Pretty Little Liars: S07E14 “Power Play” | Recap

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“Ali’s turn at the game forces her to face a monumental personal decision, made even more difficult when A.D. triggers Ali to remember a forgotten trauma. Spencer has a long overdue conversation with her father about his past sins and recent whereabouts. Emily continues to navigate working at Rosewood High with both Ali and Paige, especially when Ali comes to a troubling realization about her pregnancy, and Paige makes a huge decision. Aria continues to question the fate of her relationship with Ezra and bristles under A.D.’s taunts. And, in the search for Mary Drake, Hanna and Spencer run into a familiar face with a shocking secret.”


Okay, so my guess is that the turns at the game will continue to get more difficult for each player, which is why Hanna’s turn was a lot more intense than Spencer’s. They’re going to have to work to earn their puzzle pieces. This makes me very curious to see what Aria’s turn will be like! And, excuse me but “in the search for Mary Drake”? Are you joking right now? Since when has anyone been searching for Mary Drake? All they’ve been doing is sitting on their lazy asses and even discouraging the police from trying to find her (yes, I’m talking to you, Spencer). I swear to god, this show…

THE TELEPORTING BOARD GAME

So let me get this straight… Alison turned her back for five seconds to let Aria in and in that time A.D. was able to place the game on her dining table, completely unnoticed? I’d think these girls would have developed super hearing in all these years of being stalked, but no, A.D. can somehow still get away with sneaking around the house while they are there. Completely ridiculous. Also, what is the point of moving the game from Spencer’s barn to Alison’s house? What is A.D. trying to tell us here? I feel like there is more to it than just wanting a ‘change of scenery’. I don’t think it necessarily has anything to do with it ending up being Ali’s turn either, because the game didn’t move location when it was Emily’s or Hanna’s turn… Which brings me to this: why was the game suddenly trying to decide whose turn it was going to be? It seemed to me like the turns were planned out way in advance, but now suddenly the game has to make a decision on the spot? Makes no sense. Also, why are they suddenly gathering at Ali’s now that the game is there? Haven’t they learned? That game is bugged to the brim. Even Jenna could see that. Just stop discussing important matters in the same room as the board game. Hell, even in the same house. The same town. As a matter of fact, just don’t discuss anything anywhere because literally no place is safe. Come on girls, you’re making this way too easy for A.D.

And what exactly was the point of Aria angrily picking up her pawn and throwing it through a freakin’ wine glass? Where are those ninja skills suddenly coming from? I also do not understand what she was trying to achieve. Did she really think simply removing her pawn from the playing field would do anything? If anything, she could’ve expected that A.D. would not be happy with her trying to weasel her way out of it. I mean, we know how they feel about people trying to dodge the game – it threatened that clip of them digging up Rollins/Dunhill’s body when Hanna wanted to take a knife to it, and it literally sprayed Caleb with poisoned gas. A.D. is not going to let you get away that easily, Aria, jeez. I also wonder what deep, dark secret of Aria’s Jessica could’ve had in that file… Obviously Aria has some idea of what it could be, or she wouldn’t be so desperate to “want out”. What I don’t understand is what Ezra would have to do with it and why he’d end up going to jail. If they’re referencing the whole teacher-student thing, that is totally not relevant anymore. It happened a long time ago; the case is outdated. And they’re not doing anything illegal anymore – Aria is an adult. What is causing her to freak out like this?

Alison’s turn though, holy hell. A.D. is taking emotional torture to a whole other level! The theory of Emily’s eggs being planted into Ali’s uterus has been floating around for a while and I was always hoping it would not happen, but here we are. I’ve said it before, but I’ll gladly say it again: this show is becoming a parody of itself. I mean, this is just too ridiculous for words… A.D. stole Emily’s eggs? Really? Come on now! And suddenly Alison is backtracking on her decision to get an abortion? Why would she do that? Her whole reason for wanting it in the first place was that she felt Rollins/Dunhill was still controlling her life and making decisions for her, but now that it turns out to have been A.D.’s idea everything’s cool and she might want to keep the baby after all? That doesn’t make any sense. If anything, she’d want the appointment to be moved forward so she could get rid of that devil spawn asap. And I get that it’s a lot more confusing now that Emily is suddenly added to the mix, but seriously, why would either of them even consider keeping the baby? Someone literally stole Emily’s eggs and planted them inside Alison’s body. That is beyond fucked up.

“We cannot let this game rip us apart. No matter what.” Yeah, tell that to Aria “what about them?” Montgomery… This twist doesn’t really make any sense to me. These girls have been through so much together, and now suddenly Aria is ready to throw the others under the bus just so she can receive a get out of jail free card? Look, I get it, the whole situation with Ezra and Nicole is putting her even more on edge and is probably destroying her emotionally, but let’s be real here – these girls are not going to betray each other. No way. They’ve been to hell and back together. A part of me is hoping that this will be another Spencer or Toby situation in which she’s pretending to join the dark side to get more information, but another part of me is so done with the red herrings that I don’t know if I could bear another one. There needs to be some substance to this, or they shouldn’t have bothered at all. These are the final episodes, people. There’s no time for distractions anymore.

And hold up – Hanna gets a second turn at the game? This is not acceptable. She’s been through enough already; leave the poor girl alone. It’s Aria’s turn – that’s only fair! But I guess this is A.D.’s way of trying to persuade Aria to join their side. They’re showing her the possible benefits of switching teams. Plus, when has A.D. ever been fair…? And it probably makes sense for the girls to get more than one turn, too. How else are they going to complete the puzzle? It has more than five pieces. Unless after their individual turns, it’s time for joint turns – no idea how that would work since they obviously all have their own demons to tackle, but it could’ve been a possibility. In any case, Hanna’s reaction is completely justified in my opinion.

THAT SHIP HAS SAILED

Seriously though, they can stop dangling this whole Spencer/Furey thing (apparently their ship name is Sparco?) in front of us. We all know Spoby is supposed to be ‘endgame’. Yawn. I’m not even trying to be invested in this faux relationship because I know it’s not gonna last. And why does Spencer look so suspicious when asking Furey what case he’s working on? It almost seems as if she’s only screwing him to get insider police information… What’s that all about?

And uh, excuse me, but what was the deal between Emily and Paige this episode? Suddenly Emily is saying she was hoping they would get another chance when Paige came back to Rosewood. Where is this coming from? Never for a second did I get the vibe that she wanted to get back together. If anything, she seemed to be completely swooning over Alison. And as much as I dislike Emison (I just don’t see it, sorry), I really don’t prefer Paily. Actually, I’d rather Emily just stay single or, you know, be with Maya who magically turns out to not be dead at all. A girl can dream, right?

Also, what was up with Nicole suddenly ending up at Ezra’s apartment by herself? I was a bit disappointed we weren’t getting the whole “Ezra never came to visit me at all, he’s actually AWOL” plot, but now I’m left wondering how the hell Nicole was able to pull this off. I’m starting to think maybe she got a little help from a certain someone we know only as A.D. I mean, it’s completely not realistic for a fragile and (literally) broken girl to just leave the rehabilitation centre she was in without anyone noticing and then hailing a cab all the way to Rosewood. There’s just no way. And I wouldn’t put it past A.D. to pull something like this just to mess with one of the liars’ relationship.

Which brings me to: why is Aria being so chill about this? She is Ezra’s fiancée and he’s more concerned about his ex-girlfriend! At least, that’s what it looks like from where I’m sitting. And his ‘apology’… Girl, that is not going to cut it. He needs to grovel and basically beg for forgiveness, because this whole situation is just not acceptable. At this point it’s unrealistic for them to be even thinking of a wedding, let alone planning one.

That being said, though, it almost seems as if A.D., for some reason, is trying to force the girls back to their high school selves. Spencer was forced by the game to go talk to Toby, Emily’s eggs have been planted inside Alison – her very first girl crush -, A.D. is possibly reintroducing Nicole into the mix to mess with Ezria and then when the phone revealed that it is Hanna’s turn next it showed pictures of the girls in their teens. What is up with that? I mean, I get that A.D. has been holding a grudge ever since they were in high school, but at some point you just have to let that stuff go.

THE MOM ISSUE 2.0

I completely forgot Mr. Hastings was coming back this episode! There are so many random things happening lately that a lot of information is just slipping through the maze, I guess. But although I’m definitely not a fan of Father Rosewood, I love it when he said “She’s your real mom, Spencer.” about Victoria. Finally someone says it as it is. He is so damn shady though. Looking for Mary? Yeah right, my ass! No one in this damn town is looking for Mary. And uh, excuse me, but is Spencer seriously being less harsh on Peter than she was on Victoria? Are you fucking kidding me? He is the one that cheated. He is the one that caused all of this. And yet her only concern is “did you find Mary?” This is a joke.

And later on she reminds Hanna that she is “looking for [her] birth mother.” Who is suspicious as hell and possibly linked to you getting shot, but that’s fine – let’s play house and pretend nothing’s wrong. I do not understand Spencer’s obsession with this woman. Yes, she gave birth to you, but that is literally the only part she ever played in your entire life, until she suddenly came back all shady-acting trying to steal one of your best friends’ money! Not to mention she was conveniently there when you got shot, and no one seems to question her presence at that location at all. Oh, and let’s not forget that your father just revealed she was creeping on you in your own bedroom. On top of that he also said that Mary killed Jessica. Her twin, as you so quickly pointed out, Spencer. Granted, this wouldn’t be the first time Peter Hastings lied about something (or at least put a little spin on the truth), but Mary Drake is insane. I-N-S-A-N-E. Are you sure you want to get to know this woman? Plus, let’s not forget Peter’s understatement of the year (hell, of all seasons): “There’s things about this woman that you just don’t understand.” No shit. She spent a major part of her life in a mental institution. Mary Drake does not strike me as someone you’d want to bond with. At all. Get a grip, Spencer.

POINTING FINGERS

I don’t know why I was surprised that Detective Furey suddenly ended up on Alison’s doorstep (or well, at her classroom door at least) about the whole Rollins/Dunhill case, but I was. It was somehow a logical step that I just didn’t see coming. To be honest, I don’t know how the girls are going to get away with this one. I mean, Furey only came to see Alison because she was Rollins/Dunhill’s wife and that’s just the decent thing to do after discovering a dead body, but… Could she have acted any more suspicious? She might’ve just as well put up a sign saying “I’m guilty af”. If he didn’t get that vibe, he might just be Rosewood’s worst cop yet. I did love his little “Seems like some sort of taunt, or a game.” You have no idea how right you are, mister.

I also did not expect the familiar face Hanna and Spencer were going to run into to be pastor Ted. Holy shit, speaking of a throwback! You could definitely tell that he was hiding Mary, though. I feel like the people in Rosewood should follow a course on how to keep a straight face, because they all suck at it. I also love how Mary popped up behind him not even five seconds after the girls had turned their backs. I mean, you gotta be a little bit more careful, hun. But yeah, of course Ted had a little fling with Mary. And of course he knocked her up. Seriously though, why are all these men sleeping with Mary Drake? She’s not even that attractive. Plus, she’s batshit crazy. Also, how convenient that Ted used to work at a summer camp for ‘troubled boys’. What is going on with all these summer camps? Something smells fishy. And uh, I’m not sure if I’m buying the whole Lucas was Charles/Charlotte/CeCe’s friend thing either. Wouldn’t there have been a huge age gap between the two of them? I mean, I can see they’re trying to point us in Lucas’ direction as to who A.D. is, but I’m not falling for that. They’re laying it on way too thickly.

And let’s talk about this quote for a second: “I don’t want to lose, I want out.” Is Aria offering to make some sort of deal with A.D. so she no longer has to be involved? Because that would be seriously messed up. Would she really throw her friends under the bus just for her own peace of mind? I don’t think so. And why the hell is she just casually getting into a creepy-ass limo during what seems like the middle of the night? She didn’t seem to be even the least bit worried. Girl, you should be traumatised after all the shit you’ve been through and not getting into strangers’ cars all by yourself! When that door opened and Sydney was revealed… She is not A.D. No way. I swear to god I’m going to be done with this show if she is the big mastermind behind it all. I’ve complained about red herrings in my My Thoughts On Pretty Little Liars post, but dear god do I hope Sydney is one. This would seriously be the worst A reveal in the history of bad A reveals. Luckily, it seems as though the one driving was actually A.D. and Sydney is yet another one of their minions. Why? God knows. Her whole deal about wanting to be on the winning team seems like a lame excuse. Why would she want to be on any team? As far as I know, Sydney has literally no business being involved in all of this. A.D. has to have something juicy that they can threaten her with. Did you see the fear in her eyes when Aria wanted to press that button to lower the division?

This episode, man! It felt like a thrill from beginning to end. This is what we’ve been waiting for since “Playtime”. If only all of the episodes so far could’ve been as answer-packed as this one. Sure, a lot of these things were already predicted by Pretty Little Liars theorists, but still – this episode did not disappoint. I just hope they can keep up this pace from now on. Fingers crossed!

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