If you are a television character getting married, giving birth, finally getting together with your one and only, dying, having an intervention, or being swept up in a crisis, it’s darn sure to happen during a sweeps month (November, February and May).
This November we’ve had births on Scrubs, Desperate Housewives, and My Name is Earl, deaths on Ugly Betty, hook-ups on How I Met Your Mother, first kisses on Bones, interventions on Brothers & Sisters and weddings on Dirty Sexy Money and Brothers & Sisters. And this Sunday, a tornado hits Wisteria Lane.
So I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite sweeps moments ever and you could tell me yours.
Best Wedding — Cheers (January 31, 1991): This remains one of my all time favorite comedic moments. Rebecca is about to marry the no-longer-rich Robin Colcord. He declares her love for her in a lengthy speech and she responds, in Kirstie Alley’s pitch perfect delivery "I only loved you for your money." They really don’t make comedies like this any more.
Best Death — tie NYPD Blue (November 24, 1998) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (February 27, 2001): I can still remember exactly how I felt when Bobby died on NYPD Blue and the screen faded to white. NYPD Blue was a fantastic series and this was its best episode. And no show so honestly dealt with the harsh reality of death like Buffy. The Body episode was a beautifully told rendering of loved one’s reaction to death.
Best Intervention — Party of Five (February 19, 1997): The Salinger family came together to confront Bailey about his drinking problem in a heart wrenching hour. And it was little Claudia’s declaration that she loves Bailey "the best" that immediately brought tears to my eyes.
Best Proposal — Friends (May 18, 2000): Chandler wants to propose to Monica but fears that she wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend Richard. Joey intervenes and Monica ends up tearfully proposing to Chandler. This cemented the duo as the couple that grounded the series.
Best Kiss — Alias (January 26, 2003): As SD-6 crumbles around them, Vaughn and Sydney kiss for the first time, need I say more?
Best Crisis — ER (March 9, 1995): ER has been on the air so long it’s hard to remember its first season when the show was ground-breaking television. I don’t think I took one breath during this episode entitled "Love’s Labor Lost" where through a series of unforeseen medical complications a mother dies while giving birth and Mark Greene was forever changed.
Best Birth — Grey’s Anatomy (February 12, 2006): I love everything Bailey does on Grey’s Anatomy and this episode where George helps her give birth remains one of my highlights.
So those are some of my favorite moments but I would love to hear yours. Post your favorite moments below.
Highlights for November 28-29
Criminal Minds continues to creep me out with its guest stars. Last season James Van der Beek played a serial killer and now Frankie Muniz, nice little Malcolm in the Middle, guest stars as a very bad guy Wednesday at 9 pm. on CBS.
Dan invites Serena and her mom to Thanksgiving dinner on Gossip Girl (Wednesday, CW, 9 p.m.)
I’ve said that I thought Dirty Sexy Money (Wednesday, ABC, 10 p.m.) need a reason for us to tune in every week and I think Simon Elder is it. He has mystery (what is he really up to? And what did the Darlings do to his family), he’s dividing the family, and he’s flirting with Karen (who can blame her?)
So how excited are you that Life (Wednesday, NBC, 10 p.m.) has been picked up for the full season. (And so was Chuck, whoo-hoo). This week, Charlie fights back against the murder investigation being launched against him and in a special two part episode airing next Monday and Wednesday (at 10 p.m.), NBC promises some major clues to the mystery will be revealed. Will he find out Dani’s father is involved? What are your theories? Talk about them below.
You know I complain a lot about Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.) so I thought it was only right that I tell you that I thought last week’s episode was fantastic. I love seeing more of Bailey’s personal life and her struggle to balance being a wife/mom/chief resident. I’m wishing Bailey had her own spin-off. I think I’m kind of into McDreamy becoming interested in the nurse (even if she is someone who works in the hospital who we’ve never seen before). And Seth Green was just about the best guest star the show has ever had. What did you think of last week’s episode? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. This week, ABC repeats the Grey’s season premiere.
Most shows are in repeats Thursday night, so I plan to check out Big Shots (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.).
That’s all for today. I’m back on Friday with quotes of the week. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal