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Relationship Recap: The Couples of Pretty Little Liars 

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I haven’t written about Pretty Little Liars in a while even though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this back half of Season 1. We still don’t know who the all-knowing Big Sister-like “A” is yet, although, I’m hoping we find out in next week’s finale. I haven’t read any spoilers for this show (or the books), so I have no idea if we’re set to find out exactly who the crazy texter is sooner rather than later. I’d run down the suspects but there are really too many to name since anyone could be “A.” There could be more than one “A” for all I know. There could be a network of nasty “A” villains out there. All I know is I’m dying to find out and I hope we do soon. My out there over-the-top guess? Mona. I would love to see a character that annoying and seemingly clueless really be the mastermind. I feel like they’re keeping her around for a reason.  Anyway, I need a distraction from trying to figure out the big mystery, so let’s just concentrate on some of the couples in this relationship recap:

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Aria and Ezra: I want to be on board with these two but something’s making me hold back. They’re cute, don’t get me wrong. I guess I’m just not completely OK with this student-teacher relationship because Aria seems so very young. In “Monsters in the End,” in order to take a picture with Ezra, she decorated paper bags so they could put them over their heads. That way they could feel a little normal and still keep their relationship under wraps which is — in my book — super strange and creepy and not what an adult would do at all. And Mr. Fitz played along! I don’t know. I did like how even though Aria got jealous when she saw the profile pic of that woman with her man, she didn’t completely overreact when it came time for the inevitable conversation. Aria’s not Ezra’s first girlfriend, after all, so it was nice to find out a bit of character development regarding our favorite teacher. The girl in question was Ezra’s former fiancée, who broke his heart when she ended their relationship. I liked that Aria asked for an explanation and didn’t (outwardly) jump to conclusions. At least not to him. As far as I’m concerned, you can jump to all the conclusions you want to when you’re venting to your friends. However, trouble’s brewing as Garrett, the young cop, might just cause the couple some trouble. He can tie Ezra to Aria. I wonder how that particular plot point is going to blow up in the finale.

I am finding myself in like with two of the show’s couples — although there’s turbulence in both relationships. Of course.

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Hanna and Caleb: I’m hoping Caleb didn’t leave town permanently because I want to see these two together. My first impression of Caleb wasn’t good. I didn’t see the appeal. However, as he and Hanna spent more time together, I quickly changed my mind. Now I’m on board. Unfortunately, Hanna found out Caleb only got close to her because he was working for creepy Jenna. Jenna wanted Caleb to get to know her rival so he could find and take a key that Allison may have given her when she was alive. I could tell Caleb regretted making the deal with Jenna because he and Hanna were really hitting it off. I liked her giving him a place to stay; they definitely had more chemistry than Hanna did with her last boyfriend; plus she lost her virginity to him. It sucked that immediately after, she found out Caleb wasn’t on the up and up. Caleb needs to return to Rosewood. I hope Mona’s machinations haven’t ruined everything.

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Spencer and Toby: Toby’s another one I didn’t like immediately. He was so strange and had that creepy Flowers in the Attic-esque vibe going on with his step-sister Jenna. But you know what? Now that they’ve paired him with Spencer, I’m loving him. I think it’s because the show went out of the way to make Toby seem like the bad guy when in reality he’s completely harmless (or so we’re led to believe). I never thought of these two getting together but now they’ve put these two characters in each other’s orbit, I’m digging it. And in “Monsters in the End,” there was that great moment after Spencer’s “fun” at the funhouse. She was going home with her family when she saw Toby. Her mom had already forbade her from seeing the guy. Before she walked off with her family, she turned around, ran to Toby and the two started kissing in front of everyone! Such an awesome moment. Right now, Toby’s the only one who can really understand what Spencer’s going through. He has already been targeted by the police so he can relate. However, there’s no way their relationship is ever going to run smoothly — not until this whole “A” business is cleared up. I look forward to watching this couple develop. I hope they’re allowed to be together at some point.

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Emily and Paige: I kind of like how Emily’s involved in a situation where she’s not the one struggling. Paige is super-closeted and can’t get over her issues enough to see that Emily is willing to overlook the fact this girl was bullying her on the swim team and actually likes her. Emily’s come a long way this first season of Pretty Little Liars. She won’t stand for anything less than a real relationship — one out in the open. I just don’t think Paige is going to figure things out any time soon, so I’m super glad Emily walked away. Maybe she’ll look in on Samara for some jewelry and something more? Hmmm….

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Ian and Melissa: I don’t have much to say about these two other than they’re a freakin’ creepy couple. I can’t figure them out. I don’t know what’s keeping them together other than Melissa’s pregnancy. They were quick to get married and quick to get pregnant. Are they quick to cause Spencer and her friends some pain and misery? I think if anyone can, they can.

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Ella and Byron: Just because they’re adults doesn’t mean I’m going to skip over them. I’m also trying to figure Byron and Ella out. I get why they separated. But I like them together so I really want them to reunite. The two seemed like they were on the verge of doing just that. Then they realized they have some serious issues in their relationship. Have they started going to counseling yet? If they haven’t, they need to because therapy just might save this couple. I wonder if an extreme situation like finding out your daughter’s dating the high school teacher could be a catalyst in getting these two back together? Stranger things have happened.

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