Photo: Mark Johnson / BBC / Avalon UK
About 45,000 TV shows may have aired by the time 2021 is over, but I don’t care: the happiest 99 seconds of TV we’ll have experienced in those 12 months have already happened, and they are. undoubtedly those of Jessie (Rose Matafeo) public celebration dance sequence without any shame after a one night fling at the opening of Starstruckthe second episode of. Euphoria! Public participation! The absolutely perfect song choice from “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison!
If you haven’t watched the delicious HBO Max yet Notting Hill-esque rom-com, in which normal human Jessie sleeps with Tom Kapoor (Nikesh Patel) without realizing he’s a famous actor, do yourself a favor. The six episodes of its first season – which follow Jessie and Tom as they fall in love with each other over the course of a year – are wonderfully intelligent, silly, and passed out. It’s a show built to bring us joy, and there’s no better example than this one-and-a-half-minute streak. Honestly, every moment is perfect, but here are the second-by-second highlights. May you watch this scene 300 times. You deserve it.
The initial farewell after sex
The scene opens on a sunny London morning as a hike leads our hero (in every sense of the word) out of his boat down the canal. He tells Jessie to “watch his head” at the door. It’s good. He looks good. They clearly had a one-night stand and their goodbye is suitably awkward. But things are about to get interesting.
Listen, you can’t just be here without confirming that what you hope is casual sex with no emotional baggage is actually casual sex with no emotional baggage. Many relationships have started with this mistake. But it’s not amateur time – Jessie and this dude agree that they’ll probably never see each other again, and they both feel good about it.
The purest joy
Let that elusive feeling of pure joy wash over you, friends. Jessie just had non-committal sex. This beat from “Return of the Mack” is a hit. She opens her arms wide. She is beaming. She would never take that feeling for granted. And this is where Jessie becomes our One True Queen. She did, my friends. She did it.
Suck it up, Haters
You know, the Suck It Crotch Slam just isn’t used enough these days, and God if this post has a legacy, I hope it’s women taking back the movement. Jessie deploys it perfectly here, partly because of the joyful energy, partly because her sucking seems to be directed at all enemies around the world, and these enemies really deserve to be told they can suck it off.
High Fives for everyone!
But especially for this woman out for her morning run. Jessie and this woman don’t need to communicate verbally. This woman has seen Jessie suck it off and recognizes the exuberance inherent in low stakes coitus. It’s a high-five of understanding, solidarity and celebration.
There is so much joy and awe here that Jessie and the runner turn to each other one last time and triumphantly shake their arms in the air. It’s feminism.
Thank you sir.
An older man throws a finger gun at Jessie and she acknowledges his approval by giving him a fake hat. This movement usually has no swagger, but here the swagger is endless.
Bounce off the wall
Unattached sex has filled Jessie with such good energy that she has no way of spending it all except, maybe, in an attempt to climb a real wall. She’s not good at it. We’ve all been there.
We’re swinging from the pergolas now
Who among us hasn’t wanted to swing from the beams of a restaurant pergola while unsuspecting brunches gaze in wonder? Only a person having the confidence of a woman who has just had a good ejaculation could attempt and achieve such a feat. Right now, she’s invincible.
It’s called mutual respect, okay?
As the old saying goes, with great risk comes great reward. And is there a greater risk than throwing an enthusiastic double nudge without knowing if it will be reciprocated? This kind of rejection can change a person. But folks, that doesn’t happen here. Not today.
Vitamin C break
How blessed is this stranger to have Jessie swallow her orange juice while performing perfect hip rolls directly in front of her? If only every brunch came with this kind of table service.
The art of chair dancing
Now she rides a chair back and does a lap dance to him? It brings tears of joy to my eyes.
The whole restaurant is in this now
How awesome is it not only to get that high through good sex, but also to get an entire restaurant up by proxy that high? Such power that Jessie wields. And from her triumphant run down the aisle as she soaks up the applause, she knows it.
The final arc
It’s not dramatic, but never in the history of the world has anyone or anything deserved to bow as much as Jessie after finishing her assault on this unsuspecting group of eaters.
Solo bridge dance
Like Jessie was going to walk the rest of the way home in the normal way after that – she’s dancing all the way home! This includes her solo dance party on the canal bridge. Cherish it all, but I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight that high kick.
The roommates who receive each other are the best roommates
Jessie’s roommate Kate (Emma Sidi) doesn’t even have to look behind her when she hears Jessie dancing to “Return of the Mack”. She knows exactly what that means, and that kind of roommate connection is hard to come by these days.
thank you, Starstruck Editors
With a final YES! and a jump into Jessie’s room, the title card drops, ending this perfect opening of a TV episode. Always cherish it.