By Karen Malmquist
BODIES AND DOLLS AND PIGS, OH MY! For the first time ever, we’re getting answers! A hell of a lot of answers.
On the season four premiere of Pretty Little Liars, Mona spills some serious secrets. And not just the dirt she’s been blackmailing them with for two years.
We last saw the Liars, joined by Mona, about to open the trunk of Detective Wilden’s police car. You know, the one Hanna and Aria pushed into the lake? It’s back on the street, and when the five girls approached it, got a text saying, “You’re mine now. Kisses. –A”
It’s in red font. Red font = Red Coat.
Also, what kind of phone lets you text in different colors? Can I have one?
Now the girls open the trunk to find… a dead pig? Well, there’s no doubt Wilden was a real-life pig, so maybe a wizard changed him into one? There’s some weird symbolism on this show to begin with, but this is just confusing. Obviously the girls are grossed out and look away, but when they do, Mona is gone. Spencer asks what happened to her, and Hanna walks to the front of the car. She finds Mona in the front seat, removing the hard drive from the police camera to get rid of the evidence of Ashley hitting Wilden with her car. Remember, this also contains the footage of Jenna and Shana helping Wilden back up and walking away from the scene. Who knows, that part could be important, too.
Hanna rushes Mona to the girls’ car, and they head to Spencer’s house. They demand Mona to reveal everything she knows, and everything the A Team has been involved in. Surprisingly, she spills:
The next morning, the girls wake up and Mona is gone. They think they were drugged — until she arrives with coffee. She used Emily’s car because she has her own set. She refuses to give them the hard drive from the cop car because she needs to find out who red coat is. They make her take them to her lair.
On the way there, they drive past the sunken cop car, which has now turned into a crime scene. They see a body lying in the street: Wilden’s. Is anyone upset about this? No?
Meanwhile, Toby is outside the burned-down lodge, and sees a fireman examining a charred red coat. How the coat managed to survive a massive fire that burned down an entire lodge with only some ash residue, we may never know.
In the lair, Mona proves that she wasn’t the one who tried to kill Aria on the train. At the time she was dressed in a costume identical to Caleb’s, so it was Mona who tried to kiss Hanna. We knew she was, like, obsessed with Hanna, just damn. The people on the train, in the Queen of Hearts costumes, were Wilden and Melissa. And Mona’s got the video to prove it. They’re seen standing in front of the box containing Garrett’s body, and a drugged and tied-up Aria. And Melissa is yelling at Wilden to just push the box off the train already. The computer crashes as Melissa is about to take off her mask. Someone is hacking her.
They hear little girls outside with the names Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily. They go outside to find the girls, dressed and looking eerily like the Liars, holding dolls. The girls tell them that a girl named Alison gave them the dolls shortly after Mona moved into the trailer park. The Liar’s names are the names of the dolls.
Okay, Spencer and Mona are supposed to be geniuses. Hanna got Malcolm to tell her who the “Alison” was who took him to the carnival. And none of them thought to pull up a picture of Ali (or any other girl — everyone’s a suspect at this point) on their phones and ask if she was the “Alison” who gave them the dolls? Come on now. This is kid stuff. Literally.
Hanna is at Emily’s, and Emily says that while Mona wore gloves the other night, their prints are all over the car. Hanna said that Mona is “Hannibal Lecter smart,” and they need to keep their friends close and their enemies closer. Emily’s mom comes in and says that Jessica DiLaurentis has moved back to Rosewood.
Spencer and Toby go back to the lodge and inspect the damage while looking for the burned red coat. They explore for any possible clues. Spencer wonders if maybe it was Ali who pulled her out of the fire. Toby mentions it’s unlikely, since, you know, she died two years ago.
Suddenly they hear something move. Something gray flashes by them, and they run outside. They weren’t alone inside that house.
Emily gives Jessica a gift basket from her mom, asking how she and Jason are doing. Jason is apparently down South with his grandma. No explanation of how he got removed from the hospital.
Emily helps Jessica move boxes into Ali’s old room. Looks like they’re putting things back to normal. She then calls Hanna to tell her that Ali’s room is like a shrine together. Hanna suggests that maybe Ali’s ready to move back in, but Emily says that she knows how real it seems when they think they see her.
Mona and Hanna move the trailer somewhere they hope Red Coat won’t find it. Hanna hesitantly watches Mona put the keys back in her pocket, and sees the chip with the files attached to it.
Aria is studying at the Brew when Ezra walks in. She tries to leave unnoticed, but he turns around and says hi. He tells her that he was offered a permanent job back at Rosewood, explaining that he has a family he needs to support. Since Aria’s not ready to see other people yet, it’ll be weird. When she sees a group of people walk in, she says, “Bye, Mr. Fitz.”
Spencer obsessively goes through the Observer, looking for anything about the lodge fire that could link them to it. Toby insists she eats the breakfast he made for her, and when he gets her another cup of coffee, he gets a text. It’s from Red Coat. It’s a picture of his late mother saying, “I bet you miss her, don’t you?”
Aria and Emily try to avoid Ezra at school, and the principal catches her looking at her ex. She tries to cover it up by reading something to Emily, but he doesn’t budge.
Hanna and Mona reminisce about when they used to be friends, and how Mona helped her get through her dad walking out on her.
Aria gets called down to the principal’s office. He tells her that he knows she was sleeping with Ezra. An anonymous concerned student let him know. He shows her the photos that were secretly taken of them, and he says that Ezra is going to prison. He’s being taken into custody as they speak. She runs down the stairs to see Ezra getting cuffed and escorted out of the school. She starts to cry when…
PSYCH! Turns out she was imagining the worst, and flashes back to reality. The principal opens his door, says hello, and then asks her bring something to her mom for her to sign. This is not fair. My heart is still racing.
Paige tells Emily that she got a full ride to Stanford on a swimming scholarship. She says that if they want her, they’ll want Emily, too. Emily looks taken aback when Paige says that she wants Emily to come with her. They can live together, go to the beach, and Emily will be far, far away from Rosewood. Emily finally says that she loves her and wants to go to California with her.
Mona and Hanna come home from shopping, and they have stiff small talk until Mona says she should head out. Hanna says she had fun, but Mona says she knows she was only pretending to be her friend. She silently hands her the hard drive, but then says that she loved her once, and that she really was her friend.
Emily says goodbye to Paige when she is approached by Jenna. She notices that Jenna’s hand looks burned, and she quickly hides it. She asks Emily to deliver a message to Toby if anything happens to her, since “everyone who saw Ali the night she disappeared is waking up dead.” The message is that she never meant to hurt Toby.**
Spencer is looking out her window when she sees a blonde figure in red standing in Ali’s window. It’s Jessica. Suddenly, Spencer gets a message from Red Coat. It’s a picture of Wilden, and a message saying, “Closed caskets keep secrets. His is open and exposes yours.”
Cut to Wilden’s funeral. A mysterious woman with a very heavy black lace veil walks through the coat. Red Coat?
Spencer tells them about the message from Red Coat, and they both worry and try to convince themselves that there’s nothing that could expose them. They decide to try and get to the casket before anyone else can, just in case, and Spencer volunteers to find it.
She wanders into the back room of the church where the casket is. She hears a phone ringing, but finds out that it’s not hers. Mona emerges out of nowhere, saying that that they must’ve gotten the same message from Red Coat. The ringing continues. They open the casket, guessing that the ringing is coming from inside. They pat around until they find a phone. Missed call from a blocked number. Spencer goes to the recent calls list, and finds another missed call from the blacked number, and a missed call from “Kisses.” They call Kisses, and hear a familiar voice: Hanna’s. She asks why Spencer is calling her from her mom’s phone. When they find Hanna, she’s freaked out, wondering if her mom is the new target.
The funeral is about to begin, and after a backhanded compliment from Jessica about Hanna’s weight, they’re invited to the front of the pews. After Jenna walks in, the mysterious veiled figure walks in and sits behind Jenna.
Toby is driving the lair when he gets another text from Red Coat: “I know what happened 2 ur mom. Bring the lair and u’ll know 2. Kisses. –A”
He then has a flashback to when his mother was alive. He is in his room with Ali, who’s admiring his model car and snowglobe collection. His mom walks in, looking tired and sick. He asks if she’s okay, saying there might be something wrong with her. She insists that she’s fine, just tired, and then leaves to make them a snack. Ali looks at Toby and says, “Lazy much?” Toby, of course, tells her to get out of his house.
After the funeral, the Liars are approached by a new officer, Detective Holbrook. He’s investigating the Wilden and Officer Reynolds deaths. He seems friendlier than Wilden did when he introduced himself to the girls at the end of the pilot, but that doesn’t mean anything since
The mysterious figure walks into the car. Ali? Please be Ali.
They get a text from A/ Red Coat. It says, “The truth won’t set you free. I’m gonna bury you with it.” It comes with a video of the girls discovering the car and Mona stealing the hard drive.
We now see the veiled figure in front of a dollhouse. The same dollhouse from last season, where we saw Red Coat take a blow torch to the four dolls of the girls. Now the veiled figure—Red Coat—adds a Mona doll to the collection. Red Coat looks in the mirror. Surrounding it are several pictures of Alison. Red Coat removes the veil, revealing the Ali mask. She turns her head, revealing burns on the side of the mask.
Next week, Red Coat takes her mask off and we see who she really is! Aaand we learn who pulled the still-breathing Ali out of the ground! And whose body was found buried alive and identified as Ali instead! Also, it’s revealed that Mike Montgomery has been this entire time! Just kidding. Ari tries self-defence and Emily nearly drowns in a pool.
Okay, here’s what I think: It’s Ali wearing the veil, wearing Melissa’s Ali mask. After all, it was Wilden and Melissa in the two Queen of Hearts costumes, and one of those people was wearing an Ali mask underneath it. Wilden’s dead. Melissa is left. Hopefully the mask was only taken from Melissa, because even though it’s been proven that she is capable of murder, I know we all really want the Twin Theory to come into fruition. How disappointing would it be to find out that Red Coat is really Spencer’s older sister? Shouldn’t she be spending her time, you know, at a full-time job or something? It wouldn’t be as bad as finding out it’s been CeCe this whole time, but it’d be more satisfying for the Courtney/ Ali crazy twin- murder story to play-out like it did in the books.
It seems as though Jenna practically confessed to Emily (or at least the viewers, who see more than the Liars do) that she had something to do with the fire and knocking Toby out in the woods. But what was Shana’s involvement? They met in the woods in the finale, where Jenna told her that the Liars will be at the lodge, and “you know what to do.” However, we’ve seen this exact encounter before, only from a different angle at the end of season two. Jenna approached an unseen person (who we now know to be Shana), and hand her a gun wrapped in a scarf, telling her “You know what to do.”
If Mona doesn’t know who pushed Ian off the bell tower, maybe it was Toby? He did tell Spencer that he joined the A Team as a way to protect her, and maybe after rushing to her safety from Ian, he realized she needed even more protection. But then who took his body?
Creator I. Marlene King did tweet that we can trust Mona to act like Mona, so we shouldn’t trust her completely just yet. It did seem fishy at the end of last season when she said she had no idea who Red Coat was, despite us seeing them meet face-to-face at Radley at the end of season two. However, we also know that she had a hallucination of Alison during one of Hanna’s visits to the Sanitarium. She could be telling the truth.