Pretty Little Liars Episode 618 Recap: Act Normal, Bitch

The other person who is mad at Spencer today is Mona Vanderwaal. She bumps into Spencer at the Rosewood Grille and lights into her about leaking the Yvonne thing. When the IT team went digging into the server, they also discovered that Caleb had been crawling around in there via Yvonne’s iPhone which Mona told her to “accidentally” leave at the restaurant to bait Spencer into stealing it. And now Mona’s out of a job! Honestly, it’s not that big of a deal; she did rise from the dead after three days, just a few years ago, and getting a gig on the Hill is cake compared to getting immortal. It’s honestly just the principal of the thing. Spencer can’t decide if this is all one of those convoluted Mona ploys that she pulls for fun when she’s waiting for new levels of Candy Crush to be released.

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Your outfit is like if my grandma’s pajamas and my grandpa’s pajamas had a business casual baby.

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Don’t pretend you have grandparents; everyone knows you were flung from space.

Spencer finally goes to meet Toby at the Brew to explain about Caleb. When she sees him sitting there, she remembers how they broke up. It was at Georgetown. She was maybe pregnant.

Toby: I think now would be a good time to have a referendum on our relationship.
Spencer: I heartily disagree.
Toby: Would having a baby be the worst thing in the world?
Spencer: Right now? When I am 20 years old and only halfway through college? Um, yeah.
Toby: This is about you not loving me.
Spencer: Actually, it’s about the fact that a baby would wreck my life and cut off my path to my career goals.
Toby: We used to want the same things.
Spencer: Yeah, when we were deciding which toppings to get on our pizza and what to watch on Netflix. We’re talking about a human baby, man.
Toby: Oh, well. It was nice when you cared about me, back in high school.

The memory softens Spencer so she confesses to Toby that A is back and that’s who leaked Yvonne’s abortion history.

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Hi, I’m looking for my way back to Stars Hollow.

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Why don’t you stay for some Turkish Delight.

Emily’s day is more weird but less dramatic. She stands around in the middle of town waiting to see if she hears any of that whirring, like what chased her around the forest last night, and finally she does. Luckily Ezra is there to explain to her that it’s this thing you can get installed on your car to draw attention to yourself if you’re desperate and like to set money on fire. So Emily frolics off to the bizarro alternate universe Rosewood that only she seems to have access to, seeking answers to her car chase.

Her first stop is a seedy car garage where about a hundred guys who look like extras in a pirate movie are standing around and cracking their knuckles at her. She asks the head mechanic if anybody came in to get the whirrers installed on their car in the last few weeks, anyone out of the ordinary, so like not a dude wearing beach day tank top, but potentially a handless girl or a brunette girl wearing a blazer, and like maybe she paid with suitcase handles. The mechanic tells Emily to skedaddle, she shouldn’t be here, this isn’t the place for her, get lost, she’s barking up the wrong tree, she’s asking questions she doesn’t want the answers to, she could tell you but then she’d have to kill you, it’s gonna blow, it’s not what it looks like, she just doesn’t get it does she, there’s a storm coming, etc.

So, Emily leaves and goes back through the wardrobe to real Rosewood to attend to Hanna in her hour of bridal need. (P.S. That head mechanic totally installed the whirrers on Devil Emoji’s jeep.)

Ezra’s apartment.

Ezra: Good news, I told your boss about you writing my book for me and she agreed that you can co-write my book with me.
Aria: …how?
Ezra: I’m a rich white man who asked for a thing. What do you mean “how”? Anyway, we both agreed you could add a feminine voice to my work.
Aria: That’s definitely not the most condescending thing I’ve ever heard.

Aria talks to whatever her Jordan’s name is about co-writing the book and he kisses her on the head and says, “You’re going to be a published author!” I mean. I guess “Written by Ezra Fitz. Feminine voice consultant: Aria Montgomery” is kind of like being a published author.

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Used to be that three of these women would be gay for Emily.

That’s not the worst part of her day, though. The worst part of her day is Tanner shows up talking about how an eyewitness saw “an attractive brunette” placing a call from the Two Crows Diner to the DiLaurentis house the night Charlotte was killed. So I guess she’s going in order of height of the six thousand “attractive brunettes” in this town and Aria is up first.

Aria goes down to the station and stands in one of those police line-ups, and then once she’s free to leave, she sneaks into the bushes and sees Sara Harvey exiting through the back door. And that is enough! Aria stomps back inside and tells Tanner she wants to file a harassment complaint against Sara, which makes sense considering the fact that she was literally every single non-A bad guy on this entire show, but Tanner just blows her off. Before she does, Aria sneaky-peeks at the Two Crows file and finds out that the second attribute of the “attractive brunette” is that she carries a keychain made of pink dice.

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I’m going to vote for the presidential candidate who’ll do the one thing I care about.

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Cool, I’m just going to get drunk.

It’s bridal shower time! Hanna and the Liars and a bunch of nondescript “New York friends” descend on Lucas’ loft to drink free booze and pretend Jordan is not an Australian robot. Ashley wants them to play a party game of who knows the bride and groom best, which is amazing because no one knows anything about them because Hanna’s never talked about him to any of them. Emily guesses they met “at a work function,” indicating that she does not, in fact, know where they met, or what this motherfucker even does for a living. Amazing.

Even more amazing: Mona shows up halfway through the shower with this wedding scrapbook Hanna made when she was just a middle schooler. Hanna can’t believe Mona kept it, which is just about the most hilarious thing I have ever heard in my entire life, and invites her in to have some champagne. Not ten minutes after her arrival, my all-time favorite thing of: a room gaining consciousness and attempting to murder everyone inside it happens. Death metal like from when A hijacked the fashion show plays, and the air conditioner starts blowing everything everywhere, and the lights go off — and then the fire place explodes Aria in half!

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And I will always loooove yooouuu…

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JK, JK, Aria’s only TV hurt. She’s got a little burn on her arm.

Ezra goes to the hospital to sit with her while she recovers. He reads her a fashion magazine. Soon enough, Aria’s Jordan arrives and kisses her face and takes over reading the magazine. I guess Byron and Ella are still on their honeymoon. Or maybe, like Mike, they have been magicked away from this mortal realm.

In the waiting room, Hanna confesses to Ashley that she also hates Jordan. At her house, Spencer calls Yvonne to apologize and offer a sympathetic ear. And in some alley somewhere, Emily and Mona are cleaning up the remains of Lucas’ apartment, when Emily spots Mona’s pink dice keychain.

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Is this a bomb?

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Only one way to find out!

Emily: Was it you?
Mona: Bitch, it is literally always me. Whatever the question, I’m the answer. Get in the car.

Thank you to Nicole (@PLLBigA) for the screencaps!

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. Omg did Toby and Spencer end really because he was pissed she made a decision about her body alone ?! did he always suck like this or did he get re-written like everyone else?

    Thank you for doing this hard work so I don’t have to watch, Heather <3. You're the hero we deserve.

    PS: someone needs to free Emily and get her to the Dinah Shore or something.

    • He wasn’t angry at all, but he also didn’t comfort her. He was depressed because he thought Spencer was pregnant and he was excited about having a baby, but she wasn’t. She pretty much says she would have an abortion, which was a concept that disturbed him. I agree that he doesn’t have a say in that, but I think it’s a perfectly understandable reason for them to break up.

    • Yes, Toby has always been this terrible. I was yelling at him throughout those flashback scenes. Troian put in some BRILLIANT acting work, you could really feel Spencer’s pain, and Toby was making it all about him and what he wanted. It’s not really made clear if that’s why they broke up, but it definitely seemed like the pregnancy made them finally realize that they wanted different things out of life.

  2. It’s like the flashbacks are the intrusion of reality into fiction; in them, Caleb is unsupportive and condescending, Toby is unsupportive and self-involved, and the Liars are faced with the reality of dating straight white dudes.

  3. Parts of this episode were really funny – like the house coming alive, and Toby punching Caleb – but Troian just sold Spencer’s anguish in those flashbacks so hard. That’s what really stood out for me. This show has done a lot of messed up shit this season, but it went all out on telling an abortion storyline properly. And maybe it was just Troian’s acting, (she’s always been five levels beyond the other liars, and about twelve levels beyond Keegan Allen) but god, that hit me hard, my heart completely broke for her. And then screaming at Toby that she would never have judged Yvonne for making the same decision? And calling Yvonne? Spencer’s scenes alone made this episode the standout of the season for me.

  4. That wedding book! Like in half convinced* Emily and Mona are going to bang out their mutual love of Hanna in the back of that car.

    *But actually less than half because of FreeForm’s new heterosexual mandates. Did Pat Robertson actually secretly take back over this channel?

  5. You know what frustrated me over the last two episodes? Not one person said the word “abortion.” Not saying the word perpetuates the stigmatization of people who choose to have an abortion. It’s extra annoying when it’s a show aimed at younger people. Makes me wonder if this is a Freeform/ABC Family mandate (have characters on their other shows “terminated an unwanted pregnancy”?) or a choice PLL made.

    Thank you for the recaps, Heather.

    • It very well might be a network mandate. I’m thinking back to their parent network- ABC broadcast. Over the variety of Shonda Rhimes shows, multiple lead characters have had abortions- Olivia Pope on Scandal, Cristina Yang on Greys. She showed the procedure in real time, but I can’t remember if they ever said “abortion” by name. Similarly, last season on the Fosters Lena had to get an abortion for medical reasons, it was also not named. Instead they went with “she lost the baby”.

      This is all off the top of my head, so it’s completely possible that I’m wrong. If I am, please someone correct it! No hard feelings. But I think you may be on to something…

  6. Well the woman in the middle of the lineup looks really gay and the women on either end are wearing flannel so I think the chances of three out of five being gay for Emily are still pretty good Heather.

  7. Heather, it literally took me about half an hour to read this, a) because I didn’t want it to end, and b) it made me laugh so much I had to keep taking my glasses off to wipe my eyes. You recapping a great episode of PLL is the reason I have kept watching this show – I’m not even kidding. I have been waiting for this recap for days. I knew you’d love it.

    I CANNOT believe you didn’t mention the pink drinks that Ashley wanted to have at the party – I thought that was the show speaking directly to us, like it used to!!!! I was so happy!!! I just about screamed at my computer.

    Also – Hanna Marin / Ashley Benson in that dress = perfection.

    Papa Hastings – fuck off. That is all. what are you even doing here? Didn’t Veronica leave you because you were a twat?
    Ezra Fitz, you can fuck off too, you sanctimonious, dis-interesting, inappropriate knob. How dare you.

    Also – are Emily and Mona going to get it on in that car?! Is this a thing that can happen?! I have everything crossed. :)

  8. Heather! I love your recaps! If you stop writing them I’ll probably stop watching the show, because I only watch it for the humor you bring us every week.
    I guess I’m putting this here because I have no where else to express it.
    I’m really happy that the show (attempted) to show and explain things like abortion and donating eggs this season. It was bold and the writers are aware that the majority of the viewers are now my age (17-21). I’m proud that they’ve shown the reality of situations we have all been in/could be in.
    I’m really upset with this show. They’ve managed to remove Emily from any personal storyline, turn her into the most unsuccessful character, just to have someone move the “Evil Emoji” storyline along. They’ve tried to make a stand about fertility, but by pushing Emily to the side they’re hurting the LGBTQ+ community. I almost believe the writers (cough cough Mrs King) do it out of spite to those who ridiculed them for the season 5 finale. But who knows. Maybe they are just that blind to their actions.
    I hope they really push the “evil emoji” storyline and stop dragging out Jordan and Liam. Stop trying to make it happen. It’s never going to happen. Also, more vanderjesus never hurt.
    Sorry for the rant, you’re the best!

  9. Yaaaaaay they’re back!!! In disappointment of this season I have started to rewatch season 1 which I miss massively! Seasons 1 – 4 were the best. Then they started to redeem EzrA after finally admitting he was evil, were awesome with the Dollhouse and then decided that having interesting plot development and characters that make sense weren’t as good as shock factor. Holding out hope for the end of the season though *SPOILERS*- we find out who has a twin and ‘Emison is back in its original form’ according to Lucy Hale.

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