After running into Russell's ex-wife, Ulli, at the gym, Jess had the bright idea to invite Ulli to dinner with herself and Russell. Clearly, this was a bad call. After witnessing the estranged couple’s fierce hate-love, Jess later attempted to recreate the mood while she and Russ were having some alone time. No one was a fan. I just cringed the whole time.
So, it finally happened. Jess dumped Russell. Just a week after meeting his awesome kid, we have to say goodbye. Granted, their break-up isn’t a huge surprise. It was always just a matter of when and how, and while part of me enjoyed the fact that the final blow wasn’t something as clichéd as someone cheating on someone else, the fact that Jess left Russ because of a lack of passion really made me feel bad for Russ. Like he said, he’d been there and done that with the crazy. He characterized his relationship with Ulli as passionate, sure, but also like “inching closer to a wood chipper.”
However, we can’t fault Jess for wanting something thrilling and exciting. She wants the kind of love people write songs about.
And in a way, so does Nick. He just doesn’t want the kind of love that people write particularly DEEP songs about. After dragging everyone up to the roof of their building to reveal his tomato garden, Nick informed his roommates and their significant others that his tomato garden signified the first step toward a better Nick. Apparently, Jess had a hand in this. Unsurprisingly, she was less than pleased to find Nick getting it on with Caroline when she came back to the loft after dumping Russell. The duo had a full-on screaming match that culminated in shaking their butts angrily at one another. I might be wrong, but something tells me this is the sort of passionate hate-love that Jess was looking for.
Meanwhile, still freaked over the non-pregnancy, Cece told Schmidt that she wanted to take a break. She didn’t REALLY want to take a break, but she has issues talking about her real feelings. Or something. Schmidt retaliated by wooing Cece's walking stereotype of a Russian roommate (for a second there, I thought I was watching 2 Broke Girls!) and subsequently breaking his penis because sometimes, we all need to channel our inner 12-year-old-boy and laugh at unfortunate dick jokes. (However, Winston torturing Schmidt with the list of things that turn Schmidt on was hilarious—fresh-baked bread? Oh Jeebus.)
Cece visited Schmidt in the hospital and admitted her true feelings for him. He asked the question that everyone was thinking, “You like my personality?” to which Cece replied, “I was surprised too.” Hey man, some of the best relationships are built on that principle. On paper, The Boyfriend and I look like we should be a disaster. In practice, for some bizarre reason, we work. Our friends and family have been trying to figure it out for almost five years.
In short, you like who you like. It’s not something that should necessarily make sense.
And with that in mind, we bid Fancyman goodbye, but not with spite. Even Jess, as heartbroken as she was to dump him, wasn’t angry or bitter about the experience. At the end of the day, she’s a bright girl. You like who you like, but sometimes it doesn’t work out, and sometimes it makes perfect sense when it doesn’t.
1. Were you bummed to see Russell and Jess break up? Did you see it coming?
2. How do we feel about the Nick and Jess potential?