19 TV Couple Moments You Didn't Realize Were Improvised By The Actors

1.First, on Stranger Things, that second kiss between Joyce and Hopper in the episode "The Piggyback" (Season 4, Episode 9) wasn't scripted.

Hopper and Joyce kissing

2.On Friends, Ross's infamous "I take thee, Rachel" bit at the altar wasn't in the original script. David Schwimmer (who played Ross) accidentally messed up his lines, and it gave the writers inspiration.

"I, Ross, take thee, Rachel..."

Co-executive producer Greg Malins explained on an episode of The Story Behind: "It kind of ended up being David Schwimmer's thing. His line was to come in and say, 'Emily, the cab is downstairs waiting.' Something like that. And he walked in and said, 'Rachel, the cab's downstairs — ah shit, okay, sorry. Let me take it again.' ... And I remember, I was standing next to [series co-creator] David Crane, [and] I said, 'That's it!'"


3.On The O.C., Ben McKenzie (who played Ryan) improvised the moment in the pilot where Ryan lights Marissa's cigarette using his own.

Screenshots from "The O.C."

"So, the cigarette moment. That was improvised by Ben, and kinda took Mischa [Barton, who played Marissa] by surprise," Creator Josh Schwartz revealed in the pilot commentary. "And she seemed to be really charmed by it. I love that moment."


4.On New Girl, a lot of that argument between Nick and Jess in the episode "Fluffer" (Season 2, Episode 3) was reportedly improvised.

Screenshots from "New Girl"

5.On Glee, Chris Colfer (who played Kurt) and Darren Criss (who played Blaine) ad-libbed the majority of the dialogue in that scene where they're trapped in the elevator together.

Screenshots from "Glee"

6.On The Office, John Krasinski (who played Jim) added in the line, "Don't do that...come on, I don't wanna do that," in response to Pam saying how much Jim's friendship has meant to her.

"I don't wanna do that."

7.On Dawson's Creek, Dawson famously sobs when Joey rejects him for Pacey. The crying was actually not in the script, but was instead an addition by James Van Der Beek (who played Dawson) himself.

Dawson crying
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8.On Ginny & Georgia, Sara Waisglass (who plays Max) and Humberly González (who plays Sophie) improvised that entire "Did you make a sex playlist?" bit.

Screenshots from "Ginny & Georgia"

9.In the Season 2 finale of Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester ad-libbed Blair asking Chuck to say "I love you" twice.

"No, seriously, say it twice."
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10.On How I Met Your Mother, Ted and Robin both have tears in their eyes when he tells her to go after Barney in the episode "The Final Page" (Season 8, Episode 12). The crying was reportedly not in the script, but a personal touch added by Josh Radnor (Ted) and Cobie Smulders (Robin) themselves.

Screenshots from "How I Met Your Mother"

11.On High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Joshua Bassett (who plays Ricky) ad-libbed that whole monologue where he tells Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) how he's loved her since the seventh grade.

"I've loved you since the first time you picked up your ukulele and you wrote a song about clouds."

"I remember there was a monologue Ricky had to say to Nini about different memories that they had shared together, and [creator] Tim [Federle] told Josh, 'Just improvise it,'" Rodrigo revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "And he just improvised the most beautiful monologue. And he didn't tell me that he was going to improvise it, and so they got my reaction to him improvising this beautiful monologue on-camera."


12.On Teen Wolf, Crystal Reed (who played Allison) improvised Allison telling Scott (Tyler Posey) she loves him while she's dying.

Screenshots from "Teen Wolf"

"As she was dying and she had her last breath, I was saying my lines, and I kept saying, 'I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.' And I remember one of the producers came over and said, 'Please don’t say that because she loves Isaac,'" Reed revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I do feel like Allison still loves Scott. And I think in that moment, she said she loves him because that’s still there. So, it was hard for me to hold back those feelings because as an actor, I feel like that’s still there...but it was interesting for me as an actor because I so strongly felt the urge to say it to him even though she wasn’t supposed to."


13.On Our Flag Means Death, Taika Waititi (who plays Blackbeard) threw in that little toe touch between him and Stede (Rhys Darby).

Screenshot from "Our Flag Means Death"

"That was just Taika [Waititi] deciding he should do that," Darby revealed in an interview with Collider. "Because we were staring at each other. Yeah, it was just a little sweet moment."


14.On Euphoria, a lot of that infamous argument between Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) and Nate (Jacob Elordi) in "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can" (Season 2, Episode 4) was added by the actors themselves. For example, Cassie's "I am crazier!" line was not in the original script.

Screenshots from "Euphoria"

"Jacob and I did the scene as it was written, and we were like, ‘There is so much more here that we could do that’s pent up. Let us build it,'" Sweeney revealed in an interview with the Cut.


15.On One Tree Hill, James Lafferty reportedly improvised the moment where Nathan grabs Haley's hand and pulls her in after they find out that their baby is going to be okay.

Screenshots from "One Tree Hill"

Bethany Joy Lenz, who played Haley, also admitted that she didn't always stick to the script. "I was probably the bane of the [the writers'] existence for years," she said in an interview with CraveYouTV.

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16.Also on One Tree Hill, the moment where Brooke (Sophia Bush) tells Julian (Austin Nichols) she's pregnant and they fall down laughing and crying wasn't entirely scripted. Bush revealed in an episode of the Drama Queens podcast that they were actually just super overcome with emotion while filming the scene.

Screenshots from "One Tree Hill"
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17.On Veronica Mars, Jason Dohring (who played Logan) threw in the line where he jokingly asks Veronica's dad, "Five more minutes?" while he and Veronica are making out in the car.

Screenshots from "Veronica Mars"

Dohring explained in an interview with Thrillist: "I was in the car making out with Veronica in the backseat, and she's like, 'My dad's watching,' you know what I mean? And I'm like, 'Oh, then he'll be proud of us,' or something like that. But then, I say, 'Five more minutes.' The line was scripted to be said to her, like, 'I want five more minutes with you.' But because the dad was watching, I played it to the dad, like, 'Can I have more more minutes with her, please?' So, that was my idea, as he's looking with the binoculars, possibly as a joke."


18.On Degrassi: Next Class, Amanda Arcuri (who played Lola) actually forgot her lines while filming that first hallway scene with Eric Osborne (Miles).

Screenshots from "Degrassi: Next Class"

"That scene when Miles rips down the poster. ... I was just so intimidated by [Eric]. He's so amazing," Arcuri revealed in an interview. "When we were doing that scene, I forgot my lines. I looked up at him and was like, 'Whaaat?'"


19.And finally, not exactly a couple scene, but it was too good not to include: On Riverdale, Casey Cott 100% improvised Kevin kissing Archie (KJ Apa).

Screenshots from "Riverdale"
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