Okay but my favourite thing about Jake and Amy is that even though season 1 brought us glorious episodes like "The Bet" and "Charges and Specs" that were clearly meant to move their relationship forward into *core relationship* territory it's never felt like a large set up to get us invested in a relationship that doesn't exist?? If that makes sense?? Like some shows push their leads SO HARD and you can ~feel~ the writers being like "YOU SHOULD WANT TO SHIP THIS" but Jake and Amy was just (1/2)
(2/) so organic?? I loved them as friends and partners first and right from the very beginning it was clear they were comfortable with each other and so them eventually falling in love was just so natural and idk how to explain it but I just?? even rewatching season 1 knowing where they end up it doesn’t feel forced at all, it just makes total sense and I’m so glad that it happened like that
like okay i’ve been!! talking about this for a while but i’m always down to be extra so i will talk about it again
it boils down to a few different factors, perhaps the most important of which is andy and melissa’s incredible acting chops and their own friendship. like honest 2 god u can be the best actor in the world but if u don’t like ur costar/character’s love interest u can only be so convincing. andy and melissa are genuinely friends, they hang out outside of filming for the show and they get along really well. that combined with their awesome individual acting abilities makes for a REALLY great television couple.
all of that to say that their chemistry makes for a very tangible kind of chemistry between jake and amy - starting from the very!! first!! scene!! we’re able to CLEARLY see the exact kind of friendship they have!! and listen my friends i am not going to lie, the fact that amy’s first words are “what are you doing, weirdo?” with an irritated look on my face immediately made me think oh no she’s the kill-joy the first time i watched the show but then!! then!! less than two minutes later!! jake starts talking to her through the nanny cam teddy bear and instead of being annoyed she gets that soft, affectionately exasperated look on her face and!! guys!! my literal thought was oh he must do this to her all the time
all of that in less than 2 minutes of screen time together!! and that idea - he must do this to her all the time - is reinforced every time they share the screen!! there are even a few early episodes where i wasn’t positive jake and amy were going to be a thing in canon - i knew i wanted them to be, but really honestly i couldn’t quite tell initially - and you’re right, that is so hard to do!! and ur right there are definitely shows where you know right away which couples are endgame and which ones you’re supposed to be cheering for, but with jake and amy - idk how to explain it, it just felt more…unpredictable. i was overinvested pretty much immediately
but yes, the thing that really gets me about jake/amy is that their relationship is not solely romantic - they’re friends. and u just don’t get that a lot in mass media