'Pretty Little Liars' ends with a... crash
August 11th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars' ends with a... crash

Things I learned from the mid-season finale of “Pretty Little Liars,” in no particular order:

  • “Glamping” is camping with hair accessories and matching jumpsuits.
  • Stealing money is OK, as long as you steal it from the old woman who snatched all your butterscotch candies.
  • Alison is was a pretty little liar.

As the mid-season finale opened, the girls noticed a familiar face at school. It was Melissa’s ex-boyfriend Ian – also known as the kid from the 1999 Disney original movie “Smart House,” among other things. Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Ian – he’s the school’s new field hockey coach.

Mona pranced over to the girls to invite them to her birthday party, which she humbly dubbed Camp Mona. The party, which took place in the woods (hence “glamping”), proved to be one of the most suspenseful sequences of the series thus far.

But first, a mass text… “Camp Mona’s a scavenger hunt and I’m the prize. Come and find me (expletive). –A”

At Spencer’s house, Melissa told her sis that Ian asked her to meet him for coffee. Spencer encouraged her to accept his invitation, but she wouldn’t budge, saying he broke her heart. Then, thanks to Spencer’s flashback, we understand why: Ian kissed Spencer while helping her with her golf swing in the backyard. When he walked away, Alison came into view and berated Spencer for being a “skank.” (Interesting. I wonder if Alison’s the pot or the kettle.)

Later, Ian showed up to Spencer’s house unannounced and, once again, asked Melissa if she’d join him for coffee. After a little convincing from her little sis, she agreed. That’s when Spencer decided to come clean to the girls about her fling with Ian.

At school, the gang was called to the office - this time by the FBI. They saw the video of Alison that was sent anonymously to the Rosewood Police Department.

“If the girls knew I was seeing you, they would not stop talking about it,” Alison said into the camera.

Emily noted that the video, which was filmed the morning of Alison’s disappearance, happened at the kissing rock. And that’s not all: It appeared that Alison was wearing Toby’s sweater, which was later found with her blood on it. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

After all the excitement in the principal’s office, Aria opened her locker and found a book and a note from A asking her to read page 22. It’s a poem Fitz wrote about her, called “B-26.” Did I miss something? What’s the significance of that title?

In more humiliating news, the entire school was buzzing that Hanna had liposuction last summer. She found out Mona started the rumor after receiving a text about it from A. Did A really text Mona? Or could Mona be A?

Maya and Emily’s playtime at Em's house was cut short when her dad returned home from overseas. Her mother, who is usually very friendly, sternly suggested Maya leave so the family could have some privacy. Later, when we see Emily’s mom looking at the photo booth pictures of the girls kissing, it all makes sense. Poor Emily.

Finally, it’s time for Camp Mona. Spencer and Aria had already arrived, Emily was on her way and Hanna, who was uninvited after news of her alleged liposuction surfaced, was preparing to stake out in the woods.

As Emily pulled into the woods, Toby popped up from the backseat of her car – at which point I also momentarily stopped breathing. He tried to prove his innocence, despite being super creepy. He told her he only asked Alison to meet him the morning she disappeared to thank her for getting him off the hook with Jenna, who's apparently in love with him. He said he gave Alison his sweater and that was the last he saw of her. Toby asked Emily not to tell her friends he’s back, in fear that they’d call the cops on him - which they eventually did.

Then, another message from A. “You found my bracelet, now come find me. Good luck (expletive).”

Luckily, Spencer knew exactly where they found the bracelet – down to the number of steps. Oh, TV. She returned with a matching bracelet embroidered with Jenna’s name and a note: “You’re looking for me in all the wrong places.”

This obviously meant they should be looking in the right places, or, rather, the “Wright” places. Emily and Spencer headed to Wright Playground, where they found a tree engraved with “Alison loves Ian.” Making sense yet?

One quick blow-dry later and Emily and Aria were ready for guest spots on “Jersey Shore.” Glamping is hard work. At least Aria’s hair flattened out before Fitz got there. She hopped in his car and the pair immediately began making out.

Hanna, who was perched on a rock, spying on the couple with her binoculars, noticed a shadowy figure behind the car. “I see you,” the shadowy figure/A wrote on Fitz’s back window.

“S.O.S. I know who A is. Heading to the parking lot,” Hanna texted the girls.

They met in the parking lot, at which point a car came out of nowhere and hit Hanna. The girls ran over to her, but they were too late.

Then their phones rang, signaling yet another text: “She knew too much. –A”

Of course she knew too much, A. You’ve been leaving her little clues for weeks!

The episode ends with the same video of Alison at the kissing rock. But, this time, we can see the mystery man – Ian.

So who is A and who killed Alison? Will Hanna be OK? Where were Jenna and Lucas? What did you think of the mid-season finale?

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  1. trampolines

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    April 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Uhmm wow

    I hope you people realize that the show is not following the books to a T...obviously. So how sure are you that A is mona, and then real Ali (courtneys twin)???

    July 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. dzummy

    Yeah!ds movie is serzly witty + I thnk A is sum1 we dnt expect nd I thnk melissa knws smfn bou Alli's dissap, how come ian sed I'm doin ds for er? Nd wn spencer told er bou d damage @ alli's memorial she wasn't really concerned + I dnt thnk she's A

    June 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. -A

    I totally agree with ECD!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. -A

    Ok this is what I think seeing what happened on yes. Show I think Spencer older sister is the killer!! (Melissa) Think about it...she had the motive,knew secrets and had the perfect location! She had the motive because she most likely knew thay Ali was going out with Ian. She knew the secrets by reading texts or just simply hearing secrets. She had the loction because when Ali went missing who's barn was she at?? SPENCERS AND MELISSA! I LOVE this show!

    January 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ECD

    Is it possible that A is Spencer's sister? Ian was her boyfriend and Alison got involved with him, plus with what happened between him & Spencer – is it possible that she killed Alison and is now screwing with her sister as punishment – does that make sense?!?!

    January 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. maddie

    i get that it was courtney, alisons twin sister. but howcome the police wouldnt have questioned the parents or looked up records and found out about the twin sister thing? i mean its pretty important and doesnt take that long to find. and why would the real a try and mess up the other girls lives? and how did she know their secrets?

    September 20, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lorin

    Kayla- I have to agree with you. They definitely aren't going to kill off one of the main characters. Hannah will come back but she won't remember a thing. She won't remember how she saw "A" in the woods or how her Mom received so much money. I'm very unsure how Hannah's friend plays a part in the destruction of the memorial though. I at first thought perhaps he was "A" but now I definitely think it's Melissa's boyfriend, Ian.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shal

    B-26: How he wishes Aria could be 26 years old!

    August 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kayla

    well... my prediction for next season: hanna did not die, she gets amnesia ( or however its spelled! ). i am postive that mona is a, but i have no clue who killed allison. i am really confused why hanna's friend ( whos name escapes me, that one that helped her sell things online ) had the muddy shoes. did he vandalize the memorial? don't get me wrong, he is a sweet kid, but he did call allison strait up evil!

    August 14, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. crystal


    August 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lorin

    I believe the TV series is going to differ from the books.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. N

    Sweet "Smart House" reference!

    August 12, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. florita

    mona is A- and benny killed alison.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nanette

    A is allison. she didn't die. just her twin sister. Allison likes to play games but I think she took this game a little to far. Toby didn't kill anyone she made it seem like he did. Toby was telling the truth the whole time. Read the book.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. some one

    is there gonna be another one ? i hope so i heard alison is not really alison its her twin sister is that true.when is next seson comin on im dieing to know

    August 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. :)

    B-26 is aria's bra size . ha , jk 😉

    August 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. DDnDsMom

    O...TU 4 that, I did think it was the Apt. #. How old r we thinking Ezra is ? Just a guess?
    Rob n e clues on who A is?

    August 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. rob_amazonas

    B-26 is the song to which Ezra and Aria listened when they first met at that bar and made out in the bathroom.

    August 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DDnDsMom

    Who has a twin sister? I missed that part. I thought Courtney was Spencer's old sister!?!?! Yes B-26 is Mr. Fritz's Apt. #. Boy I love this show, I honestly thought it was gonna be just another ABC Family show, but this is a good 1!!!!! I watch Secret Life, but as I have been watching I realize that they just repeat the same lines over & over again!!! PLL HAS THEM BEAT HANDS DOWN, or should I say Hanna Down!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. DDnDsMom

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! Please some1 give me a hint as 2 who done it!! Who do U think A is? I am cluless!!! They lead U in soooooooooom any different directions as to who could be the killer, can't wait til it comes back on. I have not heard when, but I'm sure that LOTS of people watched, so hopefully by Fall it will be back!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. georgina

    ok i have an idea but some one tell me

    August 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. a

    b-26 i think is fritz apartment number

    August 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabbit

      B-26 is the letter/number of the song they played on the jukebox when they met.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bubbles

    Why would the REAL ALI want to mess with Hanna, Spencer, Aeria, and Emily when She already got back at her twin sister Courtney?
    Who is -A?

    August 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haley

      yeah thats what im wondering and how come spencer and hannah ect. didnt kno about ali's "twin sister" i mean they knew like almost everthing about her or atleast thot they did

      September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. abbie

    Wow I can't wait to know who. Killed her but I think I have an idea!

    August 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      mona is the A. then allison;s twin becomes the next A after mona dies.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Alison has a twin named courtney and she maneged to swich places with ali and ali is in the mental home and courtney is out with new friends well the 4 girls beacuse she dumped alis friend naomi for them.And ali got a vaca from the mental home for a week i think and she got revenge on cortney by killing her and putting her in mayas backyard and lan didnt kill her and neather did toby and i know your wondering who -a is a was mona and and after mona dies the real alison takes the role of -a sorry if i spoil it for you.

      September 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Alison has a twin named courtney and she maneged to swich places with ali and ali is in the mental home and courtney is out with new friends well the 4 girls beacuse she dumped alis friend naomi for them.And ali got a vaca from the mental home for a week i think and she got revenge on cortney by killing her and putting her in mayas backyard and lan didnt kill her and neather did toby and i know your wondering who -a is a was mona and and after mona dies the real alison takes the role of -a sorry if i spoil it for you

      September 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. LOLA


    August 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |

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