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'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Ian's Funeral Reveals The Truth About Alison's Murder!

Tue, July 12, 2011 10:09pm EDT by Andy Swift 15 Comments

The girls put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral’ on the July 12 episode!

Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) family threw a funeral for Ian (Ryan Merriman) on this week’s Pretty Little Liars, but in typical Rosewood fashion, burying a body merely led to more secrets being unearthed. For starters, Ian didn’t even write the suicide note they found on him. Emily (Shay Mitchell) figured out it was actually written by A, using pieces of text messages that had been sent to the girls throughout the series! If this plot was any thicker, it’d be soup.

Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) continued their journey to Splits-ville this week with a tense little graveside chat. When Ian’s funeral became too much for her to handle, Aria really needed a hug from the man she loves — but Ezra still wasn’t ready to man up and show a little PDA. Instead, he actually used the “I’ll call you later” line and whimpered off to his car, tail between his legs. Coward!

Cue the intense pan over to Jason (Drew Van Acker), who apparently came to the cemetery just because it was the most dramatic place to brood publicly in Rosewood. In between lovingly awkward glances at Aria, Jason relayed exactly what happened the night Alison (Sasha Pieterse) went missing: He got drunk, blacked out, and woke up with a note that said “I know what you did.” In fact, up until Ian’s “confession,” Jason had convinced himself that he was the one who killed his sister! And since Ian’s confession was fake, that’s still totally a possibility.

But while this may not have been the best week for “Ezria” fans, it was a great one for “Haleb” hold-outs. Not only did Hanna (Ashley Benson) convince Caleb’s wicked foster mother to give him all the money she’s been making off of him — with a little help from the totally legitimate law firm of Dolce, Gabbana and Lebowitz — but she and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) also shared an intense kiss in her kitchen after the funeral. These two need to get another tent already!

Perhaps they could borrow a tent from Emily — if Mike (Cody Christian) hadn’t stolen it! That’s right, we also learned this week that Aria’s little brother is the one who’s been breaking into everyone’s houses. He was also the mysterious hooded gentleman who body-checked Aria into the wall! Of course, it’s still anyone’s guess as to why the mini-est Montgomery has suddenly morphed into a cat burglar…

A’s final message to Emily led the girls back to the cemetery — specifically Alison’s grave — where A had a surprise screening waiting for them. The infamous video of Ian and Alison was projected on a nearby mausoleum, but this time it played all the way through, and the girls learned that Ian didn’t kill her after all!

OK, your turn to talk:

Do you think Jason really did have something to do with Alison’s death? Do you think Mike is secretly working for A? And where the heck was Toby this week? Drop us a comment with your thoughts on this week’s episode!

— Andy Swift