It’s been a long and arduous journey for us PLL fans. From big reveals like Toby’s involvement with the ‘A’ team, to season four’s bomb-drop on Alison being very much alive, it’s been a wild, exhilarating and freaky roller-coaster that no one wants to hop off just yet.
Through all the heartbreak, scares and drama that the four liars have endured, it’s all led to this moment – the show’s 100th episode. To quickly recap, the latest episode titled “Miss Me x 100” saw Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily dealing with Alison’s return to Rosewood High. Unfortunately for the former queen bee, not everyone is happy to see her alive. As we’ve seen in the past few episodes, Mona has been gathering her army of Alison’s former targets in order to ensure her fall from grace. There were plenty of big moments in this episode; therefore we will simply count down our top 10 favourites (warning: spoilers ahead):
10. Paige serves Alison an epic verbal smack down.
In an attempt to give Paige the chance to set things straight with Alison, Emily gets the two into a room to work things out. While Ali is out to prove that she’s different from the mean girl they once knew, Paige gets straight to the point when she replies with this wee gem: “you were a terrible person Alison. And I hated you for it. I didn’t care that you were dead. I was happy you were gone.” Ouch.
9. Caleb returns!
Our favourite PLL boyfriend is finally back in Rosewood, but it’s not all warm and fuzzy. After running into Hanna (Ashley Benson) at the coffee shop, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is quick to notice the coffee she’s just brought with Travis’ name inconveniently scribbled on the cup. Hanna is also quick to realise that caleb didn’t bother to call to let her know of his return. Needless to say, girlfriend is stung big time…then decides to get drunk as a skunk at Lucas’ party.
8. Jenna is back and Sydney is involved.
Like a cockroach, she’s impossible to get rid of without professional assistance. When Jenna (Tammin Sursok) first returns, Toby (Keegan Allen) notes how distraught she is about Shanna’s death whilst the liars are more skeptical of her motives. Naturally, their wariness to trust Jenna is spot on, since she’s seen later on in the episode seemingly plotting Ali’s downfall with Mona and none other than sweet and innocent Sydney (Chloe Bridges).
7. Ali and Caleb meet…kind of.
While most of the men involved with the liars knew Alison, it’s easy to forget that Caleb has only heard of the famous missing girl. Whilst the two don’t actually meet in an official context during “Miss Me x 100”, they do exchange a curious glance when meeting at Spencer’s home to watch the police press conference on TV. I’ve often thought about what would happen if the two were to finally met. When Ali was in the picture, Hanna was a mere sidekick. Now she’s the sarcastic, crafty girl we all know and love – the only Hanna that Caleb has ever known. We can see things getting messy here.
6. Aria and Ezra get busy.
Despite Ezra’s (Ian Harding) shady and shocking past being revealed last season, Aria (Lucy Hale) has somehow taken comfort in his company the last few episodes. He may have made some incredibly stupid choices, but Ezra proved himself loyal to the liars out of his undying love for Aria. This episode saw the two share a few sweet moments before finally sharing the same bed. Also, mad props to whoever decided that Aria should go braless in the scene (the first that I can think of in the show’s history). I know it’s an ABC Family show, but still – who wears bras doing the dirty?
5. Veronica Hastings leaves Spencer’s father.
The cracks started to show a while ago, but the day has finally come where Veronica (Lesley Fera) decided to cut her loses. Before Alison’s first day back at Rosewood High properly kicks in, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is called into the principal’s office only to find her mother waiting to drop the ‘divorce’ bomb. Since Spencer is fairly certain that her father is a murderer, she didn’t put up too much of a fight and agreed to help her mother through this.
4. The girl in Alison’s grave is revealed.
During a televised police press conference, 17-year-old Bethany Young is revealed to be the girl in Alison’s grave, who escaped from Radley the night Alison disappeared.
First of all, can we just say how incredibly horrible the security at Radley Sanitarium must be? The amount of people who sneak in and out is frankly worrying. You probably thought that this moment would take the number one spot in the list, however, there’s still more to discover about Bethany like how she died and who did it.
3. Alison reveals her true feelings for Emily.
I’ve always sympathised with Emily (Shay Mitchell). She spent years pining after her best friend whom she secretly loved, all the while being gently teased and taunted by Alison. As it turns out, Alison felt the same way the whole time. Emily is taken aback by the revelation, but eventually goes for the goodies during a friendly sleepover. Unfortunately, this happy union doesn’t last long.
2. Mona gets the upper hand.
In one of the episode’s most superbly acted scenes, Mona (Janel Parrish) manages to scare Alison (Sasha Pieterse) into Rosewood’s church, where the two exchange words. Mona warns Ali to leave town but is met with a brutal reply from her nemeses. Ali reminds Mona of her power over people, and that since she managed to make Mona a loser once, she can do it all over again. This doesn’t sit too well with Mona, who slaps Alison before getting an even harder slap in return, leaving a rather nasty cut courtesy of Ali’s stylish yet versatile rings. Naturally, this was all part of Mona’s big master plan since she was filming the whole thing. Using her masterful editing skills, Mona paints Ali in the worst light possible at school come Monday, leaving the students and liars shocked at the lengths Ali will go in order to protect herself. Even the forever-loyal Emily seems to have had enough with Ali’s lies.
1. “A” makes his or her triumphant return in spectacular fashion.
Despite the liars believing that “A” died with Shana, the villain makes an explosive comeback by blowing up Toby’s home and sending an email blast to the liars and Ali. This moment was a really jaw-dropper, not because we thought “A” was never coming back, but because of the particular brutality and scale of this latest stunt. The new “A” is going to be a terrifying presence this season.
“Miss Me x 100” was an outstanding achievement in the show’s history, not only for being the 100th episode, but also for its excellent script, incredible acting and solid direction. If you haven’t caught it yet, be sure to watch this milestone before episode six airs July 15.