Pretty Little Liars: Bloody Hell
February 25, 2015 5:59 AM - Season 5, Episode 22 - Subscribe

The Liars decide they need to speak to Alison. But once the truth is out, Aria quickly learns that Mike’s involvement with Mona and this new revelation could have serious repercussions for her family. Determined to keep Mike safe and get Ali out of jail, the Liars intensify their search for information on “A.” Meanwhile, Spencer heads to London for an important college interview, and Alison looks to someone surprising for help with her murder trial.

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posted by Bulgaroktonos (16 comments total)
The guy sitting up in the burn unit to do whatever nefarious thing he's going to do Cyrus (kill, I assume) is really this show at its best. Creepy, shocking, and completely implausible.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:10 AM on February 25, 2015

YES! That was SO GREAT! That's the first thing I was going to talk about! It was AMAZING! It was absolutely shocking and creepy and, like, seriously? That nurse didn't realize that one of her patients was NOT a patient just a guy wrapped up in gauze to kill another patient? Seriously? WOW! SO GOOD!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:13 AM on February 25, 2015

The part with the blood in Spencer's bag was a solid return to form, too, I thought -- everything was going well for Spencer (for once) and then A just fucked it all up. That was actually really painful for me, emotionally, because I really want things to be okay for her. I also think it was the first part in a really, really long time where we saw Spencer actually being Spencer; she was engaged, she was intellectual, she was preppy and smart and kind of staid and it was nice to see all of that. I think they really got away from Spencer qua Spencer for a while.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:16 AM on February 25, 2015

I'm also glad Thalia (spelling? I put in the H because previously someone mentioned that all of the names have at least one letter more than you would expect) actually talked to her husband. That deeply needed to happen. Also Emily looked great dancing -- is this something we've seen her do before? I feel like after she stopped being a swimmer she didn't really pick up another activity.

I'm disappointed it looks like we're not going to get to see the pageant, though. I was looking forward to that!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:18 AM on February 25, 2015

Oh God also almost forgot Aria and Strip Academic Decathlon Guy kissing. Ezra, this is one of the MANY REASONS you don't date high schoolers -- they're in high school! They have relationships in high school ways! Oh man, I also just remembered that time Aria kissed Ezra's brother. WOW! Also the casual way Aria told SADG something like "I'm still seeing Ezra". How do you drop that so casually? That was this guy's teacher! He probably doesn't even know who Ezra is, you probably have to say "Mr. Fitz". Seriously, this whole thing is ridiculous. Don't date high schoolers unless you're in high school, don't kiss other people when you're dating someone, don't kiss people who are dating someone else, don't drop casual mentions about how you're still dating your former high school teacher, don't kiss people who are dating your former high school teacher, no one is making any good choices here.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:22 AM on February 25, 2015

Yeah at some point I think the girls lost their individual identities a bit. It makes a certain sense, high schooler's identities are naturally pretty fluid and they've got a lot of stuff going on, but the original set up emphasized their individual characteristics more: Spencer was preppy and driven, Aria was creative and arty, Hanna was into shopping and fashion (but secretly super smart), and Emily was sporty. They'd lost that a bit.

I don't think we've seen Emily dance, and I suspect she'll lose it as a hobby now, but it was nice to see her having something to do. Oh, and I agree that no pageant is a loss; I guess if they're not all in it, it doesn't work as well. Remember when they all modeled wedding dresses?
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:25 AM on February 25, 2015

That was so weird.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:27 AM on February 25, 2015

So, do we believe the Big A reveal is actually coming in three episodes? I mean the outside the show message is definitely "yes this is it, we're actually doing it," but they also swore up and down that the EzrA thing was real, and it turned out to be something real, but not really him being A. The showrunner has apparently said that the Liars may still be in the dark, but the viewers will know and that the Big A is in the pilot episode. Should I rewatch the pilot? Probably.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:26 AM on February 25, 2015

Yes, definitely re-watch the Pilot. Maybe if you, like me, don't have anything particular to watch tonight since you've already watched The Mindy Project and Agent Carter and Parks and Rec and your roommate is out re-watching the PLL pilot?

Man, this is amazing. I really hope it is. I think it's more promising if it's that the viewers will know but not the liars, and I think that could introduce some good dramatic tension. This means there's no way it's CeCe Drake, right? I hope not. Could be Aria's dad! I think he was a suspect for a little while back in the day? His early affair was definitely part of it.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:50 AM on February 25, 2015

I find myself in a...similar situation, so yes. Why don't we all rewatch the pilot and reconvene next week with a List of Suspects.

I might actually have misread that A was definitely in the pilot, but I think there's a good chance that he/she was.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:59 AM on February 25, 2015

Maybe it's that girl Emily dates who is killed later and then we never really talk about it again until her cousin shows up but it turns out he's her "cousin" and he stalks Emily and she kills him in a lighthouse.

I think maybe everyone in the thread should recommit to watching the show again from the beginning over the next few weeks if possible.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:04 AM on February 25, 2015

Ah, what I like to call the MAYA R DILAURENTIS theory.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:56 PM on February 25, 2015

Uhhhh apologies for how painful that video is.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:58 PM on February 25, 2015

That is BONKERS! Huh. One of the interesting things about PLL and its relationship to social media is that someone's always come up with your theory before you have. Also, apparently at some point 1/3 of ALL tweets during the show's time slot were about PLL which is awesome (and to which I definitely contributed).
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:39 AM on February 26, 2015

Also, I don't think any of us have said anything about the coda? With A putting $20 bills in prison bibles? What do you suppose the goal of that is? Start a prison riot? I did notice that it was at the verse about vengeance shall be mine but why the money itself?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:40 AM on February 26, 2015

It also seems like maybe they're trying to rehabilitate Ali and make her more self aware and a nicer person so she can be forgiven and I disapprove of that very, very strongly.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:41 AM on February 26, 2015

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