|“||...I want you in my life, Aria, for the rest of my life...||”|
|“||It's too hard to sit in this room every day and call you Mr. Fitz. Okay, I can't pretend like I don't know you.||”|
In the "Pilot," Ezra meets Aria at a bar. The two start talking about college, traveling, writing and music, hitting it off right away. Ezra mentions that he begins his first teaching job soon. Aria lets Ezra believe she is a college student thinking of majoring in English. They go to the bar bathroom and make out next to the sink.
The next day, they are both shocked to find that Ezra is Aria's English teacher. The whole class stares at Aria wondering why Mr. Fitz reacted so strangely to seeing her. When they get a chance to speak privately, Ezra expresses that he felt Aria was dishonest, but Aria clarifies that she chose her words carefully and didn't lie. She says nothing has changed and touches his hand, but he says even though she's amazing, things have changed and leaves the room.
They see each other at the church for Alison's funeral. He apologizes for being a jerk and Aria says goodbye, thinking this is the end of something that never really began, but as she turns to walk away, he grabs her arm and kisses her.
In "The Jenna Thing," Aria asks Mr. Fitz to sign the slip giving her permission to transfer out of his class. He tries to persuade her to stay, stating that he can keep his feelings in check, but the problem is she can't. He signs the slip for her. When the request is denied by the school, they glance at each other longingly realizing the only chance they had to be together just slipped through their fingers.
Aria runs into Mr. Fitz outside the movie theatre where she is seeing It Happened One Night with her mom. Ella invites Mr. Fitz to join them. They sit next to each other uncomfortably for the duration of the film. Later, Ezra sees Aria walking home during a rainstorm. He pulls up next to her and opens the passenger side door. He drives to a secluded street and they give in to their feelings once again.
In "To Kill a Mocking Girl," Aria slips into Ezra's classroom between classes to ask what his plans are for the weekend. She suggests attending an opening at her mom's gallery, but he thinks it's a bad idea. She suggests meeting up afterward; she can tell her parents she's attending Noel Kahn's party. Ezra suggests she actually go to the party so her friends don't think she is losing interest in them. She touches his hand for a moment and they don't speak until another teacher walks in the room. Flustered, they pretend Aria was there to talk about a homework assignment and she leaves. After a distressing encounter with Meredith at her mom's gallery, Aria shows up to Ezra's apartment. He gives her a much-needed hug.
In "Can You Hear Me Now?," Aria and her friends spot Mr. Fitz riding his bike through town. She later mentions to him that her friends thought he had nice legs and that she felt embarrassed and awkward. He invites her to dinner at his place to talk and she accepts. Dinner doesn't go quite as planned, though. They argue about Aria's way of dealing with the troubles in her parents' relationship. She accuses him of looking at her as a child and leaves.
The tension is evident in the classroom the next day when Mr. Fitz defends Aria's opinion related to the assigned reading to a student (Sperling) who disagrees with Aria, unprofessionally accusing him of not having attempted to understand the book. Later, at his apartment, Aria calls Ezra out on such unacceptable behavior, and he agrees it was not his finest hour. The two talk over leftovers. Aria leaves when she realizes she has to talk to her mom despite Ezra's desire for her to stay.
In "Reality Bites Me," Ezra invites Aria to a poetry reading, where he will be showing off his work. There, Aria meets Hardy, who can tell that she is there to support Ezra. Aria explains that she is his student. After his piece, Ezra is surprised to find that his old college friend Hardy in attendance. The three then hang out playing darts, eating French fries, and sharing college stories with Aria. Hardy is quick to pick up on Aria and Ezra’s scandalous relationship, warning Ezra that it could bring him more harm than good down the line.
Later, Ezra takes Hardy's comments to heart; he mocks Aria that she will find out what college guys are like when she gets to college after she asks if all college guys are like Hardy. They discuss their relationship, whether it is right or wrong and if it should continue. Aria convinces Ezra that when they're alone with no one to judge, it feels right. Ezra asks her to stay, but Aria has to get home, promising to cook him dinner tomorrow night. When she shows up at his door with groceries in hand, Aria learns that she accidentally left her phone there overnight, and he intercepted a message from "A." Assuming it’s a friend of Aria’s she confided in about their affair, he quickly puts an end to their relationship without allowing for an explanation.
In "There's No Place Like Homecoming," Aria is depressed over the breakup. Her friends come over to cheer her up, thinking she is depressed because her parents are fighting. She tries to talk to Ezra in the halls at school, but he brushes her off, late for a staff meeting. At the dance, Aria is assigned to the same booth Ezra is working. She tells him again that she did not tell anyone about them and that "A" is not a friend; that someone is messing with her. She nearly tells him about The Jenna Thing, but stops because it's not only her secret to share. When given the opportunity to leave the booth, she takes it.
Later, Ezra sees Aria dancing with Sean and walks away looking disappointed. She spots him and follows after him down the hall away from the dance. She tells him that she knows it's over, but she can't stand the idea of him hating her. Ezra says he could never hate her. He regrets not being able to take her on real dates in public and is afraid he's asking too much of her. He admits to only coming tonight in hopes of seeing her. Things are left unresolved as they go their separate ways.
When flowers are delivered to Aria in "The Homecoming Hangover," she hopes they are from Ezra and is disappointed and a bit perturbed they are from Sean. Aria tries to get a hold of Ezra many times, but he is unreachable. She tries his cell and house phone, asks the substitute when he might be back and even goes to his apartment to check on him. She uses the key under the mat to get inside just in time to hear a message from a school in New York confirming a job interview. She sulks in her room reading a book he inscribed for her.
Ezra is nowhere to be found in "Please, Do Talk About Me When I'm Gone," but Aria still thinks about him every moment. Hanna convinces her to go on a double date with her, Sean, and Noel Kahn, a guy Aria had a crush on years ago. Noel asks her about the boy back in Iceland Hanna filled him in on. Aria explains that she is still hung up on him, meaning Ezra, and is hoping things will work out, even though it doesn't seem likely at this point.
Aria has been getting closer to Noel lately. She turns down his offer for a date in "The Perfect Storm," but still sneaks away from the SAT with him to the music room where they almost kiss. Ezra returns from his trip to New York at this exact moment, soaking wet from being in the rain and looking dejected at the sight of Aria with Noel. They speak privately for a few moments. He explains he went to New York to deal with his "issues" and had time to think about the consequences of their relationship. He says things need to change. Aria says they already have and walks out holding back tears. Later, Ezra chats with Ella in a school storage closet. She says she is glad Aria has an adult in her life she can admire, causing Ezra to reevaluate his feelings once again.
In "Keep Your Friends Close," Ezra watches Aria talk to then kiss Noel. He asks if Noel plays football and Aria starts defending Noel, saying he's really smart and loves old movies. Ezra says she is entitled to be with whoever she wants to be with, but he is clearly not thrilled seeing her with someone else. "A" leaves a gift in Aria's locker - a book of poems with a note to read page 22. It is a poem by Ezra entitled B-26, referring to the song on the jukebox playing the day he and Aria met. She reads it with tears in her eyes then heads straight to Ezra's classroom to confront him about it. She is sick of his mixed signals and angry with him for letting her believe he didn't love her. He tries to tell her he was trying to do the right thing, but she won't have it. Noel catches the tail end of their conversation and asks what's going on. Aria says absolutely nothing is going on and walks out. Ezra asks if Noel has something to say to him realizing they are probably caught. Noel walks away and Ezra, in a moment of high emotion and frustration, throws the book of poems across the room.
While Aria is at Mona's birthday party, Ezra texts her, "I need to see you." He pulls up in the woods and Aria gets in his car. He tries to explain why he was looking for a new job. It wasn't to leave her, it was to make it possible for them to be together. When he saw her with Noel, he decided to let it be and give her a chance at a normal relationship. She calls him a jerk and tells him off for making decisions that weren't his to make. He asks her to forgive him. She refuses. He gets closer and asks again. She can't resist him any longer and the two kiss passionately. Little do they know, someone is watching.
The next day, in "Moments Later," Aria meets Ezra outside his apartment. He spotted the writing on the back of his car that morning and is understandably concerned someone saw them together last night. Aria insists it doesn't mean anything and wipes the writing away with her shirt sleeve. Later, Aria waits for him in his empty classroom. He agrees the writing on the window was probably nothing. They talk about their complicated relationship and discuss whether it would be better had they never seen each other in the bar that first day. Aria admits he makes her miserable sometimes, but not unhappy, and she would not go back and change things if she had the opportunity. He agrees. Ezra wants them to "move forward, together."
In "Salt Meets Wound," Aria admits she knows who is responsible for writing on the car - Noel Kahn. She tells Ezra Noel promised not to say anything about what he saw. However, later that day, Noel tries to extort a higher grade on his essay out of Mr. Fitz, threatening to get the principal involved if he doesn't change the grade from a C to an A. When Ezra next sees Aria, he tells her Noel doesn't seem to be keeping his promise. While discussing this, Jenna enters the room, needing a signature on an absence card. On her way out she says, "sorry to interrupt," as if she may have heard.
Noel threatens Mr. Fitz to change his grade again in "Know Your Frenemies." Noel comes this close to exposing his relationship with Aria until Mr. Fitz seems to give in, but when he returns to pick up his A paper, he finds it is still a C and makes it clear he will follow through with his threat. Noel mentions to Mike that he saw Mr. Fitz with a student and will be telling the principal tomorrow. Mike relays this information over the dinner table, freaking out Aria, who nearly exposes her secret with her dad standing right there.
She drives straight to Ezra's apartment and finds him drinking and looking disheveled. She insists on knowing what happened today. Ezra clasps her hands and says he refuses to change Noel's grade, but whatever happens tomorrow, she has to know how he feels about her. "Even though this doesn't look right, it has always felt right." Aria touches tenderly touches his face and says, "I love you," then softly kisses him. Later, she calls home and lies about spending the night at Spencer's. He lights a candle and she leans on him on the sofa, both hoping this isn't the last time they'll hold each other.
The next day, Ezra stands in his empty classroom preparing to resign. He exchanges a wistful look with Aria while walking down the hall. The principal, along with a security guard, is escorting Noel to his locker where the stolen answers to 3 midterms are found. Ezra looks beyond relieved and ducks out just before Aria and the girls receive texts from A, taking credit for setting Noel up. Aria is overjoyed, and strangely grateful to A for saving her relationship.
Aria's old babysitter, and published author, Simone, comes to Rosewood for a visit in "Careful What U Wish 4." Ella arranges for her to talk to the English classes at Rosewood high. Ella also arranges for her to have coffee with Ezra because he is "very single and very handsome." Aria doesn't love the idea, but she can't exactly object. She arrives unannounced to his apartment on a Saturday morning, with coffee and pastries, and finds Ezra reading Simone's short story. He is happy to see her, but distracted because it is almost noon and he has to meet Simone. Aria offers to stick around, but he basically pushes her out the door, making sure she leaves first so no one sees them together.
At the dance-a-thon, Simone and Ezra chat by the coat room. Aria walks up and Simone tells an embarrassing story about how Aria used to sleep with a cookie monster doll. Later, Aria sees them together again, this time on the dance floor, and jealousy takes over. She marches up to them and demands, "We have to talk." Spencer sees what is happening and intervenes, asking Mr. Fitz to dance, giving Aria a chance to cool off.
Outside, in the parking lot, Aria says that Ezra would be better off with Simone, who is smart, pretty, and accomplished, and sheds a tear. Ezra replies, saying that he is in love with someone already, meaning Aria. He moves in to kiss her, but backs up, knowing that anybody could see them in the school parking lot.
In "If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again," under the guise of asking him to "look over her assignment," Aria seductively confronts Ezra with two tickets to a gallery exhibit in Philadelphia tomorrow night. "A" intercepts the information and gives Hanna a ticket to pass along to Ella to ensure Aria and Ezra get caught. Reluctantly, Hanna complies. When Aria goes to Ezra's apartment, decked out in heels and a red dress, ready for their date, she can't find him. Then Ezra pulls up in a limo, commenting on how good she looks and why a limo is much better than the train. The driver opens the door for Aria allowing her to get close to Ezra in the backseat. The two spend a romantic outing in Philadelphia, pleased they don't have to conceal their kisses and hand holding in public. The next day, Aria tells Hanna it was one of the best nights of her life. Evidently, Ella never made it to the opening.
Parent-teacher conferences take place in "The New Normal." Aria tells Ezra he has nothing to worry about meeting her dad even though he is worried about the complexity of the situation. His meeting with Byron does not go well because Byron is under the impression Ezra may be interested in his wife. (Little does he know...) Ezra tells Aria he is sure her father hates him. Either that, or he's crazy. Another day, Ezra and Aria are alone in his apartment fooling around when Byron's voice comes over the answering machine, apologizing for the way he acted, inviting Ezra out for a beer, and decidedly killing the mood.
In "The Badass Seed," Aria ambushes Ezra with the idea of making her stage manager for the school play he is directing, called "The Bad Seed." Though initially uncertain, he is powerless against her persuasive arguments and agrees. He is also unsure about making plans with her father. She, however, likes the idea of them getting to know one another, hoping her dad sees how special he is. Aria mentions how she'd like her friends to see how special he is as well, lying that she hasn't told them about their relationship. He says they like him just fine; as a matter of fact, he just cast them in the play. Aria is excited she will get to spend so much time with him on and off-campus working on the play. Aria is a little too eager to help though, and slips up, calling him "Ezra" in front of everyone. She realizes her mistake and hopes no one picks up on it, but it's clear they do. This makes Ezra understandably edgy about their relationship.
In that same episode, Ezra goes for drinks with Byron. There Byron mentions that Aria is already "applying to colleges in California," giving Ezra pause, and that Ezra should consider teaching at the college level where he would have more time for his writing. Later, Aria asks how the get-together with her dad went. He mentions how Byron might try to get him a job at Hollis College. Aria doesn't see the need for Ezra to get a new job. He mentions eventually he will want to move on, just like she will.
Tensions rise when a conflict over scheduling causes Aria to admit becoming stage manager was not the best idea. She offers to find a replacement. Then they delve deeper into Ezra's comments earlier about leaving Rosewood. He says that their futures may not be linked, causing Aria to step back, bewildered. She explains she was only looking at one college in California, in Ezra's favorite city, where they could move together. She expects them to have a future, while Ezra is not as certain. She stops by his place later to make her feelings known - the future is uncertain, so they should enjoy what they have now. He seems to agree with the sentiment.
In "A Person of Interest," Aria walks in on Ezra talking to Jenna about a short story she is entering into a writing competition. Aria pretends not to know much about the incident which caused her blindness. She arranges to meet him at his place later to cook. When he arrives, Aria has already prepared dinner and is wearing a knockout purple dress which causes him to say, "Wow." He mentions why he was late and how he can't stop thinking about Jenna's story, which makes Aria uncomfortable and jumpy. She asks him to change the subject.
Aria talks to Emily who encourages her to tell Fitz the truth about The Jenna Thing if she trusts him. After two hours of pacing his block, she finally builds up enough courage to go talk to him. Tears trickle down her face while she explains that he may never look at her the same way again once she says what she's about to say. She tearfully tells him everything and, afterwards, thanks him for looking at her the same way he did yesterday. He says nothing she just said changes anything; he still loves her.
In "Someone to Watch Over Me," Aria accidentally sends a text meant for Ezra to her mom. Knowing Ella is watching, and that the cops might be searching her room, she gathers up all the mementos of her relationship with Ezra (except a book he inscribed to her - it's too special), and gives them to Emily for safekeeping. She doesn't tell him about the close call.
In "Monsters in the End," Aria catches up with Ezra in the hall to ask him about their plans for the upcoming Founder's Day Festival. Just then, Aria spots Ella walking by, so she purposefully knocks the coffee out of his hand and ducks down to avoid being seen. Both bending down to clean up the mess, she is able to (somewhat) discreetly whisper an invitation to Ezra to a quiet weekend together instead of going to the festival, but he does not answer definitively.
Later, Aria finds out that Ezra has an ex-fiancée named Jackie Molina, having seen a picture of the two of them on his laptop. Aria is quite shocked by the photo and thinks he may be leading a double, er, triple life. She asks her friends for advice, and almost gives in to stalking Jackie online, but instead decides to be direct and ask him about it. She feels that he knows everything about her, but he hasn't shared as much about himself. Ezra explains that yes, he was once engaged. They dated throughout college, he proposed in Italy, she accepted, but later broke it off. Aria is not thrilled to hear he wasn't the one to break it off, realizing they could easily be married right now. Ezra reassures her that Jackie is his past and she is his present. This seems to satisfy her and they continue their movie marathon.
Later, Aria decides to have some fun. She drew faces on some paper bags and has them wear them over their heads to pose for a photo. They, of course, cannot take real photos together, in case they were found. Aria gets a text from Emily and leaves in a hurry. We see Officer Garrett standing outside Ezra's door, probably seeing Aria exiting his apartment. He knocks on the door and asks to come in, spying the paper bags and a girl's scarf strewn on the sofa. The episode then ends with Garret saying "I'd like to talk to you about one of your students." We then see an unknown person take the spare key to his house from under his welcome mat. Could this be the end of Ezria?
In "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Aria gets 10 text messages from Ezra saying that a cop was at his house and he needs to talk to her. Aria anxiously rushes to school to find out what's going on, fearing the worst when he says he just met with the principal. Smiling, he says he just turned in his resignation because "Hollis offered me the job." Aria punches him in the shoulder because she was certain they'd been caught. Ezra apologizes, explaining the cop was there to ask about Spencer, the trophy, props, etc. The real news is how happy he is he and Aria will be able to be seen out in public together, at a coffee shop, or a poetry reading - they don't always have to be looking over their shoulder anymore. He informs her that he'll be attending the faculty mixer at her house tonight. She offers to give him the tour, suggestively offering to show him her room.
At the mixer, Aria answers the door to face none other than Ezra's ex-fiancée, Jackie Molina, who explains that she works at Hollis. Aria, taken by surprise, leaves Jackie standing at the door and storms off. Ezra spots her leave and sees Jackie at the door, realizing why Aria might be upset. Alone in her room, she tells him that she can't help but think that he still has feelings for Jackie. Ezra says that he didn't know she would be there; he hasn't seen her since last summer and she was just a TA back then. Aria points out that up until then, Ezra was the only guy who had never lied to her. Disheartened, Aria leaves him standing in her bedroom, speechless.
|“||I'm in love with your daughter. I love Aria.||”|
Noel has returned in "It's Alive," much to all the Pretty Little Liars' chagrin. After the Pretty Little Liars return to school after the Ian-church bell incident, Ezra beckons Aria to speak privately in the classroom. He checks if Aria is alright and if she wants to talk about it, but she is uncommunicative. He tells her nothing has changed, he is here for her and still loves her. Ezra tries to apologize about Jackie, but Aria is mostly unresponsive. He asks if they are over, and Aria can't manage more than a "I don't know..." She leaves the room and he looks very upset.
That day after school, Aria does decide to make an appearance at Ezra’s place. There, shirtless Ezra assures Aria he believes she and her friends are telling the truth about the Ian incident. He offers his support to Aria. She says she feels like things have changed. Ezra says she can ask him anything and Aria is curious to hear more details about Jackie. He tells her Jackie wasn't ready for a commitment and assures Aria that she is not a rebound, but cannot bring himself to lie and say he wasn't still in love with Jackie when he first met Aria. He promises he was never thinking about anyone else while they were together. Ezra asks her to spend the rest of the day, like they usually do, but Aria declines. She tells him she's spending Sunday with her family and that she'll see him Monday. Outside, Aria receives a text, containing a picture of Ezra’s desk in his apartment. "A" claims something is missing and Aria instinctively looks under the doormat to find Ezra’s key gone. Will she let him know he needs to change his locks?
In "The Goodbye Look," at school, Aria is cold towards Ezra when he attempts to be friendly. She accuses him of not letting her know about his last day on the job being Friday, and not being clear enough about what to expect after he packs up his desk. He feels he's been perfectly clear about how he feels, but that they won't be able to figure things out before the next bell. She finally consents to meeting Ezra in his apartment the next day to sort out the complicated details of their relationship.
Later, Aria gets a call from Ezra, while waiting for him in his apartment, as per their agreement. Ezra is stuck in a meeting with his new employers at Hollis College, surprised by how the long the meeting has gone. Aria is frustrated, thinking that this should have been anticipated, but she agrees to wait for Ezra in his apartment a while longer until he comes home. After getting off the phone, Aria pulls out Ezra's diploma from her knapsack and replaces it on his desk. After waiting over an hour, she calls Spencer for advice, but gets none. Growing more and more impatient, Aria starts pacing Ezra's apartment trying to busy herself while she waits. She receives a text from him asking her to wait, and she rolls her eyes. After pacing restlessly for a while longer, she pens a letter to him explaining that she has decided that she just can’t make their relationship work. She leaves it perched in the typewriter's output and finally leaves his empty apartment.
The next day in English class, Ezra uses his last moments with the Rosewood High students to give a parting speech. It is given to the whole class, but the innuendo is clearly intended for Aria alone, telling what an unexpected sense of loss he feels leaving and that he'll never forgot their time together. The other Pretty Little Liars no doubt pick up on the subtext, as well as Aria, who sits somewhat uncomfortably in her seat.
After class, Aria does not approach Ezra right away, but silently broods over his words, remaining in school, while everyone else leaves. Suddenly, overcome with regret for letting him go, she rushes into his classroom, only to see it empty. She then catches sight of Ezra outside the window, packing up his car against the twilight. She chases him down, calls out his name running to embrace him, and the two kiss passionately.
In "My Name Is Trouble," Aria enrolls in an extension course at the college where Ezra works. While on campus, Aria and Ezra revel in the fact that they can outwardly show their affection for each in public. (Although, doesn't Byron work on campus at Hollis College too?) The two lovers share a kiss, not realizing that a stunned Jackie is eyeing them from across the way. Later, Aria grumbles about the fact Jenna is in her pottery class. Ezra, in a robe, just out of the shower, sits beside her and listens. He mentions maybe the universe is trying to tell her something, maybe it's time to bury the hatchet with Jenna they share an interest in art after all. He pulls her closer and gives her a kiss while she contemplates his advice.
In "The Devil You Know," Aria visits Ezra at Hollis. She sits perched on Ezra's desk, cluing him in on the details of discovering Ian's body. They are sharing an intimate moment, which is silently overheard by Jackie, who purposely barges into the office to break up their tête-à-tête. Ezra awkwardly introduces Aria as a former student, and she explains she just stopped by on the way to her dad's office. Jackie patronizingly calls Ezra by a nickname, probably to make Aria jealous and later remarks that "Mr. Fitz" should start letting "the girl" call him by his first name. After Jackie leaves, they discuss everything wrong with that little encounter. Aria's not crazy about the nickname "Z," mentioning how her family used to call her Pookie Bear and don't anymore, for good reason. Aria felt disappointed being introduced as a former student and Ezra felt demoted to a pit stop when she mentioned her dad. They agree in the future that he will introduce her as "a friend," and he just might have to start calling her Pookie Bear.
Later, when Ezra shows up to the church for Ian's funeral service, he is questioned about his attendance by Ella and Byron Montgomery. Ezra is at first forthcoming, admitting Aria invited him. However, he explains that it was to support his former students, all of them. Aria is rebuffed, especially when her father acknowledges the gesture towards the "kids." After the burial in the cemetery, Aria makes a comment about rounding up the entire student body so they can talk, chiding him for his earlier remarks. She wishes they could move forward and start being seen as a couple in public, but both know it's not the time or the place for a big step like that. Aria expresses her need for a hug, but all he can do is say he'll call her later.
In "Surface Tension," Byron gets the idea to invite Ezra and a plus one to their family dinner. Alarmed, Aria goes to Hollis to see Ezra. There she tries to talk him out of accepting her father's dinner invitation, but he has already accepted and feels inclined to go. He persuades her that it will finally be their opportunity to warm Ella and Byron up to the Aria and Ezra interacting in a way other than as teacher and student. It will be "a baby step," just like she wanted. Aria reluctantly agrees.
At dinner, Ezra comes over bringing flowers and scotch. He and Aria joke about the scotch, then Aria introduces him to her guests as "Ezra." Jason brings a similar gesture, and Aria's two suitors meet for the first time. Ezra notices Aria take a phone call upstairs. Later, when Officer Barry shows up to make the announcement of Mike's arrest, Jason and Aria exchange knowing looks, at which Ezra raises an eyebrow. Byron and Ella leave, to pick Mike up, along with the couple, who cannot wait to return to their newborn, leaving Ezra, Jason, and Aria alone in the house.
Ezra helps Aria clear the table and runs the dishwasher. He remarks how well he was doing tonight before they were interrupted. They joke about him practicing what to say in front of the mirror to impress her father. Ezra questions why Jason was invited tonight, expecting a more specific answer than he is Ali's brother and Aria explains her mom and his mom are friends. Aria goes to the living room to offer Jason more coffee, while Ezra watches intently, wondering what the two are whispering about. A little later, Aria suddenly declares it's time for them to leave. She tells them both she'll call them tomorrow and says goodnight.
In "Save the Date," Ezra pops in on Aria working in the Hollis College pottery studio. He puts his arms around her and jokes about the pottery wheel scene in Ghost, but she's not in the mood. She flew past his apartment that morning in order to make sure her bowl gets put in the kiln. He asks, "how are things at home?" He tries to explain Mike's behavior by suggesting that Mike's friends put him up to it, but Aria informs him that he's broken into other houses too. She mentions him trying to break into Jason's place, and it dawns on Ezra that that was why she and Jason were privately whispering to each other at the failed dinner party.
Aria just nods and picks up her finished piece and sets it on the shelf of pottery awaiting the kiln. Ezra picks up Jenna's candle holder and compliments it. Aria lets him know who its artist is. He asks about patching things up with Jenna, but Aria has nothing to report. Ezra asks why Aria hadn't confided in him about Mike, and she replies because it was embarrassing. He reassures her she shouldn't feel that way around him because he's understanding. He invites her over for later that day, and she accepts the offer, telling him she'll call him. During their conversation up until this point, Aria's voice has been very subdued. Ezra is about to leave but turns quickly on his heels and asks if Jason is a threat to him. Aria gives a little laugh and denies it. When he leaves, she doesn't bother to turn her head to watch him go.
Later in the hospital, Ezra stops by after Aria did not call him. In the waiting room, Ezra and Aria talk. He asks if there's anything he can do and invites Aria over if she could use company but before she responds, she gets a call from Jason. Instead of picking up, she ignores it and tells Ezra that it is her dad. She tells him that she has to get home, then kisses him goodnight. The lyrics "breaking your heart was never my intention" play in the background.
In "Picture This," after having conflicting sex dreams about herself with Ezra and Jason, Aria saunters into Ezra’s office, trying to fix her relationship and wash away her insecurities. She removes some layers until her bra and black lace top is revealed. She props a chair in front of the door, then starts to kiss Ezra passionately. He mumbles something about having class in fifteen minutes, so Aria decides to make the best of the time they have. She wraps her legs around him and Ezra surrenders; they move to the couch. Later, Aria is waiting for Ezra in his office with snacks and sodas from the vending machine. Ezra asks if anything is going on and Aria says she is just happy and wants to share the feeling.
In "Touched by an 'A'-ngel," Aria spots Ezra at the school college fair, but doesn't approach him because Jackie is with him and obviously flirting. Later, he spots her at another booth and approaches her, feigning a hard sell for Hollis College, specifying how "hands on" the teachers there are, but she doesn't play along. She assures him she's not mad at him, but she's frustrated with the "outside forces" which are threatening their relationship. He assures her that he does not have feelings for Jackie and there is nothing to worry about, but in the process of explaining her feelings, she blurts out that Jason kissed her. She doesn't get a chance to explain because Jackie walks up enlisting "Z" to get some brochures out the car. He walks away, still shocked and dismayed by what Aria just told him.
After Spencer approaches Ezra with the information that she believes Jason to be dangerous, he pulls up to Jason's house, where Aria is standing outside. He tells her he came to get her because Jason could be a threat. She assures him that Jason had a legitimate explanation for the photos. Even so, he believes Jason to be a threat to their relationship. Aria had been pushing for them to go public, and Ezra finally seems to realize it may be the only way to keep their relationship afloat. He says that he doesn't want to lose her and thinks they should inform her parents about their relationship and eventually go completely public. Aria is thrilled by the idea and they kiss. Jason walks out, hands her the box, and watches her get into Ezra's car.
Little does Ezra know that Ella finds the prospect of Ezra dating a student completely distasteful and an abuse of his position. Ella shares her thoughts with Aria soon after Ezra's declaration; it is unclear whether this development will change Ezra's plan to come forward to Aria's parents. Meanwhile, Jason now realizes who Aria was referring to when she called herself unavailable, and he looks disappointed.
In "Over My Dead Body," Aria shows up to Ezra's office with two cups of coffee but does not enter because Jackie has beaten her to it. She overhears Jackie make an advance and Ezra tell her he is seeing someone and not interested. She leaves when her phone buzzes. A message from A instructs Aria to "get rid of Jackie" using a copy of the paper she is publishing and the article she plagiarized it from. She doesn't want to use this information against Jackie because she is afraid Ezra will never forgive her, but ultimately decides she has no choice. She goes to Jackie's office and shows her what she has on her, saying, "I think you should leave Hollis."
While getting ready for Tom and Isabel's wedding, the doorbell rings at Aria's house. Aria answers it and it is Jackie there to threaten to make Aria and Ezra's relationship public if she doesn't break up with him. Aria says, "you know that would hurt him much more than me." Jackie says she doesn't want to hurt him, but will if she has to.
Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily are arrested on suspicion of murder because they were found with Alison's murder weapon. At the police station, Aria asks to make her phone call. She appears to call Ezra, crying, "I made a terrible mistake and I need you." Ezra shows up a little while later while the girls' parents are gathered around discussing what to do.
Byron spots him and wonders why he is there. Ella goes over to him and says, "I know why you are here." She says it is a small town and people talk. Ezra says, "I'm in love with her." Ella gives him a chance to walk away because "if Spencer's parents find out, they will ruin you." Ella still thinks Ezra is having an affair with Spencer. We won't know if he corrects her until after the break.
Aria momentarily bumps into Ezra in the Hollis College hallways of her father's office building in the prequel episode, "The First Secret," demonstrating that she had encountered him long before she officially met him.
One month after the girls' arrest, in "Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares," and after Aria finishes community service, Aria and Mike bump into Ezra on the street outside the bike shop. Things are clearly awkward as they talk about not having seen each other lately. She offers to return the book of poetry he loaned her, but he says there is no need. Aria asks Mike to throw out her empty coffee cup in order to get a moment alone with Ezra. She asks how he's been and he replies numb since she won't let him see her. Their conversation is cut short when Mike returns and they all exchange awkward goodbyes.
The next day, Ezra walks in on Jackie and Aria arguing in his office. After Jackie leaves, he finally learns from Aria why she broke up with him. Jackie had been blackmailing her and after all the trouble with the cops, Aria didn't want to drag Ezra into it. Ezra regrets not telling her mother the truth in the police station. Aria is about to leave, resigned to the futility of the situation when Ezra asks if she still trusts him. She answers yes and he informs her that there is something important they have to do that afternoon.
Later, standing before Byron and Ella in their living room, Ezra and Aria finally come clean about their relationship, much to her parents' shock and anger. Ezra does most of the talking, explaining he's in love with Aria and admits it started before she was his student and that it continued while she was his student. Ella and Byron are both in disbelief. Before Byron can hit Ezra, Mike walks up and does it first. After a stunned silence, Aria advises Ezra to leave.
Back at work, Jackie tries to defend her actions to Ezra, but it falls on deaf ears. He angrily tells her in no uncertain terms that he does not want anything to do with her, that she will not do anything to hurt Aria and then kicks her out of his office.
In "A Hot Piece of A," Aria uses Hanna's cell phone to leave Ezra a voicemail. She tells him how much she loves him and that things will blow over. Later on, Byron shows up to Ezra's apartment to get his assurance he will never see Aria again. Ezra is unable to give it to him, and Byron threatens to get the police involved. Aria calls Ezra again the next day and this time he picks up. She says she just needed to hear his voice. He says he needed to hear hers as well, but she can't call him again. Aria tears up when he hangs up on her.
Aria and her parents walk toward a restaurant in town for dinner but stop short when they see Ezra through the window dining alone. Aria and Ezra stare longingly at each other before she's forced to walk away. Later that night, Aria leaves Ezra another voicemail, saying that she thinks her mom is coming around if they are just patient.
Aria concocts a plan to see Ezra without her parents' knowledge in "Let the Water Hold Me Down." She arranges a date with old friend Holden to see a play she knows Ezra will be attending. When Aria turns from the ticket office, she sees Ezra getting out of a cab. She begins walking towards him, thrilled he showed up. He looks surprised, then happy to see her, but their moment is interrupted by Holden and Mrs. Welch. Ezra walks past them to the ticket booth.
In "The Blond Leading the Blind," Aria leaves Ezra a voicemail from Emily's phone. She tells him she doesn't want their relationship to be over, but if it is, they should talk about it in person. If there is any chance of staying together, he will meet her under a clock in Philadelphia at 8 o'clock. Ezra sees the voicemail but doesn't listen to it until prompted by a student's wise words.
Aria waits patiently on a bench in the rain, watching every car that passes until Ezra finally arrives. He calls her name and they kiss in the middle of the street, stopping traffic. Inside his car, they both agree what they are doing is dangerous. He wants her to be safe and happy and make sure that being together is what she wants. She answers him with a kiss. They realize what they are doing is crazy try to figure out how they can make it work without meeting on sidewalks in the rain for the rest of their lives. Aria tells him she has a plan.
In "A Kiss Before Lying," Ezra and Aria drive to an unknown location in Ezra's car and discuss their situation. Aria hates having to lie to her friends. He tells her she doesn't have to, but she recalls being "burned before." The good news is her mom seems to be slowly coming round to the idea of them dating. The bad news is her dad will probably never come around. They get closer when Aria mentions the need to generate some heat.
Aria and Ezra are able to see each other because of an arrangement she has with her good friend, Holden. They have another date planned for the next night, but it is canceled because Ezra has to attend a Hollis function. There, he is offered an assistant dean position in New Orleans, as it turns out, courtesy of Byron Montgomery, in an effort to ensure Ezra never sees Aria again.
In "CTRL: A," Aria and Ezra talk on the phone, discussing Ezra's interview for the job in New Orleans tomorrow. Aria says it's a huge opportunity for him, but Ezra says that isn't the problem, it's what Byron will think if he doesn't take it. Aria says they need to discuss it in person, and Ezra suggests a restaurant which just opened up. Aria jokes that Ezra must really like her if he's taking her to a French restaurant. Ezra corrects her, saying he must really love her.
That night, Ezra gets a text from Aria just as he walks up to the restaurant. She can't make it and promises to explain later. A disappointed Ezra turns to leave when he notices Byron inside. Shocked at the close call, he quickly flees the scene.
In "Breaking the Code," Aria and Ezra talk on the phone about his interview. He says he will be back tomorrow by noon. Before they can make plans, Ella walks in the room and Aria pretends to be talking to Emily. She quickly ends the call.
The next day, Ezra meets Aria in her car. Aria asks him about the trip and says she is glad it's all over. Ezra says that Aria's dad is clearly on to them and that he hasn't declined the offer yet. The job is an incredible opportunity and if he turns it down, Byron will know why. Aria says that they will figure something out like they always do. Ezra says that he's not so sure about that anymore. She asks if he is giving up on them. He says no, but they've been trying to work it out for a long time and maybe they should consider the possibility it is not meant to be. Aria is very visibly upset. Ezra leaves, having to get to class. She breaks down and cries in her car.
Later, Aria and Ezra eat and talk at Ezra's apartment. Aria wonders when he is leaving because it feels like he's left already. He assures her he won't be leaving right away. There is a knock at the door. Ezra opens it to find Ella. Initially surprised, then prepared for the fallout, he lets her in. Outraged, Aria wants to know if Ella plans to bring her home in handcuffs or just yank her out by her hair. Ella says neither. She came to listen.
Ella stares at Ezra and Aria sitting opposite her on the couch. Aria wants to know what they're all doing there. Ella admits she does not condone their relationship but is afraid of what will happen if she takes the same stance as Byron. She wants to understand the relationship between Aria and Ezra before anyone makes any rash decisions. They are interrupted by the kettle whistling.
In "Eye of the Beholder," Ezra has an intense conversation with Byron defining exactly why he will be turning down the job offer - he won't allow Byron to have that much control over him. Ezra calls Aria immediately afterward to tell her he loves her.
Aria shows up to Ezra's office with coffee in "If These Dolls Could Talk." Ezra tells Aria he's worried about the fallout from him not taking the job Byron lined up for him. She tries to assuage his fears and reminds him her dad is not all that powerful, then tries to take his mind off things with a kiss.
Aria finds out her father is planning to ship her off to boarding school. She calls Ezra offscreen to tell him and apparently he is not surprised.
The next day, Aria lets herself into Ezra's apartment, surprised to find him there, not working late. She informs him that boarding school is off the table thanks to some nasty dirt she had to dig up that she would rather remain buried. He responds by telling her he's been fired and next Monday will be his last class.
Ezra has been told by the school they are no longer offering his course, which he assumes is Byron's doing. Aria is angry, but Ezra tells her breaking up her family is not an option. His plan is to live with his parents for a while and start looking for a new job, more than likely outside of Rosewood. He tells her he loves her and kisses her. Still kissing, they peel away layers of clothing and move to the bed.
|“||Playing dress up for your man on Halloween is one thing. You do it any other night, you end up on an afternoon talk show.||”|
In "It Happened 'That Night'," Aria wakes up from a nightmare on Ezra's couch. She notices the newspaper on Ezra's table. They talk about Garrett and Maya. Ezra mentions the weekend that's coming up. Aria says, "How could I forget?" thinking Ezra was talking about the anniversary of Alison's death. He mentions that it's their anniversary too and wants to recreate their first date. The two then make out on Ezra's kitchen counter.
In "Blood Is The New Black," Ezra is dropping Aria off at her house, 3 blocks away. The two talk about her dad warming an up to their relationship and Byron still disapproves throughout the summer between Season 2 and 3. Aria brings up Ezra tutoring Emily and he says he might not want to. Aria kisses him, but his phone rings, Emily calling about tutoring, and Aria leaves.
In "Kingdom of the Blind," Ezra is still trying to find a job. He has recently been rejected in an interview. Aria tries to comfort him by kissing him, but she gets distracted. She confesses to Ezra that Ella altered Emily's grade, and the vice-principal now wants to talk about her grading practices. She's worried her mother is going to get fired.In "That Girl is Poison," Ezra is outside Lucky Leon's, buying a newspaper. Aria gets him food from the restaurant. He tries to pay her for the food, but she refuses. Ezra doesn't seem to appreciate the gesture. She tries to explain, but Ezra cuts her off, saying he has to go to an interview, and heads towards his car. Later Aria is talking to Spencer, and Aria receives a text from Ezra saying he was invited to Jenna's party.
Aria and Ezra are at his apartment and about to leave for their dinner reservations. Aria brings up Jenna's party saying she wants to go. Ezra seems confused at first but then decides to give her an antique camera. The two then leave for the party. Ezra and Aria arrive. Aria tells him that Laurel was her teacher during the photography lessons she took over the summer. Aria asks Laurel about the vintage camera. Laurel says if the camera works it was expensive. Eventually, Ezra wants to leave, but Aria talks him into waiting a little bit longer. Ezra is getting angry that Aria keeps ditching him at the party. This leads to a discussion of money and he tells her he got a new job. Laurel spots her wet equipment and Aria offers to run to the studio and bring her back dry memory cards. When Aria gets the memory cards, Lucas, shows up outside saying he needs to get inside. Lucas sprints off when Ezra pulls up.
In "The Remains of the "A"," Aria and Ezra are at Ezra's apartment. Aria brings up the idea of ditching her first day. Ezra says it might not be the best idea. He grabs the camera he gave her and the two have a little photoshoot. Later, as Aria is getting ready to leave for her first day, she needs a sock. She looks in Ezra's sock drawer and finds loads of cash. She then leaves in a hurry.Aria goes to Ezra's place. She confronts him about the money in the sock drawer. Ezra tells her he sold a car belonging to his grandfather. He did not want to tell Aria because he is embarrassed that he lost his job, and is now answering want-ads for webzines and reusing coffee filters. Aria feels sorry for suspecting him and asks to join him on the couch. They snuggle together, but Ezra steals a secretive glance at his sock drawer.
The main storyline from now on in Season 3 with Ezria is that Ezra has a son. His Mom paid Maggie (who he got pregnant in high school) to keep quiet about it and have an abortion. Maggie kept the baby and gave birth to Ezra's son, Malcolm. Wes split the beans to Aria and Aria tracked Maggie down and discovered she had in fact kept Malcolm. By tricking Spencer into thinking Aria had texted her (A had Aria's phone), Spencer revealed it to Ezra who got mad at Aria for keeping it a secret, "you're the person I'm supposed to trust". Ezra then left later that episode to go and visit Maggie and meet his seven-year-old son.Whilst he was gone, Aria spent a lot of time with Wes who even tried to kiss her, but she pulled away and asked him to leave. When Ezra returned the couple reconciled and Ezra said he wanted Aria in every part of his life. However after Aria met Malcolm and babysat him, he hit his head, leaving Aria to question whether or not she's ready for this. The second time she looked after him and was supposed to pick him up from Karate, Spencer, as A, got their first. Spencer kidnapped him to prove herself to Mona. Although Ezra didn't find out about this, it shook Aria up and made her think whether her relationship with Ezra was right.
In the Season 3 finale, Aria finds out that Ezra is teaching again at Rosewood High. She lies to the principal and says they are not together anymore. Once she finds out that Ezra has accepted the job, and with all the worry that A will harm Ezra and/or Malcolm, she breaks up with Ezra. They share a kiss which was identical to the one they had before Alison's funeral in Pilot. This leaves the possibility of a reunion open.
|“||I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with you.||”|
Later on, in the episode she is talking with Emily and staring at Ezra across the courtyard. The vice-principal sees her and she thinks she's busted because she told him that she wasn't involved with him anymore. She begins to freak out even more when she gets called to his office. He calls her in and tells her that he knows she's been 'sleeping with her teacher' and shows her pictures of Aria and Ezra having sex that a concerned student had sent him anonymously. He tells her that her parents are coming and receives a phone call to which he says 'I'm relieved to know he's in custody'. Aria runs out and sees Ezra being led out of the school in handcuffs by police officers. She stands there crying as they look at each other. It's then revealed that she was just daydreaming and imagining it. The vice principal gives her some papers for her Mom to sign and says he hopes she feels better. Aria texts Ezra and says she does want to see other people.
In "'A' Is For A-l-i-v-e," Aria and Ezra have an awkward encounter at the Brew where Ezra tells Aria that he took a full-time job at Rosewood. He tells her it's okay if she wants to see other people and she responds by telling him that she isn't ready for that. After hearing people coming she says "goodbye Mr. Fitz" and leaves.
At Wildens funeral, Aria glanced at Ezra (who attended the funeral with Maggie), but he doesn't look at her. This is probably due to the fact that he was talking with the vice principal at the time.
In "Turn of The Shoe," Aria takes up self-defense classes to protect herself from A (because she thinks she's an easy target being small). Looking for Holden, she meets an instructor called Jake. She has a session the following day and kisses him randomly. She leaves quickly and bangs her car steering wheel. She is seen to really regret the kiss and tells Spencer she did it because she misses Ezra.
At school, Spencer talks to Ezra after class about her college essay and getting into a good school. He tells her that you should always have a second choice, "even if you had your heart set on something else" which could be a reference to Aria. He makes another reference to her when he talks about doomed romance and Aria and Ezra make eye contact.
Later, Jake turns up to Aria's house and says he is interested in her but understands if she's not, because teacher-student relationships can be weird. She awkwardly agrees and they decide to get coffee together sometime.
In "Face Time," Aria and Jake are walking when Malcolm runs out of a store and asks her why she doesn't come over anymore (meaning to Ezra's place). When he goes back inside, Jake asks Aria who Ezra is, and wonders if he is a friend of the family, but she just says he's one of her teachers. Later, Aria tells Jake all about Ezra and their relationship.
In "Under The Gun," Aria agrees to help out one of Mike's friends, Connor, with his English paper. He goes to her house and after she's helped him, he kisses her. Aria rejects him straight away and tells him that she's not interested in that way. The next day at school, Mike comes to her and asks her how she could hook up with Connor. She is confused and he says that they're all talking about it in the boys locker room. Angry, she goes there straightaway and sees Ezra on the way and looks at him. She goes to Connor to tell him and his friends what really happened, but he tells her to 'quit the innocent virgin act' because everyone knows that she and Mr. Fitz weren't just 'scrabble buddies.' He then asks her how many points for the word slut, and as she turns around to leave she sees Ezra standing there. He tells her that she shouldn't be in here and she storms off, leaving Ezra staring at Connor.Aria then goes to the staircase (possibly the same one in which they kissed in 3x24) and sits on her phone, deleting texts from guys, presumably Connor's friends, asking her to hook up with them, some saying 'am I too young for you?' She angrily throws her phone back into her purse and sighs. Ezra then appears and tells her that those guys are 'jerks' and that she shouldn't let some stupid rumor get to her. He tries to help her but she gets angry and says that it's not just a rumor if there's some truth to it. She also calls him Ezra, instead of Mr. Fitz. She gets mad and tells him he can't be the guy that makes her feel better anymore, and storms off, leaving him stood there.
At the end of the episode, Aria, Spencer, and Emily are at the Open Mic night at The Brew. Ezra is seen walking up to the doors outside, and looking into the window at Aria. Not long after this, someone completely trashes Connor's car. It is unknown who this is at the moment. The main suspect is Mike, but it could have been Ezra wanting to get revenge on him for being so mean to Aria.In "Crash and Burn, Girl!," Mike is getting in trouble because Conner's parents want to get him expelled as they think it was him who vandalized the car. While Aria is waiting outside the principal's office for him and her Dad, Ezra comes over to talk to her. He says he understands that he can't be the one to sweep in and comfort her but it kills him. She says she knows and then quickly changes the conversation back to Mike. They talk about the topic but are interrupted by Byron who comes out of the office. Ezra offers that he'd love to help if there's anything he can do and Byron thanks him, saying he appreciates it.
Later, it is seen that Ezra is talking to the Principal and he asks if Mike was actually seen there, or if there is any evidence to suggest it was him. He then goes on to ask about Mike's medical history and how the Principal had previously spoken to Aria about it. He says no and Ezra tells him that it could be an error in his judgment to ask his sister about that kind of thing. The Principal responds by saying that it could be an error in Ezra's judgment due to his close relationship with the Montgomery family.Mike comes home later that day and tells Aria that he's off the hook. She asked what happened and he said that Mr. Fitz happened. Aria then goes to Ezra's apartment to thank him, but he wasn't home, so she left a thank you note under his door. Just as she's leaving, he comes up the stairs. He tells her that everything feels in-personal lately, and she says she's really glad he swooped. He says that she knows there isn't anything he wouldn't do for her, and they stare longingly at each other until Aria cuts it off and says she's gotta go, rushing off down the stairs and leaving Ezra to sink and lean against the wall.
In "The Mirror Has Three Faces," Ezra discovers that Malcolm isn't actually his son. He cries, getting upset and decides to call Aria. She tells Jake she has to take a call, but then changes her mind and declines it, leaving Ezra standing alone in his apartment.
In "Bring Down The Hoe," Ezra tries to reach out to Aria after his recent troubles regarding Maggie and Malcolm. He tells Emily about how Maggie wants to take Malcolm away but asks her not to tell Aria, because he'd rather do that himself. She urges Aria throughout the episode to talk to him with little success.
At the Brew, Aria is waiting for Jake and sees Ezra at the next table. He comes over and asks her if there's a time that they can talk as she says she's busy right now. Just then, Jake comes over and there is an awkward moment as Aria introduces the two men. Ezra leaves quickly, obviously feeling uncomfortable with Jake being there.
Later at the dance, Ezra is chaperoning and he notices Aria dancing. Jake notices him looking and tells him to give them some space, being generally horrible towards Ezra. They're interrupted when another girl comes to get a drink. Emily talks to Aria and asks her if she's spoken to Ezra yet, telling her that he's right over there by the drinks. She says she can't because of Jake, causing Emily to blurt out everything about Maggie. Aria realizes that that is why he's been so down lately and immediately runs over to him. She catches him and he tells her it's fine and that he shouldn't have to dump his problems onto her. He leaves the dance.Later, Aria has Jake drop her off at home and then she makes her own way to Ezra's apartment. He tells that she didn't have to come, to which she replies that she wanted too. He says that 'it's a mess' and he doesn't want to get her involved, so she tells him that he may as well talk because she isn't leaving. They sit down together on the couch and hold hands. Ezra proceeded to (assumingly) tell Aria all about how Malcolm isn't actually his son. The camera then fades out to the hallway and we see Cece in a black hoody, listening in to what they're saying. In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't," Ezra thanked Aria after class for being there for him. She says it's okay and that she was happy she could be there for him, as a friend. She then walks out and accepts a call from Jake. She suggests going to a poetry reading but he seems to not want to go as she changes her mind and says they can go watch a movie instead and she'll cook dinner.
Jake falls asleep during the movie and says he's tired, so he goes home. Aria then decides to go to the Brew and Ezra is there. They discuss something Aria wrote called, 'Found but Lost,' and Ezra says how the reading reminded him of the story. Aria orders a coffee and Ezra gets a top up. They start talking and act just like they used to. All of a sudden, Aria kisses Ezra, then pulls back. They both smile but carry on talking like nothing happened. Just then, we see Redcoat watching them through the window who must have seen the whole thing.
At the end of the episode, Ezra is made to look guilty of something as we see him in the A lair wearing a black jacket and a black cap. He seems angry and hits the door of the closet. Aria and the rest of the girls are unaware of this and at this moment it's unknown whether Ezra is a good guy or a bad guy.In "Whos' In The Box?," Aria wants to get away from Rosewood, so Ezra takes her to his friend's cabin, where he gives her a key and tells her that the place can be 'their secret.' They kiss and it is implied they begin their relationship once again. Aria and Ezra officially rekindle their relationship and by "Close Encounters," they are back together. Aria dumps Jake and tells Ezra that he's 'the one' and 'always has been.'
Spencer gets suspicious and adds everything up to realize that Ezra is board shorts. She assumes that he must be A, too, when she figures out that the lair in Ravenswood belongs to him. She struggles with whether or not to tell Aria. She decides against it. In "Free Fall," when the girls accuse Spencer of doing drugs, Aria brings up Ezra. He showed Aria Spencer's record, showing that she has been addicted before. Spencer breaks down and yells at Aria, telling her that he's setting her up because he's A. Aria isn't convinced, but then later at his apartment, Ezra lets slip that he knew more than he should have done about when Spencer found a body in the woods. She decided to go to his cabin to snoop around. When she gets there, the password is B26 which makes her smile. However, the smile is short-lived when she goes inside and sees a manuscript to a book that Ezra has been writing about Alison. Aria realizes that they knew each other and she assumes that he got her pregnant and tried to kill her.Seeing Ezra arrive at the cabin (he got a notification that the security system was disabled), she takes the pages and runs to a ski lift. Ezra follows her and they end up on the ski lift together, forced to talk it out. Aria screams and cries and Ezra crumbles as he tells her that he lied about a lot of things, but not the way he felt about her. Aria tells him that she doesn't even know who he is anymore and accuses him of being A. Ezra explains that he isn't A, he was writing a book on Alison and had used Aria to get to her so that she could write it. To apologize, Ezra tells her that he's an idiot and a jerk and he'll burn the book. Aria says no, she's gonna read it cover to cover. Ezra refuses to allow this and pushes the book of her hands so that it falls to the ground. A is seen picking it up at the end of the episode. Then, Aria goes home and throws the book, Winesburg Ohio, that he gave to her in season 1 on the floor. In this episode, it is confirmed that Ezra is not A, but he did know Alison and was writing a book about her disappearance.
In "She's Come Undone," Aria finds out that Ezra has left town for a 'family emergency' when she goes into his classroom and angrily asks, "where's Ezra?" She decides to go to his apartment and ends up wrecking the whole place after she finds boxes of research and notes of things he recorded during their relationship. Later, she calls his publishing office and finds out that he's in a meeting right that second. She's upset and assumes that he's going forward with publishing the book.In "Cover For Me," Aria takes some time away from Rosewood and meets a guy called Riley. They spend some time together and get drunk and hook up. She returns and goes straight to Ezra's apartment. He tells her that he has canceled the book (that's why he was at the publishing office in NY) and gives her a copy of his manuscript, saying that he has found things that she and her friends will find useful. She tells him that he needs to leave Rosewood for good and she doesn't want to see or hear from him, ever. He tells her that he guesses this is goodbye then and she just leaves. The Ezria theme song can be heard playing in the background for the first time in a while. In "A Is For Answers," Aria learns the truth behind Ezra and Ali. Alison tells her that she and Ezra never did anything (sex), and tells her how he broke things off. Then she tells her that Ezra wants to win Aria back so he's trying to save her (Alison) in order to do that. At the end of the episode, the girls are cornered on a rooftop with A chasing them, and Ezra appears. He protects the girls and tells A that he 'know who [they] are and the police are on their way.' A points the gun at the girls so Ezra rushes A and the two get into a fight with shots firing everywhere. A drops the gun and Hanna is able to pick it up. A gets away and Aria turns to see Ezra. He stands, looking out at the night and says "it's so beautiful." Then, he turns around and it's revealed that he has been shot in the stomach. He literally took a bullet for Aria and the girls, proving his loyalty to them. Aria screams and he falls into her arms. He tells her he's sorry and touches her face but Aria shushes him and says to him, "You stay awake, do you hear me? Don't you dare close your eyes." He loses consciousness as Aria cradles him and cries, screaming his name, showing how much she still loves and needs him. Sirens are heard, but the fate of Ezra is left unknown.
|“||I don't ever want to hear you say your sorry again.||”|
Exiting the Subway, Aria says she doesn’t understand how Ezra found them and Alison told her that she thinks Ezra was following ‘A’, “and A was following us”. Alison reminds Aria why Ezra is still looking for her and tells her he wants to win Aria back. When Alison asks if Ezra still has a chance, Aria tells Alison that she can’t think about that right now, “I don’t even know if he’s alive”.
Pacing the waiting room, Aria overhears a nurse updating Dianne Fitzgerald on Ezra’s condition; telling her that they’ve successfully removed the bullet but there was extensive arterial damage.
Ezra wakes up in recovery with Aria and Shana by his bedside. Upon seeing Shana, Ezra starts to hyperventilate, and Aria rushes to the door and calls for help while Shana slips from the room. Nurses run into Ezra’s room to try and stabilize his vitals, while a male nurse ushers Aria from the room.
Aria walks into Ezra’s room and places her hand on his. As he wakes, Aria tells him that he’s going to be okay. Looking around the room, Ezra removes his oxygen mask and whispers something in Aria’s ear which causes her to rush out of the room.
Aria tries calling the hospital in New York to get an update on Ezra's condition.
Aria is outside of Ezra's apartment, unsure on whether to knock or not. As she begins to walk away Ezra opens his door and the two sharing a longing look. Inside, Ezra tells her about his home care professional and makes a joke about being her favorite gunshot victim which falls flat. Ezra tells Aria that while he knows he promised he wouldn't come back to Rosewood, he doesn't have anywhere else to go. After asking how he is, Aria asks if he knows about everything that has happened, with Alison. Ezra understands that he has to go along with Alison's kidnap story. Aria then asks if he knows about Mrs. DiLaurentis'; Ezra knows it was a murder, and initially he thought it was Shana but the timing doesn't fit. He had everything backward and it wasn't until he saw Shana in New York dressed as 'A' that he knew she was 'A'. As Aria is about to leave, Ezra thanks for her coming by and letting him see her, and Aria tells him she wanted to see him also.
Aria is back at Ezra's apartment, telling him that she should have warned him that Alison might drop by like she did. Ezra says the only reason he opened the door to Alison was because he thought it may have been Aria. After their goodbye earlier they had both thought it was going their final goodbye. Aria then confesses what really happened in New York, "you don't have to worry about Shana anymore. She's dead. And I know that she's dead because I'm responsible." Shocked, Ezra can't believe what he's hearing. When Aria tells him she killed Shana, he takes a moment to process before standing up and asking how he can help.
While Ezra is out grabbing food, Aria phones the church where Shana’s funeral was held hoping to donate to the cost of the service. Walking to his apartment, Ezra asks her what she’s doing, and when she hangs up, he tells her, “that’s not trying to find a way to forgive yourself. That’s hoping they forgive you”. Knowing he’s right, Aria goes to sit on his couch, curling herself into a ball. Ezra tells her he knows it’s not easy, and he can say this because it’s what he has to tell himself every night, “once you found out about the book, the only thing that I could think of was how to make it up to you. And I would have done anything to get you to forgive me. But I realized, that might not ever happen, and I had to be okay with that”. Leaning forward, Ezra grabs his checkers board and starts to set it up. When Aria asks what he’s doing, Ezra tells her they’re playing checkers until they get sick of it, they’ll play chess.
Aria wins another game of Gin, and Ezra asks why she is so freakishly good, only for her to tell him, “I’m not. You’re just freakishly bad”. As Aria passes him to cards to shuffle and deal, Ezra tells her he’s starting to fade. At the thought of going home to an empty house, Aria asks if she can stay over, “on the couch”. Ezra agrees and goes to grab a shirt for Aria to change into and when Ezra hands over the shirt, Aria realizes that she shouldn’t stay and goes to leave but not before lingering at the door.
Walking into Ezra’s apartment, Aria hands Ezra a Paula’s Pie box, while reminding him that while there might no longer be ‘A’, he should still lock his door. Sitting down at his table, Ezra asks “why pie?” to which Aria throws a "why not pie" comment over her shoulder as she grabs forks from a drawer. Aria tells him that Jenna is blaming herself for Shana's death, and if she's to blame anyone, it should be her. Ezra thinks that they should both be blaming Shana as she was the one holding the gun. As Aria eat a mouthful, Ezra wipes some cream from her bottom lip and licks the cream from his thumb, before realizing what he just did. Aria tells Ezra that Alison believed that Jenna was manipulating Shana, but Aria thinks Jenna was truly in love with Shana. Ezra tells her that she needs to stop beating herself up, and when she says she doesn't know how she is going to get past it, he stands up, lifting his shirt and shows her his scar from the gunshot wound. Saddened, Aria traces over the edges of the wound with her thumb and tells him that she is sorry. Grabbing her wrists and lifting her up, Ezra tells her that he never wants to hear her say she's sorry again and leans in to kiss her. Reciprocating the kiss, they move to Ezra's oven where he lifts her onto the stovetop and they continue to kiss with more passion and urge.
On Ezra's bed, Aria and Ezra are feverishly making out, and when Aria rolls on top of Ezra, she asks if that hurts, to which Ezra says that he can handle it. Sitting up, Aria drags the bed sheet over them as she leans back down to kiss him.
A breaking news story breaks in regards to the identity of the Jane Doe who was buried in Alison's grave, so everyone gathers in Emily's living room. As the press conference starts, Ezra reaches out to Aria and she takes his hand in hers and rests her other hand on his arm. As the Police Chief is finishing up the press conference, a large boom is heard and windows of Emily's lounge room explode. Recovering from the glass blast, Aria, Ezra, and the others walk out onto the street to find the Cavanaugh house on fire and rubble lying all over the road.
In Ezra's apartment, Aria tells Ezra that Shana wasn't 'A' and that she killed an innocent person, but Ezra reminds her that Shana was not innocent. Aria tells him the cops aren't going to believe that when they find out she's been covering Shana's murder up, "it's only a matter of time before A exposes what I did". Ezra tells her that they don't know if this person has any idea of what happened in New York, and when Aria asks Ezra what he is doing, he tells her he's looking for a connection between Mrs. DiLaurentis and Bethany Young. When Aria questions him why Ezra explains that he doesn't think he was too far off with his Mrs. D theory, "Mrs. D was on the board at Radley Sanitarium. Bethany was a patient there. Bethany was buried in her yard, in the same spot where Ali was buried". Aria picks up that Ezra thinks A killed Bethany and Mrs D, and Ezra telling her that would be a connection. He goes on to say when he was writing his book he interviewed some of the staff at Radley and he thinks the name Bethany Young came up, he just doesn't know which file it is in. As Aria tells him that she can help him look after school, he tells her that they're going to get through this.
Ezra and Aria are going through Ezra's research when Aria stumbles on a photo of them together, and Ezra tells her it was a fun day the day the photo was taken. As Aria begins to talk about what happened the other night, Ezra cuts her off, "felt right, didn't it?", but Aria tells him it doesn't mean things can go back to the way that they were. Ezra questions what it does means and Aria says, "I'm not going to pretend I don't miss it, us because I do", and Ezra tells her he does too. Aria then tells him that she then remembers everything that happened, "how we met, all the lies that you told", and while Ezra says he wishes he could go back and change things, Aria reminds him he can't, "and the other night was a mistake". As someone knocks on Ezra's door, he gets up to answer it, and Lieutenant Tanner introduces herself, and wonders if she could ask him a few questions. Hearing Tanner's voice, Aria gets up from where she was sitting and goes to hide in Ezra's bathroom.
After Lieutenant Tanner has left, Aria tells Ezra that they need to get the boxes out of his apartment quick, and when Ezra tells Aria to slow down, Aria is convinced Tanner is probably already on her way back with a search warrant. Ezra tells her that Tanner is not on her way back, and when Aria asks how he can say that as "she basically said that she knows Shana was the one who shot you", Ezra questions why Tanner would want to search his apartment. Aria tells him Tanner knows Ezra is hiding something, and Ezra tells her that "she's going to need a whole lot more than suspicion to get a search warrant". Aria goes on to say that if Tanner does come back she's going to find proof that Ezra was lying about how well he knew Shana, and that Alison wasn't kidnapped. Ezra says that he could move the stuff into his storage unit, but Aria realizes that if it's registered in his name, they'll search the storage unit as well before Aria suggests that they just put everything in her attic. Ripping open the envelope that was left for him, Ezra finds a drawing and wonders what it is. Walking over to him, Aria says that she thinks it Mrs. DiLaurentis, and when Ezra asks how she can tell, Aria explains, "that's her house, she was obsessed with her roses, and she definitely wore scarves like that". Flipping the page over, Ezra reads the signature, "Bethany", and when Aria questions how many Bethany's he knows, he tells her just one, "and she was buried in Mrs. DiLaurentis' backyard". Aria wonders who would want him to have this picture, and when he wonders why, Aria tells him her money is on 'A' before Ezra realizes that he still has his security camera's up in the hallway.
Going through the security camera footage, Aria hands him a bottle of water and asks if he's seen anything, and he tells her, "just you arriving at my door". Aria can't believe that he still has a camera in the hallway, but Ezra tells her "it makes sense with all the research material here". Aria comes to the conclusion that whoever dropped off the picture had to of done it after she arrived, but before Tanner came, and with Ezra agreeing, he puts the video in fast forward. Aria tells him she's been thinking, and that perhaps he should tell Tanner the truth about Shana, "you know, that she was the one who shot you". When Ezra asks where this is coming from, Aria tells him that he lied to the police and that he could get into serious trouble. Ezra reminds her that if he tells the truth now, they're going to know he's covering something up. Sighing, Aria says that she hates that she's dragged him into this mess. Grabbing her hand, Ezra tells her she didn't, "I dragged myself into it when I decided to write a book". Placing her hand on Ezra's, the two share a look before Ezra notices something on the security camera footage. Rewinding and going through the footage in slow motion, they spot who left the envelope, and when Aria asks Ezra if he knows who the person is, Ezra tells her that it is Eddie Lamb, "he works at Radley, and he's one of the people I interviewed for the book". Recognizing the name, Aria mentions that Eddie Lamb was the one who Spencer talked to earlier, and that "he wouldn't tell her a thing. That it was against Radley policy", and when Ezra says that he must have had a change of heart, Aria questions why he left the picture for Ezra, but Ezra doesn't know.
Aria is leaving Ezra a voicemail saying that Alison got grilled by Tanner and that ‘A’ must have tipped her off about New York. She asks if Eddie has called yet as they need to figure out what is up with those drawings, and she has to get them back to Big Rhonda before she notices them missing. After spotting Ella walking towards her, Aria tells Ezra to call her as soon as he can. While Aria is talking with Ella, Ezra tries to call Aria back.
Ella says that Aria cannot lose her cool when she’s asked the questions by Lieutenant Tanner, and Aria tells her that “those weren’t questions, mom. Ezra is on her hit list and she’s wrong”.
Sitting at a table in the courtyard, Aria is messaging Ezra, “don’t rush back. Tanner had lots of ??? about you. All about Shana”. After spotting Hanna walking into the courtyard, Aria grabs her bag off of the table and walking past Hanna, she leaves.
In Ezra’s apartment, Aria tells Ezra that he has “pumpkin guts” on his face, and when he tries to wipe it away, she grabs a tea towel and does it for him. Watching as Ezra removes the innards from a pumpkin, Aria tells him that they can just go to Paula’s and buy the pies. Ezra tells her no, “this is my grandmother’s recipe”, and its way better than Paula’s. Aria mentions that Granny Rose uses Libby’s canned pie mix, puts it in a frozen shell, and the Montgomery’s never know the difference. Ezra mentions that this is the first time the “Montgomery’s” have invited him over for Thanksgiving, “and you’re mother assigned me with pie duty, so I’m not taking it lightly”. Aria tells him that they’re not going to have enough time to judge his baking, “they’ll be too busy judging you”. When Ezra gives her a deer in the headlights look, Aria tells him that is why he was invited, her family knows they’re spending a lot of time together and they want to make sure he’s worth a second look. Laughing, Ezra says that he’s starting to feel like a used car and questions whether her family are going to “kick my tires and check under my hood?” Shrugging, Aria tells him that if Aunt Sarah gets drunk, she may check under his hood, and her Uncle Danny will ask him to arm wrestle, but to just say no. Going on, Aria tells Ezra that he’s going to love Granny though, “if you can get passed the long chin hairs, you won’t mind that she toots a lot”. As Ezra shudders, Aria tells him that she’s joking, “Granny plucks her chin hairs”, and the two sharing a smiling behind the eyes look.
Ezra tells Aria that he knows they don’t need the pies they baked, but he figured someone may get hungry when Aria lets him into her house. Closing the front door, Aria tells Ezra that her mom is still on the phone with Veronica and that the Hastings’ still haven’t seen Spencer yet. Ezra assures Aria that the Hastings’ are working on Spencer’s bail, “they’ll get her out of there in no time, Aria”. Aria’s phone rings with an incoming call, and picking it up, Aria announces that it’s Mona. Ending the call, Aria tells Ezra to grab his coat, and when he asks her where they’re going, Aria tells him that they’re going to Mona’s, “she found proof. Ali’s A”.
Walking into the Vanderwaal residence, Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Ezra are shocked to see Mona’s house trashed with hand prints of blood in the entryway, with Aria reacting with, “what the hell”, and Ezra uttering, "oh no".
Standing by a police vehicle as the Vanderwaal house is taped off as a crime scene, Aria and Ezra, along with Hanna and Caleb, and Emily and Paige, stand huddled together, visibly upset and shaken. Caleb listened on as Detective Holbrook tells the waiting press that while the investigation is ongoing, they have ruled what has happened a homicide and that Mona Vanderwaal was murdered.
Aria and Ezra, along with Emily and Paige, and Hanna and Caleb, slow dance under the lit up gazebo, until everyone turns their attention to the top of the staircase. Walking to the edge of the gazebo, Aria, Ezra, the other couples and Spencer watch as Alison, followed by four other girls, make their grand entrance.
Aria, Ezra, Emily, Caleb, and Paige discuss the possibility that Holbrook was the one who Alison was kissing. Noticing a look on Ezra’s face, Aria asks him, “Ezra, what is it?”, before Ezra says that if Holbrook is helping Alison, he wants to know when it started.
In the Hastings’ living room, Aria, Ezra, and the other couples listened as Toby says that the letter Hanna found proves that Alison knew Bethany and that it may create enough reasonable doubt to clear Spencer’s name. As the clock strikes midnight, Ezra leans downs to kiss Aria, before kneeling on the floor and wrapping her in a hug.
Ezra, Paige, Toby, and Caleb appear on the Hastings’ staircase wearing nothing but Santa boxers, surprising their partners, “Merry Christmas"
Aria and Ezra are getting food out of the fridge, as everyone else huddles around the island bench in the Hastings’ kitchen.
Grabbing a cooked roast from the Hastings’ island bench, Ezra presents, “Christmas chicken”, to everyone. As Ezra sits down, Aria tells them that they should all say a prayer, and they link hands with one another.
Aria and Ezra listen as Emily toasts to their family, may they always stay together, before clinking glasses with everyone. Suddenly everyone hears the sound of bells and something falling down the chimney. Getting up from the table, everyone heads outside where they find a Christmas tree all lit up in Spencer’s backyard. As they’re admiring the tree, snow starts falling and a message over Spencer’s barn lights up. Aria reads the message aloud, “Merry Christmas, Bitches. –A”, before snuggling into Ezra’s chest.
Walking into The Brew’s kitchen, Ezra overhears the last of Aria and Emily’s conversation where Aria says that she may not get to go to college next fall. After Emily says that she’s going to go call her mom, Ezra puts down the box and walks over to Aria. Holding the letter she has written to Talmadge College, Aria tells Ezra that she didn’t know how to tell him, but nobody wants her. Ezra tells her that that’s not true, “there are many, many, many great colleges that you can apply to in the future”, to which Aria says that she can write a better letter. Saying that she could write the Grapes of Wrath, Ezra tells her that it still wouldn’t matter, “Talmadge recently hired Jackie Molina as an admissions officer”. Aria questions if he means “Jackie, as in your ex Jackie who hates my guts?", and trying to lighten the situation, Ezra tells her that she forgot to mention that Jackie hates his guts even more. Ezra comments that he knows it hurt, “but it’s a temporary setback, that’s all. Promise”, before wrapping Aria in a hug.
Walking up to Aria when she arrives at the party, Ezra tells her that he’s been looking for her. Kissing Aria on the cheek, Ezra tells her that there’s somebody he really wants her to meet. With a hand on her lower back, Ezra guides Aria over to Bob, and gaining Bob’s attention, Ezra tells him that Aria is the young lady he was telling him about. Ezra explains to Aria that the man is Bob Milson and that he teaches at Vassar, “I thought that one gifted writer would appreciate another”.
Aria nervously paces her living room as Ezra reads over her letter to Jackie. When Ezra comments that it’s no wonder she got in, Aria tells him that she doesn’t blame him for being furious, “it was a really stupid thing and I realized that after I did it”. As Ezra places the letter back on the coffee table, Aria goes on to say that she tried to get the letter back from Jackie but she’d already read it and it was too late, but cutting Aria off, Ezra tells her to stop, “I’m not angry”. Shocked, Aria questions that he’s not, and Ezra tells her it was a brilliant move, “Jackie must have laughed it up”, to which Aria comments, “oh yeah, she did”. Taking Ezra’s hands, Aria tells him she’s sorry, “really”, but Ezra tells her she did what she had to do to get in. Ezra says that there was no harm done, and when Aria says that there was, “I actually made Jackie believe I feel this way about you”, Ezra mentions that he doesn’t care what Jackie thinks, “only what you do. And that is all that matters”. After Ezra pulls Aria in for a hug, Aria pushes out of it, commenting that she didn’t have to write the letter, before saying that she doesn’t even want to go to Talmadge, she was just scared if she didn’t get in she’d be stuck in Rosewood. Ezra comments that now Aria doesn’t have to worry, and after the two share a look, Aria walks back into Ezra’s embrace. Looking over Aria’s shoulder, Ezra eyes the letter.
Sitting on the Montgomery’s couch Ezra comments that Aria didn’t eat that much when they place their plates of takeout on the coffee table. After Aria mentions that she’d not that hungry, Ezra gets a present for her out of his satchel. When Aria questions what it is, Ezra tells her it’s something to celebrate her getting into Talmadge. Opening the present Aria finds a journal monogrammed with her initials, “it’s, it’s beautiful. Thank you so much”, to which Ezra tells her he remembers how excited he was when he got accepted to Hollis, “there are so many amazing adventures ahead of you, and I don’t want you to miss out on a single one… the way that you missed out on so much of high school because of me”. Aria says that she doesn’t actually feel that way, and when Ezra mentions that he read the letter again, Aria tells him that she only wrote what she thought Jackie wanted to hear. Ezra notes that he thinks the letter rang true to Jackie for a reason, and when Aria comments that it’s because she’s a good writer, Ezra just looks at her. Furrowing her brows, Aria says that she doesn’t understand, “this morning you were practically laughing when you read it”, and Ezra explains that he then had a chance to think about it and he doesn’t think Aria could have written what she did if there wasn’t some small part of her that thought that way about them. Aria assures him that she doesn’t regret being with him at all, to which Ezra tells her that she may not now, “but if we stay together”… Aria questions Ezra’s use of the word "if", and after Ezra just gives her a look, Aria wonders what Ezra is trying to say. Saying that he wants what’s best for her, Ezra reminds Aria that she’s approaching a very exciting time in your life, “you’re going to be meeting people. You’re going to be discovering yourself”. Cutting in, Aria tells him that she can do all that and still be with him, and after taking a moment, Ezra takes Aria hands, “if we stay together you might grow to resent me. But if you take this time for yourself, there will be no regrets”. Ezra asks Aria to at least promise him that she’ll think about it, and as a tear rolls down her cheek, Aria reluctantly agrees, “yeah, I will”.
Following James Neilan out to a residence in the woods, Ezra comments that whoever lives here really wants to keep people out, as they watch James waits for a large double gate to open before he drives in. As Aria’s cell phone beeps with an incoming text, Ezra reads over it before asking Aria who Andrew is. Before Aria has a chance to answer, Emily tells them that they have to go, and after Emily gets from the car, Ezra and Aria share a look, before they to get from the car and run towards the closing double gates. The gates close before Aria and Ezra can get through, separating them from Emily. Emily comments that Aria and Ezra were behind her, and as Aria tells Emily to stay right there, Ezra mentions that he’s going to try and find another way onto the property. Looking around, Emily comments that it looks as though the fence goes around the whole place, before saying perhaps she could just take a look around. Aria tells Emily no, “we’re not letting you go in there by yourself”, to which Emily tells Aria she’ll be fine. Ezra reminds Emily she has no idea whose in the woods or the house, but Emily tells Ezra that by the time he and Aria find a way to get in the property, Neilan could be gone and he came here for a reason, and don’t they want to know what it is. Watching as Emily turns and heads down the gravel track, Ezra tells Aria to “come on” and they head down the boundary line to find a way in.
Walking along the boundary, Aria explains that he’s been helping her study, “Andrew”, and that’s why he was so excited to hear she did so well on the test. Saying that it’s good to hear that Andrew is supporting her, Ezra listens as Aria mentions that she needs to keep her grades up if she wants to keep her spot at SCAD, to which Ezra says that Emily mentioned that, “congratulations”. As Aria thanks him, Ezra says he’s surprised she didn’t tell him that herself and Aria tells him that she meant to, “it’s just been a crazy week”. Ezra comments that it’s good to know that she’s not avoiding him, to which Aria wonders why she would, before suggesting that it’s probably best if they split up. When Ezra looks towards her, Aria explains that they’ll cover more territory that way. Asking Ezra to call her if she finds a way in, Aria turns and starts walking back in the opposite direction.
Meeting back up with Aria, Ezra tells her that he’s circled the entire property, “there’s no way we’re getting over that security fence”, to which Aria tells him that she’s calling Emily.
Aria tells Ezra that Emily’s not picking up, and noticing the double gates open, they duck behind the bushes. Watching as James Neilan leaves the property, Aria and Ezra come out of hiding when they notice Emily follow the car out. Emily tells them that it’s Varjak’s house, and when Ezra questions that Neilan is Varjak, Emily says no, but Neilan is working for Varjak. Aria’s cell phone beeps, and when she reacts to what she’s read, Emily questions what the message said, to which Aria tells Ezra and Emily that Hanna’s been arrested.
At the Rosewood Police Department, Ezra listens as Caleb tells Aria and Emily that they have to show Tanner all of the pictures and all of the texts on their phones. Ezra then notes that if the girls do, Tanner will have no choice but to believe Hanna. As Emily says that should wait for Spencer to get back in the morning, Aria and Emily’s cell phones beep with an incoming text. Emily reads the text aloud, “let’s all start with a clean slate. –A”, before Aria comments that all the text ‘A’ sent her are gone. Emily notes that hers are as well, and when Caleb questions that they’ve got nothing to help Hanna, Emily says that there is one thing. Aria and Ezra listen as Emily says she found a receipt at Varjak’s, and handing it Ezra, she explains that the receipt doesn’t just have his name on it, it also has his phone number. Ezra concludes that either Varjak is ‘A’, or Varjak is working for A, but nonetheless, the receipt could help Hanna.
Sitting down on a park seat next to Aria, Ezra listens as Aria thanks him for meeting her, before he mentions that he brought her a muffin, “I can’t promise it’s any good because I’m trying out this new chef”. Smiling as she takes the muffin, Aria listens as Ezra wonders if she’s figured out when she’d be able to see Hanna, to which Aria tells him that it won’t be for a few days, “she still has to be fully processed first”. Aria then mentions that she couldn’t sleep at all last night, she just kept thinking about how scared Hanna must be all alone in there. Saying that Hanna’s really strong, “I think she’s going to be okay until her mom gets her out on bail”, Ezra listens as Aria says that’s if Ashley gets her out on bail. A silence falls between them, and breaking that silence, Aria mentions that yesterday Ezra asked if she’d been avoiding him. Ezra comments that they don’t have to talk about this now, but Aria tells him that she needs to, and seeing him made her realize that. Aria then admits that she has been avoiding him because she knows that when she says what she’s about to say, there’s no taking it back. Ezra nods, and as Aria says that Ezra was right, Ezra turns to face her. Aria goes on to say says that she did miss out on a lot of high school because of their relationship, “and although I don’t regret any of it, I think that when I go away to college I should be single”. Taking a moment, Ezra tells her that she’s making the right choice, “but if we’re going to end it, I think we should do it now”. Saying that the past few weeks have been so difficult, “not knowing where we stood”, Ezra notes that it’s going to be so much harder if they’re just counting down the days until Aria goes. Realization and emotion hitting, Aria comments that she cannot imagine her life without him, and Ezra tells her that she doesn’t have to, he wants her in his too. As Ezra adds that they’ll figure something out, Aria takes his hand.
- Started: Pilot (1x01)
- Reason: They meet in a bar and end up making out in the bathroom. The next day, Aria finds out Ezra is her new English teacher. Ezra tries to call off their relationship, but the pair gives into their feelings at Alison's funeral.
- Ended: Reality Bites Me (1x05)
- Reason: Aria leaves her phone at Ezra's overnight and receives a text from 'A' that Ezra reads. Ezra puts an end to the relationship, thinking Aria told 'A' about them.
- Started: Keep Your Friends Close (1x10)
- Reason: Ezra asks Aria to meet him during Mona's birthday celebrations at Camp Mona. Ezra explains that he was trying to get another job so the two could be together. Ezra asks Aria to forgive him and giving into temptation, Aria gives into her feelings and the pair reconcile.
- Ended: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1x22)
- Reason: Ezra's ex, Jackie Molina, turns up at the faculty mixer at Aria's house and Aria is upset that Ezra lied to her about her working at Hollis.
- Started: The Goodbye Look (2x02)
- Reason: Ezra leaves Rosewood High and Aria runs up to him in the car park as he's just about to leave. He picks her up and the two kiss passionately.
- Ended: Between Over My Dead Body (2x12) and Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares (2x14)
- Reason: Jackie blackmails Aria into breaking up with Ezra, threatening to tell the police and Aria's parents if she carried on with him. Wanting to protect Ezra, Aria breaks up with him.
- Started: Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares (2x14)
- Reason: Ezra finds out about Jackie blackmailing Aria and how she just wanted to protect him. Ezra then says that they need to tell Aria's parents about them.
- Ended: A Hot Piece of A (2x15)
- Reason: Aria's parents, particularly Byron, are against the idea of Aria and Ezra as a couple. Byron goes as far as threatening to go to the police, and the pair are forced to take a break from their relationship.
- Started: The Blond Leading the Blind (2x17)
- Reason: Aria leaves Ezra a voicemail saying that if he still wants to be with her, she will be waiting for him at a certain time. He eventually listens to the voice mail and when he arrives in Philadelphia, they kiss in the rain.
- Ended: A DAngerous GAme (3x24)
- Reason: Aria hears that Ezra has been offered a job at Rosewood High School, but wasn't going to accept it because he wants to be with her. Aria tells Ezra to take the job as he needs to support not only himself but his son, Malcolm.
- Started: Bite Your Tongue (4x17)
- Reason: Aria tells Ezra that he's "the one" and he always has been.
- Ended: Free Fall (4x20)
- Reason: Aria finds out that Ezra was writing a book about her and her friends, and the basis of their relationship was based on a lie. Aria also thought that Ezra was a part of the A Team.
One Night Stand:
- Started: Miss Me x 100 (5x05)
- Reason: Ezra tells Aria he never wants to hear her say sorry again and he leans in to kiss her. They continue to kiss more passionately before having sex.
- Ended: Run, Ali, Run (5x06)
- Reason: Aria tells Ezra that them sleeping together was a mistake and that they can't go back to the way they were, even though they're still in love with each other.
- Started: Taking This One to the Grave (5x12)
- Reason: Aria and Ezra have been spending a lot of time together, and as a result, the Montgomery's invited Ezra over for Thanksgiving dinner. Aria also refers to Ezra as her 'bed buddy'.
- Ended: To Plea or Not to Plea (5x22)
- Reason: Aria tells Ezra that she feels she should be single when she goes to college. Ezra decides it would be best to break up so that they are not counting down the days until their relationship ends.
- Happened in: "Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars"
- Reason: Ezra tells Aria their book will be published. They proceed to kiss, and then they have sex.
- Started: Officially in "Tick-Tock, Bitches"
- Reason: After going to the bar they've first met, Aria realizes she still deeply loves Ezra and can't deny her feelings for him. She goes to his apartment and they hug.
- Started "Along Comes Mary"
- Reason Ezra wanted to spend the rest of his life with Aria and proposed to her.
- Started "Till Death Do Us pArt"
Threats to Ezria
- "A" - "A" threatens to spill after Ezra picks up Aria in the rain.
- Noel Kahn - Noel threatens to go to the principal until "A" intercepts for some mysterious reason. Probably because he still likes her and has feelings for her since they dated.
- Jackie Molina - Ezra's ex who is jealous and blackmails Aria, trying to regain Ezra's love.
- Jason DiLaurentis - Aria had two sex dreams about him. Jason even kissed her, but Aria backed off, admitting she is "unavailable."
- Ella Montgomery - Ella had trouble coming to terms with their relationship.
- Byron Montgomery - Like Ella, he too had trouble coming to terms with Ezria. However, he doesn't back down easily and goes as far as getting Ezra fired from Hollis so that he would have to move away and be away from Aria.
- Alison DiLaurentis - Ezra lied about knowing Alison DiLaurentis before she disappeared. He wanted to find out what really happened to her and used Aria for information at the beginning of their relationship.
Music in Ezria Scenes
- There is a piece of music that is often played during Ezria scenes, although the name of it is unknown.
- "Beauty Queens" by Ben Brother - (Aria and Ezra first meet at the bar in the Pilot).
- "Happiness by The Fray - (Plays in the background as Aria and Ezra at the bar in the Pilot. Aria says she loves the song and Ezra refers to it as 'B-26'. Ezra then later writes a poem about Aria entitled 'B-26').
- "More Of You" by Mozella - (Ezra and Aria make out in the bathroom of the bar in the Pilot).
- "Begin Again" by Measure - (Before Alison's funeral in the Pilot, Ezra grabs Aria and kisses her as she walks away. The song is also played when the scene is recreated in A DAngerous GAme).
- "Falling For The First Time" by Jules Larson - (Ezra watching Aria leave his classroom after he reluctantly signs her form to transfer out of his class in The Jenna Thing)
- "Jack and Jill" by Katie Herzig - (Aria returns to Ezra's class and gives him the class transfer form which has 'declined' stamped onto it in The Jenna Thing).
- "Fresh Pair of Eyes" by Brooke Waggoner - (Ezra picks up Aria in the rain, the two then make out in his car in The Jenna Thing).
- "Closer to You" by Jaylene Johnson - (Aria goes to Ezra's apartment to seek comfort after a bad conversation with Meredith in The Jenna Thing).
- "Hold On" by St. Lola & The Fields - (Aria reflects on relationship with Ezra in There's No Place Like Homecoming).
- "Worry About You" and "Same Night Sky" by 2AM Club - (Aria and Ezra work the booth together in There's No Place Like Homecoming).
- "Chocolate and Cigarettes" by Angus & Julia Stone - (Aria sits outside Rosewood High and reads Ezra's poem B-26 in Keep Your Friends Close).
- "Wonder-Dummied" by Brooke Waggoner - (Ezra packs up his desk and goes to resign but 'A' intervenes and saves Ezria's relationship in Know Your Frenemies).
- "Hey Na Na" by Katie Herzig - (Aria flirtatiously invites Ezra to an art opening where they can be seen in public together in If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again).
- "Leave It All Behind" by Allie Moss - (Ezra pulls up in a limo to pick up Aria in If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again).
- "Redeeming Love" by Amy Stroup - (Ezria kiss in public outside of the museum art opening in If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again).
- "Don't Want This To End" by Jarrod Gorbel - (In Ezra's apartment, Aria convinces Ezra to let her be his stage manager in The Badass Seed).
- "Breath" by Rowan - (Aria cooks for Ezra and wears a dress that makes him say 'wow' as he walks through the door in A Person of Interest).
- "Hiding My Heart Away" by Brandi Carlile - (Aria leaves Ezra in her bedroom after confronting him about Jackie in For Whom the Bell Tolls).
- "Say Goodbye” by Black Lab - (During the montage of Aria waiting around for Ezra and when she leaves him a note and leaves in The Goodbye Look).
- "Please Don’t Leave Quite Yet” by Adam Agin - (Aria searches for Ezra at Rosewood High, and finds him packing his car in the parking lot. Running towards him, Aria is picked up by Ezra and the pair kiss in The Goodbye Look).
- "Imposter" by Jocelyn Alice - (Aria and Ezra arrive on the Hollis campus in My Name Is Trouble).
- "Turn Our Eyes Away" by Trent Dabbs and Ruby Amanfu - (Aria and Ezra talk at the funeral in The Devil You Know).
- "I Want It All" by Jules Larson - (Aria and Ezra get hot and heavy in Ezra's office in Picture This).
- "Shot in the Dark" by Augustana - (Ezra and Aria talk at the college fair in Touched by an 'A'-ngel).
- "As Long as Our Hearts Are Beating" by Jenny & Tyler - (Aria learns Ezra left the play early in Let the Water Hold Me Down).
- "I Will Let You Go" by Daniel Ahearn - (Aria waits for Ezra in The Blond Leading the Blind).
- "My Heart With You" by The Rescues - (Ezra and Aria kiss in the rain in The Blond Leading the Blind).
- "Only You" by Matthew Perryman Jones - (Aria and Ezra talk in his car in A Kiss Before Lying).
- "Too Pretty To Say Please" by The Wooden Birds - (Aria brings Ezra coffee in If These Dolls Could Talk).
- "Wicked Games" by Gemma Hayes - (Aria and Ezra have sex for the first time in If These Dolls Could Talk).
- "Always" by Peter Bradley Adams - (Ezra surprises Aria at the Masquerade Ball in UnmAsked).
- "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum - (Ezria's first dance together in public, Ezra removes Aria's mask saying that he wants to see her in UnmAsked).
- "I Feel Alive" by Jules Larson - (Aria and Ezra make out at his apartment in It Happened 'That Night').
- "Say Goodbye" by Norah Jones - (Aria and Ezra talk in Ezra’s car in Blood Is The New Black).
- "Keep You Right" by Blind Pilot - (Ezra and Aria are at his apartment in Kingdom of the Blind).
- "Slipping Away" by Barcelona - (Ezra tells Aria that he got a new job in That Girl is Poison).
- "This Is Just So Beautiful" by Jenny & Tyler - (Aria and Ezra hang out at The Brew in What Lies Beneath).
- "All Those Pretty Lights" by Andrew Belle - (Ezra and Aria sitting on couch when he gets a call from Maggie in Hot Water).
- "Runaway Heart" by The Strange Familiar - (Aria tries to break up with Ezra but he doesn't let her, saying he's had these days before in I'm Your Puppet).
- "Every Breath You Take" by Denmark & Winter - (Aria and Ezra rekindle their romance in Ezra's apartment and sleep together in Miss Me x 100).
- "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes ft. Lily Costner - (Aria and Ezra make pumpkin pies in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner in Taking This One to the Grave).
- "Fire In My Bones" by Fleurie -(Aria kisses Ezra in the heat of the moment and is shocked until Ezra returns her kiss which leads to them having sex in Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars).
- Ezra's Apartment - This is where Ezria spend a lot of their time together, especially when their relationship was secret in season 1 and early on in season 2. They'd spend Saturdays here. This is also where Aria and Ezra have sex for the first time in If These Dolls Could Talk.
- B-26 - When "Happiness" by The Fray plays in the bar when Aria and Ezra first meet and Ezra refers to it as 'B-26'. He later on writes a poem about Aria and entitles it, B-26. It's also his code to get into is cabin.
- Ezra's Classroom/Rosewood High - When Ezra taught at Rosewood High school, this is where they would see each other a lot. Aria was in his English class.
- Ezra's car - Ezra picks up Aria in the rain in his car and they then make out in it in The Jenna Thing. He also meets her at Camp Mona and the pair reconcile and kiss in his car.
- Vegan food - Ezra jokes that he must really love Aria because he's taking her out for French vegan food after she says he must love her for taking her out for French food in CTRL: A. Then in Hot Water, after Ezra has returned from Malcolm, he says "I never would have said this prior to meeting you, but I've actually been craving vegan takeout".
- Pie - Often, when Ezra and Aria are spending time together, they are seen eating or making pie. "There's like a thing with Ezra and Aria, I guess they are like obsessed with pie. So, they are like always eating pie." -Lucy Hale In Miss Me x 100 Aria brings Ezra a key lime pie and in Taking This One to the Grave they make two pumpkin pies from Ezra's grandmother's recipe for Thanksgiving dinner.
- In "Picture This," during one of Aria's Ezria sex dreams, Aria murmurs something about waiting being worth the while, suggesting that Aria and Ezra have never had sex up until this point. Executive Producer Marlene King has said that this point was intentionally left vague at first, but would be made clear at some point in Season 2. In "If These Dolls Could Talk," this was made clear when they were seen undressing each other on Ezra's bed.
- They are the most popular couple on the show and are shipped by many of the fandom.
- Ezra is six years older than Aria.
- In the prequel episode, "The First Secret", Ezra is a student at Hollis, and Aria suddenly bumps into him. Aria and Ezra, unknowingly, did meet before they met in the "Pilot".
- Aria was the first one to say "I love you" in Know Your Frenemies.
- They had sex for the first time in If These Dolls Could Talk.
- Aria lost her virginity to Ezra.
- Norman Buckley gave the nickname Ezrians to the Ezria shippers.
- Ezra and Aria share their first dance in UnmAsked.
- They had a deleted scene in Season 1 in Ezra's classroom.
- They both love watching black and white movies.
- Ezra took a bullet for Aria and the other Liars in A is for Answers.
- Aria has a picture of her and Ezra on her nightstand, shown in Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
- Ezra has a photo of Aria on his desk mentioned in No Stone Unturned seen in Driving Miss Crazy.
- They wrote a book together.
- In Burn This, Ezra brought Aria gummy bears, magazines and her favorite shirt of his to sleep in and took care of her when she was in the hospital.
- They are the first main ship in get engaged.
- They are the second main ship in the PLL fandom to be married, after Haleb.
- Since Aria can't have children, Ezria plans to meet with an adoption as soon as they get back from their honeymoon.
Ezra: I can keep my feelings in check.
Aria: I can't.
Aria: My friends thought you had nice legs.
Ezra: What did you think?
Aria: That I was embarrassed my friends thought you had nice legs.
Ezra [to Aria]]: Uh, I’m home tonight. I could make you one of two dishes that I actually know how to cook. But I want to talk to you when I’m not looking at you over a desk or... or through Dan Farin’s faux-hawk.
Aria: You laugh in your sleep?
Aria: That's cute.
Aria: You wanna be real? Forget about theory. What does it feel like when we’re together?
Ezra: Good, it feels… right. I wanna be with you, I wanna hang out in the bar, introduce you to my friends, split a plate of fries like everybody else, but I don’t think we can do that. When I’m with you I don’t care about anybody else.
Aria: So, are you talking yourself into this or out of it?
Ezra: Yes… No... Maybe.
Aria: Look, we’re here now and it’s just the two of us, and it feels good. So let's not care together.
Aria: Ezra wait! Just let me talk for a second, please. And I don’t wanna argue or try to convince you of anything that… I know it’s over, I know that! But, I just… I can’t stand that idea of you walking around and hating me.
Ezra: Hate you? The only person I hate right now is myself, for asking too much of you. Seeing you out there tonight out on the dance floor having fun with guys your own age, not sneaking around, holding up with me in my apartment, to watch videos and eat one of the three things I could actually cook. Because I can’t take you to the movies, I can’t take you out to a nice restaurant. And for the record, I could never hate you. I figured you’d be here tonight. My new haircut wasn’t to impress Mrs. Welsh.
Aria: It wasn't our age that ruined us, Ezra. You did.
Ezra [to Aria, about Jackie]: That was then. You are very much now.
Aria [about Rosewood High]: So, do you miss it?
Ezra: Not so much it ... as you.
Ezra [to Aria]: Here I was hoping you'd be at the potter's wheel, so I could wrap my arms around you and hum "Unchained Melody."
Ezra: Look, if we're ever gonna figure out what happens next, we need to find a way for your parents to see us together, as a couple.
Aria: That didn't really work last time.
Ezra: We weren't going to get off to a great start over an open grave.
Ezra: I want you to be safe, to be happy, and I want you to be sure that this, that we, are what you want.
Aria: There's only one place I can be sure of that.
Aria: With you.
Ezra: I thought you said your mom was 'warming' to the idea of us being a couple.
Aria: She's... thawing.
Ezra: And your dad?
Aria: How fast do glaciers melt?
Ezra: Not very. That's why they call it the Ice Age.
Aria [getting closer]: Well, you know what that means. It just means we have to generate more 'heat'.
Aria: A restaurant?
Ezra: Lower your expectations. It seats two.
Aria: Oh, so it's bigger than your apartment.
Aria: French food? Wow, you must really like me.
Ezra: Aria, it's French Vegan food. I must really love you.
Ezra [to Aria]: Do you have any idea how much I love you?
Ezra: God, I miss you.
Aria: Why? I'm right here.
Ezra: No, I know. I still miss you.
Aria: You don't have to worry about Shana anymore. She's dead. And I know that she's dead because I'm responsible.
Ezra: How can I help?
Ezra [to Aria]: Once you found out about the book, the only thing that I could think of was how to make it up to you. And I would have done anything to get you to forgive me. But I realized, that might not ever happen, and I had to be okay with that.