This is the second of my self-imposed TOP TEN Lists, which I started with TV kisses. Now, of course, it’s time to depress myself and delve into the Top 10 “I Dare You NOT to Cry” TV moments. In no particular order, my choices (and the clips). Get a tissue (or a box)…
Alaric’s “Death”, “The Vampire Diaries”, ep: “Do Not Go Softly”. The scene outside of the tomb was too much for me. I sobbed like a giant baby. For a good hour. After it was over. The Fray’s “Be Still” is hauntingly appropriate.
Buffy has to kill Angel, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, ep: “Becoming, Part 2″ * I used this as one of my top kisses, but what follows, Buffy’s realization that she must killing Angel to stop the porthole from opening, and the aftershock reduces me to tears every time. Just watch, as Sarah McLaughlin’s “Full of Grace” plays.
http://youtu.be/zTgHyYDSH6g (it’s about 7 min in…)
Guy of Gisbourne kills Marian, “Robin Hood”, ep: “A Good Day to Die/We Are Robin Hood”. I was in disbelief that they killed her off, and refused to believe it until the next season. She was one of my favorite characters, ever, and her deathbed wedding just breaks my heart.
Charlie dies, “LOST”, ep: “Through the Looking Glass”. There were A LOT of deaths on “LOST” over it’s 6 season run. Boone’s was the first where you realized no one, not even a main character, was safe. But, Desmond kept telling Charlie he saw visions of his death. I figured they played it up too much to actually do it. Still, Charlie sacrifices himself to blow up one of the Dharma Stations, and gives Desmond one final message, ‘NOT PENNYS BOAT’. When he does the sign of the cross before drowning- KILLER.
Denny dies, “Grey’s Anatomy”, ep: “Losing My Reigion”. I wasn’t a huge fan of the show, or of Izzie. I stopped watching completely by the 4th season. But Izzie’s realization that Denny is really gone after Alex tells her “It’s not Denny, not anymore”, is searing.
Dr. Greene dies, “ER”, ep: “On the Beach”. I would watch this show periodically, but what always reminds me of this episode is the sound of my sister in her room when she was like 15, unbeknownst to us watching it, and loudly, hysterically sobbing. We thought her boyfriend had broken up with her. The funeral scene, with the old colleagues and the current, is touching.
Desmond contacts Penny, “LOST”, ep: “The Constant”. I know this is my second ‘LOST’ choice, but this whole scene is just amazing, and I cry every time .
Agent Emily Prentiss “dies”, “Criminal Minds”, ep: “Lauren”. For a show that deals in death, this was the first member of the team to “die” (though, of course, she didn’t, but only Hotch and JJ knew that)- the look on the face of the team when they (don’t even have to) hear the news, clinched it.
Logan tells Veronica how they were supposed to be “epic”, “Veronica Mars”, ep: “Look Who’s Stalking”. This is one of my absolute favorite TV quotes, from one of my absolute favorite TV characters. I always had a thing for tortured guys.
Buffy promises not to forget, “Angel”, ep: “I Will Remember You”. Angel is turned back to a human, but loses his ability to save others- so he sacrifices what could have been with Buffy- knowing that she’ll have no memory of it. Only he will.
***Addendum- as this was written before the latest TV season began (2012-2013), I will be adding to this:
Damon talks to Alaric’s grave, “the Vampire Diaries”, ep: “Memorial”. The vampire that never cares, that lost his best friend (who he also killed a bunch of times)- Ric was Damon’s heterolifemate. I’m still pissed about last season. But listening to Damon’s monologue as he’s holding back tears just broke my heart.
Lady Sybil Branson (nee Crawley) dies after delivering a baby girl, in “Downton Abbey”, ep: “Series 3; episode 5”. She is supposedly “cleared” of all “complications”- then, she begins seizing in the middle of the night, and dies of Eclampsia at 24 years old, leaving her whole family, the servants, and her ex-chauffer hubby, Tom, wrecked. I dare you not to bawl.
Opie sacrifices himself for Jax, Tig, and Chibs after one of them is forced to fight to the death on “Sons of Anarchy”, ep: “Laying Pipe”. The funeral itself was a sobfest, but watching the SOA seeing the brother killed before their eyes, powerless to stop it- gutwrenching. “I got this”- Opie.