At The Brew’s reopening party, Jonny walks up to Spencer, “Melissa. Are you Melissa Hastings?” Spencer tells Jonny that she’s not, but Melissa is her sister. Jonny says that that’s a relief, and when Spencer asks why, Jonny says that he’s not looking for a roommate. Clarifying the situation, Jonny tells Spencer that Veronica told his mom that he could rent the guest house. When Spencer questions when this happened, and that their moms are friends, Jonny explains that they kind of are, “your mom sued my granny’s nursing home for my mom”. As a waitress walks passed, Jonny instantly changes the topic of conversation and asks if Spencer has tried one of the crab cakes, “they’re like the new party drug”. When Spencer thanks him for the tip, Jonny officially introduces himself, and Spencer does the same, saying that she’s the sister who hasn’t checked out, yet. Jonny mentions that he’s “psyched” about the space, and Spencer comments that she doesn’t think he should be, and that he doesn’t want to live in her backyard. Jonny asks why, and Spencer tells him that someone was buried in it, before excusing herself and walking off.
Taking a hammer Spencer has passed him, Jonny listens as Spencer tells him to let her know if he needs anything else. Jonny asks Spencer where her garbage is, and after Spencer points it out, Jonny moves it over to the island counter and begins to rifle through it. Spencer asks Jonny if he’s transferring, before explaining that Hollis is kind of on the opposite side of town, to which Jonny tells her that that’s good to know, “but, I’m not. I mean I might. I haven’t decided yet. But travelling mostly”. Jonny continues to dig through the household trash, and when Spencer offers to make Jonny a sandwich, Jonny tells her that that would be great, “no ham though. Ham’s got a sketchy texture”. Picking up on Spencer’s unease, Jonny tells her that he’s not grocery shopping, “these are art supplies. For colour”. As Jonny finds some coffee beans, Spencer asks if he makes his own paint, and Jonny says he does when he needs to, especially after a deposit of first and last month’s rent. Spencer questions if he was in Italy, and turning to face her, Jonny says he was there for about a month, before asking how Spencer knew. Spencer excitedly explains that they studied the Renaissance and she did a project on Botticelli and made my own tempera paints from scratch. Spencer tells Jonny that she would love to hear about his trip as she’s always wanted to go to Italy, and Jonny says that he’ll make her a deal, he’ll give her a travel log if she lets him borrow an egg. Spencer enthusiastically agrees, and goes to grab one from the fridge as Jonny picks up the food scraps from the counter. After Spencer drops the egg on the floor, she tells Jonny that she’s sorry, but she needs to go and she’ll get him the egg later. Telling her sure, “I’ll see you”, Jonny warily turns and leaves.
Knocking on the French doors, Jonny simply tells Spencer, “egg”, when she asks if he needs something. When Spencer questions him, Jonny repeats himself, “egg”, before explaining that the cop was here so he waited, but she owes him. Finally catching on, Spencer apologises, saying that she forgot, before telling Jonny to come in. As Spencer goes to grab an egg from the fridge, she says Jonny can’t really make paint without a binder, before asking if she ruined his plans. Jonny tells her he read a bit to pass the time and got kind of sucked into the local news, and when Spencer asks if there was anything exciting, Jonny says that there’s nothing but excitement around here, “that body in your backyard is just the tip of the iceberg”. Spencer comments that it’s not really the town Jonny would remember, to which Jonny explains that they left when he was a kid, but he doesn’t remember anything like this. Jonny then questions if Spencer was really friends with the girl who murdered a classmate, and Spencer tells him she was, but not so much anymore. Jonny comments that with her in the halls, he can imagine why Spencer would date a cop, to which Spencer mentions that they’re next door neighbours. Jonny comments that Spencer’s trying to get as far away from Rosewood as possible, and when Spencer just looks at him, Jonny explains that earlier he saw the acceptance letters, before asking whether Spencer has bothered opening them yet. Sighing, Spencer mentions that after everything that has happened, she doesn’t really know if she can handle anything as mundane as college, and that the iceberg runs deep. Jonny tells Spencer that he bailed after a semester, and that it’s just a bunch of kids sitting on bunk beds trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. With a small laugh, Spencer says that that sounds like the worst sleepaway camp ever, and when Jonny nods, Spencer questions that he just quit school and travelled. Jonny tells her that he wants to study art, “and then make it”, so he bought a ticket to Europe, haunted as many museums as he could and would trade a sketch or a canvas for room, board and a ride to the next town. Jonny tells Spencer that there’s no rule that she has to go to college, “if you want to, you can just go”. When Spencer’s phone beeps, Jonny asks if she needs to get that, but Spencer tells him no, before asking him to tell her about Italy. Sitting down on a stool, Jonny begins to tell Spencer all about it.
Jonny talks with Talia, who passes him a muffin to eat.
Jonny is soldering something together when Mike approaches him and asks what he’s making. Jonny explains that it’s going to be like a perpetual motion machine powered by secrets, and when Mike comments that there are plenty of those around here, Jonny says that he’s noticed.
Working on his commission, Jonny asks Spencer to pass him the pair of plyers. Spencer asks if he’s going to tell her what he’s making does, to which Jonny tells her that she’s smart and she can figure it out. As Spencer says she doesn’t want to figure it out, she just wants to know, Jonny tells Spencer to analyse the sentence she just said, “it’s very revealing”. Spencer suggests that what Jonny’s making is a gelato maker, and Jonny sarcastically tells her that she’s right, “that’s what it is”. Telling Jonny to shut up, Spencer picks up the piece of paper that has the contraption outlined, and after turning the piece of paper over, Spencer finds one of Alison’s missing person flyer on the other side. Spencer asks Jonny were he got it, to which Jonny tells her “the barn”, and that there are still a couple of them around town, “you see them on old telephone poles with the missing dog and cat flyers”. Saying that they’re a little faded, Jonny tells Spencer that her friend is just about mythic in Rosewood, to which Spencer says that Alison is not her friend anymore. Jonny mentions that Alison’s still legendary, “Gilgamesh in high heels”, but Spencer says she’s more like Vishnu – now I become death, destroyed of worlds. Jonny mentions that that’s some grim stuff to hang on a pretty girl with a nice smile, and after Jonny and Spencer share a look, Jonny questions how you go from the girl on the flyer to sitting on jail for killing someone. Spencer tells him that it’s complicated, or else it’s simple and they just thought it was complicated, and after taking Spencer’s words in, Jonny changes the subject and asks Spencer to pass him a phillips head screwdriver.
Having finished his commission, Jonny asks Spencer what she thinks, and when Spencer questions if it’s finished, Jonny tells her, “of course it is”. Asking that Spencer can’t tell, Jonny tells Spencer she has a very sour look, “be careful your face might freeze like that”, when she just looks at him. Spencer asks if he’ll finally tell her what he’s made does, and telling Spencer to sit down, he tells her to put her elbows on the two buttons that are on the table, “lean forward and cup your hands around your ears”. As Spencer asks if he’s kidding, Jonny tells her that he never kids, “I’m whimsical, but I never kid”. Spencer does as she’s told, and telling her to stay there, Jonny walks over to the microphone and turns in on, “an owl and the pussy cat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat”. On seeing Spencer’s reaction, Jonny explains that the microphone is attached to a pair of sound drivers in the table like the inside of a speaker, “whenever you rest your elbows on the buttons, the drivers vibrate the ulna and radius in each arm and the bones in your hand, turning them into headphones”. Saying that she just became a human tuning fork, Jonny turns off the microphone and walks back over to Spencer, asking what she thinks, “not bad for $200, right”. Listening as Spencer says that it’s incredible, Jonny tells her that people turn on the microphone and anonymously record any secret they want to with the understanding that some stranger is going to sit at the table and listen to a random whisper. When Spencer says that it’s brilliant, genius, Jonny passes it off as “some anatomy and applied engineering”, but when Spencer says his name, Jonny comments that come to think of it, it is genius. Spencer asks where he came up with the idea, and when Jonny tells her that he was inspired by Rosewood, Spencer questions him, to which Jonny mentions that the whole town is strung together with whispers. After a beat passes between them, Jonny comments that if Spencer were really impressed, she’d by him coffee.
At Hollis College, Jonny listens as Spencer questions whether he usually paints in the dark. Jonny tells her that it’s easier this way, “I don’t bother the students, faculty”, and in return, they don’t bother him. As Jonny asks if she can help him, Spencer asks if he’s referring to the ladder, and after Jonny says that he is, Spencer asks where he wants it. Jonny tells Spencer to just get the ladder up first, and after doing so, Jonny directs Spencer to help move it backwards a little, “perfect”. Spencer wonders what Jonny would have done if she said no, and Jonny tells her he would have probably called Sophia his girlfriend, “ex-girlfriend. We just broke up”. When Spencer says that she’s sorry, Jonny tells her not to be, “it’s a good thing”, before explaining that he tends to fall for women who are unavailable, “emotionally or otherwise”. Grabbing a spray can, Jonny listens as Spencer questions that he was going to call Sophia anyway and wouldn’t that make her think he’s still interested, to which Jonny comments yes, probably, “did I mention how bad I am at relationships?” Climbing the ladder, Jonny listens as Spencer mentions that she’s never been to this side of campus, before he explains that there’s nothing over here except a bunch of old research labs, “I’m here to revitalize the place”. Spencer notes that she used to come to Hollis a lot when she was a kid and that her parents would take her and Melissa to a summer concert series back when she thought she was going to be a famous violinist. Looking through one of the ladder rungs, Jonny asks what happened, and Spencer explains that she’s more of an appreciator of that arts. When Jonny questions what that’s supposed to mean, Spencer tells him that it means in the Hastings family if you don’t excel at something you move on to the next thing. Jonny wonders that Spencer has never just done something because she’s loved it, to which Spencer questions how you could love something if you’re bad at it. Rolling his eyes, Jonny turns his headlight on and tells Spencer that he usually manages.
From the bottom of the ladder, Jonny listens as Spencer tells him that what he’s created is really great. As Spencer asks whose going to see it, Jonny tells her the higher ups will, before telling Spencer to catch. Spencer quickly catches the can of spray paint Jonny has thrown, before telling him that throwing things at people on ladders is not cool. As Jonny motions for Spencer is paint something, Spencer reminds him that she said she’s not an artist, but Jonny tells her they’re not leaving until she paints something, “anything”. Spencer mentions that she could ruin it, to which Jonny says he’s willing to take the risk. Seeing no other option, Spencer uncaps the spray can lid and begins to spray the roof, and when Jonny comments that it “looks good”, Spencer tells him he can’t even see from down on the ground. Recapping the spray can, Spencer tells Jonny to take a look, and as she’s climbing off the ladder, she falls, but Jonny manages to catch her. Jonny and Spencer have a moment, before backs away and hands Jonny the head torch. Climbing the ladder, Jonny takes another spray can from his back pocket and after looking down to Spencer, he begins to spray the roof.
Walking out of the barn, Jonny is confronted by Spencer who is holding out a newspaper article which has been headlined ‘Vandalism at Hollis College’. Taking the paper, Jonny smiles, and after questioning that he’s smiling, Spencer tells Jonny that he doesn’t get to smile about this and that he told her he was hired to paint a mural at Hollis. Shaking his head, Jonny comically comments that he didn’t say hired, “I was careful about that”. Snatching the paper back, Spencer tells him that he also didn’t say vandalism, to which Jonny questions that if he told her the truth, would she have come. Spencer tells him no, of course not, before adding that she’ll all for protest art, but she’s not for getting tricked into doing something illegal. As Spencer starts walking back towards the house, Jonny tells her to hold on, “hold on”, and turning back around, Spencer asks him what, to which Jonny tells her he’s sorry, “I wanted you to come”. Jonny goes on to say that after all the college talk with Veronica he thought she may “enjoy colouring outside the lines for once”. Jonny then listens as Spencer questions his words for once, before she tells him that she was arrested for murder, and although they dropped the charges, she can’t mess up again, she can’t be arrested again. As Spencer is walking away, Jonny tells her that he didn’t know, and as Spencer comments that he does now, Jonny watches her walk back inside the house.
Jonny is stocking the Hastings’ freezer when Spencer and Aria walk into the kitchen. When Spencer greets him, Jonny tells her that he’ll be out of her hair in a minute. Emptying the grocery bag, Jonny closes the freezer drawer and it’s then that Spencer mentions that she talked with her mom, and Veronica informed her that she would never, ever buy frozen mac ‘n’ cheese or anything that started with the word zesty, so she’s really sorry she’s been eating all of Jonny’s food, to which Jonny tells her, “no worries”. Spencer admits that Jonny was right, she did have fun last night, but she also has boundaries, and getting to go to college maybe her best chance of getting out of Rosewood so she really doesn’t want to ruin it. Telling Spencer that he gets it, “I do”, Jonny tells her that believe it or not, he also has boundaries, and when Spencer questions him, Jonny comments, “at least I’m trying to”. After the two share a look, Jonny says goodnight, before walking out the French doors.
Walking down the street, Jonny tells Spencer that if that was awkward, she could have just introduced him to Toby as the guy who lives in the barn. When Spencer says that she wasn’t introducing him, and that Toby knows who he is, Jonny comments he thinks that Toby would rather know him as the guy who lives in the barn. Noticing something in a window, Jonny stops, but Spencer, unaware, keeps on walking. When finally notices he’s not walking beside her, Spencer calls out to him asking what’s going on and what’s wrong. As Spencer walks over to where Jonny has stopped she sees what has gained Jonny’s attention and when Spencer wonders if that’s their vandalism, Jonny just looks at her.
In the art gallery, Jonny and Spencer stand before two pieces of their vandalism. When the gallery owner comes up behind them, saying that the pieces are compelling, Jonny and Spencer turn. Jonny questions if “this” is a joke, before saying that the paintings are his work. The gallery owner questions him, and when Spencer adds that it’s also her work, Jonny listens as Spencer goes on to say that it was originally all one piece. The owner says they weren’t when he received them, and questioning, “received them?”, Jonny questions who the owner received them from. Saying that the owner can’t just stick them in fancy frames and then sell them without his permission, Jonny listens as Spencer questions who brought the artwork to the gallery. The gallery owner explains that someone from Hollis saved them from hauled off in a garbage truck, so technically they are his until someone buys them.
Knocking on the Hastings’ French doors, Jonny asks Spencer where her family’s toolbox is when she opens the door to him. As Spencer questions why, and if something broke, Jonny says that he just needs her toolbox. Walking into the kitchen, Jonny begins to rifle through the drawers, and it’s then that Spencer tells him that he won’t find anything to help to pick a lock on a gallery door. Saying that he can take the door of its hinges, Jonny listens as Spencer tells him that before he plans on stealing back his own work, he should let her talk with her mom because he must have some legal recourse. Jonny wonders if Veronica is into representing vandals, “besides, judges don’t like me”, and when Spencer questions what he means, Jonny says that he’s been screwed over by enough authority figures in his life to know not to start trusting them now. When Spencer comments, amen to that, Jonny tells her not to get that look in her eye, “you’re not driving my getaway car”. Jonny goes on to say that if Spencer is aiming for Oxford, she needs to be button down, not bad land, to which Spencer says that she knows she said she needed to be on the straight and narrow, but this is different, Jonny’s being exploited. Spencer begins to say that if the gallery owner even sells one of those paintings…, but cutting in, Jonny says that he already has, “I checked online”. Spencer asks which one, and when Jonny tells her it was the corner rabbit, Spencer exclaims that she painted that one. Again asking Spencer where her toolbox is, Jonny watches as Spencer goes to grab it.
Pulling up outside of the art gallery, Jonny gets out of his van and runs up the steps to the gallery. As he struggles with picking the lock, Spencer comes up behind him and asks if she can help. Saying that the lock will definitely require more than he brought, Jonny listens as Spencer says that she’s got it. Stepping away, Jonny watches as Spencer successfully picks the lock and opens the door. Jonny questions how many times Spencer has been in the barn when he’s not there, and when Spencer just gives him a look, Jonny ducks into the gallery.
In the gallery, Jonny is attempting to pull one of his paintings off its hanging chain, when he hears a noise. After looking around the gallery, Jonny goes back to trying to unhook the painting and it’s then that Spencer comes up behind him. Noticing her, Jonny listens as Spencer questions that he’s new at this, before she passes him something that will make the job a whole lot easier.
As Jonny is taking down the last painting from the art gallery’s window, an alarm sounds. Running from the gallery with the painting under his arm, Jonny slides it into the van, before jumping in the passenger’s seat. Jonny tells Spencer to buckle up, and “come on, come on”, and flooring it, Spencer drives off.
At a gas station, Jonny is paying for fuel when Toby, in his police car, pulls up next to the van. Having finished paying, Jonny walks back towards the van when Toby asks him if the van is his. Jonny tells him that it is, “it’s my painting in the seat”, and when Spencer says his name, Jonny adds that he’s got the rest in the back, to which Spencer tells Toby that Jonny was just taking back was his. Toby looks through the van’s windows, and getting to the back of the van, Toby asks Jonny, who is leaning against the van, to step back. Spencer tells Toby that Jonny didn’t do anything wrong and if he wants to question someone he should questioning the creep who runs the gallery. As Toby asks Jonny to open the van doors, Spencer tells Toby to leave it alone, before asking what he’s even doing at the gas station, to which Toby mentions that he’s doing his job, responding to a call. When Toby questions what Spencer is doing here, Jonny steps in and says that Spencer had nothing to do with this, “you can let her go”. Toby comments that it’s not Jonny’s call to make, before saying that Jonny needs to go down to the station with him. As Toby is placing Jonny is handcuffs, Spencer tells Toby to stop it, but Jonny says that it’s okay, “I’ve got this”. Spencer says that it’s not okay and that Toby is only doing it because he’s mad with her, to which Toby comments that he’s doing it because a business was burglarised, and there are stolen goods in the vehicle. Walking to the police car, Jonny gets in the backseat.Knocking on the Hastings’ French doors, Jonny lets himself in, and is greeted by Spencer who wonders why he didn’t call her. As Spencer asks if her mom went down to the station, Jonny tells her she did, “and posted my bail”. Spencer mentions that Jonny will pay Veronica back, to which Jonny says that he already has, “she took it out of the security deposit for the lease which expired about 20 minutes ago”. When Spencer questions that her mom has kicked him out, Jonny tells her that he believes the words Veronica used were “effective now”, before wondering whether there is room for interpretation. Asking if Spencer has any packing tape, Jonny listens as Spencer says that it’s the scumbag from the gallery who should be punished, not Jonny, and if Toby had made just one call, to which Jonny says that he doesn’t think Officer Toby was in a calling mood. Spencer says that she’s really sorry, before mentioning that she can’t believe Toby was such a…, and cutting in, Jonny questions, “such a what? An overzealous cop? Overzealous boyfriend?” As the two fall into silence, Spencer wonders where Jonny will go, and shaking his head, Jonny comments, “who knows”. Saying that he may live in his car for a while, Jonny adds that he has some cool art to hang on the walls. Listening as Spencer tells him to wait, Jonny watches as Spencer goes and grabs a packing tape dispenser, before she hands it to him. Taking the dispenser, Jonny steps forward and softly kisses Spencer. As the kiss ends, Jonny and Spencer share a look, before Jonny walks from the house.
Season 5 (4/25)