January 9th, 2013
11:04 AM ET
After an excruciating hiatus, “Pretty Little Liars” is back … and so is Mona. But we already knew that.
And now the PLLs do too, thanks to Lucas, another person on our
But first, a quick recap:
When the first half of season 3 came to a close in August, Emily had just killed Nate, Maya’s
Then, in October, on the annual Halloween episode, we watched – in horror – as Aria was locked in a wooden crate along with Garrett’s dead body. (Raise your hand if you think Fitz did it … or just post a comment below.)
Back in present day – a.k.a. Tuesday night’s mid-season premiere:
Lucas spilled the beans to Hanna that Mona has been sneaking out of the institution for quite some time. He also said he injured his leg in a skateboarding accident, which is relevant because, at the start of the episode, we saw Toby run a skateboarder off the road with a SUV.
Meanwhile, Aria’s dad’s former mistress got a job teaching Aria’s class; Hanna’s grandmother is staying with her in Rosewood; and Emily’s dad installed a new security system to keep her safe.
Mona’s first day back at school was going fine until she found a cow brain in her locker, jabbed with a knife. A note read, “Takes one mad cow to know another.”
Later, the girls saw Mona talking to the janitor, who they identified as the innkeeper at the Lost Woods Resort – the place where the girls found A's lair earlier in the series.
When they broke into the janitor’s office, they saw Ali’s diary among other items from the lair (creepy baby masks, etc).
The diary contains an entry about Aria’s dad. Apparently he paid Alison to keep quiet about his affair with Meredith, who was his student at the time. Almost simultaneously, a fire starts in a shed outside the school, injuring Meredith.
Turns out she got a note telling her to visit the shed. It might have been Mona who wrote it, but Byron blames his daughter and her friends.
We assume Aria didn’t have anything to do with the fire, but who could blame her if she did?
And then, we got proof that Mona and Jason are in cahoots: she helped him cover a wound that may or may not have been a result of the fire.
The episode ended with one of the As loosening a tire on somebody’s bicycle. Did you get a good look at the cyclist’s face? Is he a random bystander or A's new victim?
What did you think of the mid-season premiere?
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