sasha pieterse pretty little liars season 5 alison jail 'Pretty Little Liars' winter premiere: Alison is the new blackOn the “Pretty Little Liars” winter premiere, everyone goes a little nutty in the greatest ways, starting with …

Hanna calling 1-800-Grunwald

To try to help everyone heal from Mona’s murder, Hanna tells Caleb it’s time to call in the big guns — Mrs. Grunwald needs to come psychically read everything and figure out where Mona’s body is. Unfortunately, all Mrs. Grunwald can do is fuel Hanna’s nightmares by telling her how scared, cold and alone Mona is in the hole in ground where “A” left her. Meanwhile …

Spencer’s in trouble

Turns out Wilden buried a key piece of evidence in the form of a statement from Mrs. DiLaurentis about seeing Spencer with a girl wearing Alison’s clothes on the night Bethany was killed. Presumably when Mrs. D. gave this statement, she thought Spencer was arguing with Alison, but that is neither here nor there — the point is that Spencer totally freaks at the possibility of going back to jail because the statement is enough for the Youngs to fight to get Spencer’s bail revoked. New Officer Toby isn’t much help, but someone else has an idea …

Emily the evidence-planter

For such a caring little Hufflepuff, when it’s time to make a bold move, Emily does not fool around. She decides that in the wake of Spencer’s bail possibly being revoked, they need to plant some of Alison’s hair in Mona’s house for the police to find, which — as Spencer points out — is an actual, serious crime. Emily’s all like, “So’s the murder of which you are accused, dollface. Let’s do this thang.” Which leads to …

Mona’s death scene

Turns out Mona had installed cameras in her house just in case a psycho tried to kill her, so now there’s footage of her death. And while it’s relatively tame footage because this is a show on ABC Family and not “Dexter,” it’s still pretty chilling to watch. However, the attacker in the footage is is clearly not …

Alison the arrestee

Det. Tanner arrests Alison after the footage surfaces, because the attacker has long blonde hair and Jason DiLaurentis ‘fesses up to lying about Alison’s alibi that she was with him and their father at the time of Mona’s death. That’s enough for tough-as-nails Tanner, who cuffs Alison as Ali warns the liars that without her there to protect them, it’s going to be open season for “A.” What she doesn’t know is it that it already started with …

Shrink-wrapped Aria

After a crash course in hacking from Caleb, Aria is toting around Mona’s deeply encrypted, bomb-case-covered laptop and — wouldn’t you know it? — gets attacked by “A” at Ezra’s construction site. So now “A” has Mona’s laptop o’ secrets and Aria goes from being a kick-butt babe who blew a whistle when Alison tried to talk to her to yet another victim of a nail gun and a sheet of plastic. At least there was no glass in her hair.

The mysteries of ‘A’

Of course, the minute “Alison is the New Black” starts, “A” sends the girls a message in the form of some lovely fireworks to remind them all that he/she/it is still out there with havoc to wreak. Based on next week’s previews, “A” has planted the knife that was used to kill Mona (because why else would Officer Toby just happen to stumble upon it all these months later?).

Speaking of the previews, did you catch the quick flash of Jackie Molina? What’s she doing back on “Pretty Little Liars”? Hmm.

Best line: “Calling the Grunwald is not going to help anybody.” — Caleb. Au contraire, mon frere.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."