March 22nd, 2011
03:11 PM ET
I rarely say this, but, OMG!
Having known that A’s identity wouldn’t be revealed this early on in the series, I was expecting to be a little let down by last night’s season finale.
After all, why leave us with some extravagant cliffhanger when the mystery of A is enough to keep us coming back? And besides, what else is there to tell? It turns out, quite a bit.
Despite my unconditional support for “PLL” - through each flat episode and teenybopper moment - I wasn’t giving the program nearly enough credit. Here’s why:
The finale began with Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily studying the footage from Alison’s flash drive. One of the videos showed Jenna coercing Toby, her step-brother, in the bedroom. We already knew this about the Cavanaughs, but this was the first time we’ve seen it with our own eyes. No wonder she desperately wanted to find the key Alison left for Emily.
The next day at school, Aria was eager to ask Fitz about his rendezvous with the police officer who dropped by his apartment. He didn’t seem to think the encounter was a big deal, saying they briefly talked about Spencer and that was it. Maybe he’d think it was a bigger deal if he knew his key was missing from under his welcome mat. (Unless, of course, Fitz is A, as a few commenters suggested on last week’s recap.)
Then Fitz told Aria that, thanks to his new teaching gig at Hollis, they would no longer have to keep their relationship in the dark. Someone needs to remind this man about statutory rape laws.
In a hallway across school, the girls follow Jenna into the band room looking for answers. She tells them Ali visited her at the hospital on her way home from Georgia, the day before she went missing. In Jenna’s flashback, Ali says, “The guy I like likes to make movies. I thought they were just of me. You think you know people and then they surprise you. Turns out the boy next door gets off on watching all the girls next door.”
Do we all agree that the guy she’s speaking of is Ian?
The girls promise to keep Jenna’s video safe, but not before using it to catch Ian red-handed.
Using a prepaid phone, which Spencer said she learned about on CNN (thanks for the shout out!), she texts Ian to bring $10,000 to the park in exchange for the flash drive. He agrees, proving he’s guilty - and that he makes a lot more money than the average public school gym teacher.
And if his compliance to swap money for the flash drive didn’t convince you, perhaps his phone call with Jenna did. “They found the video, and I’ve seen it,” she tells him. So much for that disposable, prepaid cell phone, Spencer.
After gaining Emily’s trust, we find out the cop is just another Rosewood man with a thing for underage girls. (He should be friends with Ian and Fitz.)
The cop kisses Jenna in her room by her snow globe collection. (What is the significance of snow globes on this show?) “If this video gets out we’ll lose everything,” she says to him.
And then… you-know-what hits the fan.
Fitz’s former fiancée, a teacher, shows up to the faculty mixer at Aria’s house. I know I’m going to cause a stir with this one, but… finally! I was so over “Ezria.”
Meanwhile, Spencer and Toby - a couple I’m most certainly not over – enjoy the afternoon together. That is, until Melissa texts Spencer, asking for a ride home from the church.
Everything about this scenario was fishy to me. Do you think Ian planned the entire thing - from not picking Melissa up, to the car accident and the missing cell phone?
Or could it have been A, who texted Aria, Hanna and Emily, “Buckle up b--, nothing is as it seems,” while they waited in the forest for Ian? And their bringing the cop along didn’t do anything to set my mind at ease. When he asked, “nobody knows you’re here but me, right?” I swear my pulse started racing. Hanna was smart to say she left a note for her mom.
Not that the exchange went as planned, anyway. Do you think we’ll see Ian’s decoy Logan again next season?
Back at the hospital, Spencer and Melissa both appeared to be in good condition, though we’re still unsure of the unborn baby’s fate. Unable to reach Ian, Spencer went back to the church to find Melissa’s cell phone. Ian, of course, was waiting for her.
After catching her with the disposable cell phone, Ian confesses that he never meant to kill Alison, that he accidentally pushed her and she never woke up. But don’t get too excited - Spencer makes a point to say that Alison actually suffocated to death. Therefore, we still don’t know the whole story.
What we do know is that, just when Spencer was about to plummet to her death, someone dressed in all black, presumably A, came to the rescue. "What are you doing here?" Ian asked, surprised to see Spencer’s savior.
Just throwing this out there: Could Ian and this person have been working together? Did he or she show up to push Ian down the church’s bell tower because, perhaps, killing Spencer wasn’t part of the plan?
By the time the girls got there, A was gone. As was Ian’s body, which we previously saw hanging lifeless with a rope wrapped around his neck. (Was not expecting that from ABC Family.)
“It’s not over until I say it is. Sleep tight while you still can b--,” A said in another text.
Do you think A took Ian’s body to make the girls look like liars again? Will Emily end up moving to Texas? Is Jenna really blind? Will Lucas really save Caleb and Hanna’s relationship? What's the cop's deal? And who the heck is A?
Hopefully we'll learn the answer to at least one of those questions when "PLL" comes back in June.
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