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|“||People leave and people die. That's the only sure thing there is in this world.||”|
Mike suffered a lot as a result of his parents divorce along with Aria, which involves several violent episodes. He also sneaks around his parents, keeping secrets that Aria is aware of in general, like him breaking into houses, but not privy to. He also suffered chronic depression which seems to be under control now, with the help of a therapist and medication. Mike wasn't physically present for the entire third season, but returned in Season 4 where he and Aria seemed to have become closer. He was in an on-and-off romantic relationship with Mona Vanderwaal, which ended with her death in Taking This One to the Grave. In Pretty Isn't the Point, it was revealed that Mona was planning to fake her death so she could find out who A was, free Alison from jail and she would be considered a hero. Mike knew about her plans, but thinks that A double crossed her and really killed her. When Mona escapes the dollhouse along with the others she avoids talking to Mike because she feels guilty for making him think she was dead, he however forgave her and the two reunited.
Pilot Mike is first seen telling Ella Montgomery and Aria Montgomery that he needs a ride to lacrosse practice. He goes downstairs to search for his equipment. He complains to Ella that his stuff is in a hundred boxes and she suggests they look in the basement. After finding it, he leaves with Aria. When they arrive, he tells Aria what time to pick him up then goes to practice. The Jenna Thing Mike comes home with Ella bringing Chinese takeout. Mike, Ella and Byron start eating while Aria goes upstairs to change her clothes. Reality Bites Me Mike approaches Aria with his concern about Byron and Ella fighting, feeling vulnerable, but Aria tells him that it isn't their business. Later Aria makes dinner for the both of them and they watch TV together. The Homecoming HangoverMike deals with his parents separation badly and gets into a fist fight with another guy in the school hallways. Aria and Sean break up the fight, and Mike responds angrily to Aria, pushing her away. Know Your Frenemies At breakfast, Byron reveals that he and Ella have decided to see other people. Mike is angered by this and storms off. To Aria's dismay, Mike starts hanging out with Noel after Aria has broken it off with Noel. Mike innocently reports that Noel is planning to out Mr. Fitz's relationship with a student—at the dinner table in front of a horrified Aria and her father, who reacts by scolding his son for making unsupported allegations that could ruin a man's career. Mike assures them that it is true as Noel said he saw them and was going to the principal's office the next day. Someone to Watch Over Me When Byron finds out that Aria has a secret relationship with a boy, he prowls in Aria's room, looking for clues. He almost discovers the truth, but Ella stops him in an argument that is overheard by Mike. When Aria returns home, Mike scolds her for keeping a secret from her parents that is causing them to fight again, blaming her for their fight. Things were starting to improve between their parents' relationship. 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. Mike is very upset, as he wants his parents' relationship to stabilize again, or better yet, go back to the way it was before.
Even though Mike was the one who wanted his parents to get back together the most (and for Ella to come home), he is not contented with the situation and upset by how much has changed. Ironically, Aria is the one enjoying the return, not Mike. Blind Dates
Aria goes to find and pick up Mike at the basketball courts, as per her mother's request, but only finds Mike's "old" friends and even, Jason. His friends let her know that Mike hasn't been around in awhile, and Jason theorizes that Mike is doing things his family obviously wouldn't approve of.When Mike comes home, he scares her by not speaking up when she asks who's there. She also confronts him about his lies, but he brushes her off, as he is not dealing with his transitioning family situation very well. Aria's dad picks up on Mike's abnormal behavior at home, but Aria denies what she knows, having been threatened by Mike that he would tell their parents that she has been hanging out with her friends which her parents temporarily forbid her to do because of the attention the town gives to the girls. DiLaurentis House). When Aria begins lecturing Mike about breaking into people's house, he says he will return all the stuff he stole from Emily's garage if it makes her happy. Aria pauses, and then begins to figure it out, asking him if he's the one who body-checked her in the Hastings's house. He admits that he was, saying he felt really bad about it.
Officer Barry comes to the Montgomery residence to reveal that Mike had been arrested for breaking and entering. When his parents pick him up, Mike avoids his parents questions by walking away silently. Byron tries to force explanations out of his son, but Ella stops him, letting Mike go into the car so that she can talk to her husband. She argues that talking to him while being angry won't help their cause. Obviously, Mike's behavior is indicative of a bigger problem, which they need to discover, and they won't be any closer at finding out what it is if they lash out at him.When Mike comes home, Aria accuses him of stealing from Jenna, but she is thrown for a loop when he tells her it was stolen from Garrett Reynolds' (or as Mike calls him "Officer McFriendly") place; he claims to have actually stolen from a cop because he was looking for a gun. Aria is skeptical, but Mike assures her that he vividly remembers stealing the piece from Garrett's place, not Jenna's.
Mike's behavior closely mirrors that of someone who is clinically depressed. He sleeps in his room in the middle of the day and is barely communicative with his parents when they speak to him (or to anyone in general). He has fallen out of touch with his friends and no longer engages in the activities that he used to, having abandoned lacrosse and basketball altogether. Ella finds out from Mike's school teachers that Mike does not seem to "be there" when in class, that he's completely checked out, probably because he is no longer able to concentrate. Ella's approach is to give Mike time and space until he is ready to communicate with them, but Byron wants a hardline approach and wants to force Mike to attend school sooner and behave properly again. When he visits Mike's room, he is shocked to find him in bed with the door locked. He scolds his son for breaking the rules by locking the door, but doesn't mention Mike's attending school the way he had planned. Later, Byron reveals to Ella his concern that Mike is behaving the way that his brother Scott did...Did Scott commit suicide? Scott's fate is left vague, but Ella firmly denies the comparison, and the parents are left troubled by their son's confusing behavior.
I Must Confess
It is revealed that Mike has been diagnosed with teen depression. His father believes that medication is the correct form of treatment, but Ella insists on him speaking to a psychologist. While Byron is at Hollis, Aria goes into Mike's room to tell him to go downstairs. Mike gets annoyed and tries to shoo her away, but she refuses to leave, trying to reason with Mike to open up to his family. Then Ella comes in to insist that Mike turn off his computer and make dinner. She firmly shuts the computer, but Mike gets violent, tries to get the computer back, and leaves his mother with a bruise from the quarrel before angrily walking away. Ella insists that Aria keep the shocking incident a secret from her father.Later, Mike is again alone in his room. Aria passes and sees that her brother is teary-eyed. He confesses to being worried about his mother and later goes downstairs to face the family, outwardly apologetic for the first time in a while. Aria has also informed her parents that Mike's break in that led to his arrest was not the first isolated incident.
Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares
After Ezra and Aria come clean about their relationship to her parents, Mike punches him in the jaw causing him to bleed and leave immediately. Later, he apologizes to Aria for punching him. He tells her that he did it only because he was scared Byron might do it first. He also shows her an escape route so that she can go to the greenhouse to meet the other Liars.
Father Knows Best
Mike tells Aria that he knows she is still seeing Ezra even though their parents forbade it. He doesn't understand why she just doesn't let him go, and she tells him when you love someone, it is worth fighting for, no matter what the odds. After this, he also talks to their father about Aria's relationship saying that maybe he has been too hard on her.
Although Mike didn't physically appear during season 3, he was mentioned by Byron, Ella and Aria during several episodes.
Cat's Cradle A photo of Mike was seen in this episode. Love ShAck, Baby Although, Mike is not seen in this episode, he is mentioned. In a flashback, Alison is seen confronting Hanna after she came across Hanna and Mike kissing on the couch. Gamma Zeta Die! Ella wants to go to Europe, but tells Aria that she has decided not to go to Austria with Zack, and reveals that Mike is not comfortable with Ella leaving. Aria talks to Mike at her house about Ella going to Europe. They begin to fight and Mike says that Aria only wants her gone so that she can get back with Ezra. Aria pushes Mike in response and runs off.
Byron tells Ella that he’s spoken to Mike and that it is time for Ella to enjoy herself. Since they have always wanted to go to Europe and Ella has always done things for everyone else, Byron tells her to take the opportunity and go and that he will be fine with Aria and Mike.
A new guy that works at the Brew breaks something, and Aria goes over to help him. He is Connor, who is friends with Mike. Connor asks Aria to help him with his English paper, to which Aria hesitantly agrees. Aria helps Connor with his paper but is interrupted by Mike, who seems mad. He leaves the house. Next day, in the school, Mike tells Aria that Connor is telling everyone that she and Connor hooked up and Mike believes him. Later that day Aria lies in bed crying. She has been getting text messages from boys at her school about the incident. Mike approaches her and says that he should have known that Connor was lying and apologizes. He tells her that he'll make it up to her and they hug.
After Connor's car is whacked and battered by an unknown figure in a hoodie and a baseball bat, Mike is the main suspect. He is almost expelled from school until Ezra brings up the fact that nobody has proof that Mike 'did it.'
Later,Mike finds Aria at home and mentions it wasn't smart for her to tell the Vice Principal he was videochatting with mom because they could have checked on that. Aria asks what the outcome was. Mike replies that Mr. Fitz talked to Mr. Hackett and then Mr. Hackett told Connor's family he had no reason to expel Mike. Mike says if anything like this happens again, he wants to be ready.
Mike gets back in the lacrosse team's good graces which worries Aria.
O Brother, Where Art Thou Aria is in her room, sorting through her dolls when Mike comes into her room. He asks if she wants to get rid of the dolls and she replies that it's time to find a new subject because they are starting to creep her out. Mike wonders why and Aria raises her eyebrows, commenting out loud that he's the one who said that her photos were creepy. He replies that he thought they were creepy in a good way. Aria who is still sifting through her stack of dolls, grimaces at one and says that they were starting to creep her out. After questioning his sister on her possible participation in the upcoming art show, Mike tells his sister that Mona didn't talk to him or meet him since they were rescued from the dollhouse. He left countless messages and attempted visiting her many times but to no avail. Mike believed that Aria might be the reason for Mona's behaviour, but she promises she doesn't have anything to do with it.Mike is at Mona's to bring back the dolls from Aria. He wants to talk to her, but Mona refuses and asks him to leave. She says, she knows what she put him through and she made the wrong decisions. Mona declares she might have deserved to be in the dollhouse. Mike tells her what she did, doesn't matter to him, because all that matters is that she is alive. Later, Mike also tells her that she has to forgive herself. He takes Mona's hand and asks if she wants him to leave. After she shakes her head, they lean in for a kiss. Do Not Disturb He is revealed to be in college by this point. We've All Got Baggage Byron mentions to Aria that Mike doesn't agree with he and Ella getting married again. He feels that his dad will hurt his mom again if they get back together.
Season 1 (6/22)
Season 2 (8/25)
Season 4 (7/24)
Season 5 (7/25)
Season 6 (1/20)
- In the show, Mike acts out due to his parents' problems. In the books, this never happens.
- In the books, Mike dates Hanna and they end up getting married. In the show, they only had an off-screen fling.
- In the show Mike and Mona date for a short period of time, however in the books they barely interact.
- In the books, Mike is known as the popularity-obsessed and dirty-minded younger brother of Aria. In the show, Mike has completely different personality and was never seen trying to become popular.
- In the books, Mike and Noel are really good friends, but in the show they are only seen talking to each other once.
Mike: People Leave, People Die. That’s The Only Sure Thing There Is In This World.
Mike: I'm Your Brother. I'm Supposed To Watch Out For You, Stand Up For You. I'm Gonna Make It Up To You, Okay?
Mike: Is mom gonna be okay?
Mike: Am I?
Mike [to Byron]: This is so you, dad. You lie and you cheat, but you draw the line at hypocrisy.
Mike: Aria, I know what I stole and I know where I stole it from.
Mike: Can you please stop washing my sweats? I smell like a candle.
Notes and Trivia
- Originally, Igor Hudacek was cast as Mike Montgomery, but after a trial version of "Pilot" was filmed, Mike was re-casted as Cody Allen Christian. A promo picture had even been released with Igor posing as Mike before the recasting decision was made.
- For an unknown reason, Mike was absent for the entirety of Season 3.
- Mike is a talented lacrosse player.
- He had a brief run-in with the Rosewood Police Department after breaking into a number of homes in Rosewood.
- According to text messages released on Instagram, Mike attended Hollis College after his graduation. However, he doesn't believe he fits in and was interested in transferring to Beacon Heights University.