Best Friends Day is the perfect time to celebrate the friendship of Playing House's Maggie and Emma. Actresses Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair are BFFs in real life, and it comes through in their acting.
Here are 10 moments from Playing House that illustrate the tight bond between Maggie and Emma. While the series already has a number of touching moments, there are plenty more opportunities for tears when Playing House returns for a third season June 23 at 11/10C.
Emma Squeezes Into the Playhouse with Maggie
Season 1 Episode 1, "Pilot"
That playhouse wasn’t built for one adult, let alone two, but when Maggie finds out her husband Bruce (Brad Morris) has been Skyping with a German webcam girl, she needs a friend. So Emma squeezes in there with her.
Emma Names The Paddleboat “The Charlotte”
Season 2 Episode 6, "Kimmewah Kup"
It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend, but Dan (Kyle Bornheimer) shows up and Emma spends way too much time with him. To make it up to Maggie and show she’s still committed to her friend, Emma names their paddleboat "The Charlotte" after Maggie’s daughter.
Maggie Texts Emma She's Late For Her Flight
Season 1 Episode 1, "Pilot"
Maggie knows Emma so well that even when Emma’s in Shanghai, Maggie keeps her on schedule. Maggie texts Emma to remind her to get to the airport on time.
Emma Finds Bruce a Place To Live
Season 1 Episode 6, “Bosephus and the Catfish”
Bruce wants Maggie to agree to couples therapy as part of their divorce. Emma sees a way to spare Maggie the redundancy when she discovers Bruce living in a storage unit. She spends the whole episode finding Bruce a place to live in return for Bruce dropping the couples therapy clause.
Maggie Knew Emma Had Feelings for Mark
Season 2 Episode 7, “Officer of the Year”
Emma’s at the policeman’s ball with Dan, but starts freaking out about her feelings for newly single Mark (Keegan-Michael Key). Maggie is there to make Emma face the emotions she’s always had, the ones she ran away from the first time Mark proposed to her.
Charlotte’s Middle Name
Season 1 Episode 10, “Bugs In Your Eyes"
Remember when Emma climbed into the playhouse for Maggie? This time, Maggie comforts Emma when Mark tells her his wife Tina (Lindsay Sloane) forbade him to see her anymore. The best news of all is that she gave Charlotte the middle name of her BFF, Emma. No, you’re crying!
Emma Makes A Funeral Inspiring
Season 1 Episode 9, “Let’s Have A Baby”
It's the moment of truth, what the whole first season has built towards. Maggie is in labor and having a crisis of self-doubt. Emma gets her through with an unexpected story. Revisiting the funeral of Maggie’s parents enabled Maggie to be there for Emma when both friends were struggling; now Emma returns the favor.
They Pee Together
Season 1 Episode 2, “Bird Bones”
What better evidence is there of true friendship than going to the bathroom together? In this episode, it's just a ruse to get a moment away from Tina, but you can be sure Maggie and Emma totes pee together for reals.
Emma Helps Maggie Tinder
Season 2, Episode 2 “Sleepless in Pinebrook”
It’s time for Maggie to get back out there, but Tinder can be intimidating. So Emma puts up photos of all the guys who swiped right on Maggie around the wall, then categorizes them to help Maggie choose. On the dates, Emma also helped screen guys for Maggie, since Emma knows what the code words “party” and “have fun” really mean. Emma even trades shirts when Maggie starts lactating! Now that’s friendship.
Dedicating “Celebrate Me Home”
Season 2 Episode 8, “Celebrate Me Scones”
Maggie has a beautiful plan to thank Emma for helping her with Charlotte. She writes to Kenny Loggins, and he agrees to dedicate a live performance of “Celebrate Me Home” to Emma. But the concert turns into a disaster for Maggie and Emma, landing them in stadium jail. It's truly the thought that counts, though: When Emma hears what Maggie did, she hugs her friend, even though they weren’t at the concert to hear it live.