Despite their triumphant escape from the dollhouse, it seems like season 6A is going to be the darkest possible timeline for the Liars. This week’s episode deals with the post-traumatic fallout of their time in the dollhouse, and we find out more about what happened in those lost weeks.
We open with the Liars in hospital gowns, recuperating from their kidnapping. They discuss the evidence against Andrew, and while Aria is fully convinced that he’s Charles, Spencer isn’t so sure. She wants to keep the Charles stuff a secret from the cops (some things never change) until they see how the Andrew sitch works out.
Meanwhile, Toby has tracked down Andrew and tries to sneak some police brutality in before another cop tells him to knock it the fuck off. Andrew is arrested, so I think we can safely assume he’s not Charles. Toby tells Spencer about the arrest, but she’s still not sure that Andrew is Charles.
In addition to finding the prison van at his family’s farm, the police also found journals where Andrew accuses the Liars of the “feminization of society”…which makes sense since Charles is obviously an MRA supporter. I mean, he’d have to be, right?
Over at the DiLaurentis house, Ali’s dad is pissed that she double-crossed the police and rescued the Liars herself. So he’s angry that his daughter is amazing? Ali asks him about Charles DiLaurentis, and he claims not to know who that is. Likely story, Mr. D.
Emily visits Sarah Harvey, and Sarah tells her that she ran away from home before getting knocked out and abducted by Charles. Emily starts grilling her for deets, like she’s some sort of Spencer. This girl has been in a hole for years, maybe ease up a little. Mr. Fields calls Emily, but he can’t come visit because Army won’t give him a half day/Rosewood would collapse with so many parents in town.
Once the Liars are back home, the trauma of the dollhouse starts to sink in. The Liars deal with some hardcore PTSD, and we see each of them experience terrifying flashbacks. This trauma manifests itself in different ways with each girl; for Hanna, it’s the urge to tear apart her bedroom and start over from scratch. For Aria, it’s helping the police convict Andrew.
Over at Casa Hastings, Veronica refuses to give Spencer her anti-anxiety meds because of her history with pills. I get that Veronica is worried Spencer will relapse, but also, the girl can’t sleep. That’s some tough love.