Love Triangles Follow-Up

14 02 2009

Now that you had a teen drama love triangles refresher course–and since it’s VALENTINE’S DAY!–it’s time to know how you really feel.

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Love Triangles Pt. 6: 90210

31 01 2009

Today is the last post in the series The Essential Teen Drama Love Triangles.  This week we looked at Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, The O.C., One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.  And last, but certainly not least…

TODAY: 90210

NAOMI-ETHAN-ANNIE

How It Started: When Annie moves to Beverly Hills, she’s happy to see her one-time crush Ethan.  Her excitement ends when she catches Ethan receiving oral sex at school–and not by his girlfriend Naomi.  Ethan, intrigued now that Annie is back and unhappy with Naomi, breaks up with her.

How It Ended: Ethan’s interest in Annie has to be put on hold when she starts seeing Ty, her co-star in the school musical.  In the meantime, Ethan and Naomi  get back together but when he and Annie work together on a school project, the two grow closer and soon start an exclusive relationship.

Key Episodes: 1.1-1.11

YouTube Evidence: Naomi & Ethan It’s Over; Ethan & Annie Crush

KELLY-RYAN-BRENDA

How It Started: When new West Beverly teacher Ryan meets guidance counselor Kelly, he’s instantly attracted to her despite the large age difference.  Kelly is especially hesitant because she is a single parent to Sammy (whose father is Dylan).  Ryan and Kelly go on a few dates before she leaves town to see Dylan.

How It Ended: When Kelly returns, she notices Brenda is giving her the cold shoulder and calls her out on it.  Brenda’s reason: “I slept with Ryan.”  And so the Brenda-Kelly war over a man begins again…

Key Episodes: 1.2-1.4, 1.6, 1.10-1.12

YouTube Evidence: I actually cannot find anything!  Anyone have anything?

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Debbie-Harry-Tracy

Ryan-Kelly-Dylan

Ty-Annie-Ethan





Love Triangles Pt. 5: Gossip Girl

30 01 2009

MONDAY: BEVERLY HILLS, 90210

TUESDAY: DAWSON’S CREEK

WEDNESDAY: THE O.C.

YESTERDAY: ONE TREE HILL

TODAY: GOSSIP GIRL

SERENA-NATE-BLAIR

How It Started: Everyone on the Upper East Side is shocked when “it girl” Serena suddenly leaves town.  Then when she returns a few months later, her best friend Blair is even more shocked when she finds out why Serena left town in the first place: because she slept with Blair’s longtime boyfriend, Nate.

How It Ended: Upon Serena’s return to the city, Nate–who is still with Blair–struggles with his feelings for both girls.  Serena isn’t interested in him, though, and works to repair her friendship with Blair.  Meanwhile, Blair and Nate work things out and continue to date.

Key Episodes: 1.1-1.2, 1.6-1.7, 1.17

YouTube Evidence: Gossip Girl–Blair/Nate/Serena; Blair/Nate/Serena–Leave (Get Out)

NATE-BLAIR-CHUCK

How It Started: While briefly broken up from Nate during season one, Blair loses her virginity to his best friend, Chuck.  Blair manages to keep her indiscretion secret, even as Chuck tries to hook up with her again.  Blair and Nate reunite, angering Chuck.

How It Ended: When Blair has a pregnancy scare a few weeks later, someone tells Gossip Girl that Nate might not be the babydaddy.  Blair isn’t pregnant, but the damage is already done: Nate finds out about their one-night-stand, breaking up with her and ending his friendship with Chuck.  Chuck, likewise, rejects Blair telling her, “I don’t want you anymore and I can’t see why anyone else would.”  Blair and Chuck spend the rest of the season inching towards a relationship and then pulling back.  In the season finale, Nate and Chuck repair their friendship and he gives Chuck his blessing.

Key Episodes: 1.7-1.8, 1.10-1.13, 1.17-1.18

YouTube Evidence: Nate, Blair, Chuck–There’s No I In Team

SERENA-DAN-GEORGINA

How It Started: While dating Serena, Dan makes friend with a girl named Sarah–unaware that she’s really Georgina, Serena’s frenemy.  Georgina, masquerading as Sarah, wedges herself in the middle of Serena and Dan’s relationship.  Dan, upset with Serena for cheating on him (though she really didn’t), hooks up with Georgina.

How It Ended: With help from Blair, Dan learns Sarah/Georgina’s real indentity.  He does not get back together with Serena, though, feeling that the damage has been done and the whole situation put way too much distance between them.

Key Episodes: 1.15-1.18

YouTube Evidence: Dan/Serena/Georgina–Cry; Georgina Sparks Is Back!

BART-LILY-RUFUS

How It Started: Long-ago sweethearts Rufus and Lily connect again when their kids (Dan and Serena) begin dating.  Lily contemplates seeing Rufus again but doesn’t after Serena asks her not to, as it would complicate her own love life.  Lily, intead, gets engaged to business mogul (and Chuck’s dad) Bart.

How It Ended: Rufus tries to stop Lily from marrying Bart, and they even sleep together on the eve of the wedding.  Lily decides, however, to go through with the wedding.  Within a few months, though Lily becomes unhappy in her mariage and plans to leave Bart and, presumably, get with Rufus.  Before she can do that, though, Bart dies in a car accident.  Following his death, Rufus and Lily head towards a relationship.

Key Episodes: 1.6, 1.9, 1.12, 1.16-1.18, 2.5, 2.7, 2.11-2.13

YouTube Evidence: Gossip Girl: Loose Ends; Iris–Lily and Rufus Fanvid

AARON-SERENA-DAN

How It Started: After getting back together and then breaking up again, Serena and Dan plan to see other people.  Serena meets Aaron, a budding artist, and they soon begin to date.  Throughout the relationship, Aaron is threatened by Dan and Serena’s continued friendship with him.

How It Ended: Dan realizes how much he still loves her, and asks Serena to give him another chance.  Serena turns him down and takes Aaron up on his offer to spend winter break in Argentina.  When she returns, she reveals to Dan that she broke up with Aaron, and they get back together.

Key Episodes: 2.8-2.9, 2.11-2.14

YouTube Evidence: Serena/Dan/Aaron–The Way I Loved You; Gossip Girl 213: Serena (Dan or Aaron)

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Allison-Rufus-Lily

Vanessa-Dan-Serena

Vanessa-Nate-Catherine

Vanessa-Nate-Jenny





Love Triangles Pt. 4: One Tree Hill

29 01 2009

MONDAY: BEVERLY HILLS, 90210

TUESDAY: DAWSON’S CREEK

YESTERDAY: THE O.C.

TODAY: ONE TREE HILL

BROOKE-LUCAS-PEYTON

How It Started: Lucas had a crush on his half-brother’s girlfriend, Peyton, but ended up dating her best friend Brooke in season one.  It wasn’t long, though, before Lucas and Peyton couldn’t hide their mutual attraction and began sneaking around Brooke’s back.  When Brooke found out the real reason Lucas broke up with her, she ended her friendships with both of them, and the Leyton versus Brucas war began.

How It Ended: Peyton and Lucas realized they couldn’t move forward with their relationship after hurting Brooke so much.  By the end of season two, Lucas realized how much he missed Brooke and in the beginning of season 3 they got back together.  At the end of the season, however, Peyton also realized that she was in love with Lucas and told Brooke–effectively ending their friendship.  Brooke broke up with Lucas, in part because of this, in the beginning of season 4.  It took some time but Lucas finally realized he was in love Peyton, too, and Brooke gave them her blessing.

Key Episodes: 1.8-1.15, 2.23, 3.9, 3.21-3.22, 4.1-4.3, 4.8-4.12, 4.15

YouTube Evidence: One Tree Hill–Classic Love Triangle; One Tree Hill–Love Triangle; Brooke/Lucas/Peyton Love Triangle; Brooke/Lucas/Peyton: Tikal

LINDSEY-LUCAS-PEYTON

How It Started: When Peyton returns to Tree Hill at the beginning of season 5, she’s surprised to find out that Lucas is in a serious relationship with Lindsey.  Lucas, still angry that Peyton turned down his marriage proposal a few years back, continues his relationship with Lindsey and denies that he has any feelings for Peyton.  One night, after Lucas and Peyton share a kiss and Peyton thinks they will be together, she finds out Lucas and Lindsey are getting married.

How It Ended: On their wedding day, Lindsey leaves Lucas at the altar after realizing that he is still in love with Peyton.  Lucas spends the next few months trying to get Lindsey back and blaming Peyton for their break-up.  Season 5 ends with a love triangle cliff-hanger: Lucas is at the airport and calls someone, asking “Do you want to get married tonight?”  It isn’t until the season 6 premiere that we find out he called Peyton.  She accepts his new proposal and they get engaged.

Key Episodes: 5.1–5.9, 5.11-5.18, 6.1, 6.05

YouTube Evidence: One Tree Hill–Lindsey/Lucas/Peyton, One Tree Hill–Peyton/Lucas/Lindsay; Lindsey/Lucas/Peyton–The Hardest Thing; The Comet Movie Trailer

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Nathan-Peyton-Lucas

Nathan-Haley-Chris Keller (not included above based on poll results)

Dan-Karen-Keith

Mouth-Rachel-Cooper

Jake-Peyton-Lucas

Haley-Nathan-Carrie

Millicent-Mouth-Gigi





Love Triangles Pt. 3: The O.C.

28 01 2009

MONDAY: BEVERLY HILLS, 90210

YESTERDAY: DAWSON’S CREEK

TODAY: THE O.C.

LUKE-MARISSA-RYAN

How It Started: When bad boy Ryan moves next door, Marissa is instantly drawn to him even though she’s still dating her longtime boyfriend–and Ryan’s future enemy–Luke.

How It Ended: After Luke cheats on her, Marissa ends their relationship.  Ryan and Marissa start dating soon after.

Key Episodes: 1.2, 1.4-1.9, 1.12,

YouTube Evidence: Ryan/Marissa/Luke–My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend

THERESA-RYAN-MARISSA

How It Started: Theresa’s relationship with Ryan abruptly ends when he leaves Chino and moves into Marissa’s neighborhood.  After a one-night-stand while he and Marissa are broken up, Theresa becomes pregnant and Ryan moves back to Chino to be with her in the first season finale.

How It Ended: In the second season premiere, Theresa tells Ryan she lost the baby, so he goes back to The O.C. and Marissa.

Key Episodes: 1.11, 1.20, 1.26-1.27, 2.1-2.2

YouTube Evidence: The O.C.: Look After You

ANNA-SETH-SUMMER

How It Started: Since he sees no future with his life-long crush Summer, Seth begins seeing Anna. This makes Summer realize her feelings for Seth, and he becomes torn between the two girls.

How It Ended: Just when it seems Seth has finally chosen Anna, he realizes Summer will always have his heart and commits to her.  The relationship is tested again in the third season when Seth and Anna run into each other.  But this time Anna actually works to keep Seth and Summer together.

Key Episodes: 1.4, 1.9-1.21, 3.22-3.23

YouTube Evidence: The O.C. Anna, Seth + Summer; The O.C.’s Love Triangle–Seth, Anna & Summer!

SETH-SUMMER-ZACH

How It Started: After disappearing and leaving her heart-broken in the first season finale, Seth returns to town to find out that Summer’s moved on to Zach.  He then begins a series of attempts at winning her back.

How It Ended: Summer resists Seth’s advances and continues her relationship with Zach.  When Zach and Seth team up to publish his comic book Atomic County, Summer is caught in the middle. Just as she’s about to go with Zach on a trip to Italy, Summer realizes she belongs with Seth and they reunite.

Key Episodes: 2.1-2.5, 2.10-2.14, 2.17-2.19, 2.21-2.23

YouTube Evidence: All or Nothing–Seth/Summer/Zach; The Way I Loved You–Summer/Seth/Zach

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Ryan-Marissa-Oliver

Ryan-Theresa-Eddie

Kirsten-Sandy-Rebecca

Sandy-Kirsten-Carter

Ryan-Marissa-Johnny

Ryan-Tayl0r-Henri Michel

Bullit-Julie-Frank





Love Triangles Pt. 2: Dawson’s Creek

27 01 2009

YESTERDAY: BEVERLY HILLS, 90210

TODAY: DAWSON’S CREEK

JEN-DAWSON-JOEY

How It Started: Best friends since they were little kids, Joey and Dawson’s friendship begins to fracture when Dawson becomes infatuated with the new girl in town, Jen.  Though Joey is harboring secret romantic feelings for Dawson, he begins seeing Jen.

How It Ended: Dawson’s relationship with Jen doesn’t last long and he soon realizes he has feelings for Joey, too.  They are together off and on throughout the series (they end off; see below) but Dawson and Jen also get back together for a short time in season 5.

Key Episodes: 1.1, 1.7, 1.10, 1.12-1.13, 2.1, 2.3, 2.10-2.11, 4.23, 5.8, 5.10, 5.17, 5.23, 6.1-6.2

YouTube Evidence: Jen, Dawson and Joey: The Girl Next Door; Joey, Jen, Dawson–Over You

DAWSON-JOEY-PACEY

How It Started: In season 3, Pacey begins to develop feelings for Joey.  Much to Joey’s surprise, she does as well.  They hesitantly pursue a relationship in secret but Joey calls things off after Dawson finds out and reacts negatively.  By the end of the season, though, Dawson realizes he cannot stand in the way of their love and so Joey and Pacey begin a relationship.

How It Ended: The memories of her relationship with Dawson hang like a cloud over both Joey and Pacey during their relationship.  They break up towards the end of the season 4, and Joey and Dawson share a kiss in that season’s finale.  Throughout seasons 5 and 6, Joey and Dawson struggle with the idea of being together again.  In season 6, Joey and Pacey do get back together before a short time before Joey calls it off.  In the series finale, which takes place 5 years after the end of season 6, Joey is again torn by Dawson and Pacey.  Ultimately, though, she chooses to spend her life with Pacey.

Key Episodes: 3.1, 3.9, 3.12-3.14, 3.17-3.23, 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 4.14, 4.16, 4.21, 4.23, 5.3, 5.23, 6.1-6.2, 6.15, 6.18, 6.21-6.24

YouTube Evidence: DC True Love Previously On…; Dawson/Joey/Pacey; Dawson, Joey, Pacey–Near To You

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Dawson-Joey-Jack

Jen-Charlie-Joey

Joey-Pacey-Audrey

Joey-Dawson-Natasha

David-Jack-Professor Freeman

Jen-C.J.-Audrey

Eddie-Joey-Pacey

BONUS VIDEOS

Dawson’s Creek-Jen/Dawson/Joey/Pacey

Dawson’s Creek Relationships





The Essential Teen Drama Love Triangles

26 01 2009

Love triangles are one of the major characteristics of teen dramas, often the most talked about, debated and controversial.  So what happens in a love triangle? This (or some derivation of this) in a nutshell:  Boy meets girl.  Boy dates girl.  Girl falls for someone else.  Girl dates that someone else.  Girl goes back to boy number one, but still has feelings for that someone else.  She may end up with boy number one OR boy number two.  You have to watch to find out!

In the next six days, I’ll be posting about the need-to-know love triangles from the 6 major teen dramas.

TODAY: BEVERLY HILLS, 90210

BRENDA-DYLAN-KELLY

How It Started: Brenda and Dylan began dating in season one.  While Brenda was in France the summer before senior year (season 3), Dylan and Kelly had an affair.  When Brenda and Dylan broke up, Dylan was going to begin dating Kelly until Brenda found out and he had second thoughts.  He spent a while debating who he wanted to be with before ultimately choosing Kelly.

How It Ended: When Kelly and Dylan broke up at the end of season 4, it seemed Dylan and Brenda were going to get back together.  This did not actually happen, though, until some time in season 6, and it occurred off-screen.  Dylan returned to Beverly Hills in season 9, where he admitted to Kelly that he and Brenda had been apart for two years.  In the series finale, in season 10, Kelly and Dylan committed to each other again.

Key Episodes: 3.3-3.7, 3.13, 3.19, 4.30-4.32, 6.32, 9.9, 10.28

YouTube Evidence: Brenda/Dylan/Kelly Love Triangle

DYLAN-KELLY-BRANDON

How It Started: While Dylan and Kelly were still dating in season 4, Kelly accompanied Brandon on a school retreat where they shared a passionate kiss.  When Dylan and Kelly broke up at the end of the season, Kelly followed Brandon to Washington, D.C. where they gave into their feelings and started a relationship, affectionately named Brelly by fans.  Dylan, predictably, was not happy about this when he found out a few months later.  At the end of season 5, Dylan tried to get Kelly back by offering her a trip around the world.  Brandon, realizing he might lose her, proposed.  Kelly made a memorable choice and proclaimed a now-classic line: “I choose me.”

How It Ended: With Dylan no longer in Beverly Hills, Kelly and Brandon get back together towards the latter half of season 7.  They get engaged in season 8 but decide at the last minute not to go through with the wedding.  At the beginning of season 9, they try to still have a relationship but that fails, in part because Brandon chooses to take a job on the East Coast.  Dylan returns to Beverly Hills not long after Brandon leaves, but it’s not until the end of season 10 that Dylan and Kelly commit to each other again.

Key Episodes: 4.22-4.23, 4.31-4.32, 5.2, 5.30, 7.26, 8.32, 9.1-9.3, 9.6, 9.9, 10.8, 10.28

YouTube Evidence: Brandon, Kelly & Dylan: Starts With Goodbye

OTHER TRIANGLES TO CONSIDER

Donna-David-Nikki

Dylan-Kelly-John Sears

Steve-Valerie-Dylan

Jesse-Andrea-Peter

Griffin-Donna-Ray

Kelly-Brandon-Emily

Ray-Donna-Joe

Kelly-Collin-Valerie

Brandon-Susan-Jonathan

Steve-Clare-Prince Carl

Valerie-Tom-Kelly

Steve-Clare-Dick

Tracy-Brandon-Kelly

David-Donna-Cliff

David-Donna-Noah

Noah-Donna-Wayne

Gina-Dylan-Kelly

Camille-David-Donna

Matt-Kelly-Dylan








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