'Pretty Little Liars' Season Finale Recap: 'A' Is Finally Revealed

Mon, March 19, 2012 11:54pm EDT by 193 Comments

Did you guess ‘A’ right? (Warning: Stop reading now if you don’t want to be completely spoiled!)

Two seasons, 47 episodes, and countless exaggerated gasps have all led to the March 19 finale of Pretty Little Liars when “A” was finally — and I can’t stress the word finally enough — revealed! Drumroll please…

“A” is Mona (Janel Parrish)!

That’s right, kids. All this time, “A” has been exactly who “A” was in the books — which was a little disappointing, to be honest. Mona seemed like the most obvious suspect, and I was hoping for a bigger twist. After a heated confrontation with the girls, Mona was admitted to an insane asylum, where Dr. Sullivan (yup, she’s alive) explained that Mona has a split personality disorder. Coupled with her extreme intelligence, she was basically driven insane — and evil, apparently.

She was, however, visited by someone during the ending credits of the episode, leading me to believe she was — as most people suspected — merely one “A” of many. So the mystery continues.

And remember when creator Marlene King told me that three of the show’s major couples would have a “defining moment” during the finale? She wasn’t kidding!

Aria and Ezra shared their first dance at the masquerade party, which means they’re officially public. And in case you couldn’t figure that out on your own, Ezra (Ian Harding) actually informed Aria (Lucy Hale) that “this is our first dance,” which was accompanied by an #EzriaGoesPublic hash tag in the corner of the screen. For a show that constantly makes us think, I’m glad they occasionally give our brains a rest.

A similarly epic moment came courtesy of Toby (Keegan Allen), who revealed that he’d been merely pretending not to love Spencer (Troian Bellisario) this whole time. An intense kiss/embrace/twirl ensued, and all seemed well with the world. Until…

The girls arrived at Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) house after the “A” fiasco, only to discover that Maya (Bianca Lawson) is dead! It was a tragic end to an already tragic season, and the look on Emily’s face was nothing short of heartbreaking.

Color me shocked.

What did you think of the jaw-dropping season finale? Were you shocked to find out who “A” really is? Are you devastated over Maya’s death? And who do you think was visiting Mona in the insane asylum? We’ve got a few months left until new episodes return, so hit up the comments section with your best theories!

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mollie

Posted at 6:54 PM on March 20, 2012  

ok so i keep on remembering more things i noticed .. i was completly confsed at mayas death. i think on her travles she figured out or encounterd something, she tried to contact emily but the whole service fail prevented that and as a result i think she was killed because she saw or found out wo the other A’S could be..

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mollie

Posted at 6:48 PM on March 20, 2012  

also anyone find it so strange that dr.sullivan called toby i mean she had the whole town convinced she was dead why would she call toby and why did toby look like he was expecting her call .. dr.sullivan later tells the girls she had to disapper becuase A threatend her son canoby be that son…

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Mollie

Posted at 6:44 PM on March 20, 2012  

not what i thought would happen so its obviously a group effort not just mona. i think mona only wanted to seperate the girls bond to have hannah to herself and i think the real killer used mona to get what they wanted sence mona was an easy way to get into the girls heads A team used that to the best of their advantage.i think monas being threatend and so i deff dont think she has a personailty disorder its a cover up to keep the real killer safe.

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Elena

Posted at 7:29 PM on March 20, 2012  

Yes!! I totally agree with you!!! Mona was being threatened or blackmailed to cover up the real A which is probably Allison! Also, I thing that Dr. Sullivan is part of the A team, because she mysteriously disapeared and then just showed up when the police came to the scene where Mona fell. How would Dr. Sullivan know that Mona fell down? Someone A releated must have told her!

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maria camila

Posted at 6:25 PM on March 20, 2012  

wow mona is -A and with was friend of hanna.

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Elena

Posted at 6:19 PM on March 20, 2012  

At the end of the episode,when Mona was in the mental hospital, someones (Notice how this person was wearing a red jacket just like “Vivian’s”) came in and Mona said “I’ve done everything you’ve asked. I think that Mona isn’t actually REALLY part of the A team. I think she said that because A blackmailed her so she had to pretend she was A. I think they’re trying to make you think it’s Mona, but it’s really Allison or her twin. Also, I think A gets a lot of his/her info from the doll shop who is telapathic. That’s how A is always one step ahead, and is why A paid the boy and his grandma at the end of that episode.

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-A

Posted at 6:22 PM on March 20, 2012  

Yes! I think the little boy in the doll shop could be helping -A and is being bribed! Who else agrees or disagrees?

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Jessi

Posted at 8:38 PM on March 20, 2012  

omg i love you. you have the same mind as me. XD I don’t think mona is a because too many things pointed otherwise. But also, in the show Ali has no twin. And her body was found before so A cant be her

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Júlia

Posted at 8:45 PM on March 20, 2012  

If Mona was being blackmailed and was not part of the team A, they would not show her clearly thinking “this is what we wanted” with a evil face and voice

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Dannie

Posted at 4:20 PM on March 20, 2012  

Aria is A, just look at the clues from the writers:
1. She is wearing black gloves in the finale, like A
2. She is wearing black feathers in mask, like BlackSwan, A
3. She isn’t getting threats anymore from A regarding Ezra
4. She “noticed” the doll shop when they were standing far down the street from it. No one else even saw it.
5. She can be devious, we saw her get bitchy when her mom was going to send her to boarding school.
6. She has the red coat, like in the last scene with Mona
7. She got the group back together when she came back from Europe.
8. Spencer commented to Aria in finale “You’re small, but you’re big”, a huge clue from the writers. Aria is small in stature, but a big shot in the “A” world.

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Chill, With The Name

Posted at 4:17 PM on March 20, 2012  

Admit, you cant get enough of this show. All of you who call yourselfs fans of the show are doing nothing but trying to bring it down. I know, MAJORITY of people were a bit upset about the Mona thing. But after moments, you should get it threw your puny brains. Shes not A. Its nearly impossible. They’re not going by the books, you all are just stupid enough not to realize. And many of you are saying, I thought it was Mona. Well GREAT for you friend. You were right for once shouldnt you be happy. You guys need to chill. Theres another season. K? Its not the end. Damn.

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Jessi

Posted at 8:37 PM on March 20, 2012  

lmfao. i think the real a set mona up. there are too many things that happened previously point to mona not being a

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Alyssa

Posted at 9:36 PM on March 20, 2012  

At least one other person makes sense! Haha

 
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Jessi

Posted at 2:39 PM on March 21, 2012  

who me? lol yeah everyone on here thinks they know exactly what will happen and they are so sure that this show will disappoint them. If they are so sure, why watch it? Like seriously.

 
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Alyssa

Posted at 6:19 PM on March 21, 2012  

Exactly ! Peoples just try to be like other people. I dont think there going by the book, why would they lie? And even if they did i bet PLL would still be extremely successful.

 
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BlaznAzn

Posted at 3:55 PM on March 20, 2012  

I am extremely disappointed with the finale. There was no shock value. If I knew it was mona I wouldve stopped watching the show and re read the books. I’m annoyed that a good amount of the show is different from the books (which I liked since the As in the books just didnt do it for me) except for mona and possibly Alis twin. I’ve rewatched season 1 and the first half of season 2 before the second half of season 2 started… And some of the clues dont link up w mona doing all of the dirty work. I get theres a Head A, as well as multiple As, but honestly thats going to get old. The last few episodes already started losing my interest, which suuuuuucks cause I love the show. Lets hope season 3 doesn’t drag out into another season of disappointment.

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Alyssa

Posted at 3:52 PM on March 20, 2012  

DUDES! MONA IS A! SHES JUST AN ASSISTANT. Shut the hell up, continue to watch the show(when the new season starts of course) , and calm your tits.

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Posted at 4:07 PM on March 20, 2012  

Isnt*

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Julie

Posted at 3:00 PM on March 20, 2012  

I think A is Aria, cuz she isn’t getting threats anymore about Erza. And she had black gloves at the dance like A wears. And black feathers in her mask, like the black swan. Then she says that its prob over with Ezra, yet they are at his apt looking thru Alli’s bag. Ezra is a perv. Can’t stand him. He needs to go.

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BlaznAzn

Posted at 3:20 PM on March 20, 2012  

I completely agree with you about ezra. I find it disgusting that an at_least 25 year old man is infatuated with a 16 year old year old girl.

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Jackie

Posted at 3:49 PM on March 21, 2012  

Actually, Aria is about 17, 18 years old, & Ezra is only about 20. :)

 
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Theresa

Posted at 10:39 PM on March 21, 2012  

@ Jackie- NO Aria is suppose to be a 16 year old and once you get out of college to become a teach you are around 24 even for a young teacher and she had a fake ID when they met she was drinking in a bar so its not like he was a preditor purposely going after a younger girl. For fans a lot of you have your facts wrong.

 
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Alyssa

Posted at 6:32 AM on March 22, 2012  

Arias around 18. Shes in her Senior year, and you need to be 21 or older to drink and obvy 18 isnt older than 21.

 
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Sam:)

Posted at 7:58 PM on March 22, 2012  

Omggg arias not A!!! Why wud people think arias A! A sent her mom a letter about her dad in season 1 why wud she do that to herself and she’s part of the PLLs I mean really? Also just cuz she came back from Iceland doesn’t mean she brought the PLLs back together to torture them :P

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Lala

Posted at 2:56 PM on March 20, 2012  

This was a huge disappointment. Duh Mona was part of the “A” team. Dr. Sullivan is part of it also, and Toby as well. This show is going to drag on FOREVER. Don’t know that I’ll watch next season, except maybe the finale and be disappointed once again.

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gambz

Posted at 4:00 PM on March 20, 2012  

eww shut up. I love how you some how think you know whats going on when the shows not even done yet.. you must be psychic.

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Jessi

Posted at 8:34 PM on March 20, 2012  

gambz- lol ur right. everyone on here is acting like they know exactly what will happen. how is dr. sullivan on the a team? she got kidnapped by a and was scared. she seem pretty taken off guard. not like she planned that

 
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Alyssa

Posted at 4:15 PM on March 20, 2012  

Humans aim at being happy in life right? At least normal humans. Why would you watch a finale of a show that you know will dissapoint you? Pathetic.

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Lala

Posted at 4:26 PM on March 20, 2012  

Nunya. BTW last time I checked it was a free world. If I want to be disappointed it’s MY business. Go get flea dipped.

 
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Lala

Posted at 4:24 PM on March 20, 2012  

gambz, I am psychic, and I see that you are an idiot and will die from vodka o.d. Please do it soon.

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Alyssa

Posted at 8:07 PM on March 20, 2012  

Haha, YOUR a joke. Keep calm man. Telling someone to die from vodka. Ahh, you need all the help you can get. Your sick. Its not a free world, i meant to say. Nothing in life is free, bro. :) Get with reality. Kids these days.

 
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ellie

Posted at 1:42 PM on March 20, 2012  

the black swan was deffinately dr. sullivan!!!!

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amb

Posted at 1:28 PM on March 20, 2012  

Wow what a croc of crap. I read the books and thats the only reason I watch the show. So I’m fine with them following the books. In fact I wish they would follow the books lead making it about four girls who are stalked by A instead of this A stalking these girls. The show has always from the start put to much emphasize on A. All the girls do on the show is try and figure out who A is. Its just old. The producers shouldnt have lied I had to ignore all the clues with the thought A wasnt Mona. Kinda ruined the show. Makes the Lying Game seem that much better and believe me Im a Pretty Little Liar fan.

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Jessi

Posted at 8:32 PM on March 20, 2012  

lol btw i love the lying game also but I think that they are kind of copying pretty little liars a little

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coco

Posted at 11:40 AM on March 20, 2012  

How did toby locate doctor sullivan if she was missing? And how did he know about what was happening to the liars? idk but he was acting kinda weird at the end when he told spencer that he was pretendind not to love her… i mean why would he be pretending if he “didnt know about A”? maybe thats why he was spending quality time with jenna.. to steal info?
omgggggg cant wait till june!!

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Jessi

Posted at 8:30 PM on March 20, 2012  

How can you not piece it together? Remember Dr. sullivan said that A threatened her son which is why she didn’t come back to town and rat out A. I think Toby is her son because he left town and pretended to hate Spencer. A must have put Dr. Sullivan up to it and Toby didn’t let Spencer know that he knew A because he could get hurt. And don’t say that you can’t think this possibly too. Toby and Jenna aren’t biological siblings after all. So it’s a possibility.

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Júlia

Posted at 6:42 AM on March 20, 2012  

That’s what I think…

– In the park, Jenna gives Melissa a gun to kill Maya, saying “you know what you need to do” because:

– Maya was in the motel also looking for clues and discovers all about A, then they need to kill her, and that explains:

– Why a phone rang in the room when Emily was out calling Maya, Maya was the person in the shower… you can see she running in a brown jacket, wasn’t a black jacket like A, that’s why wasn’t A there

– I really think the person in red jacket in the end is Alison, if they are doing -A as the book, the twin must exist

– Team A is Jenna, Melissa, Lucas, Mona, maybe Garret and they’re all guided by the master A, that seems be the real Ali

I’m dying to know who is the black swan…

and sorry about the bad english, is not my natural language

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Jessi

Posted at 8:27 PM on March 20, 2012  

First of all, Maya never knew anything about A so why would she search for clues? Also, you don’t know what color jacket it was. It was dark and that was a shadow. And they found Alison’s body so she wasn’t in the red jacket.

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Theresa

Posted at 10:53 PM on March 21, 2012  

why would Jenna be handing Melissa her own fathers gun to kill Maya? it would be more likely that Milissa gave it to Jenna to give to Mona and that is how Mona had the gun…

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Crissy

Posted at 3:36 AM on March 20, 2012  

Everybody needs to stop worrying and second guessing. The “A’s” Will be the same as in the books. A number one is Mona. A number two is Alison. The rest is all just added for entertainment purposed. It makes the show interesting, but the end result never changes.

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Crissy

Posted at 3:39 AM on March 20, 2012  

(me again) For example:

Number One: Ezra wasn’t a huge player in the books, Aria dated Noel for the most part. Ezra didn’t matter.

Number Two: Toby committed suicide or died. Never dated Spencer.

Number Three: Caleb or Dr. Sullivan don’t exist in the books.

Number Four: Jenna remains blind, doesn’t mind because her and Alison set up the fire in the garage on purpose to get rid of her step brother (Toby) who was molesting her.

As I said. Everything goes on the show. But the A’s will always remain the same. So don’t be surprised.

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Alya

Posted at 5:57 PM on April 10, 2012  

there is a doctor sullivan in the books

 
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megs

Posted at 2:58 AM on March 20, 2012  

i dont think that people are upset that mona is A. i mean if the books did not exist, i would have never have guessed Mona to be A. i think why everyone was disappointed was because in the beginning, producers promised that its going to be different from the book. so we all worked ourselves for this huge surprise that never came!!

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Jessi

Posted at 8:23 PM on March 20, 2012  

I thought in the books, A was Ali’s supposed twin?

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Lucy Hale

Posted at 1:53 AM on March 20, 2012  

Hey Plls Fans It’s Lucy ,

Well I Hope Y’all Our Shock As Much As I Am :)
We Ended The Season With A Lot Of Unknown Questions But They Will All Be Answered On Season 3 Airs June 5 Can’t Wait For Y’all Too Get The First Glimpse !(:

– Did Anyone Catch The Girl That Was Hidding Her Face From The Plls Was It Vivian Or “A” ?:0
– Did Anyone Catch Where Shay Mitchell Went Too Call Maya & Hannah Was In The Shower & A Was Sneaking Up On Her & A Phone Rang ?
Was It Maya, Is She A ?:0
Leave A Comment Fans I Wanna Know What Y’all Think Or Email Me Thanks love Y’all :)

– Lucy Hale <3 .

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Sheila

Posted at 3:27 PM on March 20, 2012  

Lucy, I was majorly disappointed in the season finale. First of all, Spencer is the smartest of the bunch and she failed to ask Mona the all important question “WHO ELSE IS ON THE A TEAM?” But then the show would be over and you couldn’t get your weekly million dollar paycheck. Also how did Toby know Dr. Sullivan? Why did he need to pretend to hate Spencer? Is Toby part of the A team? Maya wasn’t important to the story line, except if she was A, so doesn’t matter if she’s dead. Sorry Maya. Erza is a pervert and should leave in disgrace from Rosewood.

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Lucy Hale

Posted at 1:42 AM on March 20, 2012  

Hey It’s Lucy !
Well Y’all Guessed It , It Was Mona That Was A :)
Tell Me What Y’all Think About the Reveal & The Finale Shocker !(:
Can’t Wait For Y’all Too See The First Glimpse Of Season 3 Too Premier June 5 !!!!

– Was Anybody Suprised About That Girl That Hide Her Face While Passing The Plls ! Was It Vivian ?:0
– When Hannah Was In The Shower , Emily Went Too Call Maya Which She Snook Up On Hannah & Her Phone Rang ?!!! anyone Catch That :)
Leave A Comment ?

– Lucy Hale <3

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Shay Mitchell

Posted at 1:47 AM on March 20, 2012  

Lucy ,
That Was A Bit Of A Shocker :)!!!
Hehe well, I can’t wait for our fans too see the new season of ” Pretty Little Liars ” Season 3 , it will be EPIC !
Anyone have any request on who y’all think “A” is ?;)

– Shay Mitchell <3

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Nikki

Posted at 1:32 AM on March 20, 2012  

Hey guys, here’s the truth: whoever is calling the shots at ABCFamily is aware of the fact that this show is a cash horse. They are probably making lots of money off of it and loving the praise of the network, of others, etc. The ending was stupid and had countless loose ends because they want to have another season that they can milk for all its worth. So stop complaining, and just get excited for Season 3. I know the actors, actresses, and people behind the scenes are certainly excited, because all of our hype surrounding the show, whether good or bad, is still the kind of publicity that will help make them rich.

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yeah

Posted at 2:13 AM on March 20, 2012  

yeah thats why am going to stop watching it, it’s going to be the same thing, boring and there never going to revealed the real a

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A :)

Posted at 1:29 AM on March 20, 2012  

Okay So I Have Lots Of Questions ,
– Who Is The Girl That Jenna Gave Her The Gun At The Park Was It Mona Cause She Had The Gunn !:0
– Did Y’all Notice That Strange Girl That Hide Her Face While Passing The Girls At The Party Was It Vivian ?:0
– When Hannah Was In The Shower , Emily Went Too Go Call Maya Which A Person Snook Up On Hannah & A Phone Rang ;0 Could Maya Be A ?
Leave A Reply Pleaasse !(:

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Sheila

Posted at 3:33 PM on March 20, 2012  

Stop using the word “snook”, the word should be sneaked or snuck, either is acceptable. You also used it when you pretended to be Lucy Hale in earlier posts. STOP IT….it makes you sound stupid.

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Alyssa

Posted at 4:20 PM on March 20, 2012  

gaahhhh, “you should also use it when you pretend to be Lucy Hale. LMAO, oh gosh. haha good one :)

 
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Jessi

Posted at 8:21 PM on March 20, 2012  

“A :)” –
1. How do you know that what Jenna gave someone at the park was the gun? It could have been something else.
2. Vivian was Ali’s alternate personality, and Ali is dead. So how could Vivian be there?
3. Why would you think MAYA is A? WOW!!!

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n

Posted at 1:25 AM on March 20, 2012  

The end was upsetting to me but so great i HATE Maya is dead i was hoping for an better reveal of a cause Mona was top 2 on so many people list but next season gon be KILLER

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chellion

Posted at 1:14 AM on March 20, 2012  

i think that mona, jenna, lucas and maybe melissa are all “team A”. and even when she was locked up she said “that’s what ‘we’ wanted…”

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Melissa

Posted at 12:17 AM on March 20, 2012  

I thought the finale was extremely disappointing. I noticed that when Jenna met someone in the park, she gave that person something…. Maybe it was the designs of the swan dress found in “A’s lair.” And if Caleb is Dr. Sullivan’s son- it would make a lot of sense because she did say she had to protect him. I think the girl in the swan outfit is very suspicious. I’m so confused….

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Melissa

Posted at 3:37 PM on March 20, 2012  

Didn’t Caleb visit his mom and her new sons earlier in the season? If Dr. Sullivan was his mom, he would have mentioned to Hannah that she was a doctor who lived in Rosewood. Don’t you think? BTW Caleb is a hunk and I want to do fun things to his body.

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mikki herbst

Posted at 12:15 AM on March 20, 2012  

I feel like Dr. Sullivan has something to do with the A team… she has been missing this whole time but shows up after they find out about Mona. I think Melissa killed Maya and Allison both. I think in the end it was Ali’s twin sister Courtney talking to Mona.

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Ashley Benson :)

Posted at 1:35 AM on March 20, 2012  

100% True Good Thinking !(:

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Jessi

Posted at 8:16 PM on March 20, 2012  

Dr. Sullivan wasn’t there because she said that A threatened her son. But, I do think it is weird how she showed up at that time. Who called her? And, in the show, Ali has no twin.

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Alyssa

Posted at 7:27 AM on March 21, 2012  

She doesnt have a twin as far as we know.

 
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Jessi

Posted at 2:42 PM on March 21, 2012  

true but I think Jason would at least know if his own sister had a twin. He has never said anything so I’m not so sure she does have a twin

 
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