'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: A Lying Lesson Leads to a Major Confession

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'Pretty Little Liars' Season 4, Episode 8 - 'The Guilty Girl's Handbook'
Want to learn how to live a lie?

Yes? Well, so does Hanna (Ashley Benson) on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. By now, you’d probably think Hanna and the other Liars would be old pros at fibbing, but think again. There is much to be taught and who better to teach her than her former BFF and “A” team member, Mona (Janel Parrish)?

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday night’s episode of PLL, “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook.”

Guilty girls need plans so when Hanna developed a plan to confess to Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) murder to save her mom from the depths of state prison, she turned to the only ally she knew would be able to help her pull it off – Mona.

That scary genius put on her best detective face and grilled Hanna all episode to prep her for her big scene, only to take one for the team and confess to the murder herself.

Yes, Mona CONFESSED to killing Wilden.

As for if she did it, that’s doubtful. But whether it was an act of friendship or insanity, I’m pretty sure the duplicitous girl has something spectacular up her sleeve as a result of it.

Presumably, she’ll use the details she had coached Hanna on – it was self defense; he was threatening her because she was telling people he got Allison pregnant and may have killed her; she threw the shoes away and Hanna’s mom had touched the bullets because her Dad has had the gun for a while. Only time will tell what tall tale she conjures up.

Meanwhile, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) played the protective boyfriend card and visited Ashley (Laura Leighton) in jail out of concern for Hanna. He also informed Spencer (Troian Bellisario) that the phone number they got from Nigel, aka Jenna’s funeral date, is connected to three people and three different addresses, sending Toby (Keegan Allen) on a hunt to New York.

Spencer also found out some more information about the mystery surrounding Toby’s mother’s death and Wilden’s possible involvement.

As for the other Liars -- Aria (Lucy Hale) spent the episode worrying about her shady brother, Mike (Cody Christian) and watching promos for Insidious 2 with Jake (Ryan Guzman) while Emily (Shay Mitchell) and her mom dealt with the fact a car just drove through their house.

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OMG: This one is obvious – MONA’S CONFESSION.

Thank you, TV gods.: For Janel Parrish’s great acting. She plays devious so wonderfully.

Awk-ward: The awkward but awesome product placement for Insidious 2. I mean really, I get it, but was it just me or did it look like they threw a commercial into the middle of the episode?

Hotness: Jake is back and that is all that matters. For Aria, I mean.

Fab-u-lous: Guest star, Rumer Willis was rocking a very cute green button down during her character’s meeting with Emily. Lucky for us, it’s from Urban Outfitters and inexpensive. Get more info on PLL fashion from wornontv.net.

Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Mona’s next step is. As the girl who was “A” for multiple seasons, I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.

Celebuzz (1-10): 7. It seems PLL is always packing the punch in at the last second, e. g. the car crash on the last episode, Mona’s confession on this episode. I want more action throughout.

Do you think Mona killed Wilden? Who do you think the real culprit is? Is the beginning of the end for Hanna and Caleb? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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