It doesn’t matter how Jane did it or if it was cliche (it wasn’t to me!) all that matters in everything is that he did it. The journey there was only part of it. It was when he got to the end, he made the step forward to confess his love to Lisbon, something so scary and so impossible for him that he nearly ruined his intentions by deceit and misdirection. Using the airplane was absolutely necessary, in my opinion, because he did open up to Lisbon, and not only that, but he did so in front of at least 200 people, and still he made it seem like she and him were the only 2 people on that airplane. Where else could he have done this? His raw emotion and confession were just for her. The airplane wasn’t a cliche, it was a necessary component. It signified that he was on her turf, and it was her decision whether or not to accept his words. She was given the conscious decision to either fly to DC or get off the plane. She knew he was serious when he declares his love in a plane full of people. And, to be quite frank, it was a nod to her telling him off in Green Thumb. She laid it out on the line then, and he laid it out on the line here. The plane was also most likely used as a huge metaphor concerning their relationship: it was at a stalemate. Lisbon was ready to move on and take off, but Jane wasn’t ready to let her go just yet; he grounded everything she thought she wanted. And for Jane, him storming onto the plane gave us a small glimpse into his desperation and need to tell her how he felt, even knowing the risks. She was worth the risks to him. It wouldn’t have worked out any other way, and have been believable. If we know Jane, we know he loves to crash things and trick to get things, and he did so here. The only other way he would have told her the truth besides using last-ditch plane hijacking, would have been at the door of the Blue Bird Lodge, but he wasn’t ready yet. He needed a push, and he got one in an unexpected way; the murder victims lover.
My point is people can say what they want about how it was done, but the end fact is it was done, and done well. That cliche was done, executed well, and was completely in character for Jane. Yeah, it was a plane scene and it’s been done before, but Heller, Simon and Robin made it and nailed it. NAILED IT. Cliche’s can be done to perfection. Hell, love IS one big cliche, let’s be real. We’ve all done some basic shit for love; done things that have been done over and over in movies and shows and in real life.
The journey there is only part of the issue. It’s how you finish it that matters, and goddamn, did Heller finish it.
If people only knew how grateful I am that Jane was the one to crack first. If it had been Lisbon, I don’t know if I’d feel quite as hfidhfiahf, you know? I am just so glad Jane was the one to do it…he had to do it. And I am so glad.
I think I love the Plane scene more than the actual kiss, personally.
I agree because it was the most courageous, most important thing Jane’s ever done and it shows such incredible character growth. The kiss is sweet and the fulfillment, the reward for his courage. And it’s the tangible expression/proof of their romantic love being canon once and for all. But when it comes to the show and the development of the main character, the plane scene is the one that beats everything else. Also because both Tunney and Baker delivered the most brilliant, touching, moving performance.
I also think this is the real goal of the Show, not chasing and taking down RJ. The Truth (his love for her) is the real Jane’s redemption since the start.
Now where do orange blossoms come into the picture? Incorporating orange blossoms into the bride’s costume originated in ancient China where they were emblems of purity, chastity and innocence. There are few trees so prolific as the orange; it is one of the rare plants that blooms and bears fruit at the same time, thus becoming symbolic of fruitfulness. During the time of the Crusades, the custom was brought from the East first to Spain , then to France , then to England in the early 1800’s. By then, many enchanting legends had spread throughout the continent of maidens entwining fresh orange blossoms into a bridal wreath for their hair. The influence became so indoctrinated into the culture that the phrase “to gather orange blossoms” took the meaning ” to seek a wife”.
Models at “Cornelia Powell” dressed for a vintage weddingdress fashion show including a wedding bouquet. The two models in front are wearing antique wax flower headpieces replicating the romantic orange blossoms. Model at left, 1920s style; model on right, late Victorian 1890s style. (Photograph courtesy of Cornelia Powell)
Even America became enthralled with the bridal orange blossoms. Ann Monsarrat in her book, And The Bride Wore, reports, “Miss Mary Hellen, a badly-behaved young lady who trifled with the affections of all three sons of President John Quincy Adams before settling for the middle one, wore orange blossoms for her White House wedding in Washington in the winter of 1828, when, according to her cousin and bridesmaid, Abigail Adams, she ’ looked very handsome in white satin, orange blossoms and pearls’.