Welcome back all you PLL Lovers I decided to make an appearance as a recapper for this pivotal episode of our favorite show. As the writers do their very best to get us in the Ravenswood mindset. Yes Ravenswood will be the NEW Rosewood for all intent and purposes until January 2014. Let’s get started and review how well things turned out.
This episode begins with the girls all dressed up for a Ravenswood Festival of the Dead Halloween Soiree. Oddly enough it’s not Halloween costumes that they wear but flashback to the 1800′s garb, quite interesting as you will see.
Spencer is ready for the whole reunion with Alison to begin and Em is not quite on board though Aria reminds her they have already seen Alison before, I assume she is referring to various times over the seasons when they assumed she was a ghost because there was a funeral with a body and all, maybe someone else’s body who knows now for certain.
Meanwhile on the slow train to Ravenswood, that means bus in this case, we find Caleb going to rescue his damsel in distress with some computer or researching skills I assume.
Back at the cemetery the girls are walking together but unaware that Hanna is seeing what she believes are two little girls, that seem out-of-place. I believe she thinks they are ghosts consider the sick look that shows up on her face.
No sooner they are on the move again then Aria gets a call from A, formerly known as Ezra Fitz. He is looking all guilty and up to no good in his black shirt, we can see the impatience in his face, as he asks her where she has gone off to as though he has no idea, though he is standing not six feet away from her in the graveyard.
Cue Extra Creepy Theme Song
Back on the bus, Caleb wakes up to find an attractive girl sitting on the seat beside him, she wants food and asks a lot of questions. Her questions dry up fast when Caleb asks his own questions where he finds out she is basically a run away going to live with an uncle who may not be aware she is arriving to see him in Ravenswood. She is determined to steal the chips from the sleeping man on the back row and disappears to do that to avoid Caleb further inquiries.
Inside the tent, where the people for the graveyard event have gathered the girls see a young man in a vintage outfit not too different from the one at A’s lair. Spencer goes over to try to eavesdrop on his conversation since in their minds he is a candidate to be A, even though none of them have ever seen him before.
Yes this logic makes little sense, with all the activity by A, it was pretty obvious he was somehow familiar with them or their families, why would some random dude be out to get them?
In attempt to find out what the guy might know they try to follow him but Ms. Grimwald stops Emily before she is out of the tent. She tells her that they all need to leave the party.
Back on the bus, in a lame attempt to get us to be happy that Caleb is bonding with the girl, they show a short scene of her trying to grab the huge bag of chips from the not so sleeping mans hands, FAIL!
Outside, of course the girls get separated, so typical for them, it always happens.
Caleb leaves Hanna a message, since she is not answering her phone, seeing as she keeps seeing what she believes to be two little blonde ghosts, yep she is starting to freak out a bit, but the others have no idea.
So what is it with the Marins and their ghosts issues, we need to find a reason or a solution to that mystery or just stop with it. I hope its coming in season five or is it just a red herring to keep us watching?
Back on the bus, we get more supposed bonding moments. Caleb tells the girl that he is worried about Hanna, but she still won’t explain why she is going to live with her long-lost uncle.
Back in the graveyard, we meet Leah a Ravenswood resident who grabs Aria by the foot in an attempt to get out of open grave where someone had pushed her. The guy in the antique suit arrives, where we find out he is Lean’s cousin. Yes random people who don’t belong in Rosewood world but do belong in Ravenswood’s reality. Yes neon sign watch Ravenswood to see more of this people.
The girls finally reunite just in time to see Alison in that infamous red trench coat running through the graveyard. Yes can you count how many times I write GRAVEYARD in this post? LOL
Any who, they follow her into a mausoleum where they find a secret room behind a statute and of course they have to explore, Yes you would too, I know I would LOL.
The door closes behind them right after Aria guesses the stairs will led them to Hell. Awesome timing, Lucy Hale Now this is where things get weird. They wander around until they feel a breeze, like an open door but instead of going toward it to find an exit out they stand against the wall till the wind stops. Oddly enough in this time Hanna disappears even though she had supposedly was holding Aria’s hand; in her place is standing a statue. Umm What? I know right? very weird, very unbelievable not magical not creepy good just WEIRD, it didn’t work for me at ALL; FAIL!!!
Back on the bus, more uneasy none bonding with Caleb and company. Caleb tells about how his uncle ended up being his father, she shares that her foster-mother was an alcoholic. She decides to get off the bus instead of going all the way to Ravenswood, this is where they finally exchange names, hers is Miranda. Of course an excuse turns up at the last-minute, the old guy is getting off at that stop so she stays on, yep big surprise.
I honestly don’t know what they were thinking with some of this episode it’s so contrived and slow and boring at parts like this one. Seriously it would have made more sense for Miranda to be an obnoxious music listener living in her own world, where maybe Caleb had to ask her to turn down her tunes or ask about her music then these parts wouldn’t seem so slow and boring. That would have provided an upbeat way for them to share information without blah blah I am a foster child to bonding to the point that do we even care? I guess the none sexual longing looks of two people who feel alone in the world, except Wait for it, Caleb has Hanna and a rich mommy so well NO they don’t have a lot in common really. Yes he is a sensitive dude with the broodiness of a sweetheart but it’s still not “flying.”
Moving on, Hanna is alone in the not so hallowed halls of the rat infested mausoleum when she runs up another set of stairs and through the door of a residence. As soon as Hanna leaves the area we see that A is also present in the room.
Has anyone actually tried to figure out what reasons A has for all their actions? It is simply a mind gone horribly wrong? Especially if as we believe it is Ezra, what has been is purpose? To keep the Liars on the straight and narrow? To manipulate them into lying, doing his bidding? Just because he can? What about Alison has him so fixated on her, since there was an A since before Alison had to go into hiding?
Caleb and Miranda finally arrive at the graveyard, they part ways with promises of updated on the uncle before Caleb goes in search of the girls.
Hanna has no time to take in the beauty of the old house as she trounced the long hallways looking for help. She comes to an old phone booth and goes into to try to dial the antique phone.
Back in the mausoleum the girls are still searching for her as they find her hat near the help me sign that Hanna saw earlier before the rats showed up. They assume that A has Alison and Hanna as they continue on their search.
In the phone booth Hanna is disappointed to find the phone is not working properly. In an eerily odd twist Hanna is surrounded by lights in a very Xfiles kinda moment then they disappear. The lights remind me of orbs and really seem unrelated to A in context. Of course with the Marin/ghost overlay to this series it could only happen to Hanna, I think.
Apparently the phone booth is haunted or something because suddenly the phone rings and some old timey song is playing like from a war or something. Hanna doesn’t seem as freaked out as she should but more “weirded out” like really this is all very strange.
Miranda arrives in a house downstairs and wanders around looking at old photographs.
Meanwhile the girls come in the same door that Hanna had arrived near the piano earlier.
The girls hear a scream and take off running, of course one of them disappears again, this time Spencer, seriously how can you leave from the same place and seconds later be separated?
Alison shows up in the window near Hanna’s booth but is taken away before she can let Hanna out. The person with the mask, we know him as Ezra/A, looks in the window mysteriously. Next person that peeks in the booth is Miranda who lets Hanna out but oddly enough does NOT mention Caleb, because she has to be aware that this Hanna is Caleb’s girl. Weird right?
So to recap in this recap LOL, Miranda’s uncle’s house it the one where everyone is running around yet cannot find each other because Yep it’s so freaking big and creepy besides the whole being attached to a mausoleum in a graveyard thing LOL.
In the room of coffins, we get a flashback of young Miranda with her uncle the last time she saw him. She was a toddler. In more Ravenswood setup, Miranda explains to Hanna about the flashback. She was at her parent’s funeral.
Upstairs Nancy Drew Em and Nancy Drew Aria are hanging out a window while a piece of broken glass dangles over their heads. I’m not certain why since they are supposed to be seeking Hanna and looking for a recently missing Spencer. What is the purpose of them attempting to leave the house they only just entered? Ahh Em answered my question LOL she wants to go get lots of help, hmm in a town of people who do not want them there makes a lot of sense ? NOT!! Better to stick with the people she knows not run off to strangers.
Of course the scene was more about how precarious they situation the have found themselves in yet again.
A scream is heard, sounds like Alison to me.
Spencer arrives in what looks like an indoor greenhouse. She turns around and is face to face with A, in that stupid antique mask hiding the face of the man we know as Ezra no doubt.
Spencer knocks him out but not quite good enough to keep him down long enough to get off the dreaded mask, of course not. What would season five be all about except trying to get that dreaded A unmasked after Alison arrives back into the daylight, but I am getting ahead of myself here.
A gets the drop on Spencer and knocks her out we change scenes just as he grabs the rather large shears. REALLY what kind of murderous dude has Aria been dating? Sick just sick
Caleb is still hanging around in the graveyard when Miranda and Hanna arrive. What was he waiting outside this whole time? I thought he was the action kinda man looking for his lady? It is odd he was still waiting right? He couldn’t have just followed Miranda for what good he has done LOL. Is this supposed to make us consider that Caleb might somehow be involved with A? It could be a thought; he is the one with the messed up past, right?
Hanna has no idea where the others are and she thinks that A has Alison, yep she has no clue.
The girls find Spencer just before Alison screams again.
Hanna takes the others to where she got lost.
Meanwhile Miranda finds a headstone with her picture on it. Its odd she wasn’t helping the others try to get the statue moved, she was just standing around looking kinda lost. I am aware this is an odd coincidence no just plain unnatural.
Back upstairs the girls encountered Ms. Grimwaldi, the sounds that were screams actually came from an old recording she had of sessions with Alison when she was trying to help her. The tape was stolen six months ago, I assume by A, they must have been some evidence against him but now they are back. How? Why? Do we even care? Anyway, Grimwald is able to tell that one of the girls has been touched by the one that Alison fears the most, if you mean almost killed than yes Spencer was touched, UMMMM a bit too much drama overkill on that one it was laughable. We all know about A it’s not a secret lets not make this into a soap opera. YIKES.
Miranda shows Caleb the obituary she picked up by the coffin room, its a picture of the old guy from the bus, like he was supposed to be dead. Anyone else wonder why we didn’t see the face of the driver, why the bus was out so late why in the world I mean how popular could Ravenswood to Rosewood and back be? We haven’t heard of it till the last half season right? Is it the bus to death and back LOL, I got nothing just putting some options out there.
Hanna finally hears from the girls that they are alright. Next we see them finding out the car is on flat. Aria suggests that Em might know how to change the tire since she is “Sporty”, what does that even mean? Seriously I thought Spencer would be the one she is even more independent than Em. Em has her moments but she is very much a Daddy’s girl to me.
So Hanna decides she wants Caleb to stay behind with Miranda for what reason I really do not understand. Now I trust Caleb because he is faithful as an old Hound dog, but does he really need to hang out with Miranda? I can’t see it logic wise. I guess its supposed to be some new fangled Hanna Marin growing up thing again its just awkward to me.
After saying goodbye to Caleb, Hanna sees the two people in the red coats again this time face on, its a midget, little woman with her regular sized young daughter. I could see how from behind they might look like little girls.
At the car the girls find they have no spare just before Ezra who has been calling Aria all night supposedly arrives to give them a ride back to Rosewood. They all pile into his car and head home.
Ezra drops them off and leaves, but no sooner is he gone than Alison goes running by in that darned red coat. They follow and it is confirmed to indeed be a very much alive, Alison. I have to note for one second she looked more mature than all the other times I have seen her. Of course she is four years older than all the photographs we see of her, she is almost nineteen I would imagine.
Alison is still very much afraid and tells Hanna to recall what she told her in the hospital. She warns them its still not safe for her to come home then a light shines through the bushes, she quieted them with a finger to her lips then disappears as Ezra comes walking toward them all. He gives Aria her cell phone; odd since he was trying to call her all night, where has it been? Has he put some device on it now? He looked so darn guilty now that we know who he is right? He is suddenly always showing up, before he wasn’t always around. I hope they work out those kinks in the spring.
I have to say the whole Alison thing will keep me coming back for more. I think had we ended with this at Season 4, it might have given me more hope for really good episodes, not fillers but I do hope its the final round of this show. It should go out with a BANG, not lagging and pushing the envelope too far.
I still like it but I used to LOVE it.
The final scene is the Ravenswood preview, Caleb and Miranda finding a grave with Caleb’s picture and name on it. Creepy right?
Ravenswood for the Winter as we await more Pretty Little Liars in January.
My favorite moments:
1. Spencer ready to go ahead and find Alison.
2. Hanna seeing the rats in the mausoleum.
3. Aria commenting on the zoning codes, a house with coffins and a tunnel.
4. Em asking if they want her to change the tire because she is gay.
5. Caleb and Miranda bonding, yeah it was cute but lame LOL.
6. An older wiser looking Alison.
Authors note: I just realized I did this as a Post instead of a Page but since its special I will leave it. Enjoy!!