|“||Take it from me, you're always better off with a really good lie.||”|
On the run
| Alison DiLaurentis (Radley) |
That blonde girl (by Louis Palmer)
| Jason DiLaurentis (Ex-Boyfriend) |
Eric Kahn (hook-up) Darren Wilden (possibly)
| Alison DiLaurentis ("best friend"/"toxic" friendship/little sister figure) |
N.A.T. Club (presumably)
| Darren Wilden |
| Fashion |
| Rosewood High School (formerly) |
| -Called Jenna and pretended to be Nate St. Germain's girlfriend (exposed) |
-Knew Alison was threatening Paige and had a rivalry with her (exposed)
-Knew about the N.A.T. Club (assumed) (exposed to Jason)
-Knew Alison might have been pregnant (exposed to Aria and Emily)
-Knows about the "Beach Hottie" (exposed to Emily and Jason)
-Lied about knowing Darren Wilden (exposed)
-Visited Mona in Radley (exposed to Spencer)
-Believes The Liars helped Alison get her kicked out of college (exposed to Aria)
-Dressed up, used Alison's name, and went to Radley (exposed to Hanna and Spencer)
-May be the person who was using the DiLaurentis's basement as her temporary house
-Was in possession of a red coat and spied on The Liars
-Shares the identity of Red Coat with Alison (exposed to The Liars)
-Knew Alison was still alive after her disappearance (exposed to Det. Holbrook)
-Knows who killed the girl in Alison's grave (exposed to Det. Holbrook)
|How the 'A' Stole Christmas|
The best friend, mentor and older sister figure of Alison DiLaurentis, CeCe moved back to Rosewood two years after her disappearance. She was revealed to have dressed up as Red Coat in order to help Alison out in Ravenswood and is currently in France where she fled to after killing Darren Wilden.
The first time The Liars saw CeCe Drake, they mistook her for Alison. Her clothing style, tone of voice, and hairstyle are all similar to Ali's. She was a very close friend to Alison and had spent a lot of time with her before she disappeared, a fact unknown by Ali's clique until then. CeCe dated Alison's older brother Jason. As a close older friend of Ali's, she would take her to part in Alison bullying Paige. CeCe and Alison went to Cape May and spent time together which is when Ali told her "I'm late" implying she thought she was pregnant with Beach Hottie's baby. In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", Cece is shown dressed up as Red Coat under Alison's orders to distract A. Aria, believing Cece to be "evil", got into a fight with her but Cece is injured. She disappears before the Liars turn around and notice she is gone. She was caught and in the custody of the Rosewood Police Department after being on the run for the murder of Darren Wilden. She manages to escape and meets up with Alison in New York, who gives her a fake ID and passport. She is shown boarding a flight to France in a disguise.
CeCe and Jason talk. She says she was worried about him and she gets why he thought she had help Alison run away, before they knew she was dead. CeCe also said she has her reasons for dumping him and that she'd rather not tell him why. Jason then blames her for Ali being the way she was, CeCe tells him he isn't innocent either cause of his N.A.T. Club and that wasn't such a wonderful example for his sister. When Jason leaves she tells him there's a liquor store next door and that he should grab a drink. Once he leaves, she is clearly upset with him.
Aria, Spencer, and Emily hear CeCe use a quote Alison would always say. CeCe overhears them and approaches them. She introduces herself as one of Alison's friends and said Alison told her about all of them. After leaving, the Liars note how alike Alison and CeCe are and debate whether it was CeCe that looks and acts like Alison or vice versa.
When Emily and Nate were looking for something he wanted to get Jenna for her birthday, CeCe could tell Emily didn't like it and assumed she had feelings for Nate. Thus, she steals Jenna's number from Emily's cell phone, and calls Jenna saying she was Nate's girlfriend, and wanted Jenna to back off. Emily is surprised, but CeCe thinks she is grateful.
CeCe tells Spencer she knows a guy who can help her get into the college she wants because she is an alum of UPenn. After Aria and Spencer ride with CeCe to the party, CeCe plays a round of Truth with Eric Kahn, Noel's older brother. She promises Spencer that she will give her college application to the admissions counselor, but at first it is unclear what she did with it. Spencer suspects that CeCe in fact did not come to the party to give the application to "Steve", but in fact, made him up, so she could hook up with Eric. Later, Spencer receives an email from the college acknowledging receipt of her application, thus confirming that CeCe did, in fact, give it to the guy.
CeCe is seen posting something at the front of the school when Spencer asks her what she's doing. CeCe tells her she's trying to spread the word about a fashion show. In a flashback, CeCe and Alison talk in her car, and Alison tells her about how she'd set up Paige by writing her a love letter, pretending to be Emily. CeCe says she's proud of her. When Paige appears for the setup, Alison confronts her and threatens to tell her father, who is the deacon at the church. Paige screams at Alison to give her the note back, but Alison says that she owns her now. CeCe gleefully speeds away from the scene with Alison.
When Emily finds Alison's old biology notebook, she discovers a photo of Alison and CeCe in Cape May. Emily later goes to CeCe and asks her who "Beach Hottie" is, but CeCe says she doesn't know. When Emily asks if Jason knew, she says if he did he would've done something to the guy for talking to Ali. When Emily ask why, we flashback to a night when CeCe was hanging out at a crab shack and spots Alison, she tells her that she is 2 weeks late and scared she is pregnant because she didn't use protection every time. When CeCe asks her if she told 'him,' Ali says she can't because he would kill her. CeCe then tells Emily that she isn't a doctor, but Ali thought she was pregnant.
CeCe is at the Brew when Emily spots her and starts asking questions about "Beach Hottie," She leaves, stating that she doesn't have time to answer questions since she has to get pictures for her store's website. She winds up calling Aria, to ask if she could help with the photos, since the first photographer she hired was unprofessional. CeCe later leaves Aria and Wesley alone to go get some dinner and never returns. She calls to tell them her car got towed, but she is lying because she is sitting in her car while making that phone call. Only minutes prior, Jason and Emily were involved in an elevator accident - an act of deliberate sabotage.
In this same episode, Jason relays a flashback to Emily of the night Ali died. He recalled seeing 'Alison' arguing with Melissa near his house, but when he called her name, it was CeCe dressed as Alison.
Hanna sees Wilden put CeCe in his car. He is beyond perturbed that CeCe would go around telling anyone that he slept with an underage girl and got her pregnant. Later, Emily goes to visit CeCe at her apartment and realizes that she is packing. CeCe reveals that Melissa took the photos of Alison, herself, Wilden on that boat and that she is leaving Rosewood. Fueling the CeCe is Red Coat rumors, a red garment is visible in CeCe's suitcase while it lies open on the sofa.
Spencer finds out CeCe had a visitor pass to Radley signed by Wren, and she was visiting Mona while she was there. According to Wren, he got into a lot of trouble for allowing her a pass at a time when Mona wasn't supposed to have visitors. But he let CeCe see Mona because she was desperate to see her. CeCe also was traumatized by Alison. She apparently got CeCe thrown out of college. CeCe wanted to act as a mentor for Mona. Apparently, it was Melissa who called CeCe to tell her that Mona was in Radley. But why?
She appears only in photo from when Hanna is showing Malcolm pictures of people who are suspects of taking him to the carnival but he says it wasn't her.
Mona admits to seeing CeCe while being locked up in Radley, but she doesn't remember what they talked about because it was before they changed her medication. At the time due to the medication, she believed she was talking to Alison, not CeCe,
CeCe does not make an appearance, however when Toby and Caleb go to investigate Red Coat's flight plan, they question Nigel Wright a second time, he reluctantly reveals that he was paid to set up an anonymous private flight for CeCe to The Lodge at Thornhill on the night of the fire in "A DAngerous GAme."
After Caleb finds CeCe's address from an old cable bill, Aria goes there and talks to CeCe's old roommate. She reveals that Alison got CeCe kicked out of college after she pushed a girl down the steps at a frat party in "The Badass Seed."
Jessica DiLaurentis has a flashback of a time when she received a phone call from Radley Sanitarium saying Alison had checked in. When she got there it was CeCe dressed as Alison. Jessica tells Spencer and Hanna that CeCe and Alison's friendship was obsessive, toxic, and that they 'wore' each other's personalities. They realize that the "Alison" Masks that Alison purchased weren't for them, she probably had them made for CeCe.
CeCe Drake is seen in an apartment filled with pictures of Alison and the liars, dating all the way back from Halloween 2008. She is seen speaking to someone, saying that she needs them in an urgent tone. The red trench coat is seen sitting on her chair. Red Coat is seen at the dance, and is in a pile of hay, but when Spencer and Emily dig through, all thats left is a red coat. Aria goes to Ezra's apartment, and a blonde in a black hoodie is shown spying on them through the door. This person is CeCe. While It's shown that CeCe has the red coat in her possession, it is shown she is only an A-Team Member, not Red Coat. Why she has the red coat remains unanswered.
A sketch of a blonde woman resembling CeCe is shown and wanted for questioning in the murder of detective Wilden, which is later, reported on the news. At this point the Liars are convinced that CeCe did indeed murder him. As the girls realize that there are in fact two Red Coats while saving Emily in Ravenswood, Spencer chases after one while Aria chases after the other.
During a brief struggle in which her Alison mask is kicked off by Aria, CeCe is revealed to be one of the Red Coats, and was at the time presumed to be the evil one that had been working against the Liars. During the struggle, CeCe attempts to escape by grabbing onto a rope, only for it to snap. Aria tries to pull CeCe up as she pleads for Aria to help her, however she proves too heavy for Aria as her sleeve rips and she falls to the ground. As the Liars gather together they are unsure if CeCe is dead or not. While the Liars are contemplating calling the police CeCe’s hand is seen twitching, and when the Liars turn around CeCe has seemingly disappeared, whether she got up or was dragged away is unknown.
In Season 5 Premiere it is revealed that on the day CeCe was fighting with Aria, dressed in the red coat and the Alison mask, she hadn't been trying to harm the liars at all, she was helping Alison to save Emily's life. The two 'Redcoats' were Alison and CeCe, and the girls' assumptions that one of them was good and the other evil - was wrong. Alison and CeCe were working together to help the girls.
According to Travis, CeCe was lasted spotted in Maryland on the run from the authorities. It was revealed that she make huge money deposits before Wilden died.
CeCe is arrested by the Rosewood Police. She tells Gabriel Holbrook she knows who killed the girl who is in Alison's grave, and that person is after Alison. She also mentions she knows Alison DiLaurentis is alive, and that they've seen each other many times. She is later seen being taken away and exchanging looks with Jessica DiLaurentis.
At a diner with Noel, Alison gives CeCe her passport and plane ticket, and the close friends say goodbye.
Having donned a wig and sunglasses, CeCe arrives at the airport with a one-way ticket to Paris, under the alias of Vivian Darkbloom.
In the Winter Wonderland Maze, the person dressed in the white coat meets up with Alison, and reveals herself to be Cece Drake, “Merry Christmas, Ali”.
Cece hands Alison a present, and after Alison finds a perfume named ‘Alison’, Alison questions Cece, and Cece tells her that there’s a shop in Le Marais that helps you make your own fragrance. Going on, Cece explains that it’s a tiny store, but she spent the entire day there, “the owner gets you talking, and the next thing you know he’s created a scent that’s perfect for the person you’re telling him about”. Alison thanks Cece, and not just for the perfume, for coming to see her. Cece tells her that when you lose someone, the first Christmas is always the hardest. When Alison says she thinks her mom is still looking out for her, Cece says that she’s sure Jessica is. Alison mentions that she had a dream about her mom the other night, she came to warn Alison about Mona, and Cece assures Alison that Mona can’t hurt her anymore, “you know that”. Alison doesn’t look so assured, and Cece tells her that she can’t let her guard down, “your ex-friends are here tonight, and I don’t think they came to say Merry Christmas”.
Season 3 (6/24)
- The Kahn Game
- Single Fright Female
- Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno
- What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted
- Hot Water
Season 4 (3/24)
Season 5 (2/25)
- CeCe got kicked out of UPenn because of that stunt Alison pulled at the frat party in "The Badass Seed."
- CeCe may have been the reason why Spencer didn't get into UPenn as revenge for her expulsion.
- She is seen eavesdropping on Ezra and Aria's conversation at the end of "Bring Down the Hoe."
- In "Into the Deep," Shana reveals that CeCe is the one Jenna fears. CeCe herself gave Jenna an intense look in "The Kahn Game." Jenna could fear CeCe Drake because of the phone call that CeCe made threatening to "rip her eyes out".
- In "The Mirror Has Three Faces," Jessica DiLaurentis revealed that CeCe and Alison 'wore' each other's personalities.
- An important clue that fans have pointed out was that CeCe told Aria in "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" she owed her one and later in the episode "A" is spinning around a liquor bottle to see which liar it lands on. It lands on Aria but the other "A" readjusts the bottle to land on Spencer.
- There's a theory which according to it, CeCe and Ali are half sisters by Mr. DiLaurentis because they share an uncanny resemblance and personality.
- There's also a theory that she had a twin sister who died. It can explain why she took Ali under her wing and mentored her to act she did. This could be seen as a reflection of Courtney DiLaurentis.
- She seemed to be wearing Ali's yellow top, on the night when Ali disappeared when talking to Melissa Hastings.
- When the Liars found Ezra's lair they found that he had made a money transaction into CeCe's account.
- In "Love ShAck, Baby," it is revealed that the police believe CeCe was paid to kill Detective Wilden.
- Jason didn't approve of their relationship, he thought that CeCe was a terrible influence on Alison.
Jason [About CeCe]: Everything with CeCe is intense.
CeCe to Emily: OMG I was supposed to text you wasn't I?
CeCe: Take it from me, you're always better off with a really good lie.
CeCe (To Spencer): Oh, you're not gonna stop staring at me like a lost puppy until I say yes, are you?
CeCe (To Eric about Spencer and Aria): These are my ducklings, so play nice.
CeCe: Can I make you guys a drink?
Spencer: Uh, no thanks.
CeCe: Relax, no one's gonna narc on you. I've seen cops do way worse in this room.
Jason (To CeCe): You and Ali... always playing people. You really deserve each other you know that? You didn't care who you hurt, did you? The moment she met you, she took a step back from the rest of us.
CeCe (About the Kahn brothers): Does douchebaggery run in the family?
CeCe (On a phone call): Hi, is this Jenna? The better question is who the hell are you and why are you going out with my boyfriend?
CeCe: Oh, you didn't? Cause I think you did know, and just didn't care.
CeCe: Here's what I know, if I ever see you near Nate, I will scratch your eyes out. (CeCe hangs up)
Emily: What are you doing? She used to be blind.
CeCe: Oh...well, it needed to be done. It's not like we shot a unicorn, we're helping your friend out.
CeCe (To Emily): Americano, straight. Well, the coffee at least.
CeCe (To Emily): See you around, Americano.
CeCe (On a phone call): I am sure as hell not going back to Rosewood.
CeCe (To Detective Holbrook): I know who killed that girl. The one they thought was Alison DiLaurentis.
CeCe (To Detective Holbrook): Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You're the cop. That's for you to find out.