SPOILER WARNING: This post contains significant plot details from Battlestar Galactica, Castle, Fringe, The Office and Lost. If you haven’t watched the show listed in the subhead, move on to the next section. Then go home, boot up your Netflix live stream and watch every one of these shows. Don’t you want some love in your life?
I’ve watched the penultimate scene from last week’s Season 4 Castle finale approximately 4,731 times. Anyone who’s ever seen an episode of Castle knows there’s only one thing that would warrant such repeat viewing: After four seasons of unrivaled will-they-or-won’t-they tension, Castle and Beckett FINALLY got it on. And it was fucking fantastic.
It also got me thinking: Where does Caskett’s consummation rank among the most anticipated hookups in television history? Turns out, pretty high. This is just one (deranged) woman’s opinion on the top five, so feel free to offer up other suggestions in the comments.
Who: Losties James “Sawyer” Ford and Juliet Burke
When: It’s complicated
Why (was it awesome): Fuck you, Kate-Sawyer shippers. You’re dumb and misguided and have empty black pits where your hearts should be. There was only one woman for Sawyer, and he found her when he shacked up with Juliet in Season 5. Juliet and Sawyer didn’t really interact until the end of Season 4, and it’s actually a time-travel surprise when we find out they’re together, but the anticipation is twofold: For one, we want Sawyer to find love after wasting so much of his time harping on Kate and after living a life based on deception and revenge. For another, the heartbreaking Season 5 cliffhanger and bizarro-world Season 6 approach gave us hope that things weren’t really over for these two even after Juliet’s death. We were rewarded with an epic Sideways reunion in the series finale. Remember, lovebirds: “We could go Dutch.”
4. The Office
Who: Officemates Tim Canterbury and Dawn Tinsley
When: Series finale
Why (was it awesome): Sorry, Jim and Pam fans. I saw the original/British version of The Office first, so Tim and Dawn will always be the First Couple of comedy in my heart. The entire series consisted of 12 30-minute episodes and a movie, which makes it all the more remarkable that Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Co. were able to build such palpable chemistry and longing between the paper salesman and secretary. We’re rooting right along with Tim for Dawn to ditch her doofus boyfriend and recognize the cute, caring wise ass right across the office, and when she finally does, it’s as awkwardly wonderful as we’d always wanted.
Who: Fringe agents Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham
When: It’s complicated
Why (was it awesome): These two could make a compelling case for No. 1, given the insane amount of shit they had to get through to be together. But since we got so many tastes of them being together before they finally, truly were, our desires were satiated along the way. Peter and Olivia almost kissed for the first time in the 14th and 15th episodes of Season 2, but were interrupted first by a need to save the world, then by the tell-tale glowing that indicted Peter was really from another universe. They finally got together at the beginning of Season 3. The problem? Peter was boinking the Olivia from the other universe while his Olivia was being held hostage on the other side. Whoops! It took the real Olivia quite a while to get over that slight, but she finally did in the 14th episode of Season 3. The two enjoy a few delightful moments as a couple before Peter is literally ripped from the space/time continuum in the finale. I mean, how many other fictional couples have to conquer one of them ceasing to exist? When Peter finally returns, neither Olivia nor anyone else from Fringe Division remembers him. It’s not until Episode 15 (“A Short Story About Love”) that Olivia chooses to remember her former life with Peter, and Peter chooses to believe this is his Olivia. Somewhere, Walter is crying … or baking pig brains into lemon cake.
Who: Writer Richard Castle and detective Kate Beckett
When: Season 4, Episode 23 (“Always”)
Why (was it awesome): The chemistry between Castle and Beckett was undeniable from the moment Castle stepped into the 12th precinct looking for a muse, but it took four full seasons for the crime-solving partners to get on the same page. When Castle was ready to take the plunge, Beckett was in a relationship with a hot doctor; when Beckett was ready(ish), Castle was messing around with his second ex-wife; when Castle finally said “I love you,” Beckett was slipping out of consciousness, having just been shot in the chest. Seriously. But the playful flirting from Seasons 1-3 turned into angst in Season 4 after Castle realized Beckett had heard his Season 3 finale “I love you” and had been lying to him ever since, and Beckett realized she might have missed her shot. She was finally ready to admit her feelings … right until the moment Castle confessed in the finale he’d been withholding valuable information about her mother’s murder case in an effort to protect her. Considering they weren’t together, it sure felt like they broke up. Fast forward to Beckett’s near-death experience three-quarters of the way through the finale. If I were hanging from a roof by my fingertips, I’d be wetting my pants; Beckett has a moment of clarity. She shows up at Castle’s apartment drenched (and sexy) from a rain storm. Castle’s mom and daughter are conveniently out of town. He’s shocked to see her, considering how they’d left things, and asks “Beckett, what do you want?” She answers: “You.” Tears.
(For the real pervs out there, here’s a brighter, slow motion video of the kiss for optimal enjoyment.)
1. Battlestar Galactica
Who: Admiral Adama and President Roslin
When: Season 4, Episode 9 (“The Hub”)
Why (was it awesome): A clyon invasion brought these two together; the pressure of rebuilding a post-apocalyptic society, and their own inhibitions, kept them apart. It took three-and-a-half seasons for Adama and Roslin to give in to their feelings, and when they finally did, the moment was perfect: Adama, who admitted in the prior episode “Sine Qua Non” that he couldn’t live without Roslin and waited behind for her missing cylon baseship as the rest of the fleet went ahead, greets her on the hangar deck after she pops up on DRADIS. “Missed you,” he says, and they embrace. Long, dramatic pause … and then the moment we’d all been waiting for: Roslin whispers “I love you” in one of the best-delivered lines of the series, Adama scrunches up his face in joy, and then echoes all of our thoughts by saying: “Bout time.”