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This is A Dark Ride
Season 3, Episode 13
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Air date October 23, 2012
Written by Joseph Dougherty
Directed by Tim Hunter
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This Is A Dark Ride is the thirteenth episode of Season 3 of Pretty Little Liars. It aired on October 23, 2012 and was part of ABC Family's "13 Nights of Halloween".

Summary

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The episode starts out with Mona in the Radley Sanitarium singing the song "Teddy Bear's Picnic" while painting a mannequin head. After she finishes singing she starts to explain why she was painting the mannequin head, for a Halloween art project. She then explains how staff at Radley don't like to bring up the holiday Halloween because it had bad connotations for some of the patients. Then the camera pans to a figure in a black sweatshirt in the back of the room. Mona says that Halloween is even better than Christmas - "more makeup". Then she stands up and walks over to the hooded figure and says,"And this is going to be the best Halloween ever." Then she hands the hooded figure three pills and four bullets and says, "I bet somebody's life on that."


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Then we see the four liars walking discussing their Halloween costumes and the ghost train party together. As they're walking they see a casket in a front yard with the words "RIP Alison DiLaurentis". A very aggravated Emily Fields walks over to take it down and Clifford Yourdly jumps out of the casket and scares the girls. As the girls walk away we see Clifford hop back inside of the casket. Spencer is talking to Garrett and he is about to tell her something, but Toby walks in and tells him to leave. Toby asks what he wanted, and Spencer tells him that he was going to tell her what happened to Alison, and who stole her body. Toby responds "Well, did he?" and Spencer says Garrett isn't going to tell her unless they're alone, and Toby says "That's not going to happen". Caleb and Hanna are still trying to hide from "A", and are making out in a storage closet at a dentist's office. They discuss about how they don't want to hide anymore, but Hanna says that would be risking not only their lives, but others too. They resume kissing.


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Then it shows Aria and Ezra. Aria is about to try on her costume, only for Ezra to reveal he won't be able to make it to the Train, because he has an interview. Aria is saddened, but understands, and then trick or treaters ring the doorbell. Aria gets up saying "Night of the living pre-schoolers." and answers the door. The camera now focuses on Ezra, he seems to be thinking something over. Later, everyone is waiting for the train to arrive, and Lucas takes pictures of Hanna, calling her beautiful. Hanna smiles, and says thank you. Hanna meets up with Aria. Spencer then arrives with Toby. Before she leaves to join the girls, shes says to him, "If you need me, whistle...you know how to whistle, don't you?" a reference to the film To Have and Have Not, where a main character Marie says something similar. Later, as the girls are talking to Noel, he begins to choke on something. Everyone starts to get concerned, but it ends up being a prank. Jenna starts laughing at the joke, but Toby and the girls are not impressed. Emily arrives with Paige. Spencer spots Jason, and alerts the girls. Spencer begins to approach him, but then thinks better of it. Everyone starts to board the Ghost Train.


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The scene cuts to Ashley and Ted who are passing out Halloween candy to kids. As they are walking down the train, Hanna complains to the others that there's no point in dressing up if no one can see you. The lights dim and Adam Lambert begins to perform a song, surprising everyone, and they all start to dance. The next scene shows a nurse checking on Mona to make sure she's in bed; but actually it's the mask Mona made, implying she may be on the train. With everyone dancing, a person in a white mask and black hood with cape begins to touch Hanna, and Hanna tells him/her to leave her alone. Toby is getting a drink and Jenna asks him to pass her a drink. She asks if he likes her costume, and Toby says that he does but that he liked her better when she was blind. Jenna glares at him. Spencer is wandering around the train and talks to Jason. Jason says he saw Garrett hanging out at her house, and says that "just because he's free, doesn't make him innocent". He then follows Lucas. Ashley is in the kitchen...when the little girl from Alison's story in "The First Secret" is standing in her doorway. The little girl says she wants to call her mother, and Ashley says to not be scared, and the girl says people shouldn't make scary things. Ashley tells her to call, and that when she's done she can help her with candy.


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Meanwhile, the same person with the white mask and cape begins to try to talk to Hanna again, following her outside of the train car. Hanna plans to teach them a lesson, and the masked figure wonders why they ever thought Hanna would need protection revealing themselves to be Caleb. They begin to kiss. Aria is sitting alone at a table, when Adam Lambert starts to talk to her asking if she came alone. Aria says her boyfriend couldn't make it and tries to tell him her name, but a train goes by next to them and it is too loud for him to hear so she spells it out on the window. Adam says he has to go back to perform again, and asks if she's going to be in the front when he's singing. Aria says she will. A person in a Queen of Hearts costume with red long fingernails opens a compartment in their ring revealing white powder. When Aria isn't looking, the person puts the powder in her drink.


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Spencer is still walking around the train, when the person in the Baby zombie costume from "The First Secret" starts to cover her mouth, and then throws her in the door, closing it. The person is Garrett Reynolds. He apologizes for not trying to keep her safe, and then tells her some things about the night Alison DiLaurentis went missing. He tells her that while Melissa and Ian were still in Ali's bedroom, he took Jenna outside behind the DiLaurentis house. The scene then shows a flashback. Jenna says that they shouldn't have left Ian and Melissa together, and Garrett says that the mess they make is their problem. A smirking Alison confronts them, and tells Jenna what would happen if she same back. Jenna tries to punch Alison, but Alison easily dodges since Jenna was still blind then. Jenna then grabs Alison and they get into a first fight ending with Alison pushing her down. Jenna tells Garrett to do something, and he takes Spencer's hockey stick, and swings at Alison, but she ducks and Garrett begins to beat the tree behind her. Alison puts a finger over her mouth, and Jenna asks if she is dead. Garrett says he took care of it, and Alison picks up the now broken hockey stick staring at it.  Another flashback shows Garrett going back, and he saw Alison and Byron Montgomery talking. Alison tells him, "You know what I'm capable of."


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Back to the present, Spencer goes to get the girls so Garrett can tell them too, leaving Garrett alone. Spencer asks Hanna where Aria is...but Aria is gone. They begin to look for her and find her purse on the chair she where sitting with "Aria" still on the window, but all of it is wiped off leaving only an "A". Aria's phone in her purse rings and Spencer and Hanna read a text from "A" saying, "Guess who won't be making it to the end of the line?" Aria is in a crate somewhere on the train with her mouth and hands duct taped. Emily tells Spencer and Hanna that she can't find Aria. Spencer tells Emily and Hanna what Garrett said to her. Aria is seen shaking the box she is in and manages to tip it over. Hanna gets who she thinks Caleb since the person is wearing the same mask as Caleb and tells him something is going on, but sees the real Caleb on the other side taking off his mask. She realizes this is someone else and Hanna rips of the person's mask...only to reveal another mask and a blonde wig, made to look like Alison.


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Ashley asks Ted where the girl went, and finds her upstairs in Hanna's room. The girl says her mother was crying and tells her that she and her sister fight a lot, over dolls especially. Ashley touches the girl's hand, which is presumably ice cold, resulting in her hastily retrieving her own hand and draping a blanket over her. Ashley then calls Ted, but by the time they reach the room, the girl is gone once again, leaving the blanket folded neatly in the center of the bed.

Spencer finds Garrett's mask, and is attacked by the joker who tries to throw her off the train. Paige saves her, but the joker runs away, leaving a large red fingernail caught in Spencer's hair. The scene cuts to Aria still stuck in the crate. She manages to get the duct tape off her mouth, but turns her head and comes face-to-face with Garrett's dead body. She screams. Aria finds a nail sticking out of the crate and uses it to try and rip the duct tape off of her wrists. Spencer meets up with Hanna, and sees if the red fingernail would fit Hanna's nails; however it is way to big. They then realize that the person might not even be a girl after all. Aria is then seen still trying to get the duct tape off her wrists, but the crate gets lifted. While trying to find Toby and Caleb, Paige runs into Jenna. Jenna tells her to keep better track of people.


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Jenna sees Lucas' camera...which looks like Ezra's too. Aria's crate gets lifted and two or more (one a male and one a female) people try to push it off the train, but Aria finds a screwdriver in the crate and stabs one of the people. The two people leave the crate teetering. Just as the crate is about to fall, Spencer, Emily and Hanna arrive and pull it back to safety. They open the crate, help her out, and then stare at Garrett's dead body.


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Ashley and Ted are sitting at the table. Ashley tells him about the strange girl and her disappearance. She then asks Ted if he believes in ghosts. Ted responds with, "I'm not supposed to." The party ends, and the police are called in to question everyone. The girls discuss who killed Garrett and why. They notice that everyone that was asked to stay is associated with Garrett in some way. Ezra is there and was going to surprise Aria at the end of the trains line, but having heard someone on the train was hurt he followed the train tracks until he found her. Noel and Toby have a fight, and Toby pushes Noel into the ice cooler, which then breaks to reveal Alison's body bag. We then see Mona, in her bed at Radley and the Alison mask laying under her bed implying she was the one wearing the same costume as Caleb.


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A flashback scene shows where Alison was buried, and a hand shoots out of the ground. The hand is wearing Alison's bracelet.

The Train's Directory Map

  1. Philly (Philadelphia)
  2. Dark Woods (random forest)
    Halloween Ghost Train Map

    The Map

  3. Hills of Horror (possibly Blue Mountain)
  4. Bottomless Lake (possibly a creek in the Susquehana River)
  5. Tunnel of Torment (ordinary Tunnel)
  6. Deadman's Bend (Bend on the Train Tracks)
  7. Harrisburg



Notes

  • It is not a flashback like "The First Secret" in Season 2, but there are some flashback scenes.
  • Troian Bellisario revealed that it is a "standalone episode."
  • Garrett Reynolds is killed by Darren Wilden.
  • Hanna is dressed as Marilyn Monroe.
  • Aria is dressed as Daisy Buchanan.
  • Emily is dressed as Barbarella.
  • Spencer is dressed as Marie "Slim" Browning
  • Toby is dressed as Harry "Steve" Morgan.
  • Garrett and A are dressed as the Zombie Baby Doll Stalker.
  • Noel is dressed as a prince.
  • Jenna is dressed as a pirate.
  • Jason is dressed as James Dean.
  • Paige is dressed as Marlene Dietrich.
  • Ezra is dressed in a tuxedo.
  • Lucas is dressed as a photographer.
  • Caleb is dressed as the Phantom Of The Opera.
  • Mona is also dressed as the Phantom Of The Opera but with an Alison mask under the Phantom's Mask.
  • Darren and Melissa are also dressed as the Queen of Hearts.
  • Marlene King confirmed that was Alison's hand reaching out of the ground.
  • Andy confirmed that the young girl was not CeCe.
  • The scene with Garrett's body is a wax figure.

Goofs

  • As Aria is getting out of the crate, the 'dead' Garrett is seen moving and breathing several times and is in a completely different position when the girls notice him.
  • When Mona was painting the lips on the paper mache face, it was just a streak of red, but before Mona continues the painting, the lips are already perfectly painted.

Trivia

  • The first ten minutes of the episode were leaked before the episode aired.
  • The little girl from Alison's story in "The First Secret" is in this episode.
    Pretty Little Liars 2x13 Opening Halloween Credits00:28

    Pretty Little Liars 2x13 Opening Halloween Credits

    The special Halloween opening sequence

  • The episode was inspired by Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" at the point that Aria writes her name on the window because she cannot be heard and when she is locked in the crate. It also draws inspiration from the film because part of the episode takes place on a train.
  • The special opening sequence for this episode especially for Halloween was seen again like the one in First Secret.
  • The final scene shows a hand coming out of the ground, fans think it is Ali hand.
  • It was revealed by Garrett that Ali was blackmailing Byron and that he saw her the night she disappeared.

Quotes

Spencer (after Clifford scared Emily): This is why nobody will go out with you.

Mona [after handing "A" pills]: This is going to be the best Halloween ever. I bet somebody's life on that.

Noel [to Spencer, Hanna, and Emily]: Stop trying to pull everybody into every mess you bitches make for yourselves.

Noel: Not bad. You gotta admit I put out a better spread.
Spencer: You should probably go into catering.

Aria (about Ezra not being able to see her costume that night): Oh crap...
Ezra: Crap indeed, but I will make it up to you.
Aria: I know you will. I know. I just really wanted you to see my costume.
Ezra: Well, I can see it tomorrow.
Aria: Playing dress up for your man on Halloween is one thing. You do it any other night you end up on an afternoon talk show.
Ezra: Depends on the costume. Besides, I've got a little bit of time now.
[Knock on the door]
Aria: Great...
Ezra: Early birds.
Aria: Night of the living pre-schoolers.

Jenna (dressed as a pirate): So what do you think of my costume?
Toby (while covering her other eye): It’s very nice, but you know I liked you a lot better like this.

Spencer [to Toby]: You make it so hard to be a modern post-feminist when you get so alpha male.

Paige: Have you seen Aria?
Jenna: No, but she has a thing for authority figures, so she’s probably out with the engineer.

Hanna (about Emily and Paige): They look like a wedding cake from outer space.

(As the box Aria is in is being pushed off of the train)
Male voice: ...lied to me!
Female voice: Shut up!

Male voice: I can’t do this.
Female voice: Push, dammit!
Male voice: No, I can’t!

Female voice: Shut up, get back here!

Hanna (after someone feels her up on the dance floor): Do that again, you’ll leave with a bloody stump.

Paige (after Spencer thanks her for saving her life): It was a pleasure.

Main Cast

Supporting Cast/Guest Cast

Featured Music

  • "Who Are You, Really?" by Mikky Ekko (When everyone first arrives at The Brew)
  • "Cuckoo" by Adam Lambert (The people enter the train)
  • "Trespassing" by Adam Lambert (People dance in the train)
  • "Beautiful Bizar" by Roeland Ruijsch (Adam talks to Aria on the train.)
  • "Remote Control" Schmidt (The Liars talk in the train car.)
  • "We Party (In V.I.P.)" by H.Michelle (They talk in the VIP Area.)


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