A-Moji Is Revealed And Probably Isn't Who You Suspected At All On Pretty Little Liars
This changes everything!
We have to cover a lot of ground in this episode, what with A-Moji (Caleb for the win!), the sex, the hallucinations, and the running in high heels during a New York storm. Oh, and did I mention what happened to Hanna? Yeah. Lot of ground covered in this season finale.
First things first -- A-Moji! I'm glad we've finally settled on a nickname. Though I liked "Not-A" and "A-Minus," A-Moji feels current if not entirely accurate. I mean, Mrs. D might be a frowny face or a poop emoji, but that's about it.
But Mrs. D and Charles, a.k.a. Elliot, do make a weird kind of sense as the new co-A-Moji. Elliot always struck me as pretty fishy and way too devoted to Ali, and Mrs. D was too much fun as a villain just to bury in the yard, right? Granted, I'm going to have to rewatch basically the whole series to make sure the whole Mary Drake-Charles-Carissimi-Jessica DiLaurentis thing makes any kind of sense, but at least it was unexpected.
Also: nice to see Mona back in the mix for a hot minute, even if everyone keeps snarling at her. Poor Mona. Now that it's pretty clear Mrs. D is the real troublemaker (and it's probably just a matter of time before Elliot's involvement comes to light), maybe everyone will stop yelling at Mona and put her to use.
While I'm glad to see Elliot was finally put to use as a character, I'm still holding out hope that Lucas will be revealed as either a secret superhero (someone has to get Hanna out of the church steeple on the double, because she sure isn't going to do it herself) or in on the whole crazy Carissimi Group scheme. (Also, I would have been pretty impressed if both Mrs. D and Wilden had come back from the dead, but then we might have been in The Walking Dead zombie territory, and no one wants that.)
So, Hanna put herself up as bait, and guess what happened? What always happens, that's what! No matter who A or A-Moji is, that job title entails being able to outsmart everyone every time.
Still, I can't believe Caleb didn't check the floor. The rug was the only thing in the room that didn't look entirely disgusting. But this week really wasn't Caleb's week for a lot of reasons.
First, Hanna confesses that she tried to run off with him to Europe, but missed him by minutes. Things might have been different! (Does anyone feel bad for Hanna's fiancé in all of this? Oh, never mind. He's probably in on the Carissimi Group thing anyway, since he has an accent and all. She doesn't seem to like him that much, anyway.) But Caleb did make the terrible mistake of kissing Hanna before getting her kidnapped. If she dies, he'll feel really, really rotten, since he could have spent the time he used making out with his ex-girlfriend and emotionally betraying Spencer checking. The. Floors.
Since Spencer pretty much ruined Toby's relationship with Yvonne, and Caleb will be feeling justifiably rotten for the foreseeable future, I'm guessing Spencer and Toby will rekindle their romance just to have something to do. This is pretty depressing, since all they used to do is fight and I don't see that changing dramatically.
The one happy match-up, of course, is between Aria and Ezra, who are now super-successful authors who get to have lots of sex! I fear Aria's dead-on and her chapters aren't all that great, since she is the last person in the room to figure out she's been gradually re-falling in love with Ezra all season long, but okay, maybe she's better on the page. I will say I'm impressed by how the Liars make time for getting nekkid and rutting around even when they have important things to do, like make sure their best friend Hanna isn't going to be murdered and/or kidnapped. And, you know, check. the floor. But really, that's on Caleb. Go ahead and enjoy the sex, Aria and Ezra! She's legal now!
I'm a little concerned about Hanna, and I'm wondering who will be thisclose to dumping her from the tower before she's saved at the last minute (unless the show wants to go really dark or Ashley Benson wants out). But I guess that's why they call it a cliffhanger.
The big A-Moji reveal is, of course, extremely rushed, and leaves us with all sorts of red herrings and questions (including what is up with Sara Harvey and her little room of doom under The Radley, as well as how expensive it may be to have literal hired hands, because I would love that). I do appreciate how one episode can pretty much destroy everything that happened romantically this season (bye, Liam! The clock is ticking on Spaleb! Or Calencer! Or whatever you guys were!), and it's just like we're back in high school, except everyone can drink when they're really upset. The five-year jump has been both liberating and entirely depressing, because it turns out you really can go back home again. And when that home is Rosewood, you might as well jump out of a church steeple. Or get thrown. Just saying.