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08 August 2005 @ 04:57 pm
memeage: 20 emotional tv moments  
Meme acquired from miggy, who snagged it from sarkastic, who begat Isaac, who begat Jacob, etc etc. They did *much* better (1) versions (2), with great photos and detailed summaries. I wrote...um, some sentences....

There are so many spoilers in all these posts for already-aired shows that I'm not going to call out specific warnings--except for last season's Alias finale in my own post, so don't click if you don't want to go there.



1. BtVS: The last, terrible battle in "The Wish," where Buffy kills Xander, Oz kills Willow, and the Master kills Buffy.
2. BtVS: Buffy discovers her mother's dead body and calls 911. Everything in that scene.
3. BtVS: The opening scene of "Once More, With Feeling" when I realized that Joss was going to pull it off.
4. BtVS: Oz leaves Willow.
5. BtVS: The first Buffy/Spike kiss.
6. BtVS: The second Buffy/Spike kiss.
7. M*A*S*H: Radar announces that Henry Blake is dead.
8. Alias: Just about every time Sydney cries, including the most awful one: when she finds Danny's body.
9. Alias: "Who are you to come to me and act like a father?"
10. Alias: Will sees Sydney in Paris and realizes she's a spy. (ETA: Okay, actually at that point he has no freaking clue what she's doing there, but it's still priceless. *g*)
11. Alias: Will hugs Jack in gratitude.
12. Alias: Allison stabs Will, crying.
13. Alias: Michael proposes to Sydney.
14. Alias: "My name isn't Michael Vaughn..."
15. QAF: Justin is gay-bashed. Brian in the hospital corridor.
16. QAF: Justin plans a romantic indoor picnic for Brian, who blows it off to go clubbing.
17. QAF: Michael dreams that he's having sex with Ben when the condom breaks, and he says, "Keep going" even though Ben is HIV-positive.
18. QAF: Hunter confesses to Michael and Ben how his mother pimped him out to men.
19: QAF: Lindsay and Melanie appear to be truly ending their relationship.
20: Some show, some heart-crushing moment I thought I'd never forget, which I've forgotten. Ah, brain cells, how I miss you.
 
 
 
witlingwitling on August 9th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
Wow. This is a great meme. Number seven just gave me a chill. I remember when I was a kid, watching that ep with my parents, and my mum being very sad.

Television = family.

Also, number three: I know what you mean. Squeeeeeeee!

Sandysp23 on August 9th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
I think #7 was one of the most shocking, unexpected moments I ever saw on *fictional* tv. The most shocking real thing I ever saw on tv was watching Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald. Yes, I'm old enough to have watched it live.
julia_herejulia_here on August 9th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was monstrous; so was the first space shuttle disaster.

But one of my earliest TV memories was watching Russian tanks rolling through the streets of Budapst. Why did my parents think a four year old needed to see that?

Julia, brought to you by television: the feeling that other people are real
Sandysp23 on August 9th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Yes, when I was a kid everyone in the family watched the evening news, regardless of what was on it. And then we saw it all over again when we went to the show on Saturday and saw the "News of the Week" newsreels. :)
Trepkos: Hallelujah by Evalinecetrepkos on August 9th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
1. BtVS: The last, terrible battle in "The Wish," where Buffy kills Xander, Oz kills Willow, and the Master kills Buffy.

Absolutely - still chills me to the bone when I watch it.
And the second Spike/Buffy kiss - I thought I was going to have to change my armour.
ReginaGiraffereginagiraffe on August 9th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
A definite yes to #7. The worst part about that was they had to film it *twice*. The first time there was some sort of technical problem, so poor Gary Burghoff had to redo it. Gah!
bdbdb: Illyria by bdbdbbdbdb on August 9th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
1. BtVS: The last, terrible battle in "The Wish," where Buffy kills Xander, Oz kills Willow, and the Master kills Buffy.

Gets me everytime!

7. M*A*S*H: Radar announces that Henry Blake is dead.

This was on TV just a few weeks ago and I cried!

15. QAF: Justin is gay-bashed. Brian in the hospital corridor.

This one and the moment when Michael looks into the bathroom door and sees that Brian is still wearing the bloody scarf.

The final scene of Angel. A lot of the scenes in Angel actually...

Stuff like this is the reason I get all mad at people who think movies are a better medium for art than TV. I maintain that well done TV is better than a well done movie any day, you are just way less likely to see it.
Anna S.: brian_justineliade on August 9th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
This one and the moment when Michael looks into the bathroom door and sees that Brian is still wearing the bloody scarf.

Oh. God. I should totally have put that one on the list. That simply killed me. I've been reincarnated since then, but it truly killed me.
bdbdbbdbdb on August 9th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
::sniff, sniff::

Yep, it still gets to me....
ex_dovil323 on August 9th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
2. BtVS: Buffy discovers her mother's dead body and calls 911. Everything in that scene.

That whole first scene had me crying as soon as she started in with the 'Mummy?' and my heart is made out of ice.

And there may have been a few tears spilt over the Mash one, but that's only because my left kidney is made out of candyfloss. Yeah, I don't get it either.
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on August 9th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Wonderful meme -- it should have its own LJ, in fact, where everyone could post their own 20. Many forgotten moments would be rediscovered.

Your #7 made me remember another powerful MASH moment (final episode): that precise instant during Hawkeye's narration when your brain goes click and you realise that what the woman has killed, on the bus, was not a noisy chicken, but her crying baby. ::shudders::
Anna S.eliade on August 9th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Your #7 made me remember another powerful MASH moment (final episode): that precise instant during Hawkeye's narration when your brain goes click and you realise that what the woman has killed, on the bus, was not a noisy chicken, but her crying baby. ::shudders::

Yes! I thought of adding that one too, I really did--but I was only listing 20. I had to cut back from 23 as it was. ;)
Fandom: karass or granfalloon. Discuss.sherrold on August 9th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yours are fab, but being too lazy to do my own, I just note a few more:

SG1: Daniel diving through the glass to stop the chain reaction, knowing it would kill him. (And then two moments in Abyss: when Jack realizes it's really Daniel and not a dream; then when Jack realizes that Daniel really won't help him.

Pros: The episode with Marika, where Bodie comes looking for Doyle, and sees him with Marika, and decides that not only is he being setup, but that Doyle's in on it. Ouch.