'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Secret Kisses and Near Misses

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The amusing thing about watching a show about teenagers these days? They literally think their cell phones are the be-all and end-all of communication. Because, at least for the four stressed-out sirens on Pretty Little Liars, that's all they've ever known. But in Episode 4 they got schooled in the many forms of communication including that classic: blood red lipstick scrawled across a mirror.

A bit of back-story for those of you who haven't been watching yet -- and I'd recommend you start, STAT, because ABC Family's Liars, which airs Tuesdays at 8, is one of the most delicious new dramas this summer!


Liars, based on the series by Sara Shepard, focuses on four small-town teens who can barely cope with their everyday dramas when they find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. See, the Queen Bee of their clique, Allison, disappeared a year ago under mysterious circumstances, and the cops have just found her body. The weird thing, though, is just as that body was found, the girls started receiving strangely telling texts from A, who could be anyone, really. But maybe it really is Allison? Creepy!

So anyway, this week the girls are really focused on their personal dramas.

Aria (Lucy Hale, whom you'll remember from the CW's short-lived by super-fun Privileged) is trying to sort out her relationship with their new high school English teacher Mr. Fitz (Ian Harding) while deciding whether or not to tell her mom (Charmed's Holly Marie Combs) that her dad (Chad Lowe, from Life Goes On) has been cheating on her with one of his students. Only the decision is made for her when mom gets a telling note -- from A.

Emily (Shay Mitchell) is worried that someone knows she kissed her new BFF, Maya (Bianca Lawson), because those phone booth pictures are still MIA. Meanwhile, she's just found out she's lab partners with outcast Toby (Keegan Allen), who may or may not know the girls' secret -- and therefore, may or may not be A.

Spencer (Troian Avery Bellisario) gets a visit from her sister's cutie-pie ex-fiance Wren (Julian Morris) and has to admit there's still something between them. And besides her sister's ex, she also stole her history paper, which her teacher submitted to a competition. Oops. 

Hanna (Ashley Benson) faces the repercussions of smashing her ex-boyfriend's car into a tree when refused to have sex with her (yes, really -- she has body image issues). Her MIA dad (Roark Critchlow, who happened to play Benson's uncle Mike back when she was on Days of Our Lives) comes into town to do some bonding with Hanna (but not her mom, played by Laura Leighton), but it turns out he's really introducing her to his replacement wife and daughter, a blonde sailing champ. Ew.

All the while, the girls are being spied on by A, who can no longer communicate via threatening texts because they've decided to simply block all unknown callers from their phones! It should be a stroke of genius, except they forgot that there are, in fact, other methods of communication -- like pen and paper, radio song dedications and the aforementioned blood red lipstick scrawled on the mirror. Which here, creepily enough, is the now-dead Allison's favorite, Jungle Red.

They may be trying to move on with their lives, but looks like A won't let them forget the past and its secrets so quickly.

Yum! Can't wait for next week. Stay tuned!

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