I cannot even begin to explain how much better Maxie is sans Spinelli. I gave them an honest shot. They just don't work romantically and it seems to me that the majority of the people who are rooting for them are Spinelli fans first. I'm a Maxie fan first and I know that many of my fellow Maxie lovers can't stand the idea of a Maxie/Spinelli pairing. It's not just that they have zero romantic chemistry, it's the fact that when Maxie is around him, she becomes this caricature. Her voice gets really high-pitched and she sounds like a total Valley girl. I don't like that Maxie and I hate that the-powers-that-be can make me feel that way about my favorite character on this show.
In today's episode I saw the Maxie that I've been so dearly missing. She was every bit as snarky and spunky as I remembered her. She was funny and sweet. Charming and endearing. She wasn't being worshipped by an over-the-top computer geek who doesn't seem capable of speaking in normal English to save his life. She wasn't running around as some kind of mob moll. She was simply her normal, awesome self.
THIS is the Maxie that I love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vlj_r-Lw-8