1. The kiss in Debate 109. “We’re so in synch! We’re like a perfect duet, or great se - Hey, Professor Whitman!” Look, I wasn’t going to ship it. I went into this show pretty damn convinced I was going to be a Jeff/Britta shipper. And then Debate 109 happened, and I decided two things. One: Annie Edison is everything ever. Two: I shipped Jeff/Annie. Hard. That kiss sent me from “not a shipper” to “look at my ridiculous adorable OTP!” in about five seconds flat.
2. The kiss in Pascal’s Triangle Revisited “I’m glad you’re staying.” This is, hands down, one of the hottest kisses I have ever seen on TV. (Almost as iconic as Chuck and Sarah’s first kiss, to be honest) To paraphrase myself from “I Got Love,” if Slater is Jeff’s New Year’s resolutions, and Britta is Jeff a few weeks after New Year’s, then Annie is the one who makes him want to be the best version of himself the whole year through.
3. Jeff unlocking the door through his feelings for Annie in Basic Sandwich “Jeff loves Annie.” We’ve known since season one how Annie felt for Jeff, but Jeff’s feelings for Annie have been hinted at and ripped away from us season after season. The season 5 finale changed that. Even after agreeing to marry Britta, it’s Jeff’s feelings for Annie that allows him to power the computer that frees them all from the computer lab to save the day. His love for Annie saves the day. And we got Dan Harmon to confirm it.
4. Jeff rushing to Annie’s defense in Geography of Global Conflict “But now you’re becoming this mature, self-possessed, intelligent young woman,
and I can’t keep
patting you on the head
or talking down to you.“ I’m biased, but this is one of my favorite episodes overall, and try as they might have, this did nothing to ruin my Jeff/Annie shipping. Jeff spends the entire episode defending Annie, doing what he can to help Annie, taking a Model UN-off seriously for Annie. And it’s glorious.
5. The hotel lobby scene in Conventions of Space and Time “If we were married, you wouldn’t find me
flirting with another woman
in a hotel bar.“ Another episode that they tried to use to make Jeff and Annie less shippy, and instead just managed to make me ship it more. Jeff and Annie plan out a whole damn weekend together while all of their other friends are busy. Annie spends her time pretending to be married to Jeff. And Jeff? Really not so horrified by the idea. Instead, he wants to reassure Annie that he would totally treat her better than in her fantasy.