Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.
It's Valentine's Day, and as cold and shriveled as my heart may be, I still love a big, romantic gesture. Love Actually
is one of my favorite movies because there's nothing better than
professing your love in a huge, glorious spectacle. But there's a right
way to do it, and a wrong way.
Here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of grand romantic gestures on TV.The Good: A Romantic Treasure Hunt
Gabe on The Office
really does dominate Valentine's Day. The new employee is fitting in perfectly with his quirky personality, and his Valentine's Day treasure hunt for Erin was a great idea, tragically wasted on someone who can't even build a puzzle by herself. I love Gabe, but he could really do better.The Bad: A Sudden Proposal
A spur-of-the-moment marriage proposal might seem romantic, but it's not. It takes more than drunkenly deciding to buy a ring like Seeley Booth did on Bones
to make the moment last forever. He learned that lesson the hard way when Hannah shot him down, sending him into a severe downward spiral. Maybe next time he can put a little more thought into it.The Ugly: Singing in Public
There are certainly some songs that are appropriate and romantic to sing in public (or, if your voice isn't as good as Blaine's on Glee
, maybe you could pull a Say Anything and just hold up a boom box). But Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone" is not that song. The lyrics include lines like "I want it bad" and "rubbing up on me" while also talking about leaving the toys in the drawer when I get you alone. It doesn't take a genius to realize the entire song as an invitation to get freaky in the bedroom, and that is not something you sing out in front of complete strangers at the mall.(Images courtesy of NBC and FOX)