I plan to start a series of posts where I will discuss my favourite TV characters, friendships, romantic relationships etc and I will talk about different kinds of friendships in more detail. I tried to come up with five but honestly, nothing is better for me than these four. They are perfect. Give me any ideas, let me know how you feel. I enjoyed doing this for a little bit of fun.
1. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (The X-Files)
Whether or not you go for that whole romantic side of their relationship, theirs is a beautiful friendship based on mutual respect and constant berating. They are an unstoppable team with a partnership that works on many levels and they offer each other laughs, emotional support, knowledge and insight. There is little that could have been achieved in The X-Files without our sceptic and our believer working side by side and often knocking heads along the way. Their romantic relationship is uncertain at best, their kiss is a simple New Year’s peck (but still beautiful) and we never really find out who the father of that damn baby is – however, Mulder did say that he would offer up his sperm to Scully’s cause and that is really something as far as friendship goes. And that is why they are my number one.
Mulder: You have to be willing to see.
Scully: I wish it were that simple.
Mulder: Scully, you have to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does or ever will. You’re my one in five billion.
2. Julie Cooper and Kirsten Cohen (The O.C.)
I will argue the point of The O.C. as a legitimate, smart and pretty damn good TV show from here to eternity, but this isn’t really the forum. What I will say, however, is that Julie Cooper’s character development is second to none. She is an immensely complex and well written character and this is more and more evident on every rewatch. What is also evident is that this development is in part down to her relationship with her ‘Kiki’, who grounds her and keeps her safely in the real world. They tell each other off for their selfish and stupid actions, they support each other through deaths and their stupid kids…they are perfect. Julie can be forgiven for all of her actions at the start of the series as we come to understand her as a person who just wants everything for her kids and, sometimes, for herself. They are almost exact opposites and, in this way, the yin to the other’s yang. Perfect.
Julie: I’m impressed. You’re sneakier than I thought, Kirsten Cohen.
Kirsten: Well, being around you all these years, it’s rubbed off.
3. Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller (Gilmore Girls)
Maybe I like my characters to be butting heads all the time, it certainly makes it more exciting. Paris and Rory started their friendship as rivals, clearly because Paris was threatened by Rory’s intelligence. Paris seems to be deeply malicious and Rory eternally sweet, but essentially they are perfect for one another. Paris is damaged and socially inept, and Rory is naive. But they can give as good as they get. Over the course of seven seasons their paths constantly collide and they grow together – Rory becomes far less naive and Paris much nicer. Well, a little.
Paris: (to Rory) Don’t make that face at me!
Rory: What face? I’m wearing a mask.
Paris: The “I’m Rory, don’t you want to pet me?” face.
4. Willow Rosenberg and Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
I would have included Buffy in this, but Willow and Xander are a truly beautiful little pair. Willow and Xander’s instant understanding of Buffy’s situation and their keenness to help really says it all, that they are loyal and stupid enough to lay their life down for a friend. Their fleeting romantic involvement seems to have little impact on their friendship as a whole, which shows the strength of what they have. Two scenes that stick out in my mind are, firstly, the one where Xander brings Willow from the brink of evil, and the one where Willow recognises Xander from his Snoopy dance. Beautiful. Here is an ultra long bit of dialogue to round it off:
Xander: Well, I’m not joking. I know you’re in pain. I can’t imagine the pain you’re in. And I know you’re about to do something apocalyptically evil and stupid. And, hey, I still wanna hang! You’re Willow.
Willow: [angrily] Don’t call me that!
Xander: The first day of kindergarten, you cried because you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You’ve come pretty far. Ending the world – not a terrific notion… But the thing is… yeah, I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary, veiny Willow. So if I’m goin’ out, it’s here. If you wanna kill the world, well, then start with me. I’ve earned that.
Willow: You think I won’t?
Xander: It doesn’t matter. I’ll still love you.