PLL: "O Brother, Where Art Thou" (6x7)

by - 7/22/2015

Seven episodes down... just three more to go and we'll know the identity of Charles. Three. more. episodes. Right now, we're at an interesting place in the season. Sometimes, the action and reveAls really slow down right around now. I wouldn't say that we're racing full steam ahead, but we're definitely chugging along at a nice clip. All train analogies aside... this episode featured a lot of scenes that we've been waiting patiently for! So let's just jump on in, shall we?

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The episode began with Spencer and Hanna doing some research on microchips. Specifically, removing them. Spencer told Hanna that they should use the trackers to their advantage, since Charles didn't know that the Liars had discovered them yet. While they talked, Mona called to confirm a meeting with Lesli to talk to the girls about Charles.

After receiving the creepy birthday card from Charles, Mr. DiLaurentis was determined to get Alison out of Rosewood and keep her safe. While her father was driving, Alison found the card and read it, realizing that Charles was indeed alive.

Hanna received a tuition check from The Carissimi Group. Apparently, her mother had applied for every scholarship that she could find.

At the brew, Emily was trying to reach Alison, but kept getting her voicemail. Claire, Sara's old friend from Courtland came to see her. Given their last interaction, Emily wasn't keen on having her meet with Sara, but eventually told Claire the truth.

Spencer was just about to leave her house to meet Aria when Toby got back. He asked her to change her plans, but Spencer was insistent on meeting Aria, Hanna, and Mona to talk to Lesli. She lied to Toby, and he guessed that she might be lying to him. He reminded her that nothing good happened when they lied to each other, but she ignored what he said and left to meet the Liars.

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Over at Mona's house, Lesli backed out of the meeting, thinking the confrontation would upset the progress she had made with her stability. The Liars didn't want to hear that and asked Mona to take them to her house. She explained that Lesli was fragile at the moment, and she couldn't risk a complete breakdown. The girls went over what Mona and Alison had told them about that night, and asked Mona if she saw anyone, possibly Charles. She claimed that she didn't, but she wished she had. Again, she told the girls she was on so many drugs that she had no idea what all happened while she was there.

Back at Emily's house, she talked with Sara about meeting Claire for coffee and dessert. Sara didn't really warm up to the idea until Emily offered to come along. The two talked awkwardly about their hookup and found out that they were both ready to see where it might go.

Over at the DiLaurentis Estate, Lorenzo stopped by to talk to Alison and was met by Jason on the porch. He brushed Lorenzo off, clearly giving the older, protective brother vibe. When Lorenzo left, Jason noticed a red balloon on his porch attached to a birthday invitation. It was an invitation to Charles' birthday party, advising Jason to come alone or not at all.

At the Montgomery household, Aria was going through all of her dolls. After being spooked by the double ended doll at the junkyard, she was ready to get rid of them and move on. Mike came in while she was cleaning everything out. He told her that Mona wouldn't return any of his calls or texts, and asked if it was because of Aria. She told him that she hadn't said anything, but sympathized with Mike. He asked her what he should do.

Meanwhile, Emily and Sara met with Claire. It was a little awkward at first, but Sara and Claire talked about a lot of the people that she used to know. Claire showed Sara a few pictures of what she had missed out on while she was down in the bunker.

Spencer and Hanna met back up again at the Brew to research the Carissimi Group and found that they were a benefactor of Radley. Hanna then remembered that she had seen their logo stamped on the walls of Radley while they were searching for clues. Spencer told Hanna that Carissimi meant beloved in Latin, which reminded the girls of Charles' headstone. When Spencer received a phone call from Alison, she walked away from her bag to get better reception. Sabrina put a bag of gummy bears in her bag with a note signed "-S" for Sabrina.

On the phone, Alison told Spencer that she had been trying to find a phone to call Spencer and tell her and the others that Charles was alive. She told her about the birthday card, and that Charles was coming home for his birthday, and that day was his birthday. She told Spencer that she was worried about Jason, and claimed that she thought Charles was after her, Jason, and Kenneth. She asked Spencer to check on Jason for her and make sure he was safe. Mr. DiLaurentis interrupted the conversation when he realized his phone was missing. When Alison asked him to talk to Jason again or go to the police, Kenneth asked for time to figure out what was going on and what to do.

Over at Emily's, Sara told Emily that Claire's dad was coming to pick her up. She told Em that she had put out her and her mom for long enough, and that she should stay with Claire for a while. Emily was about to tell Sara what Claire had said about her when Sara told her that Claire had actually brought it up. Sara told Emily that back then, she really didn't like herself that much either. Sara also told her that since they weren't living under the same roof, they could actually go out on a real date.

Aria, Spencer, and Hanna when to the DiLaurentis house to talk to Jason, but he wouldn't answer the door. The policeman in front of the house asked if he could help them, but Spencer said no. She noticed the red balloon in the window and a worried look came over her.

At Casa de Vanderwaal, Mona walked into her bedroom to find Mike with a basket of Aria's old dolls. She told him to leave, but he wouldn't. She apologized for the plan and how everything she did was for nothing. Mike told her that none of that mattered, all that mattered to him was that Mona was alive. When she looked through the dolls, Mona asked what Aria was doing with them. She had been photographing the dolls being tortured like she and the others were in the bunker. Noticing that Mona was getting upset, Mike told her that she would have to forgive herself eventually. He asked if she wanted him to go. She said no, and the two kissed.

Back at Spencer's house, the Liars met to discuss everything that happened with Emily. Hanna told the girls she put one of Caleb's trackers on Jason's car, so they'd know where he went if he left the house. Hanna and Spencer told the girls about their plan to remove the trackers and try to bait Charles. Spencer told them that she'd tell Toby, and he would protect them. Hanna pulled out the medical equipment, saying that she and Spencer had watched a ton of videos on how to do it. At first, the girls argued about what they should do, but in the end, they decided to remove the microchips.

Meanwhile, Spencer called Toby over to tell him about Charles and fill him in on their plan. Toby decided that he would go after Jason alone, that it was too dangerous for the girls. When Spencer was distracted by Hanna needing surgical tape, Toby noticed the bag of gummies in Spencer's bag. Thinking they were a gift for him, and not realizing they were "pot" gummies, he took them along.

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At the precinct, Toby snacked on the gummy bears while trying to convince Lorenzo to check out Wallaby Avenue, the location where Jason was headed to meet Charles. He claimed he had heard there had been some break-ins, and the force over there could use their help. When Toby told Lorenzo that they weren't telling command where they were going, Lorenzo balked, but Toby told him he'd explain while they were on the way.

After a few minutes of no activity and no call from Toby, Spencer decided that the girls needed to head over and make sure that he and Jason were both okay. Aria was about to call 911 when Emily came back and assured her that everything would be okay.

In the hotel room where Alison and her father were staying, Alison pretended to get ready for bed. She switched the regular coffee with decaf and put a sleeping pill in her dad's drink. Alison left the room and got in a car, driven by Mona. She thanked her for coming to get her, telling her that no one else answered her call. Mona told Alison that she was glad she could help. She also told her that she knew she owed her more than just a car ride.

Jason went to meet Charlie.

Alison kept trying Jason's phone while she and Mona were driving, but Jason didn't pick up. Despite Mona warning otherwise, Ali called 911 and told the police that Charles DiLaurentis was A, and her brother and her friends were all in danger.

Back in Rosewood, a police team cleared the DiLaurentis house, but found the invitation Charles had sent to Jason. They sent backup to the address on Wallaby Avenue.

Over on Wallaby, Charles was about to reveal himself to Jason when Toby and Lorenzo stormed on the scene. Charlie fled, using a pitching machine to launch baseballs at the police. Jason begged Charlie to stop, but it just got worse as the Liars showed up. Forced to protect the girls from the baseballs, Charlie was able to drop metal bars onto Lorenzo and Toby, despite the fact that Toby should've had a clear shot. Spencer ran over to Toby and asked him what happened when backup from Rosewood PD arrived.

Back at the Marin household, Ashley told Hanna that it was not her job to catch Charles. She needed to focus on college and getting away from all the drama in Rosewood. Hanna told her mom that the money from Carissimi might be dirty, but Ashley told her that she deposited it anyway. She told her daughter that even if it did come from the DiLaurentis family, they put Hanna through enough and she deserved every cent of it.

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At the Montgomery home, Mike walked in to find Aria on the floor beside her bed. He tried to make her feel better by telling her that he and Mona were trying to work things out. He told her that she was really brave, but she countered by wondering why she was so scared all the time.

Back at the precinct, Spencer was talking to Toby, trying to explain about the gummies. He told her to go wait for her mom in the Lobby, that he couldn't have someone find him while they were looking for her.

At Chez Fields, Emily smashed her microchip into pieces with a whack of a book.

Alison arrived back home, just in time to stop Jason from drinking a glass of scotch. He told Alison that he couldn't deal with the fact of what his parents had done regarding Charlie. He told Alison that he was going to tell Charlie to turn himself in. He just wanted one moment alone with his brother.

Just then, Ali and Jason were interrupted by the sound of a little boy calling Jason, asking him to come play with him. Jason and Alison watched a home movie of a day that they remembered being taken out of school by their mother for a 2nd cousin's birthday. Jessica asked them not to tell their father. In the video, Freddy came over to the camera and asked his mother if he had to go back soon. She told him that he didn't have to go back for a while. Alison and Jason sang Happy Birthday to Freddy, not realizing that it was really their brother Charles. He complimented their singing and they all seemed to enjoy the day.

Thoughts, Theories, and Random Facts

The last scene sent serious chills down my spine. I guess because of the fact that I realize the innocence in a child's voice, and it's just so seriously disturbing, finding out what Jessica DiLaurentis did. While I was liveblogging this episode on Tumblr, I called it f***king sick, and I stand by that. It's just really sad. I'm not sure that makes up for what Charles has done. But it gives a little more context to his motives.

One thing I'm beginning to realize about this particular season and the way that they're doing the reveal... Process of Elimination. We eliminated quite a few possibilities last night.

Claire came to town to visit Sara and their interaction was so fluid. It was nice to see her not being so awkward. Pretty sure it's safe to say that Sara Harvey is Sara Harvey. I don't think there's any way that Bethany Young could pretend to be her and pull the wool over Claire so easily. Also, I feel like if Sara really was Bethany, she wouldn't want to go to stay with Claire. She would have a greater chance of being caught in her lie staying with Claire than with Emily.

While Charles was causing all sorts of mischief on Wallaby Avenue, Jason, Toby, and Lorenzo were all on the scene. While it doesn't rule out Drew Van Acker playing Charles in slightly different makeup/hair, it does rule out Toby and Jason as Charles.

I really like the fact that the girls took out their microchips. But I'm not sure that Emily should've smashed hers. That probably wasn't the best idea. I mean, I guess Charles would've known that the jig was up based on the fact that the girls showed up on Wallaby Avenue when their chips claimed they were at Spencer's house...

I've said it before, but I absolutely love the relationship between Ashley and Hanna. There's so much love there and you can totally tell that Hanna is everything to her.

I'm still wondering if Mona's plan is playing out. I mean, she had this grandious plan that would end up with her being the hero. We all think that went horribly wrong, but what if all of this has been part of the plan? If she somehow convinced Charles to make the dollhouse and kidnap the girls, it could make him look like he was the one who supposedly kidnapped Alison. Because I think that's what Rosewood PD still believes to be true.

Now, all of that being said... there's a reason that we haven't seen Charles' face, and I suppose it's because he is someone we know to be someone else, or we know his character. Basically, he's either being portrayed by Drew Van Acker in different hair/makeup so he looks like a DiLaurentis, or he's the character we've previously known as Wren or Wilden.

Also, we've yet to see Bethany Young's face. That could also be because of the same reasons as Charles. She's either being portrayed by an actor already on the show in slightly different hair/makeup or she's actually a character that we know as someone else.

Remember how we learned that Sara isn't really Bethany? That means that Bethany is either dead and has been correctly identified OR she's alive. And again, if she's alive, who was in that grave? I'm pretty sure that CeCe Drake is all over the answer to this. I think there's a very good possibility that CeCe Drake and Bethany Young were twins. If it's not really Bethany Young in the grave, it's her twin, CeCe Drake. And if CeCe Drake is in the grave, I'm pretty sure that Bethany Young took over her identity.

This Week's ChArles

1. Drew Van Acker in different makeup/hair... Not gonna lie, most of this is based on the official pictures released by ABC Family to promote 6x9. It just looks a lot like him. But I suppose that Jason could get injured in the next episode, and put on the mask to try and protect Alison in secret.

2. Wren... He's been missing for a good chunk of episodes. Also, we know nothing about his backstory. Others have postulated that we've never seen Wren with any of the DiLaurentis family members, and they've got a point.

3. Wilden... While I know that he is supposed to be dead, that counts for little in the world of Rosewood. However, unlike Ian and Garrett, we don't know much about his backstory. What we do know places him in Cape May. Definitely shady. Little bit of long shot, but remember all those videos in his apartment? What if they were actually his precious childhood movies hidden in plain sight?

4. Ezra... Mainly going on the fact that he was nowhere to be found in the last episode. He was pictured in the official photos for 6x9, but until we see him in a scene with Charles, we can't really rule him out.

Next week's episode is "FrAmed," and based on the few official photos released by ABC Family, it's hard to say what we're going to see. Tanner appears to be interested in the photos Aria has been taking. And it looks like the Liars will have a scene with Alison. Episode titles don't always correlate with what's going on, but it does make me wonder if there's going to be another person set up by Charles before his big reveAl. Only time will tell...


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