I just can't get enough of New Girl's quirky new age humor. The gift exchange between Jess and Paul with Jess giving an anatomically accurate non smoker's heart, I snorted while laughing. And then what follows is an awkward moment when Paul confesses his love, and all Jess says is "Thank You". I thought during the christmas party that we'd see Jess getting advice from his roommates on how to handle with the situation, instead a drunk Nick, and probably jealous too, accelerates the situation by telling him she doesn't love him back!
The scene with Jess and Paul talking it out, and with Nick being locked outside in the balcony along with them, it seemed the perfect set up for the trapped in an awkward situation trope. Instead Paul and Jess, as if Nick didn't even exist to either of them at the moment, proceeded to work out their relationship in front of him. This was a lot more effective than I thought; it magnified the drama of the situation even more. And when Paul said that he doesn't want to continue their relationship, it was just perfect; didn't drag on nor was it too short. It was cloven right at the exact moment.
The ending with the gang including Cece causing a ruckus in Candy Cane Lane gave it a "reality happy ending". That when something can go so bad on a special day, such as Christmas, you always have your family with you. In this case their second family. There is no mistaken the point driven here.
A strikingly effective episode that balances comedy with the drama.