Related to your post about Chris and Buck’s time spent together: in the grand scheme of things, on screen, we haven’t gotten that many Chris and Buck moments. It feels like there have been a ton of moments, but with your break down, there’s not as many as I thought. Which makes sense because the show is about the rescues. But, and here’s the insane part, in the time between Chris and Buck moments/the time they without seeing each other , the writers always make sure to remind us that Buck and Chris spend time together, and sometimes even without Eddie being present. Example: the grocery store scene “you know how much Chris misses you”, the zoo “he takes Christopher to the zoo”, and Buck knowing that Eddie and Chris watch telenovelas because Chris told him. If I’m missing any mentions, please add them in. These writers make sure to remind us how close the two of them are to each other and how present Buck is in Chris’ life. In a way that far supersedes how present an “uncle” often is in their “nephew” or “nieces” life. Especially an uncle that’s not directly related or an uncle that’s a best friend of the kids parent.
You hit the nail on the head, my love!
The reason why it feels like there's been much more Buck + Chris content than what's actually been shown is because Tim & the writing staff have found ways to display the progress of their relationship without needing a scene as proof.
The first time we get the idea that Buck and Christopher are closer than we realize is in 2x10 - Buck and Eddie talk while Christopher waits to see Santa. This moment was significant because not only had we not seen Buck and Christopher together since 2x04, but Christopher hadn't even come up in conversations at work. No "evidence" of a relationship being built for WEEKS (and in canon, it's actually months), yet Eddie wanted Buck to be there for that? Ohhh. Okay.
The second-half of season two put Buddie on the backburner while Eddie tried to make things work with Shannon. (Side note: the writers have been keeping Buddie separate from their romantic relationships since the beginning! It's a pattern!) We *did* get the shot of Buck smiling proudly at Christopher as he walks towards Eddie to give him his helmet, but it's not technically a Buckley-Diaz episode because they don't talk about or to each other.
Season three EPISODE ONE is where EVERYTHING changed.
There’s a party for Buck to celebrate his return to the 118 after having his leg crushed by the fire truck. Christopher gives Buck a gift:
Buck (BFF) 🥺😭🤧
HE MADE A CARD WITH BOTH OF THEM ON THE COVER AND SAID THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS!!! The show gave us absolutely zero re: Buck’s recovery process, but Christopher obviously played a big part.
At the party, Buck suffers from a blood clot and has to be taken to the hospital. He is no longer allowed to rejoin the team, and this news leaves him understandably upset. Eddie decides that the best way to help lift Buck’s spirits is by giving him the one thing that is guaranteed to make him smile: a day with Christopher.
His Buck, huh? Interesting development. 🤔
The next hint we get about just how much time Buck and Christopher spend together off screen is mentioned in your ask: the grocery store fight from 3x05.
Christopher - and Eddie, because we all know by now that Eddie talks about his feelings through his son - misses Buck because he’s gotten used to having him around.
3x11 is the episode where Christopher playfully hits Buck on the sofa (as Eddie looks on fondly 🥰) and Buck tells Maddie this bit of information as an explanation for why he didn’t plan to bring food to Eddie’s for the firefam gathering:
Here’s the thing: This is the first time EVER we see him at Eddie’s. The audience is supposed to realize that these three have become (practically) inseparable without the added screen time.
Let’s flash forward to 4x08. Long before Christopher takes an Uber to Buck’s apartment without Eddie’s knowledge, the audience finds out that Buck stayed at the Diaz house to watch Christopher while Eddie went on a date with Ana.
We weren’t given a scene of Buck helping Christopher get ready for bed, but we did learn that telling bedtime stories is now canon:
Right after the panic-inducing interaction between Eddie, Ana, and Ravi (let the record show that Buck never acknowledged her presence), Eddie explains that Buck knows so much about the L.A. Zoo because he goes there “all the time” with Christopher:
The Buckley-Diaz family hasn’t been together since 5x02, but the writers made sure we knew nobody had forgotten about them during the most recent episode:
The truth is in the details.
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Can't stop thinking about 5x04. Eddie saying sometimes the people who take care of others need to be taken care of. Eddie saying that Buck looks at Maddie and sees the person he looks up to, rather than the broken, devastated person she is now.
All season, this man has been screaming himself hoarse trying to get someone to take care of him, to allow him to be fragile, only he never knew how to say it. So instead of stopping and allowing himself to think about how best to reach for that, he decides, "ah yes, cutting myself off from my support system and not telling them about this major life changing decision before I make it is absolutely the best course of action." (okay, Maddie Buckley)
I just. I wonder if Buck sees what Eddie was talking about now.
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