Breakups in TV/Movies: Best and Worst of 2012
BEST: Finn and Rachel, Glee
On-again, off-again Finchel are finally off again after Finn (Corey Monteith) ignored her for months, and Rachel (Lea Michele) admitted she had kissed another guy. Besides, with Rachel in New York and Finn back in Lima coaching the New Directions, this makes the most sense. These two were not cut out for a long-distance relationship.
BEST: Emily and Daniel, Revenge
Emily (Emily VanCamp) first turned to Daniel (Joshua Bowman) on Revenge as part of her scheme to take down his family but quickly developed genuine feelings for her would-be arch-enemy, and the two became engaged. However, after she kissed Jack (Nick Wechsler), and Daniel stood by his parents side in the ongoing battle between the truth about David Clarke and the Graysons, it was time for these two to cut and run.
BEST: Adam and Mike, Magic Mike
Mike (Channing Tatum) took Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing, and made him one of the ''cock-rocking kings of Tampa.'' But Adam fell deep into the stripping-lifestyle and turned to selling drugs, which led to Mike paying off Adam's debts to a few dealers. After that, Mike wants nothing to do with his former best friend.
BEST: Joan and Greg, Mad Men
We've been waiting for Joan (Christina Hendricks) to kick Greg (Sam Page) to the curb since he raped her in season 2 of Mad Men. So, when the doctor revealed to his wife this season that he had voluntarily signed up for another tour in Vietnam, she finally said ''Enough!'' Good riddance, we say.
BEST: Peggy and Don, Mad Men
And speaking Mad Men we're glad that Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) stepped out from underneath Don's (Jon Hamm) shadow and took a new job, leaving Sterling Draper Cooper Price and her mentor behind.
BEST: Lady Mary and Sir Richard Carlisle, Downton Abbey
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) aligned herself with Sir Richard Carlisle (Ian Glein) on Downton Abbey when she found out that cousin Matthew (Dan Stevens) was engaged. Despite their clear unhappiness, she stuck with Carlisle because he knew about her dalliance with a certain dead Turkish diplomat. With a little encouragement from her father, though, Mary broke it off with the rich newspaper man and paved the way for her eventual engagement to Matthew.
BEST: Paige and Leo, The Vow
After a car accident left Paige (Rachel McAdams) unable to remember her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) in The Vow, she struggled with the choices she made in her life. Leo ultimately gives her the divorce that she and her family asked for, and the once-happy couple split. But Leo's selfless act helps Paige remember why she fell in love with him in the first place, and the two live happily ever after — again.
BEST: Barney and Quinn, How I Met Your Mother
On How I Met Your Mother, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Quinn (Becki Newton) fight about their ever-growing demands for a pre-nup. When they realize they don't trust each other, they call off the wedding. Of course that means that now Barney is free to be with Robin (Cobie Smulders).
BEST: Walt and Jesse, Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad's Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) were at one time the show's best example of a father-son relationship — even though they aren't related. But as Mr. White turns more evil, and Jesse struggles with his humanity, it's a relief that they parted ways as business partners — for Jesse's sake — even if it wasn't so amicable at first.
BEST: Jean and Douglas, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
At the end of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jean (Penelope Wilton) tells Douglas (Bill Nighy) that she wants a divorce in the middle of a crowded street in India — a highly cathartic scene for the suffering couple.
WORST: Kurt and Blaine, Glee
Yes, we liked the fact that Rachel and Finn called it quits — but did Blaine (Darren Criss) really have to cheat on Kurt (Chris Colfer)? We miss these two together.
WORST: Schmidt and Cece, New Girl
We never really understood Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) sudden impulse to break up with Cece (Hannah Simone) on New Girl. Why end a good thing in its prime?
WORST: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man
Like every other Spider-Man before him, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has to stay away from his lady love Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) to protect her. Yes, her father asked him to do it, and we understand that he was being noble — but skipping her dad's funeral was just cruel.
WORST: Bruce Wayne and Alfred, The Dark Knight Rises
Alfred (Michael Caine) only wants to see Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) live a normal life. But Bruce feels compelled to put on his batsuit and protect the people of Gotham. When Alfred protests, Bruce fires him — sending away his surrogate father forever. Sure, there's that slight nod at the end, but is that really all they get after a lifetime together?
WORST: Mark and Julia, Grey's Anatomy
On his Grey's Anatomy deathbed, Mark (Eric Dane) takes time to break it off with his girlfriend Julia (Holley Fain), a character we remembered so little about that we had to look up her name. Why give any credence to their relationship when the already dead Lexie (Chyler Leigh) was his one true love?