Final Thoughts from the Pretty Little Liars Episode "O Brother, Where Art Thou"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 6 television episode that first aired July 21, 2015.

Synopsis: When Charles reveals he is returning for his birthday, Kenneth DiLaurentis (Jim Abele) decides to flee town and takes Alison (Sasha Pieterse) with him. Jason (Drew Van Ackers), however, decides he would rather stay behind so he can try to make amends and convince his brother to turn himself in. Things become complicated, however, when the PLLs convince Toby (Keegan Allen) to help them follow Jason and trap Charles.

My Thoughts

1. Well, I guess I was wrong when I predicted Charles would kill Kenneth at the end of last week's episode. However, I have officially lost all respect for Mr. DiLaurentis after watching him run away and insist on leaving the police out of things rather than either standing up to his son or, at very least, tell everyone his secret to prevent someone else from getting hurt.

2. Ironically, it was Alison who finally did the right thing by getting the police involved. It's just too bad her call came a little too late for them to actually help save the day.

3. You have to give Jason a lot of credit for being the one person in his family willing to risk his life in an effort to save others.I'm not convinced he would have succeeded. But, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he hadn't been interrupted.

4. If I were Toby, I would seriously be rethinking my relationship with Spencer (Troian Bellisario), at least if his law enforcement career means anything to him. I have a feeling he's going to be in a lot of trouble, both because of the drugs that were in his system and because, once again, he went rouge and kept information from the rest of the police department. I know he loves her but, at this point, the relationship is seriously becoming one-sided and he's going to have to draw a line somewhere.

5. That being said, in Spencer's defense, he did take the candy without her permission. I don't care if they are in a relationship, that is still stealing.

6. Of course, I would also be somewhat surprised if the PLLs don't get in some sort of trouble. After all, they did keep information from the police again, something I'm sure Detective Tanner (Roma Maffia) isn't going to be too happy about.

7. Back on the subject of relationships, I still have a very uneasy feeling about Sara (Dre Davis) and Emily (Shay Mitchell). I won't beat a dead horse and once again mention the fact I don't trust her. I'm just going to say you never see her and the hooded figure in the same room at the same time. That can't be a coincidence. And, we know, based on the ending, "A" definitely has some sort of ally.

8. I think Hanna (Ashley Benson) is right to be suspicious of the $30,000 scholarship she received. Considering the source, the money has "A" written all over it and I suspect her mother (Laura Leighton) is going to be accused of stealing it.

9. It was good seeing Mona (Janel Parrish) mending fences both with Alison and Mike (Cody Allen Christian). Sadly, however, I can't help but suspect she won't make it through the season. The show is due to have another fatality and she is the one person that would make some sense to kill given her reduced status.

10. While Aria's (Lucy Hale) letter about being a finalist in the photo competition seems like good news, I am fully expecting this to turn into another "A" trap. Remember when Clark (Titus Makin Jr.) gave her his negatives because he thought she was upset over being photographed? I'm almost willing to bet "A" made a switch and, instead of her photos being entered, his were. This, of course, will make her seem like the kind of person who would take credit for someone else's work.

Final Opinion

This episode, overall, didn't really accomplish all that much in terms of learning more about Charles. However, it does a good job of setting up future episodes and my suspicious nature really has me believing there isn't a light at the end of the tunnel for the PLLs just yet.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 07/22/2015, StevenHelmer
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