|“||When I first got here I kept thinking: How did this happen? What did I do to deserve this? I honestly thought that I was helping you guys...telling you what to wear, how to act, who to like. Being here no one listens to me. I'm told everything. I never realized how bad that felt - to be on the other side of that. So, I'm sorry.||”|
Alison gave Hanna the name "Hefty Hanna" mocking her weight, Despite being the sweetest of the bunch, Hanna was often cruelly mocked and teased by Alison. This is seen in "Know Your Frenemies" as well as in "Never Letting Go" and other episodes. In "Know Your Frenemies" we also find that Alison even convinces Hanna to throw up to lose weight.
She also convinces Hanna not to eat in "Pilot" saying she is being a friend. She often left Hanna feeling bad about herself. Hanna also has the most hallucinations about Alison such as in the hospital and with her therapist. This could be because she never had the guts to stand up to Alison and has bad feelings about this or it is possible that Hanna had these hallucinations because she is missing Alison a lot and she actually cared a lot for Alison.
After Alison's disappearance, Hanna (with the help of Mona Vanderwaal) loses weight, changes her hair and clothes and takes Alison's place as "Queen Bee" at Rosewood High for a while. In Season 5, Hanna realizes that Alison has had such an effect on her life, that she's never had her own identity because she modeled herself after Alison. Hanna becomes embittered and untrusting of Alison as a result.
However, Hanna quickly started to regret her decision and still cares for Alison deeply and Alison has been shown to start treating Hanna like a real friend.
Alison convinces Hanna to not eat a cookie while they're at Spencer's house, stating that she's being a friend. Hanna disregarded Alison's "help", because she is later seen eating the cookie while Alison and Spencer are talking.
Alison was very mean to Hanna when Hanna expresses her desire to come clean to the police about "The Jenna Thing" and explain that it was an accident. Alison rails on Hanna, basically calling her a fat loser. She calls her a wannabe and other rude words leaving Hanna in tears until Aria scolds her, forcing her to apologize. Alison tells Hanna that she didn't mean it and that she was just freaked out.
Later on in the episode Hanna is being interrogated by Detective Wilden. Wilden suspected Hanna of having tried to kill Alison out of jealousy. She assures him that nobody tried to compete with Alison, that it was pointless, and thus in turn prompts her memory of the time in her chubby days when she asked Sean out to a party. She had asked him with a nervous, quavering voice, and Alison had stepping in, pointing out that everyone was going. She made eyes at him, and he accepted, perhaps because he really found Hanna charming or perhaps because Alison had been hard to resist.
Hanna envisions Alison donned in a candy striper outfit visiting her in her hospital room. She smiles at Hanna and asks if she misses her. Weak, Hanna tries to ask her what happened that fateful night, but all Alison will say is that the four of them combined already know the truth. Additionally, she tells Hanna that "A" annoys her, and that she should really do something about that bitch. She reveals that it is dangerous for her to have come, but she did because she had to see if Hanna was ok. When she leaves, a berry-colored lipstick stain - the same shade that Alison is wearing - is seen on the rim of a Styrofoam cup near Hanna's bed. It's revealed Alison is alive in Season 4. And in Grave New World, we find out from Alison that she was really there.
Hanna remembers when Alison had picked on Lucas Gottesman while they where at the lakeshore. When Lucas had run in front of them to pick up his toy motor boat, she made a bunch offensive comments to him. Finally, Hanna exclaims "hey" as if to stand up to Alison and stop her from teasing him, but she then recoils and sits silent as Alison makes fun of her and Lucas trudges away.
While Hanna is being forced to eat a half dozen cupcakes by "A," she flashes back to one day when she had eaten an entire pie in her kitchen at home. Alison had walked in on her and Hanna quickly tried to clear the evidence by throwing it in the garbage; however, Alison had seen it anyway. Hanna broke down into tears, and Alison comforted her friend, hugging her and murmuring, "I understand." She then wiped away Hanna's tears and told her that she didn't have to feel that way, and she could show her how to get rid of it. Presumably, Alison had shown Hanna how to purge the calories she had just binged.
Hanna tells Dr. Sullivan her true feelings about Alison, in hopes of letting go. Her role playing makes it seem that Alison is really there, taunting Hanna about her feelings. Hanna calls Alison the best friend she ever had, but also her worst enemy. Alison is condescending, but Hanna doesn't allow the mental torture to continue, not caring whether Alison approves of her anymore. In her head, Alison calls Hanna's friends things that Alison has given her and insinuates that Hanna can't live without her. But, mentally, Hanna lets the ghost know that she is over her, that she won't let her into her life anymore, and that she is ready to move on.
During a flashback, Alison is seen trying on four high-fashion dresses. Hanna spots another dress, and says "This stretch size is to die! Can I try it on?" to which Ali rudely replies "There's not that much stretch," making fun of Hanna's weight yet again. She then compares the dresses to her friends: Unique and belonging to her.
Alison narrates a scary story in October of 2008 in Hanna's kitchen. It’s about two blonde twins, who are shown on screen. After getting into a fight over a doll, one of them gets mad and stabs the other in the heart with a knife on Halloween. Camera cuts to Alison telling the story to a frightened kid that Hanna is babysitting. Hanna thinks Alison should stop, but the child is riveted. So, Alison continues on about how the murderess little girl went to the asylum—“until yesterday!” and vows to kill every kid who goes trick-or-treating. Alison then maniacally stabs the butcher's knife she is holding deep into the pumpkin they are carving on the table.
Later, The girls walk to school debating Halloween costumes—Hanna wants to go as Britney. Alison is bossy with regards to Hanna's decision and wants her to go as "bald" Britney and makes a jab about Hanna's weight.
In her bedroom that night, a pajama-clad Hanna watches a scary movie beside a huge bowl of popcorn. The phone rings, just as a voice on the film says not to answer the phone. Hanna reluctantly picks up, but nobody responds. Next, the power goes off then on, making the lights flicker momentarily, and the phone rings again. Hanna picks up, and this time, it’s Alison asking if she was at the costume shop and had sent her a text. When Hanna responds in the negative, Alison doesn't bother to explain her questioning and hangs up.
Hanna has a flashback of a day when she was at a hair salon and heard a familiar voice talking to the stylist. The man referred to the dark-haired girl as Vivian Darkbloom. After he left, Hanna realized that "Vivian" was actually Alison. Alison asked her what she was doing there, and she said that her mom made her an appointment. Hanna told Alison she liked her new hair. Alison told her that she was pretending to be someone else because she was getting bored of always being herself and suggested Hanna should try it sometime too. Alison asked Hanna to keep it a secret, then she took off her wig, smiling.
Hanna has a flashback of a night Mona Vanderwaal came over and they played Ouija. When Mona asks the Ouija board if Alison is still alive. It spells ALIVE and lightning flashes outside. Hanna spots Alison through the glass door,
staring at her with dead eyes. Hanna thinks this is proof that Alison is still alive, so she calls the DiLaurentis' to tell them. 3 days later, Alison's body was found and Mr. DiLaurentis was furious at Hanna for giving his family false hope and would never forgave her. Alison is revealed to be alive in Season 4, meaning Hanna really did see Alison.
Alison pulls Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Mona out of the fire. Hanna wakes up and sees Alison in a red coat staring at her, with a worried expression on her face. Throughout the beginning of Season 4, Hanna is firm in her belief that Alison is still alive because of this brief encounter.
In Ravenswood, Hanna finds herself lost inside a Victorian Mansion. she finally finds a phone booth inside and someone locks her in. She tries using the phone, but it is just a prank phone, and she realizes that she is locked in. Strange candles/lights approach the phone booth, but they quickly go out and Hanna sees Alison and Gas Mask "A" approaching through the foggy glass. However, as soon as they get close, they disappear. Back in Rosewood, Alison reveals herself to the girls by turning around saying "Did you miss me?" She tells the girls that it is not safe for her come home, and she needs the girl's help. She asks Hanna "Remember what I told you at the hospital?" Hanna answers by saying "That was really you?" Alison motions for the girls to be quiet, before leaving when Ezra Fitz shows up. Alison told Hanna in the hospital they know more about that night than they think and that the four of them combined already know the truth.
The Liars realize Alison used fake names in her journal. They read one story titled "The Cradle Robber". Hanna admits she is the "Cradle Robber", and has a flashback to a time the girls were having a sleepover at Aria's. Alison had caught Hanna and Mike together, and tells her how wrong and gross it is. Hanna says "He was nice to me"!, to which Alison replies "Oh, please. He just wanted to feel your boobs. And you let him." Hanna says she isn't pretty or perfect like the rest of them. Alison says "That doesn't mean you have to settle for being a Cradle Robber". Hanna begs Alison not tell Aria, and Alison agrees not to. Alison tells Hanna she will find someone who will love her exactly for who she is. It may just take her longer than the rest of them, that's all.
Hanna offers Alison help in getting dressed on the day of Mrs. DiLaurentis' funeral. Alison declines asking Hanna to wait downstairs. She also asks Hanna if there will be a lot of people at the funeral. Hanna says that she doesn’t know. The next day, Alison and Hanna go to the funeral home to pick up the visitation book. Alison seems bothered by a painting she sees on the wall. After the funeral director mistakes Hanna for Alison, Alison remarks that how easy it was once to distinguish between them. Hanna later realizes that during the time she was friends with Mona Vanderwaal, Mona essentially turned her into Alison and that she's never known who she really is.
Alison calls Hanna while she's at The Brew and asks her to accompany her to a medical examination. Hanna agrees to go with her. Later, Alison is seen in the examination room. Hanna is with her as well. The doctor comments on Alison’s lungs and He takes a look at Alison’s head where she was hit. The doctor also notices a scar on Alison's thigh. When he probes with questions about it, Alison lies and says she cut herself on a rock when she jumped out of her supposed kidnapper’s car. After the examination, Alison gives Hanna a recording of the time she spent in the hospital. She asks her to give the girls each a copy of the recording so that all their stories match. Hanna confronts Alison about the scar on her thigh and asks her not to lie. Alison says that she wished she was blindfolded when she got the scar. She's doesn't tell Hanna what happened, saying that once you know something, you can't un-know it.
Hanna lets Alison stay over her house. Hanna tells Alison that she gets that Alison is afraid since A has returned and that’s why she's staying with her. Alison reminds Hanna that she cannot babysit her forever. Suddenly the bell rings and Hanna reaches out to open the door, but Alison asks her to be more cautious. Hanna looks out of the window next to the front door of her house to see who is outside. She tells Alison that it is Travis. Alison tells her that she’ll wait in the kitchen. Hanna comes back in to find Alison on her patio, talking to someone on the phone. Hanna wants to know who Alison was talking with and Alison says that it does not matter. Hanna thinks Alison is making plans to go somewhere. Alison does not answer but Hanna does not give up. She asks her again and Alison finally tells her that she cannot live in a world where she jumps every time the doorbell rings and asks Hanna to not tell the others. Hanna asks her what she is going to do this time. Alison says that she does not want to live like this but she cannot stay at Rosewood while the psychopath is out there, and that she has made up her mind to leave. Hanna agrees to help Alison escape. Later Emily finds out that Alison is running away, but questions Hanna's motives behind helping her. Hanna confesses to Caleb that part of herself wanted Alison out of town.
Hanna is upset with Caleb because he spoke to Alison and pissed her off. Hanna tells him that he does not need to cut Alison out of her life for her. After school, Hanna reluctantly goes to dinner at Emily's House with Alison, Emily and Emily's mother Pam Fields. On Emily's porch, Mrs. Fields and Alison are laughing about something, when Hanna arrives. She apologizes for being late and when Emily and Pam goes inside to set up the table, Hanna assures Alison that Caleb won't make any trouble. Alison’s not sure as she does not trust Caleb. She asks Hanna to keep her mind clear. Hanna eyes a bottle of liquor after Alison goes inside. During dinner a slightly drunken Hanna antagonizes Alison as she tells some of her story. Alison helps Pam clear the dishes and Emily calls Hanna out on her drinking. Emily becomes angry with Hanna and asks her to leave. Hanna says that she doesn't think Pam bought any of Alison's story before leaving. After dinner, Hanna goes to The Brew to sober up, and tells Sydney Driscoll something about what happened in New York. Later that night, Spencer, Aria and Emily get a text from 'A' just as Hanna walks into Spencer house. Hanna says she hasn't gotten the text. They show it to her: "New York, New York, it's a hell of a town. Ali's keeping secrets, maybe that's because of Hanna's big mouth."
Hanna apologizes to Emily for her attitude at dinner but Emily tells Hanna that she should apologize to Alison as well. Alison's timing is impeccable, as she comes up to Hanna soon after. Alison asks Hanna if they're ok, and Hanna assures her that they are. Alison continues to tell Hanna that her dad is going out of town and asks if she could crash at her place. At Hanna's house, Alison tells Hanna's mom Ashley her kidnapping story. Feeling bad for her, Ashley tells Alison to relax and take a hot bath with her bath salts. She was astounded that Alison had stayed so strong despite everything. Ashley planned dinner, but Hanna decides not to stick around. Not only to hang out with Caleb, but because she was pissed that Ashley gave the bath salts to Alison when she had been asking for the longest to use them. Hanna avoids going home since Alison is staying over, and stays out all night drinking with Caleb. The next day Ashley finds out that Alison skipped school and slept in Hanna's closet because she heard a noise outside the window. That evening Alison and Ashley decide to go to dinner together since Hanna planned to be absent again. Before they leave, a man with a knife comes in the house and leaves through the back door. Ashley calls the police. Later on Alison tells Emily and Spencer that she had Noel Kahn break into Hanna's house. Alison tells them she needed someone who mattered, like Ashley to stop questioning her story.
The episode opens in Hanna's bedroom with Emily asking Alison why Noel would help her. Hanna walks into the room and Emily asks her about her mother’s condition after the break-in. Hanna tells Emily that she is freaked. Alison tells them that they needed to do this as L.t. Tanner is trying to find fault in their story. When Alison leaves the room, Hanna starts drinking out of a flask. When Spencer comments, Hanna says that this is her bedroom; that is until Alison invaded it. At school in the music room, Alison apologizes to Hanna for her stunt. Hanna tells Alison that the stunts she pulls affects other people as well, and yells at her that all she wants is to be left alone and denies Alison’s offer to fix her relationship with Aria. She suggests Alison stay with somebody else. Alison stops Hanna and says that their group is falling apart. Hanna leaves as Jenna Marshall suddenly comes in the room. Through a Glass, Darkly
At Alison’s house, police sirens go off- the cops have come to arrest Alison. But Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily are waiting for her. They block her way and won’t let her go. Alison tells them that ‘A’ set her up, and warns them that once she is in jail ‘A’ is going to come after them. Tanner arrives and handcuffs Alison and informs her she is under arrest for Mona’s murder before they take her away.
Hanna visits Alison in jail to tell her to give up acting innocent and trying to scare them, accept what she has done and endure the punishment for it. Alison tells her that she has given up. She reminds Hanna that she could taken them all down with her, but she hasn’t. When Hanna mentions the knife in Mona’s backyard, Alison doesn’t seem to understand what she’s talking about. Alison finally admits to Hanna that on Thanksgiving day when Mona was murdered, she was waiting for Cyrus. She tells Hanna that she had gotten a message, seemingly from Cyrus, who was freaked out. Alison was afraid that he was going to expose their set-up and so went to meet him. She waited for hours but he never showed. Alison realized too late that it was all A’s plan to frame her. She couldn’t admit this to the police because then her kidnapping story would fall apart. But Hanna doesn’t believe her and leaves, telling her to not count on the little shred of her that still cares about Alison.
After finding out that Alison isn't A, Hanna visits Alison in prison again. She tries to apologize for what she said earlier, but Alison stops her. Alison admits that she used to love telling Hanna and the girls what to do every day and thought that she was helping them. But in prison no one listens to her, she doesn't even get to decide what time she takes a shower. Alison breaks down in tears because she realizes how Hanna must have felt when Alison bossed her around the entire time they were friends and apologizes. She asks Hanna if they can start over and Hanna says they can try – but only if Alison is honest with them about everything. Hanna demands to know who Varjak is.
Alison meets with her lawyer, Rebecca. Rebecca warns her that if the case goes to trial, her chances of getting acquitted are low since the prosecution has substantial evidence against her. If found guilty, she could go to prison for life without chance for parole. Rebecca tells her that there is another option: the D.A. is offering her a plea bargain. If Alison pleads guilty and names an accomplice, Alison gets sentenced 15 years and can get out in 10 years with good behavior. Rebecca also informs her that the police are already building a case against her accomplice who they think is Hanna. At the end of the episode, Hanna is arrested as Alison's accomplice in Mona's murder. Hanna is booked and led to her cell. As she passes Alison’s cell, she glares at her. Alison meets with her lawyer, who tells her that the judge is ready to move her to a minimum security prison and that she has to meet with the D.A. that afternoon to name her accomplice. Alison announces that she is not taking the plea deal as she has changed her mind.
After the court is adjourned, Alison is back in jail. Alison is on laundry duty when Hanna is led into the laundry room. Alison informs Hanna that the personal ads and phone number they found are real. Alison tells that after her mother was killed, someone bought a tribute ad in the paper, referring to a book Jessica used to read to her when she a baby. This made Alison curious and she responded to the ad. Two days later, she got another ad in the newspaper with a phone number and started texting with that person. The person also claimed that they knew who killed Jessica. Hanna is angry that Alison didn't mention any of this to them but Alison tells her that she didn’t want any of the girls to get hurt. Alison is sure that this person was Mona because the texts stopped when Mona died.
Hanna waits outside the laundry room for the guard posted there to change. As the guard leaves, Hanna walks into the laundry room. She and Alison try to talk but the guards won’t give them a second alone. So, Hanna slams her hand in the dryer and Alison burns herself with an iron so that they can go to the infirmary together. Rebecca visits Alison in the infirmary. Alison tells her that what happened to her was an accident. Hanna comes out of the infirmary. Alison passes Hanna a note and Rebecca sees this. She lectures them they are on trial for murder, not in homeroom detention. Rebecca asks Hanna for the note but is unable to understand whatever is written on it and the girls aren’t willing to tell her either.
Hanna [in hallucination]: Please, just tell me the truth.
Alison: It won't make any difference darling.
Hanna [to Alison in hallucination]: What happened to you?
Alison: It's complicated Hanna, really complicated, worse than algebra.
Alison [to Hanna]: Never look back Hanna. Something might be gaining on you.
Hanna [to Alison during her session with Dr. Sullivan]: Alison, you were the best friend I ever had. And that meant a lot to me - you meant a lot to me. But you were also the worst enemy I ever had.
Alison [to Hanna after "The Jenna Thing"]: Damn it Hanna, don't make me sorry that I ever included you in the first place. You know I have gone out of my way to bring your big wannbe butt in this group. You better keep your mouth shut! Unless you wanna go back spending your weekends alone - Dance, Dance Revolution with a jumbo bag of chips.
Alison [to Hanna]: You think the truth is some big shiny disco ball of purity? Then go ahead and try it. Be honest. See where it gets you, Telling the wrong person at the wrong time is what got me where i am. Trust me, you are always better of with a really good lie.
Hanna [to Alison]: I wanna hug you and slap you at the same time.
Hanna [to Alison]: Your wish is our command.
Hanna [to Alison]: You're the special one Ali. There is no one in the entire world like you.