Charles DiLaurentis is on the loose, and tensions are high between the girls in episode 8 of “Pretty Little Liars.” The whole town and media are now aware of the name of the girls' tormentor, but no one knows what he looks like… yet.
The media loves the break in the case of Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Mona (Janel Parrish) and Sara’s (Dre Davis) kidnapper. The police suspect that Charles may be linked to the unsolved murder of Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) mother. But one person doubts that Charles is responsible for all the drama – Alison.
Alison confesses to the girls that from what she remembers of Charles from his childhood birthday, he was a sweet kid. But Hanna’s not putting up with any of Alison’s pity party for Charles.
“You played Skee-Ball once,” Hanna fires at Alison. “I wouldn’t call that family bonding.”
Hanna leaves in a huff, but it’s because she has other things on her mind, like the Carissimi Group scholarship she received. She has a gut feeling that something is wrong with the money, but her mother isn’t willing to let her give it up. Instead, Ashley (Laura Leighton) suggests that they visit Kenneth DiLaurentis (Jim Abele) to get answers about the mysterious organization behind the generous donation. But Kenneth is preoccupied cooperating with the police about his deranged eldest son.
While Hanna figures out a plan to get around her mother, Aria’s dealing with her own – who won’t let her out of her sight. Aria’s photography exhibit is that night, and her parents think it’s too dangerous to let her go. But Aria’s determined to see her artwork on the wall. She meets with Lt. Tanner (Roma Maffia), who promises to make sure the gallery is secure with undercover cops.
The other Liars are all ready to support Aria at her exhibit – except for Alison. She plays nurse to Lorenzo (Travis Winfrey) after his accident at the arcade in episode 7. Lorenzo thinks she’s being sweet; however, when he goes to sleep she steals his ID to get into the Rosewood Police Station.
Elsewhere, Hanna enlists Spencer’s help in getting into the Carissimi Group. The plan is for Hanna to tell them that she can’t accept the scholarship, and that gets them through the doors. And boy, are they surprised when they see who works at the organization. His name is Rhys Matthews; and while the name is not familiar, his face certainly is – he looks like he could be Jason DiLaurentis’ (Drew van Acker) twin.
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The two don’t get much out of Rhys, who tells them that Mr. Carissimi wants to remain anonymous to his donors. But Hanna does get something – Rhys’ photo. She’s certain that he’s somehow related to the DiLaurentis family.
After their meeting at the Carissimi Group, Hanna and Spencer meet up with Emily at Aria’s art exhibit. And they're not the only ones there. It’s revealed that Charles is watching the room from surveillance cameras … with Red Coat!
The girls are excited to see their friend’s work, but they’re shocked when the exhibit opens. Instead of Aria’s photography, the girls are faced with the portraits that Charles took of them in the dollhouse. The photos were taken before the girls woke up naked on metal tables, and the images were staged to look like they were dead at the morgue.
When Lt. Tanner arrives, she’s able to decipher Charles’ latest message – “Stolen Dolls.” The writing underneath in another language translates to “they are not pretty.” Tanner thinks that it’s a message directed towards her. She believes that Charles is trying to tell her that he can uncover things about her – like that she’s bilingual.
After giving their statements to the police, Hanna, Spencer and Emily leave the exhibit. Upon their exit, they discover Rhys in a car outside. The girls decide to follow Rhys, and they are surprised to see where he ends up. The mysterious Carissimi Group employee ends up at an abandoned doll factory. But he’s not the only one there. Shortly after Rhys arrives, Aria’s new photography friend Clark (Titus Makin Jr.) shows up.
Clark’s potential involvement with “A”/ Charles is just another big piece of the puzzle. Meanwhile, Alison breaks into the police station to get her own answers about her brother. She finds one of her baby rattles, but doesn’t get further than that. Tanner enters the room and is not pleased to find that the teen has broken into the building.
However, Tanner does tell her something about the case against her brother. When she asks Alison what she thinks the meaning behind Charles’ collection of sentimental objects are, Alison says that maybe he’s trying to keep his family close. Tanner argues that murderers can be “as sentimental as mothers” and that Alison’s baby rattle is more than likely used to help him focus on his victim. She also says that they're ready to shoot Charles on sight.
Tanner makes Alison hand over Lorenzo’s ID card and leave. Alison returns to Lorenzo’s apartment, but he’s not pleased to see her. He tells her that she betrayed him, and now he’s under review by the police.
Meanwhile, Aria’s mother goes to meet with Ashley to talk about the events of the evening. The two don’t believe that the police are doing enough to protect their daughters, but they don’t know what else they could do. What they don’t know is that Red Coat is now watching them.
The episode ends with Tanner going over surveillance footage and seeing Rhys touch Aria’s photography at the exhibit. But the big shocker in episode 8 of “Pretty Little Liars” is that Charles and Red Coat appear to be plotting to kidnap the girls on prom night. Charles places a tuxedo and syringes with drugs in the trunk of a limo. Red Coat hands him two invitations to prom when he gets in the car.