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'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Lucas Returns To Rosewood… With A New Secret

Mon, January 16, 2012 9:23pm EDT by Andy Swift 14 Comments
Courtesy of ABC Family

Come on, you knew the show’s #1 hermaphrodite couldn’t stay away for long! But can he really be trusted?

Understandably shaken after her close encounter with death last week, Hanna (Ashley Benson) spent most of the Jan. 16 episode of Pretty Little Liars on high alert. And even with Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) and his beautiful new haircut by her side, she still said she wanted to vomit every time her phone rang. Gross.

Hanna’s paranoia was justified when Lucas (Brendan Robinson) broke into her house. In the middle of the night. In a thunderstorm. But instead of attacking her like she — and the viewers — assumed he would, Lucas got super weepy and started ranting about all this money he lost on a bet. It turns out he only skipped town to make back that money, which he stole from Caleb.

Meanwhile, Emily (Shay Mitchell) tried to pick up where she left off with Maya (Bianca Lawson), sexy phone calls and all, but a mysterious caller kept bugging Emily’s ganja-loving lady. Maya later revealed that she hooked up with someone else while she was away (which would be fine, since Emily also enjoyed Paige’s company) except that Maya’s hookup was — wait for it — a dude! Doesn’t she know the #1 rule of being a lesbian?! NO DUDES!

Desperate to find out where Jenna (Tammin Sursok) disappeared to, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) decided to poke around Rosewood’s blind rehab center. But even after befriending a visually impaired hottie — a major trade-up from Toby (Keegan Allen), if you ask me — all she did was find out that Jenna is “nice.” That is, until she swiped the center’s guest book, proving Garrett (Yani Gellman) signed Jenna out the night of Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) murder. Can anyone say Exhibit “A?” (See what I did there?)

As for Aria (Lucy Hale) and her new buddy Holden, it turns out he’s no threat to “Ezria” whatsoever. In fact, he might just be their secret weapon! He told Aria he wants to help her cover up her relationship with Ezra (Ian Harding) because she’s not the only one with secrets to keep from her parents. (Dun, dun, dun!)

I might be jumping to conclusions here, but am I the only one assuming Holden’s big secret is that he’s gay? He’s awfully eager to have Aria as a beard, and let’s be honest, we all know how well things worked out when Lucas helped keep Hanna and Caleb together. Straight guys in Rosewood don’t do those kinds of favors for nothing. Except Toby. But that’s because he’s a doormat.

OK, fellow liars, let’s figure this all out: What could Holden’s big secret be? Is Lucas really not a threat anymore? And how much do you want to bet that we know the guy Maya hooked up with? Hit the comments section with your best PLL theories!

— Andy Swift

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