|This article centers around Ashley Marin, a TV character. For another version check out Ashley Marin (Book Character).|
|“||Try to remember Alison as the beautiful girl you knew.||”|
| Divorced from Tom Marin|
Dating Ted Wilson
|Rosewood Bank Branch Manager (Former)
Jessica DiLaurentis' Real Estate Company Employee
| Mama Bear (by Darren Wilden) |
Ash (by Tom Marin)
Ms. M (by Mona)
| Unnamed Father (deceased)|
Regina Marin (ex-mother in law)
Patrick Marin (ex-brother in law)
Hanna Marin (daughter)
| Tom Marin (ex-husband)|
Darren Wilden (brief affair)
Ted Wilson (boyfriend)
| Byron Montgomery |
| Committed embezzlement (Exposed to Hanna and Caleb)
Affair with Darren Wilden (Exposed to the Liars)
| Pilot |
The First Secret (chronologically)
Ashley Marin is Hanna Marin's mother. Before the series started, her husband, Tom Marin, left them - because of another woman. Ashley is fed up with that and Hanna therefore always tells another story: her mom and dad grew apart, split up and it was actually a good thing because her mother is much happier now. Ashley is willing to do everything to protect her daughter, even if that means sleeping with a detective to make sure the charges against her daughter for shoplifting will be dropped.
Because of the fact that Tom left their family, it is hard for Ashley to make ends meet financially. At that time she is working at a bank and she takes care of other people their money, so it is easy for her to have access to money. This is where she borrows money from a client. Just when things get very tense - the woman whose money she borrowed asked for a consultation with Ashley - Ashley's assistent comes in and tells Ashley that the woman died and the appointment is cancelled. This secret is not exposed, only to Hanna (she finds out after she comes home from the hospital and finds a large amount of money in a spaghetti-box) and Caleb.
Ashley always wants the best for her daughter and will do what it takes to keep her safe. If the Liars' parents find out about the possible harrassment by "A", Ashley is one of them to help take care of the situation. She tries to talk with Hanna - and find out what is going on - but this frustrates Hanna.
If Darren Wilden gets killed, Ashley is one of the first suspects because of the discovered footage and mysterious other developments, like the shoe in the closet. She is arrested and it seems to become a hopeless situation for Hanna and Ashley. Both of them are going through a rough and emotional period and Hanna (and Ashley) get help from Travis. When Hanna is talking with Mona, she offers to turn herself in and confess the murder. That way, the Ashley's charges are dropped.
Ashley is still Regina Marin's favorite. Whenever Regina's visiting for Hanna, she doesn't hesitate to make that clear. She is definitely not a fan of Isabel Marin - and not a big fan of her own son's actions either.
Ashley is currently dating Pastor Ted Wilson.
Ashley is first seen talking to Hanna about Alison DiLaurentis. She tells Hanna that she ran into Ella Montgomery who didn't know about her divorce with Tom Marin. She says how she hates having to tell that story over and over again. Hanna tells her that she should tell people that it was mutual like what Hanna does instead of saying he walked out on them. She tells Hanna that she is the one Tom left but Hanna tells her that he left them both. Darren Wilden arrives at their home with another officer to arrest Hanna for shoplifting. Down at the station she speaks with Darren about the matter. They leave when all the officers get a call and rush out to the DiLaurentis house.
When she and Hanna get into the car Hanna tells her that she'll pay for the glasses but Ashley refuses saying that Hanna will deny doing anything wrong because she is taking care of it. She tells Hanna that she buys Hanna everything she needs to be popular and Hanna tells her that isn't the reason why she does it. Ashley asks if it is about her father but Hanna doesn't answer. She tells Hanna that in a small town like Rosewood what people think about you matters.
Ashley loudly enters the house... with Wilden, the detective that arrested Hanna earlier. The two kiss animalistically. She then climbs the stairs with him, leading him to her bedroom, turning to exchange eye glances with Hanna, who watches guiltily frozen on the couch.
Ashley comes home later when Sean a is over studying with Hanna. She tells Sean to tell his father that they've been trying to come to church but that Ashley has been swamped with work. The doorbell rings and Ashley goes to answer the door. She returns with Darren who brought takeout for dinner. Ashley whispers to Hanna that it is time for Sean to leave.
When Ashley sees tension between Darren and Hanna she sends him to put on clothes while she makes breakfast. Hanna tells her that they don't eat breakfast. Ashley tells her that Darren will be there until he gets the charges dropped and that they cannot afford to have an enemy on the police force.
Later Ashley doesn't take the jokes that Darren make to Hanna lightly. She questions him about getting the charges dropped. When she finds him digging in Hanna's purse, she tells him that he needs a warrant to go through Hanna's stuff. She then tells him that he'll be having breakfast and dinner somewhere else from now on.
Ashley is seen talking with a police office outside of the house. SHe then scolds Hanna saying that she never wanted to see another police car in front of their house again.
After Hanna crashes Sean's car, Tom returns to Rosewood to deal with his daughter. He invites her to dinner, and both Hanna and Ashley assume that he intends to take both mother and daughter with him. Ashley dolls up for the occasion and hides her disappointment when Tom arrives and pointedly clarifies that he had only intended to dine with Hanna. Ashley set's her earrings on the counter of her empty house.
Ashley helps Byron cope with the adjustment to being a single parent to Aria and Mike. The two bond over their shared experience with separation from their respective spouses and the never-ending responsibilities of parenting. Byron does point out a major difference, however: he is separated, not divorced from Ella. Byron comes over the night of the storm to use Ashley's fax machine to send the overdue permission slip he forgot to send earlier. The electricity blows, and the two spend time alone together as the storm passes.
As the Marin's now are only relying on one income, and Hannah's father for whatever reason does not pay child support, the Marins' financial woes pile up. Ashley discreetly calls a mortgage agency when she thinks Hanna can't hear her and tries to hide the extent of the problems from Hanna. When she hears Hanna tell Mona that she can't accompany her on a shopping spree, Ashley cuts in and firmly hands Hanna a $100 bill - the only money in her wallet. Hanna tries to help out by finding a job, but her job hunt only leads her to discover that her mother has unpaid loans and is in serious debt to the prospective employers. Hanna decides to sell some of her older accessories online to pitch in, but Ashley tells Hanna never to sell her things again, as she can handle it. Ashley ends up taking the money of a dying old woman who has no relatives from her safe deposit box.
On her way home from the bank, Ashley passes Byron with his car. Expecting her to be amicable as she had been previously, he asks for a ride. But, Ashley is curt and tells Byron that she is in a rush. She doesn't want him to discover the wads and wads of cash pouring over the sides of her handbag in the passenger's seat.
Ashley does not make it straight home, despite her plan. A police car stops her from behind, and Ashley has only enough time to zip up her bulging handbag. Officer Barry Maple pulls Ashley over, leading her to fret that the police have detected her crime. She tries to speak smoothly to Barry, addressing him by his first name, as they are clearly friends. But, Officer Barry has other concerns. He shares the news of Hanna's condition due to the hit-and-run by the SUV. Ashley rushes to the hospital, hugging her handbag close to her side. There, she gets Hanna a private room for recovery, despite their financial situation. Ashley notes Lucas, who comes to visit Hanna in the hospital. She turns him and Sean away until Hanna is up to receiving them.
Later, Hanna returns home from the hospital and discovers her mother's newly-acquired money in a lasagna box. Ashley passes off the money as a loan. Then, Mona throws Hanna a surprise party in her home, and Hanna cannot do much to protect her mother's secret stash from her wheelchair. There are too many people at the party, and Ashley comes home to find the house in disarray and the money gone. Hanna tries to apologize, but Ashley asks for silence as the reality of the problem dawns on her. Hanna slips her one of her sleeping pills as penance.
Hanna visits her mother at work, wanting to be there to support her when the bomb goes off. But, a different bomb is dropped when Denise, Ashley's coworker, interrupts the Marins' conversation to inform Ashley that Mrs. Potter has had a heart-attack and could not be revived. The law-evading women hug at the bittersweet news.
Hanna tries to do her own part in retrieving the money by taking "A" up on her money-commissioned dares. Ashley is shocked to see the wads of bills Hanna inserts in the popsicle box in the freezer and is skeptical of her daughter's story that she "found" the bills at Lucky Leon's. But, Ashley doesn't question the blessing too much and insists that she can read Hanna's body language to know with full certainty that she isn't lying. Hanna is amazed at her mother's power, but Ashley doesn't surrender her secret.
Initially, she does not trust Caleb and thinks that Hanna should stay away from him. She feels uneasy about Caleb being in the house alone with Hanna unlike the way she felt about Sean. She had always been warm to the minister's son, sending his father regards.
Then, a new development in Mrs. Potter's safe deposit box arises. A man claiming to be the late woman's nephew comes to claim the rights to the deposit box. He says his name is "James Leland." Once again afraid of being busted, Ashley is vulnerable to the man's date invitation, and she accepts. When he arrives, Caleb answers the door. Suspicious, Caleb does some research later and reports to Hanna that the man is a fraud, as the real James Leland is dead. Hanna shares the information with Ashley, but she is loathe to believe anything Caleb has to say. However, when the man is shocked to see the paltry contents of the safe deposit box, Ashley asks him in a moment of inspiration where he banks, insisting that encouraging customers to keep small sums in their deposit boxes is universal bank policy. He staggers over the question, not giving a direct answer about his personal information. Ashley thus calls his bluff, and the man leaves disappointed, never to be heard from again.
Shortly after this excitement, Hanna tries in vain to get her mother's permission for Caleb to live in the guest room (when he is secretly already living in the basement). So, Hanna houses Caleb without Ashley realizing. Hiding him from her proves to be a job, though. One morning, Hanna serves Caleb breakfast after she thinks that Ashley has already left, but Ashley returns as Caleb's hat sits on the kitchen counter. Hanna quickly throws it in the sink and pretends to be washing the dishes, avoiding her mother's notice. Another time, Ashley leaves her phone on the charger in the bathroom and goes in to get it, just as Caleb is taking a shower and Hanna is grabbing something of her own. This prompts Hanna to jump in the shower with Caleb to avoid her mother's detection. However, Ashley notices other clues of Caleb's presence, such as the rapidly depleting groceries and the toilet seat left up. She eventually puts them together to realize Caleb has been crashing there and confirms her suspicion when she finds Caleb's briefcase in the basement and sees Hanna kissing Caleb at home when she thinks her mother isn't there. Ashley ousts Caleb from the house, disappointed that Hanna lied to her.
However, after Hanna spends the night away without informing her mother as to her whereabouts, a scared Ashley considers the impact of her decision. When Hanna brings up Ashley's past, she changes her mind. Therefore, when Hanna's phone rings, she picks up to speak to Caleb in her stead - but to invite him to dinner. After dinner, she lets Caleb know that he can stay in the guest room. She is initially hard with him, but she softens and lets him know that he can call her "Ashley" instead of "Mrs. Marin."
When Hanna learns that Caleb had been set up by Jenna to get close to her, Caleb makes a decision to leave Rosewood for Arizona. He drops by the Marins' home to deliver a letter to Hanna, but she isn't home. He speaks to Ashley instead, who is concerned about the state of her daughter's broken heart, but not cold towards Caleb. She hears him out as he thanks her for being the positive parental figure he never had. He intends to give Ashley the letter for Hanna, but she lets him know that it would be best if he said goodbye in person and hand-delivered the letter. Caleb tries to take Ashley's advice, but Hanna flees at the sight of him. Later, when Hanna tells her mother that Caleb left so abruptly, Ashley is puzzled, sure that Caleb had agreed with her advice. Nonetheless, she shrugs and comforts Hanna.
Ashley is concerned about Hanna's recent behavior. She goes along with the other Liars' parents in enforcing Hanna's separation from her friends. She also forces her to go to therapy. Tom returns to Rosewood at this point on cue to Hanna's getting in trouble (after appearing on the cover of The Rosewood Observer). Tom helps Ashley enforce the therapist despite Hanna's wishes. Hanna goes against her will, but after earnestly opening up to the therapist, her office gets trashed, leading Ashley to demand from Hanna details about the session, though Hanna had been promised everything would be confidential. Ashley is very concerned that the police will come to the wrong conclusions, even though her daughter has done nothing wrong. In response, Hanna leaves the house to meet up with her forbidden friends.
After Ian's body is found, Ashley comes home frazzled that Hanna hasn't answered her phone, revealing how much stress Alison's death has placed on her, leading her to worry for her daughter's safety every time she leaves the house.. She reveals to Hanna that she worries about her whenever she leaves, imagining that the dreadful fate that befell Alison could befall her own daughter.
Before Ian's funeral in Ashley makes Hanna change into something besides for the red party dress that she has picked out for the occasion. They get to talking about when Ashley's father had passed. Ashley had paid for the funeral, despite her apparent dislike of her father for unknown reasons.
After Ian's funeral, Ashley stops by Hanna's school as Hanna retrieves things from her locker. When Hanna sees Janet, Hanna threatens her that her "lawyer mother" working for the firm "Dolce, Gabbana, & Leibowitz" will sue Janet for not financially supporting her foster son as is due; she gestures towards Ashley who waves absentmindedly while chatting on the phone. The checks follow shortly thereafter.
After the fashion show, Ella visits Ashley to share her concern for their daughters. They find it extreme that someone trashed Alison's memorial and worry that the girls are in danger. They reflect on Peter Hastings and accuse him of pushing therapy on the girls in an attempt to insensitively use money to fix a problem.
Ashley welcomes Emily into her home and does her best to make her feel comfortable. She is touched by Emily's gesture to cook breakfast for her and Hanna, but wants her to feel less like a guest and more like family. She sets down some rules with Emily in terms of girlfriends, similar to her rules for Hanna's boyfriends. She proves to be much more accepting of Emily's sexual orientation than Pam and allows Emily to use their home to host her girls' night card game. Later, when Ashley sees that Emily is stressed out after her ulcer and not being able to swim, she gifts her with a complimentary massage, and Hanna looks on enviously, but appreciatively.
All the while, Ashley grows closer to her ex-husband Tom after his return to Rosewood. While she is distant with him at first, only sharing drinks of wine with him and not their old pastime martini, they eventually rekindle their friendship. The attraction grows, while Tom deals with problems in his relationship with Isabel. Ashley and Tom even dance together at the fashion show reception and end up sleeping together after a date one night.
However, the next day the for Tom's upcoming wedding to Isabel arrives in the mail, and all hopes of permanent reuniting are dashed. Ashley firmly puts an end to Tom's advances and stops their relationship despite Tom's protests. When the girls are gone, she asks Tom to leave, and he complies, leaving Ashley standing in the foyer alone.
Later, Ashley is content with her decision, though she struggles with her feelings of loneliness the night of Tom's rehearsal dinner. Emily sits in the kitchen with her, and the two share intimate conversation, distracting Ashley from her momentary despair. Regina is disapproving that Ashley has given up on her son so quickly, as she likes her more than she does Isabel. But, Ashley encourages Hanna to be there for her father and not to feel that she is betraying her mother by feeling happy for him. Ashley goes to the Rosewood Police Station with the other parents after Hanna and the other Liars are arrested.
Ashley stumbles home, escorted by policeman Darren Wilden. He had driven a drunken Ashley home after she binged on martinis at The Grille. It is revealed that Ashley is upset about her husband leaving and is stressed about dealing with the situation he has left behind in Rosewood. As Ashley falls asleep on the couch, Hanna consoles her that her dad’s new girlfriend is pretty ugly.
The next day, Hanna enters the kitchen as her mother sits reading the newspaper on the counter. She is looking through the job listings, glum at having found little better than maid openings. When she spots an opening for a bank branch manager in Rosewood (her eventual job), she pauses considering. Suddenly, Wilden comes by to “check” on Ashley. Ashley takes him aside, not wanting Hanna to hear. Wilden makes implied advances, but Ashley lets him down, calling his expectations a misunderstanding. He ominously warns her to be careful out there. When Ashley returns inside, Hanna questions the behavior. “That was a horny cop,” Ashley replies, writing it away firmly.
Ashley talks to Hanna in the kitchen. She asks why Hanna ruined her father's wedding. She said it had to be done and regrets they wound up at a Justice of the Peace to get married anyway. Hanna leaves the room when Emily enters. Ashley expresses her surprise that they are still fighting.A few nights later, Ashley prevents Hanna from leaving the house by telling her Tom is coming over to talk. They both learn that her dad, [[Isabel Randall|step-mom], and step-sister Kate will be moving to Rosewood and doesn't hide her displeasure. Tom doesn't hide his frustration with Hanna either, so Ashley steps in to remind them he is moving to Rosewood to be close with his daughter because he loves her.
Ashley is talking to Hanna and Emily in their kitchen about the party. After Hanna got off the phone with Lucas's parents Ashley asks if there was any news. Ashley is concerned and feels partially responsible for Lucas not coming home last night. Hanna informs her that Lucas called his parents earlier. Ashley tries to comfort Hanna, saying Lucas will talk to her when he is ready. They leave to go to Spencer's, claiming they need to run a group presentation once more, leaving a confused Ashley.
Ashley and Hanna eat dinner in silence, when Ashley asks about the elephant in the room. Hanna says that Kate isn't an elephant, but a snake who is going to ruin her life. Ashley assures her that Tom made it clear to Kate that if there was any problem between her and Hanna, there would be consequences. Hanna isn't convinced Kate will listen, but Ashley gets her to promise that she will do everything she can to make Kate feel welcome in Rosewood.
Hanna, Ashley, Isabel and Kate sit outside the Vice Principal's office in silence. Hanna's phone rings, but Ashley glares at her when she goes to answer it. Eventually, Vice Principal Tamborelli calls in Mrs. Marin, and both Isabel and Ashley respond.
Back in Tamborelli's office, Isabel is furious about the situation and implies that Ashley is a bad mother, and that Hanna has it out for Kate. Ashley defends Hanna, while Isabel demands that Hanna be punished. Tamborelli assures them that Hanna will not be let off the hook, and under any other circumstances Hanna would be expelled, but due to the 'unusual' situation, he insists they attend the Rosewood High Truth Up Day, a guided workshop where students can own up to bad behavior and build barriers, until the school board decide what to do. Ashley volunteers to supervise.
In her bedroom, Hanna is looking at the picture of Kate when Ashley comes in. Hanna says she doesn't have to go to Truth Up day, but Ashley says she wants some answers for herself. She sits beside Hanna on her bed and says she loves her very much and will crush anyone who tries to hurt her. Hanna doesn't want to talk about it, but Ashley says it isn't the first time Hanna said someone framed her, and wants to know who it is, asking for a name, but Hanna says there is no name. Ashley asks Hanna if she sent the picture of Kate, and, crying, Hanna finally says she did not.
In another room, Ashley is in charge of an activity, with Emily and Mona amongst the students there. Ashley asks them to step forward if they have ever felt they have been mistreated by another student or staff. Emily takes two steps, but Ashley informs her to only take one step at a time. Tamborelli is watching Emily closely. Emily steps forward again when Ashley asks if anyone has ever felt unsafe in school.
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.
Meanwhile, Isabel arrives at the school, worried about Kate. Ashley tells her that Tamborelli wanted to talk to Kate and Hanna alone first. Isabel asks if Hanna picked another fight, but Ashley says no, although she may have just ended the current one. Isabel is confused, and Ashley tells her that next time, before she points fingers, she should search her own family tree first for rotten fruits. Kate and Hanna leave Tamborelli's office, and Hanna hugs Ashley while Isabel stares at Kate in disbelief.
At Hanna's house, Officer Wilden appears at the backdoor and wants to ask Hanna more questions. Ashley blows Wilden off and tells him that coming to their house is like this is harassment and so he decides to see them at the police station later.
Ashley clears Hanna's and Mona's school books off the kitchen counter and finds the incident report with "A's" threatening post-it note.
Down at the police station, Ashley is angry with Wilden, believing he is the one who sent Hanna the police report. Officer Wilden is clearly shocked and tells Ashley that he would never give that to Hanna because he could lose his job if that report got out. Ashley wonders out loud who would give the paper to Hanna and why.
Ashley returns home and says her board meeting ran late and she left Hanna some Thai food in the kitchen. Then Ashley spots the letter Aria had picked up lying on Hanna's bed. She asks Hanna what it is and Hanna lies that it came in the mail by mistake. Ashley says it's odd because it is addressed to FWL Law Firm, the one that she used for her divorce. Hanna asks why she would use a law firm so far away, and Ashley says Melissa Hastings interned there that summer.
Detective Wilden calls Ashley at home to find out if she got any new information about that incident report from Hanna. She says she is doing what she can, but that he should also be working to find out who is targeting her daughter. When she hears Hanna coming, she tells him not to call the house again and hangs up.
Hanna tells Ashley that Tom is bailing on the dance due to a "prior commitment." Ashley offers to take her to the dance, despite it being for fathers and daughters because missing out on something Hanna is looking forward to is lamer than showing up with her mother. Hanna agrees and seems to like the idea.
Ashley meets Wilden in his car to discuss this business about the incident report. Wilden asks Ashley to get a hold of Hanna's phone to find out who she has been talking to and texting. He tells her the only way they will get answers is if she gets him that phone.
Hanna confronts her mom as soon as she arrives home. She asks if they are back together. Ashley denies it and tells Hanna the truth. She found the stolen police report amongst Hanna's things and wants to know where it came from. Hanna pretends not to know and is scared that it may get out. Ashley says she did the right thing by giving it to Wilden because maybe he can keep her safe. Hanna walks away realizing nothing she says could convince Ashley otherwise. Ashley spots Hanna's cell phone on the counter. She starts coming closer to it but Hanna returns to retrieve it before Ashley can take a look at it.
Downstairs, Ashley gives Hanna one more chance to tell her everything she knows about that police report. Hanna still refuses to talk. Ashley demands Hanna hand over her cell phone. Hanna can tell it was Wilden's idea even though Ashley denies it. Instead of giving her mom the phone, she tosses into a sink full of sudsy water and walks out.
Aria sits in Mrs. Marin's kitchen and confesses to sending Hanna that police report. She tells Ashley she had begged Hanna to stop shoplifting because if she were to be caught again, she could end up in jail. Aria says she made up that police report to scare Hanna straight and admits that she is A (for Aria, for anonymous). Aria apologizes and asks if there is anything else she can do, but Ashley says she can take it from here.
The next morning, 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?
Hanna argues with her mom about getting a replacement phone. Ashley won't get her a new one since Hanna purposefully destroyed the old one. She assures Hanna that Emily would allow her to use her phone in an emergency, which Emily can't argue with. Hanna is not satisfied with this solution. Ashley says when Hanna is willing to share more about what is going on in her life, they can talk about a new phone.
Hanna hears a phone ringing and finds out about Hanna's secret phone, which Mona had given her. Hanna explains Mona needs to be able to reach her 24/7, which Ashley finds hard to believe. Mona walks in, picking up Hanna for school. Ashley gives her a warning and hands the phone back to her, suggesting she should sleep over if the crisis is really that bad. Mona then pays Mrs. Marin a compliment before leaving for school.
Hanna and her mother are shopping, along with Spencer and her mom. When Hanna pulls Spencer away, Ashley expresses to Veronica how relieved she is that the girls were out of town last night, away from this mess. Spencer gets a call from a blocked number, which she ignores.
Hanna catches Aria looking up profiles of bald, fat men with unibrows online and learns that Aria is trying to find a date for her mom. Hanna realizes that Ella still doesn't know about her dad and Meredith. Aria says that maybe it’ll ease the blow if Ella found someone before she discovers the truth. As they are looking through profiles, she catches the girls and suggests she try mainlinemate a much better site.
Ashley is at the Brew, looking at the reward poster of Alison while waiting for her takeout. Ella comes in and notices her. They sympathize for the girls, and then Ashley asks Ella if she's meeting a date. Ella laughs, and tells her she hasn't been on date in a really long time. Ashley is surprised -- she must've met someone interesting on mainlinemate, but Ella doesn't even know what it is.
Ashley shows the profile Aria had created for her on mainlinemate. Ella is disgusted and tries to delete it, but Ashley urges her to keep it. It's not easy to find many men of their age. Even if there are, they generally look for younger girls. The ladies drink wine, discuss online dating and then Ashley gets a message from mainlinemate about a guy wanting to have coffee with her. She jokes about sharing him with Ella.
When Hanna cuts school, Ashley makes her go help sort out clothes to donate to the homeless. Ashley meets Ted at the food table and they flirt. Later he sees Hanna taking Emily's jacket from "That Night." When he catches her, she says she was going to pay for it and gives him some money.
Ted later dates Ashley and gives her the thumb drive of N.A.T. Club videos that he found in the Church long after Spencer tossed the drive to distract Ian Thomas in the Season 1 finale. He wanted to turn the thumb drive into the police, but Ashley destroys it due to it containing an incriminating video of her sleeping with Darren Wilden to get Hanna's shoplifting charges dropped.
At the church, Hanna's mom picks her up and informs her that Ted is her date at the party tonight. Hanna is shocked and worried because that means her plan gets interrupted once again. Her mom offers to drive her but Hanna lies that Toby is picking her up because she wants to scare off some guy who is hitting on her.
Ashley tries to ask Ted out on Sunday, but he says he is busy on Sundays. He tells her he is an associate pastor for the church. Ashley realizes that she has made a terrible mistake.
Ashley talks to Hanna. She thinks that she has ruined all her chances of being together with Ted, because he is a pastor and her résumé shows that she's no angel. Hanna convinces her mom that nobody's perfect, and they might still have a chance.
Ashley and Ted start to dance, but are interrupted by Wilden. He tells her that their "paths may cross again," suggesting that they have found something new regarding Alison's murder. Ashley says that she has a headache and leaves the party.
A police officer tells Mrs. Marin that Hanna has 5 days to provide a blood sample, by legal authority. After the cop leaves, Ashley calls Veronica Hastings.
Officer Barry Maple arrives at Hanna's house and speaks to Ashley. The police now have a court order that demands for Hanna to take a sample of her blood to see if it matches with the blood from Alison's bracelet. Ashley also rekindles her relationship with Ted, but while on a date with him, she mainly talks to Veronica Hastings about protecting Hanna and taking care of the court order.
Ted drops by to tell Ashley that he found a flash drive in one of the church pews. One of the videos shows the girls talking in a bedroom. Spencer and Hanna are listening from the stairs, and they realize that these are the N.A.T. videos and Spencer says that the drive was what she threw to get away from Ian (in "For Whom the Bell Tolls"). Hanna tries to take the flash drive, but Ashley catches her. Ashley asks Hanna who took the video. Hanna says it was Mona and wants the drive back, but Ashley plans to keep it, and possibly hand it in to the police.
Ashley tells Hanna "I'm going to take care of it" and puts the drive into the disposal. Part of the reason is there was a video of her and Detective Wilden on there. The doorbell rings with Ted there for their date. He thinks they should give it to the police. Hanna saves her mother by taking credit for destroying it.
Ashley and Ted are passing out Halloween candy to kids.Ashley is in the kitchen when the little girl from Alison's story in "The First Secret" appears standing in her doorway. The little girl says she wants to call her mother, and Ashley says to not be scared, and the girl says people shouldn't make scary things. Ashley tells her to call, and that when she's done she can help her with candy.
Ashley asks Ted where the girl went, and finds her upstairs in Hanna's room. The girl says her mother was crying and tells her that she and her sister fight a lot, over dolls especially. Ashley touches the girl's hand, which is presumably ice cold, resulting in her hastily retrieving her own hand and draping a blanket over her. Ashley then calls Ted, but by the time they reach the room, the girl is gone once again, leaving the blanket folded neatly in the center of the bed.
Ashley and Ted are sitting at the table. Ashley tells him about the strange girl and her disappearance. She then asks Ted if he believes in ghosts. Ted responds with, "I'm not supposed to."
Ashley asks Hanna about seeing Mona in school. Hanna says she's fine and makes a reference to Caleb helping her out with Mona.
Hanna talks with her mom about how Caleb and his father are reuniting, but that Jamie needs a job closer to be with Caleb. Hanna suggests working at the church, and Ashley considers it.
Hanna and Caleb are at the church with Jamie, Ashley and the pastor, waiting for Jamie and the pastor to discuss Jamie possibly getting a job at the church. They begin to kiss, but stop as Ashley walks in and tells them that Jamie got the job and they should celebrate with pizza at home.
While Hanna and her mother walk, they spot Wilden pushing CeCe into a car. Wilden gives Hanna a dirty look and Ashley notices. Hanna tries to play it off, saying that the girls know the woman he got into the car with. She says that the girls have suspicions about Wilden having a past relationship with Alison and the information came from CeCe, but she assures her mother that they're done with their suspicions. She promises to not speak with the girl again.
Wilden sits down with Ashley at a restaurant. He says that an accusation like the one Hanna is making would be, "the end of me." Ashley tells him to leave.
Wilden warns Ashley about keeping Hanna quiet. He grasps her arm and she argues with him, calling him out for threatening a child. She wrestles her arm from him and gets into her car, but Wilden stands there to keep her from leaving. He says that if she won't keep Hanna quiet, then he will do it himself, and reaches for his gun. In a moment of panic, Ashley runs him over and drives off.
Ashley tells Hanna, "I think I might have killed Detective Wilden."
Ashley and Hanna return to the scene of the accident. Wilden's car is still there, but he is nowhere to be found. We see that Wilden's car is recording the whole thing.
Ashley wants to call the police but Hanna talks her out of it. She makes Hanna promise not to tell her friends until they figure out their next step. They hear the siren and see the flashing lights of a police car as it drives past.
Ashley thinks she sees Wilden on the other side of the road. While looking at him, she is almost hit by a car. When she looks back Wilden is gone.
Hanna returns home and Ashley tells her about thinking that she saw Wilden. She drove by the accident and found the car gone. Ashley assumes that since they haven't heard from Wilden she didn't actually hit him as hard as she thought.
Ashley is seen in her kitchen going through the newspapers looking for anything that could relate to Wilden's disappearance, like a body or a lost car. The phone rings. Ashley tries to ignore a call from Ted, but Hanna picks up the phone and sets up a coffee date for her.
Ashley tells Hanna that she wants to cancel a seminar in New York related to a potential promotion. Hanna thinks she should go and offers to stay with Emily in the meantime. Ashley is hesitant, but Hanna reassures her about her safety.
Ashley apologizes to Ted for cancelling on him so late. She says her promotion could lead to her taking Hanna with her to New York. He says he likes seeing her and doesn't want her to leave, adding he'd like to try and help keep her in town if there is anything he can do. He also asks her if there was ever a real reason for her leaving would she tell him. She looks hesitant, lies and says yes.
Ashley says goodbye to Hanna and leaves her at Emily's. As soon as Ashley pulls away Wilden pulls up in his car. Hanna tells him to go away and he asks her to tell him where his car and keys are. He says that's all he wants and if she gives it to him he'll leave them alone.
Ashley is presumably still in New York. At Wilden's funeral, Spencer and Mona find a cell phone “A” had left in the casket with Wilden. When Spencer calls a contact labeled "Kisses," Hanna answers and they realize the phone in the casket is Ashley's. It's unclear what this means but Ashley may be A's next target.
Ashley is back at home and Hanna the behavior of their mother finds it very strange. When Hanna gives Ashley her phone, she said that she must have forgotten it in the hotel room. Later in the episode, Hanna finds a garbage bag with shoes her mother's dirty shoes in it. At the end of the episode we see how Ashley just takes this bag, and then goes outside.
Hanna asks her mom what else she did in New York besides attend meetings. Ashley says on Friday night she and her co-workers all went to see Anything Goes on Broadway.
Hanna visits her mom at work and sees flowers on her desk and asks where they are from. Ashley says they are from the bank for everyone who went to New York. When Ashley steps out, Hanna notices the Thank You card from the flowers in the trash. It reads, "Hope you're feeling better. The show was a dud, you didn't miss anything." Instead of finding proof that her mom was in New York, she finds proof that she wasn't where she said she'd been. When Ashley returns, Hanna throws it in the trash and storms out of her mom's office, angry about being lied to.
Ashley comes into Hanna's room and tells her she doesn't appreciate being spied on. She won't give Hanna any other details about her trip or why she lied, but tells her that if anyone asks her about it, "Don't lie; just don't say anything."
Hanna goes home after visiting Spencer's house where she told her about the Melissa mask, and talks to her mom through the bathroom door. Ashley apologizes to Hanna for lying to her about the Broadway . Inside the bathroom, Ashley is standing at the sink while the bath fills with water. She seems nervous and upset.
Caleb goes to Mr. Marin seeking his help if the murder of Wilden is pinned on Ashley. Tom tells Caleb that Ashley came to him asking for some money, and he did not have such a huge amount at the time. According to him, he went to talk with Isabel, and when he returned, Ashley was gone. He says that he also used to keep a gun locked in his drawer and it has been missing ever since Ashley's visit.
Caleb tells Hanna about the missing gun from Tom Marin's drawer, saying that it was a .38. He says that if the police find out that Darren Wilden was shot with a .38, it is most likely that Ashley killed Wilden. Hanna dismisses what he says, saying that she just wants to forget it all.
Hanna visits her mom at the bank and finds Lt. Tanner and Holbrook inspecting Darren Wilden’s safety deposit box. They find thousands of dollars in cash, two passports - one American, one Canadian, as well as a gun stashed in the box. The detectives question if it was Wilden's "drop gun," but refrain from jumping to conclusions about Wilden's integrity. Lt. Tanner questions Ashley about who would have escorted Wilden to his box when he came in. Ashley said it would have been her if she were working that day. Lt. Tanner then tries to get Ashley to admit she had already seen the contents of the box, but Ashley remains silent and Lt. Tanner clarifies her meaning. The detectives take the entire box and its contents as evidence and Lt. Tanner asks if she can take a butterscotch on their way out.
Hanna sees Lt. Tanner across The Brew and goes to talk with her hoping to shift the focus of Wilden's murder from her mother to Melissa. But she is interrupted by Caleb who thinks Tanner is too much of an expert and Hanna cannot fool her. Hanna says that she is going to protect Ashley no matter what she has to do.
Hanna confronts Ashley about Wilden’s safety deposit box. She says she has been temporarily restricted from accessing the safety deposit boxes. Hanna wants to know if the detectives who visited her earlier told the bank to restrict her access, but Ashley is afraid to ask in case the answer is yes. She doesn't want her workplace to know she may be the suspect in a murder case. Hanna tells her that she knows she was in Rosewood the night Wilden was killed, and Ashley finally admits it.
At Hanna’s house, Lt. Tanner and Holbrook visit to question Ashley. Hanna and Caleb lie that she isn’t home and two cops leave. Ashley looks down from upstairs and turns away while Caleb and Hanna hug.
Hanna shows up at the Hastings' kitchen at the end of the episode and says that she thinks that Ashley killed Wilden and 'A' knows it.
In Hanna's nightmare, Hanna finds Ashley asleep on the porch. When she sits up, we see she is wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and her hair has been chopped off. Hanna starts screaming again and wakes up in a panic. Ashley comes in her room completely fine and normal asks what's wrong, but Hanna doesn't want to talk about it.
Ashley meets with Veronica at her home to discuss the situation with Wilden. Ashley didn't want to be seen at Veronica's office because she doesn't want the whole world to know she is a suspect in Wilden's murder. She seeks out Veronica to tell her her side of the story. When asked by Veronica, Ashley says that she hopes that Veronica will be there for her both as her lawyer and her friend. Without asking for more details, Veronica says that she will check with a contact at Rosewood PD and tells Ashley to sit tight.
At the Marin household, Ashley gets a call from Veronica. Hanna eavesdrops and hears that Ashley needs to meet Veronica at the police station the next day.
Hanna doesn't sleep all night and in the morning, calls Aria and tells her that Ashley’s muddy shoes are gone and that her closet is locked. Since her closet is never locked, she decides she has to break in to see what her mom is hiding.
Hanna unlocks her mom’s closet and discovers a gun hidden in a bag. She calls Spencer, but Spencer is too busy to talk to her. Hanna doesn't know what to do next.
Hanna puts the gun into her bag and decides to take it to Cicero to show Spencer and Emily and figure out what to do next. Ashley questions her on her way out, surprised Hanna changed her mind about visiting colleges.
At Cicero, Hanna wants to ditch the gun. Spencer goes to look for Emily and Hanna gets frustrated and goes to hide the gun herself, but is arrested by cops who were alerted by 'A.' 'A' texts Emily and Spencer saying that Hanna and Ashley might need to share a lawyer.
Hanna is being questioned by Linda Tanner at the Rosewood Police Station. Hanna remains silent while Lt. Tanner asks where she got the gun and why 2 of the 6 bullets are missing. Hanna faces up to a 7-year sentence for carrying a concealed weapon. Lt. Tanner tells Hanna to think about who she is trying to protect, when Ashley walks in and tells them that Hanna has been bailed out and that they can leave. Lt. Tanner escorts them out where Hanna's father is waiting. He reveals that the police are keeping the gun for testing.
When asked by her father about the gun, Hanna says to him that he found the gun in Ashley's closet and she was just trying to protect her by trying to bury the gun.
Tom tells Ashley that Hanna found the gun in the bag in her closet. Ashley admits to taking Tom's gun, but adamantly insists she did not bring a gun into her house. She thinks someone must be setting her up. Hanna looks back at her text message, which is from "A." It says that if Hanna brings up "A" at all, then both Tom and Ashley will get blamed for Wilden's murder.
Hanna tells Aria that "A" definitely set up her mom. She hears her mom and dad talking outside so she hangs up with the girls, telling them not to call or try to help, and goes to listen to them.
Ashley reveals to Tom that she couldn’t get the kind of money that Wilden wanted to leave town so she took the gun from Tom just as a precaution. Wilden grabbed the gun out of her hands and Ashley ran. Caleb rings the doorbell, but before Hanna can get to him, Tom tells him to leave. Ashley says there is nothing he can do to help and also asks him to leave.
Emily wants Hanna to hand over the footage from Wilden's dash cam because it proves Shana and Jenna are connected to Wilden, giving the police 2 addition suspects besides Ashley. Hanna thinks "A" will retaliate if she gives the hard drive to the cops, but Emily wants to turn it in anonymously. Hanna reluctantly gets the hard drive out of her jewelry box and gives it to Emily.
Ashley is distracted because of the murder charges she might be facing and accidentally burns herself on the stove. Tom comes in and tries to help. He tells her admitting to self-defense might be the smartest choice, but Ashley refuses to admit to something she did not do. She says the fact they haven't heard from the District Attorney is a bad sign.
In the end of the episode at Hanna’s house, Lt. Tanner arrives and arrests Ashley. Hanna yells that she didn't do it. Lt. Tanner says that Tom's gun was used to kill Wilden and that Ashley’s fingerprints are on the bullets. Ashley asks Tom to take care of Hanna no matter what happens as she is taken away by the police. She tells Hanna that she loves her.
Hanna visits her mom in jail. She tells her that Tom has been staying at their house during the week and that she will spend weekends at his place. They talk about what Ashley should wear to her arraignment. Hanna is in denial about how long her mother might be away. She talks about buying tickets in advance for the school's upcoming silent auction. Ashley tearfully tells her it is not a good idea.
Hanna is making sure the bills get paid while her mother is away. Spencer tries to break it to her gently that her mom's case may not be going well. Ashley had a tense history with Wilden. She is facing 20 years in prison if Veronica can prove Wilden threatened her, or life in prison if she can't. Hanna can't believe how bad "A" has made her mom look.
Hanna visits her mom again and tells her she should say it was self-defense. She would only get 20 years in prison as opposed to a life sentence and Hanna needs to know that she will someday get to be with her mom again. Ashley admits she has made some poor choices, but refuses to admit to a murder she didn't commit.
Spencer, Aria, and Hanna are in Spencer's kitchen, waiting for Spencer's mom to come home with news about Ashley's bail. Veronica enters the kitchen and tells them that the judge refused bail. Hanna is angry, and Veronica has some more bad news - Ashley will be moved to the state prison in Muncy to await the trial.
At home, Hanna receives a collect call from her mother. Ashley doesn't want Hanna to worry about anything. They tell each other that they miss each other and Ashley assures Hanna everything will be alright, then Hanna starts crying. They say "I love you" to each other and hang up.
Hanna tells Mona that she wants to falsely confess to Wilden's murder, so that her mom doesn't spend her life in prison. Hanna says she needs Mona's help to make this lie perfect so that the police believe she really killed him. Mona asks her why she chose her to help since she could have been the one who set her up, but Hanna believes Mona meant it when she said she never wanted to hurt her mom, and also Mona's the only person she knows who has lived in a lie, and Mona agrees to help her. Mona tells her she can't just keep saying "I did it," she needs to have a motive and make every piece of evidence pointing to Ashley, point to her instead.
Caleb visits Ashley in jail. Ashley thanks Caleb for coming. She tells him that she's worried about Hanna, and Caleb says that Hanna's worried about her. Ashley knows that Hanna is angry and wants Caleb to make sure that Hanna doesn't do anything stupid. She thinks that Hanna will listen to Caleb. He says he'll do what he can, and she thanks him. As they take Ashley away, Caleb tells her that Hanna loves her and would do anything for her. Ashley says that's what she's afraid of right before they take her back to her cell.
By the end of the episode, Mona confesses to killing Wilden, thinking Hanna was not prepared to make the story believable, thus in a way saving Ashley.
Veronica Hastings mentions to Hanna and Spencer that if they had anything to do with Mona confessing then they could hurt Ashley's case. Also in this episode Ashley is granted bail and it is rumored that Ted paid $100,000 for this to happen. However she has to wear a tag and can only leave the house for a hospital appointment or a court case. Ashley says that she will get used to the tag as Veronica stated that it is better than the alternative.
Hanna tells Spencer that she would love for Emily to move in with them, but she doesn't think her mom would want to cry in front of her.
At the Hastings kitchen, Veronica tells Hanna that she should probably go home. Someone had anonymously accused Veronica of bullying Mona into confessing to killing Wilden. Veronica has decided to recuse herself because the accusation alone could hurt Ashley's case, which means as of now, Ashley doesn't have a lawyer. Veronica can't risk being involved. When she steps away, Hanna expresses her frustration over "A" calling in that anonymous tip, then leaves to be with her mom.
Rosewood Police Department, Ashley questions her daughter about knowing Alison was alive. Hanna doesn't want to talk too much about it, and when Ashley presses, Hanna snaps, telling Ashley the only way Alison can move on is if people stop asking questions.
Kenneth DiLaurentis drops by the Marin house to ask Ashley if she could log into Jessica's emails to try and find out where she is. Ashley tells Kenneth she has to believe Jessica doesn't know about Alison being alive, and that's why she hasn't visited.
Sitting in the kitchen on her laptop, Ashley debates whether to log into Jessica's emails or not. Hanna tells her that she thinks that Mrs D would prefer Ashley going through her emails than the police; and besides, Alison needs her mother. The phone starts ringing and Ashley gets up to answer.
Ashley asks Hanna if there is enough paper in the printer. Hanna tells her there may be a couple of pages and if Ashley would like her to grab some more. Ashley gets up to grab some more paper leaving her laptop open.
Putting a drunk Hanna to bed, Ashley tells her that she would be “madder than a skunk” at Travis if he weren’t as baffled at Hanna’s behaviour as she is, and that they’re going to have a serious talk about consequences when she sobers up. Removing Hanna’s high heels, Ashley climbs onto the bed with Hanna, and when Hanna thanks her for not being mad at her, Ashley tells her she is, “but I know you won’t remember, so we’ll talk about it tomorrow”. Rubbing Hanna’s back, Ashley wonders why Hanna would do this to herself, and Hanna answers by saying Caleb’s back.
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- Ashley isn't quite involved in her daughter's life in the books as in the series. The TV show's po.rtrayal of Ashley is more concerned with Hanna's life than book Ashley.
- Ashley works at McManus and Tate in the books. In the show, she works in a bank.
- In the books, Ashley leaves to Singapore and allows Tom, Hanna's dad, along with Kate and Isabel to move into her house. In the show, Tom moves into another house in Rosewood.
Ashley [to Hanna]: Try to remember Alison as the beautiful girl you knew.
Ashley [to Hanna]: When they find the maniac who did this to you, I will kill him. After I kill him, I will sue him.
Ashley: It's only a felony if they find out.
Ashley [to Hanna]: What's a pink drink? Is that a code for something gay?
Ashley [to Hanna, about Jenna]: You pulled one girl out of a burning building. It doesn't make you Rosewood's new fire chief.
Ashley: Hanna, it's a funeral. Not a Nicki Minaj concert.
Ashley [to Emily]: No girlfriends allowed in the bedroom. Just girl... friends.
Hanna: If it needs a tent, it's a circus.
Ashley: Says the girl who woke up at 4 a.m. for the Royal Wedding.
Hanna: I had to pee.
Ashley: For three hours?
Ashley [to Hanna]: Come on, I have to drive you to school and then you are going to explain me why are you wearing your costume from Mamma Mia.
Ashley[to Hanna]:When you sober up we are having a serious talk about consequences and yours won't just be a hangover.
- Usually, a clean record is required in order to qualify to work in a bank. In "The First Secret," it seems that Ashley has just that - before she ever got involved with the detective on her daughter's case or committed embezzlement.
- Ashley Marin and Ashley Benson, who plays her daughter Hanna, have the same first name.
- Ashley stole from a bank account but was never found out or punished. However she was later incarcerated for a crime she did not commit.
- She was accused of Wilden's murder and was later released though with a condition of a tag.
- She has dated both Pastor Ted and Detective Wilden.