|“||Don't you dare apologize for being with me. And don't you dare forget it - any of it. Because I won't.||”|
— Spencer to Caleb
Initially, Spencer and Caleb weren't close and rarely had moments alone with one another. They were only acquainted as he was Hanna's boyfriend. They later helped each other crack A's codes. However, in "Stolen Kisses", their relationship changed and they became friends. Their friendship eventually took a more intimate turn five-years later when they became a couple after meeting up in Europe a few times. However, their romance didn't last long but they have remained a friendship.
Spencer asks him for help in breaking into Maya's website, as she is having trouble figuring out the password. Even though he and Hanna are broken up, Spencer asks him for help as a last resort. Caleb tells Spencer how he gets into websites; it's looking for an open window in a locked house, almost like a burglary. He eventually gets into Maya's website and an elated Spencer celebrates with him and they hug.
Spencer visits Caleb and lectures him on his drinking problem and how he needs to stop supplying Hanna with drinks as well. Spencer tells him that lately she’s been making mistakes and with A back they cannot have her drinking in the middle of the day and be a loose cannon. Spencer lets slip that Hanna might have something against Zach. She reminds him that he is the best thing that has ever happened to Hanna and it hurt her to see them destroy that by drinking because of something eating Caleb away.
Hanna and Caleb are out for a run when Spencer drives past them and stops. Spencer tells Hanna in private that she stayed up all night trying to figure out who took the recording of Alison but is shocked when Hanna says she’s not interested and runs off. After Spencer asks Caleb what's going on, he says that she asked him to help Hanna, so he is.
When Hanna goes to Spencer because she's concerned about Caleb's drinking problem, Spencer suggests that maybe Toby can help him. Spencer convinces Toby to go on a double date with Hanna and Caleb so that he can talk to Caleb about his drinking and sleeping problems.
At Spencer’s, Toby tells Spencer and Caleb about the knife that could be the murder weapon of Mona's death. He tells them that it is his knife from his family cabin where Caleb was staying. He wants to turn it in to the police, and thinks it could be the smoking gun to pin Mona’s murder on Alison. Caleb and Spencer tell Toby that he can’t tell the police because Alison probably planted the knife there and put their prints on it. They all promise each other that they won’t tell anyone about the knife or touch it.
Spencer shows up at Caleb’s house and is not happy that he told Hanna about the knife. She sees a diagram on Caleb’s bed and realizes that he is going back to the woods to get the knife. He is paranoid that it might have his fingerprints on it. He confesses that before he came to Rosewood there was an incident and he was a suspect in a murder. In Allentown, he helped some people in a credit card scam and when one of the guys turned up dead, the other one pointed the finger at Caleb as he was an easy target. But one of the detectives realized that he was just a kid who made some bad choices and cut him loose. Spencer sympathizes with him, and says that she is coming with him to get the knife from the woods. Later, Spencer and Caleb are searching the woods in the dark for the bloody knife. They finally find it in the pile of leaves where Toby left it and pick it up and put it in their bag.
Later, Caleb shows up at Spencer’s house, telling her he couldn’t throw the knife into the lake as he felt that someone was following him. Spencer and Caleb conclude that as long as the knife exists, ‘A’ will find it try to frame them for Mona’s murder and that they have to destroy it.
They head to the high school and plan to put the knife in the huge walk-in furnace to destroy it. Spencer hears some noise and heads upstairs. Caleb steps inside the furnace to place the knife there and someone locks him in the furnace and turns it on. After finding nothing upstairs, Spencer heads back down to the basement when she can’t find Caleb. She peeks inside the furnace to find Caleb inside. She opens the door to the furnace and saves him just before he passes out from the heat. He tells her that the knife is still inside the furnace – so she shuts the door and cranks the heat up.
Spencer and Hanna rush to Caleb’s to figure out the text message. He informs them that the coordinates are from where the laptop was accessed and came from a security company that sent it out when someone got through the encryption in the laptop. He tells them that Mona setup the alerts such that the four of them would get the text. He tells them that the coordinates are for a storage facility out of town. He logs into the security company’s website and informs Spencer and Hanna that the laptop is still there. Caleb tells them that it seems as if she deliberately made it easy for Caleb to log into the security company’s website so that they could track down the laptop without whoever took it knowing. They think Holbrook is hiding there with the laptop and since Holbrook will be at the Grille meeting Aria, they can snoop around the storage unit without him knowing. Hanna gets a call from Ted asking her to meet him and leaves.
Spencer and Caleb head to the storage facility and find the unit they are looking for, 1017, but the lock is unbreakable. They run into a teacher, Mrs. Horowitz there. Caleb excuses himself, saying that he has to go to the bathroom. Spencer makes up a story that Caleb is shifting into a new apartment and they are here to pick up some things for him. Spencer asks Mrs. Horowitz about the unit who tells Spencer that the 1017 storage unit stinks sometimes. When Spencer asks her about the renter, she tells her that she saw a blond girl rush by a few weeks ago but couldn’t see her face. After the teacher leaves, Caleb returns with a shim he made out of the soda can the teacher dumped. They plan to break into the teacher’s unit and crawl through the air ducts into the 1017 unit.
Spencer and Caleb break into the storage unit by and find Mona’s laptop lying right out in the open. Then there are bags of bloody clothes laid out in plastic evidence bags. They realize that Holbrook must have stashed everything so that he can build a case against one of them. Caleb thinks there is someone there with them, but it’s only a empty hazmat suit. They then find a huge barrel and think that Mona’s body is in it. Spencer notices the chemicals stored there: antacid tablets and denatured alcohol. Spencer informs Caleb that they can be used to preserve a specimen as well as dissolve it. They are about to open the barrel when the lights go out.
Spencer and Caleb are at Caleb’s apartment. Spencer is panicking because she is afraid that they left their DNA in the unit. They didn’t open the barrel because they thought it was a trap. Caleb wipes the security footage of the storage facility to make sure there is no evidence of them being there, but there is no sign of a blonde or Holbrook in the security footage either. They try to think of a way to tie Holbrook to the storage facility without endangering themselves. They decide to break into the storage facility’s files and find out whose name the lease is in.
Caleb and the girls would try to figure out what the song that "A" had sent them meant with the help of Hanna, through the phone. After it was figured out that the tape was still in Mona's room the girls would leave to find it. Caleb would ask Spencer to stay and they would have a conversation; talked about Hanna, how he should have gotten her out of town, and Toby.
Toby mentions to Spencer that Caleb spoke of seeing her in Washington, which surprises her. He tells her that he and Caleb remain good friends despite the distance and they have met up a few times over the summers to fish. Later, when Caleb goes to Hanna's hotel room, he slips in Spencer's name one too many times seeing as she called him about Charlotte's death and he's staying in her barn. Caleb also mentions that he and Spencer have been working together in D.C. Following their awkward reunion, Caleb goes downstairs where Spencer is waiting. He thanks her for calling him and they discuss how everything is "complicated." Further in the episode after Charlotte's funeral, Caleb mentions to Spencer that he's going get the car while subconsciously placing his hand on the small of her back.
Spencer returns home after meeting with The Liars and finds Caleb working on his computer with Veronica. Caleb shows her a false article regarding Spencer that raises suspicions about her involvement in Charlotte's death and promises to help her fix it. The next day, Spencer expresses concern to Caleb that Charlotte was murdered in a very familiar way. She later pulls up a paper she wrote her sophomore year at Georgetown for her criminology course depicting an exact replica of Charlotte's murder. Caleb tells her it's probably nothing but Spencer stresses that the police won't see it that way.
Later, while getting the dinner table ready, Caleb goes to find wineglasses leaving Spencer alone with Hanna's fiancé, Jordan. She reveals to him how she and Caleb kept in contact while in D.C. but before that, they had re-met in Madrid after losing touch. Back at the Hastings house, Caleb and Spencer reminisce about their time in Madrid and how it has really been three years since they were there. They agree that their best night was when they snuck into Retiro park with sangría and watched the sunrise. Caleb offers to stick around for Veronica's campaign, which makes Spencer smile.
Spencer returns to the barn with Melissa where Caleb is waiting after finishing up a strategy session. Caleb goes off to make her breakfast after she remarks how hungry working with her mom's team for the campaign has made her. When Caleb leaves, Melissa makes a comment about how close she and Caleb seem which Spencer brushes off. Later on in the episode, Spencer goes to Hanna, to get her blessing to be with him after revealing that she does have feelings for Caleb but she doesn't know if he feels the same way.
That night, Caleb waits up for Spencer to come home and they talk about Spencer's experience with A. Spencer expresses sadness that the years of being tormented have interfered with her personality in some way and made her harder than she would really like to be. Caleb takes her hand and reassures her that she is a good person and has always been. Later on, Caleb and Spencer sit by the fire sipping a beer while Spencer brings up things she's been harboring guilt for. Spencer mentions there is one last thing she is judging herself for and Caleb kisses her, acknowledging that he returns her sentiments and that she doesn't need to say anything else. The kiss builds and leads to them making out on the couch. Spencer's phone buzz with a new text message but she ignores it.
Spencer and Caleb wake up together after having sex. Spencer glances happily at Caleb before getting up to make coffee and check her phone. After seeing the threatening new message and a row of other concerned messages from The Liars, she takes off to meet them. Later when she returns to the house, Caleb is working for the campaign and they discuss what happened last night and if they should pursue anything further.
Spencer mentions to Caleb the new text message after talking to Hanna, who once again gives her the okay after a brief knee jerk reaction. Later that night, they drive to the location Caleb managed to track down from the phone signal and talk about their new relationship status. They arrive at the empty storage shed, except for a single trash can containing the burner phone and A's signature look, confirming that it was happening again.
Caleb hands Spencer a cup of coffee in bed and jokingly asks her if she's fully awake to have the 'should we go to the police' conversation. Spencer counters that they don't know for sure what it is and that they need more proof. Spencer and Caleb mull over Ezra's involvement in the mess, with Caleb mentioning possibly going to Toby for help. Spencer shoots it down, stating that she wouldn't like to complicate things further by dragging Toby into it when he is finally happy.
Spencer gets a calendar alert reminding her of an afternoon lunch with Gill which she doesn't remember setting. Caleb kisses her shoulder teasingly and asks her if she's distracted to which Spencer replies that she isn't. He works his way up Spencer's neck when she turns around, giving in, and they begin to kiss. Later, Spencer calls Caleb to tell him that she and Gill didn't have a lunch scheduled but that Yvonne had shown up instead. Yvonne seems to forget she had lunch with Spencer as well.
Caleb warns Spencer this could be a threat from Evil Emoji and to be careful. After lunch, Spencer realizes Yvonne left her phone and she hastily puts it in her purse before anyone notices. She returns to the house and finds Caleb helping Hanna. She reveals she stole Yvonne's phone and Caleb congratulates her.
While slipping him the phone, Caleb touches her finger slightly and rubs her arm; a tender act witnessed by Hanna, who then leaves to take a phone call from work but not before looking back at a joyful Caleb and Spencer. Later, Caleb works on finding the signal from Yvonne and Spencer's phones. He texts Spencer, Where R U?, after finding the 'Hastings Opposition Research' file from Yvonne's copied phone and sends a corrupt and infected file to the new "A" letting them know that they are prepared to fight back.
Spencer and Caleb chat about Caleb's findings on the 'Hastings Opposition Research' file and discover that someone took a photo of Veronica's medical records. The opposing team will likely leak it to make it appear that Veronica isn't capable of running. The next day, they discuss Mona's involvement in making sure Spencer got Yvonne's phone after she confesses to Spencer that she meant for Spencer to find it. Caleb tells Spencer that Veronica would need to go public before it got leaked and that it wouldn't be a secret much longer.
Caleb gets a text from Hanna asking him for a drink and he accepts but cuts the meeting short to talk to Mona. He confronts her and promises to make her very sorry if any of her actions harm Spencer. After returning to the house, Caleb finds Spencer sitting in front of the fireplace, drinking wine. He remarks that maybe the opposing team would take the high road, how Veronica is, and they share a cute moment. She tells him that even though her mom might be sick, she's happier than she's ever been and has everything she needs. Caleb caresses her cheek and asks her if there's anything that she needs. This makes her laugh and she tells him that he should also get a glass because "his girlfriend's drinking all alone and it's really sad." Caleb obliges.
We then see Caleb working on his computer before Spencer asks if he's giving up. He says that it's done and that the file is corrupted: if the person wants to leak Veronica's medical record, they'll have to break into her doctor's office again. Spencer asks if it could be traced back to him, but he says that they wouldn't be able to find the original source. Spencer says that she's worried her mom will be ambushed before the election, causing Caleb to say that she could: if she tells her mom that though, then she'll have to explain how she found out about her being sick. Spencer says that her mom has enough to worry about and Caleb offers to make her breakfast: something with protein because fingernails only supply so much.
She asks when he saw her chew her nails, causing Caleb to say she did in her sleep but went for his first. They laugh and share a kiss before Emily walks in on them. She says that she has to get back to the Bursar's Office at Hollis and asks Spencer to go with her, but Spencer tells her to stop because Sara could have had nothing to do with the clinic and is just playing on Emily's fear. Emily says that it's working because this person could be storing her future offspring in a styrofoam cooler, and if the police don't find a suspect then Sara will think they're withholding information. Spencer says that they aren't withholding anything before sharing a look with Caleb. Emily notices and asks what they know, causing Spencer to tell her that Melissa's suitcase is broken. Caleb adds that the pull up handle is missing a rod, which could have been used to crack someone's next.
We then see Spencer and Caleb leaving her place where she tells him that Ali got her first text. He asks if this person thinks Ali knows something too, causing Spencer to say that if this person is Sara then she's probably annoyed that Ali is speaking to them again. Spencer sees Melissa on the phone in her car and asks Caleb why she's just sitting in her car. Melissa walks over and tells her that her trip was more successful than she thought: there was a 12% gain in the poll numbers. Caleb says "Hail to the conqueror" and Melissa gives him a look. Spencer reminds Melissa that Gil needs the luggage tag if she wants a refund, but Melissa says that the flight has been paid for so she can put the funds towards their mom's victory party.
Caleb and Spencer are watching Veronica do a broadcast where she reveals the truth about her diagnosis which, she says, was a wake-up call: she doesn't plan on giving up without a fight. Hanna walks into The Brew and sees Caleb and Spencer together, then asks if Spencer got her messages. She says she shut her phone off and asks what's wrong. Hanna admits that she believes Melissa could have done it because she saw Melissa years ago in London. In the flashback, Hanna is on the phone with Caleb when Melissa walks in and awkwardly greets her. Hanna asks what she's doing there and Melissa replies that she lives nearby, but Hanna clarifies that she meant the event. Melissa says she came with a friend who ditched her because she was on the phone, then finishes off a martini. Hanna asks how Wren is, causing Melissa to admit that he left her and that the scheming nut-job who made their lives a living hell as moved on to mess with hers.
Hanna asks if Charlotte called her, but Melissa says that she called Wren and confided in him; now he's looking at Melissa like she should be locked up. Hanna asks if that's because of Bethany Young; Melissa says that if Charlotte can tell Wren, she can tell anyone. She snidely adds that everyone has a past and rhetorically asks Hanna if she's curious what Charlotte will use against her; she grabs Hanna's phone and tries to call Charlotte, saying that someone needs to shut her up for good. Hanna tries to stop her, before grabbing the phone and throwing it at the mirror before saying that she doesn't want to hear her voice. Melissa, who is now smirking, says that Hanna has a funny way of forgiving people. Back in the present, Caleb asks why she didn't say anything but Spencer realizes that she didn't want another person telling her she wasn't over it. Hanna agrees and says that Melissa wasn't either, then asks if she can find out if Melissa called that night as well as what the Hollis blogger's name was.
Caleb and Spencer discussing who could have leaked information about Yvonne. Caleb says that it can't be Mona, but Spencer says he doesn't know that. He tells her that he made it clear that Mona would be back in the ground, breathing through a straw, if Mona messes with this family. Spencer asks if he thinks Sara Harvey did this, as Veronica walks into the room. Veronica tells her that she got off the phone with Gil and suggests she come inside, causing Spencer to say that she is inside and asks what he said. Veronica says that Yvonne's mom hired an expert to track down the source of the leak, which was traced to Spencer's IP address. Spencer says that she hasn't touched her computer all day, since she was with Caleb watching her speech on his computer. Veronica tells Spencer not to lie to her and realizes that that's how Spencer knew about her diagnosis, but Spencer says that that's not how she knew. Caleb says that he leaked it, not Spencer, and that the other campaign was going to do the same to her. Veronica says that that wasn't his call to make and kicks him off of the campaign, as well as suggesting he grab his things and leave that night.
We then see Caleb packing his bags, as Spencer tearfully pleads with him to tell Veronica that he didn't leak the information. Caleb says that it should be him, not her, if there needs to be a scapegoat and promises her that he'll find out who did this. He adds that she needs to find out what Melissa has been up to and that he can only cover for one sister at a time. Spencer asks where he's doing to go and he says he'll work it out; Spencer whispers that she wants him to stay and embraces him. He says that he knows she does, but he can't and kisses her again.
Spencer leaves a voicemail for Melissa where she asks for her to call the second her plane lands because she really needs to talk to her. She hears the door knock and answers it to find an annoyed Toby, who immediately asks where "he" is. She says that Caleb isn't there and acknowledges that Toby is upset, causing him to interrupt her. He says that Caleb knows Yvonne and that Yvonne didn't ask for her life to be put under a microscope. Toby told the campaign manager who said that Caleb was responsible that he knew him and would bet his life that Caleb would never do something like this, then adds that he's glad the guy didn't take that bet. Caleb then walks in and greets Toby.
Spencer tells Toby to let Caleb explain, but Caleb says that there isn't anything to explain. Toby says that both he and Yvonne thought he was a friend. Caleb says that he's sorry Yvonne is hurting, causing Spencer to ask him to tell Toby. Caleb just stays quiet and Toby rhetorically asks if he won't even deny it was him, but Caleb says he can't. Toby grabs his shirt and yells that he needs to hear it from him. Spencer pleads with Caleb to tell Toby, but Caleb just says that he did what he had to do. An enraged Toby punches Caleb and Spencer rushes over to him, as Toby leaves.
Spencer and Caleb sit on a park bench and she's trying to tend to him, but he keeps moving. She asks if he wants her to do this or not, and he says he doesn't but she keeps ignoring him. Spencer says that she should just tell Toby the truth, but he says that will only make things worse. She asks how things could get any worse, causing Caleb to ask if she wants them to waltz into the Rosewood Police Department and tell them to slap handcuffs on a girl with no hands. Spencer tells him that she has hands and that she would, if she was sure that Sara was behind everything; she adds that Sara shut her spy hole and left town, causing Caleb to ask if she doesn't think it's her. Spencer says she doesn't know, but whoever it is is getting impatient: if they don't give them the killer in the next couple of days, then... Caleb stops her and says that he won't let anyone hurt her. Spencer says that it's hard to take comfort from that when he still has blood coming out of his nose, before wiping the last of it. Caleb says that he'd rather have Toby hate him now than blame him later.
Spencer greets the Hanna and Caleb and asks about Ali. Hanna says that she's okay and adds that it wasn't an accident. Spencer tells them that Sara is back at The Radley as of today: she checked in under a fake name and is looking for something. She adds that the tube contains plans for The Radley; Caleb tells Spencer that she needs to listen to Hanna. Hanna tells Spencer that the night Charlotte was killed, when they were asleep, she left the room and followed Aria and Ezra. She adds that she saw them in the Square and then saw Charlotte walk into the church, so she went in after her. She saw Charlotte praying alone and picked up a candle stick before stabbing her in the back of the neck with the end of it. A now teary-eyed Hanna says that she then brought Charlotte to the bell tower and threw her off before going back to the hotel and pretending like she she had only been gone for a minute to get ice. A shocked Spencer stays quiet as Hanna adds that she stole the security drive, not because Aria was on it, but because she was. A sobbing Hanna confesses that she murdered Charlotte before regaining her composure and telling Caleb that Spencer believed it. Spencer asks what just happened and Caleb says that Hanna knows how they can this.
We then see Emily telling Hanna and Caleb that the whole thing sounds crazy. Hanna says that it isn't crazy: they're building a rat trap, causing Emily to remind her that she's the cheese. Emily asks what happens if Hanna confesses and A sends her to the police, but Caleb doesn't think that A would go through all that just to hand it to the police. Emily says it's crazy and asks what Spencer thinks. Spencer says that she's happy that someone else came up with a plan because she's tapped out. Emily asks if it can work and Spencer says that it could; she'll work on things from the Sara angle and if they're lucky, they'll catch A. Emily emphasizes that "if" and Spencer says that Hanna has the plan and Caleb has the "know how", so if they don't back them up then they'll just do it by themselves. Emily looks at Caleb and Hanna and asks if it's true, causing Hanna to say it is and she grabs Caleb's hand. A jealous Spencer gets up to get more wine and Caleb says that he can get most of what he needs from the shelf, but for the other stuff it would help if he could talk to Toby. Emily walks over to Spencer and quietly asks if Hanna knows the risk, causing Spencer to say that she does. Emily asks if Spencer is going to just let them go through with the plan, prompting Spencer to say that it's their plan and rhetorically ask if Emily wants her to wedge between them on the sofa.
In a flashback, we see Spencer asking Caleb why he wanted to take one particular painting in a museum home over all of the others. He says that the dog has been through a lot with him: he was on a calendar in the kitchen of one of his foster homes and nobody took it down until he did. He adds that he made him his little dog, causing Spencer to ask if he still has the print but he left it in New York. She walks over to balcony and Caleb says that sometimes things work out. Spencer thanks Caleb for last night: the adventures, the museums today and the bull fight. They laugh and they agree that it was impromptu, before Spencer asks where he wants to go. He asks if she means for dinner, but she says "After Madrid". He says maybe Morocco, causing Spencer to say that she envies him. He says that a ferry ticket doesn't cost that much, but she says she has to be back in Georgetown by the end of the month. They lock eyes and Caleb says they'll skip Casablanca. Outside, a dog barks and a woman speaks in a foreign language and they laugh. Back in the present, a solemn Spencer finishes cleaning her wine glass and reminiscing.
Spencer and Caleb are at the Barn where she asks how he's going to know that Sara isn't following him. He says that he programmed a drone to fly over his car and attached a camera to it. Spencer is putting her makeup on as Caleb gets out of bed and slips some pants on; Spencer looks over to him and slyly admires his body. Caleb asks her if she want more coffee; she says "always" and the two share a kiss. As he pours the coffee, he looks over and see Spencer taking off her nightshirt and slipping into a dress. He walks over to her and asks if she can even wear underwear with a dress that tight, prompting her to ask if he disapproves.
He gets close to her and says that he knows she's going to be climbing down a rope ladder with Toby and he's assuming that Toby will be going first. They laugh and she says that she gave him a bag of clothes that will be waiting for her in Sara's old room. She adds that she's glad that he cares enough to be concerned about her panties, prompting him to say that he's concerned about a lot more. They're about to kiss when her dad knocks on the door wanting to speak with her. She tells her dad that she'll be up in a few minutes as she's not dressed. Caleb tells her to be safe and to keep in touch; she says she will and they kiss. Just before he leaves, Spencer tells him that she loves him. Caleb smiles and she tells him that she'll call him later.
Hanna is missing, and everyone in the group is concerned. Caleb suggests to Toby that he does the talking because he speaks cop. Spencer says to wait because Toby's job is on the line, so Caleb turns to her and yells angrily "Are you serious, Spencer? Hanna's life is on the line!" When the girls receive a message on their smartwatches from A.D., Caleb is looking at Spencer, and Spencer looks back at him as she tells the men what it says. The group runs to Hanna's rescue at the bell tower in the church. Spencer watches tearfully and horrified as Caleb is the one touching what he believes to be Hanna's dead body. It is revealed to be a mask and a doll and the real Hanna has 24 hours left to be saved.
An hour later in Spencer's house, Spencer and Caleb are next to each other sitting at her kitchen island, leaning on the counter and looking distressed. They talk with the group, the rest of whom are on couches and sitting in her living room beside the kitchen, about how to proceed. Soon the entire group is sitting around the kitchen island and Caleb and Spencer are no longer directly next to each other as Mona is between them. Everyone's focus is on solving Charlotte's murder so that they can rescue Hanna but Caleb keeps bringing up Hanna's name more urgently than the rest of them. Spencer, Caleb, Toby, and Mona, all in a group together, go back to the Lost Woods Resort. Caleb stops Spencer and Toby from joining him and Mona in the car, saying there's no reason for all four of them to tail Mary Drake. Toby says he's right and Spencer reluctantly follows Toby and leaves Caleb, mumbling "Yeah, sure."
Later, Spencer calls Caleb, realizing none of them have eaten since the day prior and asking if she can bring him any food. He declines. She says she'll go over the Mary Drake file again and tries to continue the sentence but he cuts her off with an "Okay. Great." then hangs up on her. She says "Bye to you, too" before throwing the phone down in a huff on the kitchen island.
Caleb and Mona spy on Mary Drake throughout the day and at night they see her approach Spencer's house. Caleb texts Spencer and warns her not to answer the door but Spencer doesn't read the text in time, so Spencer answers the door and invites her in. Spencer and Caleb share another brief phone call about the intel Mona and Caleb have gathered through spying on Mary Drake at the Lost Woods Resort that night. Later Caleb hangs up with Mona and tells the whole group, who have reconvened in Spencer's living room, that Mona needs backup at the Lost Woods Resort right before Emily walks in, says Ali confessed to killing Charlotte and reveals the red coat. Spencer cries out Caleb's name first as he suddenly leaves with Spencer's phone, knowing where to go to save Hanna because of it. He also has the evidence-ridden red coat.
Hanna is returned to them all and when Caleb hands back the engagement ring that belongs to Hanna (from her fiance Jordan), Spencer watches closely throughout the exchange. Ezra answers the door to find only a huge pot of flowers, and Caleb and Spencer lean in together to read the note. They bring Hanna back to her apartment with Emily and Spencer and Caleb hang back to share an awkward look in reaction to Hanna insisting she can boil her own kettle of water after Emily offers to help her. Emily asks to speak with Spencer for a minute in the other room. Spencer looks at Caleb going over to speak privately with Hanna and seems upset, and leaves in another direction for the hallway. Spencer leans against the wall, upset. When Emily finds her she asks if Spencer is okay. Spencer sniffles, hides her face, says she just wanted to be by herself for a minute.
Caleb comes and finds her too and says he wants to take her home. She agrees. He puts his arm upon her upper back as they walk out of view. At home, Spencer looks very unhappy, working on a laptop with a pile of papers. Caleb finds her and asks if she's tired, and when she says she's beyond tired he says they should both get some sleep. She says she has to finish paperwork for her mom because there's a lot after winning an election. He approaches her and touches her shoulders gently. She says she's really glad Hanna's safe, and they talk about her briefly. He keeps touching her shoulders, also touches her hair, and he smiles, leans down and kisses the top of her head a couple times. He whispers as he's still holding her head, leaning down so his face is beside hers, "Come to bed." She forces a small smile and whispers back, "I will soon." After he leaves the room, she closes her eyes and sheds a tear, wiping it away with her hand.
Near the end of the episode, Caleb walks in to see Spencer pouring herself whiskey and notes accurately that it's her dad's private stock. She wanders to the couch, explains she got fired, and he tries to tell her it was unjustified but she disagrees. He joins her on the couch after pouring himself a glass. He touches her knee comfortingly, sliding his hand up her leg onto her upper thigh, and says he's so sorry. She thanks him. He asks what she's going to do, and she tells him she's unsure but she's considering moving to Harrisburg with her mother. They discuss Hanna for a second and then Spencer says she's afraid to ask him this but she thinks she has to: "Did we make a mistake? You and I?" He assures her no, no we didn't. He says it wasn't a mistake, whatever they did, and she wonders why he's talking about it in the past tense. Emily texting them interrupts before he answers and they look at the phone.
Caleb is making a sandwich when Spencer walks into the kitchen. He asks where she's been and she answers Toby's, relaying the information about his engagement to Yvonne. Caleb thinks it's great, and Spencer agrees she's glad for them. Spencer says how happy they are got her thinking about them and how she wanted it for a really long time. He says he has too. She says it's been great but everything changed when Hanna disappeared. He turns away from her and explains he had promised to keep her safe so he felt responsible. She accuses him of still being distant, then asks if something happened while he was alone with Hanna that night. He finally admits they kissed but as Spencer turns away and walks away he tries to excuse it as a time warp, it felt like they were back in high school. Spencer loudly retorts "But we're not in high school!" She says she could handle a kiss if that was all it was, but then asks does he still have feelings for Hanna. He evades answering awkwardly and she gets her nonverbal, disappointing answer as the phone rings which causes her to leave. He sighs.
Spencer asks Hanna how things are with Jordan, and then tells Hanna that Caleb told her about the kiss Hanna shared with Caleb. Hanna insists it was a huge mistake and Caleb is her past. Spencer seems to be trying to gauge how Hanna really feels. Later in the episode, Spencer avoids eye contact with him and tries to focus on her laptop screen and looking up what certain medications from elsewhere in the episode do. He insists they need to talk about what happened this morning, and she says she gets that he's confused. He insists he's not, that there's a part of him that will always love Hanna but it's Spencer he wants to be with. She asks if it would change things if Hanna wanted to be with him now. He insists he truly wants Spencer, he couldn't stop thinking about her after Madrid. He likes everything about her, she's smart and driven and sexy as hell. She says that's the problem - he likes her, while she loves him. They're sitting on a couch by the end of this conversation and she's crying. She says she wants to be with someone who thinks about her first thing in the morning and last thing at night. He begs her to give him a chance to make it right. He really wants it to work. Spencer says she doesn't know that it can. Later Emily comfortingly tells Spencer she's sure once Spencer and Caleb get to DC things will be back to normal between them. Spencer isn't so confident.
Sometime after Hanna has killed Elliot with her car, she and Spencer are alone together in Spencer's house. Spencer is cleaning up the floor, while a freshly showered Hanna asks if they can please move forward because she swears she "wasn't trying to". She gets interrupted by Caleb trying to come in but the door is chain-latch locked shut from the inside. Hanna and Spencer both hide and fall silent as Caleb calls Spencer's name and says he knows she's in there and would break open a window just to make sure she's okay. Spencer admits from the other side of the door she's in there and begs him to let her just call him first thing tomorrow. He insists he wants to talk to her. He recounts their first summer in DC having such a good time and how amazing the whole night was, with drinks and music. How he didn't want to ruin things by telling her about him moving. Caleb cries and tells her he never told her about the job. He asks if she remembers that night. Hanna cries in the corner listening to this exchange, and Spencer says, of course, she remembers, it was one of their best nights together. Spencer is crying too. A tear streaks down Caleb's cheek before he is forced to leave and she closes the door on him. Hanna tries to suggest what Spencer should do but Spencer asks her not to suggest anything.
Spencer hurtfully tells Emily at the bar that Hanna kissed Caleb recently. Emily tries to justify that the timing might've been off, but Spencer says "What is timing? You either love someone or you don't". Spencer kisses the cop Marco passionately at The Radley, and in the elevator. They start putting their hands under each other's clothes and she starts undressing him, then looks at herself in the reflective pane of the elevator and realizes she needs to stop suddenly. Emily helps the very drunk Spencer home. Spencer complains about how she thought she was safe for a few years but now they're back where they started, or worse because she has aiding and abetting and a failed relationship to add to all that. Later Spencer ignores a call from Caleb, and Hanna notices. Spencer tells Hanna she won't be mad at her forever but she needs to be mad at her for a little bit longer. Hanna says Spencer should go see him and tell him the truth about their night prior. Spencers comes home and calls out his name to find he has completely moved out and taken all his stuff with him. She curls up sadly with an empty picture frame on their bed.
Spencer has been looking for Caleb, as he hasn't returned her calls for a couple of days. She calls Hanna and they discuss all the typical places he might disappear to for camping. Later Spencer stops by the police station and finds Toby. She says she wants to file a missing person's report, and Toby vocalizes his suspicions that she might be asking for this "off the record". She asks if Caleb is staying with him and Toby makes a face which Spencer is able to interpret as "No, but you know where he is." Toby clarifies that Caleb just needs some time to think and he'll reach out when he's ready. She apologizes for pulling Toby into this messy thing she has with Caleb and Toby says they're both his friends. If she wants, Toby is willing to tell Caleb she stopped by, an offer which Spencer adamantly declines. She runs into Detective Marco Furey as she's leaving. Possibly because it's just been established that Toby is Caleb's friend, she pretends she's never met Marco and introduces herself. Later, when Hanna sees Spencer is really upset about being stuck in town still, she asks Spencer "so no luck at the Ranger station?" and Spencer shakes her head no with her eyes squeezed shut, then whispers "Can we please not talk about Caleb?". Hanna says she doesn't want to be the one who messed this up for either of them and asks what she can do to fix it.
Spencer tries to clear the air with Detective Marco Furey. Hanna texts Spencer and asks if they can talk but she says she doesn't need to deal with her phone now and instead has a parting conversation with Caleb. Caleb says she was right, he is confused, but he never meant- Spencer cuts him off and says she knows, she says they both made mistakes, and even though she's not saying it's all okay, she really doesn't regret trying. He is surprised she doesn't regret it. She explains that after she broke up with Toby, she would try dating but nothing could stick or feel serious to her, nothing could measure up, because her heart had stopped until Caleb. She is grateful that he opened up her heart again. She's trying to tell him she hurts but it's a good thing. She gets to remember what that felt like. He takes her hands in his. She tells him through tears, crying through this whole conversation really, that she thinks he should go, to which he says okay. She pulls her hands out, they stand up, and then they both quietly say goodbye. On the swings, sharing a bottle of beer, Hanna asks if Spencer is okay, and Spencer says she absolutely will be. Spencer then says Hanna should tell Caleb that she broke up with Jordan.
Music in Spaleb Scenes
- Silhouettes by Colony House: plays in the background as Hanna and Caleb jog down the street when Spencer drives by and stops them in A Dark Ali.
- Right Here by Betty Who: plays in the background as Spencer watches Caleb and Toby talk in No One Here Can Love or Understand Me.
- Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich: plays in the background as Caleb tells Spencer what Hanna told him in The Melody Lingers On.
- Ring Of Fire by Lera Lynn: plays in the background as Spencer and Caleb kiss for the first time and later have sex in The Gloves Are On.
- This Feeling by Alabama Shakes: plays in the background as Spencer wakes up and later wonders into the kitchen after her and Caleb's first night together in New Guys, New Lies.
- Breathe You Out by KANEHOLLER: plays in the background as Spencer asks Caleb to join her for a drink in Where Somebody Waits For Me.
- Perfect Match by Ourlives: plays in the background as Spencer and Caleb watch Veronica's announcement about her medical issues in We've All Got Baggage.
- When I Open My Eyes by Kandace Lindsey: plays in the background as Caleb assures Spencer that he won't followed, then offers to get her a coffee and comments on her choice of dress for the party, they kiss when Spencer's father knocks at the door in Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars.
- Six Feet Under by Billie Eilish: plays in the background as Caleb checks in on Spencer as she works on her mothers campaign finalization papers, he suggest that they gets some sleep then they discuss what happened to Hanna in Bedlam.
- Fingers Crossed by Billie Eilish: plays in the background as Spencer arrives and informs Caleb that Toby and Yvonne are engaged, then comments on rift that grown between them since Hanna disappeared; Caleb admits to Spencer that he and Hanna kissed in The Talented Mr. Rollins.
Caleb [in Stolen Kisses (3.08)]: So I should probably wash it on gentle.
Spencer: No, you should dry clean it. If you wash this, you will end up with a sweater for a Shih Tzu.
Spencer [in March of Crimes (5.09)]: Is there something growing in that pan?
Caleb: Hanna tried to make nachos.
Spencer [to Caleb in March of Crimes (5.09)]: But the thing is that I've always thought that you were the best thing that ever happened to Hanna and it really hurts to watch you guys fight whatever is eating at you like this.
Spencer [to Caleb in The Melody Lingers On (5.23)]: We need to talk about bottling you up. The essence of Best Boyfriend. We're going to make a fortune.
Spencer [in Of Late I Think Of Rosewood (6.11)]: Spencer: How was it?
Spencer: Yeah, that's why I wanted to stay down here.
Caleb: Thanks for calling me. I appreciate it.
Spencer: I'm really glad that you're here.
Spencer [in Charlotte's Web (6.12)]: I'm really afraid that she's going to lose this election because of me.
Caleb: Hey don't say that. I'll hack into the voting machines and make sure that she wins.
Caleb: I'm kidding.
Spencer [in Charlotte's Web (6.12)]: I'm really glad that you're here.
Caleb: Me too.
Spencer [in The Gloves Are On (6.13)]: What if all of those years of being stalked and tortured - what if that hardened me? Like maybe it happened so slowly that I don't even know it was happening.
Caleb: Hey, listen to me. You are a good person. [Spencer sighs] Yes, you are. You wear your heart on your sleeve. It just happens to be the sleeve of a flak jacket.
Caleb [in New Guys, New Lies (6.14)]: [both whispering] Um, so since we... we uh, I - should I get my own place?
Spencer: Is that what you want?
Caleb: Is that what you want?
Spencer: Look, I need you to promise me one thing.
Spencer: I will always get the first cup of coffee in the morning. [Caleb lightly laughs]
Caleb: Spencer, I promise I will not come between you and your relationship with caffeine.
Spencer: Thank you. [Spencer smiles]
Spencer [in Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars (6.20)]: Caleb?
Spencer: I love you. [Caleb shakes his head, smiles] Go, I'll call you later.
Spencer [in Bedlam (7.02)]: I am afraid to ask you this, but I really have to. Did we make a mistake? You and I?
Caleb: No. No, we didn't. Whatever we did, it wasn't a mistake. It-it was real.
Spencer: So, why are you talking about it in the past tense? [cell phone chimes]
Caleb [in The Talented Mr. Rollins (7.03)]: Hey, where you been?
Spencer: Uh, Toby's. He and Yvonne...got engaged.
Spencer: Yeah. [laughs]
Caleb: Wow, that's great. I'm glad they're able to work through their issues.
Spencer: Yeah, me too. You know, just knowing how happy they are got me thinking about us. 'Cause I've wanted this, Caleb, for a really long time.
Caleb: So have I.
Spencer: And it's been great, but... you know, everything changed once Hanna disappeared.
Caleb: Well, I promised to keep her safe. So I felt responsible.
Spencer: Yeah, but she's back now and you still seem distant. So I keep on asking myself why. You two were alone together that night. Did something happen?
Caleb: Sh-she was scared. I-I was comforting her.
Spencer: That's not what I'm asking.
Caleb: We kissed. Old memories got stirred up. It was like we were in a time warp back in high school.
Spencer: Yeah, bu-but we're not in high school, you know? An-and Hanna's not your girlfriend, I am.
Caleb: I know. I know.
Spencer: Look, I can handle a kiss. But is that all it was? Or do you still have feelings for her? [brief silence then Spencer's cell phone rings]
Spencer [in The Talented Mr. Rollins (7.03)]: Look I get it, okay? You're confused.
Caleb: No. No, I'm not. Look there's a part of me that will always love Hanna, okay? She was my first real love. But it's you I wanna be with.
Spencer: And if Hanna wanted to be with you now? Would that change things?
Spencer: Do you mean that or do you just feel obligated to say it.
Caleb: Seriously? [brief silence]
Caleb: Look, after that time we spent together in Madrid, I couldn't stop thinking about you. And then we met up again in DC and the more time we spent together the more I wanted to be with you.
Spencer: I know. Me too.
Caleb: I like everything about you. Okay, you're smart, and you're driven. You're sexy as hell. [light laugh]
Spencer: Yeah, but that's the problem. You like me...but I love you. And I-I wanna be with somebody who thinks about me the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.
Caleb: Look, things just got really off track. Okay, just.. Please give me a chance to make it, to make it right. I really want this to work.
Spencer: I don't know that I can.
Caleb [in Hit and Run, Run, Run (7.04)]: Spencer? Spencer. Spencer, I know you're in there. If I have to break open a window just to make sure you're okay, I swear to God I -
Spencer: No, no, I-I'm... I'm-I'm here.
Caleb: Can you let me in please?
Spencer: I can't really do this right now.
Caleb: Well, I-I wanna talk to you. Come on, Spence, this is stupid.
Spencer: Can-can I just call you tomorrow? I'll call you first thing in the morning -
Caleb: No, no. No, wait. Wait. Look, I'm an idiot, okay? Everything came out wrong earlier. The.. What happened with Hanna, it was like this-this wound I'd worked so hard to heal -
Spencer: Okay, Caleb. I really can't hear this right now, please.
Caleb: It was confusing, but that's all it was. It was a moment of confusion -
Spencer: I'm begging you, just leave!
Caleb: Okay, re-re-remember my first summer in D.C? You and I just started to hang out a lot and this one night we met for a beer. Well, I-I had gotten a job offer in San Francesco but we were having such a good time that I decided to wait to tell you I was moving until after our drink. But then you noticed they were playing Bringing Up Baby at the New Waverly. Do you remember? [brief silence] Afterward, I walked you to your apartment so I could tell you about my job. But there was this violinist playing on Kenyon, so we set in this stoop for a minute to listen.. and I thought, "why ruin the moment?" And when we finally got to your door, I started to tell you about my job but you were distracted looking for your keys. I couldn't stop staring at that little cleft in your chin... Thinking about how I wanted to trace it with my finger... And kiss you. So I never told you about the job and I called them the next day and told them I didn't want it. Do you remember that night?
Spencer: Yeah. Of course, I remember that night. That was one of the best.
Caleb: Can you please just open the door so we can talk?
Spencer: Caleb, I really want to... But I just need more time.
Caleb: I like everything about you. Okay, you're smart, and you're driven. And you're sexy as hell.
Spencer: Yeah, but that's the problem. You like me, but I love you. And I-I wanna be with someone who thinks about me the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.
Caleb: Whatever we did, it wasn't a mistake. It was real.
Spencer: So why are you talking about it in the past tense?