As all Pretty Little Liars fans know, the cast is filled with good looking people. I’m just here to talk about the guys, and one specifically. I know there are a lot of Ezra fans out there. Everyone loves a super cute English teacher. I was also a big fan in the beginning, but now I have to say Toby Cavanaugh all the way.
It’s crazy to think Toby was killed off in the books and was supposed to leave in season 1 of the show. I. Marlene King, the show’s creator, said in the HelloGiggles interview, “We fell in love with him and decided to bring him back and redeem him. We made him less of a Boo Radley and more of an honest, moral compass to the show.”
In the beginning, Toby’s looks reminded me of that dude from The Band Perry (band that sings ‘If I Die Young’) with that weird flat bowl haircut. He was a mysterious, brooding guy, which made him seem like the most untrustworthy, sketchy person on the show. He lurked around- popping up in the backseat of Em’s car and leading Emily into a dark chem lab. Who doesn’t turn on some lights? Creepy.
Even Spencer, who is in love with Mr. Cavanaugh, did not trust him in the beginning. She said things like, “He could seriously be dangerous” and “The devil has a name and it’s Toby!” Shouldn’t second guess yourself, Spence. Although, I think we all followed in her footsteps, at least I did.
All of a sudden there was this turning point- Spencer started to see goodness in him. I think winning Scrabble with the word ‘goofball’ may have sealed the deal for her. Oh, and possibly when he was lying in bed shirtless and the moonlight was reflecting off of his abs. Uh, who can deny that? I mean- he kind of became sexy after that.
It seems like every couple on the show has that Romeo and Juliet romance, where the parents forbid their love. Ezra and Aria- a student-teacher relationship that most parents would not agree with for obvious reasons. Hello, it’s kind of illegal, but he’s cute and perfect. Also, Ezra’s mom wanted to pay Aria to get out of the picture. Caleb and Hanna- where Hanna’s mom didn’t support the bad boy, homeless guy, but her view was changed when she realized she was once poor. Emily and Maya- Emily’s mom just didn’t accept that her daughter was gay and she helped send Maya off. (OMG- she is kind of responsible for Maya’s death!) But she totally accepts Emily for who she is now. And then of course- Toby and Spencer. Jenna, his stepsister, disapproves because she loves Toby (Ew) and Spencer’s family thinks Toby is sketchy. Well, forbidden love is sexier (obviously) and it always adds more reuniting, spinning camera kisses. Ugh, cute.
The amount of times Spencer gives Toby that ‘Holy hell I want to bang’ face when she sees his body is hilarious and truthful. As we know, she gives up her card in the summer finale. I was always jumping between everyone for who the betrAyer was going to be. I was thinking Caleb, but they made that seem way too easy in the finale. After that sex scene and their goodbye, that look Toby gave kind of confirmed it for me. I think I might have said, “Oh no, it’s him!” At the end of the episode, the six-pack Dalai Lama (as Emily called him) was revealed as part of the “A” team.
The writers have said that he’s the moral compass and have also said that he does not have good intentions. But he does seem to genuinely love Spencer as his girlfriend and Emily as his friend. He even has heart-to-hearts with Em about her drunken black-out summer. Keegan Allen, who plays Toby, has perfected acting with his eyes. (Probably learned it from watching Tyra.) One moment he can have sweet, loving eyes, and the next they could look pure evil.
Do you really think he’s fully evil? I mean he has motive to being “A” and his motive is good. The girls went along with Alison’s plan to frame him for the fire and sent him away. They led the entire town to believe that he was some kind of monster. I mean, people even cross the street when they see him coming! Talk about torturing the poor guy. So he has plenty of reason for revenge and to torture them back. Is he really evil enough to help drug Emily like 3 times? Does he really want to hurt Spencer? Did he really dig up Alison’s grave? Who else is helping him? So many questions.
Tonight is the Halloween special and it looks like it’s going to be another edge-of-your-seat episode. Someone is supposed to die…eek! I’m super excited to see it! Happy Pretty Little Halloween! Let me know your thoughts on the “A” Team and my boy- Toby Cavanaugh!