Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nail Art: Black & Gold Geometric Manicure

Geometric Mani

Black & Gold Geometric Manicure

Black & Gold Geometric Manicure

Geometric Manicure

Black & Gold Geometric Manicure

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SOPI What's a Tire Jack (l. pinky, middle, pointer, thumb, r. thumb, middle, ring)
1 Coat SOPI The Golden Age (l. ring, r. pointer, pinky)
1 Coat SinfulColors Queen of Beauty (l. ring, r. pointer, pinky)
1 Coat SOPI I Found a Pot of Gold! (l. ring, r. pointer, pinky)
1 Coat SOPI The Golden Age (l. ring, r. pointer, pinky)
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

1 Day of Wear

2 Coats Hard Candy Crush on Gold (l. pointer, thumb, r. thumb, ring)
2 Coats SOPI What's a Tire Jack? (l. ring, r. pointer)
1 Coat Seche Vite

Initially, this manicure started life yesterday as an accent mani... and an ode to the character killed off in PLL 5x12 Taking This One To The Grave... AKA PLL's most recent #fatalfinale. I won't spoil it for you here, but eventually, I'll be linking my soon-to-be-written review here... so... you've been warned!

While I was painting my nails Tuesday night, I remembered a striping tape manicure I'd seen featuring gold and black that I totally should've pinned at the time and didn't. Sorry. :( Right then and there, I decided that the accent mani I was working on would turn into this!

I used a mix of striping tape and invisible Scotch tape on my nails. I've used striping tape before, but this was the first time I'd worked with regular tape. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Working with striping tape gets easier the more you work with it. There are a couple of places on my nails where the tape didn't stick as well as it should. I also have one nail that didn't really turn out like I had planned, but 9 out of 10 isn't bad right? Overall, I'm really pleased with how this turned out!

What do you think of my Geometric Mani?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SinfulShine Break Away

Break Away Sinful Shine

Sinful Shine Break Away

Break Away Sinful Shine Bottle Shot

Break Away Sinful Shine

Break Away Sinful Shine

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulShine Break Away
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, I had every intention of doing a Pretty Little Liars inspired manicure for today, and it just didn't happen. I blame it all on the theorizing my brain has been trying to do lately. I also blame Doctor Who, because this is totally TARDIS blue, which I did not realize until right now whilst typing. Trust me, my photos turned Break Away into a brighter cornflower blue than it actually is in real life.

I haven't tried all of my SinfulShine polishes, but I've been pretty pleased with them so far. The brush is easy to work with and the formula is great! I probably could've gotten away with two coats, but I tend to always err on the side of more is better... so three. it. was.

Now that I've shared my NOTD... I'm off to prepare for tonight's Fatal Finale of Pretty Little Liars. I'll be liveblogging during the episode over on Tumblr. (totally depending on my state of shock!) Supposedly, tonight's death is going to be a really surprising one, but I'm not so sure... The producers LOVE to trick us!!! :)

-S

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PLL: "No One Here Can Love Or Understand Me" (5x11)

Rosewood is a dark place to be these days. Last week, A Dark Ali spun more lies, ultimately betraying Emily's trust and turning out to be in leauge with Cyrus Petrillo. The mystery and intrigue around Alison only grew this week as the Liars pondered the identity of A... and learned a shocking new secret.

Once again, we opened up right where we left off... with Emily urging the other girls to cut ties with Alison and finally tell the cops the truth. The girls marched down to Rosewood PD just like in Whirly Girlie, and were about to cross the road when an image of Alison visiting Hanna in the hospital came on several TV screens in a storefront behind them. A reminded the Liars of what was at stake, and they quickly abandoned their plan.

Pretty Little Liars 5x11 message from A
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Later at The Brew, Spencer and Emily talked about the message, wondering if it was from A or Alison?

Hanna went to Toby's cabin and found Caleb asleep. She kissed him on the forehead, waking him up and scaring him. When Hanna found a bottle of liquor beside him, she confronted him, reminding him about their agreement to not drink. Caleb told her it helped him sleep.

Caleb Rivers
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At the Montgomery house, Aria came home to Mike and Mona studying together and was not happy to see A 1.0 in her living room. Again. 

Determined to get answers, Emily turned to Ezra for help in finding out who was in the "insurance" photos with Alison. The two talked about a possible connection between Alison and Cyrus, and just why Cyrus would be willing to lie for Alison when there was such a risk of jail time involved.

Ezra Fitz
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Back at Chez Montgomery, Byron and Aria talked about Mike and Mona's relationship. Byron seemed to understand Aria's concerns about Mona. He suggested they both keep an eye on the situation.

Emily, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, Pretty Little Liars 5x11
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The next day at school, the girls pondered who else besides A would want them to keep quiet. Aria mentioned Mona, and Hanna brought up Alison. Emily and Aria left for class, and Hanna asked Spencer if she was still in touch with Dean, her sobriety coach. Spencer told Hanna that she hadn't talked to Dean since her mother fired him, but understood why Hanna was asking. She suggested that Toby talk to Caleb while the two couples were out on a double date, rather than calling in a complete stranger.

Outside Rosewood High, Paige and Emily discussed the new developments with Sydney and what it was like for Emily to be in a coaching position. Emily asked Paige if the two could get together and talk that evening. Paige agreed that she wanted to talk to Emily, but she was busy that particular night.

Spencer Hastings
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At the Hastings Estate, Spencer was talking to Toby while Hanna waited for an answer about the Double Date/Caleb's intervention. Hanna noticed a card on the floor when Spencer moved her door. It was a note from Melissa explaining that their father took her to the airport, assuring Spencer that she would know everything soon.

Aria, Emily, and Hanna were downtown theorizing about what Melissa's letter had meant and what Alison had been up to. Lieutenant Tanner found them and asked if she could talk to them. She assured the girls that Ali's kidnapper would be caught, and told them to report any suspicious activity to the police. She asked the girls if they had any ideas about who had killed Bethany, and Emily admitted that they had no idea. Tanner told the three of them that she couldn't find a single thing connecting them to Bethany, other than the fact that Bethany was murdered 30 yards away from the barn that they had all been sleeping in. Lt. Tanner suggested that the girls were different from herself at that age and excused herself. When she was gone, Aria told the other girls she felt sick.

Spoby Pretty Little Liars 5x11
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Toby and Spencer sat on the couch at Spencer's house and talked about Caleb. They both agreed that he looked haunted. They realized he had looked that way ever since he came back from Ravenswood. Toby agreed to talk to him, and Spencer called Hanna to confirm their intervention date. Hanna told Spencer that Tanner believed that they killed Bethany Young. Spencer tried to comfort Hanna by telling her there was no connection between the Liars and Bethany, but Hanna reminded her about Aria's trip to Radley, and Emily and Spencer's visit to the stables. While still on the phone with Hanna, Spencer received a package in the mail from Melissa. She got off the phone with Hanna, and opened the envelope, revealing a video. After bidding Toby goodbye, Spencer put the video in her laptop to watch it.

Melissa Hastings appeared on screen, still wearing the shirt we last saw her in, with a blazer overtop. She told Spencer that it was finally time to tell her the truth. Melissa told Spencer that she was going back to England, something that her father had been begging her to do since she whispered in his ear that night at the Police Station. She claimed that she had seen Alison and Spencer arguing on the night of Ali's disappearance, and saw Spencer walking, dragging a shovel behind her. Melissa found a body, thought it to be Alison, and thought that Spencer had hit her with the shovel, killing her. Melissa wanted to protect Spencer, so she pushed the body into the gazebo hole and covered it up. Melissa claimed that she couldn't look at the girls face, she just pushed her in. Only later did she realize that it wasn't Alison, that Spencer hadn't killed her, and that she was actually responsible for Bethany's death because she had buried her alive. Melissa claimed that everything she had done, she had done thinking that she was protecting Spencer. The video ended and Spencer was visibly devestated.

Melissa Hastings Pretty Little Liars 5x11
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Later, Spencer, Toby, and Hanna were at the Apple Rose Grille waiting for Caleb. As soon as he arrived, Toby confronted him about having trouble sleeping, much to the chagrin of Spencer, who postulated to Hanna that this was how boys communicated.

At the Brew, Paige picked up coffee for two, clearly dressed up for a date. Emily had picked up a shift and saw her. The two had an awkward conversation as Emily realized that Paige was on a date.

Paige McCullers Pretty Little Liars 5x11
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Aria walked into the theatre to meet Mike and her parents, only to find that Ella had cancelled and Mona had taken her place. Aria was not amused, but took her seat anyway. She noticed Paige and her date take their seats a few rows in front of her.

Toby and Caleb were talking at their own table, when Toby brought up Ravenswood. Toby told Caleb that he had to deal with his problems, and tried to empathize, saying that he had been to Ravenswood, too. Caleb told Toby that he didn't really know anything, and stormed out of the Grille.

Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars 5x11
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Back in the theatre, the movie was underway, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Aria whispered something in Mona's ear, causing her to become upset and walk out.

Toby and Spencer were still at Apple Rose Grille, and Toby asked Spencer if the video had anything to do with Melissa. She told him that it did, but she had absolutely no idea what to do with it.

EF Squared PLL 5x11
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At the Brew, Emily met up with Ezra for an update. He learned that the person in the picture with Alison at the ATM was indeed Cyrus Petrillo, who went by a couple other aliases and had a criminal record. He had been arrested multiple times, but had never been convicted of any of those crimes. The two continued to throw around ideas behind Cyrus' confession.

After being gone from the theatre for quite some time, Aria went to check on Mona. She found her in the ladies room, reapplying her makeup, still teary-eyed. She told Aria that she was good, she knew how to put the knife in and she wasn't afraid to twist it. Mona claimed that Alison had underestimated her. She suggested that she should have died when she fell off of the cliff in UnmAsked, (2x25) and Aria told her not to say that. The two went on to have a heart-to-heart where Mona claimed that everything that she had done since Ali had gotten back was for self-preservation. She warned Aria that when Alison was done with Mona, she would come after the Liars because she couldn't trust them. Not after what had happened in New York or with Cyrus. Aria asked what she meant, and Mona told her that she knew some things and she could guess at others. The conversation ended with Mona asking Aria if Mike really liked her.

Mona Vanderwaal
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Spencer watched the videotape again, and said goodbye to her sister.

Back at Chez Montgomery, the movie was over and Mike had taken Mona home. Byron asked Aria what happened between the two of them, and she told her father that they had a long talk. She also told him that she thought Mike would be okay. As they were talking, there was a knock on the door, and Aria wondered who it was. Byron told her that it was Lt. Tanner, that she had called earlier and left a voicemail for him.

Byron Montgomery
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At Toby's cabin, Caleb came back and proceeded to start packing, but Hanna caught him in the process. She gave him an ultimatum that he could be honest with her, or she might as well just help him pack.

Byron and Lt. Tanner talked while Aria listened, out of sight in another room. Byron seemed unhappy that the police had a habit of talking to the girls without parental supervision, but Tanner claimed she wasn't harassing the Liars. She told Byron that murder cases usually became less confusing as they pressed on, but this particular case was getting more confusing. Tanner said that when that happened, it was usually because someone smart was behind it. She also told Aria's father that she thought Aria was part of those complications, and she had been waiting for one of the girls to come forward, and that was exactly what had just happened. According to Tanner, she was looking forward to talking with that girl the next day.

Aria Montgomery
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Later, in Spencer's bedroom, Aria told Emily and Spencer what she had overheard. The girls ruled out Hanna as the snitch and decided that it must have be Alison who came forward. Emily suggested that if Alison was planning on selling them out, the girls could use the photo of Alison with Cyrus to prove that her kidnapping story was a lie.

Hanna Marin
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Back at Toby's cabin, Caleb reached the end of the story about his time in Ravenswood. The pointer on the ouija board moved to "goodbye" but neither Caleb or Hanna noticed.

Aria and Emily were still at Chez Hastings and Spencer showed them the video of Melissa's confession. The girls realized that if Alison and Melissa were telling the truth, then both Alison and Bethany were running around in identical outfits. This led the liars to wonder if Bethany taking Alison's place in the grave was the real plan all along. As the girls talked, Emily slipped, calling Alison A, and Spencer still wondered what to do with Melissa's confession.  

In the last scene, Caleb was finally asleep, and Hanna looked out of the window. The camera panned outside of the cabin, as Hanna placed a call on her cell phone. Fireflies were visible all around, and it seemed like someone was watching Hanna and Caleb.

Pretty Little Fireflies PLL 5x11
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My Thoughts

Was that A watching Hanna and Caleb at the end... or was that supposed to be Miranda's spirit floating away? This is the only bad thing about mixing Ravenswood with Rosewood!

What are the odds of Alison and Bethany wearing the exact same clothes that evening... I mean, right down to the boots? It's really looking like someone is lying about that night. Melissa, Alison, or both? Have we gotten a few truths from that evening? Was everything Alison told the girls a lie? Things are definitely getting confusing!

I'm pretty sure that Tanner was bluffing at the end. I don't think any of the girls came forward. The Liars already seem to think that Alison is the one who was talking, but I don't think she would voluntarily go in. She has quite a lot riding on her story. Like it or not, the Liars and Alison kind of are "all in this together."

The previews for next week are touting "Taking This One to the Grave" the "fatale finale." They've told us point-blank that someone will die. They've even given us a graphic scrolling through possible choices! Honestly, I think out of everyone shown, it's likely to be Mona, Melissa, or Lucas.

We've pretty much confirmed through lots of photos that Mona's house is where the "crime" happens. But from the way Detective Holbrook talked in the preview, it sounded like there wasn't a body. So, perhaps someone is going to be framed for murder, or someone is faking their own death?

Melissa could be the one to die, considering that she has shared her secret, and now she is supposedly off to England. While there might be more to her story, her explanation wraps up her involvement nicely. It even makes sense!

Lucas was in the video montage, and he's not a main character. He's dealt with A before, too. I'm not sure that I believe that he knows who Uber A is. I think he has mainly been in league with Mona as A and then Mona's army. If he has involvement with the A-Team now, I think it's in the same capacity as Mona... He doesn't know who's pulling the strings, but he's being blackmailed to be a helper.

Showing Mona outside of the police station in the last episode pretty much confirmed that she's still trying to figure out the identity of A. That's definitely dangerous information, and something that A has been trying to keep hidden. So, it would make sense that if Mona got too close to the truth, she could possibly be killed. Mona's smart, so I think if any character would find out the identity of A, it would be her or Spencer.

So... who is A? I'm beginning to wonder if there is going to be a twin for Alison after all. As of right now, I just don't know why she would be A. The show is definitely thinking that, even the girls are thinking that! But, why?

Exactly what does Bethany Young have to do with anything? I'm guessing that Mona and Spencer will find something out about her next week, during their search of Radley... but what? Is Bethany Young her real name?

Also in the previews... Alison is shown taking a polygraph test, and they're going to ask her to state her name. Will that show up as a lie, confirming that Alison Lauren DiLaurentis isn't really who we thought she was? Or could this be a plot similar to the books, in that, we've only just met Alison. Before coming home to Rosewood... was the Alison the girls knew really Courtney, like in the books? Honestly, I hope not. There are so many key points and moments from that particular plot in the books that just haven't happened on the show. I don't want to see a resolution that comes out of nowhere.

If Alison does in fact have a twin, or someone who looks enough like her to be a twin, and that person took her place... I could see the "switch" having happened at the abandoned house. That's the only point that kind of makes sense, and right now, there would still be plot holes with that idea.

I'm not liking the fact that Alison ripped the girls apart and now they're not even speaking to her. I really wanted to see her redeem herself. I can't wait to find out the truth about her, because she's obviously got secrets too.

The previews for "Taking This One To The Grave" also showed someone getting arrested, possibly multiple Liars being arrested. I'm thinking that one of them might be arrested for the murder of Bethany Young, and others possibly in connection with the murder that will happen. We know that A loves to frame people, so why not frame the Liars for something?

At this point in the series... I think that the motives of A are still unknown. Unless Jenna is A. She's really the only character with any sort of grudge against the girls. I want to think that we are going to be able to trace everything back to the Pilot and have it all make sense, but I'm just not sure that it's going to happen that way. I would love to know if we have all the knowledge we need right now to figure out who A is. And if we don't, when are we going to get to the point where we are able to put it all together? It's so frustrating!

What will we find out during the fatale finale? I'm not really sure, but given how slow the progression of the story has been this summer... I can't really say that I'm holding out for too many answers. How about you?!?

-S


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Layering: Paloma Rose

A little layering for your Thursday... :)

Zoya Paloma, Butter London Rosie Lee, SOPI The Golden Age

Zoya Paloma Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Zoya Paloma, Butter London Rosie Lee, SOPI The Golden Age

Zoya Paloma Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Zoya Paloma, Butter London Rosie Lee, SOPI The Golden Age

Zoya Paloma, Butter London Rosie Lee, SOPI The Golden Age

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Zoya Paloma
1 Coat Butter London Rosie Lee
1.5 Coats Sephora by OPI The Golden Age
1 Coat Butter London Rosie Lee
2 Coats Zoya Paloma
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

It's been so long since my last full-fledged Jelly Glitter Sandwich... and even longer since I've worn Zoya Paloma! Last time around, I layered this lovely raspberry jelly with China Glaze Your Present Required. This time, I paired it with silver, gold, and pink glitter!

On its own, Zoya Paloma is a gorgeous raspberry pink jelly! Since I layered it with more of a multi-colored glitter last time, I decided to try to keep this sandwich a little more uniform in color. Rosie Lee is a fine pink glitter polish, while The Golden Age contains small and large silver and gold glitter. I sandwiched The Golden Age in between layers of Rosie Lee to add a little more depth to the layering. One coat of Paloma on top transformed the glitter a little bit, but I decided to use a second coat to lock the glitter down just a little deeper!

All in all, I really like the effect. Paloma turns each glitter into a slightly different tone of raspberry pink for gorgeous, multi-dimensional sparkle! I'm such a sucker for a good jelly glitter sandwich, and you all know how I feel about sparkle!

What do you think of Paloma Rose?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Milani Peri-Wink

Milani Peri-Wink

Peri-Wink by Milani

Peri-Wink by Milani

Milani Peri-Wink

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Milani Peri-Wink
1 Coat Sally Hansen Invisible
1 Coat Seche Vite

First things first, I've gotta say... this color just doesn't want to photograph accurately! What looks like a light blue with lavender ambitions in my photos, is actually a gorgeous, glowing periwinkle blue in real life.

Recently, Milani Cosmetics decided to bring all their different polish lines under one umbrella and Milani Color Statement was the result! So far, they've put out their core 36 colors and a Quick Dry Clear Coat which I picked up, but didn't use for whatever reason. I also picked up Ink Spot and Enchanting, but I'm holding off on trying those until I'm in more of an Autumn mood!

Application was great! I probably could've gotten away with just 2 coats, but I thought I saw some patchiness on one of my nails, so everyone got a 3rd coat. It was late, and I was in a bit of a hurry to paint my nails after an attempt at nail art went very wrong! I was trying to do a striped manicure while binge-watching Doctor Who, and in the end, the Doctor won and my nail art was scrapped!

Anyway... I like this color a lot, but I did think that the shimmer would've shown up on my nails a little better than it did. Thankfully, I bought it for the color and not for the finish! I love that even though Peri-Wink is a pastel, it's a bright pastel, so it still works for summer. I'm not ready to go vampy quite yet. Soon, though!

Have you tried any of the new Milani shades?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PLL: "A Dark Ali" (5x10)

Previously on Pretty Little Liars, (specifically, March of Crimes) an arrest was made in the Case of the Kidnapping that Didn't Really Happen. We jump in right where we left off last time...

Kenneth & Alison DiLaurentis PLL A Dark Ali
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Alison DiLaurentis was at the police station, looking at pictures of the man who had been arrested for her kidnapping. Tanner told Mr. DiLaurentis that they had caught Cyrus lurking around the Marin house. Kenneth asked his daughter if the man in custody... Cyrus Petrillo, (corruptly lies) was responsible for her kidnapping. Alison told her father that she didn't know.

The next day, the Liars met Alison in her bedroom to discuss the latest development. When the Liars asked Alison if she ID'd Cyrus, she told them no, reminding them that she was blindfolded, causing Spencer to remind her friend that she had never really been kidnapped. The girls discussed whether the arrest was a setup by A, seeing that Cyrus conveniently knew every word of Ali's ordeal. As the girls talked, Alison came up with the idea that Cyrus could potentially lead the girls to A, and perhaps they could finally "win A's game." None of the girls were too convinced though, leaving Aria to wonder, "What happens when we lose?"

Spencer, Aria, Hanna PLL A Dark Ali
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As the girls left Alison's house, Spencer told them that Ali's plan was dangerous, and that they were likely walking right into an A trap. The girls nominated Emily to go back inside and talk to Alison, certain that she will convince Ali to NOT identify Cyrus as her captor.

Back in Ali's bedroom, Emily cautioned Alison about her plan, claiming that if this particular lie unraveled, other lies would unravel with it. Alison seemed to understand, when her father knocked on the door and interrupted their conversation. Mr. D. was unhappy to learn that Alison had told Emily all about Cyrus, but proceeded to tell Alison that Cyrus had confessed to everything, and that the police thought he might also be involved in the murders of Jessica DiLaurentis AND Bethany Young.

Over at Chez Montgomery, Ella was working on calling vendors regarding her cancelled wedding when Aria came in with a sandwich. The two had a heart-to-heart about love and second chances.

Hanna & Caleb PLL A Dark Ali
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Across town... maybe on the outskirts of town? Just where IS Toby's cabin located?!? Anyway... at Toby's cabin where Caleb has been staying, Hanna went on a cleaning spree. She dumped out all of the booze and was throwing away all the junk food when Caleb mentioned that dumping Alison might be better than dumping his fried zucchini. Hanna claimed that she wanted to forget about Alison and all the A drama and just live a normal life. She told Caleb that she was going to try out for a chorus solo, because that's what normal teenage girls do.

Back at the Hastings Estate, Spencer was on the phone with Emily and about to hide the "insurance" photos that Emily had stolen from Noel. in her red chair along with the recording of Alison's testimony. When she opened the secret compartment, she discovered the tape recorder was missing. Spencer told Emily that the recording was missing, and Melissa came in during her frantic search, wondering what she was doing. Spencer's phone rang, and when she answered, the tape of Ali's testimony began to play. When Melissa left the bedroom, Spencer received a message from A... "Checkmate."

Checkmate. PLL A Dark Ali
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Hanna and Caleb were running when Spencer spotted them and stopped to talk to Hanna. Spencer began to tell Hanna about the missing tape, but Hanna wanted nothing to do with it. Despite Spencer's best attempts, Hanna brushed her off and continued her run. Spencer called after her, but Caleb suggested that she let it go, and give Hanna a break.

Moments later at Aria's house, Spencer showed her the footage from her spy camera. It was taken 24 hours before the arrest of Cyrus Petrillo, and showed a man talking to Melissa Hastings. She handed something to him and told him to "Just do it." Spencer surmised that it was the recording of Alison's story. Spencer took this as proof of a setup by A, and stressed to Aria that they were all walking blindly into a trap if Alison identified Cyrus. Spencer suggested that the girls distance themselves from Alison, and take all the evidence they had to the police and finally come clean about everything. Aria wasn't so sure.

Mona Vanderwaal PLL A Dark Ali
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At school, Hanna signed up for the solo audition and noticed that Mona was auditioning too.

Over at Ezra's apartment, Aria filled Ezra in on Alison's plan. She asked again if all his research was safely locked away and he assured her that it was. Ezra wanted to talk to Alison, but Aria asked him not to. She didn't want to see him caught up in Alison's web of lies.

Alison & Emily PLL A Dark Ali
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Emily and Alison talked, and Alison revealed that Cyrus is not a random stranger. She told Emily that he attacked her while she was on the run, he took her money, and when she tried to fight him, he stabbed her in the thigh with his knife. That's how she got the scar. In the basement, there was a copy of "Isle of the Dead" the painting that scared Alison at the Funeral Home. Alison told Emily that she had no idea how A had found Cyrus.

Back in the choir room at Rosewood High, a group of girls were called in for auditions, including Hanna and Mona. Hanna was on her way through the door when she heard a loud thump behind her. Mona had fainted, falling to the floor.

Noel's insurance photos PLL A Dark Ali
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Spencer made herself at home in Emily's bedroom, much to the displeasure of Emily when she arrived home. She didn't want the "insurance" photos in her house, especially if they're the reason Cavanshall Manor was blown up. Emily told Spencer that Aria told her all about her plan, and Em is 100% against it. Emily claimed that Alison wasn't dangerous, she was simply hurt and the girls needed to support her. Emily suggested that if Spencer wanted to do something helpful, she'd openly talk to Melissa the way Emily had talked to Alison.

Mona regained consciousness with Hanna by her side, and told Hanna to grab her purse. When Hanna went to grab it, she noticed Cyrus' mugshot picture inside. Mona asked for her purse again, and Hanna gave it to her, keeping quiet about what she had found.

Ezra Fitz PLL A Dark Ali
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At the Brew, Ezra spotted Alison and walked over to talk to her, despite Aria asking him not to. He reminded her that many people had risked a lot to help her and had subsequently become entangled in her web. Alison asked if his comments were a threat, but Ezra insisted they were merely an observation. Before the conversation could continue, Mr. DiLaurentis came over to his daughter, wondering why Ezra was speaking to her. Alison told her father that she was fine. As Ezra walked away, Aria caught his eye and shot him a disapproving look. Kenneth told Alison that the holding period for Cyrus was about to expire, leaving Alison to run off for a refill of coffee, rather than face the music.

Outside of Rosewood PD, Mona sat inside a car, listening to Tanner through surveillance equipment. Hanna spotted her and climbed into the passenger seat. Hanna asked about the mugshot photo, and Mona told her that she was trying to find out who was behind the setup. The two girls spot Alison, her father, and Lietuenant Tanner get into a vehicle and drive away from the station.

Hanna & Mona PLL A Dark Ali
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Back at the Brew, Aria asked Ezra what he said to Alison. He told Aria that he reminded Alison that her actions have consequences. Ezra wonderd why Aria didn't want the two talking, but Aria didn't say anything.

Over at the Hastings compound, Spencer was sneaking back into the Main House from a snooping session in the barn when her sister caught her. Spencer told her that she saw the flight information on Melissa's laptop, and that she knew Melissa was working with Mona. Melissa countered by telling Spencer that she only worked with Mona to show Spencer that Alison hasn't changed at all. She told Spencer that her concern was merely out of sister love, as things around Alison tend to blow up and get destroyed. She wondered why that was so hard for Spencer to believe. Melissa told her that she had to leave, that it wasn't safe for either of them "here" anymore. Before she walked back to the barn, she invited Spencer to go with her.

Melissa & Spencer Hastings PLL A Dark Ali
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Mr. DiLaurentis accompanied Alison as Lt. Tanner took them to the basement from the story Alison told Emily. Alison flashed back to the basement again, and Lt. Tanner could tell that she recognized the basement. When asked if she remembered the room, Alison claimed she could never forget it. Lt. Tanner called back to headquarters, telling them to continue holding Cyrus, as Alison positively identified the basement.

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Mona and Hanna were still talking in the car. Hanna asked Mona about her panic attacks, and Mona countered with Hanna's recent drinking problem. Confiding in Hanna, Mona claimed that Alison scares her to death, and she didn't want to face her alone. The girls heard Tanner radio back to the station, telling the other officers that Alison had positively identified the basement, and to continue holding Cyrus Petrillo. 

Aria and Emily were on the phone talking about Ezra and trust, when Ella walked in. When Ella pressed Aria for details about Ezra, she was reluctant to share, but opened up a little. She told her Mom that she wanted to forgive Ezra and give it a shot, but she wasn't sure that he had changed at all. Aria claimed that  her mother was right, and people don't change. Ella corrected her daughter, telling her that she had mispoken, and she didn't want Aria to use Zack as a bar for any sort of normal relationship. As the two talked, Aria received an SOS text from Hanna, informing her that Alison ID'd Cyrus and the Liars needed to meet.

Outside of the DiLaurentis home, Emily was waiting for Alison and Kenneth when they returned home. Emily questioned her identification of Cyrus, but Alison claimed that she had a plan. Emily told Alison that she had completely written off her friends, completely overlooking Alison's lies would affect all the girls. She told her that A had made the Liars lives' difficult, but the way they had always gotten through the hard times was with each other. Emily told Alison that she had stuck up for her when no one else had, but this was the last straw. She was "so done" with her.

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Back at the Marin household, Caleb wondered how Cyrus escaped, and Hanna suggested that A had a car waiting for him out back. She apologized to Caleb, telling him that she had to continue to help try and solve the mystery of A. Hanna told him she loved him and kissed him goodnight, then headed into the kitchen to meet with Spencer and Aria.

The Liars decided that Spencer was right. Alison was a loose cannon and they didn't know when everything around her was going to blow up. They needed to take everything they've got to Lieutenant Tanner. Emily showed up immediately after talking to Alison, finally coming on board with Spencer's plan, telling the others that they needed to do it tonight.

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Out in the woods, Cyrus Petrillo was waiting as a figure walked up. It was Alison, dressed like her Vivian Darkbloom alias, complete with brown wig. Cyrus didn't seem happy that there was a warrant out for his arrest, claiming "that wasn't the deal we made." He grabbed a plane ticket out of Alison's hand and claimed that he could've told the police everything about her. Alison claimed that she could do the exact same thing and then they'd both lose. As Cyrus began to walk away, Ali taunted him, saying that she found him once and she could do it again. She told him that this was his one chance to start over and he better use it. He turned and asked, "The way you've used it, Ali?" She didn't repsond, and Cyrus got into his SUV and drove away. (The same SUV Alison was standing outside of in Miss Me x 100.)

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A video recording of Melissa Hastings began to play, "Spencer, you're right. I have to tell you the truth before it's too late."

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In the last scene, the black-gloved hands of A folded laundry, including a candy striper dress and black hoodies. Additional pairs of black gloves were visible on the table, and there was a show about dogs on the television in the background.

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My Thoughts

Mona and Hanna together in scenes again is one of my favorite things. I looooove these two together. Please tell me that this slight rekindling of their friendship doesn't mean that Mona's the one who's going to die in the finale, though... Because I'm worried about her!

I love Mona's admission about the panic attacks, if that's really the truth. I'm not sure that Mona would lie to Hanna in this moment, though. Gotta say, I really like how deep PLL is going with the effects of bullying. Paige admitted that she couldn't be in the same room with Alison without feeling like she was going to throw up. According to Mona, Alison gives her terrible anxiety, and we've sort of seen that, but this is really the first that Mona has opened up about being bullied.

Also in the category of "Characters I'm Worried About..." that video from Melissa? I know that we're due to find out her secret in the next episode, but it's a worrisome type of video. Could A be forcing her to tape it? Is she taping before she leaves the country? Or is she planning something worse?!?

Loved Hanna and Caleb running, and Hanna trying to be a normal girl. It's also good to see these two back to supporting each other and being honest with each other. Hopefully Caleb will tell Hanna more about Ravenswood soon.

Her last statement to Spencer was a little cryptic. She claimed that it wasn't safe for her, that it wasn't safe for either of them. That leads me to think that A is after Melissa as well. She mentioned that "here" was not safe... was she talking about Rosewood in general, or more specifically the Hastings Estate?  

At the end of the episode...

is that really Alison? Is she using the Vivian Darkbloom disguise to sneak around? Is this supposed to be our incredibly not-so-subtle hint that Alison is A? Why would Alison set this whole thing up with someone who attacked her? Was she lying about that, too? If she was lying, how did she really get her scar? If this whole thing is really just her way to make the kidnapping story gel with the police... why didn't she inform the girls? Why doesn't she trust them?

or is it someone else? Could this be the long awaited twin of Alison from the books? Perhaps an Alison doppelganger? Are they trying to make us think that Alison has a twin, only to reveal that it's actually someone else with a twin? Maybe there's a sibling in between Alison and Jason who happens to look a whole lot like Alison, just with dark hair?

And that whole preview for next week? Did Melissa really kill Bethany Young, or did she simply bury her? Promos are totally misleading, but it looked like Melissa saw Spencer dragging the shovel behind her, possibly happened on a knocked-out Bethany Young, and buried her, thinking that it was Alison DiLaurentis, and that Spencer had knocked her out! That's a whoooooole lot of assuming though!

So, next week is the penultimate episode of Season 5A, entitled "No One Here Can Love or Understand Me." Wonder who that's in reference to... Melissa... or Alison? We'll find out soon enough! XOXO

-S

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