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  • A Call-Back to the Turkey Curry Buffet in the first movie: Bridget shows up to the Turkey Curry Buffet and sees Mark in a Snowman sweater his Mother gave him; he and she exchange smiles and camera pans over to Bridget, which shows her pale blue sweater sporting the same design! Then comes the kiss. Clearly Mrs. Darcy has accepted Bridget as her son's girlfriend (not that she didn't). One of the few times receiving a Homemade Sweater from Hell is romantic.
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  • The interview with Aghani and Heaney has a touch of this with the normally eloquent Mark Darcy shyly talks to Bridget about Heaney's love for her husband as a prime motivation to keep him from being deported and executed in his home country and Bridget asking Heaney if she fancied her husband at first sight. The fact that there is a married couple that is really spending more time fighting for their love and marriage rather than sneering at people for being single, that Mark is realizing how much he loves Bridget, and that Bridget asked such a question of the two freedom fighters is not only a Moment of Awesome and heartwarming, but a reminder of The Power of Love.
  • No matter how much they disagree on politics and other matters like schooling for prospective children or the topic of marriage, no matter how much the idealistic Bridget says something awkward while the stoic Mark stays awkwardly quiet, no matter how Bridget feels she isn't good enough for him, no matter they both have loving and meddling Mother's trying to get them together, no matter that they have different friends and colleagues who are skeptical of their friends' future fonfon ru, and nevermind that there is a Love Dodecahedron with her ex-boyfriend/his ex-best friend and Mark's comely secretary involved. From the beginning of the second film and during the development of their feelings for one another in the previous film, Bridget and Mark totally have this love and affection for one another. Bridget muses about how incredible Mark is, how she's lucky to have him, and gazes at him while he's asleep; Mark always seems to lighten up around Bridget and smile at her and in general (compared to the 1st film) and is privately insatiable and affectionate towards her, you know that even after the Second-Act Breakup they will get back together. Heck, even their respective acts of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy (Mark working to free Bridget from being jailed in Thailand for a decade and Bridget gracefully surrendering to her imagined rival for his affections) is evidence enough for how much they care for one another.
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  • Mark's apology and more-or-less confessing his feelings to Bridget is this trope:
    Mark: I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences. I realize that when I met you at the turkey curry buffet, I was unforgivably rude, and wearing a reindeer jumper. But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.
    Bridget: Ah, apart from the smoking and the drinking, the vulgar mother and... ah, the verbal diarrhea.
    Mark: No, I like you very much. Just as you are.
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  • Bridget's speech to Mark:
    Bridget: You once said you liked me just as I am and I just wanted to say likewise. I mean there are stupid things your mum buys you, tonight's another... classic. You're haughty, and you always say the wrong thing in every situation and I seriously believe that you should rethink the length of your sideburns. But, you're a nice man and I like you. If you wanted to pop by some time that might be nice... more than nice.
  • Bridget's parents reconciling after being separated from each other for about a year while she watches.
  • Bridget's Big "NO!" speech at the Darcy's Ruby Wedding when she learns Mark is transferring to New York.
  • The Last Act of the film:
    • Bridget's friends come to her apartment with the intention of taking her to Paris to forget about Mark.
    • Mark coming back from New York and saying that he didn't get to kiss Bridget goodbye and she decides to stay with him.
    • Bridget racing to get Mark after the latter read a negative diary entry about him to tell him those feelings are over and done with and that she really cares about him.
    • Mark revealing he left to buy her a new diary, they soon embrace, ignore the shocked pedestrians (since she's half-naked), start kissing, and he wraps her with his coat.
  • The Second film has these in spades:
  • The second novel has a few scenes
    • Pam comforts Bridget about Mark and even gives her about what love with a reference to The Velveteen Rabbit, overall it's really nice to see the normally self-centered and outrageous Pam be affectionate and caring with her daughter.
      “That’s how it works, when people really love each other,” Mum whispered on the way out in the Debenhams’ lift, as if she was confessing some hideous and embarrassing secret. “But, the thing is, darling, it doesn’t happen to ones who have sharp edges, or break if they get dropped, or ones made of silly synthetic stuff that doesn’t last. You have to be brave and let the other person know who you are and what you feel.”
    • The scene where Mark and Bridget tell each other how they really feel: Mark telling Bridget how he never wanted to be far from her and Bridget telling him how she felt and rubbing his head. It ends with them having sex.
      "I stroked his hair, I kissed his bald patch where his fur had been loved off. And then I told him how I felt, what I really, really felt. And the miracle was,when I had finished, he told me he felt pretty much the same"
    • Jude's wedding toast to Shazzer and Bridget as being the best girlfriends a woman can have and that if she ever became a Smug Married that asks how their love life is, they have permission to ask if she's still having sex. Triples as a Moment of Awesome and Funny Moment
      Today I bade farewell to being a Singleton. But although I am now a Married I promise not to be a Smug one. I promise never to torment any Singletons in the world by asking them why they’re still not married, or ever say ‘How’s your love life?” Instead, I will always respect that that is as much their private business as whether I am still having sex with my husband. I promise never to suggest that Singletondom is a mistake, or that because someone is a Singleton there is anything wrong with them. For, as we all know, Singletondom is a normal state in the modern world, all of us are single at different times in our lives and the state is every bit as worthy of respect as Holy Wedlock. I promise also to keep in constant contact with my best friends, Bridget and Sharon, who are living proof that the Urban Singleton Family is just as strong and supportive, just as there for you, as anyone’s blood family.
    • Later Bridget overhears Rebecca approaching Mark and begging to get back together with him. Saying that Bridget isn't good enough for him: not wealthy, classy, cultured, or experienced enough. Rebecca states he needs a woman of the world like her, Mark stops her and says "I need Bridget."
  • The U.S. Alternative End Credits (used in the U.K. theatrical release) have shown many secondary characters being interviewed about their thoughts on Bridget and Marks' relationship: a happily reconciled Pam and Colin, Bridget's disappointed boss, Bridget's friends being supportive/envious (esp. a distraught Jude), Daniel (who's playing the field and failing), but the ones that stood out are Mark's parents being positively gleeful about Mark going out with Bridget and staying in England (whereas they merely looked glad when he was "engaged" to Natasha and going to the U.S.), with Mrs. Darcy barely holding back her enthusiasm and Mr. Darcy gushing (albeit inappropriately) about Bridget. Obviously our protagonist isn't going to have problems with her prospective in-laws.
  • Bridget's love and devotion to her children and later her step-children especially when she helps them write and send Father's Day cards to the late Mark under "Daddy, Heaven, the Sky". All just to keep her children's memory of their father close.
  • After breaking up with Roxster in "Mad About the Boy," Bridget, lying in bed, wonders dejectedly if she'll ever wake up with someone young and beautiful again, and Billy her son climbs into her bed after having a bad dream.
    You see. Simple! Even younger and more beautiful.
  • Daniel and Mark making up before the latter's death and him being Billy and Mabel's godfather. Even if his best "isn't exactly everyone's best" in Bridget's words, the kids seem to enjoy being with him and he's happy to babysit even on short notice.

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