PLL Episode 5x01 - EscApe From New York
Clues from the Episode that Aria is A
PLL is back and we are still in New York. Ezra has just been shot on the rooftop trying to protect the girls who quickly exit the scene before being questioned by police and come up with a plan to protect Ezra and catch his shooter, then get out of New York as quickly as possible. As the girls split up, Hanna gives Aria the gun that Ezra's shooter left at the scene. At the same time, Mona is watching the news unfold that Alison DeLaurentis is alive, and begins to gather her army for some scare tactics of her own.
Aria and Alison head to the hospital and to check on Ezra. On the way, Aria wonders to Ali how Ezra ended up in New York. Ali tells her that she thinks Ezra was following A so ended up following them to New York. Another subtle clue that one of the girls is A. Once at the hospital, the girls see a dark hooded figure and create a distraction to get Ali out of the hospital and away from the person they think is chasing her. (turns out this was most likely Mona's little diversion).
Shana then shows up at the hospital and tells Aria that Alison sent her there to check on Aria and keep her company. Aria seems suspicious still leaves her stuff with the gun with Shana to watch over while she goes to check on Ezra again. Shana then appears next to Aria at Ezra's bedside, to which Ezra has an alarmed reaction and Shana leaves. Later Ezra comes to and whispers something to Aria that we don't hear. This is suspicious that Aria would leave and basically give the gun to Shana. She had every reason to be suspicious of Shana and not take her at her word that Ali sent her, and basically give her the gun to take.
Aria then leaves the hospital and goes heads to the Fitzgerald theater to check on the girls. Interesting how BOTH Shana and Aria knew exactly where the girls were hiding with Alison. When Aria arrives, Shana is planning to kill Ali. It turns out that Ali did send Shana to Rosewood but Shana fell in love with Jenna and learned how horrible Alison was and what she did to blind Jenna, that Shana vowed revenge on Ali. Before Shana can shoot Ali, Aria pushes her causing her to hit her head and die. I don't think Aria planned to actually KILL Shana here. If the police were to arrive to find Shana alive after attempting to kill Ali, then Shana would take the fall for being A all along and the fall for all of the past crimes in Rosewood. Shana dying, is a major, unplanned complication.
MORE ANSWERS - We do get more answers to some questions from Ali in this episode. One in particular turns out to be very incriminating for Aria. Aliison explains to Emily why she had snuck out to meet and protect CeCe - that CeCe has been helping her and was never Red Coat. CeCe only dressed as Red Coat to district A back in episode 4x13 (Grave New World) so that Ali could turn off the saw mill and save Emily.
If we go back to episode 4x13, we see in that seen that CeCe dressed as Red Coat distracts ARIA while Ali (also dressed in a Red Coat) turns off the saw and saves Emily. Aria and CeCe actually fight in this scene and CeCe falls to the ground from the second floor. The girls think she might be dead until they turn their backs and find that she disappeared when they weren't looking.
This scene is an important clue to Aria being A because Ali basically names Aria as A in this scene.
Songs in this Episode
- Last Love Song by ZZ Ward Song used in the commerials to promote season 5.
- No Regrets by Edith Piaf CeCe uses Ali's Vivian Darkbloom passport and gets on a plane.
- The Deep End by Jesse Glick( Ali & CeCe meet Noel at a diner.
- All I Need by Voom Voom The girls are surrounded in a park by a group of people in black hoodies, the police arrive in time to save them.
- Heart and Soul by Jeremy & The Harlequins Mona watches the liars on the news and calls Lucas.