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Pretty Little Liars Recap – “The DArkest Knight”: Season 7, Episode 10

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 10, which originally aired on Tuesday, August 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Freeform. Please do not read any further until you have watched “The DArkest Knight.”

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Previously on Pretty Little Liars: Hanna discovered an abandoned room and turned it into her very own lair — and that is just the tip of the iceberg of her insanity last week. She proceeded to stalk Noel around town, pick through his trash (to discover a phone with Sara Harvey’s picture on it), attempt to drug him, then finally knock him out with a baseball bat. Emily and Spencer broke into the Kahn family cabin and found a USB drive that contained a video of Noel at the Dollhouse helping Charlotte carry out her mind games. This would have been excellent evidence to give to the police, but instead Spence brought it back to the Hastings Manor and someone broke in a stole it. When will these ladies learn about backing things up, or just immediately walking to the police station and handing over evidence? Probably never. Aria spent a solid part of her day hanging out with Jason and having super-hot flashbacks to when her and Jason dated. We also found out Nicole was not one of the survivors of the rebel camps found in Colombia so Ezra is headed back home just in time for the craziness that will be this episode. Paige was practicing her stalking skills by watching Sabrina at work until Emily called her to come over. That girl is definitely up to no good. Archer Dunhill was last spotted in France (by who??) and Mary Drake and Mona still haven’t shown back up significantly impacting the number of beautiful and terrifying but complete badass women in Rosewood.

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Now, that being said, everyone buckle up and hold on tight; the last PLL summer finale was so full of sudden twists and turns — including a beheading, pregnancy announcement, and biological mother reveal — it might result in whiplash!

Wake Up, Bitch!

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All the Liars (sans Hanna), Mona and Caleb are freaking out about how they are 99% sure Noel is in the middle of murdering Hanna and how they killed a guy and buried him in the woods (karma’s a bitch!), and how Jenna probably killed Sara. It’s a lot. They finally decide to call the police.

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The scene then flashes to Hanna torturing Noel. Dangerous weapon? Check. Rope? Check. Attitude? Check. Do your thang, girl! She grabs a knife and all the memories from the time she was trapped in the barn come flooding back. She tries to get Noel to wake up and confess that he’s A.D. but he’s too groggy and disoriented. She runs the cold blade across his face and for just a split second you think she’s going to actually cut a bitch but instead she slices through his leg and blood starts to drip to the floor.

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Hasting's House- The New Home of the Rosewood Police Department

The entire Rosewood PD drops by at Spencer’s house. Marco, being new in town, doubts Jenna is capable of anything diabolical but Toby (what are you still doing here?) sets him straight. Jenna hasn’t left the Radley in days but that doesn’t mean she isn’t up to her dark shenanigans. Today is the Tobster’s last day on the force but you can already tell he’s experiencing second thoughts. He clearly wants to stay in Rosewood and even offers to help out. Marco waves him off telling him that it was a pleasure working with him — you know, for a whole entire month.

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Marcy Fury is not messing around. He promises Spencer that Noel will not get away with this. She thanks him and plants a sweet kiss on the cheek. It’s cute until she realizes what she just did in front of all of her friends and every single one of the town’s hunks. She apologizes but the hot detective doesn’t seem to mind at all. He just asks that she pick a more private location for their next intimate interaction. Oh la la!

Sleuthing 101

Hanna takes the DNA sample she collected from Noel’s wound and brings it to a lab to run tests. She bribes the guy behind the counter to get this done ASAP and notices and hurries out before the police officer behind her realizes she’s supposed to be kidnapped.

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Mona, wonderful, devious Mona finally returns and blessed everyone at the Radley with her glorious presence. Because she’s a genius, she has hacked the shit out of Jenna’s phone and has been eavesdropping on her calls. Apparently Little Miss Jungle Red has called Noel three times and left him some harsh, desperate messages. Pleased with her super skills, Mona reports these findings to Caleb. Everyone is doing some fine detective work this evening.

Ezra and Aria's Almost-Reunion

Aria and Ezra are face-timing about his trip home and discussing how Nicole wasn’t found. She wants to pick him up at the airport but he declines saying he’ll take a cab. She is visibly disappointed by this. No sharing pie with boo? Say it ain’t so! As if she doesn’t have enough going on right now – get it together, Fitz! He does say he would really like it if she was home when he returns because he needs a warm Aria hug ASAP. This guy better drop down on one knee again when he gets home and profess his eternal love again!

The H-Lair

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After hearing a police scanner send out an APB on Noel as her potential kidnapper, Hanna decides to call for backup. Everyone in the audience immediately hopes and prays to the PLL powers-that-be that she called Mona to fix this mess of a situation.

Hooray — it is Mona! Without missing a beat, the flawless genius admonishes Hanna for not calling her immediately after kidnapping someone (particularly her sketchy ex) and gets to work looking for the USB drive that was stolen from Spencer’s house.

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Hanna has no idea what it contains, and Mona tries to explain how much evidence is on that baby. She points out that Hanna doesn’t even need the results of the blood test — but Hanna has gone cray at this point and gives zero effs about all that dollhouse trauma. Being abducted from a heavily secured vehicle and electrocuted by Alison’s vengeful cousin who tried to turn her and her friends into real-life dolls? Over it. However, she damn well wants to make sure Noel gets punished for all the atrocious crimes he’s committed (as opposed to the Liars, who just accidentally kill people, bury them in the woods, and then go shopping the next day). Mona beams, clearly proud to be Hanna’s partner in mayhem.

Random Love Triangle Drama

Ali and Emily

Great news: Paige brought donuts! How long do you think she was sitting outside waiting for Emily to call her? It appears we’re not the only ones questioning her motives – Alison suspects soemthing is awry. She points out that it’s pretty weird and inappropriate for Paige to be here while they’re trying to work out so many different conflicts. Emily tries to defend her recent decisions — aka breaking up Sabrina and hanging out with all her exes — and informs Ali that Paige totally understands all this A.D. drama and she doesn’t need to explain it to her. They’re continue arguing until they notice that something is going on with the five-oh. They discover two sets of footprints right outside of Noel’s parents’ cabin and it appears as though there was a struggle.

How to Get Away With Abduction

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Hanna is going through a practice run on the story she’s going to tell the police to cover up this whole kidnapping mess. She supposedly disappeared to go find the girl that Noel allegedly pushed down the stairs at the frat party. Mona thinks it’s a great performance and tells Hanna not to worry about Noel, she’s got this. Whatever this may be. In the middle of Hannakin’s second practice run of the alibi, we cut to the real thing. She’s explaining to the liars and detective Fury why she went off the grid. Everyone seems to believe her even though they all seem a little annoyed she just didn’t tell them where she was going and Marco leaves so he can prep for the official statement Han will have to give. Caleb shows up to see what the commotion is all about and is greeted by Hanna’s smiling face.

Mona versus Jenna

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Jenna is riding an elevator and putting on some lipstick — she has impeccable application skills for a girl with no sight — when she’s interrupted by Mona. She’s here to make a deal. Jenna needs to stop looking for Noel and leave the Liars alone. Jenna has been in this type of predicament before and she has no interest in giving Mona what she wants. Mona Vanderwaal doesn’t go down that easily, though. She immediately blackmails Jenna, but we don’t get to hear if Jenna takes the bait. These two should have approximately one million more scenes together before the show ends.

#HalebForever

 

Hanna is on the phone with her mom as the cops leave Han and Caleb in the apartment. Caleb does not believe Hanna’s story for one second. She tries to get him to leave her alone but he is never leaving her alone again. She calls him a pain in the ass and he is basically like #samegirl. He goes on to list the many, many ways Hanna drives him crazy, including how she refuses to admit that they were meant to be together AND the milk in the fridge is probably a million years old. (Ew!) She asks him to rewind for a second and go back to what he said before. He smiles adorably and asks if she’s referring to the milk. She laughs and corrects him. He lays it all out for her. She’s the love of his life and he doesn’t want to spend another second without her. “I never want to spend another day without you,” he tells her. “Ever. For the rest of my life.” With a cute smirk, he adds, “Like I said, you’re a real pain in the ass.” Unable to hold back their true feelings, they both rush in for a passinate embrace. They kiss and we all sob because they are perfect and this is wonderful and the PLL-verse feels right again.

Baby Bump Alert: Alison is Pregnant!

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Em isn’t buying the crap Hanna is selling either. She’s ranting when Alison interrupts her to drop a GIGANTIC bomb. She’s pregnant. Emily speaks for all of us when her immediate response is “What?” Alison is understandably traumatized by the fact that she has a bun in the oven — supposedly placed there by her despicable ex husband who is buried somewhere deep in the local woods. She has no idea what to do and can’t believe this is actually happening to her. Hasn’t she struggled enough? Obviously she would be the most kickass single mom ever, but raising a child with no support can be stressful on a young parent. Luckily, Emily reminds her that she will never be alone and that she will always be there for Ali no matter what happens.

The Way to Spencer's Heart? Her Stomach

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Marco is here to check in on Spencer and let her know Noel is still MIA so she doesn’t need to be worried about him. He also brought Spencer dinner because he’s thoughtful but also kinda bad at his job. You’re supposed to be on patrol, buddy! JK, it’s actually pretty sweet. He even enlisted the help of her friends to make sure he got her the perfect meal. Spence is definitely charmed by this gesture — and also rather hungry, so she invites him inside and digs in.

Hanna + Caleb + Fireplace = Steamy Sex Scene

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HOT DAMN….Lucas is going to be so pissed when he finds out what happened here! Hanna and Caleb are, as always, incredibly sexy. They’re making out and undressing each other. Caleb takes down Hanna’s hair and lays her down right in front of the fire place and there are so many Haleb feels it’s almost too much. Just kidding it’s amazing and hot. as. hell. Like, ridiculously hot. Even when he’s being sweet and being mindful of her scars, it’s still the sexiest thing on the planet. These two. Damn.

Emison Rising

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Emily and Alison are snuggled up on the couch watching an old movie (has anyone in Rosewood ever seen a movie made after the year 1940?) when Ali starts crying. As Emily attempts to comfort her, Alison leans over for a smooch. Em tries to stop her but Alison insists that she’s not trying to make out because she’s vulnerable. Emily takes about oh, half a second to contemplate this and decides she’d be nuts not to make out with this fearless babe. So she does –and it’s AWESOME.

(Not So) Gone Girl

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Aria is freaking out because Ezra should have been home hours ago. She’s trying to get information out a very unhelpful woman on the phone when she notices a breaking news report on her television screen. Conveniently (and crushingly) it’s footage of Nicole coming out of the woods to an ecstatic Ezra. She rushes into his arms and they embrace while Aria watches in shock — and maybe a tiny bit of disappointment — as the former lovers reunite. We totally saw this coming, but obviously she didn’t and the hurt is much too real.

Back at Toby’s Miraculously Finished House

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Seriously, wasn’t he just working on the foundation and framing like two days ago? Damn, this carpenter sure wastes no time in making his Notebook dreams come true! Anyway, Toby is checking the oil on his car when Spence rolls up to bid adieu to her former love. She even brings a going away present for him: a book of French poems she’s always kept on his nightstand. She gets all choked up as she tells him how genuinely happy she is for him and Yvonne. “You deserve that kind of great, big beautiful love,” she says, tears brimming in her doe eyes. “Thank you,” he responds. “I hope you find the same.”

However, just as she’s about to walk away she experiences a change of heart and asks him if she can kiss him just one last time. He doesn’t answer but definitely doesn’t stop her when she slowly presses her lips against his. He hesitates for just a second before he reciprocates the emotional embrace. They stare into each other’s eyes for one swoonworthy moment before they part ways. The #SpobyGoodbye is glorious — but also a gigantic punch to the gut.

Paige Gets Real with Emily

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Emily and Alison are snuggled up on the couch when Emily hears someone arguing outside. It’s Paige and a police officer so she goes out to investigate. Paige is here at the crack of dawn to deliver some paperwork for Emily to fill out for the swim team coach position. It’s a caring gesture — but also a bit odd since it’s so early. Paige invites Emily out to breakfast and when Emily declines Paige immediately loses it. She accuses Emily of being controlled by Alison and bikes off in a huff. “Nothing has changed, has it Em?” she asks. Whoa, girl, take a chill pill.

The Results are In

Hanna’s phone wakes her up. It’s the guy from the lab and he has bad news. The blood sample she gave him is not a match for the mystery baby’s. Noel Kahn is not the mystery baby. She immediately sends out an SOS to the liars.

Hanna has come clean about where she actually was. Everyone is understandably pissed. Hanna admits she’s made a mistake and that he’s not a Drake. They debate whether this means Noel isn’t A.D. or if his parentage even matters. Hanna brings up the girl from the frat party again but wasn’t that information she got in a dream?  Aria makes the solid point that if they want to know for sure they should just ask Noel. They decide to sneak past the cops when it gets dark and head over to the H-Lair.

Noel and Jenna Magically Vanish into Thin Air

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The gang arrives at the H-Lair, only to find an empty chair. Uh oh! Noel has left the building and so has the camera. This is bad, you guys. Just as the Liars start to panic, though, they receive a text from Noel in which he proposes a meetup to swap Hanna’s camera for his thumb drive. Deal? Um, okay creeper.

The Radley- Caleb and Mona are there doing some reconnaissance work and tailing Jenna. Plot twist! They haven’t actually been spying on Jenna! They’ve been watching none other than Sydney Driscoll. WHAT? How? Why? WHAT?

Also, wasn’t Mona supposed to be watching Noel? Did she lose Noel AND Jenna? That’s either hella suspicious or girl is slipping and everyone is doomed.

It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

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Toby and Yvonne are packing up and having a heart to heart. They discuss who may have bought their house and how Yvonne made sandwiches for the drive. She goes in to grab the cooler. After she leaves, Toby goes to text Spencer but thinks better of it and deletes the message.

RIP, Noel Kahn.

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The Liars show up at the abandoned school for the blind and Mary Drake is hiding in the walls somewhere. We only see her lurking about for about a second, but we know she’s there now and she’s listening to all the mayhem.

In a scene straight out of Hocus Pocus, Jenna reveals she’s arrived over the school’s loud speaker. She instructs the ladies to place the USB drive on the table and back away slowly. They comply with her demand but just then they hear Hanna’s voice (from the recording of her torturing Noel) and bolt upstairs to investigate.  They climb to the second floor and stumble the world’s most nightmarish fake nursery (they think it’s there to help the blind students learn how to take care of babies, but it is filled with dirty dolls whose faces are half smashed in and it’s a horrifying sight for sore eyes) and find the camcorder. Hanna grabs it, but on their way out they get distracted by a room full of creepy-ass junk — or as Aria eloquently puts it, “Tim Burton’s garage sale.” They make it all the way downstairs when Emily realizes she left her phone upstairs. C’mon, seriously — you don’t even have service here!

Hanna and Emily

Hanna goes up with her and they hear creaking behind them. It’s Noel. Of course it’s Noel. He points out that they were crazy to think him and Jenna would let them leave.

After the break they try to hide in the nightmare room but of course there’s another door and Noel just moseys on in. The rest of the Liars downstairs wondering what’s taking so long when Jenna shows up with a gun in her hand. They try to remain as quiet as possible so she doesn’t know they are there. It works (maybe) and Jenna heads upstairs. Alison tries to call 911 but there’s no service.

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Back upstairs, Noel comes across a giant axe (yes, in a school for the blind). He starts muttering about all the things Charlotte taught him and Jenna, specifically how to smell fear lingering in the air. (WTF — is he a werewolf now or something?) The Liars managed to escape by knocking over a rack; it slams into Noel and sends a bowling ball tumbling down the steps. (Morbid foreshadowing much??)

Jenna hears the commotion and taunts the girls from the top of the stairs, thinking she’s talking to Alison. She shuts the lights off, giving herself the advantage seeing as how she’s pretty used to living in complete darkness, and begins to wander around the house with the gun in hand. She apparently has evolved into a vampire and can now smell their blood pulsing through the night air.

Meanwhile upstairs, Noel is stalking Emily and Hanna when Hanna decides she’s had enough with this cat-and-mouse game and decides to spring a sneak attack on him. They struggle and Noel drops the ax on the ground, blade up. He tries to fight back and ends up falling on the ax….thus DECAPITATING himself. Executive producer Marlene King wasn’t kidding when she hinted that “heads will roll.” But seriously, WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?

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Anyway, let’s focus: His head rolls down the stairs and lands right at the girls’ feet. Terrified, they rush upstairs to find the rest of the squad and to make sure no one else is missing any important body parts. Jenna, narrowly missing Noel’s head with her foot, is hot on their heels, threatening to harm them the whole time. The groups finally find each other and are making their escape when they run into Jenna and her gun. They try to get away but Jenna sends off a shot. Everyone runs downstairs but and at first it looks like everyone has made it out safe and sound but they quickly realize they’re missing Spencer. Where is Spencer? OH NO. She’s been shot and she’s trying to crawl away as quietly as possible to hide from Jenna. She hurries to the corner of the nursery but it’s too late — her nemesis has sensed her presence.

 

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Surprise, Spencer: You're Adopted!

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Just as she’s about to point and shoot, Jenna gets knocked to the ground by Mary Drake, who makes a quick scramble for the gun. Sadly, it’s too late. As the rest of the ladies race around the house calling out for their friend, a bullet pierces Spencer’s chest. They finally find her and are shocked by what they see: Mary sprawled on the ground cradling Spencer’s bleeding body and singing a lullaby to her to her (don’t worry, it’s still a chilling moment – even when she’s trying to be comforting, Jessica’s twin sister manages to give the rest of us goosebumps). She begs Spencer not to die and swears she would never hurt her. Why wouldn’t she hurt her, you ask? Oh, you know, because Spencer happens to be her freaking daughter (called it!)!!! DUN DUN DUN.

The Car Crash

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Before the numbing truth (not really though – #shrugs) about Spencer’s parentage starts to sinks in, however, the show cuts to a deadly accident scene. Sirens are blaring, and an ambulance is speeding down a dark winding road. Apparently a vehicle has crashed into a tree and moving boxes are strewn all over the street. Oh no, that looks a lot like Toby’s truck, doesn’t it? Probably because it is his truck. We pan over to the driver’s seat and find and him and Yvonne both unconscious (dead?) and covered in blood. NOOOO!!!

Jenna Gets Dragged (Maybe to Hell)

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Jenna in the back of van, lying on the ground asking someone who they are and if they shot Spencer. This mystery person removes his/her mask and Jenna responds with, “You’re A.D.?” The last thing we see before we fade to black is her gorgeous green eyes flashing with terror.

OMG that was insane!! Who is A.D.? Can you believe Noel was actually beheaded….in a total freak accident?? Do you really think Spencer is Mary’s daughter? Tell us about your theories and reactions — including all the times you flinched or screamed at your TV, and all the feels you felt — in the comments!

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