It may be hard to believe, but it’s almost time to grab your favourite bottle of Herb Ertlinger’s Fruit Wine and settle in for the Season 1 finale of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek. The Rose family has come a long way … wait. Who are we kidding? No they haven’t, but it’s been fun to go along for the ride as they’ve settled into their lives in Schitt’s Creek. Thankfully, the comedy was renewed for a second season by both CBC and the US channel Pop, leaving no question about whether or not we will see the Roses grace our TV screens once again.
As the first season comes to a close, we here at The TV Junkies can’t help but celebrate the fact that Schitt’s Creek has given us our favourite “non couple” couple on TV. Now we don’t want Moira reaching for the antidepressants, but we’re not talking about the legendary comedy team of Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, who play Johnny and Moira Rose. Rather, we’re referring to the Roses’ son David (Dan Levy), and hotel clerk Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire).
From the moment David was forced to live in Schitt’s Creek he’s found a kindred spirit in Stevie, as they share a sense of humour and general dislike of other people. Homegrown Stevie has helped David slowly but surely adjust to small-town living and has helped him try to make the most of his situation. “We have always played it so that these characters would find each other in this town. Stevie is too smart for the town and David thinks he’s too smart for the town,” series’ co-creator Dan Levy tells The TV Junkies.
The comedic chemistry between the younger Levy and Hampshire has been something that’s been growing with each episode and has become one of our favourite things about the show. Don’t believe us? Even Eugene Levy himself is a fan and tells us, “It’s a fantastic dynamic. Just from a performance standpoint, Dan and Emily really brought something so special to these characters. It’s a really interesting, funny, emotionally charged dynamic.”
Now who are we to argue with comedic royalty? But if you need even more convincing as to why this Schitt’s Creek pair is our favourite “non couple” couple on TV then let’s examine the evidence:
They are each other’s “Plus-ones”
There’s never a need for these two to go at it alone, not when they can always count on each other to fill in as a “plus one” for the various happenings around Schitt’s Creek. Whether it’s being able to attend a “Games Night” or agreeing to a couples’ dinner party thrown by Alexis and Ted, David and Stevie are always there for each other.
Let’s be honest, David is not your typical guy, but Stevie has seemed to just “get” him from the moment they met. They quickly became close friends, and close friends never judge one another.
Although it IS a little odd that a grown man needs help killing small bugs that he’s trapped under a cup.
They just look good together
David may be known for his avant-garde fashion, but when a formal birthday party was thrown in Moira’s honour the pair both cleaned up nicely and looked damn good in their black tie formal wear. We couldn’t help but say “awww” as the pair headed out on the dance floor together.
The couple that hunts together stays together?
Stevie is constantly pushing David out of his comfort zone and that’s a good thing. A prime example was when she took David along for the annual turkey shoot. David may have still went about things his own way (check out that camouflage getup he wore!) but in the end, with Stevie’s pushing, David even got to shoot a turkey in the neck!
Always there with a helping hand
The definition of a true friend is someone you can always count on to lend a helping hand when you need it most. For David, Stevie is definitely a true friend. Not only has she helped him find a job, despite having a somewhat limited skill set …
… but she also helped him take stock of his wardrobe and figure out what he could resell in order to make a few extra bucks. While they may not have agreed on everything, she was still there to help him out and that’s what really counts.
There are few people in our lives who we can be completely honest with, or that we feel comfortable enough to tell the truth right to their face. For David Rose that someone is Stevie Budd. She’s not afraid to tell him when he’s not looking his best:
While this may seem harsh to some, “People are really responding to this really strange friendship that doesn’t seem to have many boundaries,” Dan Levy tells The TV Junkies.
They Can Let their Hair Down with Each Other
When Stevie’s cousins came to down for Carl’s funeral, David initially wanted no part of them and their parties. But when a “side business” was discovered, David and Stevie decided to partake and this led to some pretty hilarious moments between the pair.
Friends with Benefits
After some confusion over whether or not David was a white or red wine drinker, he and Stevie decided to become friends with benefits. While things worked OK in the short term, they broke things off in favour of just being friends for now. That doesn’t mean a deeper relationship won’t still be explored on the show. “We created it knowing that they were going to get together but that it wasn’t necessarily going to be a stable relationship. That’s what’s been so fun to play for Emily and I. It’s this idea of a friendship that constantly has blurred lines and seeing where it goes,” says the younger Levy.
What life before each other?
The Roses may not have been in town for long but it’s hard for the pair to remember what life was like before they met each other. If that’s not a sign of love we don’t know what is:
David and Stevie are the very definition of the saying “opposites attract.” On the surface they couldn’t be more different, and we’re reminded time and again of just how different this pair is. Whether it’s talking about clothes:
These two often disagree, but yet they still find a connection at the end of the day that really separates their relationship from others. According to Levy, the reason behind that lies in the fact that “when you find someone that you love on a very emotional level, whether it’s a friendship or a relationship, and you know that something’s not 100 per cent not right but you also can’t live without the person. I think that’s a very funny, fun dynamic to play out.”
So here’s to David and Stevie — Our Favourite “Non Couple” Couple!
Do you love Schitt’s Creek and David and Stevie? What’s your favourite Season 1 moment? Who is your favourite TV “Non Couple” Couple? Let us know in the comments below.
Schitt’s Creek airs its Season 1 finale Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CBC and airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Pop.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.