|“||How does a girl like Alison become a girl like Alison?||”|
— Gabriel to Hanna.
|State Police Officer (currently on suspension)|
| Officer Holbrook (on duty) |
Gabe and Gab (by Hanna)
|James Holbrook (father)|
| Hanna Marin (kissed) |
Alison DiLaurentis (briefly dated/kissed)
| Linda Tanner (former)|
Hanna Marin (former)
Alison DiLaurentis (former)
| Linda Tanner |
|Fighting Crime (former)|
| - Kissed Alison (revealed to the Liars)
- Was being investigated by Internal Affairs (revealed to Hanna, Spencer and Aria)
|'A' is for A-l-i-v-e|
|Oh, What Hard Luck Stories They All Hand Me|
Gabriel Holbrook is a character on Pretty Little Liars, first introduced in Season 4. He is a Pennsylvania State Police Officer and the detective assigned to Darren Wilden's murder case. He is portrayed by Sean Faris.
Gabriel Holbrook is paired with Linda Tanner as his partner to investigate the mysteries and murders surrounding the Liars and the town of Rosewood; in particular, the recent murder of Darren Wilden and now the discovery of Alison DiLaurentis being alive.
Gabriel Holbrook introduces himself to the four Liars outside of Wilden's funeral. He is a state cop who will be investigating the murders of Detective Wilden and Officer Reynolds. He read a lot about them in the files and agreed Wilden seemed to be harassing the girls. He asks why they would come to his funeral to which Emily replies by saying they were supporting their local police department. He mentions they will probably have to come in for some questioning even though they already were questioned after Garrett's death.
Detective Holbrook catches Hanna in a conference room at the police station about to take a photo of the suspect board for Wilden's murder. When pressed she says she was looking for Emily's mom. She asks why she is on the board and he explains that it's part of the process of catching the murderer. They include everyone who knew Wilden and even some who didn't know they knew Wilden and then eliminate them one by one. He says she has nothing to worry about but she points out unless you're the last person left on the list. Detective Holbrook spots Melissa Hastings across the precinct and excuses himself to greet her. Later in the episode Melissa tells Spencer that Det. Holbrook just wanted to talk about Wilden but she wasn't sure if she was helpful since she didn't know him since high school.
Gabriel and his partner, Linda, are watching the girls from a car. Linda says aloud to him what is it about the four girls that attracts so many corpses. Later, they are inspecting Darren's safety deposit box. The detectives start to question Ashley Marin. Gabriel and the rest of the detectives take the entire box for evidence. They later turn up to Hanna's house to question Ashley, but they get lied to and think that Ashley isn't in.
When Hanna is browsing through books, Gabriel approaches her. He explains to her how his job isn't easy and he hopes that during the investigation of Darren's murder he did not cause any collateral damage to her or her mom. He suggests a book to Hanna. Later at The Brew, when Hanna is asking the worker about her book she has lost, Gabriel comments on her fast reading ability. Hanna tells him she always reads the ending first. He tells her that she is crazy and should read the middle first because that has the biggest twist. She asks him about what the twist is and he gives her a clue.
Hanna helps him load evidence boxes into his car related to CeCe. During he tells her that every detail in a case is important no matter how small it is.
Hanna visits Gabriel to discuss Travis' dads court appearance on Darren's murder. Hanna tries to encourage him to drop the case. Gabriel tells her that he shouldn't be discussing this case with her and she leaves. Gabriel stood up for Travis' dad in court and gave a statement, saving him. He bumps into Hanna later at The Brew and she thanks him for what he did in court. She hugs him and then kisses him. Hanna apologizes and runs off quickly in embarrassment.
Gabriel received a letter from an anonymous person claiming that Alison DiLaurentis is alive. He questions Hanna about the letter, and she denies writing it. Later, he and Linda question her once more about the letter after getting a new possible lead in Alison's case. Hanna sees Gabriel and Linda talking to Jessica DiLaurentis.
Gabriel visits the DiLaurentis house to inform Ms. DiLaurentis that she needs to have Alison's body re examined, and that he has a court order to do so. Jessica urges for him to let her daughter rest in peace, but he tells her he wasn't there to ask for permission as the court order allows him to do so without her permission.
A informs the police about the whereabouts of CeCe Drake. They arrest her and he questions her about Darren's murder, but he gets no straight answer from her. Eventually, she tells him that she knows who the killed the girl in Alison's grave and is the person who is still trying to get her now. CeCe also says that she can prove that Alison is alive. Gabriel has the Hastings House searched. He tells Veronica Hastings that her daughter may know the whereabouts of a missing person and shows her a picture of the four girls talking to Alison. Melissa returns and interrupts their conversation.
Gabriel takes Veronica to the station and questions her about Spencer's recent activities. She tells him that she doesn't like being questioned and wants to contact her husband. Gabriel leaves and is informed by another officer that they will have the girls whereabouts within the hour. He then interviews Melissa Hastings and Peter Hastings. Gabriel asks Peter about him hiring a private investigator the summer Alison went missing. He then gets told that the girls are in Philadelphia.
Veronica, Peter and Melissa that CeCe Drake escaped police custody, and that because Cece knows Alison is alive, Spencer may be in danger. Back at the Rosewood Police Department, Gabriel is going over Alison's missing person's file when receives a phone call from New York. The NYPD detective tells him about a shooting that happened in New York and involved a Rosewood resident, Ezra Fitz. Holbrook gets into researching Ezra, and finds out that "Fitz is a Fitzgerald" and the family owns the Fitzgerald Theater in New York. On a whim, Gabriel calls Fitzgerald Theater, and is surprised when Alison answers. Rosewood Police Department, Holbrook notices The Liars walking in and goes over to welcome them, and Alison, home. As Alison goes to explain who she is, Holbrook cuts her off, "I know who you are. I'm glad you're with your friends. Welcome home." He understands this is a sensitive case, and when he tells her he'd like to know everything, starting the night she disappeared, Alison tells him she didn't disappear, she was kidnapped. In a conference room, Alison tells Gabriel about her kidnapping, but he finds some holes in her story, but before he can press any further questions, Mr. DiLaurentis arrives, cutting their interview short.
Holbrook continues to watch on as Alison is asked who else was in the barn that night. After Alison names Aria, Hanna and Emily as being in the barn, the interviewer asks if when Alison left the barn, they were all still sleeping. Alison answers yes, before being asked where she last saw Spencer Hastings.
Walking into the DiLaurentis living room, Holbrook asks Alison if she plays, and when Alison questions him, Holbrook tells her he’s referring to the piano. Alison says that she loved it as a kid, but lost interest, and she can’t remember why. Holbrook tells Alison that he shouldn’t be here without Lieutenant Tanner, but he just wanted to tell her in person. Sitting down on the sofa, Alison asks what it is.
Pulling up at Radley, Holbrook gets out of his car and walks towards the back entrance.
Holbrook stops in front of Aria who is cleaning up a spill of red paint, “you made quite a mess of things”. As Aria stands up, Holbrook comments that he didn’t know that she worked at Radley. Aria tells him that it’s not a job, she volunteers. Holbrook tells Aria that it’s admirable, to which Aria tells him that she better get back to the patients as they might need some more supplies. As Aria begins to walk off, Holbrook stops her, saying that he’s just curious, “when did it all start?” Turning back to face him, Aria asks Holbrook what, before she envisions him saying, “the lies, the cover ups, the murders”. Holbrook wonders when Aria’s volunteer program started, and Aria tells him a few weeks ago. Holbrook questions if Aria has an interest in the mental health profession, and she tells him that she loves art and she loves helping people. Holbrook then goes on to ask if she volunteered before or after the police identified Bethany’s body. Aria tells Holbrook that he doesn’t sound just curious anymore, and questions whether she should call her parents. Holbrook tells her no, not yet. Turning to leave, Holbrook begins to take a step before pausing and asking Aria whether her volunteer work Spencer’s idea. After Aria firmly tells him no, Holbrook walks off.
Holbrook interviews two male Radley staff members.
Walking into the Brew, Holbrook walks over to Spencer, “Spencer Hastings, you’re under the arrest for the murder of Bethany Young.” As Spencer and her friends pleads her innocence, Holbrook continues to tell Spencer of her rights, “you have the right to an attorney. Anything you say will be admissible in a court of law”.
Outside the Vanderwaal house, Detective Holbrook approaches the waiting press, telling them that while the investigation is ongoing, they have ruled it a homicide. Saying that although they did not find a body, the amount of blood would indicate the victim's wounds were fatal. Holbrook then declares that Mona Vanderwaal was murdered.
Grabbing Aria by the shoulder, Holbrook tells her that she’s on his list, “the naughty one”. Holbrook says that he’s surprised to see Aria at the Ice Ball, to which Aria tells him she’s also surprised to see him. Holbrook tells her that it’s a charity ball, “giving back to my community”. Aria says she didn’t realise Rosewood was his community, and Holbrook tells her that the town has a lot to offer, and that it’s starting to grow on him, before Aria says that he’s spoken like a guy who maybe met a girl that he likes. Holbrook questions what has brought Aria out tonight, and shrugging, Aria tells him that it’s the same as him, it feels good to give back. As Holbrook comments that he doesn’t know why he has a hard time believing her, Aria says that her boyfriend is probably looking for her. As Aria turns to leave, Holbrook comments that she’s wearing a pretty dress, “tell Ezra I think he has good taste”, before Holbrook turns and walks away.
As Holbrook walks through the crowd, Ezra and Caleb bail him up, wondering if they could both have a word with him for a second.
From behind closed doors, Holbrook’s raised voice carries out into the bullpen, “this department has screwed up the investigation from the start, and now you’re trying to blame it on me?” Saying that they have no idea what’s going on, “not a clue”, Holbrook storms out into the bullpen, and grabbing a cardboard box from his desk, he throws the contents out, before shoving his belongings inside. Walking out of the bullpen, Holbrook comes face-to-face to Hanna and Caleb, and after muttering “perfect, just perfect”, he walks passed them.
Sitting in his car outside the Vanderwaal house, Holbrook tails Hanna when she leaves.
Having pulled Hanna over, Holbrook grabs at Hanna’s wrist while she’s looking in his driver’s door window, “hello Hanna”. Hanna wonders why Holbrook still has this car he’s driving since the police suspended him, and Holbrook comments that he hasn’t got around to turning it in, before questioning if she’s going to report him, “I might get in trouble for that”. Hanna tells Holbrook to let go of her, but keeping hold of Hanna’s wrist, Holbrook says he’s going to ask her a question first. Asking how a girl like Alison becomes a girl like Alison, Holbrook listens as Hanna tells him that she’s had years of practice. Holbrook mentions that he had a career, “the start of one”, but he doesn’t have that anymore, “I’m finished because of her”. Hanna tells Holbrook that he could have said no, and that he didn’t have to do Alison’s dirty work like cleaning out all the junk from the storage space and trying to kill Spencer, Aria and Caleb. Saying that she’s getting him mixed up with the wrong fall guy, Holbrook tells Hanna that he’s spent the last few weeks locked up in a hotel with a couple of old timers from Internal Affairs. Holbrook then tells Hanna that if she doesn’t believe him she should ask Tanner, “Tanner knows everything”. When Hanna tells Holbrook to wait a minute, Holbrook comments that Alison cut him off, and when Hanna asks when, Holbrook questions if Alison told Hanna to kiss him. Concluding to himself that Alison did, Holbrook takes Hanna’s face in his hand, and it’s then that Hanna whacks Holbrook with a tyre iron she’s carrying. Holding his wrist, Holbrook listens as Hanna says that he doesn’t get to play the victim, and that he’s the grown up police officer and Alison’s just a girl. Going on, Hanna tells if Alison really did cut him off, he doesn’t know how lucky he is. Still holding his arm, Holbrook watches as Hanna walks to her car and drives away.
Season 4 (9/24)
- 'A' is for A-l-i-v-e
- Cat's Cradle
- Face Time
- Bite Your Tongue
- Hot for Teacher
- She's Come Undone
- Cover For Me
- A is for Answers
Season 5 (5/25)
- EscApe From New York
- Whirly Girlie
- Taking This One to the Grave
- How the 'A' Stole Christmas
- Oh, What Hard Luck Stories They All Hand Me
Hanna Marin: Kissed.
- Started: She's Come Undone
- Reason: Hanna thanks Holbrook for standing up for Mr. Hobbs in court, by kissing him in The Brew.
Alison DiLaurentis: Kissed.
- Started: How the 'A' Stole Christmas
- Reason: Meeting in a secret rendezvous at the Masquerade Ice Ball, Holbrook and Alison share a kiss, which is witnessed by Aria.