October 24th, 2012
12:35 PM ET
Between the dead bodies, the hostage situation and the creepy little girl ghost, there definitely wasn't a shortage of drama on “Pretty Little Liars’ ” second annual Halloween special.
Prior to Tuesday's episode, executive producer Marlene King made it clear that viewers would learn a big secret about the night Ali was killed. But in true “PLL” fashion, the Halloween special raised more questions than answers.
Here’s what we know:
The girls’ donned more sophisticated costumes this year, opting to spend October 31 on Rosewood’s Halloween train rather than at Noel's annual party. (Ironically, so did Noel.)
Emily went as Barbarella, Spencer was an actress from the ‘40s, Hanna channeled Marilyn Monroe and Aria dressed up as Daisy Buchanan. Daisy, however, was minus one Gatsby, as Fitz had a meeting about potentially ghostwriting someone’s autobiography. (We see what you did there, Marlene.)
After having been MIA for a few episodes, Ali’s brother Jason showed up on the train. He and Lucas, who was toting around a rather expensive antique camera, looked pretty chummy together. (Is it safe to assume that the large check Jason wrote a few weeks back went toward Lucas’ new toy?)
Meanwhile, Hanna’s mom Ashley was at home passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. She wandered into the kitchen alone at one point, where she saw a creepy blonde girl dressed in a white nightgown. (She was played by the same girl who portrayed the murderous twins on last year’s Halloween episode.)
Later that night, the little girl ended up in Hanna’s room. She told Ashley that she tried calling home, but her mom just cried at the sound of her voice. (Interesting.) She also mentioned that her sister is always fighting with her.
Ashley comforted the cold girl, covered her shoulders with a blanket, and went to get Ted, her new main squeeze. But when they returned, there was no little girl in sight, and the blanket was folded neatly on the bed as if it had never been moved.
Basically, Ashley’s mom sees dead people - or, rather, a dead person. What are the odds that the ghost was actually Alison or Courtney DiLaurentis?
Back on the train, Garrett reveals a shocking secret to Spencer about the night Ali was killed. He said Jenna thinks he’s the one who killed Ali. Except he only pretended to beat Ali to death with the broken field hockey stick (finally, a clue comes full circle) that was eventually found behind her house. He returned to her backyard later that night and saw her talking to Aria’s dad Byron.
“I'm not the one that makes people do these things. If you don't pay for your mistakes, how can you become a better person?” Ali told Byron, likely referencing his affair with his student named Meredith.
That little piece of information, of course, meant it was the end of the road for the crooked cop. Everyone knows you can’t reveal a big secret on “PLL” without getting offed.
In another compartment, one of the “As” drugged Aria and locked her in a wooden crate, along with Garrett’s dead body.
Before Aria went missing, she wrote her name with her finger on a steamy train window. By the time the girls found her purse, only the "A" remained.
Aria tried her best to get free while a male and female (judging by their voices) attempted to push the crate off the train. The girls get there right on time, and were able to free Aria. They didn’t get a glimpse of the culprits.
Toby, who's now a member of the A Team, got into a tiff with Noel while the police questioned Aria after the train ride was over. Toby shoved Noel into the refreshment table, causing it to collapse. Turns out a body bag, likely containing Alison’s remains, was hidden beneath the ice the entire time.
The episode ended with a person’s hand emerging from the ground. Was the scene meant to be a flashback of the night Ali died? Or is someone just tired of hiding out in the dirt?
Other notable scenes:
What did you think of last night's Halloween Special? Did you catch something we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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