|This article centers around Peter Hastings, a TV show character. For another version check out Peter Hastings (Book Character) .|
| Veronica Hastings (Wife) |
Melissa Hastings (Daughter)
Spencer Hastings (Daughter)
Taylor Thomas (unborn and deceased Granddaughter)
Ian Thomas (Son-in-law, deceased)
Jason DiLaurentis (Son)
| Veronica Hastings
Jessica DiLaurentis (Affair)
| -Doctored Alison's grandmother's will |
-Had an Affair with Jessica DiLaurentis (exposed)
-Is Jason DiLaurentis' biological father (exposed)
|The Jenna Thing|
|The Remains of the "A"|
Peter Hastings is the wealthy father of Spencer Hastings, Melissa Hastings, and Jason DiLaurentis. He is a successful attorney and is all about winning and being the best. He is the picture perfect husband and father who controls a seemingly picture perfect family. For him there is no room for mistakes or any other flaws, and Spencer and her mother make sure of that -- even if it means hiding secrets from him, including illness.
Although Peter has high expectations for his family, he does not seem to be too conservative. Both him and Veronica are allowing and even enabling of Melissa's living with her boyfriends/fiancés before marriage. When Spencer makes a joke about her sister's sex-life at the dinner table, Peter just ignores it, something at which Pam Fields would likely balk.
Peter does everything in his power to seal a deal. But, Peter Hastings may not be as picture-perfect as he seems; it is known that he has engaged in illegal activity and that he a secret threatening to reveal itself regarding the DiLaurentis family...
Peter and Spencer are in a restaurant for dinner. He is overbearing when Spencer discusses her desire to enroll in a college class outside her high school work. While Peter is somewhat encouraging, he criticizes her decision to take a class for fun and hopes that her choice of a class will be more goal oriented, even if it is a boring choice.
When Melissa and Wren arrive, Melissa suggests that they play a game that the Hastings usually play. Melissa wants Wren to go first but he says he doesn't know how to play. Peter tells him he'll catch on. When the waitress arrives Peter and Melissa order the same drink.
In "Reality Bites Me," Peter enlists Spencer in playing a doubles match with a prospective client and his daughter at the club. He is cheerful towards Spencer, offering her chocolates to show that he is proud of her latest scholastic achievement winning the essay contest. It seems that all is forgiven with the Wren scandal, just as he had predicted, now that Peter has something of his daughter's to brag about. He convinces his daughter to throw a match to help him land a client, which makes her angry. Spencer feels it is dishonest and so, in a moment of truth, admits to her father that she stole the essay for the writing contest that she is poised to win.
In "Salt Meets Wound," Spencer and her dad make small talk in their kitchen; Peter lets her know that the cops are ready to put Toby away, as the blood found on Toby's sweater matches Alison's blood. They also mention Ian's stuff, and Peter comments that Ian seems to be everywhere...
In "A Person of Interest," Peter and Veronica question Spencer about her recent behavior and her belief that Ian is dangerous. They seem to side with Melissa and Ian for the most part though, casting Spencer as psychotic, although Veronica is more patronizing and doubtful than is Peter.
Peter makes a more significant appearance in this season.
In "It's Alive," Peter is the one who presses therapy on the girls. He turns Toby Cavanaugh away when he comes knocking for Spencer, not wanting him to ruin his daughter's already tarnished reputation. Later, Ashley and Ella criticize Peter in conversation for not having had his daughter's best interest at heart, but rather for wanting to keep up appearances and buy his way out of a problem in the form of a therapist.
When Officer Garrett comes to the house, he privately pushes him to do all that is possible to find Ian, showing that he completely distrusts Spencer's version of things that Ian is dead, rather than a missing person.
In "Never Letting Go," Spencer finds him arguing with Jessica DiLaurentis on several occasions. When he is confronted about it, he makes up lies or just mysteriously tells her to stay away from Jason DiLaurentis.
He plays a large part in "Surface Tension." He hires Toby to do work in the yard while Mrs. Hastings and Melissa are away. When Toby finds the broken field hockey stick, he acts very suspiciously by taking away the possible murder weapon, as well as telling Toby not to tell Spencer and to forget that the whole thing ever happened. He later burns it, despite his daughter's protests, an act that Mrs. Hastings defends when Spencer questions her about it. He implies that he thinks Spencer planted the blood-covered trophy, although it is not clear if he means that or is simply being patronizing.
Peter makes an even larger role in "I Must Confess." Spencer and Toby catches him walking out of the DiLaurentis house, and Spencer immediately pounces on the fact. When Peter gets snappy with his daughter, Toby steps up to her defense only to get yelled at in return and threatened to be fired. Spencer tries to protect Toby and later runs off in tears after a rather snappy response by her father. To her father's chagrin, Spencer climbs into Toby's car, only to have Peter bang on the door while Toby tries to drive away.
When Spencer returns at night, she finds her father sitting at the couch. They exchange some words in a much more calm fashion, and Peter confesses that the DiLaurentis family forced him to change the will of Alison's grandmother in the south back to an early version that included two grandchildren. The will originally left everything to Alison, excluding Jason. Because of the disappearance and the presumed death of Ali, Jessica DiLaurentis had ordered him to change the grandmother's will to include Jason, so that it wouldn't seem like Jason was a murder suspect. When Spencer asks why doesn't he tell the police, Peter states that if he does, he will lose his job as an attorney. Spencer asks her father why he even did it in the first place, and Peter gets all dark. Apparently, the DiLaurentis family knows something that Peter desperately wants to forget, and they had hung the fact over his head, forcing him to change the will. When Spencer asks what is it, Peter gets all gruff and leaves the room, telling his daughter he answered enough questions for one night. Spencer is left bewildered and confused.
In "Over My Dead Body," Spencer’s parents fuss at the police station, and Mr. Hastings informs someone over his cell phone that the girls are in custody, though they haven’t been booked. Just then, Jason appears, and Peter immediately approaches him to beg him to leave. But Jason is firm in his belief that his sister would have wanted him here, to which Mr. Hastings says he did things to protect Jason. Jason underlines that he didn’t kill Ali, so there was never a need to protect him. Jason tells Peter that he bought the house because Ali was great at keeping secrets and punishing people with the truth. Then Jason asks whether Mrs. Hastings knows, mysteriously implying something that Peter comprehends immediately. Peter says no and insists that Veronica not find out whatever secret they are keeping that night with everything else that is going on...
We learn in "A Hot Piece of A" that Peter is in Philadelphia with Veronica to help Melissa while she has some medical tests done.
In "The Remains of the "A"", Peter tells Spencer that the prosecution's evidence against Garret cannot be retested, so Veronica is trying to get the evidence to be ruled as inadmissible. He later finds Jason and tells him to leave Spencer alone. He wishes that Spencer can put all this behind her: the trial, Jason's sister etc. and focus on her future. Jason tells him he happens to have more than one sister and walks away.
In "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted", Peter is mentioned, by Melissa, to be in London.
Season 1 (4/22)
Season 2 (8/25)
- It's Alive
- The Devil You Know
- Never Letting Go
- Surface Tension
- I Must Confess
- Over My Dead Body
- CTRL: A
- Father Knows Best
Season 3 (1/24)
- In the books, He's the father of Alison and her twin Courtney. In the show, it's Jason who's related to Spencer.
- In the books, Veronica leaves Peter after finding out about his affair with Jessica. In the show, they talk it out and stay together.
Peter [to Spencer]: You stay away from Jason DiLaurentis, alright?
Peter [to Spencer]: You're not supposed to watch me so closely.
Peter: I have a few other choice words I would reserve for Ian, but if I start listing them, I’ll never fall asleep.