My father’s disappeared. Is that enough of an emergency for you? He’s vanished, and he’s left me with a company and a million questions, and I just — [Luke scoffs] Why am I telling you this? The only thing that you’ve ever lost is a fee.

— Luke (to Reid)

Luke & Reid: Mirror Images

Very early on, I couldn’t help but notice that (to borrow Tom Cruise’s way overquoted and sappy line) Luke and Reid complete each other. The are equals in a way that I have rarely seen in real life or TV relationships – it’s one of the things I absolutely have fallen head over heels over head over heels with.

It really struck me when I was making my "Hero" fanvid because I couldn’t decided whose POV it should be told from. I came to the conclusion then, that Luke and Reid are actually saving each other. While the video plays on their visible savior efforts (Reid testifying for Holden, Luke funding the hospital and going to Dallas), in reality I think the story is Luke saving Reid from his empty life, and Reid saving Luke from a lifetime of unrequited love and diminished self-worth.

I started this list in a post on the LRO fanboard and will add to it periodically as new items arise.

Luke is shirtless when he opens his hotel door
Reid is shirtless when he opens the door at Katie’s (sorry, couldn’t help that being the first one!)

Reid tells Luke to get out of his (Katie’s) house after Luke shows up and acts like a jerk
Luke tells Reid to get out of his (Lily’s) house after Reid shows up and acts like a jerk

Luke shoves Reid (PD , Lilypad)
Reid shoves Luke (elevator – were there more?)

Reid touches vulnerable Luke’s face (“I can’t) before a mind-blowing kiss
Luke touches vulnerable Reid’s face (“I don’t know what else to do) before a mind-blowingly romantic kiss

Reid does two huge somethings for Luke – restores Noah’s sight, testifies for Holden
Luke does two huge somethings for Reid – goes to Dallas, funds the hospital

Luke asks Reid “so what does that make us then? (Dallas prep night)
Reid asks Luke “well what are we?” (hospital mush scene)

Reid says “I thought WE were starting something TOGETHER” (near kisses)
Luke says “WE kissed EACH OTHER” (post-surgery at the hospital)

Reid brings up the Cubs in a lame attempt to keep Luke from leaving his house (well, Katie’s)
Luke brings up the Cubs in a lame attempt to keep Reid from leaving his house (well, Lily’s)

Reid says, “I can’t do this” (Yo’s and Lilypad post chess)
Luke says “I can’t do this” (post "I can’t kiss" and at the hospital re: lying to Noah)

This one is courtesy of SnapeGirl:
When Luke wants to tell Noah the truth, Reid says "Tell him what, exactly?" (hospital break-room, post surgery)
When Reid wants to tell Noah the truth, Luke says "And say what? What am I supposed to tell him Reid?" (Yo’s on Black Monday)

When faced with a choice between his two loves (Noah and Reid), Luke seemingly makes the same and familiar choice (Noah) but then has the choice made for him when Reid eliminates himself as an option
When faced with a choice between his two loves (Luke and the hospital) Reid seemingly makes the safe and familiar choice (work) but then has the choice made for him when Luke eliminates himself as an option

Reid has to break into a run to catch up with an angry and departing Luke ("you obviously can’t speak for yourself")
Luke has to break  into a run to catch up with an angry and departing Reid (watching Nuke at Java laugh about the Z twins)

When Reid is hiding an unpleasant truth (that Bob made him choose), Luke notices right away (let’s have it)
When Luke is hiding an unpleasant truth (that he’s thinking about Noah moving to LA), Reid notices right away (
all right, out with it)

The first time Luke publicly describes their relationship, he says, “We like each other. We wanted to spend time together. It’s as simple as that.”
The first time Reid publicly describes their relationship, he says, “Don’t make it so complicated. Luke and I are together.”

Could these two be any more perfect for each other?

5 Responses to “Luke & Reid: Mirror Images”

  1. Dutchgirl says:

    In Holland/the Netherlands ATWT is still running for another 4,5 months or so. This feels really weird, since the show stopped in the US in september 2010.
    I found another ‘mirror’:
    Reid says: “so we are finally agreeing on something” at Katie’s house (when in fact he does not agree)
    Luke says the same thing when Reid is dying and Luke has to let go.
    I think I found a second one, with at this point I don’t remember.
    You can tell, I am far ahead of the official episodes thanks to your website and the Dr. Reid Oliver Story part 1 to 86 or something…
    I love your Fanvid’s with Find my way back and More than friends. Great job!

    • lovelure says:

      Awesome! Thanks for posting the mirroring! And for the nice comments. I’ve often wondered wthether some of the mirroring was coincidence as the episodes were probably written by different script-writers, but the “agreeing” one is a good one. Thanks!

  2. limeybird2 (Karen) says:

    i loved how perfect they were for each other. they did complete each other & there will never be another couple as perfect for each other as they were. i’m just sorry that ATWT screwed up the ending for them & ruined a 54 year show when they knew that this was their “power couple”

  3. MysticalDreamer says:

    Never apologize for mentioning a shirtless Reid and Luke…..in fact, mention them as often as needed

  4. Snapegirl says:

    Awww, that was so nice of you to publish my “mirror image” and to credit me. You are the best! And I love the site you put together for all of us who are LuRe obsessed. We all appreciate it soooo much. 🙂

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