Pretty Little Liars (season 2)

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Pretty Little Liars (season 2)
Pretty Little Liars - Season 2 DVD.jpg
Pretty Little Liars Season 2 DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family
Original run June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14) – March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)[1]
Region 2 November 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)
Region 4 October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)[2]
Season chronology
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List of Pretty Little Liars episodes

The second season of Pretty Little Liars, based on the books of the same name by Sara Shepard, premiered on June 14, 2011 and concluded on March 19, 2012 on ABC Family.[3] On January 10, 2011, ABC Family renewed the series for a second season.[4] The season premiere brought in 3.68 million viewers, which was higher than the season 1 premiere. The Halloween special aired on October 19, 2011, drawing 2.5 million total viewers.[5] The second half of season 2 premiered on January 2, 2012.

Overview[edit]

The second season continues from the season finale of the previous season, in which Ian Thomas (Ryan Merriman), Spencer's brother-in-law, is presumed to have been killed in an incident at the top of a bell tower but is also accused of murdering Alison. The girls are forced to keep their friendship a secret and have to attend therapy sessions, making them feel more alone than ever.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : Bianca Lawson is credited as a series regular from episode 11 until episode 20. Unlike the other series regulars, Lawson is only credited in the episodes she appears in.

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
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23 1 "It's Alive" Ron Lagomarsino I. Marlene King June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14) 3.68[6]
After a long night involving sleeping off the shame of being called "liars" by the entire town, the girls' parents have gathered for an intervention to send the girls to group therapy. Their shrink, Dr. Anne Sullivan, is a kind, caring and genuine adult that the girls feel they can really trust. Despite this, they are reluctant to be completely honest with her. Things remain awkward as Aria gives Ezra the cold shoulder. When Aria finally considers reconciling and visits Ezra's apartment, their relationship worsens when Ezra admits that he was still in love with his ex, Jackie, when he and Aria first met. After an awkward encounter Aria leaves early only to be greeted by a text from A. The picture attached has been taken of the inside of Ezra's apartment and cryptically asks what's missing. Aria realizes that the spare key usually found under the doormat is missing. Lucas brings Caleb back to Rosewood for Hanna but she's too hurt to take him back. Caleb explains that he wrote her a letter and gave it to Mona, who threw it away. Hanna confronts Mona about the letter, but leaves when she realizes to her shock that Noel Khan and Mona are dating. Emily is struggling to deal with her impending move to Texas and losing her friends, including Toby, who she re-bonds with as they wait for Spencer to join them in secret. Spencer then cancels as she is having some difficulties with family at home: Melissa, distraught over her missing husband, Ian, threatens not to let Spencer anywhere near the baby. She decides to make up with Spencer, however, even telling her the unborn baby's name, Taylor. The girls resolve to spill at least some of their secrets to Dr. Anne. However, just as they are about to tell her, A leaves them a message to warn them that A knows what they are going to do. The girls then notice that Ezra's diploma, the missing piece from his apartment, is sitting on a shelf in the doctor's office. The girls freak out and leave before they can tell Dr. Anne their secrets. Dr. Anne later contacts the girls' parents and recommends that they take some time apart due to their "unstable" behavior during their last therapy session, meaning that the girls aren't allowed to see each other for a while. After Spencer finds a text message on Melissa's phone, she suspects that the caller is Ian. She joins up with Aria, Hanna, and Emily, and they send a message back to the caller to determine whether it is Ian by asking what the name of his and Melissa's unborn baby is. When the caller answers correctly, the girls fear that Ian is still alive. The final scene shows someone, presumably A, in Emily's room deleting files of A's messages and the copy of the video.
24 2 "The Goodbye Look" Norman Buckley Joseph Dougherty June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21) 2.66[7]
With the girls being forced to go their separate ways for some time, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer need each other now more than ever. The Liars find that Jason Dilaurentis has moved back into Rosewood, with a very suspicious attitude. They think back to when Alison had broken into his room and find out a secret of his. Samara and Emily start to hang out, but Emily struggles with her family's impending move to Texas. However, when a college athletic scout approaches her after a swim meet, she sees an opportunity that could keep her in Rosewood. She tries to convince her parents that the athletic scout "basically offered" her a scholarship to college, but she has to have a record of continuity. When she asks for a formal letter of this offer, the scout tells her there's no guarantee she'll get it. Her mom tells Emily that someone has been breaking into everyone's houses stealing camping supplies. Hanna's father returns to town, but Hanna doesn't trust him after seeing him marry into a brand new family. Mona tries to get Hanna's forgiveness by talking to Aria for advice — but Aria tells her that she's not allowed to talk to Hanna, so Mona's on her own. Mona also asks Aria to pick a goodbye present for Ezra's last day, since she knows him better "from the play." Aria continues to be in a rough patch with Ezra, especially when they have a date, but he has to miss it for a board meeting at his new school. Spencer thinks that her sister is hiding something to protect Ian. She also discovers that Toby, much to her dismay, has a new job with the Rosewood construction company — so that he can be free of his parents with the money he earns — only to be let go on his first day due to a conflict with the clients over Toby's reputation. Spencer tries to find out what Jason is up to, only to be interrogated by Jason about Ian's apparent death. The Liars discuss the fact that the only evidence they had (on Emily's computer) has been deleted, and that now they need to stick together no matter how many lies they have to tell.
25 3 "My Name Is Trouble" Elodie Keene Oliver Goldstick June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28) 2.78[8]
The episode kicks off with a dream by Spencer that "A" is about to attack all the girls as they are hanging out together in a movie theater. The dream is then interrupted by Melissa, who rudely awakens Spencer as she searched for her lost wedding ring. Spencer then begins to suspect Melissa has been talking to Ian since she leaves the room to take calls and lies about leaving the house. Hanna's dad is staying in Rosewood, and Hanna is a bit confused to how she feels about that and why her mother is not reacting in romantic manners to Tom's appearance. Emily creates a fake letter saying she will be accepted into Danby University if she continues to swim anchor for Rosewood Swim Team. Aria takes a pottery class at Hollis to help follow the therapists orders to have separate time. But she runs into someone unexpected in that class- Jenna. Toby begins work for Jason DiLaurentis, in order to save up for a truck so he can begin his job in Yardley and finally get away from his parents and sister Jenna. Spencer suspects that Jason is housing Ian because of the shadows in the upstairs windows and the bloody gauze in the garbage. The end shows Melissa receiving what looks like pain killers from Wren, most likely for Ian.
26 4 "Blind Dates" Dean White Charlie Craig July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05) 2.42[9]
To celebrate Emily’s ("A"-orchestrated) "acceptance" to Danby University, Pam invites Samara over for dinner. Samara is able to convince Pam that Danby won’t be the only school interested in offering Emily a scholarship, giving Emily time to figure out what to do next. Lucas worries about his upcoming date with Danielle, so he asks Hanna to double with him and tells her to bring Caleb. Unfortunately it backfires; Danielle thinks that Hanna is interested in Lucas. To convince Danielle that there is no longer anything between her and Lucas, Hanna and Caleb pretend to be on a real date. Hanna goes to the therapist alone for the first time, but isn’t willing to open up to her. However, after Lucas thanks her for helping him with Danielle, Hanna realizes that she can’t allow Ali to control her life anymore. She goes to see Dr. Sullivan again and confronts her past. After the session, Dr. Sullivan’s office was found trashed and ruined, with the words "Nosey Bitches Die" written on the wall with a red ink. Meanwhile, Aria learns that Mike has been lying about playing basketball after school every day, and wonders what he’s up to. And Spencer goes to Wren to ask him for help in tracking down Ian, but he refuses. She is finally able to convince him to trick Melissa into bringing him to Ian, so Spencer can follow them there. When Wren gets the word, the Liars follow Melissa in a car to a cabin in the woods and when they see Melissa walk in, a few seconds later Melissa screams, and they run ahead, and when they enter the cabin, they see Ian's dead body sitting up against the wall, along with a gun and a suicide note, in which he has confessed to Alison's murder. We also see A getting Spencer's bag and putting Ian's cell phone in it while she was outside with her friends after finding Ian dead.
27 5 "The Devil You Know" Michael Grossman Maya Goldsmith July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12) 2.42[10]
Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer learn that Ian's suicide note wasn't real, it was just made up of A text messages. Aria's brother Mike is caught trying to break into Jason DiLaurentis' house and is also the one that stole things from Emily's garage and pushed Aria in Spencer's house. Aria also struggles in her relationship with Ezra, not knowing how or when to go public. Melissa tells Spencer that her baby is a girl and while talking to Melissa, Ian's phone goes off in Spencer's bag making it look like Spencer was pretending to be Ian by texting Melissa. Hanna meets Caleb's foster mom, Janet, and says that if she doesn't continue giving Caleb his money until he is 18, then Hanna is going to bring Janet to court. While Emily is at a delivery store, she comes across Logan Reed, the guy Ian got to deliver the $10,000 to the girls. Logan then tells Emily that he never met Ian and that he was hired by a woman on the phone. At Ian's funeral, Aria talks to Jason who tells her he thought he could have possibly killed Alison while he was drunk the night of her death and his suspicions were raised when he woke up the next morning with a note that read "I know what you did." Emily's clues from A's texts lead the girls to Alison's grave where A plays the video of Ian presumably killing Alison with the added part of Ali shown to be unharmed revealing she was still alive and Ian may not have been her murderer.
28 6 "Never Letting Go" J. Miller Tobin Bryan M. Holdman July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19) 2.53[11]
On the eve of the Rosewood Charity Fashion Show, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer are folding show programs on Emily's bed, trying to help Spencer make up for the fact that she has missed a bunch of fashion show committee meetings. Then, at the Hastings' residence, Spencer makes out with Toby in her kitchen. As soon as he leaves, she hears her dad on the phone with someone, yelling and specifically complaining that Jason is home. Spencer tries to strike up a conversation with her father, as he searches for an unhealthy nighttime snack. The Liars meet with Jessica for lunch shortly afterwards, despite their awkward reservations. She then presents the girls with presents, four high fashion dresses. However, the girls are uneasy, as they remember Alison having picked them out and trying them on in a flashback. But, that is precisely why Jessica asks the girls to model those dresses in the fashion show; she wants them to realize Ali’s dream and pay tribute to her. Just before the show, Spencer hands Noel the disc Mona asked her to deliver to him, not needing to see what's on it. In the corner of the room, Jessica and Peter have an argument, the details of which Spencer doesn't catch. The fashion show starts, and the outfits do not disappoint. Then the tribute to Alison begins, with her image prominent on the runway screen and the girls walking the runway in her dresses. Suddenly, the image changes so as to make Alison look like the devil, with fire around and peeling black eyes. The screen flashes "the bitch is dead," and the music changes from sentimental to hellish. Spencer runs to Noel to make him turn it off, but he claims he can't. She unplugs all the wires around his equipment until the images and sound effects stop. Hanna then goes to talk to Caleb and finally thanks him for coming. He asks to walk her home, and she asks him to wait, basically agreeing to the romantic possibility between them. "A" then projects a note on the screen: "My Dresses. My Game. My Rules." Jason then offers Aria a ride home, and she accepts.
29 7 "Surface Tension" Norman Buckley Joseph Dougherty July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26) 2.36[12]
Aria's parents throw a dinner party, putting Aria face-to-face with both Ezra and Jason. The awkward night is interrupted when Mike gets arrested for breaking into another house. Emily tries to get used to living with the Marins, while Hanna tries to come to terms with Caleb's "sketchy" business. While doing landscaping work for the Hastings, Toby finds an old hockey stick buried in the backyard, and Spencer's father becomes visibly nervous but burns it in the fire saying it doesn't mean anything. Toby later tells Spencer about it, and she thinks it might be the weapon used to kill Ali. Ashley and Ella begin to wonder if there isn't something more serious going on in the girls' lives that they don't know. After searching through Mike's bag of stolen items, Aria realizes that Officer Garrett cannot be trusted, just as Spencer sits in the car telling Garrett she doesn't know if she believes that Ian killed Ali anymore. In the final scene, A injects steroids into Emily's lotion.
30 8 "Save the Date" Chris Grismer Matt Witten August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02) 2.41[13]
Emily has been juggling a lot of secrets and lies lately, and with a surprise visit from her father before a big swim meet, the pressure gets to be too much for her — sending her to the hospital with an ulcer. But with the prospect of having to come clean to her father about Danby, Emily realizes she has bigger problems when “A” reveals his/her part in Emily's swim career. Wren turns out to be her doctor in the hospital. While visiting Emily, Spencer and Aria take the opportunity to try and do more digging around about the cause of Alison's death and how the broken field hockey stick may play a part in the last few moments of their friend's life. Spencer discovers that Ali had been buried alive because Ali's autopsy report mentions her having dirt in her lungs. She also discovers that Ali's report is missing a page. Meanwhile, Hanna struggles with the prospect of losing both men in her life when her father's wedding "Save the Date" arrives, and the possibility of Caleb running out of Rosewood before his past can come back to haunt him.
31 9 "Picture This" Patrick Norris Jonell Lennon August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09) 2.54[14]
Spencer begins to suspect more and more about Jason after finding his broken hockey stick in her yard, and deciding that he was the one who stole the missing page in Alison's autopsy file. While spying on him in his front yard and seeing how protective he is over the shed in his yard, she and Emily decide to break in and see what is so mysterious in it. While in the shed, they find pictures of Aria while she is sleeping, and a box of cameras and spying equipment. This leads the girls to realizing that Jason is spying on Aria, and could be spying on all of them. Meanwhile, Emily is under a ton of pressure. First, A put steroids in her pain cream which caused her blood tests to show signs of human growth hormones. Hanna's mom allows Emily to have Samara and some of Samara's friends over for a small get together, and A forces Emily to give her phone number to one of Samara's friends, Zoey. A tells Emily that if she doesn't get Zoey's number, she will tell everyone that Emily is taking steroids. Samara's other friend catches Emily giving Zoey her number and then later tells Samara which ends Emily's relationship with her. Aria begins to have continuous dreams about Jason, which she feels is threatening her relationship with Ezra. She tries to spend more time with Ezra(she surprises him by making out in his office), but her dreams continue. Along with this, Aria is also trying to figure out why Mike is robbing houses. Later at the park, Jason kisses Aria, but she tells him she is already taken, leading Jason to think she's afraid of him. Hanna discovers that the man following Caleb is not a police man, but instead a private investigator hired by his birth mother to find him. Caleb receives her phone number and is not sure whether to call her or not. However, Hanna convinces him that he should call his mother since the story of what happened to her and why she left Caleb have been torturing Caleb for twelve years. Caleb calls his mother and has a heartfelt phone conversation with her, leading him to leave Rosewood and go to California to see her. However, he notes that he will come back soon; after Caleb's departure Hanna calls her father and tells him that she will be a bridesmaid for his wedding and show up for the fitting. Spencer and Emily return to Jason's shed, only to find that he has discovered someone was in it and he has removed everything in it and only left the flashlight they dropped before. In the final scene, we see A developing a photograph of Spencer and Emily entering Jason's shed in Jason's darkroom. The Liars focus in on Jason, in more ways than one.
32 10 "Touched by an A-ngel" Chad Lowe Charlie Craig & Maya Goldsmith August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16) 2.30[15]
Aria finds herself in a difficult position when trying to process Spencer and Emily’s news about Jason, while dealing with what happened at the park and her undeniable feelings for him. Aria reveals to Emily and Spencer that Jason kissed her, but she rejected him, and in turn, Emily and Spencer reveal that Jason has been taking pictures of her while she was sleeping; as well as having a darkroom in his shed. Aria talks to Jason about what her friends told her about him, and he finds out that Emily and Spencer were the ones who broke into his shed the other night. He then tells Aria that Ali was the one who took the pictures of Aria, and he had found the pictures in a box underneath Ali's floorboards in her room when he was renovating it. Spencer reveals to Ezra that she knows about his and Aria's relationship and that Jason has feelings for Aria, and Aria's mother suspects that Spencer and Ezra are hooking up when she sees them conversing in his car. While Jason finds Ali's box and gives it to Aria, Ezra arrives to tell her that he doesn't want to ruin their relationship by keeping it in the shadows and he wants to start by telling her parents about them. Jason comes back to see them in a loving kiss and tells Aria that he knows she is "unavailable" as she is about to leave. Ella tells Aria that she thinks Spencer and Ezra have something going on; Aria finds out that she would feel betrayed if Aria told her about her relationship with Mr. Fitz; Ella decides to send Mike to a therapist. Mona pushes Hanna to try to play nice with her future step-sister, Kate, at her bridesmaids fitting, which ends up with the two riding horses at an equestrian club. However, a conversation with Mona involving Hanna insulting Isabel and Kate results in Hanna making a new enemy, with Kate threatening to break her like a horse. Meanwhile, Spencer and Toby find Ian's old yearbook while packing up his belongings and they find out that Jason, Ian, and Garrett were all in the "NAT Club"; the name is based on a Latin phrase meaning "we see all". Jenna pays a visit to Spencer's house and demands she stop digging for information because Ali's killer was killed, and she finds out that Spencer knows about her and Garrett. "A" has determined that Emily is the weakest link and decides that it's time she breaks, and when Emily visits a spa for a massage appointment, "A" discreetly massages her before the actual masseuse starts, pushing Emily to her breaking point. Emily tries to call their therapist, Anne Sullivan, but she gets a text from A. Emily goes to the girls for emotional support and they discuss the NAT club, thinking "A" could be a group of people who have been stalking them together. Garrett and Jenna pay a visit to Jason after Jenna tells him that Spencer knows about their relationship. In the final scene, "A" is seen talking to the girls' therapist, Dr. Anne Sullivan. Complex situations land the Liars in hot water.
33 11 "I Must Confess" Norman Buckley Oliver Goldstick August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23) 2.63[16]
After being pushed around, threatened and more by “A,” Emily is at a breaking point and her friends know that something drastic has to be done to save her. The girls turn to the only person they have come to trust and know that she can’t let their secrets out – Dr. Anne Sullivan. Finally being able to reveal the torment that “A” has put them through to someone outside of the tight-knit group gives the girls a sense of relief and Emily a new sense of courage. Hanna's grandmother arrives in town for Tom's rehearsal dinner, making sure to let it be known that she doesn't want the wedding to happen. Kate seeks her revenge on Hanna for what she said at the ranch. Byron and Ella continue to argue about how to help Mike, while Mike finally manages to open up to Aria. Spencer's father tells her that he committed a crime to help the DiLaurentis family and that Jason had motive to kill Alison, and he inadvertently tells her that the DiLaurentis family has some dirt against them. Emily, still feeling more courageous because of her talk with Dr. Sullivan, calls Maya and they meet for dinner. During that dinner, Dr. Sullivan studies her files and soon figures out who "A" is. She calls Emily and tells her to get the other girls and meet her at her office; however, when they arrive, she is gone and "A" texts the message "The doctor is out." In the final scene, A is seen removing the files and the bug from Dr. Sullivan's office. Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer finally decide to tell someone about "A."
34 12 "Over My Dead Body" Ron Lagomarsino I. Marlene King August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30) 2.98[17]
"A" has given each of the four girls an important task to save Dr. Sullivan. They have until 7 pm to save their trusted confidant, who is revealed to still be alive. They each receive wind-up dolls that speak out their missions. Aria's task is to get rid of Jackie with proof of Jackie's plagiarism. Spencer must break up with Toby in order to keep him safe from "A". Hanna must stop her father's wedding by telling Isabel about her parents' affair. Emily has to follow A's directions, and winds up getting trapped in a barn with a car engine running. Emily passes out and is later saved from the death of carbon monoxide poisoning by "A" and dragged out of the barn. Emily has a conversation with Alison in a dream, and when Emily asks her who "A" is, Alison ambiguously replies, "Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead." Emily then wakes up to find the other three girls beside her. Emily notices a shovel that hadn't been present when she arrived at the barn. A message on the shovel reveals the coordinates of Dr. Sullivan's location in the forest. The four assume that Dr. Sullivan was buried alive, but when they dig up the "burial ground", they only find her boots and a dummy. They are cornered by the police and taken into custody (ironically, this is the deadline for saving Dr. Sullivan), and Detective Wilden is back in Rosewood to interrogate the four and accuse them of homicide. Towards the end of the episode, it is revealed during a conversation between Jenna and Garrett that they had written the note Jason received the night Ali died that said "I know what you did" and Garrett gives Jenna the missing page 5 of Alison's autopsy report which he plans for Jenna to burn. The episode concludes with "A" at a diner with Dr. Sullivan, who coldly states, "I've done everything you've asked me to do." "A" gives her an envelope and Dr. Sullivan disgustedly leaves the diner. A waitress approaches A's table and asks, "How you doing, pretty eyes? You want a piece of pie?" "A" sends the Liars on a hunt to destroy lives in order to save another.
35 13 "The First Secret" Dana W. Gonzales I. Marlene King October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19) 2.47[18]
It's the Halloween before Alison disappeared and where all of the secrets and lies began for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer. At the costume shop, Noel startles Alison by grabbing her from behind and covering her mouth while wearing a scary mask. Alison is ruffled, but not upset. After meeting Jenna, she gets an anonymous text that says "I’m watching you" from a blocked number. Later, Aria and Alison go out for frozen yogurt. While they are walking, Mona sees them and calls out to join them. Aria looks inclined to stop, but Alison propels Aria forward in attempt to lose Mona. They run until they turn a corner past some bushes, then stop in their tracks when they see Byron and Meredith making out in his car. Byron is all smiles until he spots his daughter and her crestfallen face. Next, Alison is seen sitting on her bed when Jason tossed a package from the porch to her. Inside is a burlap doll with a red heart and a pin and a note that says "It’s my turn to torture you." The gang goes to a Halloween party hosted by Noel. Some time later, Emily is sitting outside alone. Hanna joins her, wondering where Alison is. The other Liars join up, and they get a text that reads "I’m in trouble, come alone" from Ali, directing them to the scary house's address. So, they all hurry over there. They find Ali in a locked room. Seemingly terrified, she recounts that someone grabbed her and brought her there threatening to kill her with a knife. Nobody can get a signal to dial 911 from their cell phones, so Ali goes out alone. Then she screams, but the door is now bolted and they can’t open it. Through the keyhole they see a big fight with her and costumed guy with a knife. Ali knees him and runs off, and the Liars get out through a conveniently open window. They go back in the house, and Ali is rocking in a chair, brandishing a knife and looking completely insane, but she says it was all a hoax. Noel was the zombie, the blood was ketchup (which she meanly offers to a tearing Hanna), and they "passed the test." Back at the party, Noel then approaches Ali to apologize, but she tells him it was perfect—but then realizes he’s apologizing because he didn’t make it to the plot; he was stuck at the party, not because he had been too rough with her. Then, Alison gets a text: "Dying to know who I am? You’ll find out. –A."
36 14 "Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares" Norman Buckley Joseph Dougherty January 2, 2012 (2012-01-02) 3.34[19]
It's exactly a month after "A" framed the girls for Alison's murder. Spencer rejects Toby and the gift he made her, Caleb returns to Hanna (an event that reveals a jealous side of Lucas), and Ezra and Aria reveal their relationship to Aria's parents. The relationship between Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer changes following their arrest. Spencer and Emily fight to trick 'A' into believing that the girls were falling apart (that "A" broke off the "weakest link: Emily). The girls fool "A" into believing that they know something which was hidden in Allison's box that Jason gave to Aria. Emily meets "A" (who is in black pants and a hoodie which conceals "A's" face) and shows him/her an empty box, making the girls' charade known to "A". "A" attacks Emily and nearly stabs her with a nearby tool, but Aria and Spencer show up and corner him/her before he/she is able to use it. "A" shatters the glass from the ceiling by throwing up a pot and makes a run for it. As "A" exits the greenhouse they were in, Hanna pulls up, and "A" is hit by her car. The girls chase after "A," but lose him/her and, just when Spencer declares they have nothing, they notice a very important piece that "A" accidentally left behind when struck by Hanna's car: "A's" cell phone. The girls pick up the phone in shock just as "A" reaches his/her car and realizes they left it behind. The episode ends as "A" punches the car in anger and glass shatters from the window and side view mirror.
37 15 "A Hot Piece of 'A'" Michael Grossman Oliver Goldstick January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09) 2.95[20]
The girls head back into the greenhouse to look for the box and decide what to do next. Spencer suggests calling Caleb to help them recover information from the phone, but Hanna doesn't want to get him involved. While Caleb downloads the information on the computer from the phone, the owner shuts the phone down. Caleb works on decrypting the files on his laptop at school, which concerns Hanna. Spencer approaches Emily, hoping to enlist her help in snooping around Jason's house, believing him to be Garrett and Jenna's lackey. Emily starts community service at the crisis hotline that afternoon, Aria is on lockdown and Hanna is unhappy with Spencer for dragging Caleb into their "A" investigation. Emily suggests Spencer let Hanna use her lake house for face time with Caleb. At Hanna's house, Hanna tries to study while Lucas seems distracted. She gets a text from Spencer offering her the lake house. She gets the brilliant idea to use it to throw Caleb a surprise birthday party and enlists Lucas' help in planning it. Lucas reluctantly agrees to help. Emily attends her first training session at the crisis hotline center. She roleplays with the supervisor, reading the transcript of a call that came in last night aloud. While reading it, Emily realizes the caller seems likely to be the person who tried to kill her in the greenhouse last night; "A's" helper. Emily shows Spencer and Aria the transcript she swiped from the crisis center (Hanna already saw it). At the crisis center, Emily's supervisor tells her to listen in on the call that just came in because it is the transcript caller calling back. He says he is in way too deep and doesn't want to have to hurt anyone. Spencer and Emily listen together and recognize the caller's voice as Lucas'. Spencer and Hanna look for tiki torches in the attic of the lake house. Spencer discovers that the wallpaper in the background of the doll photo is the same as the panel on the attic wall. "A" has been in her attic. Emily answers a call at the crisis center. This time she speaks to Lucas who discloses he has to take care of his problem tonight and how hard it will be to lose "her" then heads straight to the party, fearing for Hanna. At the party, Spencer tells Hanna what she discovered in the attic, but Hanna is distracted with her tasks. Spencer and Emily learn from Mona that Hanna took the rowboat out with Lucas to set up the fireworks across the lake. Halfway across the lake, Lucas stops rowing. She becomes more and more frightened by Lucas' tone and asks to go back, hearing Spencer calling her name from shore. Lucas stands and shouts at her. Hanna flips, pushes him overboard, and takes the oars. She doesn't get far before a hand latches onto one of the oars and Hanna falls overboard. Spencer continues calling her name and directs Emily to go inside and call the police. Other partygoers gather around Spencer, curious about the situation. After a few tense moments, Hanna swims to shore. Spencer tries to warm Hanna up and find out what happened. Caleb arrives and Hanna mumbles "surprise."
38 16 "Let the Water Hold Me Down" Chris Grismer Bryan M. Holdman January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) 2.78[21]
Hanna is certain that Lucas is still alive and out there. Spencer finds an old receipt in her lake house attic, sure that A was up there. The date on the receipt is around the time Hanna and Caleb got to Spencer's lake house; the receipt shows an address in Philadelphia, which Aria and Spencer agree to visit. At school, Aria confesses to Spencer that her mom thinks she made a date with Holden when she really called Ezra. Ezra tells her that she can't call him anymore. Holden asks Aria out despite her being grounded. Mona complains to a dejected and preoccupied Hanna about losing Noel. They have a row over Hanna's inattentiveness whenever Mona confesses to Hanna. Hanna runs to the bathroom and starts crying, but quiets when someone else enters. After a while Hanna suddenly notices the sink is overflowing and a small boat is floating in the sink. A piece of paper in it says "Life is but a dream, Hanna. And I'm your worst nightmare. -A" Aria buys tickets for a play for her and Holden's date, which was where Ezra was going to take Aria a while ago, just to see Ezra. Hanna argues with Caleb when Caleb wants to go look for Lucas but she doesn't want to. In Philly, Spencer notices a rehab center for the blind near the address on the receipt. This was where Jenna used to go before moving back to Rosewood. Spencer goes in to ask about Jenna, and notices Garrett checked Jenna out of the rehab center the night after Ali died, and never checked back in. She has a conversation with another patient; Spencer claims she knew Jenna before she moved to Rosewood. The patient was inspired by how determined Jenna was; he says maybe she was motivated to get out of here. Spencer steals the patient logbook from which the year Jenna was there, and leaves after pretending to sign-in. Aria meets Holden outside the theater, and finally is able to see Ezra. Aria and Holden are informed that Ezra left the play early, to Aria's sadness. Holden figures out that Aria and Ezra have a relationship, and understands this because he hides stuff from his parents too. Maya reveals to Emily that while she was at "sober camp", she hooked up with a guy, and Emily is unstirred. Hanna notices the door's latch is broken, but really Lucas broke into her house. Hanna encounters Lucas, and Lucas tells her he never wanted to hurt her. Caleb shows up and asks where Lucas was. Lucas reveals he was on the crisis hotline because he lost Caleb's money in a bet. He was missing because he drove around all night selling his comic books to get the money back, and he took Hanna out onto the lake to ask her to soften the blow of the news for Caleb. They are on good terms again, but Hanna questions who they met in the greenhouse. Hanna reveals this to the other girls, and Spencer shows them the sign-in book. Instead of their Chinese food, they find live earthworms and dirt, followed by A's text. At the end of the episode, A is seen loosening the hinges on some unknown scaffolding.
39 17 "Blond Leading the Blind" Arlene Sanford Charlie Craig January 23, 2012 (2012-01-23) 3.17[22]
The girls check out what Caleb got from A's cell phone. Hanna wants to let him know what's going on. They see a video from Alison's bedroom. Ian sets up a video camera, then Garrett leads Jenna into the room. Ian and Garrett argue over getting videos from Alison. Garrett finds Alison's wooden box, and the girls realize this was the night Alison was murdered. Toby calls Spencer, and she has Emily lie for her. Toby says Spencer's been "confusing" lately. He notices something is going on and picks up on the fact that Spencer is avoiding him. Caleb is working on getting the data from A's cellphone when he observes Garrett at lunch. Caleb sees that Garrett is in the videos on A's phone. Hanna notices a piece of paper inside the dolls from the box. It is a series of threatening notes, one of them making reference to a pumpkin. The girls flash back to Halloween coming home with Alison after Noel's party. A jack-o-lantern on her front porch had a knife stuck in its head. There is a note from A, but Alison laughs it off as "Jason's beer buddies" and asks the girls to stay over. In present day, they realize the note that Alison got was one that said "next time it'll be your face." Toby climbs the scaffolding, which is revealed to be at the Hastings' house. He falls off, and we see Spencer get a call about it. At the hospital, Toby tells Spencer the anchors "gave way." Wren tells them Toby has a broken arm. Spencer gets a text from A that reads "Almost got him! Toby won't be so lucky next time." Spencer tells Emily she thinks she's putting Toby in danger. She wants Emily to do something that might make him hate Spencer but there is only one thing she could think of that could save Toby. Emily goes into Toby's room and tells him that the guy Spencer was seeing before him is back and "it's not right again." Emily says she's telling him because Spencer couldn't. He wants to know who it is. Toby wants some "answers" from Wren to why Spencer was acting so strange. Wren said he kissed Spencer and that she told him at the time she was no longer with Toby. Ezra eventually shows up to meet Aria. They kiss in the rain. In his car he says what they are doing is dangerous. He wants her to be safe and happy and wants her to make sure that being together is what she wants. They then go home. Caleb tells Spencer and Emily that the only way he's going to continue working is if they let him know what Hanna is so afraid of. He thinks he should be able to get more of that video. Spencer gave Caleb a streamlined version of what has been happening, but Hanna doesn't know they have told him anything. Spencer, Emily and Aria watch the rest of the video. Ian tells Garrett he's "going down" and pulls out the camera. Garrett and Ian fight just as Alison enters the room. The tape stops there, and Emily says she's not sure she wants Caleb to find the rest. The girls see Toby's truck outside. The keys are inside the truck, along with a note for Spencer. She tells the other girls "He's gone." At the end of the episode, A is seen cutting up a picture of Spencer and Toby and burning it. A does the same with Ezra and Aria's picture cutting it in half. The final picture A burns up is not seen.
40 18 "A Kiss Before Lying" Wendey Stanzler Maya Goldsmith January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30) 2.55[23]
Hanna thinks that the girls are icing her out because she destroyed the memory card from A’s phone. Aria, Emily and Spencer seem to be up to something, but she can't quite seem to figure out what it is. Caleb agreed to continue decrypting the information from A’s phone if Spencer, Aria, and Emily agrees to not tell Hanna about it. A knows that Caleb is still working on decrypting her phone, so A threatens Hanna to make Caleb stop or else she’d expose her mother’s secret about stealing money from the bank. Hanna decides to tell Caleb about her mother’s secret, in hoping that he’d stop working on A’s phone. Caleb finds a photo of a fake ID of a brunette Alison. Hanna sees this picture and tells Spencer that she saw Alison in a brunette wig, with the alias of Vivian Darkbloom. Hanna and Spencer find a claim ticket in one of Alison’s books. Spencer, pretending to be Vivian Darkbloom, calls the number on the ticket and finds out that whatever Alison had in storage is still there. Hanna's evil step sister Kate is now in Rosewood. Now that Kate is invading Hanna's space, she needs her friends more than ever. When Spencer meets Kate, she realizes that she knows her from a summer camp that Melissa used to work at. Spencer had a photo of Kate with a bunch of bug bites from camp, and threatened to show it to the school if Kate isn’t nice to Hanna. Meanwhile, Emily hopes that her mother's visit to Rosewood will be a good opportunity to re-introduce her to Maya and hope that things will turn out better than they did the last time. However, Maya is still upset about how Pam ratted her out, so she goes out of her way to make the dinner extremely uncomfortable for Emily and her mother. Ezra gets offered a job that would require him to move. He finds out that Aria’s father had set up this job offer for him in hoping that Ezra would be out of Aria’s life. Hanna's phone contacts all receive a photo of Kate naked sent from Hanna's phone, and Hanna swears she didn't send it. At the end, A breaks into Peter Hastings' office and takes a gun out of his desk drawer.
41 19 "The Naked Truth" Elodie Keene Oliver Goldstick & Francesca Rollins February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06) 2.25[24]
It's Truth Up Day at Rosewood High, and it seems some will have more to spill than others. Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna deal with their own personal problems, before A exposes everything. When they see that Kate has a birthmark right above her waist, they know that the photo that was sent to everyone else was photoshopped. Hanna realizes that A hadn't sent that photo with Hanna's phone, because there was no reason for A to help Kate. In the bathroom, Hanna pushes Kate to tell the truth, which Aria and Emily record while hiding in the stalls. They prove to the principal that Hanna is innocent. Aria is suspicious about Holden, who she thinks is "hurting himself". When Aria gets locked out on the rooftop of the school and is attacked by Noel, who is now Jenna's boyfriend, Holden rescues her by kicking Noel in the face in a very professional matter, thus revealing more about his secret. Mona and Emily become closer when Mona volunteers to find a way to get Emily back on the swim team since the principal felt Emily would tarnish the team's reputation, due to the Liars' trouble with the police. Jason comes back to Rosewood looking for Spencer's father. During the school's Truth Up Day event, Spencer overhears Jason and her mom arguing about how everyone should "know the truth." It is then revealed that Jason and Spencer share the same father. Later on, the number they found in Vivian Darkbloom's jacket returns their call and asks to meet up face-to-face to answer some questions. In the final scene, A is seen approaching a sleeping Caleb during the night and taking his laptop out of his bag.
42 20 "CTRL:A" Ron Lagomarsino Joseph Dougherty & Lijah J. Barasz February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13) 2.11[25]
In school, Caleb is still hacking into A's files. Garrett enters the school, looking for Caleb. Caleb immediately locks his computer; Garrett shows him a court order forcing him to give his laptop to the police. Garrett says someone is hacking into the school's files and he traced it back to his IP address. In the computer lab, Caleb tells Hanna Garrett can't get past his firewall without his help and the files from A are all on flashdrives. Hanna fears someone did get into his laptop and put the evidence somewhere Caleb wouldn't find them. Hanna tells him to hack into his computer and delete the files. Aria finally finds out what Holden is doing on their "dates" - he is doing martial arts but his parents forbid as Holden has a heart condition. Spencer visits Jason where he tells her that he found another one of Ali's boxes under the floorboards at their grandma's house. There were love letters amongst others from Spencer's dad to Jason's mom, and $15,000. Spencer thinks Ali must have gotten the money by blackmailing Spencer's father after finding them. Later, The girls go to meet the man they agreed to see who had information about Alison's alter-ego Vivian. He says Vivian told him about a friend called Alison who was getting texts from somebody with a blocked number and she would pay to find out who. The man claims to have found out who, but told Vivian before she gave him the money, and got fired for accessing restricted info. When Aria asks what he knows, he says he wants what Vivian owes - $2,000. He leaves his number and his name, Jonah. At the police station, Wilden tells Garrett there is a new piece of evidence about the missing page of the autopsy report. Meanwhile, Byron gets a note from A, revealing the location of Aria's date with Ezra. At Hanna's house, Maya tells Emily her parents found an old joint in her room from before she got busted. Ashley and Hanna are called to the police station where they reveal a photo of Emily, Spencer, and Hanna in nurse dresses outside the morgue. Hanna tells Ashley it was a practical joke and they don't know anything about the missing page. At Emily's party, Hanna tells the girls about the picture and that Garrett stole copies of the autopsy report. At home Spencer talks with her dad about Jason and admits he cheated and got Jessica DiLaurentis pregnant. She kept the baby and moved to Atlanta with her family but moved back 5 years later, and Peter never asked why. Spencer asks about the letters and money, but he says he never gave money to the DiLaurentis family. Wilden and Garrett tell Caleb to log in to his computer. In her bedroom, Hanna is trying to hack into Caleb's computer to delete the files, but can't remember his password. Wilden and Garrett go through Caleb's files while Hanna successfully logs in to Caleb's account and finds the files "A" planted and deletes them clearing Caleb's name. Spencer tells Jason Ali needed the money to find someone she was afraid of and that the girls intend to as well. In the final scene, Emily is in the kitchen while A watches her through the window.
43 21 "Breaking the Code" Roger Kumble Jonell Lennon February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20) 2.54[26]
Spencer tells the girls she got the $2,000 for Jonah from a relative. Aria and Spencer plan to meet Jonah at 6. Spencer tells Melissa Jason is their half-brother. Melissa is angry their mother would keep a secret like this. Spencer says Alison knew. Melissa leaves the house, not wanting to see their parents. At Hanna's house, Mona gets a text from A. She says the texts started a few days ago and A has been accusing her of shoplifting things. The texts are also about Hanna's mom, and "A" sent Mona a photo of Wilden and Ashley the night they had sex. Hanna questions what Mona would do with the picture if A started threatening her. Aria and Spencer meet Jonah at the park. They give him the money and he gives them an address, but Jonah won't disclose anything else. As the girls leave, they notice Garrett watching them in his car. Ashley tells Hanna if anybody found out about the picture, Ashley could lose Hanna because Tom could sue for full custody with this information. Ella shows Aria the note A sent to Byron. She brings up the letter she got from "A" last year about Meredith. Paige reveals to Emily that she came out to her parents. Hanna tells the girls about her mom sleeping with Wilden to get her out of trouble. She mentions Mona getting "A" texts about it. Aria tells the girls that A sent her dad a note trying to catch Ezra and Aria and now Ella wants to find out who A is, and admits she and Ezra are still seeing each other. Caleb sends the girls an e-mail with another part of Ian's video. Melissa walks into Alison's room, angrily asking where Alison is. Spencer wants to talk to Melissa first before the other girls turn her in. Mona shows Hanna an incident report from when Hanna shoplifted the sunglasses, sent by A. "A" threatened Mona to give the report and picture to the newspaper or else she'll be filling out a police report. Spencer waits for Melissa at a bar as Wren chats with her. Garrett arrives outside and Melissa gets into his car. Wren mentions he saw them together at a doctor's appointment. Hanna tells Mona about "A" and Mona asks what to do about the report. Aria, Hanna, and Emily go to the address Jonah gave of a law firm but the girls leave in a hurry when an alarm is set off. At Wren's apartment, Spencer makes out with Wren. The next morning, Mona reveals to Hanna she returned the jewelry she stole saving Hanna and her mom. At lunch, A sends Mona a note saying she didn't fall for the trap - yet. Hanna invites Mona to sit at her friends' table. Ezra tells Aria he has to move away and take the job or else Aria's dad will know what's making him stay. Ella goes to Ezra's apartment saying she wants to understand. Melissa says she needs to tell Spencer something that she wanted to tell her at Ian's funeral. In Hanna's bedroom, Ashley spots the letter Aria picked up from the law firm and mentions Melissa worked there as a summer intern. A police officer arrives at Emily's to talk about Maya. In the final scene, A is seen using Mr. Hastings' stolen gun for target practice.
44 22 "Father Knows Best" Chad Lowe Charlie Craig & Bryan M. Holdman February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27) 2.49[27]
The cops tell Emily that Maya is missing, and that her parents don't know where she is. Rosewood high hosts a father daughter dance and the girls make plans for their dates. Byron and Aria's relationship is strained, Hanna's father is MIA so her mother offers to go with her, and Emily's father comes back from Texas to attend with her. Unfortunately he has to promptly leave after the dance because he's needed for army service. With fathers looking to make amends and daughters trying to keep the peace, the annual dance looks to be anything but fun. After Spencer tells Melissa that she saw her get into a car with Garrett, Melissa reveals some secrets to Spencer. Melissa tells her that Garrett was helping her as he was a close friend of Ian. She also reveals that she sent texts to Alison telling her to back off Ian, and when Spencer tells the rest of the girls, they are inclined to believe that Melissa is "A". Ashley continues her hunt to find answers about what is going on with Hanna with help from a surprising source, Detective Wilden. He demands that Ashley gets Hanna's phone if they want answers, but when Mona and Hanna catch them conversing in a car, Hanna gets angry at her mother. She drops her phone in the sink to prevent them from finding out anything about "A". Emily discovers, with help from her father, that Maya bought a ticket to San Francisco, but may not have gotten on the train. After she bought the ticket, she was seen outside of the station talking to someone in a dark car, and then she was gone. Emily decides Maya doesn't want to be found but then misses a call from Maya right before the dance. After Ashley tries to figure out who could have blackmailed Hannah with the police report, the girls decide that they should lie and say that they did it to get their parents off of "A's" trail. Aria is nominated for the job, and lies to Hanna's mother about sending the shoplifting report to Hanna saying that she did it in order to get Hannah to stop shoplifting. It is later uncovered that Ashley is not fooled by their attempts. Spencer finds her father's checkbook and a check stub for $15,000 in cash. She also finds a folder with pictures of Ali in it. When Spencer confronts her father, he confesses he paid $15,000 for a private investigator to find Ali. He did this to keep Melissa safe, who was harassing Alison with vicious text messages about Ian. Peter then reports a break-in to the police when he finds his gun missing. At the end of the episode, "A" is seen reading a newspaper with the headline showing a picture of Maya who is listed as missing.
45 23 "Eye of the Beholder" Melanie Mayron Joseph Dougherty March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05) 2.58[28]
The liars are on the hunt for answers of what Alison knew before she died. The girls meet a boy named Duncan from Alison's past, he explains how he and Ali were good friends during the summer before she returned to Rosewood and went missing. He reveals he was with Ali the day she was murdered and Ali had returned home earlier than she led the girls to believe. Toby returns to Rosewood still angry at Spencer and helping Jenna again although he suffered from her in the past. After a confrontation with Hanna, he assures her he knows what he's doing. Jenna undergoes her eye surgery but the effectiveness of the surgery is still unknown for the time being. Jason gives the girls a bag of Ali's personal items which the girls don't seem to understand until Spencer notices the box was covered with highlighted newspapers from the summer Ali died and realizes there is some pattern to it all. Jenna is injured in a fire at Jason's house but is saved by Hanna. In the final scene, "A" is shown placing a police badge at the house.
46 24 "If These Dolls Could Talk" Ron Lagomarsino Oliver Goldstick & Maya Goldsmith March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12) 2.47[29]
Spencer dreams about having a conversation with Alison, who was digging through Jason's bag for pain meds. Ali tells Spencer she's sorry about not telling her that Jason was her brother too, and that she's glad the girls "haven't given up". Ali also warns her not to miss what's right in front of her. Spencer wakes up to see the side door has been open all night. She sees two prescription bottles, and wonders if it was only a dream. Maya sends Emily an angry text for telling her parents where she is. Ashley hears a phone ringing and finds out about Hanna's secret phone Mona gave her and gives it back to Mona. Ezra tells Aria he's worried about the fallout from him not taking the job Byron lined up for him. Jenna takes off the bandage covering her surgically repaired eye. It seems her surgery failed. Spencer finds out that Alison and "A" had been communicating via newspaper classified ads and were set to meet up. The girls decide to go to Brookhaven where the meeting was supposed to take place. Jenna and Toby approach them and she tells the girls her surgery failed. Jenna then apologizes and says she wants to move on. She goes on to say she's never been the person they really needed to fear. Emily doesn't buy it. Mona gets a text from A that says if she doesn't break up Hanna and Caleb she'll go back to being a loser. Aria finds an application for a boarding school in Vermont that Byron has left for Ella. The girls go to the doll store in Brookhaven. They meet the owner, Martha. They ask if anyone had ever bought a voodoo doll (like the one Alison received from "A"), but Martha says they don't sell them. They speak with a boy named Seth, who knows more than it seems. He says that Alison was in the store a year ago looking for a voodoo doll. He warned her against it, since a man and woman with dark hair were trying to hurt her. Later, Spencer tells the girls about Jason being her brother, and the girls think Melissa killed Alison. Aria mentions the application to Ella. Ella says she's considering it because of "A". Aria hints at hurting Byron's career by revealing his past affair with Meredith. Melissa asks about the bag she found in Spencer's room. Spencer then shows her the video of her coming into Alison's room and asks her to explain what happened. She reveals their parents' suspicions about her. Spencer says she thinks the police need to see the video, but Melissa threatens her with videos of her own. Ella tells Aria the boarding school idea has been put aside for the moment. She says Aria's threat shook up the family. Hanna's plan to uncover Melissa as "A" has Mona and Caleb make out in Mona's car, just as Melissa walks out of a building. Hanna immediately gets an "A" text about it. The girls want to alert the police. They stop by the doll store on the way to the police station. Ezra has been fired by Byron. Jenna shows Toby the missing page from Alison's autopsy report, which she got from Garrett. Jenna thinks the police should have it, so they go to the station. Hanna, Spencer and Emily find the doll store empty, but find that Martha lied about the dolls she sells as there is a whole box of voodoo dolls. The lights go out and a doll's voice begins chanting "Follow me, end up like me". They find a bloody blonde doll resembling Alison. Items crash everywhere as they escape. Ezra and Aria have a conversation about what he has to do with his life, and then have what they think will be goodbye sex. Melissa and Garrett arey in the kitchen when she assures him Spencer didn't turn in the video. Two officers come to place Garrett under arrest for Alison's murder. Jenna, who everyone believes still can’t see, manages to kill a fly with perfect aim. In the final scene, Martha tells "A" that while she kept her deal, the mess "A" left in the store went too far. "A" bribes Martha with an envelope of cash and Seth, the boy who gave the girls false information about Alison, with candy.
47 25 "unmAsked" Lesli Linka Glatter I. Marlene King March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19) 3.69[30]
On the night of the annual masquerade ball, the girls finally decide to put an end to A's game. During the ball, Mona mentions to Spencer how she saw Alison spying on someone. Spencer realizes that 'A' wasn't watching Ali; Ali was watching 'A'. Mona and her go back to the Lost Woods Resort, and Spencer realizes that Room One wasn't where they had too look- it was Room two. They open the door, gasping at what they see: A's Lair. It is plastered with pictures of the girls, and other things such as the voodoo doll Alison received, the creepy baby doll costume, and a doll set, each one looking like the girls with Alison sitting on the top. Spencer finds numerous things that point to Mona being 'A', and 'A' is finally revealed to be Mona Vanderwaal. She knocks Spencer out cold, and they take a drive. Aria video calls Spencer, and the girls see who 'A' is. They flee to catch up with them. Spencer jumps out of the car, and the girls arrive. Mona freaks out and tries to kill Spencer, but ends up falling off a cliff. The ambulance arrives, and so does Dr. Sullivan. She tells them 'A' threatened her son, which is why she left. It is then revealed Mona is alive. Meanwhile, we get a peek at what Mona is thinking while being kept in the mental hospital: She says that this is what "they" wanted, and their plan worked out just right. This means that Mona isn't the one pulling the strings; someone else is. A body is found, and it is Maya's. Emily cries while the girls comfort her. The final scene shows Mona in her hospital room. A person in a red coat visits her, to which she says to them "I did everything you asked me to."

Development and production[edit]

After an initial order of 24 episodes, it was announced in June that a special Halloween-themed flashback episode would air as part of ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween lineup, bringing the season 2 episode order to 25 episodes.[31]

On December 13, 2011, it was announced that the identity of A would be revealed in the Spring Finale. Plus, the season finale will see someone arrested for the murder of Alison, as well as the death of a beloved character — excluding the four female leads.[32][33] Filming of season two wrapped on December 16, 2011.[34]

Casting[edit]

Janel Parrish, Tammin Sursok, Bianca Lawson, and Tyler Blackburn return in the second season as Mona Vanderwaal, Jenna Marshall, Maya St. Germain, and Caleb Rivers. Also returning are Yani Gellman, Torrey DeVitto, Lindsey Shaw, Claire Holt, Keegan Allen, Brant Daugherty, Brendan Robinson, and Julian Morris, who will all reprise their roles from the first season.[35][36][37] Annabeth Gish appears as Anne Sullivan, a therapist whom the girls' parents feel can help them on their problems.[38]Andrea Parker will play Jessica DiLaurentis, Alison's mother, who returns to Rosewood to help out with a fashion show being held in Alison's honour.[39] Actor Drew Van Acker also joined the cast playing Jason DiLaurentis, replacing Parker Bagley.

Storylines[edit]

Season two picks up immediately where season one left off. After telling the police about Ian’s death and then the cops finding no body, the girls are now seen as liars by the town. With their parents concerned for their daughters, the girls are now forced to seek counseling from a therapist. But will the girls be able to entrust everything in her? “Where’s Ian?” “Who is A?” will continue to be the mysteries of this season, though Marlene King stated that there will be a whole new mystery that is going to be introduced right away and will be a huge one that’ll have people talking. With the girls being forced to separate and the ever so sinister “A” watching their every move, things in Rosewood are about to get a whole lot crazier![40][41]

Aria Montgomery[edit]

After learning Ezra’s ex-fiancee Jackie Molina is working with him and Ezra hiding it from her, Aria now finds herself hurt and betrayed. Things are now bittersweet for her because if she stays with him, she can finally have a normal relationship that other couples have without hiding out in his apartment. However, she must also face the fact that his ex is now in the picture. Besides having to decide if the relationship is worth it, she also has to deal with her family having more secrets in the house and her brother Mike continuing to grow in his rebellious ways. Aria's relationship with Ezra will also be tempted by the arrival of a new love interest who will be age appropriate, Jason DiLaurentis. In the winter premiere, Ezra and Aria will reveal their relationship to her parents. They reveal their relationship in the episode "Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares" but Byron and Ella's reaction is not what they hoped for. Maybe Holden, a mysterious boy from Aria's past, can help?

Hanna Marin[edit]

After suffering a broken heart from Caleb’s betrayal, Hanna will find herself confronted again with the man who caused it all. Will she be able to forgive him and reconnect, or is their relationship a thing of the past? Caleb leaves Hanna to go to Arizona, and then returns with some help from Lucas. With the possibility of finding out about Mona’s deception, Hanna’s got a lot of complications to deal with before she can find peace of mind. They make up after Hanna demands that his foster mom keep sending him checks. Hanna and Caleb reunite and are happily in love, only to find him going to California to visit his mother. Hanna's daddy issues continue as she breaks up the wedding between him and Isabel, with Hanna revealing her father and mother had hooked up before the wedding. With the other three girls using Caleb to help discover A's identity, Hanna is worried. But can she tell Caleb to stop without revealing the real issue? Fortunately, Hanna saves Caleb just when the officers were about to find the school files "A" planted on his laptop. Their relationship is safe....for now.

Emily Fields[edit]

Emily's love life won't be the only thing with complications this season. After being informed by her mother that the Fields family will be moving to Texas, Emily is now faced with the dilemma of moving. But moving might not be her only option as she soon discovers there's something she can do to keep herself in Rosewood. But will she go to the extremes to stay? She has a chance to get a scholarships, and that will prevent her from moving, but her family needs proof. Emily had a hard time being "A"s new target and went under a lot of stress which leads her to make a deal with "A" in the winter premiere.

Spencer Hastings[edit]

Spencer Hastings has a lot on her shoulders. Not only does her family not believe her account on Ian, but they are now forbidding her to see Toby; with his family as well. Will she find a way to keep seeing Toby without her family knowing or will she give in to her parents’ demands? And with a person like “A” watching her every move, caution will definitely need to be made. "A" forces Spencer to break up with Toby only to end up being comforted by Wren after he brings her home leading to them kissing. In the Season 2 finale, Toby confronts Spencer and tells her that "Pretending not to love you was the hardest thing I've ever done.". They make up, which leads to them kissing.

Ratings[edit]

Live + SD ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m)
23 1 "It's Alive" June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14) Tuesdays
8:00 P.M.
1.3 [42] 3.68 [42]
24 2 "The Goodbye Look" June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21) 1.0 [43] 2.66 [43]
25 3 "My Name Is Trouble" June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28) 1.0 [44] 2.78 [44]
26 4 "Blind Dates" July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05) 0.9 [45] 2.42 [45]
27 5 "The Devil You Know" July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12) 0.9 [46] 2.42 [46]
28 6 "Never Letting Go" July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19) 0.9 [47] 2.53 [47]
29 7 "Surface Tension" July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26) 0.9 [48] 2.36 [48]
30 8 "Save the Date" August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02) 0.8 [49] 2.41 [49]
31 9 "Picture This" August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09) 0.9 [50] 2.54 [50]
32 10 "Touched by an A-ngel" August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16) 0.8 [51] 2.30 [51]
33 11 "I Must Confess" August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23) 1.0 [52] 2.63 [52]
34 12 "Over My Dead Body" August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30) 1.2 [53] 2.98 [53]
35 13 "The First Secret" October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19) Wednesday 8:00 P.M. 1.0 [54] 2.47 [54]
36 14 "Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares" January 2, 2012 (2012-01-02) Mondays
8:00 P.M.
1.3 [55] 3.34 [55]
37 15 "A Hot Piece of 'A'" January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09) 1.3 [56] 2.95 [56]
38 16 "Let the Water Hold Me Down" January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) 1.1 [57] 2.78 [57]
39 17 "Blond Leading the Blind" January 23, 2012 (2012-01-23) 1.4 [58] 3.17 [58]
40 18 "A Kiss Before Lying" January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30) 0.9 [59] 2.55 [59]
41 19 "The Naked Truth" February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06) 1.0 [60] 2.25 [60]
42 20 "CTRL:A" February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06) 0.8 [61] 2.11 [61]
43 21 "Breaking the Code" February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13) 1.0 [62] 2.54 [62]
44 22 "Father Knows Best" February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20) 1.0 [63] 2.49 [63]
45 23 "Eye of the Beholder" March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05) 1.0 [64] 2.58 [64]
46 24 "If These Dolls Could Talk" March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12) 1.0 [65] 2.47 [65]
47 25 "unmAsked" March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19) 1.6 [66] 3.69 [66]

DVD release[edit]

The Complete Second Season
Set details[67] Special features[68]
  • 22 episodes
  • 1095 minutes (Region 1); 1070 minutes (Region 2); 1050 minutes (Region 4)
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English, and French (Region 1)
    • English, Spanish, Danish, French, Arabic, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English for the Hearing Impaired (Regions 2 and 4)
  • Deleted scenes:
    • Episodes: 1, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24
  • Fashion's Guilty Pleasure - Check out the girls rocking fashion from the second season!
  • Men of Mystery - Go behind the scenes and get an insight on the male characters of Pretty Little Liars
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)[69] November 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)[70] October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)[71]

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