Em agrees. She wants to be with her, she tells Paige, as they exchange “I love you’s.”

Pretty Little Liars fans, hit the comments with your thoughts and theories about the identity of the veiled, mystery attendee at Wilden’s funeral!



Comments (37)

  • Getting bored with the show. Stop dragging things out, start tying things up. I don’t want to wait another 3 years for the answers. That said, I think they’re following the book with the Alison sightings.

    Comment by lorna – June 11, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I only watched maybe 4 episodes of this show. I know I’m not the targeted demographic, but it was sooo boring. Switched at Birth meanwhile was addictive from day 1

      Comment by Sara – June 12, 2013 01:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so done with this show.
    Every season it’s (insert dead person here) and they could make it look like she killed them
    The only time we’ll actually get real info will be the series finale.

    Comment by Mr. F – June 11, 2013 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m getting tired of this show too. They need to set an end date so they can start wrapping all of these storylines up. I’m getting tired of 50 suspects to everything before they finally reveal anything. Or excuse me. Pretend to reveal something. Its too much to keep up with IMO

    Comment by Amber – June 11, 2013 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The show has already been renewed for season 5 and the author of the books is working on books 15 & 16. The show & books will continue to drag out. It’s sad the show actually used to be good. & this whole Ali mask storyline is just ridiculous.

      Comment by CB – June 12, 2013 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on thehiltonburnellfiles and commented:
    I may have never getting tired of this show but the storylines are crazy. That was the best episode of all time. RIP Wilden.

    Comment by Justin Burnell – June 11, 2013 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s tough. I still enjoy the show, in part, but a lot of the storylines are for sure getting repetitive. From Ian, to Garrett, to Wilden. It’s all getting a little too much. I did enjoy them bringing in Mona into the fold, I enjoyed the Paige/Emily scenes(although too much happiness this early on leads only to disaster), I really liked when Ezra was getting arrested and then got upset when we learned that wasn’t real. It was a good episode, but I agree that more things need to be answered, and not just in one fell swoop like they did this episode.

    Comment by S – June 11, 2013 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Glad I wasn’t alone in being pissed by the Ezra arrest sike out. When they announced he was getting arrested, I couldn’t help but scream at my tv “It’s about time”, so pissed when it turned out to be in her imagination. What I got from the interview that was on here yesterday is that they are just going to put her with Jason who apparently is into the whole jail bait thing as well. I also think some of the reveals are not satisfying. The trunk reveal of a dead pig was totally weak. If it weren’t for the lack of tv offerings during the summer, I wouldn’t even bother with this show anymore.

      Comment by Cassie – June 12, 2013 03:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree about the Ezra fake-out. I was actually cheering out loud. I’ve never really liked his character and am so sick of the “epic love” the producers seem to be convinced he has with Aria.

      Comment by Erin – June 12, 2013 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ME TOO! I have been over them since season 2.

        Comment by Rook – June 12, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love love love this show. So glad it’s back!

    Comment by A – June 11, 2013 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, what about new hottie cop and A with the mask burned

    Comment by Lorena – June 11, 2013 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is no one going to talk about how the principal and the principal’s source being in possession of photos of Aria and Ezra having sex constitutes child pornography? That the police should automatically be investigating the principal’s source for taking sexual photos of a minor? THAT THE AGE OF CONSENT IN PENNSYLVANIA IS 16 unless in a position of power (like a teacher)?! That the photo shown wasn’t dated in any way so there’s no way of showing Ezra was Aria’s teacher when the photos were taken.
    But most importantly CHILD PORN

    Comment by brycealexander – June 11, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I mean I’m still mid-episode but I don’t see any of this being at all mentioned.

      Comment by brycealexander – June 11, 2013 10:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You really need to pay closer attention. That whole scene never actually happened. It was just Aria imagining what she was called in for and imagining the worst.

        Comment by tripoli – June 12, 2013 01:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And REALLY we get no answer about what’s going on with him?! Aria and Ezra couldn’t have had a twenty second chat before the funeral? UGH SO ANNOYING

      Comment by brycealexander – June 11, 2013 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It is beyond time that those two were done.

        Comment by Kelly – June 12, 2013 05:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think you misses that fact that none of that actually happened, it was all in Aria’s head, there were never any pictures.

      Comment by Kim – June 12, 2013 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL haha forreal

      Comment by Sara Harris – June 30, 2013 12:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really don’t get Spencer. While she was suspecting and blaming everyone else on the show, she doesn’t even care about everything pointing on to Melissa. Just like she was suspecting Paige being shady while she was the one sleeping with the enemy.
    Melissa killed Alison, and she is probably the new A.

    Comment by sophie – June 11, 2013 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t understand why she’s not more upset that her sister wants to kill her basically. I would flip out (and then beat the crap out of my sister).

      Comment by Kelly – June 12, 2013 05:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah right?
        -Melissa faked being pregnant
        -she was wearing the black swan costume
        -she had her ex boyfriend in radley to bring her in whenever she wants
        -she also dated Ian, Garett and got caught kissing Jason-all were part of the NAT club, two of them dead, one attacked
        -she was in the woods when the girls almost died
        -Jenna is affraid of her
        She clearly had a motive to kill Ali (her own dad thought she was the killer for a while).

        Comment by sophie – June 12, 2013 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • not to mention spencer automatically assumed toby locked her in the steam shower but seems to have forgotten melissa was there & had been staying with her while their parents are away

          Comment by Estee Thomas – June 14, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I forgot about that! And it was right after Specer kissed Wren on the street. Melissa is probably still dating Wren and she got him on the A-team. He was more then suspicious the whole time in Radley.

            Comment by sophie – June 15, 2013 05:08 AM PDT  
  • LOVE Pretty Little Liars!!!!! :) it was such a good episode!

    Comment by Elyse – June 12, 2013 02:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish all the people tired of the show would just stop reading about it or watching it then. Yes, I agree it was odd of Spencer not to care about Melissa being involved. Maybe they will address that next episode? As far as everyone complaining about Ezra and Aria, get off it already. It’s just a TV show. I have seen way worse things on TV than a 20 something teacher and a 17 year old girl. And technically she wouldn’t be jail bait for Jason because she is old enough to consent.

    Comment by cas – June 12, 2013 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Come on don’t tell me you are not pissed off about the trunk…that huge cliffhanger, the big question of S3 finale, the thing everybody made theories about during almost 3 months and…a pig. Seriously? And I am pretty sure the pig won’t be adressed later. This is typically a way to keep viewers talking about the show (and it works, proof is I will keep watching) with no payoff and no idea where the show is going.

      Comment by Azerty – June 12, 2013 06:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think that the idea was that wilden would be in the trunk, but they put the pig there and revealed wildens corpse later so it would be an even bigger shock.

        Comment by Stefan – June 12, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I found Wilden’s death very anticlimatic, like the girls were driving by almost randomly…I would have been more shocked if he had been in the trunk.

          Comment by Azerty – June 12, 2013 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I literally said come on! when they showed the pig in the trunk, all that anticipation for that?! Psh… But yeah like you, I will still watch the show, can’t wait to see what happens next!

        Comment by Hashim – June 12, 2013 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why would Lucas give Emily a massage? I thought he started getting blackmailed the night of the masquerade ball?

    Comment by trev – June 12, 2013 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No one seems to realize the dead pig was A saying Wilder was dead… A dead pig? So many comments seem to suggest people think it was just random or something.

    Loved the episode, I just caught up with the series a couple weeks ago so this was my first time watching PLL live.

    Comment by Cory – June 12, 2013 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you Cory, finally someone else gets it. I knew right then when we saw the dead pig that Wilden was gone. Spencer’s gonna talk to Melissa in private, that’s what they all do. Hanna did that when she saw Lucas’s shoes and stuff. That’s what makes them so silly because they keep secrets from each other and tell each other what they think they need to but not everything. I still love this show, I think they could go for maybe 2 more seasons but that might be pushing it.

      Comment by Muneerah – June 13, 2013 06:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This episode was delicious. This show is complete craycray, and I love every minute of it.

    Comment by james – June 13, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Far too many plotholes and dropped storylines in this show. It started great, but has steadily been losing steam. Nothing makes any sense. I think I’m done with this show.

    Comment by Jj – June 13, 2013 11:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love pll but I wish I just knew if Ali is still alive and if shes red coat ( or who killed her) and I also want to know who is a. But it was a big surprise that mona confessed to killing Wilden. I want to know if she really killed him or if she is covering for Hannah’s mom. That was such a great ending to the show yesterday I can’t Waite to see next weeks episode!!!!!! Kisses – A

    Comment by Nica – July 31, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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