Pete and Myka. Declaring their love for one another. And kissing. I’m sorry. I’m truly sorry, but it just doesn’t work for me. I’ve spoken at length about how I’ve always seen them more as a sibling relationship than romantically compatible. Actually, one of the strong points to their relationship to me has always been that they’re platonic friends who drive each other crazy and love each other deeply in equal measure–but not in a romantic way.
Early on in the series, I might have seen romantic potential there, but the way Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly have played it since that point has steadily veered further and further from that as Pete and Myka gradually grew to know each other better. And not unlike the How I Met Your Mother series finale, I can’t help but feel like a Pete/Myka pairing was the original plan for the series, which the writers stuck with despite the characters and show having evolved past that point. And while McClintock and Kelly do the best they can to sell the scene–which, to be fair, isn’t a badly written one at all, for what it is–it just doesn’t feel organic or natural to me. I found more genuine emotion in that small, understated moment when Pete gently kisses Mrs. Frederic on the cheek, and she actually allows it–that is when my tears truly began to flow. Because it speaks volume about their characters and how far they have come.
Luckily, however, the rest of the episode is smashing enough that I am able to forgive the Pete/Myka transgression overall, even if it does put a slight damper on my full enjoyment. Because in the end, this show isn’t about romantic love and never has been. It’s about family and home, in this case, of course, an unusual family that has been brought together by the very strange home they share."