Monday, January 17, 2011

Chuck Bartowski vs The TV Marriage Proposal...

In 2010, My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture had five friends who got engaged. Less than a month into 2011 and we almost had one more to add to the list-- Chuck and Sarah on NBC's Chuck. Yeah, okay, cheap shot. For the record, the other five were real people. But I digress. After years of loving Sarah from not-so-afar and then finally getting to be with her, Chuck had a big task on his hands. He wanted it to be special and romantic, and of course, completely memorable. His original plan got thwarted when she shared with him a horrible proposal experience from her own parents, but perhaps that was all for the best because his original plan was quite over-the-top. The rest of the episode showed Chuck toting around the diamond and trying to find spur-of-the-moment but equally romantic ways to finally pop the question. He was waiting for inspiration to strike with the perfect moment, but really, he could have looked to countless DVDs that the Buy More sells for help.

"Awesome" TV proposal #5 -
Zack and Kelly on Saved by the Bell: The College Years - The moment was hardly perfect-- the timing not quite right-- but wasn't that always the case for these two? They had a case of puppy love for years; they found each other and drifted apart and second-guessed and wanted to date other people. Even when they both knew they were it for each other, they were still young, and logic got in the way. The official proposal was sweet; the heartthrob and heartbreaker finally committing to the girl next door, but once again she got momentary cold feet and when she finally came to her senses, there he was, with a bouquet of flowers and still knowing the exact right thing to say.

"Awesome" TV proposal #4 - Billy and Alison on Melrose Place - Once upon a time these two had a pure and unencumbered romance. They were young; they were sweet; they were innocent. But it all went to hell in a handbasket a bit too quickly. Still, his proposal after already experiencing some of their ups and downs took them (and the audience) back to those simpler times and made it impossible not to get our hopes up that the show would allow just one couple to have a happily ever after.

"Awesome" TV proposal #3 - Marshall and Lily on How I Met Your Mother - To be fair, the first time we meet these two, they are getting engaged and we really know nothing about them or why we should root for them as a couple. So the show is a bit unorthodox in that it works backwards from that point to prove to us they are meant to be. But that first moment perfectly sums up their fun-loving relationship, when they have sex on the floor of their shared apartment, and he accidentally hits her in the eye with a champagne cork.

"Awesome" TV proposal #2 -
Charlotte and Harry on Sex and the City - Here is true proof that when you stop being so rigid and regimented, you show the universe you are ready to accept what you've wanted this whole time...and you will finally get it. After a bad break-up because he said he never planned to get married again, he realized how much he had been missing without her in his life and he proposed in a room full of strangers during a singles mixer. It wasn't just Charlotte's dream; it was every Jewish mother's dream!

"Awesome" TV proposal #1 - Monica and Chandler on Friends - "There's a reason why girls don't do this" has become one of my most personally quoted lines, regardless of the situation, ever since this episode first aired. Monica and Chandler were always my favorite couple on the show, and watching their journey come to a head in the infamous purple apartment was just perfect. All episode long, Chandler had been trying to fake Monica out to throw her off the sent, and it only seemed fair that she do the same to him. But what was even better was the look on his face-- first when he thought he blew it and then when he realized he didn't. The man who thought he was too screwed up to find love was proven wrong. And that is an image to which I want to cling.

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