Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) is tired of being a victim. In the June 18 episode of Pretty Little Liars, the recently single high school senior decides to fight back by signing up for a private martial arts lesson. In a sneak preview from Tuesday's episode, she spars with an instructor named Jake (Ryan Guzman).
"Are my feet far enough apart?" Aria asks. As Jake wraps his arms around to correct her form, he says, "They're perfect."
Soon sensing that Aria is questioning his methods, Jake steps back and asks her to focus on the task at hand. "Aria, this relationship doesn't work unless there's a level of trust between us," he says. "Do you trust me?"
Shrugging her shoulders, Aria responds, "I don't really know you."
"True," Jake admits. "But the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Aria then becomes slightly defensive and lashes out. "Look, I'm not some scary ball of paranoia, okay? I've just got a lot of stuff going on," she explains.
Speaking to Us Weekly earlier this spring, Pretty Little Liars' executive producer Oliver Goldstick hinted that Jake might become a love interest for Aria. "There are some horrific events happening in episode 2, and feeling defenseless and powerless, Aria reaches out to Holden's friend," he explained. "She basically says, 'You know what? I'm tired of being the tiny one. I'm tired of being one of the first ones picked off the herd.' So, she takes a class at the martial arts studio and ends up bonding with her instructor."
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC Family.