SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this Pretty Little Liars recap or the comments until you’ve watched Pretty Little Liars Season 2 episode 19, “The Naked Truth”.
Is it just us or has the intensity on Pretty Little Liars Season 2 increased ten-fold?! From Spencer discovering an earth-shattering Hastings family secret to Noel displaying a scary amount of aggressiveness towards Aria on the rooftop of their high school to Mona revealing an impressive set of skills, episode 2.19 was filled with plenty of shrieks and giggles! So, in celebration of all the unforgettable scenes that had us laughing, tearing up, and screaming our pretty little heads off, let the “The Naked Truth” recap fun begin! (Truth?! You can’t handle the truth!)
Five OMG Moments from Pretty Little Liars Season 2 episode 19!
Bruises and Pills: Aria confronts Holden about the massive bruise on his
hot bod. (She loves Ezra but you know that homegirl can’t help but a sneak a peek at a fly fella every now and then.) He tells her, “Don’t sweat it, boo,” ruffles for something in his book-back and saunters off. Conveniently though, a small baggy of pills (and not of the “Flintstone vitamin” variety either) topples out of his bag and Aria’s fahreeaaaks out. She literally jumps to conclusions and assumes that Holden is hurting himself. (Nah, chica, he’s just roughhousing it at an underground warehouse with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt is all!) Later, when Holden politely invites Aria to have lunch with him, she rejects his offer and basically lets him know that she’s uncomfortable with their “arrangement” and can no longer vouch for him come Saturday date night. (Oh right, Aria — because Holden is so clearly comfortable with helping his childhood friend date her former English teacher — ya know, the one her parents do not approve of.) Aria conveniently seems to forget though that her arrangement is a symbiotic one, and that her Ezria car-riding happiness rests on Holden’s ability to conjure up believable falsehoods to Byron and Ella. confusing.
Truth-Up Day: A school-sanctioned lock-in takes place at Rosewood High and students bring their sleeping bags, tooth brushes, and a change in attitude. Hanna and Kate unwillingly sign up to appease their bickering mothers but the last thing they want to do is sleep on the dirty school floors. (Germs galore. Shudder.) And, boy, does the truth really come out in the open during this school special group sessions. Emily feels unsafe and unwelcome at Rosewood High and she lets Ashley Marin and Vice-Principal Tamborelli (aka “Toad of Toad Hell”) gruffly reminds her that “she’s no saint” herself. (Huh?! He must be suffering from amnesia or something. After all, this is “I do no harm” Emily Fields!) The scene then flashes to Aria who is forced to listen to Jenna complain about everyone is mean to her because she’s blind…until, that is, Caleb gets super brave and retaliates, “Seriously, Jenna? Boo hoo. Take a chill pill, you cop-loving yearbook sniffer.” And just when we think Truth-Day can’t get any more outrageous, it does…all thanks to some harsh realities and a bouncy red ball. You see, Ella’s group features its fair share of star athletes and star delinquents and they all have grievances. Kate goes first and bitterly spits out that she should decide her attacker’s punishment. Noel then grabs the ball from her and compliments her (sort of, in his own sick way) by saying that she should “rent a billboard.” He starts yapping away about bad guys and mean guys (this ain’t Dr. Sullivan’s office, dude, shut your mouth) but luckily Hannakins snaps and asks Ella point blankly to believe her and, after knowing Hanna for so many years, could actually believe her to be a bully. Ella doesn’t reply but her silence speaks volumes. Hanna sighs, throws the ball to the ground and exits the room with her beautifully coiffed head held high. Aaaaand……end scene!
A Hacker’s Guide To Winning Friends: Frankly, Emily’s not having the time of her life at Truth-Day. Not only does the vice-principal get nasty with her but she continues to receive calls from a mystery number —the one the Liars just so happened to find in Vivienne Darkbloom’s Alison DiLaurentis’ red raincoat. (Yum. How delightfully morbid.) However, she is experiencing a much much MUCH better evening than Hanna, Aria and Spencer, and ends up making an unexpected friend in — surprise surprise — the Glamp Queen herself, Mona Vanderwaal. After Emily apologizes to Mona for all the cruel ways she and the other girls used to hurt her (whether it was on purpose or by inadvertently supporting Alison’s malicious bullying), Mona let’s her in on a little secret…she’s waaay smarter than anyone gives her cashmere-clad self credit for! And she proves her espionage skills by sneaking Emily into the vice-principal’s office (by distorting her voice and inviting her to come on down via loudspeaker), hacking into his private files and revealing that he’s been accepting bribes from the football team oarents. Mona then offers the information to Emily so that can use it to splash her way back onto the swim team. Still wary of A’s existence, Emily admits that she’s not 100% down with the whole “Operation Blackmail A School Official” plan to which Mona sassily responds, “Honey, you can’t be a shark if you’re toothless.” (Um, that awkward moment when someone fills Mona in on “the whale shark…”) Ultimately though, Mona works her magic and gets Em back on the team! (Yeahy?)
Villains and Heroes: While searching the school high and low for Caleb, Aria enters a dark classroom and — GASP!!!! — inadvertently intrudes on a sinister plotting session between Noel and Jenna. Freaked out, Aria scurries away…to the roof (because that’s where all brave little liars go after witnessing a creepy meeting between their arch enemies). Fortunately, Aria understands that “wind + open door = major fail” so she props open the door connecting the school and roof with a couple of bricks. Unfortunately though, Aria fails to add “bad boys” to the equation because, sure enough, Noel Kahn follows her to the roof and practically attacks her in an attempt to find out what she had seen when she caught him and Jenna plotting. Before Aria can even open her mouth and release a bloodcurdling scream she hears a HIYAH slice through the frigid air and spots Noel writhing in pain on the ground (dramatically so, as though Bellatrix Lestrange had cast a Cruciatus curse on him.) And who saved Miss Montgomery from the fiend commonly referred to as Noelis Kahnus? Why, Holden of course! Not only does Mister Portugal have a killer roundhouse kick but he’s also got a way with the ladies — he embraces Aria and and gently steers her away to safety.
The Secret Society of M.A.C.K.: You’re probably wondering what “M.A.C.K.” stands for, right? Mothers against Crazy Killers…and its founding members just happen to be the Liars’ pretty mommas, who meet up for coffee and troubled kid chit-chat. To be fair, the mothers of Rosewood don’t know that they’re dealing with a complete lunatic who enjoys pushing people off bell-towers, playing with stolen guns, and running pretty blonde girls over. They’re just concerned about their daughters’ well-being and remain highly suspicious that someone is seriously messing with them. (Insert ironic “HA!”) Meanwhile, during their coffee chat, Ella reveals she doesn’t think Hanna is the scandalous photo culprit and Hanna’s mom expresses she thinks something bad has happening to them ever since Alison was killed (insert another obnoxious “HA!”). To which
Detective Benson’s doppelganger Spencer’s mom, utters the simplest yet most chilling line of the whole night, “I think it was when they met Alison.” Shudder!
The Big Ta-Da: A stealing Caleb’s laptop? Nope. The Liars pulling out some old-school crime-solving moves and getting Kate to confess that she was indeed the one who sent that photo of her topless self to the whole school? No way. After being acting broodingly
cute sketchy by pestering Spencer to give her dad a message the whole episode, Jason DiLaurentis (who randomly shows up to Truth-Day despite being neither a teacher nor student) answers Spencer’s prying, rhetorical question. “Are you my brother?” she shakily asks. (A theory she develops after putting two and two together: Jason asking for her dad, her mom not giving her straight answers and a memory of Alison saying that any romance between Melissa and Jason would be “a match frowned upon by the gods.”) He squints his eyes (almost as thought he’s enjoying her discomfort), looks up and says, “Yes.” OMG! Alison and Spencer and Jason and Melissa…all related? (Color us boring but that’s one family reunion we’d rather skip, thank you very much!)
What was your favorite OMG moment from “The Naked Truth”? Tell us in the comments, and tune in for all new episodes of Pretty Little Liars Season 2 every Monday at 8/7 c on ABC Family!