|“||I'm interested in you.||”|
— Talia to Emily
Entering the kitchen, Emily finds Talia sniffing at something in a glass bowl. Talia asks Emily what it is, and Emily tells her that it’s filling, “for empanadas”. Taking the bowl from her, Emily grabs some dough from the fridge, and when Talia tries to tell her that if they dough has been in the fridge all night she may…, but cutting her off, Emily tells her that if she wanted advice she would ask her mother, “we go way back”.
At The Brew’s relaunch party, looks over Spencer’s shoulder to Talia who holds out a tray of food, and has people from all directions taking pieces from it.
Talia walks into the kitchen as Emily is throwing out her disaster empanadas. Putting down her empty tray, Talia tells Emily not to do that, and that they can be saved. Emily bites at her, telling her that she’s not looking for a saviour. Talia tells Emily that if she told her how many times she bombed before she perfected even one signature dish, to which Emily says that she didn’t take this on to flaunt her brand, “I needed the cash to save a relationship”. Emily goes on to say that it doesn’t actually make sense because that relationship doesn’t exist anymore, “and now I’m stuck here making plans to go see someone who’s moved across the country, started a new life and can’t even find a second to return any of my stupid emails”. As Emily goes to throw away the empanadas again, Talia rushes over and asks if she can have the tray and as she plates up some of the empanadas, Talia tells Emily, “so the first kitchen that I ever worked in had a hard and fast rule. Just about any tapas can be rescued with either some slivered almonds or… the right sauce”. Offering up Emily the dish she just created, Talia tells Emily to “just try it”. Talia tells Emily that if she hates it, “you can spit it in my face”, before Emily reluctantly takes an empanada. Taking a bite, Emily finds that it’s actually pretty good and gives Talia a small smile.
Emily tells Ezra to hire Talia, and when Ezra questions her, Emily tells him that she’ll get over it, “besides, she can’t touch what I can do with a cappuccino”.
Walking through The Brew with a tub of glasses, Emily notices Talia grab the cleaning supplies from under the front counter. Saying that there’s some in the kitchen if Talia wants to clean, “I could show you”, Emily then listens as Talia says that she knows, they’re in the supply closest. Talia says that she was just going to put these supplies with the rest, but Emily says that’s not where they usually go. Telling Emily to listen, Talia explains that she just had some downtime and she doesn’t do well with idle hands. Emily says if there are some things that Talia thinks they should change, “then great”, just bring it up before she decides on her own, “deal?” After saying “deal” to Emily, Talia mentions that she did want to ask, “do you think Ezra would go for a new uniform?”, and when Emily questions the word uniform, Talia tells her she wouldn’t want it anything fancy, just a polo with the logo. Going on, Talia says it should be something casual and cohesive, “just a little neater”, and when Emily asks what it would be neater than, Talia says that she was just noticing earlier that there is a little hole in the shoulder of Emily’s shirt, “and so I started thinking maybe”..., but cutting her off, Emily tells her that it’s a t-shirt, “it’s comfortable”. Talia then says that perhaps they could wear something a little darker, “so that the stains don’t show”, and saying okay, Emily tells Talia that perhaps she should only come up with one new idea at a time. Telling Emily “yeah”, Talia grabs the cleaning supplies and heads back into the kitchen.
Talia is doing some food preparation when Emily walks into the kitchen. Tracking Emily’s movements, Talia asks her if her t-shirt was a gift, and when Emily asks her what, Talia goes on, “from the ex?” Going on, Talia mentions that Emily got defensive when she pointed out the hole in her shirt, to which Emily says that it’s not a big deal. Talia tells her that it is, and she’s sorry, “when someone’s important to you it can be hard to let go”. Emily doesn’t say anything, and it’s then that Talia says that there’s a dish, a beef stew, "it’s called the Ropa Vieja”, and it literally means old clothes. Talia explains that it’s one of those old recipes that comes from a hundred different places and everyone makes it the same way, “over and over”, but then every once in a while you’ve got to add some “yellow peppers, green olives”, flavour, colour, “and then, the same old thing can feel brand new”. Emily mentions that she’s not sure if she’s ready to feel brand new, to which Talia wonders how she can when she’s carrying her old relationship around on her back. Taking in Talia’s words, Emily walks out of the kitchen, leaving Talia on the cusp of saying something.
As Talia walks from the kitchen, Emily comments on the bottle of soda she’s holding, and Talia explains that she doesn’t want a coffee, but loves caffeine. alia questions if what Emily is wearing is her outside of work, “I may have to rethink that whole uniform idea”, to which Emily tells her that she’s not dressed up for anything, “just picking up my cheque”. Giving Emily the once over, Talia tells her that casual looks good on her, and after Emily thanks her, Talia wonders if she can ask Emily something, “it’s not work related, I promise”. Emily tells her okay, and Talia then questions what Emily thinks of “that”, before saying that there’s some cute buns on the “boss man”. Feeling uncomfortable, Emily pulls a face and shrugs, “yeah. Yeah I guess”, to which Talia shrugs and gives Emily a look.
In The Brew’s kitchen, Talia is cooking when Emily walks in and comments that she didn’t think anyone else was back here. Talia comments that it’s just here and her apples, before noticing Emily’s demeanour and asking if she’s okay. Emily says she’s good, before explaining that Ezra asked her to close up, “so I’ll just wait outside”. Talia calls out to Emily, asking if she wants to take over cooking, so she can finish cleaning up. Emily comments that they both know she’s not much of a cook, to which Talia says that Emily will be doing her a favour. Emily agrees, and as she walks over to the stovetop, Talia tells Emily to grab the wooden spoon she’s holding and stir. As Emily begins to stir the apples, Talia mentions that that’s all there is to it. Noticing something in Emily’s hair, Talia picks a leaf out and questions what Emily was doing, “running through the woods?” Laughing, Emily says she has no idea how that got in there, and throwing it into the trash, Talia says she’s going to put some things away. . Emily gets a text and as Emily is reading the message the apples catch on fire, “Oh my God”. Talia rushes over and diffuses the situation, telling Emily not to worry, before assuring that this happens sometimes. When Emily says that she’s sorry, Talia tells her that it’s nothing, “trust me, the last place I worked at I almost burned the whole kitchen down”. Talia tells Emily that on second thought perhaps she should go wait out the front and she’ll finish up in the kitchen, and grabbing her jacket, Emily heads back out into The Brew.
Walking out into The Brew, Talia tells Emily that she’s almost done, she just needs to wipe down the counters. After saying okay, Emily begins to apologise for ruining Talia’s dish, but Talia says she didn’t ruin it, “my apple pie is now apple flambé”. Emily goes on to say she’s not really herself today, and sitting down on the couch next to her, Talia asks if Emily wants to talk about it. Emily tells Talia she doesn’t really want to talk about it, and that she just needs some sleep, “rest… you know, recharge”. When Talia asks if Emily’s eaten, Emily admits that she hasn’t had much. Talia proffers Emily a plate of food saying that she can’t recharge on an empty stomach, and when Emily questions if Talia made the plate of food for her, Talia explains that mashed potatoes always make her feel better, “so maybe they’ll do the same for you”. Emily thanks her, before saying that she can’t imagine what Talia thinks of her, and when Talia just looks at her, Emily goes on to say that ever since Talia got here, “I’ve been a mess”. Emily says that first she tried to kick Talia out of the kitchen, “I broke down about my ex”, and now this… Talia goes to say something, but Emily cuts in before she has a chance, saying that she wouldn’t say she’s the smoothest person, “but generally I’m a little less”… Talia takes the opportunity to fill in the blank, suggesting the word neurotic, and Emily laughs in agreement. Talia mentions that being neurotic is probably better than coming across like a total control freak, “which is how I imagine you probably see me”. Emily tells her "no", and after a short pause, Talia mentions that the other day when she made the comment about Ezra being cute, “I didn’t say it because I was interested in him. I said it because I’m interested in you”. Saying that she was trying to figure out if Emily was into guys or girls, “by your reaction”, Talia quickly changes the subject and tells Emily that she should go finish cleaning up the kitchen, before getting up and going to do so.
After lingering in the doorway of the kitchen, Emily walks over to Talia who is sitting at Ezra’s makeshift desk filling out some paperwork. After greeting her, Emily asks Talia is she’s feeling better, and when Talia questions the word “better?”, Emily comments that Ezra left a note saying she called in yesterday. Shaking her head, Talia says that she wasn’t sick, “just had to take care of something”. As Talia goes back to her paperwork, Emily turns and walks out of the kitchen. After Emily has left, Talia looks over her shoulder towards the kitchen doors.
Talia steps up behind Emily and re-ties her apron after it's come undone. Emily thanks her, and as her hands linger on Emily's waist, Talia tells Emily not to mention it, before she walks away.
Walking out of The Brew’s kitchen, Emily finds Talia looking at Jonny’s invention. Emily says that she thought Talia had left, and Talia tells her she was just looking at what Jonny had made. Talia questions if Emily knows what it’s supposed to do, and Emily tells her that Jonny said it was about catching whispers. When Talia wonders how it works, Emily says that Jonny told her, “I can show you”. Talia agrees, and laughing, Emily tells Talia to sit down and to place her elbows on the disks, leans forward and covers her ears with her hands. Telling Talia to stay like that, Emily walks over to where the microphone is, and after turning it on, Emily explains that she says something from where she is and the sound travels through the bones in Talia’s arms and into her ears like she was right next to her, “whispering”. Going on, Emily says that she should have said something that night, “but I didn’t”, and she guesses she was surprised. Emily mentions she’s been thinking of it ever since, about what Talia said, “it was like you were asking me to decide something right then and I couldn’t do that”. Emily tells Talia that she knows nothing about her, and she doesn’t know much about Talia, but one thing Emily does know is that Talia is good at what she does, “really gifted”. Emily says that she knows sometimes that makes things lonely, and she knows what that’s like, “to be alone… to be lonely”. Walking back over to Talia, Emily says that maybe she reads too much into situations, “what people say”, but Talia says she doesn’t think so, “I think you’re a very good judge of a situation”. Emily asks about the other night, and Talia explains that the other night took all the courage she had to say what she said. When Emily says that she doesn’t believe that, Talia mentions that a chef once told her to cook with the confidence of experience, “even if you don’t have much of either”. Getting up from the seat, Talia grabs her jacket and tells Emily that it’s late. As Talia is moving towards the door, Emily grabs her elbow and after the two share a look, Emily pulls Talia into a kiss. When they break from the kiss, Talia pulls Emily in for another.
In The Brew’s kitchen Talia is cooking, and when Emily walks in, Talia tells her to “come here”. Emily says she has another table to bus, and when Talia says she has to try what she’s cooking, Emily comments that she’s really not hungry. Walking towards Emily, Talia mentions that there’s always room for dessert, but as Talia tries to get Emily to try what’s on the spoon, Emily backs away, “no, I’m good”. Putting the spoon in the sink, Talia places a hand on Emily’s back and asks if she’s okay, “what’s wrong?” Turning to face Talia, Emily says that Talia is married, “that’s what’s wrong”. Adding that she saw Talia’s last name, “Mendoza”, Emily says that it’s the same as her husbands. Emily then questions whether Talia was ever going to tell her, and when Talia says she was, Emily asks, “when?” Talia just stands there, and as Emily comments, “I don’t understand”, Talia tries to at least begin to explain, “Emily”, but Emily talks over her, “I don’t understand how you can stand there all this time and not tell me this. How you can kiss me. How you can tell me you like me, and not tell me any of this”. Talia begins to say Emily’s name, but stops herself short when Ezra walks into the kitchen. Taking the opportunity to grab the dish tub, Emily storms out of the kitchen.
Arriving home, Emily gets a text message from Talia asking if they can talk. After thinking about it, Emily sends back, “not a good time”, and hearing a car door, Emily turns and sees Talia getting out of her car, "please".
Sitting on the porch steps, Talia tells Emily that she and Eric started dated in 9th grade, and they were married right after high school, “we loved each other, but, we barely even knew ourselves”. Talia adds that they still love each other, “but it’s not romantic”, before saying that Eric knows she’s attracted to women, and he knows that she has to be true to herself. Emily wonders why Talia would stay with Eric, and Talia explains it’s because Eric is her best friend, “because he has been with me through everything”. Saying that she knows that it’s complicated, “no one wants complicated”, Talia listens as Emily comments that she’s starting to think that there’s “no such thing as simple”. Talia tells Emily that she shouldn’t have lied, “I just didn’t want to scare you away”, before adding that she knows how it all sounds when she says it out loud, “I’m sorry, Emily. I just wanted to tell you that in person”. As Talia goes to get up from the step, Emily asks if Talia remembers when she asked her what her biggest fear was, and when Talia nods, Emily tells her that there are things she’s not ready to share either, “things that would scare you away from me”. Listening as Talia says that she finds that hard to believe, Emily, in response, interlocks their fingers.
Outside Rosewood High, Talia calls out to Emily who asks what she’s doing here, “how did you know I was…”. Talia says that Pam told her, “I got your message from earlier and you sounded weird”, before asking what happened at The Brew yesterday. As Emily looks away, Talia wonders if Ezra found out about them, to which Emily tells her no, she met Eric, “you told him I was an experiment, a one-time thing”. When Talia says that she didn’t know where what they have was going, Emily tells her that it’s going nowhere, “I’m not into girls because it’s trendy”. When Emily begins to walk off, Talia tells her she doesn’t think of her that way, to which Emily says that their relationship now has three people in it, “and you’ve been lying to every one of them”. Saying that she has to go, “I have a friend who needs me right now”, Emily runs off.
Emily is walking down the street outside of The Brew, and when she spots Talia getting out of her car, Emily approaches her. Emily greets her, and Talia mentions that she’s just here to pick up her last check. Noticing Talia’s car is packed, Emily asks whether she’s going on a trip, and looking over her shoulder, Talia tells her “not exactly”. Talia explains that after what Emily said, she had a talk with Eric, “a real talk”, and she was pretty open with him, “and… it didn’t go so well”. When Talia says that she and Eric are separating, Emily hopes that she didn’t force her to have a conversation she wasn’t ready to have, to which Talia says that it was going to happen “sooner or later”. Asking what Talia is going to do, Emily listens as Talia says that she’s booked a hotel over by another catering gig, so as long as there’s hot water and clean sheets, she’ll stay there for a while, “but after that… I don’t know”. Emily tells Talia that if she needs a place to stay for the next few days she can crash at her house, and when Talia questions if Emily’s mom will be okay with that, Emily mentions that her mom is away. Listening as Talia thanks her, saying that that would be great, Emily watches as Talia heads off in the direction of The Brew.
At Rosewood High, Talia watches Emily practice a dance routine through the glass window in the door. When Emily notices her, Talia walks in, telling Emily that she’s really good. Saying that she just came by to drop off Emily’s key, Talia adds that she guesses Emily didn’t get her text, to which Emily tells her no, “I was rehearsing for this pageant thing”. Talia notes that Emily doesn’t sound thrilled, “why do it?”, and Emily explains that she’s doing it for a friend, “to help her win money”. Sitting down next to Emily, Talia says that she doesn’t buy Emily’s reasoning, and when Emily questions her, Talia again says that she doesn’t buy it, “the way you just danced, nobody works that hard for just the money”. Emily comments that to get the money she has to win the pageant, and it’s not as though she can half-ass it, to which Talia tells her okay. Emily says that it’s for Hanna, and when Talia tells her that it was a compliment, Emily reasons that maybe it’s for her too. Listening as Talia says she never really saw Emily as the beauty pageant type, Emily tells her she’s not, “but that’s part of it”. Emily adds that she keeps thinking that if she works hard and wins, she’ll know she has it in her to take control of her life. As Emily says that it must sound pretty stupid, Talia tells her it doesn’t at all. As a silence falls between them, Emily turns the music back on, and reaching out to Talia, Emily tells her to come on. Talia asks what Emily is doing, to which Emily says that she’s going to dance with her.
Talia follows Emily’s steps as Emily takes Talia through her dance routine. When Talia says that she can’t do it, Emily assures her she can, “mirror me”. As Talia loses her footing and falls down backwards, she can Emily laugh, before Talia breaks down in tears. Emily takes Talia’s hands, and getting Talia up on her feet, Emily slow dances with her to calm her down.
Sitting down on the seat in the dance room, Talia watches as Claire, the beauty pageant coordinator, approaches Emily. Talia listens as Claire asks if Emily read the entire application when she filled it out, and when Emily says that she did, “except for the permission part”, Claire explains that the application form explicitly mentions that all contestants must be of good moral character. Emily comments that she’s not following, to which Claire says that Emily should have at least mentioned it to her, and that she would have known it would have made the board apprehensive. Emily asks if Claire is forcing her to drop out, but Claire says that they can’t force her to do anything, they can only encourage. Emily then questions that Claire doesn’t want her in the competition because of who she dates, and standing up, Talia asks if Claire is serious, to which Claire says that this is about Emily’s close connection to the Alison DiLaurentis case.
Walking out of Rosewood High, Talia tells Emily that she really did have fun, “thank you for everything”, to which Emily says of course. Noticing Claire talking with two girls, Talia starts to head towards her, and when Emily asks what she’s doing, Talia tells her to just trust her, “I followed your lead, now you follow mine”. As Claire goes to her in her car, Talia calls out to her, but Claire says that she really has to get going. Talia says that Emily just wanted Claire to know that she understands the board’s decision, to which Claire mentions that she’s sorry it had to come down to this, and Emily says she is as well. Talia goes on to say that they’re just concerned that if anyone found out that the board wanted Emily to drop out because of a friendship she has, and when Claire mentions that the friend is on trial for murder, Talia mentions that in this country you’re innocent until proven guilty, unless the pageant judges know better the ones on the supreme court. Claire questions whether Talia is threatening her, to which Talia says that she’s encouraging her. Saying that perhaps the pageant sponsors could make a donation to Emily’s education, Emily and Talia watch as Claire gets in her car and drives off. Emily questions if Talia seriously just asked Claire to send her a check, “they’re not going to do that”, to which Talia shrugs, telling Emily, “you never know”.
- Started: "Oh, What Hard Luck Stories They All Hand Me" (5x18)
- Reason: As Talia walks away, Emily grabs her elbow and after the two share a look, Emily pulls Talia into a kiss. When they break from the kiss, Talia pulls Emily in for another.
- Started: "Out, Damned Spot" (5x19)
- Reason: Standing in the the exact place Talia would have had her first kiss, Emily kisses her, telling her that their kiss is a do over.
- Started: Between "Out, Damned Spot" (5x19) and "Pretty Isn't the Point" (5x20)
- Reason: Talia tells Emily the truth about her husband, and they agree to take things slow.
- Ended: "Pretty Isn't the Point" (5x20)
- Reason: Emily finds out that Talia told her husband that she was an experiment. Saying that she's not into girls because it's trendy, Emily ends their relationship before it has a chance to get started.
Music in Emalia Scenes
- "My Love Is With You" by Fort Atlantic - (Ezra informs Emily that he has hired Talia to help cater the food for the party in).
- "Rock the Ride" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - (Emily & Talia discuss placing of The Brews cleaning supplies placement when Talia suggests to Emily that the Brew get uniforms for the staff in).
- "It Should've Been You" by Maggie Chapman - (Talia asks Emily if her t-shirt belonged to her ex, then suggests she needs to try wearing something new).
- "Cured of Youth" by Tennis - (Ezra looks through receipts at The Brew when Emily comes in to get her paycheck; Talia comments on Emily clothes then on Ezra's "cute buns").
- "Wildest Moments" by Jessie Ware - (Emily tells Talia that Ezra isn't available).
- "Girls Chase Boys” by Ingrid Michaelson - (Emily asks Talia if she's feeling better after she called in sick).
- "A Good Day (Morning Song)" by Priscilla Ahn - (Emily and Talia ride their bikes, talk and then kiss).
- "We Were Made to Be Broken" by Jules Larson & AG - (Talia tells Emily that her mom was asking for a cobbler recipe, then agrees to keep their relationship quiet).
- "Can't Remember to Forget You" by Shakira ft. Rihanna - (Emily makes Talia dance with her; Emily shows Talia her dance routine and Talia breaks down).
- "Call My Name" by HAERTS - (As Talia breaks down Emily pulls her up form the floor and slow dances with her to calm her down).