pretty little liars shadow play ashley benson lucy hale 'Pretty Little Liars' cast behind the scenes of 'Shadow Play,' the film noir episode“Pretty Little Liars” is taking viewers on an adventure back in time for the Feb. 11 episode “Shadow Play.” Check out this behind-the-scenes video of the cast and writer/director Joseph Dougherty discussing the making the film noir episode.

“In this episode, Spencer has been going through many a sleepless night, fueled by Adderall, and she’s trying desperately trying to figure out whether or not Ezra’s ‘A,'” says Troian Bellisario. “She goes to take another pill to keep up all night and she loses touch completely with her own reality and wakes up in a new reality and that is her life, noir-ified, if I can just make up that word.

Shay Mitchell adds that everything about the episode is gorgeous: “You could literally stop it at any point and blow it up on a big poster and it’s going to be stunning,” while Dougherty says the stylized effort is “meant to honor a form of very lush storytelling from American films of the ’40s.”

It isn’t just the black-and-white filming that makes the episode a throwback to the 1940s. The costumes, hair, makeup and even dialogue are reminiscent of a film noir movie. In a short clip within the behind-the-scenes video, Ezra (Ian Harding) says to Toby (Keegan Allen), “We both know what happens when a man lets a skirt get to him.”

Indeed. Do you think Ezra is talking about Aria … or Alison?

“Pretty Little Liars” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family. Check out all the photos from the film noir episode in our gallery.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."