My Name Is Trouble
Season 2, Episode 3
Air Date June 28, 2011
Written by Oliver Goldstick
Directed by Elodie Keene
Episode Guide
The Goodbye Look
Blind Dates

My Name Is Trouble is the third episode in Season 2 of the hit television show Pretty Little Liars. It aired on June 28, 2011.




At the Hastings', Spencer awakes from a nightmare. In her dream, the four girls were at the movies discussing Jason's return to Rosewood when Spencer catches sight of a figure behind them out of the corner of her eye. Just when the girls think it's safe, a dark hooded figure rushes at them with a flashlight. When she awakes, Melissa is beaming a flashlight in her sister's face as she roughly searches for her misplaced wedding ring on the couch on which her sister is sleeping, not caring at all she has woken her up. Melissa reveals that she had removed her diamond ring because her fingers were swelling due to the pregnancy. While Melissa is looking for it, Spencer tries to spy Melissa's cell phone to see if she has recently been contacted by Ian, but Melissa is protective and doesn't let Spencer anywhere near her phone.

At school, the girls find ways to secretly meet by hiding in the bathroom stalls until the bathroom is empty. While they discuss the latest news, including the possibility that Melissa is hiding Ian, Hanna gives out hand cream, which she reveals that she pilfered from the mall. The girls are appalled to hear that Hanna is still shoplifting, but Hanna wants out anyway because shoplifiting with Mona is boring. When someone enters, they split as if being there all together is a coincidence.

Spencer catches sight of Toby in the hallway, where he tells her that he is there for paperwork for his GED. Spencer is concerned when reveals that he got a job as a carpenter at Jason’s house. She does not trust Jason and suspects that he may be hiding Ian in his house. Wanting Toby as far from Jason as possible, Spencer is determined to buy Toby the truck he is saving up for - and Toby's independence. She makes him promise not to enter the house and he agrees.

Meanwhile, Hanna is eating when she sees Lucas, and she asks him to sit down with her. He reveals allowing Caleb at his house. Seeing her all alone and feeling bad for her, he asks her to help him with yearbook.


Jackie stunned to see Ezra kissing Aria!

Following their therapist’s advice to maintain separate lives, Aria enrolls in an extension course at the college where Ezra works. While on campus, Aria and Ezra revel in the fact that they can outwardly show their affection for each in public. The two lovers share a kiss, not realizing that a stunned Jackie is eyeing them from across the way.

Aria is shocked to find that Jenna is taking the same pottery class. At first she wants to switch into another course, but Ezra convinces her not to, thinking the two artistic girls will finally be able to get past their rivalry.


Jenna and "Anita" share a moment.

Aria deals with this new Jenna situation by pretending to be a student named Anita, and Jenna is none the wiser. Things get complicated when Jenna asks 'Anita' for help with certain tasks, like picking up dropped objects off the floor and helping her clean up. Jenna confides in 'Anita' about her desire to see sunlight hitting water again, getting very emotional from the memory - until she realizes that the voice of Anita is actually Aria's. She gets hysterical and screams at a distraught Aria to leave.

When Spencer visits Toby at work, she meets Jason, who lets her know that he's gone. Spencer sees a shadowy figure inside Jason's house through the window. She asks Jason who is staying with him, but he pronounces that he is inhabiting the house alone. Spencer is thus convinced that Jason has something to hide. In the kitchen, Spencer confronts Melissa about her loyalties. She asks Melissa to protect her in the event that someone (Ian) tried to hurt her. Annoyed, Melissa rebuffs Spencer's question and tells her that she is not going to choose between her sister and her husband.

That night, suddenly afraid of sleeping in her house alone, Spencer calls Emily and asks her to sleep over. As they are banned from seeing other, Emily replies that she can't. Spencer looks out her window and sees Jason inside the room opposite hers, newspapering the windows to conceal everything inside. Spencer is even more convinced of Jason's guilt. It prompts her to flashback to a time when Jason was having a party with his friends, and a distraught Alison had come to Spencer's house seeking refuge from the drunk boys at the party. She had been in a tearful state, but had lashed out when the girls tried to show her compassion and support, insulting them and turning impersonal. Emily had been over at the time as well, and the two girls wondered what had happened to Alison that upset her so much, other than party boys stumbling into her bedroom for all sorts of reasons. She makes up a story about her grandmother not being well, but the girls don't buy it.

Meanwhile, Hanna finds it surprising that Ashley is pandering to Tom's food preferences in preparation for his return to their home in Rosewood. Ashley tries to convince her daughter to give her father another chance, even though he's made mistakes. Later at home, Tom tells his daughter about some of the differences that he is having with his fiancée, though Hanna isn't totally interested. She also doesn't seem upset to hear that his father is having problems with Isabel. When Hanna later sees that her father and her mother are getting along well together again, she also sees a text on her father's cell phone from Isabel apologizing for something. Hanna secretly deletes the message in hopes of giving her parents a second chance with each other.


At yearbook

At yearbook, Lucas wonders why Hanna is being so nice to him, worried that she has ulterior motives—but Hanna insists that people can change. She even gets a pretty girl named Danielle that Lucas is so obviously crushing on to agree to a date with Lucas. Hanna convinces Danielle that she is still stuck on Lucas in order to make him look good. Lucas is still suspicious and very nervous about Hanna's actions, but is eventually grateful to her.


Emily's conscience tears up the faux letter.

In hopes of convincing her mom to stay in Rosewood, Emily considers faking a letter from the Danby College swim scout, saying that if she remains an MVP at Rosewood High she can have a full-ride scholarship. She prints the letter on stationary similar to the one on which the scout writes his real letter and shows it to her friends. Hanna is encouraging, but Aria has learned that lying has not served them well in the past. In the end, Emily decides against the idea, tears up the letter and stuffs it in the wastebasket. She is shocked when her mother receives the letter anyway, thanks to "A". She finds a new letter from "A" replacing the one she tore up in her trash bin, letting her know that "A" has no intention of letting Emily out of her sight in Texas. How did "A" get in her room?

Later, Spencer finds her sister's ring near the toaster, and in a bold move, pawns it to buy Toby the truck he had been saving up for. The store owner seems skeptical of Spencer's claim that it belongs to her, but takes the cash all the same. She does plan to return for it in two days, though, after she can get the money out of the bank to buy it back. After dropping off the truck, Toby and Spencer share their first "'I love you's," initiated by Toby, and the two share a passionate kiss.


Girls spy from the forest

Later, the Little Liars spy on Melissa. As soon as Melissa leaves the house, the secretly follow her, hiding behind the bushes in the yard. Someone pulls up late at night with his car. The girls are shocked when they realize the driver getting out of the car is Wren! He hands Melissa a closed shopping bag; Spencer wisely guesses it contains pain killers for Ian.

And, later, in the pawn shop, we see a black-gloved figure - no doubt "A" - forking over cash to the pawn shop owner, to buy Melissa's ring. The owner mumbles something about knowing that girl wasn't telling the truth, though probably not too concerned considering the cash in his/her hand. Spencer is gonna be upset...


  • One week passes between this episode and the last. We know this because Ezra's last day at Rosewood High was a Friday and when Aria visits him at Hollis, she mentions it is Friday.


  • "My Name Is Trouble" was the title of the third and final single and fourth track from indie-rock band "Nightmare of You" in 2006.
  • In this episode, two of the Liars are guilty of troubling behavior - Spencer steals and pawns her sister's engagement ring, and Emily forges a letter from the Danby scout. Elsewhere, Aria takes advantage of Jenna's blindness to lie to her, and Melissa is caught sneaking out to get drugs not legally prescribed from Wren.
  • Also in this episode, Spencer finds Jason to be trouble living next door, suspecting him of shady dealing.

Main Cast

Supporting Cast


  • Amanda Leighton as Danielle
  • Kevin Brief as Roy, pawn shop's clerk
  • Fawnda McMahan as Lila, pottery teacher
  • Justinh Avery as Bryce, pottery student
  • Tiffany Connor as Rosewood Teacher (uncredited)

Featured Music

  • "How Good We Had It" by Hayley Taylor (while Spencer is coming in front of Jason's house in a truck for Toby)
  • “Please Speak Well of Me” by The Weepies (while Hanna and Lucas chat in the courtyard)
  • "Imposter" by Jocelyn Alice (Aria and Ezra arrive on the Hollis campus)
  • “Baby I Got to Move” by Tim P and Stephen Phillips (flashback of Spencer and Emily's sleepover)
  • "Real Love" by Peter Bradley Adams (Hanna sets up Lucas with Danielle)


Promotional & BTS

Memorable Quotes

Emily: Spencer, stop playing Harriet The Spy.

Ezra: Aria, you do know your father teaches here three days a week?
Aria: Yeah, but Friday is not one of them.

Ashley: Your father and I have a long history. We used to laugh. A lot.
Hanna: I must have missed that part.

Spencer: I know about things I wish I didn't.

Spencer [on whether Jason’s sober]: I never asked him for a urine sample.

Hanna [about Emily’s forgery skills]: You are totally getting me into Harvard!

Aria: Why can't I escape high school?
Ezra: Maybe because you're still in it.

Spencer [on whether Jason’s sober]: I never asked him for a urine sample.

Hanna: It's just like Alison used to say. You're not lying, you're just retelling the truth.

Toby: I love you so much.
Spencer: I wanted to say that first.

Melissa [on removing her ring]: It was cutting off my circulation–one of the perks of pregnancy. None of your shoes fit, and your fingers turn into sausages.

Hanna: Stealing moisturizer? It’s not a life, it’s a hobby, and it’s getting really boring.

Hanna [to Spencer]: Your sister needs one of those dog collars–the ones that zap your ass whenever you leave the property.

Alison: Jason doesn’t have friends. He has idiots who use him to get wasted and act like Animal Planet.

Hanna: Wow. Only Melissa would ask the guy she dumped to help the murderer she married.

Emily [about her mom]: She already packed up the whole kitchen. She keeps telling me how much I’m going to like the rodeo.

Emily: Sometimes, when all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.
Spencer: Why are you talking to me like Ben Franklin? There's a murderer living next door & all I have to defend myself is a hockey stick!

Lucas [to Hanna]: According to your friend Mona, I’m right below ‘kid who blows his nose on notebook paper.'

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