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Pretty Little Liars Recap: "EscApe from New York"

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Pretty Little Liars returned for its fifth season last night. The girls spent the episode in danger, while one of their own clung to life. After a night of terror, someone was dead for good.

The girls were still hiding out in New York. Aria (Lucy Hale) stayed by Ezra’s (Ian Harding) bedside, who underwent surgery for his gunshot wound. The other girls tried to ensnare “A,” which meant walking dark NYC streets alone. Just when they thought they had the culprit, they found themselves in the middle of a flashmob of “A” look-alikes.

Alison (Sasha Pieterse), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Hanna (Ashley Benson) hid out at an old theater owned by Fitz’s family that Ali knew about. When they found out Det. Holbrook (Sean Faris) was on to their location, they got ready to flee.

Just then, Shana (Aeriél Miranda) came in dressed like “A” and toting a gun. She was the one who tried to kill them all in that cabin fire, and she had been betraying Alison from the start. She hated Alison for what she did to Jenna (TamminSursok) and this was all revenge for the torment Alison caused her girlfriend.

Luckily, Ezra came-to just in time to tell Aria that Shana was “A” and shot him. Aria raced to the theater and whacked Shana out just as she pulled the trigger. Everybody was safe, except Shana who died after falling from the stage.

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Also in this episode, CeCe (Vanessa Ray) escaped police custody. CeCe was always trying to help Ali and the girls. Alison and Noel (Brant Daugherty) helped her get out the country. She took on Alison’s “Vivian Darkbloom” alias, and fled to France.

Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) was acting a lot sketchier than usual and was feeling very guilty about the girl who was actually dead instead of Alison. Melissa wanted to reveal her secret to the cops, but her dad forbade it. While her mom was suspicious of what they were hiding, her dad threatened Melissa that her mom could never know. So, we all think Melissa is a killer, right?

Mona (Janel Parrish) heard Alison lived and was not having it. She got together everyone Alison bullied, and basically formed an “I hate Alison club.” It included Paige (Lindsey Shaw), Lucas (Brendan Robinson), and Melissa.  They want revenge.

This episode took a lot to get through. The show has been here before. Many times. Although Shana’s supposed to be dead and gone, it will probably be three seconds before a new “A” starts tormenting the girls. While the girls think their stalker-hell is over, viewers know it is just the beginning of a new chapter.

What would truly be great is if Pretty Little Liars does finally go in a new direction. Hopefully, things play out differently this season. Do you agree, that five seasons in, the show seems stale? Hit the comments below with your thoughts!

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