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As the third season begins, a summer has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer found out about Mona being "A" and the death of Maya. With the terror seemingly over and an alleged murderer now behind bars, the town of Rosewood is slowly healing from old and new wounds.
Each of the four girls spent their summer in different ways - with Aria taking a photography class, Spencer taking college courses at Hollis, Hanna taking cooking classes with Caleb and Emily building houses in Haiti. But what looks "normal" for each girl is not necessarily so, as all four are hardly over what happened.
01 - It Happened "That Night"
In the season three premiere, a summer has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer found out about Mona (series star JANEL PARRISH) being "A" and the death of Maya (recurring guest star Bianca Lawson). With the terror seemingly over and an alleged murderer now behind bars, the town of Rosewood is slowly healing from old and new wounds. Each of the four girls spent their summer in different ways -- with Aria taking a photography class, Spencer taking college courses at Hollis, Hanna taking cooking classes with her boyfriend, Caleb (series star TYLER BLACKBURN), and Emily building houses in Haiti. But what looks "normal" for each girl is not necessarily so, as all four are hardly over what happened. With post-traumatic stress, anger and the acquisition of more secrets, the four girls are anything but fine. Now back together and coming upon the second anniversary of Alison's disappearance, the girls find themselves back on the defensive when a shocking event rocks Rosewood.
02 - Blood is the New Black
Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are on edge with the arrival of a new message from "A." This new player is determined to show the girls that he/she means business. After getting a gruesome reminder that "A" is still calling the shots, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer try to quickly devise a plan on how to deal with this threat and the usual "A" game that has now been taken up a notch. Spencer and Hanna continue to play with fire as they look for answers, while one of Aria's past indiscretions becomes fodder for "A's" game. Meanwhile, a still-very-shaky Emily tries to focus on school, but could easily be derailed when she remembers a crucial piece from "that night."
03 - Kingdom of the Blind
With Spencer's mom, Veronica Hastings (recurring guest star LESLEY FERA), now taking Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN) on as a client, Spencer is sure that there is a reason forcing her mother to take on the case. But when she starts questioning, she doesn't so much learn why her mother took the case as she stumbles upon a larger Hastings secret. Emily also gets some surprising news about her English exam and fears what those consequences could hold. Meanwhile, Aria agrees to be Jenna's (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) accompanist in order to keep tabs on her, and Hanna tries to reach out to Lucas (recurring guest star BRENDAN ROBINSON).
04 - Birds of A Feather
Some secrets the girls are holding onto should be shared, while others are best kept hidden -- no matter what the cost. The truth can sometimes hurt and the girls must take that into account when deciding to reveal secrets. Visiting Mona is driving a wedge between Hanna and Caleb. But would it be so bad if Hanna told Caleb that her visits were because she needed to see Mona to get information about this new "A"? Aria, on the other hand, is dreading telling her mom, Ella, that her dad, Byron, is back in the dating scene and dating Meredith (recurring guest star AMANDA SCHULL -- One Tree Hill, Sorority Wars, Center Stage). But wouldn't it be better if Ella found out from Aria than hearing it someplace else? And Spencer needs to know the truth about Melissa (recurring guest star TORREY DeVITTO -- The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill), even if the truth hurts. Meanwhile, Emily finds some solace after meeting Maya's cousin, Nathan (recurring guest star STERLING SULIEMAN -- The Vampire Diaries).
05 - That Girl Is Poison
Jenna's (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) extravagant birthday party seems to be too good to be true and Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer think something else might be up -- especially when it turns out that Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN) is getting a pass out of jail to visit his ailing mother on the same night. The timing can't just be a coincidence, and the girls are convinced it all has to do something with "A." With Emily getting an insiders' view working the party, Aria working the crowd as a party-goer and Spencer staked out at the hospital, what could go wrong? The answer is easy: everything. Meanwhile, Hanna's wallowing through heartbreak leads her to a shocking discovery.
06 - The Remains of the A
After getting a major clue from Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN), Hanna and Spencer set out on their separate missions. Hanna sees a perfect opportunity to catch "A" or to at least see who is helping Garrett out. But her perfect plan starts to quickly unravel, leaving Hanna frustrated and desperate. Spencer tries to figure out the meaning of the clue and enlists Jason's (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER) help in the search. Meanwhile, Emily gets another flashback from "that night" which leads her to a surprising suspect and Aria starts to question Ezra's sudden influx of cash.
07 - Crazy
With new key evidence in Alison's murder case, Hanna fears that "A" may be framing her after a visit from Detective Wilden (recurring guest star BRYCE JOHNSON). With paranoia setting in, Aria decides that she has to turn to Mona for answers if she is going to help Hanna. But is Aria ready to face her former tormentor and, more to the point, is Mona ready to give Aria the answers the girls are desperately looking for? Meanwhile, someone from Alison and Jason's (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER) past arrives in Rosewood and piques the girls' interest.
08 - Stolen Kisses
Emily is struggling to deal not only with the loss of Maya (guest star BIANCA LAWSON), but the knowledge that someone drugged her "that night" and how it has now affected Paige (recurring guest star LINDSEY SHAW). Going to make amends with Paige and try to explain the drugged flask ends up leading Emily to more insight of what she did "that night." Also, in trying to help Emily out, Spencer turns to Caleb to help crack into a website that might hold answers for them all. Meanwhile, Aria realizes she knows very little about Ezra after meeting his mother and Hanna makes a plea on Mona's behalf.
09 - The Kahn Game
Spencer and Aria find themselves at Noel (recurring guest star BRANT DAUGHERTY) and Eric (guest star ROBBIE AMELL -- Revenge) Kahn's party in hopes of saving Spencer's college career. What originally was going to be a quick stop by the party to ask a favor of CeCe's (guest star VANESSA RAY -- Damages) friend turns into an opportunity for Aria and Spencer to get some answers from Jenna (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) with a heated game of "Truth." But will Aria and Spencer be willing to give up some of their "truths" to get the answers they are looking for? Meanwhile, Hanna gets another text from "A" about Caleb.
10 - What Lies Beneath
After learning that Noel (recurring guest star BRANT DAUGHERTY) and his family's cabin had something to do with "that night," and possibly the disappearance of Maya (recurring guest star BIANCA LAWSON), the girls work to try and put the pieces together. Hanna and Emily head out to the Kahn family cabin looking for clues linking Maya to the site, while Spencer does some snooping of her own on Noel. Could Noel have had a hand in this after all, or are he and Jenna (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) just bluffing to send Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer down the wrong path? Meanwhile, Aria must deal with the aftermath of meeting Ezra's mom and the information about Ezra's past.
11 - Single Fright Female
Emily's relationship with Paige (recurring guest star LINDSEY SHAW) has been anything but easy, but she finally feels like things are now going in the right direction. So when Spencer comes to her with a sordid tale about Paige's history with Alison, Emily is not ready to heed her friend's warnings. Now that Spencer knows Paige's violent past, however, and this new information she's learned about a blood feud between Alison and Paige right before Alison disappeared, Spencer can't stand by to let one of her best friends get close to a potential enemy. Will Spencer cross a line in her attempt to prove to Emily what kind of a person Paige really is? Meanwhile, Aria feels she has to help Ezra move on from his past if their relationship is to move forward, but what she finds may be more than she expected.
12 - The Lady Killer
In the midseason finale, Garrett's (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN) trial for Maya's murder is starting and the town of Rosewood has become a media spectacle. At odds with her friends over Paige (recurring guest star LINDSEY SHAW), Emily doesn't know where to turn when the media attention becomes too much for her. "A" sees this as a perfect opportunity and takes advantage of the situation and sends Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer on a path to a possible truce. But is this peace offering from "A" real or just a trap for a much darker ending? Meanwhile, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are betrayed as someone very close to them is revealed as part of the "A" team.
13 - This Is A Dark Ride
In this special Halloween episode, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are looking forward to some good Halloween fun now that the traumatic events with Nate are behind them. But once aboard the Rosewood Ghost Train, the girls are in for much more than just some childish tricks or treats. With "A" running amuck and unexpected party-goers popping up at every turn, this Halloween event becomes one killer party. Plus, musical guest star Adam Lambert (American Idol) performs his songs "Trespassing" and "Cuckoo" during the Halloween festivities.
14 - She's Better Now
Radley Sanitarium has given Mona a clean bill of health and she is headed back to the halls of Rosewood High, much to the girls' dismay. With their former tormentor now back in their everyday lives, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer take very different views of the "new" Mona. She made their lives a living hell.... Could she really be cured? And what other secrets could she be holding onto? It's up to Mona to prove to the girls if she has changed or not.
15 - Mona-Mania
After the shocking events at the school marathon, Aria, Emily and Spencer are more certain than ever that Mona is up to her old tricks. Hanna, still holding out hope for her former friend, is not so sure. With Mona seemingly popping up everywhere, it seems like she has a plan, but with no real evidence to prove Mona is back to her evil ways, how can the girls prove what they believe to be true? Meanwhile, Arias fears about her father grow stronger when something vital that is hidden in her room goes missing.
16 - Misery Loves Company
Aria is sidelined by the flu and down for the count, so Hanna and Emily are on their own to follow up on a new clue. Surprisingly, Meredith (recurring guest star AMANDA SCHULL) steps up to help take care of Aria while her father is away, but when it starts to look like Meredith may have ulterior motives to her nursing Aria back to health, Hanna and Emily turn their attention towards saving their friend. Is Meredith just trying to start anew with Aria and be her number-one fan, or is there reason for her friends to be concerned? Meanwhile, Spencer takes a break from all the sleuthing to surprise Toby (recurring guest star KEEGAN ALLEN) for their anniversary.
17 - Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno
Everyone has secrets. Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have more than most, but with all of the secrets they are holding, it may be starting to get overwhelming for them. Aria knows that she should tell Ezra about his son, but she isn't ready to face the idea of what it might do to her relationship. Hanna, on the other hand, is sure Caleb is keeping a secret from her and she is determined to find out what it is. Spencer is fed up with all of the secrets and decides she no longer wants to play the games. Will their secrets drive the girls to take desperate actions that could, in turn, make things worse? Meanwhile, Emily learns more about what Ali may have been hiding the summer before her murder.
18 - Dead to Me
Now that Ali's remains are back with her family, the Di Laurentis' are set to bury her again, giving Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer another opportunity to say goodbye to their friend. With everything that has gone on since Ali's disappearance, the girls are divided about going to yet another memorial. Aria, Hanna and Emily are ready for another round of goodbyes, for them, but also to support Jason (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER). Spencer, on the other hand, has had enough and wants nothing to do with the burial. Why keep saying farewell to a girl who wasn't that great of a friend after all? Meanwhile, Emily goes to visit Dr. Sullivan (recurring guest star ANNABETH GISH) to help with her unresolved feelings about killing Nate, but comes away with much more than expected.
19 - What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?
When dealing with matters of the heart, people react in many different ways. Still crushed over her breakup, Spencer continues her downward spiral as she now takes her anger and hurt out on Mona. Caleb, on the other hand, hides his pain by being closed off when discussing his father. But when Hanna devises a plan to bring father and son back together, will that help Caleb heal old wounds or just make things harder? And Aria, who is still missing Ezra, finds she is spending more time with Ezra's brother, Wes (recurring guest star GREGG SULKIN -- Wizards of Waverly Place). Meanwhile, Emily and Jason (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER) work to put together the pieces of Ali's trip to Cape May and what really happened during that vacation.
20 - Hot Water
After being shaken up by recent events and holding new information about Detective Wilden (recurring guest star BRYCE JOHNSON), Aria, Emily and Hanna are on the hunt for answers about the detective's past. Looking to Shana (AERIEL MIRANDA -- Pretty Dirty Secrets, The Nine Lives of Chloe King) and Cece (recurring guest star VANESSA RAY) for more insight, the ladies seem to be making progress in their search. But they quickly start running out of time when they learn that Detective Wilden is close on their heels and determined to stop them. Now with Wilden on the war path, some residents of Rosewood will find out how far he is willing to go to keep his secrets from coming out. Meanwhile, after many pleas from her friends, Spencer finally finds someone to lean on.
21 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Spencer is finally ready to talk, but Emily is not so ready to accept what she has to say. Will she heed Spencer's warnings or will Emily go off to find her own answers down a path "A" has designed for her? Hanna, on the other hand, is preoccupied with helping her mother after Ashley is involved in a hit-and-run accident. Now having a new secret to hide, Hanna wonders if "A" had something to do with it after all. With Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer now really afraid, does "A" have them right where "A" wants them? Meanwhile, Aria has to come to terms with Ezra's new life with Malcolm.
22 - Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Spencer is missing, and Aria, Emily and Hanna search for clues to where their friend may be. They know that Spencer hasn't been herself lately, but has she had enough to just disappear? Could "A" have done something to her? When it turns out her family doesn't even know where Spencer has gone to, the girls frantically search for answers, hoping their worst fears aren't true. Where Spencer does turn up, however, makes it seem as though maybe she doesn't want to be found. Meanwhile, Emily gets the surprise of a lifetime when she meets Olympic gold medalist MISSY FRANKLIN (guest starring as herself).
23 - I'm Your Puppet
"As "A" continues to play games, the stakes are raised higher as each girl is forced into difficult positions. Aria starts to seriously contemplate her relationship with Ezra as his new family situation continues to eat away at her. Hanna is thrown into the middle of Caleb's family drama when Jamie's (recurring guest star BERNARD CURRY -- Home and Away) shady past comes back to haunt him. Emily is determined to prove Spencer wrong in hopes of helping her, but she might not be ready for what she finds. In the end, will the girls be able to get out of their sticky situations or are they right where "A" wants them? Meanwhile, Spencer searches for answers about Mona's time in Radley Sanitarium.
24 - A dAngerous gAme
In the explosive third season finale, the girls are all seeing red as they attempt to put an end to the game. Spencer is back home and presenting a good front, but Aria, Hanna and Emily are not so sure their friend is fully back after seeing how fragile she was just a day or so before. Unfortunately the girls don't have much time to ponder Spencer's health as shocking revelations are brought to the forefront. With so much happening and new information being uncovered, will the girls be ready for what is waiting for them?