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I worship at the television altar
My squee over Tom and Michael's happy reunion.
I'm still riding the high of seeing the vid that captured Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum's reunion at last week's Lakers game. Even now I'm clicking over to YouTube to watch it one more time. :) When Michael tweeted that this chance encounter was the first time he and Tom had seen each other since he left the show more than a year ago, I was sad, thinking they had drifted irretrievably apart. But seeing the joy of their reunion, that glorious hug, convinced me more than ever that these two are friends for life. And for some reason, that just makes me incredibly happy.

Even after countless viewings, it's the anticipation of the moment that gets me every time. Watching Michael enter the frame, wasting no time as he moves toward Tom, and then seeing Tom point in jubilation, and rise, making his way over people to meet him, just makes my heart swell. And then that hug, that amazing tackle pounce of an embrace, is everything a fangirl could hope for and more. The usually reticent (in public, anyway) Mr. Welling pretty much jumps Michael, and wraps him in a gigantic bear hug. *happy sigh* Oh, boys.

One of the best things about the guys running into each other at the game is that, because of Twitter, I heard about it first from Michael himself! Yes, Twitter is a bit ridiculous, and decidedly self-indulgent, but stuff like this also makes it awesome.

I feel so fortunate that this moment was inadvertently caught on film, playing out wonderfully, albeit small and fuzzy, in the background behind the basketball game. It's nothing short of a treasure to me. And I will be eternally grateful to the diligent fangirl (or boy) who searched every frame of who knows how many clips to find it for us! If there's anyone on my flist who hasn't seen it yet, and wants to, or who just wants to see it again, here it is.

First, some helpful hints and a visual aide. :)

1) Let the video load and then advance it to 1:40.
2) At 1:50 you can see Michael enter the frame from the far right, walking behind the front row of spectators, followed by three other guys.
3) A few seconds later you see Tom point. He's on the far left, under the net, wearing a baseball cap and a white shirt. He then rises, unmistakably ginormous, and moves to meet Michael.
4) THE HUG!!!

To help you spot them, here's where to look:

Thanks to canadabear, who saw the vid on DTTW and reposted it to justtomwelling, where I first saw it. There are caps, too!

Thanks to JayPat on DTTW for the caps, and to christina_kat for the heads up about them.

Maybe it seems like I'm making way too much of this, but I don't care; it's just how I feel, and I know I'm not the only one. In celebration of Tom and Michael's all too brief but oh so sweet reunion, here's a little picspam of the boys together. Feel free to share your pics of them in the comments!

Thanks to tasabian for many of these pics, and to SmallvilleDedication for the Backstage Special screen caps!

And if you need any further convincing to follow Michael on Twitter, here is his latest tweet, from just a few hours ago. I love how he doesn't leave any spaces between his sentences, so he can say just a little bit more! :)

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katysam From: katysam Date: June 12th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Woah! That video is awesome! But now I have questions.

a). Was the person who shot this just a basketball fan who was filming the game and just happened to get the Tom & Michael reunion?

b). If the answer to a) is 'yes' then who in the world knew that Tom and Michael's reunion was on that video???

The Smallville Fandom Gods were certainly smiling down upon the basketball court that day. ;D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
a) Yes! It was total happenstance that it was recorded! Isn't that amazing?

b) Once word of their reunion got around from Michael's tweet, people started combing all the clips of the game posted on YouTube by people who were there, as well as the TV coverage, looking for any glimpse of the boys. Luckily Tom was relatively easy to spot, being so tall and wearing something that stood out, but it still took an incredible amount of patience and devotion, as well as a set of eagle eyes, to spot that moment. Every Tom and Michael fan owes that person a debt of gratitude!

We're so lucky! What if the action had been at the other end of the court right then?
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: June 12th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
This posts makes me SO happy and makes me want to draw sparkly hearts all over everything!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I'll ever get tired of watching that hug. Tom just launches himself at Michael! :) It's such a sweet reunion.
ant3ka From: ant3ka Date: June 12th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was so sweet!! I love that someone found the moment in the middle of the NBA game. That is some dedication!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that incredible? That fan deserves some kind of fandom medal!

That moment was so joyful, and I'm so happy to have witnessed it. ♥
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: June 12th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, some of these pics I've never seen. I cracked up at the one with Lex holding the gun at Clark's head and Tom and Kristen are just laughing. And the sixth from the bottom, Tom's face! I have to watch that interview again...I need to find that interview again.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like that pic was taken during the rehearsal for this scene:

The boys were too cute on that ABC Family Backstage Special. It's on YouTube (Tom and Michael are in Part 4):

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8WGaZF0dfw
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04_3y1pBY2w
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDDa37RoQg
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6baT9rmFA
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpl0GhayTNs
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMmm5LIzKWw
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: June 12th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, this post totally made my morning. Thanks.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was entirely my pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed it! *loves the boys*
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: June 12th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the still (very clear!) shot of them sitting together at the game, after the hug? Someone posted it in the TW thread on the kryptonsite forums... with bonus Kanye West.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: June 12th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm horning in on your comment. I can't find the pic on K-site! Do you remember what page it was on or who made the post? Was it very far back?

Thanks for your help! :-)
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: June 12th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely post! I'm glad their encounter made you so happy!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really did, Carol. It's just such a treat to see Tom so unabashedly happy. It's all I want for him, when everything is said and done.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked it! I know it's been posted far and wide already, but I just couldn't contain my squee about it! :) And I figured there might be someone, somewhere who hadn't seen it yet. Even people outside the Smallville fandom can appreciate the joy of that moment.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: June 12th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Such great fun to see this post and all these lovely BTS moments. Thanks for spreading the joy!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I miss seeing Tom and Michael together. It was so wonderful to see them reconnect, I just had to share the squee! *loves them*
lexalicious70 From: lexalicious70 Date: June 12th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was such a wonderful post, and no, I don't think you're makinga big deal at all. I feel exactly the same way . . . it just made my heart happy, and still is.

*HUG* When our boys are happy, we're happy. That's just how it is.

Thanks for all the great pics!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 13th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
When our boys are happy, we're happy. That's just how it is.

EXACTLY. I'm so glad you understand, and feel the same way. *hugs*

What an awesome icon!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: June 12th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe we actually have footage of "The Hug"! It seems like a one-in-a-million chance, and yet there it is. In all its wonderful glory. And its just so great to see how genuinely happy they are to see each other. I wish we got more insight into the interactions between our cast when they are relaxed and themselves. Its why the BTS shots are so great. And occasionally we get another glimpse, like that great shot of Tom and Erica chatting at the CW upfronts. I love that stuff!

This may have to hold us over for a while on the Tom front, but still...what a gift!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 13th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I know!! I'm absolutely floored that the footage exists, AND that someone found it. It's such a gift to fandom.

I love any BTS glimpses we can get. The pics Andreas has been giving us recently are so cool. And I agree about that pic from the Upfronts. I never saw that until you posted it, and it's one of my favorites now.

I'm sure Tom has gone back to stealth mode, but what a wealth of goodies this one venture out into the world has given us! :)
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: June 12th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great post! I will never get tired watching this hug!
I love the wellingbaum pics you posted!
Michael looks so cute in the pics where he is looking at Tom and smiling!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 13th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Me either! It still makes me smile, every single time!

I love those early pics of the boys. They obviously adore each other! :) I want them to work together again so badly. When Michael gets a sitcom, he has to get Tom to be a guest star.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: June 12th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you enjoy my caps (from DTTW). ;)) I enjoy yours too.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 12th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Thanks so much for commenting! I hope you don't mind me reposting those. I checked on DTTW for rules, but that part under Site Info was blank, so I just used the rules I know from other sites (credit with a link back to the site). If that's not okay, just let me know. Or if I should change the credit to include your name, or anyone else's, of course I will do that.

I don't know how to post on DTTW (I'm totally intimidated by that whole avatar/banner/quote thing), so let me take this opportunity to thank you for making and sharing those caps! It's so nice to drink in that moment without end, and revel in seeing Tom enjoy the simple joys of friendship in the midst of his hectic life. As someone said upthread, when Tom is happy, then we're happy. :)
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: June 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you're making to much out of it. They were a big part of our live for seven years, and knowing that they were good friends off screen, it would make sence that as the Clark/Lex relationship got more antaganostic, they probably got closer IRL(this is just pure spec on my part anyway)

And knowing how reserved Tom IRL seeing him point to Rosey all "get over here" and then initiate the hug, made me smile and I may have little trouble with my contacts *G*

Because for me at least it is little of character over lap. i've seen Clark and Lex end up in a very bad place, so to see Tom and Michael just so wonderfully close made me happy *G*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 13th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's what I love most, Tom's untempered joy at seeing Michael again. We all know how demonstrative Michael is, but Tom doesn't throw his arms around just anyone like that. :)

I so want to see these two work together again. When Michael gets his sitcom (because you know he will eventually), he'll have to persuade Tom to come on as a guest star. It would be great stunt casting for sweeps week!
From: super_robyn Date: June 13th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't help but giggle nonstop when I watch that video. Especially when Tom points. I dunno, there's just something about that point... like "HOLY SMOKES, IS THAT HIM!? *POUNCES*"

The hug could totally work as one of those slow-mo movie hugs. The music swells as the boys reunite.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 14th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! The point is glorious! It's like Tom just couldn't contain his emotion in that moment. I love it!

The Hug is EPIC. At least in our crazed fangirl eyes. :D
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