Synopsis for Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 16: “Close Encounters”

The Liars search for clues about Alison - synopsis for Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 16

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Finding out that the best friend you thought was dead is actually alive should be cause for celebration, right? Well when you live Rosewood, typical moments of joy end up causing you major confusion and pain. And in Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 16, Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) learns this the hard way when Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) supposedly establishes contact with her. Unfortunately for Em, Ali is still in hiding and she begins to suspect that someone else is reaching out to her.

The mystery surrounding Alison, including why she disappeared and who her stalker is, grows thicker by the day and poor Em and her friends are forced to hunt down answers in the most questionable of place. Want the full 411? Here’s the official synopsis for PLL episode 4×16, courtesy of ABC Family:

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer must decide if new information about Ali is true, in “Close Encounters,” an all-new episode of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing Tuesday, January 21st (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT).

Shana returns to Ravenswood to tell Emily that she has a message from Ali, but can Emily and the girls trust Shana with all that they know about her? And when Shana ups the stakes and says that Ali wants to meet Emily – and only Emily – could it all be part of an “A” plan, or is Emily really Alison’s favorite? With Emily becoming more hopeful by the minute, Spencer is determined to not let her friend get hurt.

Meanwhile, Aria and Hanna deal with matters of the heart.

“Pretty Little Liars” is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Leslie Morgenstein and Joseph Dougherty. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse.

So, now for the big question: What the heck is Alison’s big secret? (We need to know…ahh!) Post your predictions in the comments!

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 16: “Close Encounters” airs Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family. Will you be tuning in?


  1. Mia Said:

    where can i watch the episode for free. Abc Family changed the mobile app and website and now i requires the tv service you use and my isnt provided :(

  2. Hannah Said:

    Mia you can go to there are loads of shows including pretty little liars and it gives you different links so if one doesn’t work you can just use another :)

  3. Silvia Said:

    Mia: Also, you can check “project TV”

  4. s Said:

    Ali’s big secret is that one of her closest friends is also A. It’s the one she gave her diaries. But it’s also the one who wanted to be her. This leads everyone to believe it was Hanna or Cece: Hanna (a) because she “wanted to look and act like Ali” – Wilden, and (b) because she did not give them the diary. Hanna then mysteriously disappears. Cece because of the impersonationAll of the girls consider this an indication of guilt, but do not tell anyone because A has someone trapped in ice.

  5. ShadowRachet Said:

    Hanna is not part of the A-Team Aria and Ezra are you wanna know how i know just follow the clues
    Got some Clues for you all about the Real A Possibly 2 some may not be 100% accurate but i follow the cluesThis Was just Aria Section1clue: Aria Was the Last 1 to find Vivian’s Red Jacket 2Clue:The Spinning Bottle scene Bottle stops at Aria then someone moves The Bottle to point at Spencer3Clue:Aria Has Atleast 5 Different Phones4thClue: Aria’s T-Shirt Has Kisses on it like The A Messages and Mona’

  6. fjhjg Said:

    Well I bet Aria is like the head or something

  7. Laura Said:

    A for Alison, right? Or maybe A for Aria? Or maybe it’s just a letter of disguise. Anyway, this episode is probably going to be the most “Sit at the edge of your seat and cry hysterically while trying to comprehend the madness” due to Alison’s sudden moments of reaching out. Who is A? And is Spencer, Emily, Hannah, or Aria one of them? Find out tonight I guess. c;

  8. Angel hall Said:

    A is for EzrA

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