It’s been awhile since I’ve done this column but the end of the writer’s strike has me totally feeling the love for all things TV. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, their kiss, their kiss is on my list.
Sometimes a television kiss is the butterflies-in-your-stomach, toes-curled, heart-go-pitter-patter kind of lip lock that is so real that we actually have to remind ourselves that we are watching entirely fictional characters.
Here are some of my all time favorite TV kisses (and if you’ve been reading my column for awhile, you’ve definitely seen some of these before).
1. Veronica and Logan on Veronica Mars in "M.A.D." Sigh. Jason Dohring is the only actor I’ve ever met and actually blushed while I was talking to him. I blame this sexy scene that found Logan and Veronica kissing in the Neptune High bathroom.
2. Jim and Pam on The Office in "Casino Night:" In a surprise move (we think he’s going to tell her about his new job), Jim confesses his love for Pam and kisses her. It was so painfully real, that our hearts broke right along with his.
3. Sydney and Vaughn on Alias in "Double Agent": After finally getting together in "Phase One," viewers are treated to this little seduction scene in Sydney’s kitchen.
4. Buffy and Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in "Tabula Rasa": As the camera panned away from Michelle Branch singing the apropos "Goodbye to You," and snuck around the corner, viewers saw Spike and Buffy hungrily kissing. The lustful duo have had their share of fiery moments (and sweet ones like in "Once More With Feeling"), but this kiss demonstrated their mutual attraction at its most base level.
5. Kate and Sawyer on Lost in "Confidence Man:" Sure they only kissed because Sawyer said he wouldn’t give up his stolen goods unless he got to lock lips with Kate. But it was a sizzling screen moment.
6. Mulder and Scully in The X-Files in "Existence": We knew they had to be in love. We just knew it. When Mulder leaned down and kissed Scully over their love child, we finally had the proof we had been waiting for.
7. Pacey and Joey on Dawson’s Creek in "Stolen Kisses": In the best story line to ever come out of "The Creek" Pacey falls for his best friend’s girl. After telling our Pacey that he makes her feel alive, he announces that he’s going to start kissing her in ten seconds and begins counting . . .
8. Kevin and Scotty on Brothers & Sisters in "Date Night:" Their relationship is groundbreaking in its utter normalcy. Who couldn’t relate when Scotty said, "I love this part when you look at someone and they don’t look away." Scotty, I love it too.
9. Ross and Rachel on Friends in "The One Where Ross Finds Out": Sure, by the time the series ended we were so over this couple we needed a new word for over. But on November 9, 1995, Ross and Rachel were television’s It Couple. After a drunken Rachel leaves a message on Ross’s machine that she’s over him, Ross utters the classic line "You’re over me? When we’re you under me?" Then he goes to the Central Perk and looks longingly at her through the window, Rachel wrestles with the locks, before flinging open the doors. The two kiss in the pouring rain. Years later, that moment is still perfect.
10. Doug and Carol on ER in "Such Sweet Sorrow": Standing out on the dock, Doug kissed the woman he had redeemed himself for and asked the simple question, "Where are the girls?" George Clooney’s surprise appearance remains one of television’s best kept secrets. It was such a great moment that I completely forgave Doug for never coming back for the birth of the twins.
11. David and Maddie on Moonlighting in "I am curious . . . Maddie": Known as the "Big Bang" episode among fans, David and Maddie finally sleep together in a scene that literally takes down the house. The show went downhill after this, but we at least got to see the pair happy for a night.
Those are some of my favorite TV kisses. What are yours? Talk about your favorite TV kisses below and have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Kathie recognized a slew of familiar faces on Psych. Amanda Detmer, Deena on What About Brian, was the woman who killed her husband. Melanie Lynskey, Rose on Two and a Half Men and Wendy on Drive, was the assistant. And Amanda Pays, Corbin Bernsen’s real life wife, was the blind date.
David recognized Maggie Siff as burn victim Rachel Ben Natan on nip/tuck. She’s Rachel Menken on Mad Men and we saw her as the runner who was starving herself to gain her fiance’s approval earlier this season on Grey’s Anatomy.
Michelle was all over the return of the primetime soap vixens on nip/tuck. Donna Mills (Abby on Knots Landing) was the wealthy socialite who wanted a feline face. Joan Van Ark (Val on Knots Landing), Shari Belafonte (Julie on Hotel) and Deborah Shelton (Mandy on Dallas) played her friends. I have to say I’ve officially broken up with nip/tuck and a story line about a woman wanting a cat face isn’t exactly enticing me to tune back in.
Michael Weston is Hope’s brother on Welcome to the Captain. We saw him last season as Private Brian Dancer on Scrubs and he was Jake, the guy who terrorized David, on Six Feet Under.
Ask TV Gal
I actually had quite a few people asking me this question so I looked into it and found out that the set on Eli Stone was built for the show. So, although they look similar, they are officially not the same set.
That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Friday with quotes of the week and to talk about Hollywood Week on American Idol (I miss the group performances too!). Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Have a topic you want to see the group discus? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you on Friday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal