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'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: The Black Swan Is Finally Revealed

Tue, June 26, 2012 9:07pm EDT by Andy Swift 14 Comments

Plus, a fan-favorite couple calls it quits! Needless to say, there are LOTS of spoilers ahead!

It turns out “A” really was just the beginning, as the June 26 episode of Pretty Little Liars found the girls unmasking another mysterious enemy — the infamous “Black Swan.” So which of Rosewood’s shady ladies was hiding behind those feathers?

Much to the surprise of absolutely no one, it was Melissa (Torrey DeVitto), though her reason for donning the dreaded dress did come as a surprise to Spencer (Troian Bellisario). It turns out Melissa was being blackmailed, and if she didn’t go to the masquerade ball as the swan, her tormentor would expose her fake pregnancy. Melissa also revealed that she lost her baby the day after Ian (Ryan Merriman) died.

And the good news just kept on coming, as Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) got into their biggest fight yet, resulting in a dramatic breakup. It began the way their fights always do — with Caleb calling Hanna out for not telling him, well, anything — and it ended in tears. I’m starting to think that’s why Caleb has long hair. His beautiful locks are like built-in tissues.

While everyone else in Rosewood was juggling secrets, Emily (Shay Mitchell) got a visit from Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) cousin Nate (Sterling Sulieman), who came bearing gifts. He also came with a message: “Move on!” Emily isn’t sure if he’s sticking around town or not, but I can’t imagine him leaving. He clearly has unfinished business — and for those One Tree Hill fans out there, I’m getting a major “Psycho Derek” vibe from him.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you surprised to learn that Melissa was the Black Swan? What business does Nate have in Rosewood? And, seriously, isn’t it about time Hanna tell Caleb what’s really going on? Drop me a comment with your best thoughts and theories! 

— Andy Swift