As I mentioned in yesterday’s MS-QOTD (you know how it’s pronounced), this week has had a little more downtime, which has allowed me a little more time for leisurely consumption of pop culture.  Since I’m a sucker for a good romance (or, to be honest, even a terrible one), love stories have been my bread and butter, including the quintessential 90s tale of one Lloyd Dobler and his love for a beautiful and brilliant girl with whom he had nothing in common.  The moment where he stands outside her home, blasting “their song” from his not-yet-old-school boombox is often cited as iconic, though many times people forget that the moment takes place AFTER their romance has melted down.  Still, even 25 years later, the image still packs a serious punch, which begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.  So, what I’ve been doing lately is kickboxing, asking: What’s the most utterly perfect romantic moment in all of pop culture?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I wouldn’t claim to know the most perfect romantic moment, but one of my favorites is the final shot of the X-Files: Mulder and Scully holding one another in bed, knowing an alien invasion will one day attempt to claim the planet and realizing how far they have come to get to this point..for me, it turned a sci-fi mystery program into an epic love story and redeemed a series that had, I think, somewhat lost its way…

  2. The end of the episode when Jim & Pam (The Office) get married and they’re standing at the front of the boat. Jim looks at the camera and smiles. Mission accomplished.

  3. The wedding of Leslie & Ben in Parks & Recreation. It’s one of the few times where I went ‘aw.’ Just a very adorable moment.

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