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Milo Ventimiglia Says The Infamous Gilmore Girls Lake Scene Was A One-Take Wonder

Marissa and Ryan. Joey and Dawson. Blair and Chuck. There's no TV trope more potent than the will-they, won't-they relationship, and emotions run particularly high in such teen romances. "Gilmore Girls" may have been wordier and comparatively more chaste than its soapy counterparts, but it, too, was replete with teenage love triangles and unrequited crushes. Over the course of the show's seven-season run, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) has several love interests, prompting the emergence of camps like Team Dean and Team Logan. Perhaps no flame is as polarizing as Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), the well-read bad boy who appears in Season 2.

Jess may have been defined in part by his romance with Rory — first as an illicit flirtation, then a short-lived partnership — but his complicated relationship with his uncle Luke (Scott Patterson) was just as entertaining. Over Milo Ventimiglia's 37 episodes on "Gilmore Girls," he and Scott Patterson developed great chemistry that captured their characters' strained-yet-loving connection, perhaps best exemplified by the famous lake scene.

Scott Patterson shoved Milo Ventimiglia into the lake twice for good measure

When Luke takes in his sister's troubled son in Season 2 of "Gilmore Girls," it kickstarts one of the series' more complex relationships. Both headstrong and taciturn (at least by Stars Hollow's verbose standards), Luke and Jess ultimately express mutual respect for one another and fill a void in each other's lives.

But there are some hiccups along the way. Most famously, in Jess' first appearance in Season 2, a fed-up Luke silently shoves his nephew into a lake. According to Milo Ventimiglia, the pair was able to nail the shot in one take, though they did do another take "just in case" (via ET). Blow dryers, presumably, were on hand.

Ventimiglia and Scott Patterson's on-set relationship was considerably less rocky than that of their characters. When the pair reunited in 2016 for the "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" reboot, Patterson was particularly moved by a scene he shared with his on-screen nephew. "I was so touched by that scene. I was so moved by that scene because your character had come full circle and now you were the one taking care of me," Patterson told Ventimiglia on an episode of his "I'm All In" podcast (via Yahoo). "I actually teared up a little because I missed you so much."