The “Pretty Little Liars” are back. Tonight at 8/7c, the second season of ABC Family’s addictive teen mystery series premieres. The first season ended with Ian falling to a Hitchcockian death — only to have his body disappear before the police arrived. The premiere picks up moments after the first season ended and delivers an hour of suspense, intrigue, humor and cute shoes. Here are five reasons why you have to watch — and a preview to whet your appetite.
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Are Reports of Ian’s Death Greatly Exaggerated?
The PLLs all saw Ian’s body. But nobody else seems convinced that he’s dead. The police don’t buy their story. Neither do their parents, or Ian’s wife, Melissa (Torrey DeVito). While the girls do their best to persuade everyone, evidence mounts that seems to point to him being alive. The good news? Nobody can accuse them of murdering Ian. The bad? Everyone thinks they’re liars. By the end of the episode, something happens that makes them doubt their own eyes.
A Is Back In Action
The girls figured out who killed Allison (Sasha Peiterse). But they aren’t any closer to identifying the mysterious A who has been tormenting them. A wastes little time getting back to work. He/she targets someone unexpected, making the girls realize how vulnerable they still are. A also takes an interest in Rosemont’s real estate market.
The Liars Get Their Heads Shrunk
The investigation of Ian’s disappearance makes the girls front page news. The scandal turns them from their high school’s it girls to social outcasts. It also persuades their parents that they need group therapy. Given all that they’ve been through, it’s not a bad idea. But can they trust their new therapist? Or will opening up to her play into A’s hands? The helpful counselor may be the one who tears the girls apart.
What is the Jason Thing?
First there was The Jenna Thing – the PLLs prank that accidentally caused Jenna’s (Tammin Sursock) blindness. Now Jenna’s got her own thing — The Jason Thing. Whatever it is, Jenna does not want anyone to know about it. Executive Producer Marlene King has revealed this much: the Jason in question is Allison’ brother, last seen at his memorial service. Now he’s back with a new face (thanks to recasting, not plastic surgery). Drew Acker is replacing Parker Badgley. King told E!, “”He plays a dark and mysterious guy, and he taps into Aria’s dark and mysterious side. She used to be what we call ‘Goth-lite’ in flashbacks, he kind of taps into that, he remembers Aria in her pink hair and the person she used to be, and they kind of connect in that way.” So, Aria’s potential new love interest shares a secret with Jenna.
The Boys Are Back
In the finale, Lucas (Brendan Robinson) nobly decided to bring Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) favorite brooding bad boy Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) back to Rosemont. But just because Caleb has returned does not mean Hanna will forgive him. Caleb is not the only eye candy who returns. Toby (Keegan Allen) hasn’t given up on Spencer (Troian Bellasario) — or Emily (Shay Mitchell). A certain obnoxious jock makes his presence known. Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) have to deal with the arrival of his ex. But which of the guys gets an extended shirtless scene? You’ll have to watch to find out.