As 2012 draws to a close and your favorite shows are on a winter break, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on some of the TV moments that had viewers laughing, crying or just in plain shock. Check the list below and see if your favorite moment made the list.
5. “Criminal Minds”–Paget Brewster exits (again)
The untimely departure of Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” two years ago left long time fans of the show up in arms. Cook was given a full episode dedicated to her departure and Brewster had a season long story arc that led to her characters “death”. However, fans rallied and eventually CBS brought both Agent Prentiss and Agent Jarreau back to the BAU. While Cook remains with the show, Brewster announced midway through the season that she would be leaving after the season. Instead of a former spy/lover stalking and killing her, fans actually got to witness an old fashioned goodbye where Prentiss reflected on her time with the team while dancing at Agent Jarreau’s wedding. Not many characters get a chance to say goodbye again, but this time it left the audience feeling more of a sense of closure as the actress and the character left on her own terms.
4. “Grey’s Anatomy”–Slexie dies in plane crash
Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey quickly became a fan favorite dubbed Slexie on “Grey’s Anatomy” with their on again off again relationship. Fans were stunned when both characters met their untimely death at the hands of Season 8’s plane crash finale. Lexie died during the episode with Mark professing his love. Fans had to wait until the season 9 premiere to watch the painful and agonizing death of Mark who was taken off life support 30 days after the accident. Fans were outraged at writer Shonda Rhimes for the storyline and took to Twitter and other social media outlets to voice their concern. However, the scenes were heart wrenching and left many in tears and despite losing such central characters was just simply great television.
3. “Dexter”–Deb shoots Maria LaGuerta
After Deb walked in on Dexter killing one of his victims last year, fans and critics were curious as to where the storyline would go. Would Deb turn Dexter in? Would she cover up for him? All season Deb wrestled with right and wrong as she struggled to accept Dexter’s “code” for killing. After Dexter turned in Hannah to save her, Deb felt that she had no choice but to return the favor when co-worker Maria LaGuerta was on Dexter’s trail as the Bay Harbor Butcher. The end result was a showdown between Deb, Dexter and Maria and when faced with a choice to turn in her brother or get rid of Maria, Deb chose the latter. She shot Maria and immediately ran to hug her and burst into tears. What makes this scene even more outstanding is the show producers admission that Deb’s reaction was not written into the scene. Instead Jennifer Carpenter (Deb) did some genius ad libbing that left that fans in utter shock.
2. “Castle”–Castle and Beckett consummate their relationship (finally!)
After 4 years of “will they? won’t they?” sexual tension, Kate Beckett and Richard Castle finally consummated their relationship in the Season 4 finale aptly titled “Always”. Castle tackled the pink elephant in the room by talking about the fact that he told Beckett that he loved her and she hadn’t addressed it in a year. In usual Beckett fashion, she completely deflected the admission and in turn ended her partnership with Castle (again). After unsuccessfully detaining the person who killed her mom and ultimately resigning from the police force, a rain soaked Beckett showed up to Castle’s apartment and gave Castle the kiss that fans have been waiting for. Season 5 started off with the infamous morning after in true hilarious “Castle” fashion. The show has made a point to avoid the “Moonlighting” curse by not letting the hookup of it’s two central characters signal a downward spiral for the ratings.
1. “Scandal”–Fitz and Olivia’s profession of love in the Rose Garden
It’s no secret that “Scandal” fans, known as Gladiators, have turned this show into one of the most popular series this fall. Another one of Shonda Rhimes’ brainchilds, “Scandal” has taken its viewers for a wild ride this season and is filled with many jaw dropping moments. One way to tell that this show is full of fantastic writing is the fact that Gladiators are rooting for Fitz and Olivia to somehow make it as a couple. Did I mention that Fitz is the married President of the United States with a baby on the way? Exactly. In spite of their less than traditional relationship, their scenes are the most intense on the series. “Scandal” had many scenes to choose from this year but the one that stands out is their profession of love in the Rose Garden. Women swooned as the brilliant Tony Goldwyn (Fitz) with his voice shaky and eyes watering told Olivia “I wait for you. I watch for you. I belong to you. I exist because of you.” The scenes between these two get more intense as the series progresses, therefore Gladiators have a lot more to look forward to.
What were your favorite TV moments of this year? Comment with your choices below.