Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pretty Little Liars 5x25 (Welcome to the Dollhouse): A Recap

'A' has always had fun playing with Aria, Emily, Hanna & Spencer, but now "they" have the biggest game to date in store for the girls. As shocking secrets come to light and the biggest clue to the 'A' mystery is revealed, is this one play date the Liars can survive? 

What. The. Hell.

So this #PLLTuesday was the season finale of Pretty Little Liars, and the makers of the show claimed that the biggest clue to the identity of 'A' will be revealed.
They revealed it, alright.


The Liars were arrested as accomplices to Mona's murder last week, and this episode opens with all four of them (Hanna included) sitting in the back of a police van, handcuffed, on their way to jail. And then suddenly there's a scuffle at the front of the van with the driver and 'A' appears to gas the girls.
When they wake up, they find that they're locked inside a dollhouse of sorts which has life-sized replicas of each of their bedrooms. They're playing the biggest game of their lives... and the referee is 'A'.

And as it turns out, Mona is indeed alive - and one of the contenders in this freaky game. Dressed in a yellow ruffled top and an Alison mask, 'A' has been forcing Mona to pretend to be the blonde that caused all this drama in the first place.

Then Toby (who is still a part of the police force; I suppose he isn't ready to part with his shiny cop badge yet) is seen speaking with Veronica and Peter Hastings about the abducted police van and the girls being hijacked. They decide not to tell the other parents or the media anything yet and instead decide to get to the bottom of this.

Caleb, Ezra and Toby are doing their best to hack into the police security systems and track the missing van, but in vain. The Hastings, after speaking with Alison and finally finding out that this 'A' business still isn't over, join forces with the boys. It is then that Mrs. Hastings gets a call from Melissa. As she picks up the phone, we see Andrew listening to the conversation with the help of his headphones and laptop. Why? Why is he still being creepy?

Meanwhile, the doll game continues. The girls are monitored 24/7 except for three minutes at night when the power goes out and the generators need to be switched on. It is then that all five of them can talk about where they are and how they can get out of it.

Spencer makes a shocking revelation at night when she discovers that the alphabet blocks in one of the rooms spell out 'CHARLES'. Could that be who 'A' is?

Detective Tanner decides to bring Caleb in for questioning. After all, who else could manage to hack into the systems and take control of the van? But his lawyers (the Hastings) make a solid case to convince Tanner to let Caleb use their computers to track the van.
As 'A' pulls the strings and makes them decorate a hall for senior prom, the girls devise a strategy to make the generators fail in order to escape from the dollhouse.

When their plan succeeds on prom night and Charles (still wearing a mask) is unable to stop them, Spencer and Mona discover a room full of pictures and videos of the DiLaurentis family.

Caleb tracks the location of the van and the police chase is on. Although Tanner finds the control room where 'A' keeps all his surveillance equipment, they are unable to find the location of the dollhouse.

In the final few moments of the episode, the girls finally make it out of the dollhouse... but they're still surrounded by an electric fence. And now that the power has come back on, and they seem to be in the middle of nowhere, how will they escape from 'A'?


I can't understand what possible motive 'A' (or should I call him Charles?) could have to pull this off. Building a house that looks exactly like the Liars' bedrooms and living rooms? Why would anyone waste so much of money and time doing that? How mentally deranged is 'A'?

Next, I loved the involvement of the Hastings in this mystery. Thank you, writers, for realising that parents CAN be helpful when their kids are in trouble. I sincerely hope to see the other parents working together to bring 'A' down in season six.

Mona's alive... then how do you explain her dead body being shown? I'm confused.

It's a little surprising how dumb the girls are. They repeated several times that "there's five of us and one of him", so when the power shut down while Charles was standing in front of them, why didn't they attack him? Why didn't they unmask him, once and for all? Why did they choose to run towards an escape they didn't even know about, that too while wearing poofy dresses and high heels?

So Charles is 'A'... and somehow linked to the DiLaurentis family. In the video, there were two boys of the same age with Mrs. DiLaurentis. So Charles has to be Jason's twin and at least five or six years older than the girls.

I suppose that rules out Andrew. But why was he spying on that phone conversation? Was that a red herring? Why do all of Aria's boyfriends spy on other people so much?

Most Likely to be 'A' This Week

Obviously, it's Charles DiLaurentis. But who is he? My money is on the twin theory. Either he's Jason's mentally ill twin brother who escaped from Radley many years ago, or he's Jason with a split personality.

Next Season

I have no idea what's going to happen in season six with Charles or 'A' or whoever it is.

In short, it's decided: the writers of this show are never going to be direct or upfront with us. And I can't believe the 'Daisy' spoilers were all true.
I can't believe that 'A' is someone we probably haven't even met yet. I can't believe that this finale had such a... disappointing ending.

What did you think of this shocking finale, PLL Geeks? What's your Charles theory? Let me know in the comments. I really need to talk about this episode with someone!

I'll see you next time! Bye!


  1. I was waiting for your review, and it didn't disappoint me at all, whch is more than I can say for this episode. And my expectations were not even that high. 😞

    Let's begin from the beginning. First of all, what kind of police force does Rosewood have? How can they believe that four handcuffed teenage girls managed to trump the police and escape from the back of a van? 😏

    Secondly, I guess A didn't kill Mona but actually followed her plan and pretended to attack her and she was simply unconscious (with her eyes open, apparently) in A's trunk. And the first thing A did when she regained consciousness was to get her to dye her hair blonde! Very trendy. 😒 Blonde Mona with Ali mask was quite disturbing though.

    Thirdly, creepy Andrew's behaviour is becoming - as Alice in Wonderland would say - curiouser and curiouser. But I'm sure he's not Uber A, he is probably only trying to find out what the current situation is using his genius because he's all of a sudden in luuurve with Aria. (Or they will come up with some equally weird reason.) 😔

    Fourthly, I know Spencer and Mona are smart. But they're not that smart so as to understand exactly what the other person secretly means when they talk about a grand entrance and candelabra and whatnot.

    Lastly, I'm pretty sure Charles is Jason's twin brother. The videotape showed two kids and they were definitely Jason and Charles. But then what on earth did Bethany have to do with any of this? And what did the two yellow dresses mean? 😫

    Marlene said that Charles is definitely A, but I can't imagine him as Black Widow. Unless the theories of him being transsexual are true. Also, she said that Rumer Willis will be returning next season but Rumer had a very minor role last season. Like 5 minutes of screen time at max. So what is up with that? 😣

    I feel like getting admitted into Radley myself. 😥

    P.S. I wonder how Charles found time to groom his hero hair, with all the scheming and plotting he had to do! 😄

    1. Andrew researching to rescue Aria is probably the explanation they'll give us. *sigh*
      To be honest, I still don't understand Spencer & Mona's plan. What exactly did they do...?

      Either he's the twin brother with a mental illness, or he died brutally and Jason developed a split personality to cope with it. Then "Charles" met Bethany in Radley and that's probably how Mrs. D and Bethany met.. I have no idea what the two dresses were for.

      I'm not sure how the transsexual rumours came up, but they're all over the IMDb forums.
      I had to use Google to find out what character Rumer Willis portrayed. Something to do with Emily and her summer volunteering? And Emily promised to volunteer next summer, too... maybe that's where Rumer's character comes in.

      I'm just wondering how they'll carry this Charles story forward. I guess we'll have to wait till June/July to find out...

    2. It seemed like Spencer and Mona built a candelabra to harness the power of the building, and control it through a camera so the power would go out? I don't understand it either, but I'm pretty sure Phineas and Ferb would. -_-

      I saw the transsexual theories on Instagram, and there were also some photos of Mrs. D with the two boys and one of them had blue shoelaces and other other one (assumed to be Charles) had pink shoelaces which apparently supported that theory. People also drew a relation between Andrew Campbell and Campbell farm and Charles DiLaurentis and The Great Charlemagne (

      Marlene says that we might have seen Charles before, and that we need to go back to Season 3 and start picking up clues from there because apparently, we have nothing better left to do. Also, the Wikia page has already added information on Charles, writing that he's Jason's twin and whatnot. Check it out ->

      I really hope they have planned this well, because Marlene said that every single question we've had since the first season will be answered. It might have been better if they hadn't made such a huge fuss by calling it Big A Reveal and heartbreakingly beautiful and all that jazz. They should have just said something big was going to happen, or not said anything and let it happen like they did with Ezra and Toby being A. That might actually have resulted in "I can't wait for next season to find out more!" rather than "I don't want to watch this show any more, it sucks."

    3. I have low expectations for this Charles-is-A reveal. Let's see what happens, I suppose.


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