Pretty Little Liars Wiki

The PLL wiki contains spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk!


Pretty Little Liars Wiki
Pretty Little Liars Wiki
This article is about Ella Montgomery, a TV character. You may be looking for Ella Montgomery (Book Character).
Sometimes I wish we were still in the basement.
Ella to Veronica and Ashley

Ella Jane Montgomery (née Rose) is the mother of Aria and Mike Montgomery, and now, once again, the wife of Byron Montgomery. She is portrayed by Holly Marie Combs.


Ella was born Ella Jane Rose to Judy and Jack Rose sometime in 1972. Ella married Byron on November 22, 1993 and gave birth to both of her children in the mid to late 1990s. She cares dearly for her kids and respects their privacy. Ella and Byron separated after finding out about his affair with Meredith Sorenson from "A" and then her daughter, and later got divorced due to irreconcilable differences.

Ella began dating Zack, and later became engaged while the two were living in Austria. Ella ended her engagement when she found out from her daughter that Zack had flirted heavily with Hanna, going as far as giving her his number.

In "Do Not Disturb", it was revealed that she was seeing Byron again and that he had proposed to her.

In "We've All Got Baggage", Aria officiated the wedding between Byron and Ella.



Ella returns home with her family from her husband's sabbatical in Iceland. She and Aria discuss the anniversary of Alison's disappearance and how it feels to be back after a year away. Mike passes by and says he needs a ride to lacrosse, to which Aria offers to take him. Ella and Aria go downstairs and find Mike searching in boxes for his stuff. Ella suggest that they look in the basement so she and Mike go to find it. When they return, Mike and Aria leave and Ella comments that they are officially home.


At the Montgomery's home, Ella and Byron are making progress on unpacking. They discuss their adjustment back to Rosewood, and Byron reveals how nervous he is to lose the closeness he had with Aria in Iceland. Ella tells him that they were forced to bond because they didn't know anyone else there. He tells her that he misses it because things can get in the way. Ella questions this and he tries to avoid the question but she is persistent. He lies and says how he can get obsessed with work not completely revealing what he is actually afraid of. Oblivious to the nuance, Ella agrees that the adjustment is hard, considering that they once again live near the DiLaurentis house, and driving past it evokes bad memories. They declare their commitment to one another, and the two embrace over a glass of wine.

The Jenna Thing


At breakfast Ella expresses her shock to Aria at Hanna's transformation and the dress she wore to the funeral. Byron comes down and says that he'll be working late. Ella asks why he has to work late as soon as they returned but he tells her he has a lot of catching up to do after being gone a whole year. Aria tells him that his family should come first then leaves for school. Ella questions Byron about Aria's strange attitude towards but he is evasive and says she's just a teenager.


Ella and Aria later go to the movies where they happen across Ezra. Aria introduces them and Ella asks if he's going to see the movie. When he says yes she says they'll see him inside. She whispers to Aria that she forgot to mention that her English Teacher was young and cute. When Ezra walks inside she calls to him to sit with them then offers him some popcorn.

Later that night, Ella and Mike go for Chinese takeout. When they return the family sit down to have dinner. Aria excuses herself to go get changed out of her wet clothes.

To Kill a Mocking Girl

Ella, Byron and Aria are out having breakfast. They discuss a book Aria is reading "To Kill a Mockingbird." Ella goes inside to get more food and misses the arrival of Meredith.

Later Ella meets Meredith at her art gallery. Aria arrives and Ella introduces her but Meredith says that they already met. Ella tells Meredith that Aria is a great help and that she'll see her tomorrow. When Aria asks about this Ella says that she invited Meredith to the opening.

Later at the opening, Byron and Ella are seen talking and laughing with the people present.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Ella is cooking dinner when Aria informs her that she won't be home for dinner that night. Ella mentions that Mike won't be home either so she and Byron have the house to themselves. Ella is curious when Aria suddenly calls her then asks for a carrot.

Aria comes home ready to tell Ella about Byron's affair only to find out that "A" has beaten her to it. Ella received a letter telling her about the affair and Aria's involvement. Ella hands Aria the letter then goes upstairs.

Reality Bites Me

After Ella finds out about his affair, they argue about the possibility of him moving out. Ella says she doesn't want to be the bad mother who puts out the kids' father and forced to deal with their confusion alone. Aria comes downstairs then. SHe tells Ella that Mike knows something up and it's hard to keep it a secret from him. She tells Ella that she kept Byron's secret for a whole year which shocks Ella. Aria apologizes thinking that Byron had told her and she doesn't get mad at Aria.

She and Byron later have a huge argument after Ella finds out the woman was Meredith. She expresses her embarrassment because she befriended Meredith and will have to see her in town. She is most hurt by the fact that Byron used Aria to keep the secret from her. She is very angry and breaks a family picture commenting on how stupid she looked because she was oblivious to the fact that Byron had an affair.

The Perfect Storm

Ella talks to Ezra

Ella is also oblivious to Aria's romantic relationship with Mr. Fitz, but is aware that Ezra is a positive force in Aria's life. Quite awkwardly for the couple, she constantly praises Ezra for being an adult role model for Aria and lets Aria know that she has praised their successful teacher-student relationship to the principal. At one point, during "The Perfect Storm," she even asks Ezra how Aria is doing since her separation from her husband, though unbeknownst to her, they are not on dating terms when she asks!

Date night after all

Later, in If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again, "A" offers Hanna her mom's money back, in exchange that she give Ella a ticket to an art gallery that Aria and Mr. Fitz are to attend. However, Caleb messes with the gears in her car after Hanna told him that she's trying to undo her action and stop Ella from arriving at the art gallery and exposing Aria and Ezra's relationship. Ella is frustrated with the car not working and calls Byron, since she cannot call AAA, as all their points are used up. The encounter threatens to lead to a fight until Byron offers her a ride. He drives her all the way to the gallery, but by the time they arrive, their relationship has been so much improved that Ella opts for a date with her husband instead.

The New Normal

While eating lunch in the main cafeteria with some of the other English teachers, she witnesses Paige McCullers' overbearing father accusing Emily of being treated unfairly. She is very impressed with Mr. Fitz' professional response to the situation and control. She shares that thought with her husband, Byron, only to make him jealously suspect Mr. Fitz of wooing his wife. This leads Byron to also misinterpret Ella's plans to attend a book event with Ezra, not realizing that the invitation is not exclusive; it includes the other English teachers as well. Eventually, Aria fills him in on this detail, and he stops suspecting that Ella has a crush on Ezra.

With that component no longer a concern, Ella's and Byron's relationship starts repairing itself, but Ella is reluctant to share the good news with her children, for fear of letting them think that everything is completely better, when she is not sure how she feels exactly. So, one night Byron sneaks out of the house to meet Ella without telling the children, having agreed to keep things under wraps for now. Aria, terrified that her father is having an extramarital affair again, follows him, only to find her parents having an intra-marital affair!

Someone to Watch Over Me

Ella receives a text message from Aria meant for Ezra that is clearly a flirting text, meant for a guy. She is totally unaware that the intended recipient is Ezra and guesses that it is Caleb, when she sees the "cute" boy sharing words with her daughter in the hallway. (Meanwhile, Caleb had approached Aria to speak on his behalf to Hanna.) When she confronts Aria about it, Aria gets scared and tells her mother it is a secret, who in turn, respects her daughter's privacy, trusts her, and deletes the text. It eventually leads to a fight between Ella and Byron, who feels insecure about Aria's secret relationship and pries in Aria's room, almost finding out the truth until Ella stops him in an argument, unknowingly overheard by Mike, their son, who is upset by the spat.

Aria and Mike had agreed to make dinner for the parents as a way to a family date night, but due to the argument, Ella cancels, leaving the three to eat dinner alone.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ella is helping Byron with the mixer that's going to happen in their house later. Aria tells her to figure out if she's going to stay or not. Later that night, Ella and Byron meet outside the church, hearing about what happened with Ian.

It's Alive

Ella was with the other parents as they tell the Liars that they believe that the girls need to see a therapist.

PLL201 (3).jpg

Ella reports to Aria that she plans to move back into the house with the rest of the Montgomery family. She tells Aria that their conversation before made her realize that she wants to move back in. Aria questions if Ella is doing it for her and Mike, but Ella says that she wants to move back in as well.

She later talks to Aria along with Byron about the girls' visit with Dr. Sullivan She and Byron tell Aria that she needs to stop seeing her friends temporarily.

Later, when Mr. Fitz resigns from Rosewood High to teach at the local university, Ella, having recently joined the English department staff, is hired to teach in his stead, as a full-time high school teacher. She is currently teaching her daughter's English class, which includes Aria's friends Spencer, Emily, and Hanna, along with her ex-boyfriend, Noel.

She has gone along with the rest of the Pretty Little Liars' parents and asked the girls to not see each other, in hopes that this will facilitate their healing from their supposed Alison trauma. Ella has an advantage over the other parents in enforcing their separation in the school hallways, where she can keep a close watchful eye on Aria. The separation is enforced in "It's Alive" and abolished in "The Devil You Know," after Ian is found dead.

Ella is later repentant about her role in splitting the girls up and especially upset by how unsuspecting she was of Ian. She recalls to Byron how they used to greet each other in Rosewood High. She is so distraught she washes perfectly clean laundry over in order to busy her troubled mind. Two episodes later, she visits Ashley after finally realizing that their daughters might be facing more threats than are normal for high school students, using the fashion show display as her barometer. Ashley lets Ella know that she regrets going along with Mr. and Mrs. Hastings suggestion to separate the girls and get them a therapist, and Ella agrees, but defends their decision as feeling like the right thing at the time.

Surface Tension

Ella and Byron plan a formal dinner party, signifying that their family life is returning to the way that it was pre-Meredith revelation. They invite Byron's colleagues at Hollis College, the Parthas, as well as Ezra and Jason. Mike doesn't show up, however, and they realize why when Officer Barry informs them that he has been arrested. When they go to pick up their arrested son from the station, Byron is verbally rough with his son, but Ella stops him, believing that they will learn more using a gentler approach.

Save the Date

Mike gets into a fight with one of his former friends and teammates at school. Ella swings by at just the right moment to split the two up. That night, she tries to unlock Mike's rationale, though at first he is non-communicative. At last, he harshly reveals that he is afraid that his mother is going to abandon the family again.

Touched by an 'A'-ngel

Ella gets professional advice from Dr. Sullivan for as to how to treat her son's teenage depression. Later that day, Ella sees Spencer in Ezra's car. At home, she takes her suspicions to Aria, who assures her that there is nothing between Spencer and Mr. Fitz. Still, Ella lets Aria know what she would think of such behavior on Ezra's part: that it would be an abuse of his position and a disappointment. She heads for the door, then turns, and on second thought, tells Aria that it would be worse: a betrayal.

Ella also asks Aria to discuss therapy with Mike and let him know how much she enjoyed it.

I Must Confess

Ella gets into a fight with Mike resulting in her wrist being injured. She initially tells Aria to keep it a secret from Byron, but after Aria reminds her parents how badly secrets threatened their family's dynamic once before, they open up. Mike is also repentant about his behavior towards his mother and talks openly to his parents for the first time in a while.

Over My Dead Body

Ella sees Ezra at the police station, and assuming he's there for Spencer, marches up to him and gives him a chance to leave, letting him know that she's onto him. Ezra is shocked and tries to stand his ground, telling Ella he loves "her," but when he realizes that Ella is referring to his relationship with Spencer, he becomes shocked. Whether or not he corrects her was not revealed until after the hiatus.

Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares

Ella acts coolly toward Spencer when she hands in her assignment. Then she breaks up a fight about to take place between Spencer and Emily. The next day, Ezra Fitz stands in her living room and confesses to being in love with her daughter. She is shocked to learn when their inappropriate relationship started and how long it has been going on. Ella shouts at Ezra, then tells Mike to go back upstairs.

Ella and Byron discuss what just transpired. Byron accuses Ella of knowing about this. She explains she thought she knew about Ezra and Spencer Hastings, but never gave him the chance to deny it. Byron declares the man is finished and Ella supposes he is right, but they have to consider what Aria may have been thinking when she got involved with Ezra, at a confusing time when she was still keeping the secret of her father's affair. Aria comes downstairs and asks them not to make a decision tonight, to consider for a moment that their relationship is real. They don't seem to accept this possibility. Ella can barely look at her. They send her back upstairs to her room.

A Hot Piece of A

The next day, when Byron tells Aria to change her clothes, Ella steps in and tells Aria to pick her battles while choosing new clothes for her to wear. Aria had hoped perhaps Ella would be more accepting of her relationship with Ezra, but Ella is in agreement with Byron and forbids Aria from seeing, and even saying goodbye to, Ezra. She admits to having liked Ezra prior to his confession yesterday.

Ella gives Emily a makeup exam which Emily is unable to finish. Ella agrees to reschedule it for Monday after school. As Emily is leaving, Ella asks if there is anything else she doesn't know about her daughter, then apologizes for asking an unfair question. Emily answers anyway, saying Aria hasn't changed and is still someone Ella can be proud of.

Ella and Byron argue over what to do about the situation with Aria and Ezra. She wishes he hadn't gone to speak with him without her. She tells Byron that they cannot go to the police, as much as they would like to, because it would ruin Aria's reputation. She is already considered a liar by many in town after the bell-tower incident and the recent arrest. They have to do whatever they can to protect their daughter. Byron can't argue with that.

Aria and her parents walk toward a restaurant in town for dinner, but stop short when they see Ezra through the window dining alone. Byron insists they go somewhere else and bickers with Ella about their earlier conversation.

Ella walks into Aria's room while she was presumably on the phone with Holden, making plans to see a movie, assuming she's not still grounded. Ella says maybe they can make an exception. She is as of yet unaware Aria was really leaving a voicemail for Ezra.

The Blond Leading the Blind

Ella asks Aria why she has to go to Philadelphia for her date with Holden. Aria says Holden picked the restaurant. Ella recognizes it as a place they stopped at on the way back from a family vacation then insists that she drive them to the date.

Ella drops off Aria and Holden outside Machelli's. He asks if she feels bad about lying to her parents. She asks him why he is willing to help her out the way he is. Holden picks up on the subtext and says he's not gay. He leaves her without telling her where is spending the evening. Aria goes to wait for Ezra on a nearby bench.

Ella pulls up outside the restaurant, but Holden isn't back yet. Ella questions Aria, who is momentarily speechless, until Holden shows up with ice cream, explaining his absence. He offers some to Ella then exchanges a relieved look with Aria.

The Naked Truth

Ella arrives and tells everyone to line up and sign in.

In the courtyard, Hanna, Kate and Noel participate in an activity where they make suggestions on how to improve the school. Noel suggests hot tubs, and Kate simply says she wants to go back to her old school. Ella intervenes, asking for reasonable suggestions. She asks Kate what her old school has that Rosewood doesn't, and Kate simply says "nice people." Ella asks what else, and Kate says that students should have their own say, and if someone has messed with them, they should get to choose how to punish them, which Noel agrees to. He says that if someone messed with him, he would want payback, and explains how bad boys have nothing on mean girls, as a guy throws a few punches, whereas girls gang up on one another and don't fight fair, while glaring at Hanna. Hanna snaps back, saying Noel is the worst person in Rosewood, and when Ella tries to intervene, Hanna asks if she really thinks she is as bad as Noel described. Is she really a bully? When Ella doesn't respond, Hanna storms off.

Outside, Ella, Ashley and Veronica sit together, sipping coffee. Ella says that she doesn't believe Hanna would do what she is and that she believes someone is trying to make her look bad. Veronica asks why someone would do that. Ashley says that something has been happening to their daughters ever since they lost Alison. Ella says that it was the reason they moved to Iceland, as she wanted to give Aria something else to think abut. Veronica says she doesn't think the problem started when they lost Alison, but when they met Alison.

Breaking the Code

Ezra on the phone about his upcoming interview. Before they are able to discuss it more, Ella walks in and Aria pretends to be talking to Emily and quickly ends the call. Ella shows her the letter "A" had sent to Byron and asks Aria if she knows who sent it. Aria replies she does not, getting visibly nervous. Ella wonders if Ezra knows the person who sent the letter to which Aria quickly says no. Ella brings up the letter she got last year about Meredith Sorenson, stating how that was signed by "A" too. Before leaving, she assures Aria that she and Byron will be looking into the matter.

Back at her house, Aria curls up in her bed and continues to cry. Ella asks Aria what's wrong and Aria tells her to go away. Ella says she won't until Aria tells her why she's upset. Aria reveals to her that Ezra is leaving and so Byron's getting his wish. Ella is confused, but Aria doesn't believe that Ella wasn't a part of the scheme to get Ezra out of their lives. With some cutting words, she storms out.

Later, Aria and Ezra eat and talk at Ezra's apartment. Aria wonders when he is leaving because it feels like he's left already. He assures her he won't be leaving right away. There is a knock at the door. Ezra opens it to find Ella. Initially surprised, then prepared for the fallout, he lets her in. Outraged, Aria wants to know if Ella plans to bring her home in handcuffs or just yank her out by her hair. Ella says neither. She came to listen.

Father Knows Best

Aria packs her books for school and Ella tells her Byron will be returning home today just in time for the father-daughter dance. She asks her mom to try to convince him Ezra is not a bad guy, but Ella can't promise anything. They agree to keep the conversation from the night before to themselves until Ella can wrap her head around their relationship herself.

The next morning after the dance, Ashley makes Ella coffee and tells her about Aria's lie. She is sure the girls are all lying about something or someone (namely "A") they are afraid of. Ella reveals that "A" sent her family a letter with personal information in it. Ashley tells her to get the police involved, but Ella is hesitant because "A" knows things that could hurt Aria. Nonetheless, Ashley thinks they owe it to themselves and their daughters to get some answers. A shadowy figure moves outside. Has "A" been listening in the whole time?

Eye of the Beholder

Ella shows up to Ezra's office while he is reading papers. He hops up and offers her a refreshment even though all he has is chocolate milk and an apple. She makes it clear that this isn't a social call and the fact that she is willing to talk about his relationship with Aria doesn't make her an ally. Compared to Byron, she may seem that way, but the only person she cares about is Aria. Ezra asks if she wants him gone too. Ella pretends not to have an opinion on the matter, but he calls her out on it, and she implies she would like him to take the job in New Orleans as well. Ezra tells her it does actually matter what she thinks of him. Before exiting, she asks if he knows of anyone ever bullying Aria, or using their secret relationship against her. He says no, so she asks if anyone would try to hurt him intentionally. He says there might have been, but not anymore.

Ella reproaches Byron for trying to buy off Fitz. Byron accuses her of defending him and is not happy to hear she went to speak to him, thinking she was sending mixed signals. He thinks the solution is very simple, but Ella disagrees. She is worried Aria might run away or elope and neither of them want that.

If These Dolls Could Talk

Aria comes home to find her mom folding laundry in her room. She angrily brings up the boarding school application, accusing her and Byron of trying to ruin her life. Ella tries to explain that it's not only about Ezra; she believes Aria is being bullied and needs to be kept safe. Aria believes Ella's heart might be in the right place, but Byron is only trying to punish her. Aria hints at having the ability to hurt Byron's career by revealing his past affair with his grad student.

Aria visits Ella in her classroom. Ella tells Aria the boarding school idea has been shelved "for the moment." She says it had nothing to do with her threat. Ella tells Aria she can't even recognize her anymore, turning on her own family. She is ashamed and isn't sure whether their family can ever return to what it used to be.

In the third season she has divorced Byron and moved out.

Blood Is The New Black

Ella gives Emily a makeup test but Emily gets distracted and doesn't finish, so Ella secretly completes the test for her, as she feels sorry for Emily because of Maya's untimely death. She then confesses to having finished the test to Ezra Fitz. She plans to tell the truth to the principal, but Ezra beats her to it, taking the blame for the test, and Ella gets to keep her job at Rosewood High.

What Lies Beneath

Ella is being spoiled by Zack and later kissing which ended when Aria made herself known to the room. Ella later talks about why she isn't only having dates with Zack due to her intuition that probably many girls goes to the coffee shop for him and then goes on to her coffee date.


Ella reveals to Aria that she sneaked a bottle of wine from the party they were attending and thought she and Byron would save it. However, they began to drink when they got home, and she had to much and fall asleep. She also states that Byron was at the house the whole night, but it was confirmed he wasn't.

Misery Loves Company

Ella is briefly seen talking to Meredith about a sick Aria. However, when she tries to call Aria when she walks away, Meredith is revealed to have Aria's phone.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno

Ella is seen in Spencer's study hall class talking to the teacher and then tries to get her to tell her why she is leaving the room.

I'm Your Puppet

Ella talks to Hanna in between classes. She has been trying to get a hold of Ashley, but Hanna explains she's out of town for training. Ella reveals she's on a church committee who is trying to figure out what happened with the bell Jamie had sent out for repair and the one that was returned to them was worth $8,000 less. She wants to give Jamie the benefit of the doubt but needs to know what's going on. She asks Hanna not to share this information with Caleb. In a later scene, Ella sees Aria at the carnival when she is trying to find Malcolm. Ella tries to talk to her about her and Ezra's relationship, but Aria spots A and Malcolm and runs into the crowd.

'A' is for A-l-i-v-e

Although Ella is not seen, we find out she is home and sick as Principal Arthur Hackett sends some paperwork home with Aria for Ella to sign.

Cat's Cradle

Ella chats with Zack at The Brew. He asks her to go to Vienna, Austria with him for a year long pastry workshop. Ella gives her motherly responsibilities as reason not to go then further says its impractical. She discusses the opportunity with Aria who points out that a year is a long time to be away from someone. At the end of the episode Aria talk's Ella into going, saying she needs her to be a role model doing something bold and that it would make for great stories for the grandchildren. Aria points out she and Mike will be fine with Byron as long as he doesn't try to cook.

Gamma Zeta Die!

Ella is acting strange, so Aria goes to talk to her in the car. Ella reveals that she's not going on the trip with Zack because Mike's not comfortable with her leaving. Aria is surprised. When Aria leaves the car, a swarm of wasps/bees, planted by -A, attack Ella.

At home, Aria confronts Mike about what he said to Ella. Mike rudely says she just wants their mom to leave so she can start seeing Ezra again. Aria gets mad, shoves him, and leaves. After hearing about what "A" did to their mother, Aria really wants her to go to Europe with Zack so she won't be able to get attacked by -A any longer. She knows the further she is from Rosewood, the better. But Ella won't go without Mike being alright with it, so she plans on making sure to sort everything out.

Aria tries to convince Byron to convince her to go, and convince Mike to let her go. Byron talks to Mike and tells Ella that he understands her leaving, and that she should enjoy herself in Europe with Zack.

Under The Gun

Ella is mentioned. It's revealed that she went to Europe with Zack for a year, and Mike has now accepted it.


Ella returns to Rosewood and surprises Aria. She tries to discover what went wrong with Aria and Ezra, causing them to break up, but Aria does not confide into Ella. Aria is annoyed and angry that Ella spent so much time in Vienna and still Zack keeps on calling her.
At the bridal show, Ella talks to Aria about break ups and how she never dreamt to find anyone that would make her happy after her divorce with Byron. She tells Aria that it still hurts but it hurts less now and reveals that Zack proposed to her in two languages. Aria asks her mother why she did not tell this to her before and she says that to her Aria is more important than herself. Aria hugs Ella.

Scream For Me

Pretty Little Liars S05E08 Ella.jpg
Walking towards Rosewood High, Ella runs into Aria, and after Aria asks what she’s doing, Ella tells her that she’s just dropping off some invitation. After asking what Aria is doing outside, and Aria telling her that she was just leaving a message for Byron, Ella comments that Aria was out the door so fast this morning, and Ella had thought that maybe they could have had breakfast together. Ella mentions that she knows she and Zack have asked Aria to say a little something Saturday night, and when Aria says that she doesn’t have to it’s their engagement, Ella reassures her that she wants Aria to say something, but she was wondering if she could introduce her as her maid of honour. Elated, Aria hugs Ella and tells her of course. Saying that she’s so glad Aria said that, Ella goes on to say that she’s booked them an appointment today, this afternoon, at the bridal shop, but Aria says she can’t today, she’s at Radley. Wondering if another volunteer can cover her shift, Ella mentions that it’s a little tricky to get the appointments as “they book a suite and there’s tea”, before Aria cuts her off and says that it sounds like fun, but she has to get back to class and wonders if they can figure it out later.

As Ella walks into the study, Aria tells her that she completely forgot before Ella asks where she was, “I went through a lot of trouble to change that appointment time and then you just blew it off”. After asking Aria what is wrong with her, and Aria telling her that she’s sorry and that she has a lot on her mind, Ella questions if that’s really the reason of if it’s just some form of “passive resistance”. Ella goes on to say if something has changed since she first told her about the engagement and Aria doesn’t want her to get married again, she needs her to be open about it, instead of acting out. Aria tells her that’s not it at all, she’s actually really happy for Ella, and that she honestly just forgot. Taking a moment, Ella says that she will try and change the time, “but if you miss it”, but before she can finish, Aria cuts in, telling her she won’t miss it, she promises.

Zack wonders why he can’t make the decorations Ella and Aria are making, and Ella tells him that there is a limited amount of tissue paper around here. Zack wonders if Ella is shaming him, to which Ella tells him he has no shame, and as Zack is commenting that she is shaming him, he leans down to kiss her. After Zack notices the flowers Aria has made, he wonders if Mike is great at the arts and crafts as well, and Ella tells him he’s not, “which is why he’s hiding upstairs”. Aria announces that she’s going to take a break, and after Zack wonders if she’s up for a movie and Aria telling him she’s just going to go to bed, Ella says that this morning Aria said that she wanted to watch that particular movie and that’s why they got it. When Ella asks if everything is okay, Aria tells her that it is, and giving in, Aria says that they should watch the movie and she’ll rally.

March of Crimes

Pretty Little Liars S05E09 259.jpg
In Vice Principal Hackett’s office, Ella sits with Aria as Lieutenant Tanner asks Aria when she first met Mr Fitz. Glancing briefly towards Ella, Aria claps her hands together and tells Tanner she met him first day of class junior year. As Tanner says that to Aria’s principal’s knowledge she engaged in an intimate relationship with Mr Fitz after he was no longer a teacher at the school, Ella cuts in and asks what “any of this” has to do with the incident at the Marin house. Tanner explains that they have several open cases right now and it is helpful to explore all possible connections. When Ella asks what the possible connection is here, Tanner says that she cannot say, only for Ella to question, “you can’t say or you don’t know?” Tanner tells Ella that if she would like to conclude the interview it is her right to do so, but she will ask a judge, but before Tanner can go any further, Ella says that it’s okay and they should just get it over with. Tanner asks Aria if it is possible that Mr Fitz had intimate relations with other students, to which Ella asks how Aria would know that, before Aria strongly voices a no.

Walking through the school hallway, Ella tries to get Aria to slow down, but Aria says that she’s late to class. As Ella mentions that she thinks Mrs Welsh will understand, Noel walks passed and greets Aria before doing the same with Ella. Ella says that Aria cannot lose her cool when she’s asked those questions, and turning back, Aria comments that those weren’t questions, Ezra is on her hit list and she’s wrong. Ella says that it’s her job to find out as much as possible, but after Aria begs Ella not to start. Ella tells Aria that she knows “this” is hard, but “sometimes we do have blind spots when it comes to the people we love”. Aria says that she really needs to get to class, she’s already skipping 5th period to help set up for the party, and telling Aria that she’s right, Ella run a hand down her daughters arm and thanks her.

Walking into the Montgomery living room, Ella asks Aria if she was able to get more candles, and Aria says that she did, but they only had scented ones. Zack questions how they feel about smelling patchouli while eating steak, and Ella recommends that they lose the candles, “this crowd looks better in the dark anyway”. Checking her watch, Ella comments that she has to go or she’ll going to miss her hair appointment, and after Zack says he and Aria have it covered, Ella leans up to kiss him goodbye.

Knocking on Aria’s bedroom door, Ella says that she needs Aria’s approval. Aria tells Ella that she looks amazing, and when Ella wonders if the necklace isn’t too much, Aria shrugs, telling her it’s perfect. Thanking her, Ella comments that she can now relax, “when it comes to fashion, you are my guru”. As Ella starts to walk out, Aria calls out to her and asks if she’s sure she wants to do this, and maybe she should just wait. Ella asks her what she should wait for, before saying that if Aria doesn’t want her to get married, but Aria says that it has nothing to do with her getting married, it just has to do with her marrying Zack. Aria asks Ella how well she really knows Zack, and Ella wonders why she is saying that, “was he inappropriate with you?”, and Aria tells her no, not with her, but maybe he was with Hanna. When Ella walks further into Aria’s bedroom, Aria asks her why she went there right away, and Ella tells her that there was an incident before they came to Rosewood, “but I guess I just explained in a way to myself as pre-wedding jitters”. Stepping towards her mom, Aria says that she’s so sorry and after Ella turns around, Ella says that she is to.

Packing clothes into a suitcase, and hearing someone come in, Ella tries to wipe away her tears. Entering the living room, Byron says that he thought everyone would be at the party by now, before asking if Ella needs him to, but Ella cuts him off, telling him that it is his house and that he was nice enough to let them use it while he was gone. When Ella asks him how the conference was, Byron tells her it was fine before asking why she’s not at the party. Ella tells him that it was cancelled and it seemed “kind of silly to have an engagement party when you are no longer engaged”. Byron asks if Ella wants to talk about it, and shaking her head, Ella tells him not really, “Aria can fill you in on everything. Hopefully after I’ve checked into a motel”. Ella wonders why she took all her clothes out when she’s never going to get them all back in her suitcase, and Byron tells her that she’ll do it, she was always really good at that, figuring out how to make a small space work. Byron mentions that sometimes he still thinks about their first place together, the dump on East 6th, before asking if Ella remembers what the ad called the place. Ella says it was called a bachelor, and when Byron comments as if that explained why the bathtub was in the kitchen, Ella says that they assumed bachelors don’t bathe, “which is why they’re still bachelors”. Byron mentions that he felt so bad he couldn’t find them something better, and Ella was already pregnant with Aria and yet she figured out a way to make it seem big. Going on, Byron mentions the skinny lamp that fit in the sliver of space between the window and the radiator, while hiding the fact that you could get a soda while washing your hair, before Ella mentions that it was all about a “well placed drink”. As Ella gets emotional, Byron comments that he doesn’t really know this guy, but whoever doesn’t realise that she makes this small world seem so much bigger than that doesn’t deserve her. As Ella turns around to face him, Byron envelopes her in a hug and holds her as she cries into his shoulder.

A Dark Ali

Pretty Little Liars S05E10 Ella.jpg
Sitting on the couch in the Montgomery living room, Ella is the phone telling the recipient that the situation has changed, and no she doesn’t need to reschedule, “I don’t need to book a banquet hall for a party of one”. Aria comes in and says that she doesn’t need to do that right now, but Ella tells her she just wants to get it over with. As Aria offers Ella some food, Ella tells her that it was incredibly sweet of her to make it, but she doesn’t think she’s up to eating. As Ella says she should have seen it coming, “I was too old for him, I was too trusting”, but Aria tells her that it has nothing to do with her age. Aria says that it wasn’t Ella’s fault, but Ella tells her that there were signs, and she just drove right past them because she wanted to believe that it could work, “I wanted to believe he could change”. Aria mentions that Ella was the one who taught her that second chances exist, and that Ella’s bliss is still ahead of her, but Ella tells Aria that when she said that, she was talking about Zack. Aria offers to call the rest of the numbers on Ella’s list as the last thing she needs to do is recount her break up to a bunch of strangers.

Ella knocks on Aria’s bedroom door while Aria is on the phone, and looking up, Aria ends her call and comments that she heard that Ella went out, before asking what is in the bag Ella is holding. Looking side, Ella tells her that it is her attempt to “jump start my single life”, and that she may have gone a little overboard. Placing the bag on Aria’s bed, Ella pulls out a skirt and asks Aria is she would wear it. Aria tells her that she would, and that’s why Ella shouldn’t, to which Ella says that she thought so. Moving the bag from Aria’s bed, Ella questions if Aria is talking again, to Ezra, and Aria says that her phone call was with Emily, but yeah, they’re talking. Sitting down on the bed, Ella tells Aria that she went through two boxes of tissues yesterday and bared her soul about thirteen times, so Aria can talk to her, “please”. Aria tells her mom that she thought Ezra was gone, really gone, and then the whole time he was in hospital, she was just making a list of all the things she would tell him if she just got one more chance. Going on, Aria says that now that he’s okay, she just stuck with the list, and she wants to be able to trust him again, just start over, but Ella was right, people don’t change. Ella says that it’s not true, people can change, “I know because I’ve changed. You’ve changed. Even your dad has changed”. Ella mentions that Byron was the one who got her up off the couch this morning, “okay, it was the ricotta pancakes”, and it’s a small thing, but he used to be incapable of making anything in a skillet without turning it black. Aria cuts in, telling Ella that she doesn’t have to try and make her feel better. Reaching her Aria’s hands, Ella tells her daughter to listen to her, “I don’t know what happened with Ezra, but I do know that Zack is not going to write the book on relationships in this family. Not if I have anything to say about it”. As Aria’s phone rings with an incoming text, Ella asks if it is him.

I'm a Good Girl, I Am

Pretty Little Liars S05E24 Ella.jpg
Calling out to Mike as she walks into the living room, Ella asks if everything is alright when she sees him and Aria. Listening as Aria says that everything’s fine, and that she and him will talk after he’s had dinner, Ella watches as Mike walks off towards the kitchen, before turning back to face Aria.

At Rosewood High, Ella oversees the photographs being taken for the Rosewood High year book. As Aria says that Molly Bormann is ready, Ella looks over to her daughter. Calling out to Aria, Ella makes her aware that there is someone standing in the line.

In the halls, Ella is confronted by Kendra, who says that Ella promised she wouldn’t say anything, but she went ahead and told her daughter. Listening as Kendra questions how else Emily and Spencer would know, Ella watches as Kendra walks off, before looking back towards Emily and Spencer.

Standing in the doorway of Aria’s bedroom, Ella asks if she’s heard from Mike, “he called when they were near Stroudsburg, but ah, his phone cut out”, and Aria tells her that the service is spotty up there, but there’s a landline at the cabin. Walking into Aria’s bedroom, Ella asks what all “this” is, and Aria explains that she’s just trying to find a quote for her yearbook picture. Mentioning that it shouldn’t be too hard and that Aria’s had an eventful four years, Ella suggests that Aria could use something from Hamlet, before Aria says she could also use something from Frankenstein. Sitting down, Ella tells Aria that Emily and Spencer had no right to corner Kendra, to which Aria says that they didn’t corner her, they’re just trying to find someone who can back up Alison’s story and prove that she wasn’t in Rosewood that day. As Ella reminds Aria that she’s not on Alison’s defense team, Aria questions why Ella won’t tell her why Kendra freaked out and turned on her. Saying that Kendra is a good kid who made a big mistake, Ella mentions that she promised to keep Kendra’s secret, “it’s that simple”. Aria presses on, asking what kind of a big mistake, and when Ella doesn’t say anything, Aria says that she’s got two friends sitting in jail right now and this person might be able to help them. Turning back to face her daughter, Ella explains that Kendra went to a party the night before Thanksgiving. Going on, Ella says that Kendra didn’t know the other kids and she got nervous, “she experimented with some drug that was cut with speed”, and had a very bad reaction. Ella says that Kendra was worried her parents would figure out she was as high as a kite, “and there would be hell to pay”, so she hid out at a playground until she was sober enough to go home and pass the cranberries. Aria wonders why Kendra would tell Ella this, and Ella says that Aria would be surprised what students confide to their favourite teachers, “or maybe you wouldn’t”. Aria then asks if Kendra saw Alison that day, before saying that if she was at the playground, but cutting Aria off, Ella says that Kendra didn’t mention seeing anybody else. Asking why Aria is so sure Alison was where she said she was, Ella tells Aria that she needs to separate herself from her. Aria wonders if she’s also supposed to abandon Hanna, before saying that Kendra’s not the only good kid out there who’s made a big mistake. As Aria stands and moves towards her window, Ella gets up and walks from the bedroom.

Songs of Innocence

In the Montgomery household, Ella and Aria talk and hug each other. Ella tells Aria that all the parents agreed that the girls don't need to talk to the police until they are ready. Aria immediately replies that she is ready and that she will talk to the police that very day as she is afraid that Andrew will get out. She doesn't want Andrew to hurt anyone again. Aria opens her window and has a flashback from the dollhouse of when she tries to escape but finds a concrete wall behind her window instead of the open air.

Later in the episode, Ella and Aria visit the police station. A woman questions Aria, asking her if she actually saw Andrew’s face anytime she was in the dollhouse. Aria says that she did see him, but he wore a mask all the time. The lady informs Ella and Aria that although a police has a lot of evidence against Andrew, it's all circumstantial since no one actually saw his face and hence there are no eye witnesses. Aria then determinedly says "I did see his face", but it is clear that she is lying and nobody believes her.

At Aria's house, Aria is taking photos when her mother walks in. Ella wants to know about Aria's impulsive act at the police station. Ella informs her that after rescuing the girls, the police told the parents what the dollhouse was like but not in detail. Ella tells Aria that everyone wants the person who did this to them punished. Aria however, is stubborn that it has to be Andrew. Ella simply tells her that she is smart and wise, indirectly saying that she should think twice before throwing around accusations.


At the Montgomery's, Tanner is complimenting Aria's photos. As Aria told her, Ella is worried about the gallery exhibition at the evening. Tanner offers that unmarked police cars could follow them there. Ella at first declines, as they already planned to go to Mike's banquet, but Aria tells her he is okay with it and states how important it is for her. Ella asks Tanner if she thinks it will be safe and she tells Ella that she wouldn't agree if she felt there was risk involved and if they decide to go, she will make sure to send enough officers to keep everybody safe.

Later in the episode, as a result of the commotion over the replaced photographs, the gallery gets closed by Tanner. Ella, Aria and Tanner are talking about the photographs, which "A" named "Stolen Dolls – No son Lindas". Lieutenant Tanner explains to them that 'No son Lindas' can be translated to either "They aren't pretty" or "They aren't Linda's", as in they don't belong to Linda Tanner.

Ella realises that Charles thinks Tanner took something from him, when they rescued the girls from the dollhouse. Tanner believes that Charles wants her to know that he can uncover details about her identity, if she uncovers details about his. Ella is furious, asking how this could happen, as she has been told there is no need to worry. Tanner tries to calm her down, by telling her they would search for fingerprints and they have the records of security cameras.

Towards the end of the episode, Ashley and Ella are at the Marin's kitchen. Ella is worried how they will tell their girls that they won't be allowed to attend the prom. She is crying and states that the police aren't doing enough and they have to do something to protect their daughters. Ashley asks what happened at the gallery. While Ella tells her, the camera zooms out of the house and we see Red Coat watching them through the window.

Appearances (63/160)

Season 1 (16/22)

Season 2 (19/25)

Season 3 (13/24)

Season 4 (3/24)

Season 5 (4/25)

Season 6 (7/20)

Season 7 (1/20)


Byron Montgomery: Previously divorced. Currently remarried


1st Relationship

2nd Relationship

Zack: Ex-fiancé.


1st Relationship

  • Started: "Crazy"
  • Reason: While Ella is waiting for her online date in The Brew, Zack flirts with her. At the end of the night, Ella returns to The Brew and Zack invites Ella to stay as he is the owner and can keep The Brew open as long as he likes.
  • Ended: "March of Crimes"
  • Reason: Ella broke up with him after finding out that he acted inappropriately towards Hanna.


  • Whenever Ella passes her daughter Aria in the school hallways, she always takes the advantage to talk with her.
  • We never see Ella eat her lunch in the faculty lounge, she often lunches in the school cafeteria with the other English teachers.
  • Ella seems to have plenty of opportunities to spy on her daughter in the school hallways, such as in Blind Dates when Aria is hanging out with the other PLL's against their parents orders. However, she seems wholly absent from Mike's school life - It should be noted how she misses Mike's fist fights with the older kids in the hallway.
  • In Unbridled, it is revealed that she is engaged to Zack until she broke it off.
  • Aria named her adoptive daughter after Ella, giving her the name, "Katherine Ella".
  • Her parents' names are Jack and Judy; just like the names of Ross and Monica's parents in the hit 90's sitcom, Friends.

Book Comparisons

  • In the books, Ella kicks Aria out after finding out that she kept her father's affair a secret. In the show. Ella is the one to move out.
  • In the show, she was engaged to Zack before breaking it off. But in the books, Zack doesn't exist.
  • In the books, Ella dated an artist named Xavier. She later broke up with him, due to his romantic interest in Aria.
  • In the books, Ella has jet black hair and blue eyes while in the show, she has brown hair and eyes.
  • Unlike in the books she never remarried Bryon. 


Ella: People aren't dolls. You can't just play with them and put them back in the box.

Byron: I don't wanna leave.
Ella: I don't want you to stay.

Ella [to Byron]: We raised her to be independent and open-minded and we don't get to be shocked that that is now who she is.

Ella: I haven't been on a date since George Clooney has been on E.R.

Ella [to Aria]: Wait, why am I asking you? You wear forks as earrings.