One unintended side effect of Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) transformation into Detective Hanna on Pretty Little Liars has been her burgeoning friendship with sexy state cop, Gabriel Holbrook – or, as she apparently calls him, Gabe.

Since Caleb left town and broke Hanna’s heart, the Liar has embraced the “A” investigation. Last episode, we saw Hanna and Holbrook bonding over crime novels, and – if this sneak peek is anything to go by – it seems their friendship will continue despite Hanna’s diminishing interest in reading. In this sneak peek from Season 4, Episode 18 (“Hot For Teacher”), Aria and Hanna are walking the halls of Rosewood High discussing Hanna’s new bestie with a badge.

“So, what’s up with Spencer? Did you notice her last night – all jiggery and caffeine bug-eyed?” Hanna asks Aria. Go with this line of questioning, Hanna! Your bestie is engaging in some seriously self-destructive behavior.

Aria writes it off as classic Spencer, but Hanna is ready to unleash some of her newfound investigation skills: “She was drinking herbal tea. That girl is strictly espresso,” notes Hanna. “She’s not studying. She’s investigating.”

“Sounds like you’re investigating…” Aria says.

That’s when Hanna drops a Holbrook mention: “No, I’m just observing details. I was talking to Gabe, and…”

“Who?” Aria asks. We don’t really blame her. As far as we knew, police officers weren’t in their normal social circles – well, at least since Garrett bit it. When Hanna clarifies, Aria is taken aback. “Wait, wait… Detective Holbrook? You guys like friends now?” Hanna claims they’re not friends – yeah right, Hanna – but Aria calls her out: “I didn’t even know he had a first name and now you’re calling him Gabe. Is he into fashion or something?”

Ouch, Aria. Hanna has interests outside of the fashion world. And she’s done a heck of a better job hunting down “A” lately than you have! Hanna is a bit offended, but Aria tells her she “ is just trying to figure out what you two would be connecting on.” Says the girl who dated a guy whose only hobbies seem to be hanging in dojos and watching Insidious 2.

Still, it’s always fun to see these one-on-one dynamics between the Liars – and we’ve been getting a lot of them the last few episodes. Question is: how much more one-on-one interaction will we be seeing between Hanna and Holbrook? So far, we’re digging their dynamic, but we’re kind of worried it will turn creepy. Cops don’t exactly have the best track record on this show.


What do you think of Hanna and Holbrook friendship? Do you think the Liars will figure out Spencer’s pill addiction before someone else does? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.