how am i still having such a situation over the there’s no place like home flashback idek bUT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT JEN AND MIKEY AND HOW FUCKING /LOVELY/ THAT DYNAMIC WAS
because that scene is really pivotal for what actually happens in it, but also— most of the tallahassee flashbacks are after they’re already together. we see where they end up and how they are together in an established relationship, but this is how they started? Emma guarded and wary and cautiously curious while Neal is spinning around in his damn swing and swinging back and forth and all bouncy and excited. Emma grew up too fast and Neal was 14 for centuries and that’s so evident in how Jen and Mikey are both playing their characters and playing off each other? it’s just so smart and so good and such a well-developed dynamic dgdfgdhjk
and fuck it’s just so important to me— they connect over being alone and abandoned and it happened in different ways for both of them, they have different experiences but ultimately share the same wants and needs. and when we see that established relationship, we have an emma who can laugh without thinking about it and a neal who wants to settle down with her and this first date is where that all started AND I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT SCENE AND MY DUMB OTP.