Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 16

Pretty Little Liars: The Glove That Rocks The Cradle (Season 7 Episode 16)

Pretty Little Liars, Reviews

We’re back to the Liars taking turns with the board game, but the task isn’t the most shocking part of this episode. Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 16, “The Glove That Rocks The Cradle,” turns up the heat on the Liars and their relationships, and A.D. isn’t afraid to kick them where it hurts.

The episode opens with Spencer, who is feeling the pressure after Detective Furey realizes that what he originally thought was a joke, was really a vehicular manslaughter confession.

Spencer has been in a downward spiral before, but I am not sure she’s ever felt guilt like this. Her fear over what might happen is chilling, and the tension is palpable with every new piece of damning evidence.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “The Glove That Rocks The Cradle” – Freeform/Ron Tom

The irony is that we know the Liars are responsible for Rollins’ death, but this is the first time the police have ever gotten this close to making a case against her. She’s been a person of interest in every murder, or suspected murder, but this may be the first time the evidence is real, tangible, and something she could have prevented if it wasn’t for her heavy drinking the night Rollins died.

Seeing Spencer like this makes me yearn for the days when all Spencer had to worry about was being an A-student and crushing it at her copious extra-curricular activities.

But over seven seasons, Spencer’s world view has completely shifted. She’s found out that her mother is not her mother, that her real mother was a patient at Radley Sanitarium just like she was, Caleb went back to Hanna, and her new boyfriend now suspects her of murder.

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That’s a lot to deal with, and Spencer has been keeping a brave face pretty well until this point, but something has to give.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “The Glove That Rocks The Cradle” – Freeform/Ron Tom
SHAY MITCHELL, TROIAN BELLISARIO

While Spencer deals with an impending arrest, Emily and Ali are getting ready for the baby with some heartwarming scenes. Emily is setting up a nursery that includes mementos from their childhoods.

Emily and Alison have been a couple discussed since the very first season, and now that they’re officially together, it does bring a sense of hopefulness to this chilling saga of A, A.D., and Uber A drama.

Can there be light at the end of the tunnel? Are two of the Liars finally going to find happiness?

Alas, the adorable baby planning scenes are short-lived by Dark Aria. Her turn to The Dark Side is intensifying with Aria crossing a line that she can never uncross. The first time, she stole a comic book; this time she’s destroying the nursery for Ali’s baby.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen destruction on Pretty Little Liars, but this is the first time that it feels so deeply personal. Part of that is because Aria is behind it, but I also think that unlike the destruction of the memorial in season one, this attack destroyed a nursery for a baby.

Babies generally symbolize hope and innocence, and with all the memories from both their childhoods that Emily put into the space, it feels like an assault.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “The Glove That Rocks The Cradle” – (Freeform/Ron Tom)
TROIAN BELLISARIO, LUCY HALE

After seeing Aria destroy the nursery, it’s really hard to empathize with her. Let’s remember, she’s crossed to the dark side to protect Fitz, and in doing this, she’s hurt two of her best friends. This shows you exactly where Aria’s priorities are, and I am really hoping someone in the group (probably Spencer) puts all the hints she’s dropping together.

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Sooner rather than later, please.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Hanna’s comment over Caleb’s “crappy” security system was a good moment of levity. You know Caleb isn’t going to design something insecure, Hanna. When you consider that the Liars should really have a Caleb Security System installed.
  • I have to rant about Ezra’s publicity event for Then & Now. His book is a work of fiction! While I am aware that there are plenty of novels based off a real-life experience, what does it say about the fact that the audience seems to have taken the book as fact? His characters are fictional, but the story between him and Nicole is real, and not what happened in the book.
  • I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: “Solve All Problems with the Magic of Mona!” I understand why the Liars don’t trust her, but there are times when I think her skills are useful.
  • What do you think the odds are that we’ll see Mary Drake again? I am putting my money on “very likely, almost certain.”
  • The comic book with no ending gives me goosebumps, and the end with A.D. drawing in a tree with a headstone has me very excited for next week. It also makes me wonder who else we’ve seen with artistic talent who would be able to draw such a sketch?
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Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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