It's no secret that Schitt's Creek is a major happy place for a lot of fans right now.
Now at the end of its penultimate season, the beloved Canadian sitcom has finally reached a wider audience just as its characters are becoming more fully realized and grounded people. At this point, it's virtually impossible not to root for the Rose family to continue thriving as they (try to) adjust to their small-town lives in the titular town. Anchoring it all is the love they have developed for each other and the people they've met in these inauspicious circumstances.
Perhaps no relationship on the show is more heartwarming, though, than the one that has blossomed between David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid). Ever since Patrick was introduced midway through the series, we've watched his relationship with David progress from a purely professional partnership into a very romantic and intimate one, with tons of laughs and truly touching moments along the way.
Ahead of tonight's Season 5 finale, we're celebrating all the most unforgettable moments between David and Patrick so far, in hopes that the two will make it all the way to the finish line of the series.
When their non-date turned into something more.
Long before they reached a couple-y place, David and Patrick were simply business partners trying to make David's crazy idea of opening a finery shop in Schitt's Creek work. David certainly didn't suspect that Patrick had any non-professional interest in him, so when Patrick invited him out to dinner on "Grad Night," he assumed it was out of pity for the fact that David's family had forgotten his birthday.
Ever the wise one, though, Stevie (Emily Hampshire) read the room very well when she also showed up to the birthday dinner at the cafe and knew right away that Patrick was disappointed by her arrival.
Her suspicions were confirmed when David opened Patrick's gift and found that he'd thoughtfully framed the receipt from their first sale at the store. Later, when Patrick drove them home and cooed about how glad he was to have joined David's business, David decided to go for it and plant a simple kiss on Patrick.
"Thank you," Patrick said in response. "I've never done that before with a guy. I was getting a little scared that I was going to let you leave here without us having done that, so thank you for making it happen for us." It was so pure and wholesome that it was impossible not to fall in love with them as a couple from the very beginning.
When Patrick's singing skills melted everyone.
Another scene that conjures immediate tears every time we revisit it is the scene in "Open Mic" when Patrick first declared his feelings for David in front of everyone by singing a joyful acoustic rendition of "Simply the Best."
As always, David had his doubts about Patrick's plan to make their store more inviting with an open mic night, since he feared such an event would be too pedestrian for their high-end marketplace. Patrick was a man with a plan, though, and he executed it beautifully onstage with just his feelings and a guitar.
Between his earthy sound, the quiet hums of approval from Moira Rose (Catherine O'Hara), and David's crooked smile, it was a heart-swelling moment that proved just how adorable the two are and ensured they were going to be endgame (RIGHT?).
When they got past the past.
Of course, David and Patrick couldn't go straight to blisstown without at least one wrong turn, so things got a bit complicated in "The Barbecue" when Patrick's ex-fiancée Rachel came into town wanting to patch things up with him.
Her efforts were fruitless, of course, but David was still completely freaked out to learn that Patrick had been so serious with someone without ever telling him about it.
Patrick tried to explain his feelings and delivered a monologue that was so full of truth that it hurt in the best way. "No matter how hard I tried with her, it just never felt right. And up until recently, I didn't understand why, David," he said. "I've spent most of my life not knowing what right was supposed to feel like, and everything changed. You make me feel right."
Although it would take a couple of episodes for them to get back on track, David still totally appreciated the genuine swooniness of his beau's speech.
When they became each other's Mariah.
Their first "I love you" exchange was also completely ridiculous and adorable.
During "Singles Week," David was stressing out about getting in the middle of an awkward moment between Alexis (Annie Murphy) and Ted (Dustin Milligan). Instead of indulging David's request to take his place delivering some donations for the veterinary clinic, Patrick decided to seize on the moment and tell David then and there, for the first time, that he loved him.
Patrick didn't get bent out of shape when David didn't immediately return the sentiment — in fact, he seemed to be truly amused by how uncomfortable David was with those words, since he'd only said them twice before to his parents and once at a Mariah Carey concert.
"I don't expect you to say it back to me right now," Patrick told him in his usual tone of kindness. "Say it when you're ready. Just felt right to me in the moment. You're my Mariah Carey." Because the show is never too ham-handed with the gushiness, though, Patrick instructed David to come back with tea to make up for leaving him hanging there.
When David eventually returned, newly reminded of how special things were between himself and Patrick, he walked right up to his boyfriend, gave him a hug, and finally said it back. To add some salt to all that sugar, Patrick made sure to point out that the moment was almost perfect, except that David had forgotten his tea. These two.
When David helped Patrick tell his parents.
Coming out to one's parents is a big deal, and Schitt's Creek handled that issue pretty perfectly through some very tender moments between David and Patrick in "Meet the Parents."
It all began when David decided to throw Patrick a surprise birthday party. It seemed like a swell idea, considering how their relationship began, until he discovered that Patrick's parents didn't know the truth about their relationship. After welcoming them to the motel, Johnny (Eugene Levy) accidentally mentioned David and Patrick's personal connection to Patrick's parents, and although they weren't upset at all to learn that their son is gay, they were disappointed that they didn't get to hear it from him.
David didn't want to deprive Patrick's family of the chance to have that exchange either, so he tried to recover by arranging for Patrick's parents to pretend they knew nothing. At the same time, he also did his best to assure Patrick that he understood it was a "very personal" conversation that he should have with his parents on his own terms — you know, before dropping the bombshell that they were already in town. Patrick eventually agreed that it was a good time to let them in on his life anyway, and when the time came for that conversation, David kindly assured him, "I will be here, and we will get through it together."
The talk that ensued between Patrick and his parents was completely lovely and supportive, of course, and as David and Patrick began to celebrate with a darling slow dance, Patrick called out David for spilling the beans to his parents first.
When they decided on forever.
Many of David and Patrick's most romantic moments arrive amid some very silly misadventures, so it was pretty much perfect that in "The Hike," Patrick's plans to take David on a romantic hike would nearly be thwarted by David whining about the trek and Patrick suffering his own minor foot injury.
Indeed, Patrick seemed to realize as much when, instead of ditching his plans to propose after so many pratfalls, he decided to let David set up the picnic he'd planned and discover the box of rings Patrick bought for him.
While on one knee, Patrick explained the set-up by saying, "I used to come on this hike a lot when I first moved here and I was developing feelings for this guy I'd just gotten into business with. And I didn't know what to do about it because I didn't know if that guy had the same feelings, or if I'd ever be able to muster up the courage to let him know how I felt. And now, here he is. The love of my life. Standing in front of me. It just felt like the perfect place to ask you to marry me."
Again, because there has to be at least line of levity thrown in, David asked if the rings were 24-karat gold before answering with a yes, but that's exactly the kind of quirky nonsense that makes these two so special to watch.
Schitt Creek's Season 5 finale airs Wednesday at 10/9c on Pop.