'Pretty Little Liars' recap: 'Out, Damned Spot'
'Pretty Little Liars' recap: 'Oh, What Hard Luck Stories They All Hand Me'
got our OMG moment. Sure, there have been the occasional “oh em gee!”s, and tons of “omG”s along the way. And that’s what this season of
has coasted on—complicated sidenotes of corrupt cops, storage rooms full of murder evidence, and a crazy, Italian-speaking artist/inventor. You know, standard
fair. But Mike’s big reveal left Mona’s death and our mouths hanging wide open. O-M-effin’-G.
fashion, they baited us until the very end of the episode. Mike catches Aria pulling a vial of blood out of the nook of a tree, where he had stashed it earlier. Of course, as she drops her flashlight (girlfriend, why are you,
, still going into dark woods alone?!), Mike is there to pick it up for her. Oh, hey, Little Bro.
So this is where it ends, huh? Aria and Mike go into a death match, betraying blood with blood, and the whole series comes to a shocking finish when their dad comes home to find the carnage. Well, not exactly.
As predicted, there was an absolutely absurd explanation as to why Mike had been acting like a murderous asshole. Mona, apparently, had figured out a way to clear the fabulous four, expose “A”, and put Ali behind bars for murder. Mona’s murder. So she set about putting this whole plan into place, explaining to Mike that she would have to disappear for a while. So what does Mike do? He keeps a vial of her blood as a souvenir (like get a locket or something) and presumably has been funneling her money ever since.
Whew, glad we cleared that up! You looked pretty sketch there for a second, Mikey!
Does this abscond Mike from the suspicion that he has steadily cloaked himself in for the four episodes? Absolutely not. A tearful confession, even to your sibling, doesn’t cross you off of anyone’s list in Rosewood (see: the Hastings girls). Although Aria has been pretty hesitant to blame Mike in all of this, despite the snooping she’s been doing. Maybe, to her at least, this gives him a clear slate. The rest of the Liars? Not so much. No one seemed sold on the story that Aria, natch, reported back to them almost immediately. And they are probably wise to have their suspicions. In Rosewood, there’s always another side to the story.
But enough about Mike, IS MONA ALIVE? Mysteriously, she has not showed up to any of the prearranged meetings with Mike, which he rightfully assumes means that she was double-crossed and killed by “A.” And also, are we officially clearing Alison from being “A”? Mike’s evidence seemed to point to that, but could it really end that simply for her?
And to think, all of that in the last five minutes of the show.
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