Love is in the air on TV
But, much like life, we don't always agree on who should be together. I really like P.J. and Bobby together on "My Boys" but I've learned many of you don't. So I thought we would take a look at the new couples who have popped up this season and discuss . . .
Juliet and Sawyer on "Lost:" One of the smartest decisions "Lost" made this season was the role reversal between Jack and Sawyer. Sawyer is in charge and Jack is surprisingly okay with that. While this quadrangle (Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet) was brewing last season, it was with Jack being torn between the two women and Kate being torn between two men. But when the timeline advanced three years and showed Juliet and James (as she and Locke call him) in domestic bliss it somehow made perfect sense. And their union was a nice departure for the show in that it was free of angst. I'm rooting for them to stay together, how about you?
Charlie and Chelsea on "Two and a Half Men:" Even in comedies, characters need to evolve so they aren't perpetually stuck in a revolving story line. We had seasons of Charlie's womanizing, it's been great and very funny to see him commit to one woman.
Owen and Cristina on "Grey's Anatomy:" I really like this relationship because it made sense to me that Cristina would wait to date again after her break-up with Burke and it made sense to me that she would be drawn to someone as complex as Owen. Sometimes it really does seem like this is the only adult relationship on the show. I fear their relationship has the potential to become melodramatic but so far it's been the season's bright spot.
Barney and Robin on "How I Met Your Mother:" I've been a fan of this pairing since it was first hinted at and this season Barney's silently pining for Robin has added depth to his character (Barney has feelings!) while placing him in an unfamiliar situation (he doesn't have confidence to declare his love). Plus it's allowed the show runners to write more scenes between Barney and Lilly, who became Barney's exclusive confidant. Now I've heard the concerns that if Barney starts dating Robin, he won't be Barney anymore. But I have faith that the show runners won't let us down.
Penny and Leonard on "The Big Bang Theory:" The comedy has successfully avoided letting the series wallow in a "will they or won't they" dynamic. I kind of think they should let Penny and Leonard date for more than five seconds and see what happens. I don't think it will take away from the show at all.
So that's how I'm feeling about some of the new couples who have gotten together (or almost gotten together) this season? How about you? Also want new couples have you liked this season? Talk about it below.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Katie and Ryan were so excited to see Mayim Bialik, Blossom herself, as the best friend of the dead bride-to-be on"Bones." But we all wish she had had more than one scene.
Cristian de la Fuente had a busy Sunday night. He's Raphael on "In Plain Sight" and he was Cal, the temp accountant Sarah slept with, on"Brothers & Sisters."
Robin recognized Maureen Flannigan as Leslie on "90210." She was Matt's girlfriend Shana on "7th Heaven."
Dennis recognized Andrew J. West as Ashleigh's new love interest on "Greek." I almost didn't recognize him with his shorter haircut. He's also Rose's boyfriend Max on "Privileged" and he's Hunter on the online series "Rockville CA."
Jeff recognized Dean Norris, Hank on "Breaking Bad," as the man who wanted Miles to help him talk to his dead son on "Lost."
Cindi recognized Thad Luckinbill as Connor on "CSI:NY." He's J.T. Hellstrom on "Young & the Restless" and you'll see him this Friday on "Ghost Whisperer," where he'll play a soap star.
Whatt recognized Jim Beaver, Bobby on "Supernatural," is the sheriff on "Harper's Island." He was also Whitney Ellsworth on "Deadwood."
Kathie recognized Karina Lombard as the French journalist and latest woman to fall for Tommy on "Rescue Me." She was Marina on "The L Word" and Alana Mareva on "The 4400."
Lauren recognized Tania Raymonde, Ben's "daughter" Alex on "Lost," as Lexi on "Bones." Raymonde has also been seen this season as Frankie on "Cold Case."
Dennis also caught Lisa Vidal is Mia the news reporter on "Southland." Vidal was Sandy on "ER" and Magda on "The Division."
That's all for today. I'm back on Friday with quotes of the week, Ask TV Gal and more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you on Friday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal