Pretty Little Liars

Season 1 Episode 3

To Kill a Mocking Girl

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jun 22, 2010 on ABC Family
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Episode Summary


The girls try to pay tribute to Alison's memory, but they are still being faced with unresolved issues. Aria has an unpleasant encounter with her father's former mistress and Spencer must face a vengeful Melissa while Hanna is trying desperately to get her boyfriend to forget the 'old Hanna.' But with "A" taunting them every step of the way, the girls will find that leaving the past behind is much harder than they first thought.


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  • I'm confused

    I'm confused, at the end of last weeks episode Jenna was caught texting, yet none of this was discussed in this episode. Apart from that it was a good episode with lots of mystery and tension.
  • Lots of tension. Starting to really feel the heat.

    This episode begins and ends in the woods, and that's where we're stuck; in the woods. No major developments to the main plot, except for the finding out why Toby covered for the girls with the "The Jenna Thing."

    This one is for the subplots. Hannah dealing with her boyfriend's hesitation towards sex. Emily almost getting raped, and then kissing Maya. Spencer trying to make things right with her sister, but steals her work instead. And Aria standing up to her father's "mistress."

    The storylines are very well done. The actresses are doing a great job. There's a great deal of mystery regarding Toby, and again, like I've mentioned in my review of the first two episodes, the chemistry between the characters on this show is tremendous. Aria and Ezraa are on their way to become the next Leyton in my oponion.

    Another very entertaining, very well made episode of Pretty Little Liars.moreless
  • Season 1, Episode 3

    A very decent episode of Pretty Little Liars. This episode is more of an episode that moves the story along but doesn't have huge developments in it.

    Pretty Little Liars is one show that has great actors, which I find rare in teen shows, most teen shows are filled with at least a few so-so actors, but this show is definitely filled with wonderful teen actors.

    Hanna has a lot going on right now, her mom is dating the cop because she is making sure the store doesn't press charges against Hanna. The cop is also the investigator who questions Hanna at school alone. He notices that Hanna changed a lot and changed to be similar to Ali thinking that Hanna wanted to become the new Ali. Her boyfriend also turns her down when she offers him sex.

    Emily and Maya get closer as a kiss is caught on camera in the photo booth, and someone takes the pictures and makes a lot of copies of it and hangs them all up.

    Aria continues to deal with her father's former mistress and her romance with Mr. Fitz.

    The girls also see the return of Toby, a former student at their school, (Jenna's brother? I think). We find out that Ali got Toby to take the blame of the shed fire because she must of had something on him to make him take the blame. The girls also find Alison's bracelet in the woods.

    Overall decent episode 7.6/10.moreless
  • 103

    Better than the last 2 episodes. The past 2 episodes all seemed a bit too familiar. But here we've got something big happening. Like the development with Toby Cavanaugh. Emily nearly getting raped by Ben only to be saved by Toby is definitely interesting and only raises more questions about Toby and what he's doing back at Rosewood.

    Aria is becoming the most uninteresting pretty little liar, at first I thought it was Spencer, but at least she's becoming three dimensional, and she's in quite a situation with her sister. Aria is just continuing her relationship with Ezra and tracking her father and his liaison.

    Emily is getting pretty interesting, and the end was creepy but enticing. "Where are the pictures?" Pretty Little Liars is building up for something big and I have a feeling the climax is coming pretty soon. Love the flashbacks by the way. The best Pretty Little Liars yet. Good episode.moreless
  • Secrets, secrets and - oh yeah: Secrets!

    Aria is upset that her dad's mistress keeps taunting them. Meanwhile she still has the hots for her English teacher (and the other way around). And he is stupid enough to keep making out with her (Seriously? C'mon...)!

    Spencer tries to convince her sister's former boyfriend to tell her family the whole truth about him kissing her (while they barely can keep their hands off each other). But when her sister keeps acting like a total b**** Spencer hands in one of Melissa's essay as her own.

    Emily like girls better than guys (OH REALLY? That came as a total shock! Just kidding. It didn't...). When her boyfriend comes on too strong she's saved by the guy who took the fall for the Jenna incident (and who - according to Alison - used to peek through the girls' windows). Emily uses this opportunity to dump her boyfriend's sorry butt and makes out with Maya - in front of a freaking CAMERA (Those silly It-girls. Always good for a scandal. And not very bright either...).

    And Ashley's making everything worse when "borrowing" her boyfriend's car and crashing it into a tree - after trying to seduce her very religious boyfriend and (surprisingly) being rejected.

    As you can see I wasn't a big fan of this episode. Everything seems so overly constructed. For girls on the police's radar they are acting very unconcerned and stupid. And did I mention that they do totally stupid stuff all the time? If they don't get their act together pretty soon no one who's over 14 (or REALLY likes looking at beautiful young women) will keep watching this!moreless
Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull

Meredith Sorenson

Guest Star

Jill Holden

Jill Holden

Mrs. Welch

Guest Star

Brant Daugherty

Brant Daugherty

Noel Kahn

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Both Spencer and Melissa use laptops that resemble Apple MacBooks.

    • The date on Melissa's Russian Revolution paper is 3/24/04, while the date on Spencer's paper is 9/24/10. This leads us to believe that the two are around six years apart in age.

    • When Spencer is copying her sister's essay from her computer, you can see a picture of Torrey DeVitto (who plays Spencer's sister Melissa) and Jessie Baylin (the blond on the right side of the picture), who is a singer and wife of Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: June 22, 2010 on MuchMusic
      United Kingdom: November 4, 2010 on VIVA
      Philippines:December 6, 2010 on ETC
      Slovakia: May 20, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • Music featured in the episode:
      "One Kiss Don't Make A Summer" by Lucky Soul
      "The One" by Black Mustang
      "Cool Enough" by Nicole Atkins
      "Tom Cat" by The Filthy Souls
      "Two Hands" by Chew Lips
      "What You Wanted Me To Do" by S.O.Stereo
      "Let Me In" by Evolove
      "Closer To You" by Jaylene Johnson
      "Just Like Heaven" by Catte Adams


    • The name of this episode is an allusion to the 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, which Spencer is seen reading in the pilot episode.