Memory Mona: "Look at all that's happened since you turned me down on our little drive up the mountain. But I believe in second chances..."
Memory Spencer: "You don't have to ask me again, Mona. I'm in."
And so we end with Spencer, putting away her toys from today's adventures: The hoodie, the gloves, the tickets to the puppet show. I admit it's shocking, but looking at that edited exchange on paper it makes me wonder a little bit: Mona saying "I will continue to torture and imprison you until such time as you give me what I want, which has stopped being about Hanna and started being about you," shit, I'd give in too. Especially if my inaugurative bad deeds were something as simple as going to a circus for an hour with a well-behaved youngster. That sounds delightful, and there's popcorn and everything.
Shots of Spencer back to looking glamorous again, finally; Mona running around with the Liars, possibly; Aria yelling at the Liars about how Spencer's on the A-Team (which I predict will be true for five minutes tops); a house blowing up and nearly killing everybody, of course; Redcoat is revealed to at least Hanna and Spencer. And, we're told, to us. I know the show will be back in June and there's no functional difference between a "spring finale" and a "fall finale," as far as the big reveals, but I really feel like this one will be gamechanging -- enough so, actually, that I'm avoiding spoilers and hope to recap it as I'm watching it, Tuesday night. So until then, XO.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Good Wife, Deception, Bates Motel, and Pretty Little Liars for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook.