Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to passion and happiness. You get to spend the day with those you love the most, showing each other grand gestures of romance. More than anything, it is a day to celebrate love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I complied a list of some of my all times favorite romantic scenes from television. While I couldn’t get everything I wanted in there, here are my top ten favorite scenes. (If you are not caught up on these shows, spoilers below)
Gossip Girl: 1×18 “Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing”
A lot of people wouldn’t see this picture and think of a happy scene, but it is the one scene that stuck with me during Gossip Girl’s run. I was a Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) shipper from the first episode, but it was their break-up scene that captivated me. I had Death Cab for Cutie’s “Ice is Getting Thinner” on repeat for days and I watched this episode every chance I got. Dan may have chosen to leave Serena, but in this moment it was just the two of them as the world slowly disappeared around them. Norman Buckley is a very talented director, and this will forever be one of my favorite episodes he has ever directed.
Roswell: 2×05 “The End of the World”
While it is hard to pick a single scene for this episode, I am still not over the ending. Through out the episode, Max (Jason Behr) is trying to win Liz’s heart (Shiri Appleby), but she has to deny him and get him to fall out of love with her to save the world. Dramatic? Sure, but I loved every second of it. Back to the final scene, Liz succeeded in pushing Max into another girl’s arms *her name will never be mentioned here*. As she sits heartbroken, wondering if she did the right thing, she asks Future Max for a dance. As the music plays softly, we see Liz and future Max share a dance before he disappears and the future is rewritten.
Lost: 4×05 “The Constant”
This scene is for my husband. He went through a lost marathon after it had ended, and he made sure I watched every Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and Penny (Sonya Walger) scene with him, this one being his favorite. When I told him I was compiling this list, this was the one of his two suggestions. It is one of the most beautifully scripted episodes I have ever watched, so there wasn’t much of a fight when he asked for it to be on the list. No matter how complicated love can be, if you truly believe you will always find a way.
Scandal: 2×20 “A Woman Scorned”
Oh, Olivia and Fitz. Every episode had been leading to this moment, the moment where we finally see Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) choose Olivia (Kerry Washington) and it was everything I wanted and more. Plus, I am a sucker for some MoTown, so hearing “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell was all I truly needed. Tony Goldwyn directed the episode, and I think he was able to capture Olivia and Fitz like no one else could/can. Now, it is just waiting game until Vermont.
Vampire Diaries: 5×22 “Home”
I always venture in and out of Vampire Diaries during its season run, but I will never miss a finale. This scene alone is every reason why I won’t. I never fully committed to be a Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) shipper, and at times I still fancied Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley), but after this episode everything changed. I felt like this scene perfectly captured the sudden shock of lost and the abundance of love all in one scene.
Fringe: 4×15 “A Short Story About Love”
I didn’t watch Fringe on television, but after completing the series on Netflix I wish I had. The writers behind this show perfectly blended science fiction with love (between family and romantic interests), but my favorite thing was how they were always able to bring everything together. While I won’t go into specific, this reunion between Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) will be always be one of the strongest cases for love can conquer all.
Chuck: 3×14 “Chuck Versus the Honeymooners”
I wasn’t expecting to love Chuck as much as I did, and while I wasn’t always happy with how the storylines went, I have no complaints about this episodes. There isn’t a grand romantic gesture, it is simply a shared moment between Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) at the beginning of their relationship. For me, this is truly what is like being with someone you care about it, it is about the little moments.
Office: 5×15 “Stress Relief: Part 2”
Soulmates seems to be an idea that is mocked nowadays, but The Office captured it perfectly with Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim’s (John Krasinski) relationship. It is told through the little details, and sometimes it is what pushes people to see when something isn’t there. This is what happens with Pam’s parents after Jim talks to her dad about the way he feels about Pam. While there is no simple way of putting it, Pam says it best towards the end of the episode: “When you’re a kid, you assume you’re parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that.”
Pretty Little Liars: 2×16 “Let the Water Hold Me Down”
This is the only scene on this whole list where the two love interests do not directly interact with each other, but I think the context says it all. The relationship between Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) and Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) will always be a point of conflict for people, but I think it is another case of soulmates. No matter what was thrown at them, they always found a way back together. While in recent seasons the writers sacrificed their love story for ratings (unsuccessfully, I might add), I will always cherish the love they shared in season 2.
Parks and Recreation: 4×08 “The World’s Smallest Park”
The Kiss that truly started the relationship between Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). While they share many moments together that I cherish, there will always be something about this scene. Maybe it is because my husband and I have watched it about a thousand times (give or take a few), or maybe because there is no other couple that will capture our relationship like Leslie and Ben do. The quirkiness, the intensity, the passion, the happiness; it is all the little things about love bottled into one.