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Like so many Will They/Won’t They TV couples before them, Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter) of found themselves impersonating a couple on the Dec. 5 episode of “Timeless.” And as is so often the case in these circumstances, they wound up kissing — but just for the mission, obviously! Right?

“Timeless” has never shied away from employing TV tropes, to its credit, and this undercover fake relationship arrives just on time. From “Castle”‘s Richard (Nathan Fillion) and Kate (Stana Katic) to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”‘s Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Jake (Andy Samberg), the performance of love between two people we all know are destined to be together is an expected stage of courtship… And this show leans into it delightfully, not just the kiss but a variety of hugs and leans, culminating in a shared bed.

With shades of “It Happened That Night,” the fake couple lay side by side in a single bed, hair and makeup and 1930s nightwear lending a throwback glamour to the proceedings. What proceeds, though, is a frank conversation about all the reasons this fake pairing cannot go legit — at least not anytime soon.

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