Monthly Archives: April 2016

Breaking Down the Final Four

We’re down to the Final Four in the 2016 Best TV Couple Bracket. Before the final decision is made, here’s how they stack up:

Derek and Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy) – I wouldn’t even classify them as my favorite Grey’s couple but they kept winning because I would think of such great scenes as “Pick me, choose me” and “You don’t get to call me a whore.” They were really great in the first few seasons of the show.

Drew and Rick (Night Shift) – A true Cinderella story. No one could have predicted these two would make their way into the Final Four. I still have an episode from the first season on my DVR that I go back to quite frequently to watch a scene between these two. Rick is about to go into surgery and Drew makes a point of telling him he loves him in front of everyone, even though he isn’t out at work. It’s adorable.

Jake and Peyton (One Tree Hill) – One of my favorites of all-time. They beat out reigning champs Delena in the second round. In years past they have had unfavorable match ups, but the stars aligned for them this year. They may take it all. Their on-again off-again relationship haunted me throughout college. I’m still not okay with the fact that they didn’t end up together. Season 2 Jake and Peyton take the cake for me. Everything from them unsuccessfully trying to take it slow to how upset she is when he has to leave for Florida with Jenny.

Mary and Matthew (Downton Abbey) – When they dance and kiss while Lavinia is sick upstairs in the second season, his proposal after he finds out about Mr. Pamuk, their joy when George is born. They are great through and through.

For anyone wondering, Beth’s Final Four are Coach and Tami (Friday Night Lights), Tom and Sybil (Dontown Abbey), Logan and Rory (Gilmore Girls), and Marissa and Ryan (The O.C.). I can’t tell you how they’ll fare, but I think Tom and Sybil have a good shot as do Coach and Tami.

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Rehash: Game of Thrones Season 1

I have never read the books, nor do I intend to. I actually just decided to watch the show on a whim. I know several people who enjoy it and thought I’d give it a try. Before making my final decision, I asked my brother “Do you think I’d like Game of Thrones?” He didn’t seem too convinced at first that I would, but 10 episodes in and I can say I do.

When discussing what I’ve watched with him and another friend over the last couple of weeks, I’ve mostly been describing characters by their looks (i.e. white hair or queen). I still haven’t fully grasped some of the stranger character names, but for the sake of my TV integrity, I won’t do that here.

These are the thoughts of one person (who came on board way late in the game) on the first season of Game of Thrones:

  • I think Daenerys is my favorite.
  • Her brother was the worst. Not sad he is dead.
  • Khal Drogo is sexy. Didn’t think so right away but I got past the weird eye make up pretty quickly. RIP. Gonna miss that guy.
  • Not sure how I feel about Jorah. I care about Daenerys and I’m not sure he is actually trustworthy yet. But that may also be because I get the Sir Richard Carlisle vibe from him.
  • Joffrey creeps me out.
  • In the first episode I thought Cersei was Joffrey’s stepmom. At first look she seemed too young to be his real mom. I now see the error of my ways (re: He’s not Robert’s son)
  • Arya kind of rocks.
  • Loved Tyrion’s sad story about his one and only love. Considering how badly his family treats him, he’s easy to feel sorry for but this really made me like him.
  • Someone asked me my thoughts on Jon Snow so far. “He’s a badass, right?” I was asked. I’m gonna go ahead and say Catelyn is the biggest badass on this show. She’s one ballsy woman.
  • I’m gonna be honest. The scenes at the Wall kind of bore me. I want Jon Snow to leave and go somewhere where there are ladies for him to make out with.
  • And, dragons. Can’t wait to see where this leads.

 

 

To Have and to Hold…

My sister is getting married in June, so weddings have been on my mind a lot lately. This is a breakdown of the best TV weddings:

7. Julie and Caleb (The O.C.) – Only because it contains one of the best exchanges between Marissa and Ryan. “I just want you to know, I understand why you have to do this. I wish you didn’t have to.” “Me too.” And bonus points for the beautiful location.

6. Zack and Kelly (Saved by the Bell) – I grew up thinking this is exactly how every wedding was (the beautiful outdoor wedding at the end, not the running from criminals all over Las Vegas part). I think all young girls in the 90s wanted to be Kelly and marry Zack.

5. Ben and Leslie (Parks and Rec) – Ben and Leslie’s wedding could not be more Leslie Knope — her dress has important articles and pictures from her career, they get married in the Parks office, Ron made their rings, even DJ Roomba is there. “I love you and I like you.”

4. Nathan and Haley (One Tree Hill) – Their second wedding of course since we never really see their first. This one drops a few rankings because of the excessive drama but one of my favorite parts is Peyton saying to Brooke “I can’t believe you’re supposed to be the Maid of Honor. And by the way, none of those words were yes, Peyton, I love him” As always, the music is perfect as Haley rides up in a horse and carriage and the fashion is so perfectly mid-2000’s, especially Haley’s dress.

3. Alex and Izzie (Grey’s Anatomy) – Sure Alex basically steals his vows from a patient’s graduation speech and they are essentially getting married because Izzie is dying but it’s still beautiful. I cry every time especially, when Izzie says to Cristina “You tried to save my life, that makes you honorable.”

2. Richard and Emily (Gilmore Girls)  – A standout episode of the series. “Well Emily for tonight and tonight only my name is Bill and this is our song.” That’s all the needs to be said.

1. Lily and Marshall (How I Met Your Mother) – Lily and Marshall are easily one of the best couples on TV (or were, as it may be) partially in part because they have quirks and the show managed to avoid breaking them up too many times and creating unnecessary drama.

There is no other word for their wedding than perfect. Everything goes wrong but they still get their own perfect wedding with their closest friends in front of a tree with a single guitar. Plus their vows are the sweetest (she created a dish called “Eggs Marshall” and he gave her a sweatshirt that says “Lily and Marshall Rockin it since ’96.”)