The book already had a lot of this, but the series is taking it Up to Eleven. The trailer use of "You're My Best Friend" (a song that Queen's bassist John Deacon wrote about his wife, and which the show also utilizes) makes it pretty blatant they're pitching the show as a straight-up Bromantic Comedy, and the end result delivers this in spades:
- In the first episode, Crowley notices a change in the air.Aziraphale: Oh, that's my new cologne. My barber suggested it.
Crowley: No, I know what you smell like!
- In the second episode, Aziraphale says he knew that deep down, Crowley was a nice person. Crowley pins him against the wall while arguing, only to be interrupted by one of the former nuns from the convent.Mary: Sorry to break up an intimate moment.
- If you watch that scene again, you'll notice that Aziraphale doesn't even turn his head at the interruption until a few seconds later, his eyes lingering on Crowley's face just a little bit too long. Intimate moment indeed...
- The first thirty minutes or so of the third episode is basically just a recap of Aziraphale and Crowley's relationship throughout the ages:
- While in Ancient Rome, Aziraphale and Crowley meet up in a tavern and Aziraphale talks in a "suggestive" voice about "tempting" Crowley to have an oyster, noting that he got the idea from Petronius.note Aziraphale: I thought I'd try Petronius' new restaurant. I hear he does remarkable things to oysters.
Crowley: I've never eaten an oyster.
Aziraphale: Oh, well, let me tempt you tono, that'sthat's your job, isn't it?
- Its thought that the ancient Romans and Greeks were the first to refer to oysters as an aphrodisiac. So not only is it interesting that Aziraphale is tempting Crowley with food but being very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about food in general, the angel probably knows this.
- During the Elizabethan era, Crowley suggests benefiting from their mutual agreement as they've done many times in the past centuries. Aziraphale immediately protests. Not because he's worried he'll get in trouble for essentially betraying Heaven's faith in him, but because if Hell ever found out, Crowley would be destroyed.
- When Aziraphale is at the risk of being beheaded during Reign of Terror (which wouldn't destroy him, just inconvenience him and mean a lot of paperwork, even if he couldn't get out of it himself), Crowley comes to the rescue. Aziraphale practically beams when he turns up.
- Crowley is hurt that Aziraphale considers their relationship "fraternizing."Crowley: I have a lot of people to fraternize with, angel!
- In the same scene, Crowley asks Aziraphale to get him holy water as "insurance." Aziraphale refuses because he's afraid Crowley might use it to commit suicide, knowing that only one drop would kill him.
- Crowley shows up at a church, hopping around the entire time because the consecrated ground hurts his feet, to save Aziraphale from Nazi spies trying to buy prophecy books off him by diverting a bomb onto it. Aziraphale laments that the books were destroyed along with the church, but Crowley reveals he saved them... and the look on Aziraphale's face combined with the romantic swell of music that plays all but spells out that this is the moment Aziraphale "falls" for him (indeed, Michael Sheen has said that's what he was going for).
- While at the church, the Nazis reveal Crowley now calls himself "Anthony J. Crowley". Crowley sounds genuinely disappointed when he thinks for a moment Aziraphale doesn't like the name. (And they both ignore the Nazis to talk this out).
- In 1967, Aziraphale tells Crowley that perhaps one day they can go on a picnic or dine at the Ritz together, but refuses Crowley's offer of a ride in the Bentley.Aziraphale: You go too fast for me, Crowley.
- Overall, their relationship is played as if Crowley has been doggedly pursuing Aziraphale for centuries, but Aziraphale doesn't realize it and/or thinks it's part of some demonic scheme.
- While in Ancient Rome, Aziraphale and Crowley meet up in a tavern and Aziraphale talks in a "suggestive" voice about "tempting" Crowley to have an oyster, noting that he got the idea from Petronius.note
- When faced with the apocalypse, Crowley begs Aziraphale to run away to another galaxy with him twice. Aziraphale's first refusal is played out exactly like a breakup, and the second one is complete with a passerby telling Aziraphale he's better off without Crowley.Crowley: It's a big universe. Even if this all ends up in a puddle of burning goo, we could go off together.Aziraphale: Go off together? Listen to yourself.
- Uriel outright refers to Crowley as Aziraphale's boyfriend at one point:Uriel: Don't think your boyfriend in the dark glasses will get you special treatment in Hell.
- "Somebody to Love" plays while Crowley believes Aziraphale is dead.
- Just before that, "You're My Best Friend" plays on the Bentley's radio and on Aziraphale's gramophone. If you are unfamiliar with the song, bass guitarist John Deacon had written it for his wife.
- When Crowley thinks Aziraphale is dead, he breaks down screaming and is so upset that he completely gives up on his plan to run away from Armageddon and gets roaring drunk in a pub.
- Then Aziraphale turns up inconveniently discorporated and says it's too bad he can't simply share Crowley's body.
- The fact that Crowley kept the book he found in the burning bookshop as a souvenir.
- During the climactic showdown, Crowley only comes up with a plan after Aziraphale threatens to never talk to him again if he doesn't.
- While waiting for the bus back to London Crowley gently reminds Aziraphale that the bookshop burned down and then offers his own home as a place to stay. Aziraphale can barely hide his delight at the offer.
- When Aziraphale (actually Crowley pretending to be him) is taken by Heaven to be put on trial, Crowley (actually Aziraphale pretending to be him) immediately tries to stop them. Importantly, in the past Crowley has been the one consistently rescuing Aziraphale: the change indicates that Aziraphale has gotten over his "we're not friends" nonsense and really does care about Crowley.
- The song "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is not just referenced like in the books, but used over the closing credits of the miniseries, which ends with the "angels dining at the Ritz". You'd expect it would maybe use just the dinner-relevant verse or two, but it actually goes on for quite a bit and ends on the explicitly romantic part of the song.The streets of town were paved with stars, it was such a romantic affair; and as we kissed and said goodnight, a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
- In Crowley's apartment, there's a statue of a demon and angel wrestling that prompted Neil Gaiman to ask "... are you certain that they're wrestling?" He also has the bird-shaped lectern from the church where he saved Aziraphale and his books.
- Aziraphale works in Soho London's gay village.