Pretty Little Liars Recap: Cover-Up Girls (Plus: A.D.'s Identity Revealed!)

Pretty Little Liars Recap

The Pretty Little Liars have covered up so many murders during the past six seasons, you’d think they’d have it down to a science at this point. But just like all those times you swore you knew who “A” was, you’d be wrong once again.

In between tense brunches and frantic jaunts through the forest, the Liars pretty much fell to pieces over the course of Tuesday’s episode:

For Spencer, that meant avoiding Caleb and hooking up with a not-so-random hottie in an elevator at the Radley. (I’m not going to lie, I haven’t enjoyed elevator footage that much since the Solange/Jay-Z smackdown of 2014.) For Hanna, that meant coming clean — to Mona, at least — about her broken engagement. And for Aria, that meant wondering how closely the hotel surveillance system was capturing her every move. In fact, Emily seems to be the only Liar keeping calm under pressure. But hey, isn’t that what bartenders are for?

Upon returning to Welby, Alison also revealed the truth about the night Charlotte was killed. She had an argument with her sister about Elliott in the church — the site of so many legendary PLL confrontations, for some reason — then left her there to stew in her own anger. (Because what could have possibly gone wrong?)

But the biggest surprise of the episode, even more so than Jenna’s epic return — the minute she said, “Oh, didn’t you hear? My house blew up,” I remembered how much I truly missed her — was that Toby’s investigation into Elliott’s past actually yielded results! It turns out Elliott’s real name is/was Archer Dunhill, aka A.D.!

So… mystery solved? I mean, the Liars still have to figure out why Jenna left a voicemail on Elliott/Archer’s burner phone, but at least one question has been answered. On this show, that’s a rarity.

Your thoughts on Jenna’s return? Do you think Elliott/Archer is, somehow, still alive? And which Liar is in for a surprise proposal, per that end-of-episode tease? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.