In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share some of my favorite “I Love You” scenes. I picked four out of millions and list them below, in no particular order. Happy Valentine’s Day!
1. Scarlett and Rhett in Gone With the Wind
I’ve loved Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, since I read it decades ago and went through my Scarlett phase (mentioned here). Scarlett reminds me of a Civil War era Madonna, and the book is overloaded with all kinds of drama between the War, the South, and Scarlett and her rebellious, self-centered, tough as nails personality.
And Rhett is a “scoundrel” for sure, but he admires Scarlett for her real self, not the airs she must put on in Civil War South. Unfortunately, Scarlett realizes a little too late that she belongs with Rhett, and by then Rhett has had it with her. Towards the end of the novel, they have the following conversation:
“Then- then you mean I’ve ruined it all- that you don’t love me any more?”
“But,” she said stubbornly, like a child who still feels that to state a desire is to gain that desire, “but I love you!”
“That’s your misfortune.”
“That’s your misfortune!” Ha ha. I love it. Rhett always tells it like it is. One of the coolest things about Scarlett though is that even though her world has fallen apart around her, she stubbornly decides she’ll think about everything “tomorrow” and you know she’ll be alright. She won’t settle for anything less. She’s a survivor. But I digress….
2. Noah and Allie in The Notebook
Allie has to decide whether to go back to Lon, her super-nice fiancee, or stay with Noah, her first love and love of her life. Noah and Allie find their way back to each other and after spending the night together wake up in bed. This is what Nicholas Sparks writes:
Once, when he was looking at her in the moments before daybreak, her eyes fluttered open and she smiled and reached up to touch his face. He put his fingers to her lips, gently, to keep her from speaking, and for a long time they just looked at one another.
When the lump in his throat subsided, he whispered to her, “You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have. I love you, Allie, more than you can ever imagine. I always have, and I always will.”
Like she can go back to Lon after that! Puh-lease. Sap Rules! I’d probably crack up laughing if my husband said those words to me, but I love reading them and hypocritically would love my husband to say them to me, even though I would laugh in his face. Make sense? Maybe not. Just being honest.
Now to make the whole scene even prettier, picture Ryan Gosling saying those words. If you start the book, you’ll finish it in a day, and probably be crying at the end. If you prefer movies, tonight is the perfect night to order it and have a snuggle-fest on the couch.
3. Andy and April, Parks and Rec
If you aren’t a Parks and Rec fan, you really should be. Trust me. It’s on Netflix. Go. Now.
Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) is one of my favorite characters on television. He’s innocently sweet and charming and simple. For example, he writes a song for his girlfriend April about his favorite month, called “November,” and compiles a bucket list that includes making the best grilled cheese sandwich EVER and “outrunning a hippo.”
After he and April (Aubrey Plaza) develop “romantical” feelings for each other, April eventually tells Andy she loves him in the Harvest Festival Episode (Season 3, Episode 7). Here’s the dialogue:
April: Hey, I love you.
Andy: Dude, shut up, that is awesome sauce!
“Awesome sauce” should be a term used in everyday life by EVERYONE. Let’s mainstream it, people!
Later, after April gets mad at Andy for his response, this happens:
Andy: I do love you.
April: You do?
Andy: Yea.. that’s what, you know, makes the sauce so awesome.
Yes, Andy, that IS what makes the sauce so awesome.
If you can find twenty-four minutes to watch the Harvest Festival episode on Netflix, you’ll fall in love with Parks and Rec, and you’ll get a good taste of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, and get to experience one of its best characters, Lil’ Sebastian, as well as Joan Callamezzo, the local television news celebrity who “runs the town.” Watch tonight for a Valentine’s Day laugh!
4. George and Siena in Seinfeld
George decides he wants to tell his girlfriend Siena (whose name causes the others to joke that George is dating a crayon) that he loves her. Jerry asks him if he’s confident in the “‘I love you’ return,” and he says, “Fifty-fifty.” This is what happens. It’s from the Face Painter episode, which is great for other reasons too, not relevant here:
[George and Siena are sitting in the car again. They’re listening to the hockey game on the radio.]
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Devils goal! Stephan Richer scores from just inside the blue line! And the Devils take– (George turns down the volume)
GEORGE: You know, I could have actually gone to that.
SIENA: So why didn’t you?
GEORGE: Well, I didn’t want to break our date.
SIENA: Oh, well.
GEORGE: Because I… I love you.
SIENA: You know, I’m hungry. Let’s get something to eat.
Not was George was looking for. George gets upset, declaring he will never say “I love you” first again. He and Jerry call it a “huge matzoh ball” hanging between George and Siena. Later, George says it again to Siena:
[George and Siena are making out in his car.]
GEORGE: Siena, I love you.
SIENA: Yeah, I know. I heard you the first time.
GEORGE: Yeah. Just confirming.
Classic George and classic Seinfeld.
I hope you enjoyed! Have a nice Valentine’s Day!
[Sources: Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks; Seinology.com (http://www.seinology.com/scripts/script-109.shtml); The Pawnee Times, a Parks and Recreation Blog, (http://pawneetimes.blogspot.com/2011/03/harvest-festiva-s3e7-quotes-little.html); TVfanatic.com,(http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/parks-and-recreation/episodes/harvest-festival/).