IMHO: Friendship > Romance, at least on TV

In my fangirl profile, friendship trumps romance all the time.

Lisa Edelstein (Lisa Cuddy), Robert Sean Leonard (James Wilson) and Hugh Laurie (Gregory House) during the INSIDE HOUSE event at The Paley Center For Media in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009.

Lisa Edelstein (Lisa Cuddy), Robert Sean Leonard (James Wilson) and Hugh Laurie (Gregory House) during the INSIDE HOUSE event at The Paley Center For Media in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009.

Still from the Paley event. One of many funny comments came from Robert, who plays the Head of the Oncology Department in PPTH, when he said, "I confess to not reading the entire thing before sitting down (for the weekly table read). When it's not cancer (the diagnosis) I have a short week."

Still from the Paley event. One of many funny comments came from Robert, who plays the Head of the Oncology Department in PPTH, when he said, "I confess to not reading the entire thing before sitting down (for the weekly table read). When it's not cancer (the diagnosis) I have a short week."

Many past entries were testaments to how I favor House and Cuddy but give me House, Cuddy and Wilson in one frame and I’ll be happier.  I love them three together.  The friendship ha, I’m not implying I’d love a threesome.

I have too many things to say since I thought of this entry this morning.  However, as usual, the words are so garbled in my head (sa sobrang dami, with examples of House scenes pa yun from seasons 1 to 5 to illustrate my points more vividly) so I might as well do away with typing them down.  The bottomline of everything is how I love the dynamic of House, Cuddy and Wilson, perhaps the three most damaged characters in PPTH. 🙂

I think I’ve always been fascinated with TV friendship more than TV romance; it’s such a good feeling watching, in one scene, trading banters, all six Friends, the earlier staff of Cage & Fish* [Ally McBeal], the women of Wisteria Lane [Desperate Housewives], Danny Tripp and Matt Albie [Studio 60], Denny Crane, Alan Shore and Shirley Schmidt [Boston Legal],  Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha and Carrie [SATC], Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Wolowitz and Raj (although he cannot talk when Penny’s around) [The Big Bang Theory], and even the whole community of Stars Hollow [Gilmore Girls]!

Of course there are more examples of friendships on TV (my abrupt liking for the people of Seattle Grace, for one).  You get my drift, right? At best, pwede na sa akin ang “friends with sexual tension”, which is why contrary to most House/Cuddy fans, I was NOT disappointed when their s*x scene turned out to be a hallucination. It seems not everyone can see how MORE meaningful it was that it’s inside House’s subconscious! Anyway, yeah,  tama na yun. 🙂

I am not sure if I believe the same (‘friendship trumps romance’) in relation to my real life knowing how much of my life is devoted to TV anyway.  🙂 Sometimes I cannot – and refuse to – tell the difference! Hahaha! Escapism yata ito. A very nice one at that, in my opinion.

Though you know what, maybe I do because I once was struck by a line from Andrew Sullivan, as told to Chuck PalahniukI think a relationship can be the most intense form of being alone if you’re not careful…(F)riendship is what really resolves and mitigates loneliness while not compromising the self in the way that love does, romantic love does.

For now let me go back to my fangirl mode. Happy weekend!

* Ally McBeal is so last century but one TV conversation I cannot forget is between Richard Fish and John Cage when the people in their law firm were fighting. This is not verbatim but Richard asked John, “What are the five reasons why we put up this firm again?” John answered, “Money. Money. Friends. Money. Money.” Richard sadly asked back, “Yeah. What happened to the third?” Believe me, I was touched 🙂

Credit for the images above goes to Lissie.

6 thoughts on “IMHO: Friendship > Romance, at least on TV

  1. yeah, like in Gilmore Girls, I love Christopher and Lorelai more when they’re only friends. They just click more, and I love their connection.

    I think Robert Sean Leonard is cute. In a goofy, nerdy, kinda way, but that’s what I like… I really don’t find Hugh Laurie attractive (sorry!) =D However, if you wanna talk about sex, I’m all about Jesse Spencer! I’d love to take him and go DOWN UNDER! hahahaah

    • Hehe, yeah, Wilson is very adorable! Ayoko naman kay Hugh, when he’s House lang, ang sungit kasi eh! Hahaha about Jesse Spencer. Naiintindihan ko na nga sya magsalita ngayon, dati ang hirap 😀

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