Of all the PLL relationships, Spoby has arguably been the most harassed. For example, in Season 2 Toby had a brush with death thanks to some loosened scaffolding, and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) was threatened into breaking up with him.
Why, if Toby is in league with the "A" team, would they target his relationship, and even him, specifically? We have a couple of theories.
1. It was an easy way to harass Spencer. If part of the goal of the "A" team is to make the Liars unhappy, messing with their relationships is an obvious way to go. If Toby has been a committed member of the team all along, that would make the Spoby relationship an easy target, because he would be able to subtly push Spence away — or at least not fight for her to stay as hard as he would if it were a real relationship. In this scenario, we imagine the scaffolding was all part of a plan Toby was in on — if he knew it was coming, he could purposefully fall in a way that wouldn't permanently injure him.
2. They needed an excuse for Toby to skip town. This is the same idea as our first theory, but with an added layer. After Spence broke up with Toby he skipped town, and went and found Dr. Sullivan. If bringing Sullivan back was part of the "A" team plan, then maybe they orchestrated the breakup specifically to give Toby an obvious reason to be MIA.
3. Toby was falling for Spencer. One possible version of events that we like a lot is that Toby started dating Spencer as part of an "A" plan, but then legitimately began to fall for her. If this is the case, maybe the "A" team messed with Spoby to send a message to Toby as well as Spencer. After all, we're guessing the "A"s don't approve of their members falling in love with Liars. The scaffolding could have been their way of telling him to stay in line.
4. Toby is a double agent. Some fans still cling to the hope that Toby joined the "A" team more recently, in an attempt to take them down from the inside. Cryptic commentsfrom the show's producers make it sounds like this is a less-than-likely possibility, but if it does turn out to be true then it's possible Toby hadn't even joined the team back when Spoby was being targeted the most.
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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@BeccaMartin47.