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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me: Strange Bedfellows Who Belong Together

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 23, 2012 | Comments ()


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When it comes to intriguing couples, traditional romance is rarely the thing that catches my eye. Like Don Draper, I'm easily distracted from the humdrum monotony of beauty's perfection. While peanut butter and chocolate may indeed taste great, there are different kinds of salty sweet--a complex deliciousness to an odd pairing. And though these pairs may never end up in a torrid embrace, their chemistry together--the way they balance each other out--make us want them together...'til death of their show do they part.


5. O'Brien and Thomas, "Downton Abbey"

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Like two rotten peas causing decay in a plump pod, it's hard to say which of these Crawley staff is more despicable--and yet we delight (even as we cringe) in their wickedness. Perhaps we caught a glimpse of remorse in O'Brien's evil eye, or were taken in for a moment by Thomas' rejection tears? More likely though, we can't wait to see what sure-to-fail scheme they think up next.


4. Emily and Nolan, "Revenge"

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Take a well-dressed, wealthy, techno-genius, abused puppy and leash him to a beautiful, broken-down, selfish, wanna-be ninja girl and what do you get? The real "Revenge" couple to watch. Who cares who slept with who? Nolan saved Emily, Emily saved Nolan. If only Emily would stop feeling sorry for herself, she could live with the snappiest-dressed man in his glass house, plotting revenge against everyone, happily ever after.


3. Bill and Eric, "True Blood"

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Finally, after we were made to suffer through Sookie with Bill and Sookie with Eric, the vamp boys are where they belong: with each other. Eric and Bill have never been as much fun apart as they are together; they're a modern day Newman and Seinfeld, with a hint of attraction thrown in (speaking of which, can we get a steamy love scene between these two, Mr. Ball?). Sure, the rest of "True Blood" has gone to complete and utter shit, but with only a season to go, they're the reason to watch.


2. Raylan and Boyd, "Justified"

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The best of frenemies, with their witty banter and a certain respect, Raylan and Boyd almost seem more like long lost brothers. But they're as apt to shoot each other as to share a drink or shake a hand or save each others' lives. It's that constant and amusing line-crossing that makes us feel like they're partners, rather than on opposite sides. But we always wonder which way the next incident will go.


1. Walt and Jesse, "Breaking Bad"

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They are complete opposites (even through, during and after Walt's metamorphosis), yet Jesse and Walt somehow work. They fit together in some horrible, awful puzzle we never want to finish. From the time we were first frightened by who we thought Jesse was, to the moment we became terrified by seeing who Walt really is, we have rooted for them to stay together. We laughed and cringed as they made mistakes or got rid of bodies; we cheered as our bad guys killed, or triumphed over the even worse guys; we cried when they suffered alone or together--and as they harmed each other. But of all the horrific things that have happened, what may have bothered us most was caught in a moment when Jesse and Walt were fighting each other: the idea that they might not work together ever again.


CIndy Davis loves a good apple.



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  • CitizenErased

    100% endorse Bill and Eric. My idle threesome fantasies have never been so frequent. Shame the whole Authority storyline is such a load of bollocks though.

  • barec2

    Weird I posted the same question on FB just last night. Inspired by a couple not on this list: John Luther and Alice

  • ed newman

    You forgot Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay, I have to admit that I am kind of enjoying the Eric and Bill "bromance". Did I see Bill getting a piggy back ride from Eric last night? Down the middle of Bourbon Street?

    oh heck... never mind Maguita NYC beat me to the punch.

  • BWeaves

    Buffy and Spike
    Patsy and Edina
    Tom Cruise and John Trav o l, oh nevermind

  • BierceAmbrose

    Sweetie!
    AbFab Olympic special. http://www.refinery29.com/ab-f...

  • June

    Bill and Eric together is torture, actually. And, if they get it on I will actually barf.

  • Irina

    The Delinquent and The Boy Scout, sitting in a tree...

  • Rocabarra

    Agree with this list SO much! Boyd and Raylan's relationship sucked me in from the very first episode, with the flashback to that moment in the mine. Now THAT is unbelievably awesome casting right there. Boyd + Raylan = "It's Complicated" forever and ever Amen.

    And Walt and Jesse together is the only thing that makes me care for Walt anymore. I always wonder whether it's loyalty and a certain amount of respect that Walt has towards Jesse that gets him to interject on Jesse's behalf, or whether Walt does it out of pure self-preservation. But, that's a question that is better left unanswered.

  • dizzylucy

    Raylan and Boyd are my favorite. When they share scenes, it brings an already fantastic show to an even greater level.
    Ditto for Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul was amazing in last night's episode, wasn't he?)

    The only time I like Bill on True Blood is when he's being snarky with Eric. When he's with Sookie, I just want to punch him.

  • Miley's Virus

    Nice vest in the header pic, Raylan. What a pussy. CROWDER RULES!

  • Maguita NYC

    I very badly need for Bill and Eric to get it on. It hurts!

    Anyone saw yesterday night how while high on "Lilith blood" (seriously?) Bill just piggy-backed Eric through the streets?

    More of this please!

  • e jerry powell

    Preferably naked.

  • Maguita NYC

    Dahling, how else would one piggy-back the mammoth hotness that is Skarsgard!

    (and I don't mean to bareback-it here: wrap-it up safely people!)
    This message brought to you by Sheik. with or sans lubricants.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm still waiting for Sophie-Anne's prophecy to come to fruition, and we'll see these boys just fuck each other and get it over with.

    I do sometimes wonder (generally in heavily medicated state) how HIV affects the undead, seeing how brain damage affected Tara...

  • Maguita NYC

    Well, vampires must be immune to disease, just like lycanthropes.

    However, with their heightened sense of smell, just like some domestic animals, they can smell the disease on you, and simply opt to not have a bite. There must be an odder smell/taste to your blood when diseased.

    Obviously, you are not the only one in a heavily "medicated" state.

    On a related side-note, my friend's Chihuahua kept wanting to sit on her chest all of a sudden. Her left breast to be exact. Which was weird, for he never wanted this before. But any time she would lay on her bed, he would fight until she lets him sit on her breast. On a hunch, she went to the doctor's and guess what? There was a tumor.

    Cats and dogs, beyond wonderful companions.

  • fpkillkill

    Oh, that was funneh! "Wrap-it up safely people!" I'm still laughing! I just see the best PSA ever.

  • Nice vest in the header pic, Raylan. What a pussy. CROWDER RULES!..2HoursDailyTo6kMonthly.blogspot.com

  • Maguita NYC

    Blame it on too much coffee and fidgety fingers!!

  • lowercase_ryan

    good list. I vote these too:

    Walter and Astrid on FringeLinden and Holder on the Killing

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