'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: 'April Rose' Is Revealed — Who Is She?

Tue, July 17, 2012 11:59pm EDT by 49 Comments

Plus, Garrett’s murder case takes a surprising turn! I haven’t been this upset over an acquittal since O.J.

It was a weird week in Rosewood. Like, really weird — even for Pretty Little Liars‘ standards. On the July 17 episode, Hanna (Ashley Benson) went on a ‘date’ with Toby (Keegan Allen), her mom bared her cleavage for a pastor, and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) visited a creepy antique store. OK, that last part wasn’t so weird. It’s pretty much Spencer’s favorite after-school activity.

Let’s get the big news out of the way first: Garrett Reynolds (Yani Gellman) is a free man. Jason (Drew Van Acker) helped Spencer track down the mysterious “April Rose,” which turned out to be an antique store, where they found one of Alison’s anklets, suspiciously not a for-sale item. Then Spencer’s dad — who may or may not have been off jogging for the past five weeks — told her the court dismissed Garrett’s case after they found someone else‘s blood on the anklet. Any guesses?

As for Emily (Shay Mitchell), she’s slowing piecing together what happened the night Alison’s body went missing. After bumping into Holden (Shane Coffey) at a church party, she remembered seeing him that night, thanks to his tattoo, which he said was for a regular party that Maya (Bianca Lawson) also used to frequent. Could Holden somehow be connected to Maya’s death?

And is Ezra (Ian Harding) keeping a major secret from Aria (Lucy Hale)? She stumbled on a butt-load of money in his sock drawer, which he claimed was from the sale of his grandfather’s old car. And while I’m normally inclined to take Ezra at his word — he’s just so dreamy and trustworthy — he followed that statement up with a super suspicious glance backwards at his drawers. And yes, it was accompanied by dramatic music. What is he hiding?!

Now that Garrett’s off the hook, who do you think killed Alison? Is Holden somehow connected to Maya’s death? And what’s Ezra’s big secret he can’t tell Aria? Drop me a comment with your best theories!

— Andy Swift

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Amy

Posted at 5:30 PM on November 25, 2013  

Isn’t it interesting that Aria’s maternal grandparents are Jack and June Rose? Nothing in this show is a coincidence. Aria must be related to the April Rose Antique Shop.

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ellen

Posted at 5:03 PM on October 11, 2013  

Spencer seems to have killed Ali(Courtney actually)… Ali probably attempted to kill Courtney, but Spencer tried to stop them and accidentally killed Courtney (their friend) instead of Ali (her twin).
It isn’t going to end like the book series…If the plot is the same, then that’s lame

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jo jonas

Posted at 3:50 AM on July 31, 2012  

Did anyone notice someone changed monas visitor status 2 permitted when shed been denied visitors.wldnt they have be a Dr or computer hacker? Wren,’s a Dr, Caleb s a hacker, plus a could be a guy, hmm

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laura

Posted at 11:34 AM on July 23, 2012  

When is the new series of pretty little liars being shown in the uk?

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emma

Posted at 12:29 PM on January 8, 2013  

October

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bonnie

Posted at 6:14 PM on July 22, 2012  

i honesly think the writers are just making it up as they go , cause nothing makes sense. they should of just made it like the book , it would be so much more interesting.

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brianna

Posted at 3:21 PM on July 22, 2012  

i think A is sean..from the first couple of episodes when the show first started.

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Spoliers ahead!

Posted at 3:07 PM on July 22, 2012  

Its possible that Ali is A (cause of the whole twin killed the other twin thingie) cause the directors would like to stay true to the book (just like with Mona being A) or maybe not.
And its soooo NOT Ezra cause that money isn’t Jason’s, its the money Ezra’s mom gave him (she is gonna come in the 8th episode so it’ll be clear then).

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pantea

Posted at 3:01 PM on July 22, 2012  

Aria found drugs in holdens bag last season. Maya started taking drugs before she got murdered. Maya told emily that she slept with someone last season. And holden and maya were in a group together.

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Jenna

Posted at 2:17 PM on July 22, 2012  

I think there are 3 types of A. ” Big A, The A team and A. I think Spencer Killed Alison. The reason is when Spencer’s dad told her about the Garrett case and it was not his blood she start crying. For one why would she care so much about Garret’s case. The other girls care,but not as much as Spencer. For Ezra’s part i think he got the 50,000 from Jason. I mean he told Aria that he got that editing job. But in this weeks episode he didn’t mention it at all. Also when you first start out on a job you don’t get that much money. That’s my option on it.

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spoiler alert

Posted at 1:41 PM on July 22, 2012  

A is Mona. We already know that. But there is another A. Alison. Alison is not dead , her twin sister Courtney is. Courtney is the one who was friends with the girls, not Alison. Courtney used to be so mean to Alison, so of course,Alison did away with her. But Garret , Ian, and Jason have some secrets too, maybe not murder secrets , but close enough.

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SPOILER

Posted at 1:10 PM on July 21, 2012  

well apparently in the books Alsion isnt dead (i dont think anyways) the one whos dead is Alisons twin (i think her name is Courtney) she was in a mental hospital and she used to make Alis life a living hell so Alison kidnapped her and killed her thats why shes going to so much trouble hiding the body DNA Can prove anything and Alison is possibly hiding in the mental hosptial instead of her sister thats maybe one of the reason why they couldnt find her.

but its gonna be interesting seeing how everything is going to come together and im really looking forward to the next episode

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Alex

Posted at 1:39 PM on July 22, 2012  

Just because it’s in the books doesn’t mean they’ll put it in the show. Duh.

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Courtney

Posted at 5:56 PM on July 19, 2012  

I think its Ezra because aria and Allison were close friends and Allison was hanging out with aria more and Ezra wanted to spend more time with her

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KC

Posted at 3:19 AM on July 20, 2012  

Uh…Ali had already been missing for a year before Aria even met Ezra. Pay attention to the details of a show before you post theories.

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Erin

Posted at 1:45 PM on July 22, 2012  

Allison was dead when Aria meet Ezra.

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bonnie

Posted at 6:11 PM on July 22, 2012  

how dumb are you? ezra wasnt around when ali was alive, she met him a year later.

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Ryley

Posted at 5:46 PM on July 18, 2012  

I think i know what Ezra is hiding. Well you know how Jason put those posters up to find the missing body, and how there was a cash award if you found it. Then he got that call and gave the money away to someone ‘unknown’.

Ezra, didn’t get the money from selling his old car. He could of found the body and got the money! Because the look on his face last night you could tell he was lying.

Thats what i think, but there can be other ways too I guess haha. Big fan of this website!

Ryley(:

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Lizzie

Posted at 5:49 PM on July 18, 2012  

Yeah it probably is! I agree with you Ryley.

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Alex

Posted at 1:41 PM on July 22, 2012  

This was said in the show, so don’t even pretend you figured it out. Aria mentioned it when she had found the money.

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Pll

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 22, 2012  

I Agree W. You i Think He Is Also Hiding Something Else Cause He Looked at The Drawer Wondering If That was All Aria Saw !

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Laura

Posted at 1:45 PM on July 22, 2012  

It showed Jason writing a cheque for the reward money. I doubt Ezra would cash in a cheque and then withdraw the money to keep in his sock drawer in a plastic bag.

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ally

Posted at 4:22 PM on July 18, 2012  

If you look up what the name ‘Ezra’ means it means ‘helper’ I do not think Ezra is A but I do think he is connected with A somehow. And possibly trying to get confessions from Aria. ;)

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Amy

Posted at 3:18 PM on July 18, 2012  

i love hanna and can anyone tell me where she got that dress from i love it !!!!

plus i want hanna and caleb back together now they were so good together and hope ezra is A that would kill me :D

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Anna

Posted at 8:22 AM on July 18, 2012  

I really love your Recaps on PLL, Andy. The Jogging-thing was brilliant!

What’s up with Hanna’s clothes by the way? They have always been kind of strange but season 3 tops everything.

And I really hope Toby and Spencer do not break up because of the lies the girls tell. We have already been there last season and I can’t get through another break up (and now I’m not obsessing over a fictional couple :P)

I’m also wondering where Caleb disappeared to?

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MiMi

Posted at 7:50 AM on July 18, 2012  

Just another pointer to add, from last season, does anyone remember Aria finding drugs in Holden’s bag?

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gene

Posted at 7:59 PM on July 19, 2012  

thats a very good point!

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o.e

Posted at 1:12 PM on July 21, 2012  

Wasnt it Lucas’s camera bag?

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Alex

Posted at 1:42 PM on July 22, 2012  

I remember that, but how could that connect? I just can’t figure it out. All my theories just don’t seem to line up.

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jayde

Posted at 7:38 AM on July 18, 2012  

I thought that Ezra said he got a new job last week that he wanted to celebrate with Aria… so why is he talking about being embarrassed he doesn’t have a job. Did I miss something?

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K

Posted at 2:19 PM on July 18, 2012  

I was thinking the same thing…

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tina

Posted at 12:30 AM on July 18, 2012  

what if the guy holding Emily’s hand at the restaurant was her ex Ben?

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penutbutter

Posted at 12:26 AM on July 18, 2012  

I think its Lucas Jenna or holden because to keep up with all the liars it has to be a group of people!!!

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l

Posted at 12:16 AM on July 18, 2012  

its Jenna

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micheazl

Posted at 11:43 PM on July 17, 2012  

it possbile cloud be holden or the A person

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kristin

Posted at 10:52 PM on July 17, 2012  

So, Erza is being real sketchy now BUT do you think A texted HIM telling him to meet this so called “A” person somewhere to SELL him the negatives that Aria took. Because maybe A is either really Lucas or A just saw/knows Aria took the negatives and A threatened Erza?!

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kristin

Posted at 10:54 PM on July 17, 2012  

Ezra*

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Sabryna

Posted at 11:11 PM on July 17, 2012  

your a great investagator

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Alex

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 22, 2012  

*You’re a great investigator* C’mon. Learn to spell.

 
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Kiki

Posted at 9:43 PM on July 17, 2012  

Hmmm what else do Holden know about Maya?! And what kind of party was it?!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:12 PM on July 17, 2012  

Right? That tattoo was weird!

(But knowing Maya, I’m thinking … stoner party?)

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Ash

Posted at 10:50 PM on July 17, 2012  

And let’s not forget in Emily’s flashback someone wrote “I’m sorry I left you”….THAT’S what is really intriguing to me…who wrote that?

 
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Alex

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 22, 2012  

Hahaha, stoner party it is! It would really suck if Holden was involved. I know he was hiding something from Aria and everyone else, but I really liked him. Plus, he’s totes adorable.

 
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Fan112

Posted at 1:47 PM on July 22, 2012  

And Jason & NAT club were stoners lots of connections

 
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marie

Posted at 2:05 PM on July 22, 2012  

I’m soooo confused! Haha ok so the note said April rose has the proof, so does that mean they just have to turn in the bracelet and see what finger prints are on it? Because Ali was probably wearing the anklets wen she was murdered so the anklet will probable have the murderer’s finger prints on it….. And who wrote the April rose note? Like who was meant to read it?!?!?!? And why did garrets mom have it?!? If anyone can answer any of these questions, pleas do! Thanks!

 
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marie

Posted at 2:08 PM on July 22, 2012  

I just want pll to make a movie so that we can clear our heads of and hints they ever gave us, and just tell (show) the simple story of what really happened and how everyones personal story is connected and etc….

 
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Maddie :)

Posted at 3:37 PM on July 22, 2012  

I think that garret wrote the note to his mom because if Garrett is really innocent then once the bracelet was found it would prove that he didn’t kill Ali. !

 
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marie

Posted at 4:41 PM on July 22, 2012  

OHHHHHH!!!!! haha I feel so stupid lol! Thanks!

 
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marie

Posted at 7:00 PM on July 22, 2012  

That means garret know who killed her! Because how else would he know about the anklets?!

 
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