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Hanna's mom, Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton), is having a tough time this season, and in this sneak peek of Pretty Little Liars Season 4, Episode 5: “Gamma Zeta Die” she turns to an unexpected source for help: Spencer's mom!

Mrs. Hastings is, of course, a lawyer, and Ashley realizes she may be in real need of legal help soon. She tells Mrs. Hastings that she thinks the cops are building a case against her.

Spencer's mom immediately offers to help, saying she'll get in touch with her contact at the Rosewood PD. What we find most interesting is that Ashley very desperately asks if Mrs. Hastings wants to know if she's guilty. Is she looking for assurance that her friend trusts her, or is she looking to confess a dark secret? It's left ambiguous, though she does admit to "skeletons in [her] closet."

Here's the official synopsis of the episode:

Spencer and Emily make plans to visit a nearby college, but they have very different agendas for their time spent on campus. Spencer's singular focus in figuring out Ali's apparent connection to the school contradicts Emily's real fears about her plans for after she graduates. And after a stinging attack by "A," Aria and her brother Mike don't see eye to eye regarding what's best for their parents.

Check it out below.

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Catch the episode on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.