The long awaited season 3 finale of Pretty Little Liars premiered on March 19th. While many questions were answered in this episode, there are even more that will hopefully be answered in the upcoming season which is set to start on June 11th.
In the season finale titled “A Dangerous Game”, Spencer finally leaves Radley and returns home. Although she seems to have rediscovered the hairbrush and is impeccably dressed she is still not quite back to her old self. Hanna, Emily, and Aria are sitting in Spencer`s kitchen not sure how to act around their friend although Spencer insists that she is fine. Hanna tries to lighten up the mood asking Spencer about the difference between crumpets and English muffins. After Spencer shares her expert knowledge about baked goods she invites her friends to a party that Spencer`s parents are planning to throw in her honor. In reality the party is a set up.
Mona and another person in a black hoodie who we later find out to be Spencer are sitting in A`s lair, plotting yet another trap for the little liars. Mona seems to be crazier than ever when she says that “those bitches are finally going to get what they deserve.”
Spencer is clearly not happy about lying to her friends but she manages to not give herself away when the other three try to figure out who kidnapped Malcolm. Hanna insists that they should just ask him what the person looked like but after losing the kid too many times, Aria says that involving Malcolm in A`s games is a bad idea.
Shana is in Rosewood High for swimming practice and Emily introduces her to Spencer. It seems that Shana already knows of Spencer. When Shana walks away all of the girls agree that Shana is bad news and Hanna is totally insulted that she is the only who this mysterious girl doesn’t flirt with. Oh Hanna…
Ezra is back at Rosewood High too where he has a job interview. He tells Aria that he didn’t get the job but later Byron tells Aria that Ezra did in fact get the job and asked for a day to decide whether to accept it or not. Aria realizes that if he takes it, they will have to break up.
Jenna is back! She is hiding in Toby`s house and we see her talking on the phone. “You said you were going to make it all go away,” she says to the mystery person. Jenna says that the police have dirt on Jenna, but what is it? While Jenna is chatting with her friend, a person in a black hoodie (Spencer) sends Jenna a text with directions of where she needs to be at nine. Is A inviting Jenna to Spencer`s pretend party?
Ezra`s busy looking for a job but he`s also in need of a baby sitter for Malcolm which is very convenient for Hanna who is determined to figure out who took Malcolm to the Carnival. “What`s he into, fast cars and fast girls? Hanna tries to make a joke but Ezra doesn’t seem to be in the mood for jokes. Still, he decides to give Hanna a chance.
Jenna drives to a campsite to meet someone. She is definitely overdressed for the occasion and has a hard time walking in the dirt wearing heels but everyone in Rosewood seems to be fashion forward, so we`ll let it slide. Turns out that Shana is definitely as mysterious as we thought she was, because she is the person who Jenna came to see. Jenna tells her that all of the girls will be together on Friday (does she know about Spencer`s pretend party too?). Jenna also confides in Shana that her eyesight will eventually be gone and Shana promises to always be there for her. Throughout the scene they keep on holding hands, so it`s hard to tell if the two are just really close friends or if there is a hot new couple in Rosewood.
Ezra and Aria break up, twice. The first time she confronts him about lying to her face about not getting the job. Ezra promises that things will work out but Aria is convinced that it shouldn’t be this hard for them to be together. Aria walks away crying but then we get another scene of them meeting at Rosewood High. Where they break up. Again. For a couple that can`t be seen together, they chose the worst place to discuss their relationship. Luckily, nobody sees them and Ezra doesn’t get fired on his first day on the job. Ezria share their last kiss and seem to be dunzo, at least for now.
However, when one couple breaks up, another makes up. Toby who is alive and well shows up at the diner. The waitress calls him “pretty eyes”, and tells him to sit where he wants. Toby spots a person in a black hood who he assumes is Mona. “Hanna got the job”, he says and is in complete shock when Spencer lifts her head and they see each other for the first time in a long time. Spencer admits to kidnapping Malcolm and says that A promised to give her Toby as a reward if she gives A the girls. Toby assures Spencer that the only reason he joined the A Team was to keep Spencer safe and that she needs to trust him and follow him. While he seems genuinely sorry and scared you just never know which these Rosewood boys. Still, they go to a motel. Then there is tea drinking, Toby crying, Spencer crying, hugging, making up, and we get to see Toby without a shirt. Everything is right with the world.
Hanna is babysitting Malcolm, and since he isn`t hurt or kidnapped while in her care we can definitely say that Hanna is the best babysitter in Rosewood. At least compared to some people that we know. Hanna offers Malcolm to play a game. She shows him pictures of people and he has to guess who they are. After showing him photos of Toby, Aria, Melissa, and Cece Hanna asks if any of them took him to the Carnival that night. Malcolm doesn’t seem to recognize any of the people and continues to say that he was with Aria`s friend Allison.
No matter how much you scare the pretty little liars, they still insist jogging in the dark, alone. This time, a late night run is not a bad idea because as Emily makes her way around the neighborhood she spots Melissa knocking on Jenna`s door. Turns out that our mystery girl Shana is also inside and that somehow they all know each other. Jenna is freaked out about some tapes and Melissa reminds her that those bitches will be at the lodge at nine. Again, is she talking about the four girls or somebody else? Shana seems to be popular these days because Melissa hands her one of the invitations to Spencer`s bogus party.
Back at Ezra`s place, Hanna is remising about stuffing her face with cookies after her father left her and her mother for another woman. She`s interrupted by Malcolm who seems to have found a picture of Allison on Hanna`s phone. He points to a picture of Allison and Spencer and to Hanna`s surprise he identified the girl in the blue shirt, Spencer as the girl who introduced herself as Allison and took him to the Carnival.
The three girls minus Spencer reconvene and discuss the situation. Aria is ready to check into Radley herself because things are getting too crazy even for her to handle. The girls decide to find out if Spencer is really siding with A. Hanna who now seems to be the brain of the operation puts on some loud music because you never know if A is listening to the conversation. And if you don’t know the answer is most likely yes.
In the midst of all the drama there is a swim meet happening at Rosewood. The Sharks and the Devils, Shana`s team are competing. Spencer spots Redcoat and starts following her but she loses her in the crowd of people dressed in red (Devils` colors). Still, Spencer being the detective that she is finds a way to spot the real Redcoat and she follows her into the bathroom. To her surprise, Redcoat turns out to be nothing more but Hanna. Aria and Emily pop out of the bathroom stalls and since Spence followed Redcoat into the bathroom the girls realize that she also doesn’t know who Redcoat, meaning that she is still on their side. Spencer reveals that she has infiltrated the A Team. She also tells them that Toby is alive and that since they are ahead of A and Mona for the first time they can use that to their advantage and finally figure out who Redcoat really is.
The girls get dolled up for the fake party. They talk about Hanna`s shoes and pretend to be completely clueless about A`s plan although they have a plan of their own. Spencer, Toby, and Mona are at the lodge waiting for the girls to show up. Mona is annoyed by Spoby`s PDA and warns Spencer that her friends need to get here ASAP because A is capable of anything. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the lodge and confront Mona after Spence and Toby step outside to hunt Redcoat. Mona is furious. “What have you done” she asks Hanna, Emily, and Aria when they see the house engulfed in flames and they can`t get out because jammed the door with a screwdriver. We also find out another interesting piece of information – Mona doesn’t know who Redcoat is either.
Spencer and Toby separate and Spencer spots Redcoat stepping out of a plane. She believes that it`s Alli but before she can get a closer look Redcoat disappears in the shadows. Toby is wandering the woods as well and he sees a brunette in front of him. As she turns around another person hits Toby over the head and he passes out. Now we know that Redcoat, Spencer, Toby, and at least two more people are in the woods. It`s like a party! The person who hits Toby also drops a lighter that was used to start the lodge fire.
As Spencer is looking for Redcoat, the girls wake up and realize that somebody got them out of the burning house. Mona says that it was Allison and while Emily and Aria don’t believe her, Hanna and Spencer say that they saw Allison too. As they drive away from the scene Mona tells the girls how Redcoat visited her at Radley and convinced her to join the A Team. She says that she doesn’t know who Redcoat is because she wore a mask.
Once the girls get back to Rosewood they spot another issue – Wilden`s car is back from bottom of the pond. That`s one indestructible car because not only does it seem to be running, the computer is still working too. The girls see the video of Hanna`s mom hitting Wildon with her car, but they also see Shana and Jenna helping Wilden up. A is as confident as ever and sends the girls a text saying “You`re mine know, kisses. A” Mona also gets the texts which means that she is probably off the A Team. Spencer decides to look in the trunk of the car and as it opens, all of the girls including Mona gasp when they see who or what is inside. The episode concludes with a scene of a hand coming out of the earth which we have seen before. However, this time somebody grabs the hand and starts pulling the person out.
The season ended on a major cliffhanger. Is Toby going to be blamed for the fire? What is the connection between Wilden, Shana, Melissa, and Jenna? Is Alli really alive? Also, throughout the episode Melissa and Jenna kept on referring to “the bitches. Were they talking about Hanna, Spencer Aria, and Emily, or were they referring to somebody who wants to hurt the girls instead? Who set the lodge on fire and most importantly, who is in the trunk of Wilden`s car? We`ll have to wait until the season 4 premiere of Pretty Little Liars on June 11th to find out.