Rodney: How about we say goodbye now?
Rodney: What do you mean ‘no’?
Sheppard: I mean I’m not saying goodbye.
Rodney: Well I’m saying it anyway.
Sheppard: Well I’m not listening!
Rodney: Yeah but, pretty soon I won’t even know who you are!
Sheppard: Then I’ll remind you.
TV Show Meme
3 Bromances (1/3)
Sheppard and McKay - Stargate: Atlantis
There are more than a few great romances and bromances out there that include at least one character who is typically incredibly difficult to get along with, and this certainly ranks high among them. A good day with Rodney McKay is usually one where he’s too focused on whatever he’s doing to take the time to harangue or belittle you - but only because he’s forgotten you’re there (otherwise, he’d do whatever he’s doing and berate you at the same time, because he’s perfectly capable of doing both - ask Zelenka). John Sheppard is easy enough to be around, but given the choice he’d probably rather not be around you in the first place (nothing personal, he just likes to be alone). As such, the fact that the two actively enjoy one another’s company outside of work situations is a bit of a surprise - even more so once you factor in McKay’s hypochondria, arrogance, pessimism, and general whiny-ness. Maybe that’s just what you get when you take two social outcasts and pit them against death on a regular basis - it goes without saying that they both immediately recognise and respect one another’s strengths, and in the ensuing rapport they demonstrate ability and willingness to lend themselves to one another’s talents. John is never going to do advanced physics and Rodney won’t wow anyone with his combat prowess, but they can get on the same page and back one another up, and there’s a lot to be said for the resulting trust. Surprisingly, Rodney makes a better go of bonding with others than Sheppard ever does, but at the end of the day, it’s still John that he runs to when he’s scared, John who he shares drinks with on the pier, John, to whom he bares his soul at his most despairing hour.
"You’re a good friend, Arthur" - and the audience unexpectedly chokes out a laugh through their tears.