'Pretty Little Liars' Winter Premiere Recap: The Girls Confront 'A' Face To Face

Mon, January 2, 2012 9:05pm EDT by 19 Comments

The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ are back — and more screwed than ever.

With only 11 weeks until “A”‘s identity is finally revealed, everyone in Rosewood is reaching their breaking point, beginning with “A” itself! On the Jan. 2 winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars, the typically quick-thinking “A” made the grave error of dropping its cell phone — and allowing it to fall right into the hands of our girls, Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario).

The phone swap immediately followed a heated face-to-face confrontation between “A” and the girls in the greenhouse, where they tricked “A” into meeting them to discuss what they found in Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) storage box. Actually, most of this week’s premiere was about tricking “A,” as the girls pretended to be at each other’s throats to convince their textual frenemy to trust them as individuals.

But make no mistake about it — this small victory against “A” was compounded by problems in the girls’ love lives, which are all pretty much train wrecks at this point.

Let’s start with Aria and Ezra (Ian Harding), who decided to finally come clean about their sexy after-school activities. As much as I hoped that Byron (Chad Lowe) and Ella (Holly Marie Combs) would be understanding and accepting, they weren’t. Not even a little bit. But they took the news better than Mike (Cody Christian), who literally punched Ezra right in his perfectly shaped mouf.

And while Mike seemed to come around a bit by the end, Aria’s parents weren’t budging — which seems a little hypocritical if you think about it: Didn’t Byron hook up with one of his students?! At least Ezra wasn’t married when he did it.

There was some good news for “Haleb” fans this week: Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is back in Rosewood! And he’s got a spiffy new hurrcut! It looks like he’ll be staying in town through the end of the year, courtesy of the ever-spineless Lucas (Brendan Robinson), who agreed to let Caleb live with him. Just asking: Does anyone else see this ending terribly? I give that living situation two weeks before Lucas unleashes his creepy hermaphrodite rage all over Caleb. I just hope Lucas doesn’t hit him in the face. That’s his money-maker!

Unfortunately for Hanna, Caleb isn’t the only familiar face in town. It turns out her evil stepsister Kate (Natalie Hall) will also be attending Rosewood High through the end of the year, which means we can expect to see plenty of sisterly drama — and plenty of back fat — in the near future.

Spencer remained knee-deep in relationship drama this week, as she fought to keep her distance from Toby (Keegan Allen) in order to keep him safe from “A.” It looks like the second half of season two is going to be a rocky one for “Spoby” fans. Of all the relationships in Rosewood, I’m thinking this one will be the hardest to keep in tact.

OK, let’s talk — Do you have any new theories about ‘A’ after the winter premiere? It could be anyone, and the clock is ticking, so drop your best guesses in the comments section below!

— Andy Swift

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bubbles

Posted at 8:17 AM on January 7, 2012  

I think its either arias brother orrrr spencers dad. If you know tell me please xxx

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lily

Posted at 8:28 AM on January 7, 2012  

You know what I totally agree with you bubbles. The way spencers dad burned the stick omfg! And the way arias brother cringed when he was being taken home from the police. That was when his parents were askin each other what had happend to make him act that way!!!!!!! OMFG if anyone else agrees yayayayayayayay xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Nicque

Posted at 1:44 PM on January 4, 2012  

Emily was a badass in this episode.It was lovely.

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Jake

Posted at 9:47 AM on January 3, 2012  

Aria’s parents aren’t being hypocritical at all. While Aria’s father should have never had an affair, he didn’t hook up with a minor, 16 year old at that. I dislike Aria and Ezra greatly and feel too much time on the show is devouted to them when they aren’t the most entertaining couple anyway.

Emily was boss this episode (I hope her character gets more attention this season). Love Spencer. I think Lucas is A.

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breana

Posted at 7:48 AM on January 3, 2012  

i think its allison nd tht allison killed courtnye(allisons twin sister)

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Britt

Posted at 11:19 PM on January 2, 2012  

A Is Mona, but Mona died and A is The real Allison. Her evil twin switched places and she was in a mental hospital the whole time while fake Allison was befriending all the girls. Good Allison killed her fake twin. I think that’s right haha

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Ely

Posted at 1:03 AM on January 3, 2012  

The show isn’t going by the books, they confirmed it. What fun would the show be if everyone knew who A was because of the books? Lol

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Andy Swift

Posted at 6:50 AM on January 3, 2012  

Yeah, I have a feeling they’re going in a pretty different direction.

 
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Britt

Posted at 12:50 AM on January 4, 2012  

They can’t base it off the series and have a completely different killer/A. The process may be different but the killer will be the same. That would be stupid. That’s like twilight ending with Jacob and Bella havin a Baby.

 
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Mic

Posted at 10:43 PM on January 2, 2012  

I think Lucas wants caleb out as soon as possible because he still loves Hanna

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Andy Swift

Posted at 6:50 AM on January 3, 2012  

Agreed.

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Shenna

Posted at 10:19 PM on January 2, 2012  

I think that Allison is still alive but if not jenna and Garrett killed her. And aria,s dad can’t put her down because he cheated on his wife with a student.

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Shenna

Posted at 10:16 PM on January 2, 2012  

I think that Allison is still alive but if not jenna and Garrett killed her

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Angel

Posted at 10:06 PM on January 2, 2012  

I think that Lucas is A because he acts so suspicious. The big hint was at the halloween episode back in October. And in this episode it’s almost like he’s afraid to let Caleb live with him anymore because he’s hiding something. And I honestly think that what he’s hiding is the fact that he is A. I can’t see who else it could be. Garrett and Jenna killed Alison, right? So they have no need to torture the girls any further. They’re just getting themselves in deeper shit if they were A, so it doesn’t really make sense to be them.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 6:51 AM on January 3, 2012  

I wonder if Lucas isn’t TOO obvious to be “A.” :-/

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Hello

Posted at 9:28 PM on January 2, 2012  

I’m glad Aria’s parents didn’t accept her. It’s more realistic, and I think it’s wrong if a parent is okay that heir child is dating a teacher. That’s like a less extreme Courtney Stodden. And I don’t think. The dad is being a hypocrite, but preventing a similar situation from happening again.

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Alyse

Posted at 9:16 PM on January 2, 2012  

Lucas is at the top of my list now. It was pretty suspicious how when Hanna asked him what was on the computer he immediately said “nothing” then showed her the pictures. Garret is also at the top of my suspect list. I think A could be a guy because when A was fighting Emily it seemed like a sting a fast guy not a girl.

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selena

Posted at 10:22 PM on January 2, 2012  

personally i think lucas was checking on caleb’s flight and tht they r trying to trick us into thinking garret is a

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Andy Swift

Posted at 6:52 AM on January 3, 2012  

I just want to know what Garrett’s doing with all those M&Ms… lol

 
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