Valentine's Day on TV: Characters who are passionate about some thing, not someone

Sheldon Cooper loves his mother, but his feelings for his spot on the couch are 'much greater'

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Valentine's Day on TV: Characters who are passionate about some thing, not someone

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Sheldon is caught in the middle of an argument between Amy and Wil Wheaton.

While notable romantic couplings, such as Ross and Rachel from "Friends," are typically discussed around Valentine's Day, TV history is filled with characters that have a passionate -- even obsessive -- desire for certain objects.

To celebrate Feb. 14, here are some television characters who actually possess the things that they profess to love:

Sheldon Cooper and his spot

Jim Parson's award-winning character on "The Big Bang Theory" possesses many personality quirks, but none as obsessive as his love for his spot on the couch. Ideally situated in his Pasadena apartment for comfortable conversation and TV watching, the spot was first introduced in the second pilot for the series.

Dr. Cooper's love for that piece of living room real estate reached new heights in the episode "The Apology Insufficiency." Guilt-ridden over costing Howard a security clearance, Sheldon presents his friend with a sofa cushion that symbolically represents his spot. Sheldon admits that while he loves his mother, his feelings for his spot on the couch are much greater. This truly is the greatest gift the theoretical physicist can give someone.

Captain Chaplin can't leave his "girl" behind

Andre Braugher's Captain Marcus Chaplin character on "Last Resort" was a multifaceted military man. Refusing to fire on Pakistan without confirmation in the pilot episode, Chaplin puts himself and the USS Colorado crew in mortal danger. Through the run of the series, Chaplin is obsessive about learning the truth and getting a very public trial for his actions.

ABC's abrupt cancellation of the show left just a few episodes to wrap up the storyline. In the explosive series finale, Chaplin realizes he can't leave the Colorado alone to fall into enemy hands, so he stays with the sub as it is blown apart.

John Casey loves his Crown Victoria

An under-appreciated actor, Adam Baldwin is great in just about any TV role. Baldwin struck comedy gold, though, as Colonel John Casey on the late, lamented spy series "Chuck." Casey obviously loves guns and former President Ronald Reagan, but his devotion to his 1985 Crown Victoria bordered on the obsessive.

Before it was destroyed in the "Chuck Versus the Crown Vic" episode, Casey is shown lovingly washing his "baby" in a hilarious sequence.

What does Mr. Burns love more than money?

Montgomery Burns, a miser's miser, is a long-standing character on "The Simpsons." Though he covets money more than anything, Burns revealed his love for his long-lost teddy bear on the "Rosebud" episode. Like Charles Foster Kane's sled in "Citizen Kane," the bear named Bobo represents the nuclear power plant owner's lost childhood.

The wealthy Burns spends the episode trying to wrest the toy from Maggie Simpson. In the end, Maggie takes pity on him and simply gives him the bear. Vowing to never lose Bobo again, Burns takes his bear away, but a postscript shows that he will keep misplacing the toy for years to come.

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