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Pretty Little Liars: "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" (4x12) RECAP

WhoA. Tuesday night's Mid-Season Finale did nawt disappoint. We picked up speed when Emily disappeared, and didn't slow down one bit. Last week's Hoedown has nothing on all the crAzies delivered this week!

Remember last week when Travis finally came forward about what he saw? The Liars were all discussing it at Spencer's, when a package arrived at the door, addressed to all of them.

PLL Magic 8 Balls from A
Message from A

A Magic-8 Ball for each Liar with a message from A...

"If She Goes Free" - Hanna
"You'll Hear From Me" - Spencer
"Kisses" - Emily
"A" - Aria

Spencer wondered if this meant World War A.

Travis told Rosewood PD that he saw Mrs. Marin leave Wilden BEFORE he heard the gunshots. This week, it was time to pick her out of a lineup. After a nervous moment, he correctly picked Ashley out of the lineup. The D.A. came over to personally drop all charges against Momma Marin.

Ashley Marin is Free PLL
Ashley's Free!

Cut to Mr. Fitz talking to Aria's class about The Tempest. He asked her to stay after class, thanking her for talking to him after the dance. Aria said she was glad she could be there for him, but made a point to let Ezra know that they are still just friends. As she left his classroom, Jake called to discuss their plans for that evening. Ezra overheard their conversation, but didn't seem too thrilled.

PLL 4x12 Ezra

After school, the girls headed over to Hanna's house. Ashley left for a date with Pastor Ted and the doorbell rang almost immediately after. Realizing her mother forgot her keys, Hanna went to the door to give them to her, and instead found another package from A.

PLL Mona Doll in Coffin

Once again addressed to all of the Liars, A sent a real coffin with a Mona doll inside. As the girls opened the lid, A sent this text...

PLL 4x12 Text from A

Given how much Mona helped Ashley and the girls lately, Hanna was worried, and called Radley for an update. She found out that Mona had been released. The girls decided to split up and look for Mona.

Since the Radley info was privileged, Spencer headed over to Wren's apartment. She knocked on the door, and when no one answered, took a peek inside. She found moving boxes, packed suitcases, and bare walls.

Spencer outside Wren's Apartment PLL
Are you in there, Wren?

Spencer noticed movement in the window, but she didn't see who was inside.

Shana hides from Spencer PLL

Viewers saw Shana hiding just out of view, but Spencer may or may not have seen her. When she saw a certain car parked outside, she got a pretty clear idea of who might be hiding inside Wren's apartment.

Pretty Little Liars Jenna's Mustang

Emily took Paige along on her search for Mona at the French Club Fete. A student named Jackie told the girls that the soiree was supposed to be Mona's welcome-back party, but Mona never showed up.

Across town, Toby was at the Brew, looking at a box of his mother's things. As he came down the steps, he noticed Shana gathering a stack of papers. She dropped one as she left, and it turned out to be a packing slip.

PLL 4x12 Forwarding Slip

Toby contacted Spencer immediately, and the two surmised that Wren and Melissa may have gotten back together. They finally talked about their fight at the hoedown, and Toby apologized for trusting A. He confided to Spencer, "Trying to break into Dr. Palmer's car? That's as close as I want to get to A."

Hanna and Caleb drove over to Mona's house and set up an all-night watch from Caleb's car. Despite Caleb's misgivings about Mona, Hanna was determined to be there for her former BFF, and Caleb was determined to be there for Hanna.  

Aria kept her date with Jake, and the two were watching a movie at her house. Well, Aria was watching and snarfing kettle corn while Jake slept. He woke up, confessed to being super tired, and left for the night, saying he'd call Aria. She was understanding, but a little frustrated, and ended up heading to The Brew, where she ran into Ezra.

She and Ezra began talking, and the show faded into a nice couple montage. (Seemingly, the calm before the storm.) Paige cuddled a sleeping Emily, Caleb cuddled a sleeping Hanna, Toby and Spencer cuddled, and Ezra and Aria shared a spontaneous kiss during their conversation.

PLL Ezria Spontaneous Kiss

The camera pulled back to show Red Coat watching the pair through the window.

The next morning, the Liars met up again, as none of them had found Mona. Another package arrived for the girls. This time, it was a black box typically used in magic acts. Spencer opened the trick box, revealing yet another message from A.

Message on a Saw Pretty Little Liars

With a little research, the clue led them to an online ad for a magic show that very afternoon...

Pretty Little Liars Great Charlemagne

The girls decided to drive to Ravenswood and catch the show, fearing that A might make Mona disappear.

Toby joined Caleb outside Mona's house for Hardy Boys v2.

Pretty Little Liars Toby & Caleb

Caleb hadn't slept much, so Toby took up watch and relieved him. Not long after, Jenna's Mustang peeled out of Mona's driveway, and Toby quickly followed in Caleb's car.

Tobes checked in just as the girls made it to Ravenswood. He thought Shana was headed there, but they had just passed the exit and were still headed east. Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer quickly found another sign for Charlemagne's Magic Show. Upon their arrival in the park, Hanna noted they were being watched by a very tall man.

Creepy Ravenswood Guy Pretty Little Liars

Charlemagne was performing his show, and just about to make an audience member disappear. He set his sights on Aria, doing a little mime begging and groveling to coerce her into joining him on stage. Aria tried to get him to take Spencer, but he was insistent on Aria performing the trick.

Pretty Little Liars Great Charlemagne

Spencer told Aria she'd be fine, and it turned out she was right. Aria was okay, but Emily disappeared while the audience's attention was diverted. "Leger De Main" A texted them. (That's French for slight of hand.)

Aria called Emily, who had been locked in a wooden coffin, that just happened to be on a conveyor belt headed straight for a giant band saw. Spencer's phone located a saw mill right around the corner, and as the girls looked up, they noticed Red Coat dash around the corner.

Pretty Little Liars Red Coat Running

Spencer, Hanna, and Aria ran after Red Coat, who led them straight to Emily. The girls made several attempts to free her from the coffin when...

PLL Red Coat Saves Em

Red Coat saved the day. The girls saw her walk away from the power switch, only to reappear a few seconds later on a higher landing.

Masked Red Coat Pretty Little Liars
"There's two of them?"
Wasting no time, Spencer ran after the Red Coat who saved Emily, while Aria chased the masked Red Coat up the stairs. Hanna pried the coffin open, finally freeing Emily.

Aria and Red Coat got into a fight, and Aria's martial arts training really came in handy. She sparred with Red Coat, knocking off her plastic mask.

CeCe Drake as Red Coat

Red Coat turned out to be CeCe Drake, just as the girls suspected. Aria urged her to give it up, but CeCe continued to fight. In an attempt to get away, she tried to climb a rope to safety, but the rope was rotten. CeCe fell, and Aria caught her by the sleeve. Aria tried to lift CeCe back up to the landing, but the sleeve on her coat ripped. CeCe fell, awkwardly landing on the concrete below.

PLL CeCe Drake

With CeCe seemingly dead, the girls took a moment to recover. Viewers saw CeCe's fingers wiggle as the girls were making sure Emily was okay. When the Liars looked over again, CeCe was gone. Not wanting to waste anymore time, Spencer urged the girls to follow her. She explained that the Red Coat she followed slowed down, almost like she wanted to show her something.

PLL Ravenswood LAir

Pretty Little Liars A's Lair

Red Coat led them straight to A's lair. Inside the apartment, the walls were covered with large pictures of Alison, the Liars, their family, and their friends.

Liars Timelines PLL 4x12

Pretty Little Liars Timeline - Hanna

PLL 4x12 Timeline

PLL 4x12 Timeline

On large whiteboards, A had timelines for each of the girls, displaying all of their secrets. But A wasn't just watching them, A was watching the streets of Rosewood and monitoring Rosewood PD with a computer.

A's Monitors PLL

Instead of leaving immediately, like they did with the last A lair, the Liars set up camp, searching through the apartment. The girls found a closet with suits and mens shoes, suggesting that A is actually a HE, not a SHE.

PLL Suit Coats

The girls didn't notice it, but behind the Halloween Train Poster, there was an eye visible in the pupil. Someone was watching the girls as they discovered A's lair.

PLL 4x12 eye within an eye

They found pictures of Ali BEFORE she disappeared. Hanna recalled a shirt Ali was wearing in one of the pictures. Alison had bought it while shopping with Hanna, confiding in her that it was for a date with an older boy that night.

PLL A's pics of Ali D.

A's Photo Album PLL

PLL Ali D. Cape May

Inside the photo album, the girls found a note Alison wrote to Board Shorts, leading them to believe that Board Shorts must be A. They recalled the beach trip Ali had asked her mother about and realized that Ali never wanted to take the girls to Cape May with her. She wanted a weekend away with Board Shorts.

PLL Ali's Note to Board Shorts

Hanna found a small silver journal inside the lair, and slipped it inside her bag.

PLL Hanna finds journal

PLL 4x12 Journal

Spencer found A's bank records during the search. A had set up an LLC, with money coming in and going out. Two payments were made that week to CeCe Drake. Spencer also noticed that the corporation's name, Shawnee, just happened to be the name of Ali's favorite beach in Cape May.

PLL Shawnee LLC

A's Bank Account PLL

The girls wondered if Wren could be A, but Aria suggested that couldn't be right, as A seemed to be watching him as well.

PLL 4x12 Timeline

Aria walked around the whiteboards to find something even more curious. Not only had A been tracking them, he had also been tracking Alison since her disappearance.

Alison's Timeline

PLL Alison's Timeline

A's Alison Board

A had Ali sightings and case information listed on the timeline, and put her at the Lodge the night of the fire. He had a picture of a costume on the board, along with an invitation to a party that evening in Ravenswood.

PLL A's Costume

PLL Ravenswood Flier

The girls left the apartment, bumping into Mrs. Grunwald on the way out. She explained that the party that night was for invited guests only, but she also told the girls an interesting story.

PLL Mrs. Grunwald

PLL Alison's Gazebo

"The night she went missing, I felt something terrible. I drove to Rosewood. I walked into her backyard, and she was reaching for life. Her head was bloody, she was very confused, she was in shock. I put her in the car and I drove her to the hospital. I ran in to get help, when I returned, she was gone."

PLL 4x12 Alison in Grunwald's Car
"Haven't you all felt it? She was never really gone."
According to Mrs. Grunwald, Alison is alive, but in terrible danger. She suggested the girls leave Ravenswood, as they are a danger to Alison. Her "sight" told her that A was in Ravenswood too, and that he was searching for Alison. If the girls stayed to look for Ali, they could lead him right to her.

Grunwald's warning did little to deter the girls. Aria spotted a shop selling period clothes, and the girls decided to crash the party that evening.

Ravenswood Bindful Things

In the shadows, viewers saw a person lurking, eavesdropping on the conversation. The camera followed him down the street and up to A's Ravenswood Lair. When the camera pulled back, the man was none other than...

PLL 4x12 EzrA

Mr. Ezra Fitz.


He was not too happy that his lair had been found out, slamming the door to the armoire.

Ezra is A Pretty Little Liars

Back in Rosewood, Caleb Rivers hopped on a bus...

Last bus for Ravenswood

Toby followed Shana to River Valley Bed & Breakfast. Mona was on the porch knitting, as Shana walked over and gave her an envelope.

PLL River Valley Bed & Breakfast 4x12

Mona - You sure she's okay with this?

Shana - She doesn't have a choice.

Mona - Have a seat.

As the credits closed, we saw someone putting on the old gas mask costume, likely getting ready for the party that evening in Ravenswood.

PLL Gas Mask On 4x12 Credits


That's the Recap. Stay tuned... I'll be posting my thoughts, theories, and predictions just as soon as my head stops spinning. Let the countdown to the Halloween Episode, "Grave New World" begin!


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