If there’s anything Pretty Little Liars can do better than suspense, it’s romance. In the midst of the non-stop thrill ride that is the “A” game, PLL never forgets the relationships at the heart of the show. Here is our list of the most romantic moments ever on Pretty Little Liars.
Ezria make out in the rain (Season 1, Episode 2: “The Jenna Thing”)
It’s hard to make viewers care about characters right away — let alone romantic relationships — but the romance between Ezra and Aria had us from the get-go, or at least from this moment in the second episode. In the dialogue-less scene, Ezra comes upon Aria walking in the rain. He slows to pick her up before realizing it is a bad idea. The car drives away, only to stop a short way up the road. Aria dashes to the vehicle, climbing in. The two don’t say anything to one another as the dulcet tones of Brooke Waggoner’s “Fresh Pair of Eyes” plays over the sound of the raindrops hitting the car. Then, they kiss. It’s such a beautifully shot and executed scene, demonstrating the immediate, intense connection these two feel — even when they know it’s a bad idea.
Spencer runs to Toby (Season 1, Episode 21: “Monsters in the End”)
Back in the day, Spoby’s biggest problem was Spencer’s disapproving parents. They tell Spence to stay away from Rosewood’s resident Boo Radley, and she at least tends to so when in their presence. Following a scare in a fair haunted house, Spencer leaves with her mother and Melissa while Toby looks on. Then, Spence changes her mind, running into Toby’s arms for everyone to see. It’s beautiful, especially after a season’s worth of Toby having been treated as town pariah. Spencer doesn’t care! She loves Pretty Eyes!
Maya turns her room into a water wonderland (Season 2, Episode 18: “A Kiss Before Lying”)
We miss Maya! She was cool, sexy, and totally in love with our girl Emily. Though there are tons of Emaya moments to choose from, one of our favorites came in Season 2, Episode 18 when Maya turns her room into a water wonderland for Emily when she isn’t allowed to swim. Then, she tells Emily: “I admit, I like to live life in the grey area. But the way I feel about you is crystal clear. I love you, Emily.” Emily says “I love you” back, and everything is right in the world (for a little while).
Haleb’s tent scene (Season 1, Episode 19: “A Person of Interest)
Caleb may not have a roof over his head, but he has a Hanna in his arms! In Season 1, Episode 19, Caleb had been kicked out of the Marin house and has no wear to live, so he sets up camp (literally) in the Rosewood woods. Hanna decides to keep Caleb company in his tent, making the decision to lose her virginity to the vulnerable bad boy. Caleb’s “Are you sure?” is so sweet and Hanna’s decisiveness in that moment made our hearts melt. We’ll try to hold onto moments like these when Caleb is miles away in Ravenswood. But, seriously, re-watching Haleb scenes like this one only reaffirms our belief that these two will find a way back to one another. (Honorable mention goes to the Season 3 scene when Hanna finds out Caleb’s computer password is the date of this very romantic rendezvous.)
Ezria’s parking lot kiss (Season 2, Episode 2: “The Goodbye Look”)
We don’t know what it is about these two and cars, but these two have the most romantic moments in direct proximity to them. In Season 2, Episode 2, Ezra is leaving Rosewood High for a new job at Hollis. Aria forgoes a real goodbye after class, but changes her mind and rushes to find Ezra before he leaves. She races (in slow motion) into his classroom, but he’s gone!...Until she spies him packing his car in the parking lot. She runs out to meet him, flying into his arm and the two share an epic kiss. Seriously, television directors should study this scene as an example of how to create well-paced, suspenseful romantic scene-age.
Caleb shows up at the masquerade ball (Season 2, Episode 9: “Picture This”)
This Season 2, Episode 9 scene is actually kind of a tearjerker (and also a harbinger of departure scenes to come), but it is also oh-so-romantic. After Caleb calls his estranged mother (on Hanna’s advice), his mom invites him to go stay with her in California. But he can’t leave without saying goodbye to Hanna! He stops by her house - and she hilariously and heartbreakingly guesses he is there to watch the Katy Perry concert with her - and tells her he is going away for an indeterminate amount of time. They both cry and exchanged teary “I love yous,” and the whole thing is beautiful. Tyler and Ash really sell the bittersweetness of this situation. We can only hope that their next goodbye scene includes a similar line to Caleb’s in this one: “I have one very good reason to come back: you.”
Toby’s return (Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked”)
There have been many instances during which Toby has seemingly let Spencer down, acting as if her feelings mean nothing to him. But none of Toby’s redemptive returns have quite reached the same level of epic romance as when he was waiting for Spencer outside of the police station in Season 2, Episode 25. He tells Spencer: “Pretending not to love you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” Swoon.
Emily and Paige’s late night swim (Season 3, Episode 8: “Stolen Kisses”)
It was hard for us to get on board with another Emily romance when we were so heartbroken over the Emaya ending, but Paily convinced us in Season 3, Episode 8 when Emily shows up at the high school pool (all the best Paily scenes seem to happen near water) and explains to Paige why she found her the night she was drugged: “I was drunk that night, and I got lost. I was looking for something. I was looking for somebody, and I came here.” Paily has had so many amazing moments, but this will always be one of our favorites.
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