|This article centers around Meredith Sorenson, a TV character. For another version check out Meredith Gates (Book Character).|
|“||I'm applying for an open teaching position. Oh, don't worry, hon. I won't put you down as a reference.||”|
|Former Sub. Teacher at Rosewood High School|
|Byron Montgomery (affair/dated; ended)|
| Ella Montgomery|
| Affair with Byron Montgomery (exposed) |
Drugged Aria (exposed)
Has a history of mental illness (exposed to Aria)
| Pilot |
The First Secret (chronologically)
Meredith Sorenson was Byron Montgomery's ex-girlfriend and a former substitute teacher at Rosewood High School that he had an affair with. She acted as a minor antagonist in the episodes she appeared in, and primarily in Misery Loves Company. She later left Rosewood due to mental health reasons after locking Aria in the basement of the Montgomery house. At this time, Byron ended his relationship with her. She was portrayed by Amanda Schull.
Meredith re-appears in the Montgomery's life when she seeks out Byron again, ostensibly seeking "a recommendation." Byron introduces her to Aria and she asks Byron if he received her message. After chatting with Byron she tries to make conversation with Aria, but Aria coldly cuts her short. She smiles intensely at Byron and he smiles back. She leaves before Ella returns.
Meredith then befriends Ella. Ella introduces her to Aria but Meredith says that they already met. Ella invites Meredith to the opening that night. When Ella is out of earshot Aria confronts Meredith about her affair with Byron and tells her to find someone else because her dad is unavailable.
Meredith still shows up at the opening to Aria's dismay. Aria asks her if she forgot what they talked about. Meredith tells her no and that this isn't high school so Aria doesn't have a say in this. She tells Aria that she can do whatever she wants, takes Aria's glass from her hands then approaches Byron and Ella.
Meredith appears in Aria's flashback when she catches her kissing Byron.
Aria visits her father's office at Hollis College. She is about to leave a note for her father, when she sees Meredith lying barefoot on the couch of her father's office, lazily reading a book. Aria is not very suspicious, though she finds the woman's behavior odd. When Byron returns to his office, he expresses his surprise at seeing Meredith there, but acts coolly. Aria attributes Meredith's presence in his office to her father being so cool in the eyes of his students.
In this same episode, the footage of Aria discovering her father's affair is replayed, meaning that the precise date was just before Halloween 2008. When Aria returns home, Byron lets Aria know that he had tried to call her numerous times, obviously trying to prevent Aria from ratting out his affair. He announces that Meredith is dropping his class, implying that their relationship is ending.
Meredith appears, once again, in the second episode of the season, where she goes for a job interview at the same school as the Liars, much to Aria's dismay. It is later revealed that Aria and Alison went back to the office of Byron to try to find evidence about whether Meredith and Byron were still together. An earring is then found, leading Aria to become shocked and upset, and Alison to then suggest they trash the office, and making her father think it was Meredith's work. Alison finds a second earring.
In the present, Aria admits to Byron that it was really her and Alison that trashed his office. This leads to Byron telling Aria to meet up with Meredith and apologize. While Aria and Meredith are talking, Aria hands the earrings to her, explaining that she found them underneath her father's couch cushions in his office. However, Meredith tells Aria that the earrings do not belong to her.
Byron tells Aria that Meredith got the teaching job at Rosewood High, which unsettles Aria. This worries Ella as well.
Meredith is seen watching Aria and Ella through Ella's class room window door, indicating she thinks Aria told her mom about her involvement with the fire. She confronts Ella about it, but Ella tells her to stop jumping to conclusions. Meredith and Byron have a fight, which becomes physical when he grabs her burnt arm, and she leaves. She reveals to Aria that Byron gave her the page, that was in Aria's room, and that he visited her on the night Ali "died". Meredith tried to talk him out of seeing Ali, but he left. She is last seen helping Aria, since she has the flu, and asks her to keep what she said to her a secret.
Meredith is taking care of a sick Aria. She is acting friendly, but is revealed that she has been slipping drugs into Aria's tea and secretly searching for the diary pages. After Aria finds out, with Ali's help through a dream (or was it?), what Meredith is doing to her, she tries to get out of the house. Aria learns Meredith locked her in her room when she tries to leave. She goes back to sleep, holding a piece of a sharp mirror piece for protection, but when she wakes up, Meredith is standing over her with the mirror piece in her hand. When Aria escapes and ends up face to face with her, Meredith knocks her out and places her into the basement. When Emily and Hanna go looking for Aria, Meredith leads them to the basement but locks them in as well. When Byron arrives home, she tells him that Aria knows about him and Ali. She presumably leaves Rosewood, as Byron stated everything in her apartment was gone by the time the police got there.
Meredith is mentioned by Byron that she has a long history of issues and hasn't been taking her medication and is currently getting help.
Season 1 (2/22)
Season 2 (1/25)
Season 3 (4/24)
- Started: Before The First Secret
- Ended: Before Pilot
- Reason: Alison and Aria trashed Byron's office and Byron believed it was Meredith.
- Started: Blood Is The New Black
- Ended: Misery Loves Company
- Reason: Meredith hurt Aria in a twisted attempt to save Byron.
Book - TV Show ComparisionEdit
- Meredith's character in The Pretty Little Liars book series goes by "Meredith Gates," rather than Meredith Sorenson. For some reason, the television series producers chose to change the character's last name, similar to the shift from Lucas Beattie in the books to Lucas Gottesman on television.
- After Meredith was introduced on the show, she was not seen again for one season, then returns after Ella and Byron divorce, while in the books, she gets together with Byron right away and gets pregnant.
- Meredith turns out to be mentally unstable in the show. She sedates Aria so she can freely look for some papers that could link her and Byron to Alison's death. She also punches Aria and later locks her and her friends in the basement. That event never happened in the books.
- Meredith never became a teacher at Rosewood High School in the books.
- In the books Meredith has dark hair, but in the show she is blonde.
Aria [about Meredith]: What's her story?
Hanna [about Meredith]: Meredith? Her name's Meredith. Ew, that's not even a cute girl name. I'm seeing big pores and mousy roots.
Meredith [to Aria]: Listen, sweetie. I'm not in high school. You don't have a say in this.
Aria: What are you doing here?
Meredith: I'm applying for an open teaching position. Oh, don't worry, hon. I won't put you down as a reference.