Pretty Little Liars: The Melody Lingers On
March 11, 2015 9:55 AM - Season 5, Episode 23 - Subscribe

Alison’s trial is about to begin and the once-confident Queen Bee is not so confident about her fate, as testimony reveals not only her lies but the lies of those close to her. Meanwhile, Spencer, Aria, Emily and Caleb search for information to clear the imprisoned Hanna following a string of clues that might have been left by Mona or possibly planted by “A.”

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posted by Bulgaroktonos (11 comments total)
I found this episode slightly less engaging, I think possibly because I am really just so impatient for the big A reveal they keep teasing that I'm sort of killing time. I did enjoy the French music playing (did it sound kind of like Lift Every Voice and Sing to anyone else?) but the trial just isn't really doing that much for me. I felt terribly for Hannah's mother who didn't deserve that.

Also, what is up with that prosecutor? I understand that this is a TV show (maybe) but seriously, if I were on the jury I'd think "that guy clearly has it out for these kids for no real reason. What a dick." because he's clearly being a dick. I think the way he's treating the whole thing and the obvious sadistic pleasure he takes in being awful and inappropriate to people on the stand seems counterproductive. Maybe he's A.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:02 AM on March 11, 2015

Oh, and the words on that index card from the very end -- they sounded kind of like anagrams to me although I don't know if they seemed that way to anyone else? Any guesses on what it means?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:04 AM on March 11, 2015

Okay, obviously I've looked up a picture of the index card and it says:

Chandelier's rituals.
Sister launched lair.
A ruler's list chained.

Which do appear to be anagrams (I am a genius). Any guesses? I'm trying to avoid spoilers so I'm not reading analyses of them on other websites but there's no "o" so it can't be about Alison although I guess it could say "Ali" although I don't think Mona referred to her that way. They were not close.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:07 AM on March 11, 2015

Anagrams is a good guess, although I have no idea for what. I assume Spencer will figure it out 3/4 of the way through the next episode.

I find the trial engaging to the extent that I genuinely have no clue how it will turn out, although I'd like to see them get Hanna out of jail back into action as soon as possible (presumably freeing Ali would free Hanna by implication). The A reveal is obviously the big thing that's looming, and this can feel a bit like filler, even if that's not totally fair.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:21 AM on March 11, 2015

It is true that I have no idea how this is going to go and that's sort of rare for a television trial with actual plot implications. I mean, you don't always know on Law & Order or The Good Wife but it also doesn't actually matter that much most of the time and when it does (Cary) you can guess how it's going to turn out long-term.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:24 AM on March 11, 2015

Which do appear to be anagrams (I am a genius). Any guesses?

I think they're all the same set of letters, so they're at least anagrams of each other.

I'm guessing this is not the solution to the puzzle.
posted by Copronymus at 11:51 AM on March 11, 2015

Oh, I am sort of glad they've fired the Chekov's gun of that secrets machine in the Brew (I hate that name). I don't think that everyone would actually have told those secrets and I figure in life there would be at least one person (possibly someone in this thread) who would just go "Butts butts butts butts butts" over and over for like five minutes.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:03 PM on March 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Here's what the Internet Anagram Server returns for "Chandelier's rituals."

It seems sort of weird to me that they used lair instead liar.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 2:34 PM on March 11, 2015

Could it be a name? We can get Aria out of that but not Spencer, Hanna, Emily, or Ali.

If we take out the Aria letters we get:

c d e e h i l l n r s s t u

Anything there? It's too long for "is A". Hides?

c e l l n r s t u

Aria hides turn cells? Aria hides cell runts? Probably not?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:22 AM on March 12, 2015

To be fair, the show is replete with both liars and lairs.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:22 AM on March 12, 2015

If I ever invent a version of Dungeons & Dragons aimed at tweens I'm calling it Liars & Lairs.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:24 AM on March 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

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