|“||When I was at my most lonely and unhappy and angry place... You loved me. Even when I was an ugly human being, you saw a beautiful soul. You make the world a better place because you see the good in it. And you make me a better woman because you searched for one. Do you promise to do that every day for the rest of our lives?||”|
— Alison proposes to Emily in 'Til Death Do Us Part
|“||That's why I love you. You're big on happy endings.||”|
— Alison to Emily in The Perfect Storm
After school, the next day, Maya and Emily go for a walk, and Emily shares her thoughts about Alison and her disappearance. It is hard for Emily to see the tributes people left for Alison being loaded from the curb in front of Maya's house, into a dumpster. At night, Emily notices police cars to Maya's house, where ambulances are flanking the street, and it seems the whole town has come out to watch what's going on. She runs toward Maya's front steps, terrified that something happened to Maya. But Maya comes to greet her, seemingly fine. She lets Emily know that Alison has been found, and Emily is excited until Maya tells her that it is her body that has been found. A stretcher with a body bag atop it is then wheeled past where they are standing.
Emily is sitting by herself in a restaurant. She looks down at her bracelet and flashes back to the aftermath of "The Jenna Thing", when Alison had bought the girls friendship bracelets with their names on them. Alison had given the girls the bracelets in the same restaurant in which Emily is not sitting. At the time, she had even suggestively asked Emily to tie hers for her, and smiles.
Emily remembers more of Alison's snide remarks that memorable summer day. As she puts on Maya's gift scarf on before the mirror, she recalls how Alison had commented on Noel and Prudence heading to presumably, The Kissing Rock. She had matter of factly informed Emily that people had gone there to kiss for hundreds of years. She then looked Emily daringly in the eyes and asked her who she would like to take to The Kissing Rock. Emily had just smiled shyly while staring back.
The girls wait in the library before the exam, and Emily gets a text from "A" that sends her on a hunt for the book "Great Expectations" in the library. Seeing the book makes her flashback to when Alison had been reading the same novel one day alone in the library. Emily had joined her on the floor, and had revealed her dream that Jenna could see again, and Alison had said something to the effect of "that's why I love you, Emily." She then read her the passage of Pip's account of his ardent love for Estella: he loved her against reason and despite the fact that she basically played hard to get and gave him little hope for a future, other than her teasing. Quite fittingly, Emily had then leaned in to kiss Alison, expressing her own love of the same nature. Alison had actually smiled in return.
Back in real time, Emily finds the personal love letter she had written to Alison the summer she went missing. While reading it, Emily remembers when she had been in the locker room with Alison alone. Alison had been changing; she had removed her towel and stood there topless, forcing Emily's already attentive eyes to stare. Later, Emily had kissed her neck. Alison immediately turned on her, (feigning shock) and cruelly let Emily know that their kiss meant nothing more to her than practice for "the real thing." Abashed, Emily had turned, poised to leave, but Alison wouldn't let her escape; she was supposed to be giving her a ride home. Defeated and humiliated, Emily nevertheless remained, showcasing Alison's control over her friends.
Later Detective Wilden finds Emily's love letter, and forces her to confess to Spencer, Hanna and Aria that she loved Alison more than just a friend. She admits that she never was able to tell Alison in the right way.
Emily gets two texts: one from Paige, which she ignores, and one from "A," which is not as easy to ignore, teasing her about her past feelings for Alison. This prompts Emily to have a flashback to when Alison had given her a snow globe the summer before. It had been the day of her disappearance, and Alison had alluded to the fact that it was more special than one would realize at first. She also told Emily not to tell the others, as she hadn't gotten them any presents, making this gift special for Emily. Alison also confessed to Emily that of all the girls, she was the only one who understood her and could be completely honest with.
|“||I never told you this but... you were always my favorite. Nobody loved me as much as you did.||”|
— Alison to Emily in Over My Dead Body
The Liars lunch with Alison's mother Jessica DiLaurentis, as per her request. There, she presents the girls with presents, four high-fashion dress. However, the girls are uneasy, as they remember Alison having picked them out and trying them on one afternoon. She said to Emily "Don't I look hot, Em?" as she was aware of Emily's crush on her. Emily coyly says the feathers on the dress looked really pretty.
Alison joins the other Liars at their table in the cafeteria, and a nerdy Mona tries to do the same. Alison makes a nasty comment, leaving her to nurse her wounds at Lucas' table. When Alison hears that Ben Coogan is telling everyone that he and Emily had sex, and Emily confirms the rumor to be true, Ali seems impressed. The next day, Emily walks to school with Alison. Alison brings up the possibility of Emily going on the pill, but Emily confesses that the rumors weren't true, and she wouldn't be needing contraception yet. She asks Alison not to tell anyone, and Alison agrees, perplexed by Emily's odd behavior until she discovers Emily's secret later that night at Noel's Halloween party ...
when Emily slow-dances with Ben on the dance floor. Jenna is seen seductively dancing nearby, and Emily ogles at her moves and curves. Jenna notices this and smiles, causing Emily to smile uncertainly back. Alison turns her eyes from one to the other, approaches Emily, and alludes to her hidden sexual orientation. Emily looks frightened, and Alison lets her know that her secret is safe with her.
|“||You and me in sweet Pari... How about... forever?||”|
— Alison to Emily in Dead to Me
Also, A gives Emily a post-card of the Eiffel Tower. Emily has a flashback of when she and Ali where alone in class. Emily told Alison she was supposed to be studying, but Alison instead was spreading out post-cards of various places in France. "You and me in sweet Pari?" Ali had said, implying they go to Paris together. Ali suggests they go to the south of France, dancing in sun-flower fields, lounging around in their bikini's in the French Riviera. Emily asks how long they would be going away for. Alison looks up and smiles. "How about forever?" This trip never actually happened, mostly due to Alison's disappearance.
While Alison was slow-dancing with Spencer in Radley Sanitarium, she said "sometimes practice is better than the real thing". It might mean that she enjoyed her kiss with Emily, because after that she said "it's just practice before the real thing".
|“||You loved her as much as I did. I wish that Ali could've returned those feelings. I couldn't have asked for a better person to love her than you.||”|
— Jessica to Emily in The Mirror Has Three Faces
Jessica DiLaurentis offers Emily to let her move into Alison's old room and she agrees. They have a conversation about Jessica's divorce and Emily tells her that she and Paige are growing apart. Jessica confesses that she was "seeing" (as in hallucinations) Alison, and Emily confesses that she was seeing her as well. Jessica tells her that the reason why she's seeing her too is because Emily loved Alison as much as Jessica did. Emily is close to crying and Jessica says that she "couldn't have asked for a better person to love her than you". It is unknown how Jessica knew that Emily had a crush on Alison.
After noticing a bottle of blue nail polish on Alison's vanity, Emily has a flashback of a time when she was in Alison's bedroom with her. Alison was painting her toes with the same shade and playfully told Emily to stop moving, but Emily said she couldn't help it because it tickled. Alison suddenly told Emily that she should break up with Ben, saying that she was too good for him. Emily told her that she didn't want to hurt him. Alison responded by calling Emily's comment "mushy squash," and told her that she needed to stop taking care of everyone but herself; and to be careful of what she's good at, or else she'd spend the rest of her life doing it. Alison offered to break it off for her, and said that she had done it for lots of people before. One girl in particular Alison said she tried to do the deed for ended with the guy pulling a gun out on her. Stunned, Emily asked if he went to Rosewood High, Alison told her that she doesn't know him, and that he doesn't go to their school anymore.
In Ravenswood, "A" traps Emily in a coffin and puts her on a sawmill, waiting to kill her. The girls try to get her out, but Red Coat, who is later revealed to be Alison, suddenly turns the machine off, saving Emily's life. It was revealed that Alison never died, and the hallucinations were real - she really visited every Liar, so she really kissed Emily.
Emily is sleeping with her window wide open and is awaken by Alison, who seemingly climbed through her bedroom window to see her. Alison tells Emily how much she missed her, but Emily however, is not enthusiastic about seeing Alison again. Emily says that she has been here the whole time, Alison is the one who was gone. Alison asks Emily not to be mad, but Emily is upset. Emily tells Alison she destroyed her because she thought she was dead. Alison replies "But i'm not. Aren't you glad that i'm not?". Emily doesn't respond. Alison picks up her journal on Emily's bed. Alison says she thought she was being smart, writing everything down in a journal. "But they took everything, didn't they?" Alison asks. Emily asks who, but Alison doesn't know. Alison tells Emily she wants her help because she always saw the good in her. Emily says she doesn't see her that way anymore. Alison notices the "Jenna-Thing" bracelet on her wrist, and is shocked to see she still wears it (even though Emily had actually taken it off in Season 1). Emily wakes up from her dream in the morning. The window is wide open and she isn't wearing the bracelet.
Later at The Brew, Emily finds a note in her bag that says: “I want to come home. Meet me at our spot.” She quickly leaves. Emily visits The Kissing Rock to wait for Alison to show up. Emily waits long enough before finally taking off her bracelet and leaves. A later returns the bracelet to Emily while the girls are at Ezra's cabin.
Shana sneaks up on Emily at the church. She has a message for her from Alison, but Emily assumes it's just a way for Shana is throw it in her face that Alison is dead. Shana tells Emily that she's been helping Alison, because they were childhood friends. Emily asks for proof, and Shana tells her things only Alison would know. For example, Shana recites the exact conversation Emily and Alison had when Alison pulled her out of the barn, revealing that Alison really did save Emily. Shana tells Emily that Alison wants to meet her. Tonight.
That night, Shana drives Emily to an abandoned warehouse. Emily gets out of the car and heads up the steps and Shana drives away. Inside, Emily turns around, and Alison is there. They hug, and Emily begs Alison to come back. Alison says she doesn't know who she can trust. Emily asks who she is hiding from,and Alison replies, "I thought I knew...but I was wrong". Alison says she trusts Emily, but is not so sure about the others. They hear a noise, and a scared Alison takes off to the elevator. Emily sees that it's Spencer. Emily runs after Alison, but its too late. The elevator shut too fast. Alison is gone. Emily held a long grudge against Spencer because of this.
|“||I always made you think your feelings for me were totally one-sided, that wasn't true. Those kisses weren't just for practice.||”|
— Alison to Emily in Miss Me x 100
Emily is still scared A is after Alison if the liars execute their plan to protect Ezra. Once reunited with the liars after leaving the hospital Alison takes the liars to Fitzgerald Theatre, where the liars stay until they all fall asleep. Once Alison is awoken by CeCe Drake she returns to find Emily awake. When Emily asks where Alison has been Alison tells her that she doesn't need to know everything about her, Emily not satisfied by this wants answers. Alison takes Emily by the hand away from the other girls and explains how CeCe was never Red Coat, and in fact it was CeCe who distracted A, while Alison turned off the saw mill to save her in "Now You See Me, Now You Don't". Alison also tells Emily to repay CeCe for protecting Emily in Ravenswood, that she gave CeCe, her fake Vivian Darkbloom passport. Later that night Alison and Emily along with the rest of the liars discover that Shana was A.
Alison tries to call and text Emily, but Emily doesn't respond back. Emily talks to Spencer and Aria in her bedroom. Aria asks her why she's been avoiding Alison, and tries to imply that it's because Emily that she is scared of getting close to Alison again. When Aria asks her if she has feelings for Alison, Emily says that she doesn't know. Emily comments on how they have the life they wanted for the last two years and yet things are no longer like they were before.After Paige indirectly tells her about Mona's Army, Emily goes to Alison’s house. Alison shows Emily her new backpack and seems excited to go back to Rosewood High. Emily uneasily tells her that maybe she should leave and start over somewhere else. Emily thinks it is not safe with the bullied students wanting revenge on Alison, but Alison arrogantly says that Emily is the one who wanted her to come to Rosewood, and that she’s going back to school and if they stick together, they would be safe. Alison asks her about the tape she recorded to coincide with her lie about being kidnapped. Emily promises to memorize the tape, and tells Alison that it’ll be the last time she lies for her before walking out the room.
Alison returns to Rosewood High. The girls make their way through the halls and Emily and Alison leave so Emily can show Alison the way to the guidance counselor's office. Later in the locker room, Emily confronts Paige about skipping school to avoid Alison. Paige tells her that she cannot stand to be with Alison in the same room. After school, Emily gets Alison and Paige together in her bedroom. Alison thanks Emily for getting her and Paige together in the same room. Alison apologizes to Paige for everything that she did to her. Alison tells Emily that both she and Paige are lucky to have Emily as their friend, but Paige doesn't accept her apology. After Paige leaves, Alison asks Emily if she wants to order some food, and Emily tells her she already has plans. Alison asks if she could come with her and Emily tells her she invited Paige. Alison asks if she can stay at Emily's house for a little longer as her dad is working late and she doesn't want to go home to an empty house. Emily says she can, and as she is leaving, Alison tells her their previous kisses weren't as one-sided as she led Emily to believe.
After leaving Emily's house, Alison is followed and has a volatile confrontation with Mona at the church, that left Alison scared. On the phone with with her mom, Emily tells her that Alison is really missing her mom, and Pam agrees to let Emily stay over at Alison's. They talk about the time Alison pulled Emily out of the barn in "Over My Dead Body." Alison tells her that she was the hardest one to leave behind. In Alison's bedroom Emily asks if Alison is sleeping. Rolling over to face the center of the bed, the girls stare at each other before Emily leans in for a kiss, which leads to another...and another. The next day, Mona blackmails Alison with a video of Alison slapping her at the church and shows it to the girls trying to prove that Ali has not changed. Emily is furious at Alison for lying to them. In her bedroom, Emily is trying to watch a movie, still annoyed at Alison. Alison tells her that she knows she screwed up, and Emily wonders why Alison didn't tell them the truth, saying that "it's so much easier than lying". Sitting down next to Emily, Alison pleads with Emily to listen and tells her that she didn't tell Emily everything because she was afraid of losing her. Alison caresses Emily's cheek an then leans in to try to kiss Emily, but she moves away, telling Alison that a kiss is not going to fix this. Suddenly the movie crosses to a breaking news story about the Jane Doe who was "buried in Alison DiLaurentis' grave". Hanna, Caleb, Spencer, Toby, Aria and Ezra all gather at Emily's to hear the breaking news. Alison clutches Emily's hand as it is announced that the girl in Alison's grave is a Radley patient named Bethany Young. Suddenly a loud noise is heard and windows of Emily's lounge room explodes. The Cavanaugh house is on fire and the girl's cell phones all start beeping and ringing.
Alison tells the girls that she needs to leave town since A has returned. That night, Hanna tries to help Alison runaway without telling Emily, Spencer and Aria. Emily bursts into the Hanna's room saying that Paige told her Lucas and Melissa are working with Mona to bring Alison down. Emily spots the train ticket and whilst Hanna tries to lie by saying she is going to visit her Grandma, Emily realizes Alison is the one trying to leave. Emily is upset that Hanna didn't tell them and wonders if perhaps something else is going on because Hanna has changed since Alison has come back. Hanna retaliates by saying she also saw Emily holding Alison's hand but Emily says she couldn't have just slapped her hand off her. Alison prepares to leave, grabbing some fake IDs and cash she had hidden away in her bedroom. Alison comes down and is surprised to see that the lights are off. She calls for her dad assuming her dad is back. A then sneaks up from behind her and hits Alison in the back, then starts choking her with her yellow scarf. Emily arrives at this very moment and chases off the assailant by hitting them with a book to the head. Alison is unharmed but has shortness of breath due to the times she was choked, but doesn't want Emily to tell anyone what happened because she would never be able to leave the house. Emily says she won't tell anyone but that there is no way that Alison is leaving, at least not tonight. Later Alison thanks Emily for saving her as most people see danger and run a mile. She then asks if she can stay over, promising "we'll just sleep." Emily sits up all night and watches over her to make sure she is safe. The next day, Emily is waiting to pick up Alison from her house when Lt. Tanner unexpectedly drops by asking that Alison should come by the police station with her father to answers some questions about Shana and where exactly the girls were in Philadelphia.
Emily's mother Pam invites Alison and the girls to dinner. In the girl's bathroom, Alison wants Emily to convince her mother to call off dinner, but Emily says that she will need an epic excuse for that. Alison says that then they’ll just have to go to the dinner and get over with it. Hanna makes a comment about how Alison’s wish is their command. All the girls leave except for Emily and Alison. Alison asks Emily to walk her home after school. She asks Emily about her arm. Emily tells her that it’ll be okay. Alison thinks she’ll never be okay. She is worried about the scars on her throat from the attack by A, even though it is covered by a scarf. Suddenly from a toilet stall, Sydney comes out, introducing herself to Alison. She comments on her scarf, saying it’s beautiful. That night Spencer and Aria bail on Pam's dinner, but Hanna reluctantly shows up. During dinner Alison tells Pam some of her "story" saying that she doesn't understand what she might have done to deserve what happened to her and holds Emily's hand. Unbeknownst to Emily, Alison and Pam, Hanna took a bottle of liquor from Pam's bar and antagonizes Alison at the table. Alison helps Pam clear the dishes and Emily calls Hanna out on her drinking before making her leave. After dinner Emily asks her mother why she wanted to have Alison over. Pam confesses that she knew Emily had feelings for Alison before her disappearance. Pam wanted to see how they would act together. Emily tells Pam she's "working on it" with Alison. Pam says Alison's kidnapping story has some "problems." She tells her daughter it's not her job to keep saving Alison.
The girls nominate Emily to talk to Alison and make sure she doesn't identify Cyrus Petrillo as her kidnapper to the police. In Alison’s bedroom, Emily tells her that if she identifies Cyrus, it will be way too easy for ‘A’ to prove that she’s lying. Alison says that she gets it, and as Emily asks why Alison can’t just say the guy is innocent, Kenneth knocks on the door. Kenneth is upset when Alison says that she already told Emily what was going on. Kenneth says that Cyrus has confessed already wants Alison to ID him at the station, saying that both he and Emily wants her to be safe. Emily acts the part and agrees with Kenneth. Later, Emily talks with Alison at the DiLaurentis house. She finds out that Cyrus is not a stranger to Alison, and Alison says she doesn't know how ‘A’ found him. She shows Emily the scar on her right thigh, which was given to her by Cyrus in an abandoned basement during her disappearance. All Cyrus wanted was her belongings and money, and looked at her as if she was worse than nothing. Emily says that ‘A’ is using Cyrus as a way to trap Alison and the liars. Alison lets Emily know that she knows she has to debunk Cyrus's confession. That night after Alison ID'ed Cyrus to L.T. Tanner, Emily waits for Alison outside her house. Emily says she doesn't understand why Alison ID'ed him; as it affects them all and the past several years hasn't been easy for any of them. Alison tells Emily that she has a plan, but Emily is sure she will just throw them all under a bus to pull it off. Emily says she stuck up for Alison against everyone, and when Alison says that she can still find out who ‘A’ is, Emily announces "I am so done with you" before walking away.
Alison meets Emily in her bedroom. Seemingly hurt, she tells Emily that she saw the hair rise on the back of her neck when Emily heard her voice. Alison says she is surprised Emily messaged her considering the dispute they had the last time they spoke. At that moment, Emily gets a text from Hanna asking where A is. Emily lies to Alison that it's just her mom texting, and texts Hanna back saying that Alison is with her and that she hates having to keep her busy. Alison looks on suspicious and asks Emily why she was asked to come; Emily tells her that she's bothered they're not speaking. Alison says it was a surprise when Emily turned on her as opposed to the other liars as she was the one she trusted the most. Emily mutters under her breath, "the loyal one". Alison asks Emily what she said but Emily tells her nothing. Alison tells Emily that she is sorry that she disappointed her and begins to leave. Emily tells her to stop and says she doesn't want "things to be like this". Alison smirks before turning around and wearing a worried look, saying she doesn't want that either. Alison tells Emily there is no way that the girls will let Emily be friends with her, if that is what she wants. Emily tells Alison that she makes her own decisions. Alison asks Emily for tea, and Emily gets up to leave, but turns around to see Alison reading the texts between her and Hanna. Alison asks if Emily and the girls think she's A. Emily says "I don't know. Are you?" and takes her phone back. Alison tells Emily that she actually believed her; Emily replies that it must hurt to be betrayed by the "loyal one". Alison pushes past Emily with her shoulder as she leaves the room, saying "That was quite a performance, Em. Bravo."
At home Emily receives a collect call from Alison, who is in jail for Mona's murder. Emily answers and asks Alison if she's ok. Alison sarcastically replies, "Never better." Emily tries to reassure Alison by saying that she'll be fine, but Alison isn't as certain. Emily apologizes, and Alison apologizes saying that she called for a reason. She asks Emily if she would come to her trial tomorrow. Emily is hesitant, but promises that she will be there. Alison thanks her and asks if it was raining in Rosewood. Emily says yes. After some silence, both say their good-nights and hang up.
|“|| Alison: Love You.
Emily: Love you too.
— Alison & Emily in Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars
Alison, Ezra and Caleb rescues the liars from Charles' Dollhouse. As the girls tumble out the door, Alison reaches out to Emily and embraces her (along with Mona later). After Sara Harvey is found, Emily goes to thank Alison for saving them. Alison holds Emily's hand in response. Emily asks Alison if she knows who "Charles DiLaurentis" is.
After Charlotte DiLaurentis is revealed to be Charles and ends the 'A' game, we see the five Liars packing their cars up over Labor Day weekend to go their separate ways. Hanna asks if Emily brought enough flip flops and Emily says “Malibu”. It’s revealed that she’s going to Pepperdine University. Alison reveals that she's staying in Rosewood. Emily and Alison hold hands and say "I love you" before Emily leaves.
5 years later, Charlotte DiLaurentis is murdered. Alison is seen crying in her bed, as Emily and Dr. Rollins looks on. He asks Emily to stay with Alison until she falls asleep. Seeing that he looks distraught, Emily asks if he's okay and he says that he wouldn't have let Charlotte leave if he thought she was going to take her own life. He leaves, and Emily walks over to sit on Alison's bed. Alison grabs her hand and Emily comforts her.
Emily is on the phone making an appointment. Pam walks up behind her and asks how the Charlotte's funeral service was and if she went to the cemetery. Emily tells her that Alison said some nice things and that she didn't go. Pam says the DiLaurentis plot is close to theirs and she should go with her in the morning to see Wayne. Emily tells her mom that she promised Alison she would be available to her all day because she needs her, then walks away.
Emily tells Hanna she's weirded out by a text. Hanna asks if she means the one from Aria, but Emily says that she means the text from Alison and asks if Hanna got one. She tells Hanna that Alison is back from vacationing with Dr. Rollins and reached out to her alone, figuring that Emily would come and hear her out. Emily then rambles on about how she's not going to do it; she can't. Later, Dr. Rollins shows up at Emily's room, where Emily asks if Alison sent him. He says that she hasn't returned her calls and Emily says that it was intentional and she can't see her now. Elliot says that Alison wants to apologize and that she shouldn't be alone right now; just as he's about to walk out, he sees a brochure for the fertility clinic and says that this was a bad time to ask a favor of her and that if she needs anything but Emily interrupts and demands he leave.
Emily leaving for an appointment and she sees Alison, who tells her that she knows she doesn't want to see her and she was just leaving. Emily sees that something is wrong, so she invites her in. Alison tells her that Sara came to see her and suggests that the two were closer than they thought: Sara might have actually cared about her. Emily asks why she would believe anything Sara says, but Alison asks if she could stay for a while because she needs someone to talk to. Emily says that she has somewhere to be; Alison looks at her and Emily figures that Elliot told her, so she says that it's her eggs and she wants to do it but asks that she not tell Pam. Alison tells her that she had no idea and asks if Emily is going alone. At the hospital, Emily is signing the paperwork for the surgery and tells Alison that she doesn't have to stand there. Alison says that there is no way she's leaving her there alone and that she'll be right there when she wakes up.
After the surgery, Emily hallucinates seeing Sara Harvey and starts screaming. Alison walks into the room and hears Emily saying "What did you do to me?" and says she was outside. Emily asks if she walked past anyone and says she knows that she saw Sara, but Alison tries to convince her that it was just the drugs in her system.
Emily stays with Alison while Elliot is away for a business trip. Earlier in the day, Alison had hallucinated seeing her mother, but Emily believes it was due to the painkillers Alison was taking. Alison tells Emily that she hates that Emily has to babysit her, but that she's happy she is there with her. Later that night, Aria comes over to help Emily while Alison is asleep in her bedroom. Alison rolls over and sees Wilden laying next to her. Emily and Aria hear her scream and finds Alison sitting against the wall.
The next morning, Alison is missing and Emily finds her at the church. Alison had seen both her mother and Wilden. Emily reminds her that they're both dead, but Alison believes that she's being punished and that they've come to take her to hell. Emily tries to convince Alison that she's having hallucinations. Alison says she doesn't know what's real anymore and she needs help. Later, Alison is seen checking into the psychiatric facility that Charlotte was in. Before signing the forms, Emily takes Alison to the side and asks if she really wants to do this. Alison says she's sure and tells Emily she loves her. Emily returns the sentiment, and watches Alison walk away.
|“||Over the years, I've been in so many failed relationships and I always made excuses why. But I know the reason... Paige tried to get me to say it to her but I didn't want to say it to her. I love you.||”|
— Alison to Emily in The Glove That Rocks the Cradle.
Emily goes to Welby to check on Alison, and has a conversation with Elliot. During this conversation, they are interrupted by an alarm going off and screaming coming from Alison's room. Both Elliot and Emily run to the room, and Emily watches in horror as Alison trashes and hits Elliot, trying to escape. Elliot ultimately drugs her.
Later, after Alison has calmed down, Emily is allowed to go in and visit with her for a few minutes. She is on the phone with Aria first, who tells her to try and get the truth out of Alison - if she killed Charlotte or not. Emily states that she'll try before going into the room, but Alison is sleeping. Emily begs a sleeping Alison to please wake up, that Hanna is in trouble, and she needs to know the truth. She then crouches beside the bed and says that she needs to know the truth about Charlotte and if Alison killed her or not. This causes Alison to jolt awake, shocking Emily. Alison starts to ask God to help her and forgive her before passing out again.
Emily goes to the DiLaurentis house and into Alison's bedroom. She turns on the light and finds Ali's music box, broken. This triggers a memory of Ali telling that they'll be friends forever. Emily places the box on the dresser, and has a memory of Ali telling her, "that's why I love you - you're big on happy endings". She then sees a picture of the girls all gathered together in a Paris frame, and has a memory of Alison telling her that she was always her favorite. Emily looks away from the picture and sees a cluster of Eifel Towers, which triggers a memory of Ali telling her that she'd look good on the Eifel tower, the wind in her hair. Emily the turns and looks at the bed, which triggers another memory of Ali telling her that she was the hardest one of leave behind. The bed also triggers a flashback of them making out and presumably having sex for the first time. A saddened Emily then looks away from the bed.
Emily is woken up by the sound of her phone ringing and searches through her bag to find it. She answers it, and is shocked to hear Alison's voice begging for help. Emily asks who is on the line, and Alison says, "Help me, Emily!" and she quickly realizes it's Alison on the phone. Alison states that she needs her, and their are sounds of a struggle coming through the phone and a nurse asking for the phone, which Alison is not willing to give up, followed by more sounds of a struggle. Moments later, the connection goes dead.
Later that day, Emily goes to see Alison at Welby to make sure she's really okay. However, she has difficulty going in as the nurse informs her that Ali's visiting privleges have been changed to family only. A worried Emily pressures the nurse to tell her why they were changed, but the nurse tells her that she can't tell her anything. Emily then goes to Elliot and asks if Ali is okay, and why her privileges were changed. Elliot tells her that he's decided that Ali's better of in isoloation, and that as soon as she can have visitors he'll call Emily.
Emily, determined to see Ali, enslists the help of Mary Drake. The two are able to get in to to see Alison. When they enter the room, Alison, who is drugged, wakes up and greets Emily and says that she was supposed to wake her up. Emily says that it took her longer to get there then she thought it would. Alison struggles against the restraints that Elliot has her in, and tearfully states that she can't move and she thinks something is wrong with her. Emily sits on the bed next to Alison and tells her that she's in the hospital, and Ali states that they're going to miss their flight. Emily, however, says that they can take the next one. Emily goes on to say that she called her last night, but Ali seemingly doesn't remember doing it. She goes on to say that Ali sounded really scared, and asked for help.
Alison states that Welby is a scary place, and there's a woman that cries all night. As she speaks, Emily gets worried, which causes Alison to asks fearfully if she's in Radley. Emily tells her that she's not, which relieves Alison. Mary Drake walks up behind Emily, and Alison, who believes Mary is Jessica, asks why she left her. She states that she woke up covered in dirt and she wouldn't help, and wants to know why she left her in the cold ground. She also says that "Jessica" was wrong about Elliot, it's not like she said it would be at all. Emily, who is sad to see Alison in this state, asks what she means. However, moments later, a light turns on in the room and Elliot enters angrily saying that he didn't authorize any visitors and they need to leave now. Emily starts to leave when Alison cries out to her not go, and looks fearfully at Elliot.
After Emily leaves she sees Mary and Elliot arguing, and informs the rest of the Liars that Alison is much worse, and that something is going on between them. Emily and the rest of the Liars agree that they have to get Alison out of Welby.
Alison is still being tortured and held prisoner at Welby State Psychiatric Hospital by Elliot. Emily suspects that Elliot might be torturing Alison, and convinces Hanna and Aria to go with her to confront Elliot. They accuse him of misconduct, which leads Emily and the girls to Alison's room. However, when they arrive, the restraints that Elliot had on Alison are gone, making it look like she's just sleeping. Elliot tells the other Doctor that Alison is improving, and even gives him her file. The doctor tells the girls not to worry, and that Dr. Rollins is taking good care of Ali.
Later, Emily gets an alert on her phone from who she believes is Elliot, showing his exact location. He then sends a text saying "SOS" and the girls quickly figure out that it's actually Alison using the phone. They get into the car to follow the pin, which leads them towards a lake. However, Emily loses phone reception for a brief period of time but is able to regain it and lead them towards Elliot's now parked car. Alison runs in front of the car but is able to get out of the way, however, Elliot is not as lucky and is hit by the car and dies.
Following the events of the last episode, the girls bury Elliot's body in the woods. Ali, who is in shock, walks over to Emily and then looks at the freshly dug grave and falls to the ground. She reaches down and pulls out Elliot's ID and states that they'll need the ID, and Emily looks at her in shock.
Alison is released from Welby, and goes to Hanna's loft where Emily and Aria are, and Em tells her that she would have been there that but she over slept. She had a date the night before, and Ali states that she didn't know Emily was seeing anyone. She, in turn, says that it's new. Aria interrupts and says that Archer was using a burner phone at a residence, but Alison doesn't recgonize the address. She tells them that Archer rented an old stone cottage in the country, which she thought was romantic. Emily states that Archer had a burner phone and burner apartment, and Alison realizes that nothing Archer ever told her was true - his name, where he lived, even where he was from.
Emily tells her that Archer wasn't trying to kill her that night, at least that's what they think now. Alison snaps back by saying that it doesn't make him any of less of an ass. She then asks if they knew who he was texting, and Aria theorizes Jenna, while Emily guesses Mary Drake. However, Ali informs them that according to Mary Drake's story she bailed when things "got murdery", and she might believe her, but she doesn't trust her yet. Emily recommends going to the burner apartment to see who he was texting, and Ali agrees and even says that maybe they could find the person who thought she killed Charlotte. Aria says the can't and that the cops already found the car, so they might know who Elliot really is. Alison agrees that they should stay away from the apartment, but Emily disagrees with Ali and the two argue for a bit before Emily agrees not to go.
Later, Alison tells the Liars that Rollins stole everything from her and she's completely broke and Emily states that things are just getting worse. Aria, Alison, and Emily start to think about who might be behind everything. Ali then tells the girls that she really screwed up that day, and Emily sits next to her. She says that Jenna showed up at the house that day looking for Elliot, and now she believes that Jenna knows about the burner phone, and that Jenna's smart enough to figure out that he wouldn't just give it to the girls. Aria says that she has to go, and Emily tells Alison that it's fine.
Alison and Emily are sitting in the DiLaurentis house talking, and Ali is drinking wine. She tells her that Charlotte lied about everything - Mary Drake, the doctors, and being friends with Jenna. Emily assures her that doesn't mean that Charlotte didn't love her, which Ali didn't believe. She even says that she didn't know Charlotte had a boyfriend or that Ali married her. Emily states that things just went to far, and Archer took matters into his own hands. Ali quickly says that she thought her and Charlotte were sisters, but yet, she wasn't her confidant or her friend she was just a stepping stone to get out of Welby. She goes on to say that her and Archer had there first kiss right where her and Emily are sitting now, on Christmas Eve. Emily listens to Alison talking about Archer and Charlotte, and when she finishes tries to go to her but Alison stops her. Em states that she doesn't have to go through this alone, and that she knows that she's upset about them giving her jacket to A.D. However, Alison says that Spencer already explained it to her. Emily then says that they are all so sorry, and that she is so sorry. Ali only says, "I know." Em says that she'll call her later before leaving.
Later, Alison is seen placing a record in the record player, and Emily comments that she loves the song. Alison states that her mom had quite the collection, and that Mary brought some down from the attic. As she speaks she starts to get emotional, and the mark on her face causes her pain. Emily asks where Mary was when she was attacked, to which Ali says that Mary was meeting with a contractor and the police confirmed it. Emily takes her hand and tells her to sit down, that she needs to rest. Ali stops her and states that she's so sorry, and that Elliot knew she'd push Emily away and make herself vulnerable. That's why he put the jacket in her room and she fell for it. Emily quickly pulls Alison in for a hug, and Ali breaks down in tears as Em holds her close.
Emily and Alison, along with the other girls, receive necklaces with their names on it as a gift from Spencer. Ali opens the check for the girls' mimosa's only to see that A.D. wrote a chilling note inside, and Emily comforts Alison. The police go by and into the elevator, and Ali asks who they're hear for. Emily goes up to see while Ali watches, and Emily returns to tell the girls that Sara Harvey is dead.
They are sitting at The Brew talking about Ezra and Aria. Ali then tells her that she's going back to Rosewood High School to teach her class, and Emily asks if she's ready. Alison states that Dr. Sullivan and the doctors at Welby have given her a clean bill of health, but Em reminds her that it's only been two weeks since Archer Dunhill and the events at Welby. Alison states that he stole all her money and that she's broke and has nothing. She has no choice but to back to teaching. Emily still isn't a fan of the idea but tells her that she'll do great and the two hug before Alison leaves for class.
After school, they meet up again at a bench outside of the church in downtown Rosewood. Emily asks how her first day went, and Ali states that there was just the usual pranks. Emily says that at least she's taught there before, and it's not like it's her first day where she decided to take a job out of the blue. Ali asks if they can skip the part where she tries to figure out what's going on and asks Emily to just tell her. Emily admits that she's thinking of applying for a coaching job at the High School, but she wasn't sure how Ali would feel about her being there with her. Ali assures her that she's fine with, and she'd actually love it. Emily has a shocked look on her face, and Ali asks if she wanted her to say she didn't want her to apply, and Emily quickly denies the claim, saying that she's not sure she actually wants to apply. Ali says that it wouldn't hurt to apply, and Em agrees. Ali goes on to say that five years ago, who would have thought they would have both ended up RHS, and Emily agrees. She then gets a text from Aria who wants to stay with Emily at Lucas' loft. She is visibly upset by the text, and Ali assures her that what Aria did with Ezra's phone wasn't her fault. Emily doesn't believe her as she thinks she planted the idea in her head, and wants to get her out of the mess since she's the one that got her into it.
Later that night, Emily and Alison are with Hanna and Spencer talking about a note that A.D. left them.
During the search to find Noel and Hanna, the Liars, police, and Paige are all gathered at Spencer's house. Ali watches Paige giving Emily coffee and some breakfast stuff. Emily brings it over to Spencer and gives her the coffee, before setting the box down and stating there's breakfast food in the box if she's hungry. Alison, who is still watching Paige, states that she couldn't be more nauseated, and Spencer takes the box away. Ali asks Emily how much longer they're going to be pent up in the house, and Emily tells her that Furey said that they can't leave until they find Noel. Alison states that it's hard enough going through all this without being gawked at, and nods towards Paige. Emily says that she invited Paige, and Alison asks why since she has nothing to do with this. Emily states that Paige is here to support everyone and that she was targeted by A once too. Alison says that it's fine, but she thinks it's pathetic that Paige is using the situation to get close to Emily. Emily rolls her eyes and Alison asks if Paige knows that Emily is dating someone. Emily tells her that things with Sabrina are on pause since she can't talk to her about everything is going on, and even though it's on the news, it's easier with Paige since she's been through it before. There is commotion with the police and Emily goes over to check it out, and Paige puts a hand on Emily's back. Ali scoffs in disgust and states that she's going to be sick before leaving the room.
That night, Emily thanks Alison for letting her crash at her house, since Hanna and Caleb needed some "alone time". Emily tells her that she can't shake the feeling that Hanna isn't telling them the truth, and that somethings in her story don't add up. As she talks, Ali slowly removes the pillows from the bed before blurting out that she's pregnant. A shocked Emily doesn't know what to say at first, before asking if she's sure. Ali says that there were two lines on the pregnancy test. A few minutes later the two are seen sitting on a stool in another room, and Alison has some tissues and is crying. She tells Emily that at first she just thought she was stressed, and that's why her period was late, and she had been late before but it was a false alarm. Em asks if it's Archer's, and Alison states, "of course!" and asks whose else it would be. She then breaks down and says that she can't believe all this happening and that she thought they were careful. Emily assures her that it's going to be okay, and Ali tearfully says that this isn't how she pictured starting a family. Em tells her that she doesn't have to make any decisions right now, and Ali says that she knows. She starts to cry as she reveals she thought her mom would be there when it happened to give her advice - even though she wasn't good at it, but at least she wouldn't be alone. Emily takes her hand and assures her that she's not alone, that she's right there no matter what she decides to do.
Later that night, the two are watching a movie on television together when Ali starts to rub her stomach, tears on her face. She looks to Emily who wipes her tears and tells her it's going to be okay. Ali then kisses her, but Emily quickly pulls away stating that she's really vulnerable at the moment, but Ali promises that isn't why and the two kiss again.
The next morning, they wake up together, fully clothed, and Ali's head is on Emily's chest. Emily goes outside when she hears arguing and finds out that it's Paige who was aruging with an officer. Paige asks if she can come inside, but Emily states that Ali's inside which causes the two to get into a fight.
Emily is in the teacher's lounge drinking coffee when Alison comes in late. Emily says that she texted her but Ali never texted her back, and the latter states that she didn't have time. Emily says that's fine and when Ali makes an appointment to go to the doctor they'll go together. However, Alison informs her that she's already been to the doctor and that's why she's late. Emily states that she promised she'd go with her and that she should have called, to which Alison says that it's her nightmare, not Em's. Emily asks how it went at the doctor's, and Alison said that it was humiliating and that she's going to have the baby of a perfect stranger. She notices Paige and asks what she's doing here, and Emily tells her that Paige is the new athletic supervisor. Alison gets annoyed and says that it's, "perfect" before snatching her bag up and heading to the door. Emily looks after her confused and calls after her, but Ali keeps walking and says that she's late before leaving.
At Ali's house, Alison comments on Paige's new position of athletic supervisor, and sarcastically asks if they created that job just for Paige. Emily responds that she doesn't think so, and Ali asks if Emily asked the school to hire Paige, to which Emily states that she didn't and that the school must have wanted both of them. Ali makes a snide remark about everybody being lucky, but Emily ignores it and asks if she's going to be okay alone that night. Ali states that it depends on what she means by okay. If pregnant, stalked, broke, and alone is okay then she's the girl for the title. Emily states that she's not alone, and Alison states that she thinks she should tell the others. Emily quickly says that she wasn't talking about them, she was talking about herself. Alison sighs and tells her that it isn't her problem, and Emily reminds her that she supports her no matter what she decides to do. Ali states that it's late and she has to get up early, and the two say goodnight before Emily leaves.
The next morning all the teachers are gathered for a meeting arranged by Paige. Alison interjects by saying that she thinks it's great what Paige is doing, and that's she serious. Most new teachers go for something safer, like a pep-rally but Paige is really pushing her personal comfort zone. Emily looks nervously at Alison as she talks, knowing that the two have bad blood. Paige tells her that it's not that big of a deal, and Ali tells her not to be modest and that some people at the table remember what she used to be like. The smile on Emily's face falls, and Ali asks Emily if she remembers. However, Emily stays quiet, but Alison continues on by asking May if she remembers when Paige was a student, and personally, she always wondering where all the aggression came from. May states that Paige had a lot of team spirit, and Alison quickly says that it was more than that, and asks Emily again for her opinion. However, Emily just sits uncomfortably in her seat. Paige then retorts that May remembers how Alison was like to and that she's pretty unforgettable. Ali thanks her by Paige quickly says that it wasn't a compliment. May recommends taking a break, and Ali states that if Paige needs a break she understands since she's probably overwhelmed. Emily snaps at her to stop it and the two exchange a look.
After school the two talk back at Ali's house, and Emily confronts her about what the whole thing with Paige was about. She reminds her that they were in a teacher's lounge, not the cafeteria before homeroom, and asks if she just has it out for Paige or wanted to punch a familiar face. Ali states that she takes it Emily and Sabrina are still on hold, and Emily quickly says that this is the side of her she hates. Whenever someone gets close to her it makes her itch so she swats people away like bugs. Alison gets upset by this and asks Emily to please just go away before turning her back on her. Emily asks if that's what she really wants, and then asks why she has to keep showing her that she loves her. Alison, who is very annoyed, states that she keeps getting mail addressed to Elliot Rollins - letters, packages, and that's what he left her with: sports catalogs and a baby. She turns to Emily and states that her life is a hot mess, to which Emily states that everyone's is. Alison sighs and says that Emily and Paige might not be together now but they were, and they have real memories. None of her memories with Archer are real, and that they're all lies. Emily nods, understanding, before asking Alison if the reason she kissed her the other night was because she wanted to, or because she didn't want her to leave. Alison states that she doesn't know, and Emily asks her not to kiss her again until she knows.
Emily enters Alison's classroom at Rosewood High School after the bell rings and has a confrontation with Addison Derringer, who missed swim practice the day before because she was "sick". The two have a confrontation and words, as Alison watches from her desk. After Addison leaves, Emily asks Alison if it's just her or if she's a lot like Ali was in High School. Alison replies that Addison's worse, and at least she looked up from her phone when she was threatening adults. Alison then asks what would happen if she has a child like Addison, or herself, and Emily asks if that means she's decided to have the baby. Ali says that she hasn't decided, she's just trying to go one day without talking about it. Emily offers to come over and bring her dinner and says that she shouldn't be alone. Ali reminds her that she isn't alone - there's a miny her waving to her from the boardgame next door scheming to make her situation worse if that's possible. Emily tucks Ali's hair behind her ear and the two hug, and Addison, who was eavesdropping on the conversation, takes a picture with her phone.
Later that day Emily goes to Alison's house and asks for the key to Spencer's barn, and tells her that Addison is another ploy sent by Jenna to destroy her and she needs to get into the barn to see the boardgame. If A.D. is behind what's happening, she needs confirmation. Alison says that she doesn't think it takes questions - it's not an Ouija Board. Emily informs her that Addison is making allegations about her being inappropriate with students, and she thinks that A.D.'s trying to wear her down to admit other things to Hackett. For example, that she missed her final and A.D. took it for her, to which Ali is surprised and asks if she's already played the game. Emily states that it wasn't a game back then, but she's pretty sure Jenna was behind that one too. Emily asks for the key again, and Ali warns her that once you let the devil in seeds start to sprout. She then reluctantly gets the key out and tells her that she's not doing it alone.
The two head to Spencer's barn to look at the game, and Emily takes her turn. Ali and Emily watch a video of Addison and her boyfriend making out when she was supposed too be too sick for practice.
Emily mentions that Alison is in New York visiting Jason to figure somethings out.
At Rosewood High School Alison walks in on a conversation between Emily and Paige and asks if she and Emily can talk since she's between classes. During this time, Paige leaves, allowing Emily to talk to Alison.
The two head into Ali's classroom, where she tells Emily that she knows keeping the secret has been hard for her, but she won't have to do it much longer, as she's made an appointment to terminate the pregnancy. Emily asks if she's sure, and Ali says that she is. That Archer manipulated her into loving him, marrying him, and when he locked her up at Welby her took away her ability to make decisions, and with the pregnancy, it feels like he's in control still. She states that she wants her life back, and Emily tells her she doesn't need to explain. Ali says that she knows, but she wanted to say it all out loud. Ali tells her that she takes her first pill at the clinic that weekend, and the second at home a few days later. Emily offers to drive her to the doctor and Alison accepts the offer and the two hug. Moments later, Marco Furey knocks on her classroom door and asks if she has a minute to talk.
When it's Ali's turn at the game she has to go to a baby store and scan items she really wants. She finishes the task and goes to the cashier to buy a bracelet. The cashier asks if she wants the other one as well, the bracelet she had made for the donor. Alison is confused and asks to see it, and is surprised when she sees that the bracelet has Emily's name on it. She finds her puzzle piece and leaves shocked and in tears.
Later that night, Emily confronts Alison about what A.D. made her do, and what she had to do to get the puzzle pieces. Alison states that she had to find out the truth - or what she thinks is the truth, about the baby. That the baby isn't hers, it's Emily's. When questioned about this, Alison states that it's from when Emily donated her eggs, and that Emily was right about A.D. stealing them. She says that whoever was doing this must have planning it for a really long time. Emily, who is in denial, says that just because A.D. told her it's true doesn't mean that it is. However, Alison says that she remembers the procedure from when she was in Welby State Psychiatric Hospital and tells Emily what she remembers. The two girls look at each other, both in tears, and Emily shocked. Later on, in the same night, Alison calls the clinic and cancels her appointment and says that she - they, just need more time to figure things out. Emily stands in the background with her arms crossed and tears in her eyes.
Ali and Emily are standing in the living room and Emily asks her what she's going to do. Alison asks if she's talking about the game, and Emily states that she's not - she's talking about the baby. Alison asks her what she would like her to do, and Emily responds that it isn't up to her. Alison asks her how she feels about it, and Emily responds that she feels angry and violated, and asks how Ali feels. Ali says that she's exhausted from how angry she is. Emily states that they don't even know it's true, and they could get a blood test to be absolutely sure, which Alison agrees to do.
Later, Alison calls Emily while the latter's at work and tells her that it's true - the baby is hers. It's both of there's, and Emily says that it wasn't just the two of them someone else was involved too. Ali states that it wasn't Dunhill, as it's the wrong blood type, and there are only a couple million other people it could be. Alison asks what she's thinking about, and Emily says that she's not thinking at all.
Later that day, the two are back at the house and Emily asks how she's doing, and she says that she's doing pretty good. Emily takes a few breaths and then tells Alison that she wants her to have the baby, and she knows she's asking her more then she has the right to ask, but she wants a chance to raise the child. Alison takes a moment to process before saying that they don't even know who the father is. Emily says that they know it isn't Archer, and whoever did this to them, she doesn't want them to win. She goes on to say that it isn't her only reason for wanting the baby, and she understands if Ali can't have the baby. However, she wants her to promise that she'll at least think about it which Alison agrees to.
That night, Alison is visited by Paige who states that she's ready to leave Rosewood - she got what she came to town for. Paige states that she knows Ali is going through a tough time, but before she goes she has to know something - if Alison loves Emily. Alison is taken aback by the question and that she's the last person to ask about love. Paige states that she's the only one that can answer the question and that Ali knows Emily loves her. Maybe she's known all along and that's what made her such a scared and terrible person. Paige continues to try and get Alison to tell the truth - not to just to her, but to herself as well. Alison says that she knows how she feels when Emily looks at her and she's never felt that with anyone before. It's like Emily can see who she really is, and maybe that's the scariest part of all. She says that when she looks at Emily's eyes she wants to be worth the effort, and wants to be the person she sees. When Paige is on her way out, she comments that Alison is going to have a beautiful baby.
The next morning, Alison is seen sitting on the floor with tears in her eyes. Emily walks in and asks her what's wrong, to which Alison says that she's thought about having the baby and what it means and what it could mean, and she's decided to have the baby. Emily asks if she's sure, and Ali states that she's not, but if Emily helps her she can do it. Emily agrees and Alison says that it's settled and she'll do it. Emily corrects her by saying they'll do it - together, and thanks her as she hugs her. Alison, in turn, thanks Emily for trusting her and the two sit on the floor together holding hands.
Emily, who is covering Ali's eyes, leads her into a room. Ali informs her that it really isn't helping her nausea, and Emily apologizes and takes her hand telling her she can look now. The room is revealed to be a nursery in progress in Ali's old room. Ali asks when she did it, and Em nervously responds that she knows it's early and it won't be a permanent situation, but while the baby is here he or she should have a room. Ali tells her to stop, and that the room is great and that she and the baby can stay for as long as they want, and that it just makes sense - at least for a little while. Ali goes over to some boxes and asks where Emily found all this, and she tells her that she found it in the attic. Emily also apologizes for not asking first, but the week before was so crazy that she just wanted to put her energy into something positive. They look at some of the items in the boxes, and Emily tells Alison that Jessica saved a lot, and packed everything in tissue paper - even baby clothes. Ali smiles and states that for her all her mom's faults, she did have good taste.The next day, Emily walks into the kitchen and greets Alison who asks if they are carpooling, and she thought it was Em's day off, and she responds that it is. However, her mom was away from the house so she went over and got a mobile for the baby's crib. Alison remarks that it's cute as she packs her bags and gets ready to leave. She puts something in her bag that isn't seen clearly, and Emily states that it's not real food and to give her five minutes so she can make her something. Alison tells her that she can't, she's running late. Emily looks at the vitamins on the counter and notices that they still aren't open, and questions her about them. Alison apologizes and says that she keeps forgetting to take them, and Em states that they're important and that she should set an alarm on her phone - and one for breakfast too. Ali states that Emily's grumpy, but the latter denies the claim stating that she can't believe that Ali's already flaking out on her. Alison looks up surprised and a little hurt and questions her claim. Em retorts that Alison says she wants to do things but then just ends up bailing. Alison tells her to get a grip, they're just vitamins. Emily informs her that it's not about the vitamins and that she's looking down the road and what she sees is Alison tossing her the baby and running off to Paris. Alison takes the bottle from her and takes one of the vitamins asking her if she's happy now. She also states that she knew pregnancy would come with crazy mood swings, she just didn't know they'd be Emily's. She then leaves for work.
The same night at the school, the pair is waiting for A.D. to show up and take a package out of a locker and things are clearly still awkward. Emily sighs and states that she's sorry about what happened that morning and that she's just scared she won't be able to do this. Alison says that she's scared to, but mostly because she feels like Emily's testing her, and even though she doesn't know what the tests are she knows that she's failing them. Suddenly, they are interrupted by what they believe is A.D. and run down the hallway after the person. Ali turns a corner but Emily hears a noise and runs the other way, shouting for Ali to follow her. There are a loud thump and a yell, and a terrified Emily runs over to Alison only to find her laying at the bottom of a flight of steps. She asks if she's okay, and Alison says that she is and someone knocked her down and that they moved past her to fast so she couldn't see who it was. Emily tells her to forget about the package and A.D., and that she's taking her home.
Back at the house, Aria is destroying the nursery per A.D.'s request when Ali and Emily arrive home and hear the banging. Emily grabs a candlestick on her way out of the room and looks back at Ali one last time before heading upstairs. She sees that the door to the nursery is open, but whoever it was is gone now.
Later that night, the pair is in the nursery packing up and talking about the confrontation with Lucas Gottesman earlier that night, and the fact that Emily almost used a pottery barn candlestick as a weapon. Emily says that she doesn't know why she thought she had to protect her since Ali's basically the strongest person she knows. Ali states that Emily's always protected her and ever since they met she knew she could count on her. Emily asks why Alison always pushed her away, and the latter states that she doesn't know but she's ready to stop. She states that she wants to do this together, and Emily asks her what she means by together and Ali responds that she wants to be a family. Emily starts to say that she needs to be clear about something, but Alison interrupts her. She states that over the years she's been in so many failed relationships and she always made excuses why, but she knows the real reason and that Paige tried to get her to say it but she didn't want to say it to her. Emily asks what Paige did, but Alison quickly interrupts her and says, "I love you", for the first time. She then says that Emily told her not to do this until she was ready, and brushes a strand of Emily's hair away from her face before kissing her.
Emily is seen walking in the DiLaurentis House while talking to Ali, and tells her to call her before she goes to sleep and to tell Jason she said hi. Mona tells Emily to make sure Ali takes her pholbic acid, and Emily tells Ali that the voice she heard was Mona and she said something about acid. They say goodnight, and Ali presumably says "I love you", but Emily just says "me to", as she doesn't want to say "I love you" in front of Mona and hangs up the phone. Mona states that Em can say I love in front of her, that it hasn't been a secret since they were in brownies together. They exchange some words and Mona tells her that she found out who the doctor was that did Alison's procedure, per Emily's request, and asks if she wants to know who it is. Since that person bankrolled it and could be her baby-daddy - she also remarks that it still takes two to make a baby. Mona and Emily then spend the next day searching down clues for who could be the father of her and Ali's baby, only to find out that the doctor didn't know who it was - it was an anonymous donor.
Emily brings Alison a mug of something and the couple sits on the couch together and drinks. Alison apologizes for all the tossing and turning the night before, and Emily states that it's fine, and considering what's going on in their lives it's amazing either of them can get any sleep. She tucks a lock of Ali's hair behind her ear and states that she's so beautiful in the morning, and the two kiss. She then seductively says that just because they had a bad night doesn't mean they can't have a good morning. They both smile before heading to the bedroom where Ali is seen unzipping Emily's sweatshirt. However, she stops when she sees the game which is suddenly on their bed, and Emily asks when Ali moved the game into the bedroom. Alison states that she didn't and the couple realizes that there's a new puzzle piece, and Emily states that someone was in their house and might still be there. Seconds later, a police siren is heard followed by a knock on the door. Emily leaves to answer it.
Alison exits the bedroom to see the police in the house with boxes and asks what is going on, and Emily informs her that they have a search warrant. An officer informs another to check the bedrooms, and the couple exchanges a nervous glance, knowing that the game is in their room. Alison goes to leave, but the officer makes her stay in the living room. Hanna calls Emily and informs her that the police have been to all of their houses, but their phones are quickly confiscated. An officer goes to their bedroom and Ali follows, only to discover that the game is gone.
Later, the Liars are having a meeting and Emily tells them all that she knows that everyone is cranky but they have to stay focused. She goes on to say that she and Ali are as freaked out as the rest of them, maybe even more considering A.D. was probably watching them sleep last night. She quickly realizes what she said and everyone looks at her in surprise. Hanna asks if they're together, and they both awkwardly don't answer, and Hanna states that it's about time. They are quickly distracted by the game going off in another room.
That night, Emily and Alison are seen walking through the woods, and Emily states that she has no idea where they're going. Alison sarcastically informs her that's why it's called a surprise, and they both chuckle. Emily says that being out in the woods has given her a chance to think, and maybe they should get out of Rosewood while they still can. That it could be an adventure - raising a child on their own, not knowing anybody. They stop walking and turn to face each other. Ali informs her that her leaving, them escaping, it's just a dream. Emily asks if Rosewood is a place where dreams go to die, and Ali states that not all of them. She then takes her by the hand and leads her to a clearing, where The Kissing Rock is. There are candles and everything for a picnic.
Ali states that she had a dream of them being at the Kissing Rock. Emily is shocked to see everything that Alison has put together, and comments that it's beautiful. Alison sits on a blanket and extends a hand to Emily who takes it. She says that if this is their last chance at freedom, they should make the most of it. They kiss before undressing and laying on the blanket and proceeding to have sex.
Emily and Alison are in the DiLaurentis House, and Emily walks over to the couch from the window and tells Ali that it was just another police car. Alison comments that it's the third one in an hour, and Emily states that they're watching them and Ali responds that the police don't care that they know it. Alison takes a breath and says that Ezra was right, they should be out looking for Aria, but Emily quickly shuts down the idea by saying that Ali's safer at the house. Alison pauses before asking that if they get arrested, what will happen to the baby, and Em tells her not to think about that. However, Alison states that they're going to take him or her away and what happened to Charlotte is just going to happen again. Instead of the baby having a family, it's going to be homes and hospital and institutions. Emily puts a hand on Ali's knee and tells her that they won't let that happen, and Alison states that they're not going to be able to stop it. Emily states that she took her so long to finally get to a good place with her, and she's not going lose everything now. She promises Ali that she won't let them hurt her, and the two kiss before snuggling up on the couch. Unbeknownst to them, a gas pipe is open which causes them to fall asleep.
Emily has a dream that Alison is writing all her different names on the chalkboard of her classroom at Rosewood High School. Among those names are, "Alison DiLaurentis-Fields" and "Mrs. Rollins". The Liars burst into the room and Emily tells her they have to go and they came back for her and to move it. Whoever is there has already arrived, and Emily along with the other Liars stack desks and chairs against the door in an attempt to stop whoever is coming from getting inside the room. A terrified Alison moves her back against a wall, only for a hand to punch through it and grab her, causing Emily to scream in horror.
Moments later, Emily falls off the couch and wakes up from her dream. She then wakes up Alison who also fell asleep and informs her that they both must have fallen asleep. Ali asks how that's possible, and Emily responds that she's not sure but they did. Seconds later, the game goes off which is now on their kitchen table. They walk up to the game and Alison asks her to please turn it off, and Emily does. The two then look down in horror at the game. There is a bang on the door, and the couple thinks it's the police. However, it's just Aria.
Later, after being caught trying to dig up Archer Dunhill's grave and being taken to the police station, they watch Mary Drake give her statement about killing Archer Dunhill. Mary also confesses to killing Jessica DiLaurentis, which causes Ali to cry and Emily to comfort her. The Liars are then allowed to go free, as Lt. Tanner now has Mary Drake for the murder of both Archer Dunhill and Jessica DiLaurentis.
The episode starts off one year later, and Emily is seen in the kitchen attempting to feed peas to the twins, Lily and Grace. However, both twins are very uninterested in the peas, although Lily does try them. Alison enters the kitchen and watches them interact with a smile on her face for a few moments before Emily realizes she's there. The couple greets each other by saying, "Hi", before Emily asks her to pick up Lily. Alison happily agrees and picks up Lily, and reminds Emily that she can't stay long - she has a meeting with Mrs. Gerstenplat. Alison kisses the babies before handing Lily to Emily, and giving the latter a kiss and saying "I love you", to which Emily says it back. Emily then walks out of the kitchen with the kids while Alison watches happily.
Later, Alison is seen at the Radley meeting with Pam Fields, Emily's mom. Pam asks if Emily knows that Ali's here, and Ali says that she doesn't - but she hates lying to her. Pam assures Ali that Emily will find out soon enough. Pam goes on to say that Alison is giving her peace of mind just knowing that Emily will be taken care of, and Alison takes Pam's hand and promises that she will always be there for Emily. Pam then thanks her.
After Alison's class is over, she has words with Addison Derringer, moments before Emily meets up with her. Emily asks her how her meeting with the teacher went, and Ali lies stating that she had to reschedule. The two then look at Addison who is with her group of friends, and Alison says that between the two of them, they have to know someone who knows someone who can take care of her. Emily wrinkles her brow and looks to Ali, who is watching Addi. A girl opens up her locker to find a doll that looks just like her with a knife through its heart, and Emily quickly notices that the girl is upset. Emily and Alison walk over, and Emily asks the girl, Claire, if she's okay. Claire quickly says that she's fine, and Alison asks if Addison is bullying her. Claire states that it's fine and she's late for class. Emily and Ali exchange a look and Jenna walks down the hallway and has words with Addison before continuing on. She makes a comment to Ali about her being the mean girl once. Alison smirks and tells Emily that she's sure Jenna makes a kick-ass life skills teacher, but she still gives her the creeps.
At Ezra and Aria's bachelor and bachelorette party at the now renovated Lost Woods Resort, Ezra remarks that he doesn't think marriage will be that hard. Emily quickly says that's just because the couple hasn't had kids yet, and that this is Alison and her's first night out in months. Alison agrees and says that is exactly why they should go back to their room. Emily smiles a little surprised and takes Alison's hand, and the two say goodnight to the group before excitedly leaving the party, the rest of the group watching them go.
They are seen together again in bed, naked and making out. Alison pulls away from Emily, who asks if everything is okay. Ali asks Emily if she knows she's there for her, and Emily is taken aback by the question and questions where this is coming from. Ali goes on to say that she wants Emily to know that she always has a family, no matter what. Emily asks why she's getting so sentimental all the sudden, and Alison says that she's right and she'll stop. Emily smiles and says that she's trying to create a vibe that is definitely not sweet. The couple smiles before kissing again, and proceeding to have sex.
At Ezra and Aria's rehearsal dinner, Emily sees Pam give something Alison and then Ali slip it into her purse. She watches curiously and starts to walk over when Pam and Ali leave. Back at the house, Alison and Emily are in their pajama's cleaning up baby toys. Ali asks Emily if the girls are still sleeping to which she curtly responds, "yeah". Alison states that Emily hasn't said more than two words to her that night, and Emily sarcastically responds, "that's not true" and continues cleaning up. Ali retorts that either she's entering a vegetative state, or she's pissed at her. Emily takes a breath before stating that she saw Ali and her mom at the party whispering, and asks what they were talking about. Alison tries to lie, but Emily continues pressuring her by saying that she saw Pam put something in Ali's purse and asks what it was. Alison lies and says that it was probably breath mints and that Pam is very passive aggressive. Emily doesn't believe this and says that Pam didn't talk to her all night and that they aren't going to sleep until Alison tells her what's in the purse.
Alison sighs heavily and tells Em to remind her never to throw her a surprise party. She opens the purse and takes out a red box and opens it, showing Emily that it's a ring. Emily is surprised to see that it's her grandmother's ring. Alison states that she had a whole romantic proposal planned out that didn't involve a pug sweatshirt, so she'll just have to wing it. Emily asks if Alison was going to propose to her, and Ali takes the box back and chuckles saying that she's still trying to. She says that when she was at her lowest she loved her, no matter what and saw a beautiful soul beneath an ugly surface. She states that Emily makes the world a better place and she makes her a better woman because she searched for one. She asks if Emily promises to do that for the rest of their lives, and Emily tearfully agrees. They say "I love you" before kissing happily, now engaged.
Later, Alison and Emily are seen talking to Officer Maple who informs them that Mary Drake escaped last night from prison. The couple is shocked to learn this, and he tells them that if Mary does try to reach out to them to contact the police. Alison interrupts him and asks if this is a joke and states tearfully that their friend is getting married that day and that this can't be happening. Emily puts her arm around Alison and comforts her, before telling the officer that if Mary does try to contact them they'll let him know immediately. He tells them that they should know that Mary probably isn't alone since she needed help to get out and that they and their friends should stay vigilant.
- Started: The Perfect Storm (1x09) - Flashback
- Reason: The Liars wait in the library before the exam, and Emily gets a text from "A" that sends her on a hunt for the book "Great Expectations" in the library. Seeing the book makes her flashback to when Alison had been reading the same novel one day alone in the library.
- Started: Over My Dead Body (2x12)
- Reason: Emily is trapped in a barn due to "A". Someone drags her out, and Emily, on the brink of death having inhaled dangerous fumes, hallucinates that she sees Alison. Alison says that it's good to see her again and that she misses her the most. It has since been revealed that Emily did not hallucinate Alison, and Alison did, in fact, drag Emily from the barn.
- Started: Miss Me x 100 (5x05)
- Reason: In Alison's bedroom, Emily asks if Alison is sleeping. Rolling over to face the center of the bed, the girls stare at each other before Emily leans in for a kiss, which leads to another, and another.
- Ended: Miss Me x 100
- Reason: Emily finds out that Alison lied about slapping Mona. In Emily's bedroom, Alison tries to kiss her, but Emily moves away and tells Alison that a kiss is not going to fix this.
- Started: The DArkest Knight (7x10)
- Reason: Alison confides in Emily over the fact she is pregnant. Later that night, they are on the couch. Alison starts crying and Emily tells her everything will be okay. Alison leans over and kisses Emily, in which Emily says that Alison is vulnerable. Alison tells her that's not why she's kissed her, and then leans in to kiss her again They continue to kiss and end up falling asleep on the couch.
- Started: The Glove That Rocks the Cradle (7x16)
- Reason: Alison and Emily have a talk in the baby's nursery, where Emily says that Alison is the strongest woman she knows but doesn't get why Alison always keeps pushing her away. Alison responds that she doesn't know either but that she's ready to stop. She tells Emily that she wants to become a family. Emily doesn't understand it and Alison tells her that over the years she's been in many failed relationships and that the reason why they failed is that she loves Emily. This is the first time Alison says 'I love you' to Emily. With Alison finally admitting her feelings, they come together.
- Started: Prior to 'Til Death Do Us Part (7x20)
- Reason: Alison gave birth to her and Emily's daughters in the time jump in the series finale 7x20. The first time we see them as parents, Alison and Emily are proud and happy moms to two beautiful twin girls. They are a very loving and happy family.
- Started: 'Til Death Do Us Part (7x20)
- Reason: Alison is in love with Emily and knows she wants to spend the rest of her life with her. She wants Emily to know she will always be there for her and that she will always have a family. It's clear that Emily and Alison are the happiest together and they love each other more than anything. So when Alison proposes, Emily, of course, says "yes".
- Emily loved Alison before she went missing and believed that Alison didn't feel the same way. Alison broke Emily's heart when she said that when she kissed Emily, it was practice for kissing boys later on. Despite this, Alison told Spencer in Radley that "Practice is better than the real thing". However, in Miss Me x 100, Alison apologized for making Emily think that she didn't feel the same way about her, stating those kisses weren't just for practice. Making it clear that Alison has had feelings for Emily too.
- Alison refers to Emily as "Girl Crush" in her diary, hinting that she had feelings for Emily while she was away.
- Alison also wrote a poem or entry in her diary called "Mermaid" where she refers to Emily as "her beautiful mermaid".
- During Season 1, Emily wore the friendship bracelet that Alison gave her every episode; even while she was dating Maya. Emily was last seen wearing it in "A Person of Interest." She took it off when she began seeing Paige.
- Out of the four other liars, Alison was always the closest with Emily.
- Alison and Emily had two daughters during the time jump in "'Til Death Do Us Part", Grace DiLaurentis-Fields and Lily DiLaurentis-Fields.
- Alison proposed to Emily with Em's grandmother's ring. Alison also did this with the help of Emily's mom, Pam. However, the super-romantic proposal she had planned never got to happen. Instead, she proposed in the living room of their house.
- I. Marlene King has stated that she always took fan opinons into account when thinking about Emison and their fate.