The Freebie Five

As a grown-up responsible woman of 35 I certainly don’t buy into childish notions like a “Freebie 5”.

A “Freebie 5”, for those of who are just as sensible, responsible and mature as I am, is a list of five unattainable individuals you have permission to tap*, should the opportunity arise. (* I believe this is what the kids are calling it, these days)

The Freebie 5 is that it’s not about potential boyfriends. The people on a Freebie 5 are people you’d spend one night with. Two, tops. Conversation is optional, but not required.

You know just from reading this blog, I’m sure, that I am not the sort of person to have a Freebie 5. Laminated. On the fridge door. Nosiree.

So, when Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings tagged with a meme to identify five fictional characters I would like to, erm, get to know – well, I didn’t know where to start. After many weeks of thinking about this completely brand new subject for the first time in my entire life, I eventually came up with this list:

Pacey Witter, Dawson’s Creek
– crucially, only in Season 4 onwards. Prior to that, he had really, really bad hair, and a spectacularly bad fringe. Why Pacey? Because he was the bad boy who turned out to be Joey’s knight in shining armour before she got kidnapped by the Scientologists and turned into a robot. He says things like, “I’m going to kiss you now, Jo. I’m going to count to 10 and then I’m going to kiss you.” Sigh. And let’s face it, he grew up good.

Edward Cullen, Twilight:
Yes, I know it’s a shame-f*ck. I’m a cliché. It’s wrong. I know that the dialogue in that movie is even worse than the make-up. I know he wore tinted lip-gloss, for God’s sake. I know he’s either 17 or 109, depending on how you look at it, and it’s creepy as all heck either way, but I don’t care. Frankly, I still would.

Mr Schue
Mr Shue, Glee:
Yes, he’s got stupid hair but you’ve got to love a man who can sing, dance and play guitar.

Christopher, Gilmore Girls:
Just about my favourite TV show of all time. It’s smart and well-written and funny. Also, it’s got cute guys in. Gilmore Girls fans are divided between whether Lorelei should have ended up with childhood sweetheart Christopher, Rory’s schoolteacher Max, or the good-hearted, gruff diner owner, Luke. My vote goes to Christopher because he rides a motorcycle and proposed in Paris. Yes, I’m THAT shallow.

Jordan Catalano, My So Called Life.
Because he’s everything that any self-respecting 15-year-old girl dreams of. He plays guitar. He parties. And, as Angela – the lead character in the show says – “I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great.” Jordan has some great dialogue, too. My favourite is when he’s completely stoned at the party where Angela thinks they might finally hook up, and he leans towards her, intently, gazes into her eyes, and says, “Hey, isn’t tonight, like, New Year’s Eve, or something?” Classic.

So, I’m passing on this meme to five bloggers who I’m sure will have just as much trouble with me in objectifying people of the opposite sex and embarking on inappropriate sexual speculation:

  1. Josie at Sleep is for the Weak
  2. Ellie at Insomniac Mummy
  3. Nat at Suburban Mummy UK
  4. Dan at All That Comes With It (who is almost certainly far more mature than me and refuse to do this, but I want to find out more about his movie favourites) 
  5. Carol at New Mummy


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Insomniac Mummy
    30th March 2010 / 12:24 pm

    Me? Post Hot men on my blog? Never gonna happen. Oh hang on…..
    Oooo, who to choose?
    Glad to see Pacey up there, oh and Mr Shue!

  2. 30th March 2010 / 12:50 pm

    And here I thought I was the inspiration for this post…I did mine today and tagged you cuz I didn’t think you’d do it, being all high-brow and everything!
    I agree with all of your choices except Mr. Pattinson or whatever his name is. I’ve never seen the wonder (apparently) that is Twilight or New Moon. Gee darn.

  3. 30th March 2010 / 12:29 pm

    Brilliant, thank you. I’ve been tagged in a couple of these lately. I’m going to combine them all into one big gratuitous eye-candy list. It will be hard, because, you know I disagree with it *on principle*. But I will. Just for you and my readers. I’m all about the giving, me…

  4. 30th March 2010 / 12:45 pm

    Mmmm… Mr Shue … 🙂

  5. 30th March 2010 / 1:24 pm

    Hahahahaha, your taste in men is terrible! The wife and I have always had an agreement though that it’s not two-timing if they are famous.
    Of course in this internet era, everyone is famous…

  6. 30th March 2010 / 2:08 pm

    Oh, Pacey… sigh. Oh yeah.

  7. 30th March 2010 / 2:14 pm

    How could you choose Christopher over Luke??????? That’s just terrible!!
    Fabulous post (although I don’t know who the last guy is) and I sort of agree with all except Edward…

  8. 30th March 2010 / 2:25 pm

    Nice! LOL but like chinese whispers the ‘award’ has changed…..
    originally it was about fictional characters not the actors that played them! (see over at my blog where it started.)I’d been hoping for more characters from books – but it seems we all watch too much TV and are easily swayed by eye-candy 😉
    I’m with you on Edward Cullen though

  9. 30th March 2010 / 2:43 pm

    I wasn’t tagged, but I’m going to dream up my list anyway…. too good an opportunity to be true. It may have the thinking woman’s crumpet (Matt Damon) but i will confess to a guilty little pleasure of Robert Pattinson – oh dear god (I have a copy of the New MOon DVD lurking in my handbag waiting for hubby to go out so I can watch!). Well, it isn;t for the conversation is it?? Thanks for giving me something lovely to think about for the next hour!

  10. 30th March 2010 / 5:57 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good vampire. Sure the dialogues in the film are not the best but I wouldn’t mind him biting my neck!

  11. 30th March 2010 / 9:57 pm

    Sorry but you cannot have Mr Glee because he is locked in my attic. I also have Josh Holloway in case anyone’s getting any grand ideas about having ‘a night’ with him. Tsk.

  12. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:04 pm


  13. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:04 pm

    I appreciate the sacrifice 😉

  14. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:04 pm

    Pacey. My first love. Sigh.

  15. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:05 pm

    Ooh, I know! I tagged you then had to remove you again sharpish!

  16. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:05 pm

    Really, how rude 😉

  17. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:06 pm

    But you know, take away the personality- is Luke really hot? Really? Hmm.

  18. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:07 pm

    But this is characters – I wouldn’t fancy Jared Leto in real life, or the guy who plays Chris in Gilmore Girls, for example. It’s the character I lust over! Okay, it’s not very literary or highbrow, I admit…

  19. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:07 pm

    Do post a link!

  20. Sally
    30th March 2010 / 11:08 pm

    In the attic? Tsk. Such a waste.

  21. 2nd April 2010 / 10:18 pm

    I posted about the ‘freebie five’ a few months ago, only I was discussing literary characters! There were a surprising number of ladies who chimed in with their top male fictional totty. I keep meaning to laminate my list in case anyone clever invents a programmable divergent reality machine and I get to – what did you call it? – tap! the authored object of my desire. TV definitely has its place in defining my list; I always thought Mr Darcy was a bit of a pillock until I saw what Colin Firth had in store for us!

  22. 6th April 2010 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the tagg, you’ve stolen some of mine…mmm lots of thinking for me!

  23. MumsRock
    7th April 2010 / 10:11 pm

    Jordan Catelano – Legendary. End of.

  24. 9th April 2010 / 10:47 am

    OMG I am useless lol
    I didn’t realise I had been tagged and was just googling my domain and saw this LOL
    Right I’ll do my list later *snort giggle*