Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Pretty Little Liars 6x04 (Don't Look Now): A Recap
After lying to Alison and Jason about Charles, Kenneth comes clean about the family’s connection to the young boy. While he won’t give much detail about Charles’ past, he says enough to give the PLLs a clue of where to look for the missing pieces — Radley Sanitarium. With Radley now closed and the files shipped off to be shredded, the girls must act fast before all traces of Charles’ past disappear.Meanwhile, Caleb’s protective nature starts to pinch Hanna, and Spencer seeks a remedy for her sleeping issues.
And the #SummerOfAnswers continues, although it might be prudent to also call it the #SummerOfQuestions. The more answers we get, the more confused we become. I guess that's why people are addicted to PLL.
Finally, Alison tells the Liars that Daddy DilLaurentis spilled the beans on this whole 'Charlie' fiasco. Turns out Charles, their eldest kid, was a troubled child who had to be moved to Radley Sanitarium after he tried to kill baby Alison... but Mr. D insisted that Charles couldn't be the man behind the mask.
Why, you ask?
Because Charles is dead. He killed himself at the age of sixteen while in Radley, and there was no funeral. He was cremated by his mother.
Even though most of the Liars are sympathetic and trying to understand Ali's plight, Hanna is insistent: "No body, no grave, no proof."
And considering that this is Rosewood, I think she's on the right track. But Radley Sanitarium has shut down now, so who knows where all the patient files might be?
Snooping around for clues can be difficult when your loved ones have such a strong hold on you. Aria's doing her best to keep her distance from her dad, and the memories of the dollhouse, by focusing on her photography, and by taking pictures of - you guessed it - dolls.
But one day as she's in the dark room, developing her photos, she finds a note from 'A'. The first 'A' note of season six: 'You're still my doll, bitch.'
That's how we finally find out the truth behind Aria's chopped locks: 'A' forced her to go grunge or lose it all.
But that's not all. Aria realises that she's locked in the dark room, and as she pounds on the door, almost suffocating in fear, her knight in shining armour appears: new boy Clark, a budding photographer. Is this a new romance on the horizon? Because the Ezria ship has hit an iceberg and should not be rescued.
Finally, she comes clean to her father about her trauma in the Dollhouse. Way to go, Aria.
Meanwhile, Sara Harvey continues to be her creepy, weird self (what is up with that dead-in-the-eyes look?), and although Mrs. Fields is hesitant about continuing to take care of the girl, Emily isn't ready to part with her future wife (possibly?) just yet.
Sara runs away from the Fields household but comes back because her mother still has... issues. She confides in Em that she just wants to have a normal teenage life.
You can't have a normal teenage life in Rosewood, but you can try. So Emily takes her swimming, and in the darkness of the night, the girls share a sweet moment where they gaze into each other's eyes.
The more Spencer tries to ignore her problems, the more they come up to the surface, and she tells Hanna that there's one night in the dollhouse that she can't remember. She woke up, covered in someone's blood. Was it just a trick played by Charlie or did she really hurt someone?
Mrs. Hastings was right - Spencer's addiction problem is starting to creep in again. When she discovers that none of the other girls are having anxiety issues like her, she rifles through the Montgomery garbage bin to find the pills Aria's thrown away. Ick.
When that doesn't work, she approaches the new 'baker' in town, who reeks of weed but makes the best pastries. Tsk, tsk. Don't do this, Spencer.
The girls find Charles' Radley files in a storage unit somewhere. There are no records past his sixteenth birthday, or before he turned thirteen, but there are two visitors in his log: Mrs. D and Alison's Aunt Carol.
Jason remembers what happened when he once went to visit Aunt Carol's house. She's been dead for years, but his mother was still taking care of the house, careful to not let Jason stay long. Judging by the noises coming from inside the house, she wasn't alone. Could Charles really be alive?
Well, there's a grave with his name on it. Looks like he wasn't cremated after all. The girls and Jason discover his gravestone outside the perimeters of Aunt Carol's house. That was why Mrs. DiLaurentis couldn't let go of the house.
So if Charles is dead, who is this person impersonating him? Maybe someone who knew him from Radley?
Hanna and Caleb hit a rough patch this episode, when the (formerly) perfect boyfriend reveals that he put a tracker in Hanna's car so he'd always know where she is. Creepy much?
Hanna snaps, telling him that she's feeling suffocated by his constant presence in her life. "I need some space," she says, and Caleb looks shattered. Sorry, buddy.
As the episode comes to a close, we get our first 'A' sneak-peek after so long. Charles sits in front of a computer, tracking the girls' locations and eating candies. Whoa. Did he implant trackers into their bodies?
The number of questions I have is increasing day by day, but I'm still really impressed by the quality of the season six episodes. Good job, PLL Powers That Be.
I feel like they're introducing too many new characters, especially when we only have six more episodes to go before the big time leap. Lorenzo, Clark, Sara, the stoner chef... and I hear there are more people to come.
No way in hell is Charles dead. We thought Ali was dead, because there was a body and a grave and a funeral, but that was a lie. We thought Mona was dead, because there was shady footage and a lot of blood, but that was also a lie. So a stone stuck in mud is not enough proof for me, thank you very much.
Anyway, Marlene King has confirmed that at least a few people on the internet have got their theories right. After today's episode, I'm really starting to believe in the Wren-is-Charles theory. After all, he's old enough, he has a troubled past (mentally unstable father, mention of 'ambiguous loss'), he's connected to more than one Liar, and he did serve his time at Radley.
I'm sorry to see Hanna and Caleb fight, but I can understand where she's coming from. I hate being put on a leash, and understandably, that's how she feels, too.
Sara and Emily is definitely happening. I'm not in favour of it. Bring Paige back. Or send Emily to wherever Paige is. But Sara Harvey is connected to Charles in some way, and that can only mean major heartbreak for Em.
Most Likely to be 'A' This Week
Going by the episode at least, Caleb seemed suspicious enough with his tracker and his Edward Cullen-esque boyfriend mentality.
But I'm sticking with Wren for now.
Next week's episode promises to be a doozy. With dead bodies, the return of Mona and more secrets to be uncovered, it's clear that PLL is going darker than it's ever been before.
But who's this "she" in a black hoodie Sara is talking about? Is this yet another red herring?
Crazy episode, wasn't it? What are your 'A' theories? Do you think someone's impersonating Charles, or is he still alive? Tell me everything that's on your mind in the comments below.
I'll see you next week, PLL Geeks. Bye!