Netflix's 'To All the Boys 3': Lara Jean and Peter's 5 most romantic moments (spoilers!)

Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
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Spoiler alert! The following contains specifics about the plot of Netflix's new rom-com "To All the Boys: Always and Forever." Stop reading now if you haven't seen it yet and don't want to know.

The final installment of the "To All the Boys" trilogy, streaming now on Netflix, arrived just in time for Valentine's Day. Whether you're celebrating with your own Peter Kavinsky or still searching for one, it's full of swoon-worthy romantic moments perfect for the occasion.

As Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) gear up for high school graduation, their future seems to be pulling them apart: Peter is set to play lacrosse at Stanford, while Lara Jean plans to join him until her application is denied. All the while, they're looking for ways to still feel like they have a chance to go the distance.

These are Lara Jean and Peter's five most romantic moments in "To All The Boys: Always and Forever":

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1. They cozy up for movie night on the couch

Who says romantic moments always have to be huge, sweeping declarations of love? Sometimes it's the little things, like sitting on the couch together, wearing Korean face masks and watching one of Lara Jean's favorite old movies, "Say Anything." She teaches him all about her love for the genre's meet-cutes and grand gestures.

"You know what I'm looking forward to most about college?" Peter asks while they cuddle post-movie, curfew nearing. "Never having to say goodnight."

Lara Jean and Peter's relationship began as a ploy to trick their classmates, but she reflects after they've said goodnight that "maybe love is actually about the moments when you think no one is watching."

2. Peter's (ill-timed) 'Say Anything' tribute

Having just watched John Cusack's serenade, Peter swaps the boom box for an iPhone and Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” for the Stanford fight song to celebrate Lara Jean's acceptance into Stanford. He's all decked out in Stanford gear, decorated his car with the logo and even bought Lara Jean a hat with their mascot.

The one problem: Lara Jean didn't actually get into Stanford.

This boy is the king of remembering and implementing things he knows his girlfriend loves (say it with me, friends: if he wanted to, he would). Sure, he probably should have let Lara Jean explain that she hadn't been accepted, but it's nevertheless a sweet moment that shows how excited he is about their future together.

3. Lara Jean returns the favor with a 'Big Lebowski' reference

This is a couple with very different tastes. Peter plays lacrosse and goes to parties; Lara Jean loves to read and would rather be at home. She's a sucker for classic rom-coms; he's more of a "Fight Club" kind of guy.

So after his "Say Anything" tribute, Lara Jean surprises him with a special bowling date, complete with matching personalized pink bowling shirts and (a clean version of) a line from another one of his favorite movies.

"Dude, let's go bowling," she says, channeling John Goodman's character in "The Big Lebowski."

Of course, this is Lara Jean, so the date wouldn't be complete without some of her homemade baked goods.

4. Lara Jean makes a sentimental memory box

Struggling with how she could sum up their relationship into a yearbook message, Lara Jean decides instead to fill up the hatbox originally used to store letters to her crushes (the whole reason they're together in the first place) with mementos from her relationship with Peter.

She includes a photo from the first party they attended – back when they were only pretending to date to make his ex-girlfriend jealous – plus the love notes she asked him to write as a part of that ruse, and a photo booth strip from their recent bowling date. Peter adds the boutonnière he wore on prom night.

It's the perfect gift until things take a turn for the worst and Peter, worrying that Lara Jean made the gift in anticipation of long distance breaking them up, decides they should end their relationship right then.

Among the tokens Lara Jean includes in her memory box for Peter: The selfie they took back in the first film when they fake-dated to make his ex jealous.
Among the tokens Lara Jean includes in her memory box for Peter: The selfie they took back in the first film when they fake-dated to make his ex jealous.

5. Peter swoops in with an epic grand gesture

What would this rom-com trilogy be without a romantic ending? After Lara Jean's dad (John Corbett) and his new wife Trina (Sarayu Blue) marry in a gorgeous backyard wedding, Peter surprises her with a gesture fit for one of Lara Jean's favorite movies to win her back.

He's signed her yearbook with a lengthy tribute to the first time they met in the sixth grade.

"You smiled at me. My heart did a somersault in my chest. I didn't know hearts could do that," his voiceover reads against a backdrop of romantic moments from the first two films.

"Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am that you chose me. ... I want to do whatever it takes to make this work because that's what you do when you love someone."

Lara Jean and Peter promise to make long distance work while he's at Stanford and she's at NYU and the yearbook message serves as a new contract for the two – another callback to the contract they first signed agreeing to a pretend relationship, before making it real.

Lara Jean reflects on always wanting the “kind of love you see in the movies.” Only now, she realizes that “happily ever after” isn’t the end – it’s a new beginning.

“I have no idea what (life) has in store for me," she says. "But I do know that love – real love – is choosing each other through all of it."

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