PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "Hush, Hush Sweet Liars" - In a desperate attempt to discover Uber Bad’s true identity, the Liars riskily offer up Hanna as bait in “Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars,” the winter finale of the hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, MARCH 15 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT) on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. Fans can catch up on all things PLL with “Superfan Suite” interstitials and an all-day marathon of season six starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour winter finale at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)

Pretty Little Liars Review: Hush…Hush, Sweet Liars (Season 6 Episode 20)

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After a painfully slow second half, Pretty Little Liars picked up the pace after the anticlimactic ending of “Did You Miss Me?”

In “Hush…Hush, Sweet Liars,” Ali comes home after her fall last week, but she’s seeing things. Unlike the visit from her mother, these images are gruesome and full of decay. Then, the ghost of Detective Wilden shows up.

The whole plot sounds like it comes from a Victorian romance novel. Maybe if Alison had read Jane Eyre instead of Lolita, she would have figured out that this was all a trick.

Ali is recovering from a concussion. She’s on pain meds, and while this could be her mind messing with her, the timing is too perfect. Also, notice how, once again, Eliot is out of town? Think.

Ali later retreats to a church where the spirits of her mom and Wilden can’t follow her, she concludes that she needs help. Ali signs admittance papers stating that although she is entering treatment voluntarily, it doesn’t mean that she is necessarily free to leave and may be detained if a doctor sees fit.

When Emily asks if Ali is sure she wants to do this, Ali says that Charlotte was here and she got better. Alison, please remember who Charlotte’s doctor was.

Meanwhile, having enlisted the help of Toby, Spencer and Mona travel down Sarah Harvey’s secret tunnel on election night, where they conveniently find a file detailing how Mary Drake was a patient at Radley twenty-five years ago. She had a child while she was a patient, named Charles; Charles was then adopted by Jessica DiLaurentis.

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Ezra, Aria, Caleb, and Hanna are at The Lost Words Resort where they’ve set up a trap for “A-moji,” Caleb’s name for the new A. The plan involves an electric fence that will “knock her on her ass” and cameras that will capture the image of this new Big Bad.

After setting the plan in motion, the new A-moji somehow manages to get through the trap and kidnap Hanna through a hole in the floor. I swear these characters never learn.

When they review the footage, they find that it’s “Mrs. DiLaurentis.”

What gets me is that no one seems to have put Mary Drake and Mrs. DiLaurentis together. There was no photo in the file that Spencer and Toby found, but given the DiLaurentis’ tendency for self-preservation when it comes to illegitimate siblings, wouldn’t that raise some red flags?

Back at the DiLaurentis house, the whole sinister plot comes together. The spectre of Wilden pulls off a prosthetic mask and reveals himself to be: Eliot Rollins. (Yes! I knew that boy was up to no good!) Then, out of the shadows comes Mary Drake…who looks a lot like Mrs. DiLaurenits. Hello, twin!

Eliot and Mary converse about how things are going to plan. Ali signed the papers, so Eliot now controls 51% of the Carissimi group and Mary gloats that it should have been hers all along.

I wish we could say that we didn’t see this coming, but frankly, the DiLaurentis family tree has sprouted so many branches that it wouldn’t surprise me if suddenly all the girls were somehow related.

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The big Mrs. DiLaurentis reveal might have been more effective with some better editing last week. (Really, all they had to do was not show Mrs. DiLaurentis using a door).

Over and over again, we’ve talked about how Eliot acts suspiciously. From marrying Alison so quickly to that card mysteriously showing up last week in the middle of all those flowers. Plus, committing your wife like this is so low. It’s a good thing he’s a villain.

I am looking forward to Season 7 so that I can see A-moji’s final, final game, but all these resolutions are coming a little too late for my taste. I am still trying to figure out why we spent so much time chasing down leads related to Sarah Harvey when we could have been exploring relationships and how they changed over time.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Ezra went from mourning Nicole to getting over her really, really fast.
  • Toby and Yvonne appear to be on the rocks, leaving Spencer and Toby and that new house he’s building open for the taking.
  • All the Haleb scenes in this episode and then to get that ending. I am sure that Hanna is just knocked out. It’s not like when they showed Mrs. DiLaurentis being buried.
  • And at the end of all of this, we still don’t know who killed Charlotte.
  • Everyone is pairing off again, with the exception of Emily. Can’t this brilliant girl get some love too?
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Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

Lauren Busser is a senior writer at Tell-Tale TV. Her work has also appeared on Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. She has also been a dog sitter, worked front end at a bakery, and helped out in a kindergarten classroom. She learned to knit when she was five-years-old and thus, can now complete sweaters at a superhuman speed. She’s currently nursing a novel she’s been making slow progress on for the last six years.

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