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21 Of The Best Romantic TV Couple Scenes That Happened Before The Characters Were Together

It's all in the buildup.

If you know me, you know I loveeeee slow-burn relationships.

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Sure, I love sweet moments after a couple is together. But before they're together??? GIMME ALL THE PINING!!

So I have decided to compile a list of all my favorite couple moments between characters who hadn't even kissed or admitted their feelings yet. Here are 21 of the best!

1. On New Girl, When Nick and Jess argued after she realized she had no passion with Russell:

Jess says she wants passion, then fights with Nick right after over him reuniting with Caroline
Fox

Nick and Jess were one of my favorite slow-burn relationships. Their romance was hinted at so many times, and they just had SO MUCH CHEMISTRY!!

2. Also on New Girl, when Cece convinced Jess that Nick liked her because of the positioning of his feet, and she brushed it off, but at the end of the episode, they both had their feet pointed at each other:

Cece tells Jess that a man's feet point at what they want, and then in a later scene Jess and Nick's feet are pointed at each other
Fox

Of course, even after Jess apologized and decided that she was being unreasonable, the show took care to show us their feet!!!

3. On The Vampire Diaries, when Caroline told Stefan at Prom that he'd get over Elena one day:

As they dance, Stefan asks Caroline how anyone moves on, and Caroline says one day he'll meet someone new and fall madly in love and move on without even realizing it
The CW

This relationship was YEARS in the making, and no one can tell me otherwise.

4. On Teen Wolf, when Stiles told Lydia he'd go out of his mind if anything happened to her:

MTV

Sure, everyone knew Stiles liked Lydia, but Lydia never reciprocated. This was one of the first times she sought him out to talk, and I was so happy that he made it clear how important she was to him while still reprimanding her for being reckless. This foreshadowed their super-protective (while still being respectful of the other's wishes!!!) relationship.

5. On Parks and Recreation, when Ben saw Leslie give a presentation on the Harvest Festival while she had an extreme case of the flu:

Ben says "That was amazing. That was a flu ridden Michael Jordan at the '97 NBA finals. That was Kirk Gibson hobbling up to the plate and hitting a homer off of Dennis Eckersley. That was... that was Leslie Knope"
NBC

The look in his eyes...you just know he's already falling for her.

6. On Euphoria, when Rue invited Jules over for dinner and Jules teased Rue:

Rue invites Jules over for dinner, and Jules asks if Rue is talking to her momma about her
HBO

This was so flirty, and Rue's smile here is everything to me.

7. On The Vampire Diaries, when Damon first met Elena and told her she wanted an all-consuming love.

Damon tells Elena she wants a love that consumes her: passion, adventure, and danger. Elena asks what he wants, and he says he wants her to get everything she's looking for
The CW

She 100% fell in love right there, and I'm so mad he compelled her to forget this.

8. On Arrow, when Felicity felt jealous that she was no longer Oliver's "girl":

Oliver tells Felicity "You will always be my girl"
The CW

I lost interest in this show after they got together, tbh. It was all in the buildup.

9. And also on Arrow, when she told him she believed in him after he was ready to give up to Slade:

Felicity tells Oliver he's not alone and that she believes in him
The CW

I could do a whole post just on them, tbh.

10. On Once Upon a Time, when Hook told Emma she'd make a great pirate, foreshadowing their future relationship:

Hook tells Emma she's tough and would make a good pirate. 2 seasons later, she's dresses as a pirate
ABC

They had the best banter in Season 2, when they didn't really trust each other but were clearly attracted to each other.

11. On New Girl, when Aly said she was scared that Winston would fall in love with her.

Winston tells Aly not to fall in love with him because he's lovable as hell, and she says she thinks she'll be okay
Fox

Gotta love the CLASSIC "Don't fall in love with me" trope. As soon as that's said, you just know the person's going to fall in love with them.

12. On The Flash, when Iris broke Barry out of the confused trance Grodd had put him in:

Iris says "Do it for me," triggering Barry's memories of her. He whispers "Iris"
The CW

Look, I'm a simple woman. Give me a scene where Character A breaks Character B out of a trance, ESPECIALLY with a little reel of their memories between them, and I'm hooked.

13. Also on The Flash, when Iris found out that Barry was the Flash and felt betrayed, and so Barry told her that so much of what he did was for her:

Barry says that even though Iris didn't know about Barry being the Flash, she was still a part of it, and that without her, there wouldn't be The Flash
The CW

WITHOUT YOU, THERE WOULDN'T BE THE FLASH. I'm not crying, you're crying.

14. On Stranger Things, when Max apologized for being mean to Lucas and confessed that she was scared to be like her brother, and Lucas said he liked talking to her:

Lucas tells Max she's much cooler and smarter and different than her brother. He calls her tubular, and she laughs and says no one says that. Then they both say they like talking to each other
Netflix

I know they're just kids, but god, I love these precious babies together.

15. On The Office, when Jim perfectly curated a Christmas gift for Pam, but she ended up with an iPod instead — but then she traded it away to get Jim's gift back.

Pam tells Jim she traded with Dwight, then she looks inside the teapot to see what's in it and Jim and Pam laugh
NBC

This is another show where I sort of lost interest after they got together. But before? *Chef's kiss*

16. Also on The Office, when Pam fell asleep on Jim's shoulder and Jim pretended not to notice.

NBC

Major The Lizzie McGuire Movie vibes.

17. On Schitt's Creek, when Patrick got David a sentimental birthday gift:

Patrick says it's a receipt from their first sale at the store, and David says it's not nothing and thanks him
Pop!TV

He pretended like it was "nothing" but it WASN'T. God, I love those fools.

18. On Teen Wolf, when Kira asked Scott to see his werewolf side and then gently touched his face:

MTV

This part was so sweet because Kira was just curious, and never disgusted when it came to Scott being a werewolf. She was so sweet and gentle with him!!

19. On Lost, when Kate held Sawyer and convinced him to take antibiotics:

Kate kisses Sawyer's forehead and says he'll get better if he takes the pill
ABC

Honestly, the fact that this sweet moment happened in front of Jack made it all the better. GET WRECK'T, JACK. (Sorry, I have an irrational hatred for Jack.)

20. Also on Lost, when Charlie pretended to eat peanut butter with Claire because she was craving it:

Charlie dips a finger in an empty jar and pretends to lick peanut butter from his finger
ABC

We were ROBBED of a longer Charlie-Claire relationship.

21. And finally, on The Good Place, when Eleanor thought she was leaving for the Bad Place and called Chidi her flashlight:

Chidi tells Eleanor he feels like he failed her, and Eleanor says that he was her flashlight in a cave
NBC

Elena grew SO MUCH during Season 1, and this scene just showed it. I think this was my favorite iteration of their relationship, even though it never really became a relationship in this first version of the Good Place. It was so clear that they'd become soulmates, even if they hadn't started out that way.

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