The Liars had their hands full on the July 15 episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ Ali was brutally attacked and Aria headed undercover to find out everything about the mysterious Bethany Young.
The July 15 episode of Pretty Little Liars wasn’t pretty. Ali (Sasha Pieterse) had a close encounter with one of “A’s” assAssins, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) dealt with another kind of heartbreak, Aria (Lucy Hale) headed undercover to help the Liars and someone experienced a breakup!
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After the explosion at Toby’s (Keegan Allen) house, the girls got a new message from “A.” “Did you miss me, b**ches?” the text read. Welcome back, “A!” NOT. Spencer was frantically searching for Toby as the house became engulfed with flames. Thankfully, Toby was OK, his dad had just broken his leg running out of the house.
Spencer, Aria, Emily (Shay Mitchell), Ali and Hanna (Ashley Benson) were all trying to figure out what “A” was up to now. Aria was worried she had been wrong about Shaunna since she had never actually said she was “A.” Whether they like or not, “A” was back and she wasn’t playing nice. She had went in for a temporary hibernation and now had a plan of attack. What does she want now?
Hanna ran into Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) at the coffee shop. He’d spent the night at the hospital with Toby. Hanna couldn’t figure out why “A” would blow up Toby’s house when they were three doors down. “‘A’ doesn’t shoot and miss,” Caleb said. She had a reason to blow up Toby’s place. This chat segued into a talk about Caleb staying in Rosewood. Caleb revealed that he wouldn’t be staying long. He didn’t want to “commit” to anything in Rosewood. Hanna was definitely upset at the idea of Caleb and his pretty face leaving again.
Aria was now officially freaking out that she had killed an innocent person and Ezra (Ian Harding) was trying to easy her worry. He was now looking for a connection between Mrs. D and Bethany Young. He remembered coming across her name a couple of years ago, but just had to figure out how she was connected to Mrs. D.
Over at the Hastings house, Spencer’s dad confronted her about her and her mom leaving. Spencer was honest and said they knew that he and Melissa weren’t where they said they were the night Mrs. D died. The pills in his medicine cabinet were also the same ones that killed Mrs. D. Her dad was adamant that he would never take a life to cover up something she did. (Kind of harsh, Mr. Hastings.) He and Melissa went to the lake to talk that night. (Anywhere with Melissa is NOT where you want to be.)
While Aria was at school, Ezra called to check in. Spencer quizzed her on what was going on between her and Ezra. “Okay, we had a slip,” Aria confessed. “Technically, it was two slips.” (!!!) Spencer flipped at the news and brought up the fact that Ezra deceived Aria for years. Way to be a downer to the Ezria fans, Spence.
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The girls had a pow wow to discuss who in the heck was “A” at this point. Spencer was shaken after she accused her dad of murdering Mrs. D when he hadn’t. Aria dropped the bomb that he might be “A,” sending Spencer into a tailspin. They all agreed to help Ezra find the link between Bethany and Mrs. D. Ali was starting to freak out now that “A” was back. She was looking to get the heck out of dodge and fast. But first, there was digging to be done.
Spencer headed to Radley to find out what she could about Bethany. She hit up Eddie, who was keeping mum due to hospital policy.
Hanna finally took some time to talk to Travis (Luke Kreintank) after she’d totally forgotten about their date. Hanna said she didn’t want to leave Ali alone. Travis just figured there was somewhere else she wanted to be at the party earlier. Despite the distance, these two were OK. For now.
Ali was still making moves to leave town. She didn’t want to live in world where she was scared every which way she turned. Hanna tried to convince her to stay, but Ali knew her game. “Don’t worry, when I’m gone you can focus on your little love triangle,” Ali said. Even with that cat scratch, Hanna was determined to help her. (Ulterior motive much?)
Meanwhile, Aria and Ezra were doing some additional digging and talking about their status of their relationship. While Ezra said last night felt right, Aria said it was a mistake. Thankfully, the talk that was causing Ezra heartbreak was halted by a knock at the door by Lt. Tanner. She wanted to know ALL about Shaunna’s connection to Ezra. Tanner made it known that Shaunna’s body had gun residue on her shirt that matched what was found on Ezra. Ezra wasn’t talking, but as Tanner left, she noticed Aria’s jacket on the way out.
In the locker room, Emily cornered Paige (Lindsey Shaw) about names. Paige wasn’t going to budge since she wasn’t the biggest member of the Ali fan club. However, Emily did some pretty good convincing. Could Paige live with herself if something really bad happened to Ali if she didn’t help?
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As Ali made her final plans to leave town, Hanna agreed to take her to the station. But Ali wanted to see her dad before she left. Ali thanked Hanna for being so accommodating. “You’re really saving me,” she said to Hanna. But is she?
Aria was extremely worried at this point about what Tanner knew. Aria was frantic that she was going to come back with a search warrant and find out that Ezra knew Ali wasn’t kidnapped and how well he knew Shaunna. Ezra opened up the letter he’d received earlier and it was a terrifying hand drawn photo of Mrs. D. (Seriously. So creepy.)
Thanks to Paige, Emily found out that Lucas and Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) were working with Mona. Hanna was stunned at the news, but was trying to cover up Ali leaving. It didn’t take long for Emily to find out. Emily accused Hanna of helping Ali out of town for her own personal benefit and Hanna did the same thing by calling Emily out for holding Ali’s hand. Also, since Paige spilled, she was welcomed with a dead rat in her locker. Gross.
Ali headed to her house to see her dad, but someone else was there other than Papa D. As Ali left after gathering a few things, one of “A’s” minions hit her and started to strangle her! Thank goodness had been on her way, otherwise Ali would truly be dead. Emily wanted to call the police after the brutal attack, but Ali wanted to stay quiet.
Instead of hanging out with her boyfriend, Hanna went to see Caleb. She revealed that Ali was leaving town and she sort of helped her do it with an ulterior motive. Caleb told her that she never like how she acted when she was around Ali anyway, so it shouldn’t be a big deal. Both of them connected over the fact that they had changed irrevocably over the past few months. Hanna also told Caleb that she hoped he would stay in Rosewood. (Yes, please.)
Ezra and Aria spent time looking at the camera footage in his hallway. Aria wanted him to go into the police to confess what he knew. Ezra said he was in too deep now to do that. As they looked at the video, they noticed that it was Eddie who had dropped the photo off!
The girls comforted Ali after her attack. They all agreed that someone needed to get into Radley ASAP to find out information about Bethany Young. After some thinking, Aria headed undercover! Is she headed directly into the line of “A'”s fire?
Ali received another text from “A” saying she wanted her alive and in town. Ali thanked Emily for risking her life for her. She also didn’t want to be alone and asked to stay with Emily. As they left the house the next day, Lt. Tanner hit them with questions. She had her eye on Ali and was going to keep it there.
Besides “A” trouble, Spencer was dealing with the fallout of her parents marriage. Even though she thought she had them back on the right track, Mr. Hastings was moving out. Mrs. Hastings was fed up with him and had given him one too many chances.
Once again, Hanna apologized to Travis for being so busy, but this time Travis wasn’t buying it. Travis said he couldn’t keep up their relationship if she was only in it halfway. (RIP Hanna and Travis.)
“A” was still at large and slithering her way into the service for Bethany Young with a beautiful set of flowers. Liars, you guard needs to be up.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s Pretty Little Liars? Who attacked Ali? Do you want Hanna and Caleb to get back together? Is Aria headed for danger at Radley? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson