But later that night, Jess hears the scratching at the door again, and so she comes out to investigate it. Now, does she wake up her boyfriend, the guy who is IN her bed, to come help her?
No, no she does not. Instead, she whisper-calls out for Nick, who does come out to help her.
He goes to the door to investigate and is jumped on by a dog.
The dog’s owner is horrified at first, but then realizes Nick is wearing her coat.
“It’s a fantastic coat and it gives me confidence” Nick declares. But the true coat-owner is not amused. She complains that there is so much weird stuff that happens in apartment 4D.
“Well, I guess the old Nick is back, hmmm?” Jess says.
“I’m gonna miss Trenchcoat Nick,” Nick laughs. “He was pretty great.”
“I might miss him,” Jess agrees, and they smile.
“I liked him,” Nick admits. “He had guts.”
Which is hilarious, because Trenchcoat!Nick basically went out on a ledge, but hey, whatever Nick Miller!
“It’s a woman’s coat,” Jess reminds him, and they both laugh again.
“Goodnight, Nick,” she says, with a soft, friendly touch to his arm.
“Goodnight,” he replied, his voice already filled with longing for the next time he would see her again.
Haha, but you know that’s how it would read in a novel. You KNOW IT! Especially, because of what happens next.
I love how he pulls her right to him and just goes for it, but I REALLY love how she just also dives right in. Her arms are completely tight around his neck, and she wants to be as close as possible to him as well.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…
Unnnnnfffffff, the first kiss was bold and hot and made me cheer for Nick big time. But those two tiny, follow up kisses? Those were the ones that made me gasp out loud and hit the rewind button about 1435 times. The first kiss was something to prove, you know? Something about being brave and not relying on the trenchcoat, about not being an idiot and passing up opportunities to take what he wants. But the other two small, soft kisses…those were about want, about affection and friendship and interest and about doing a first kiss the right way.
Nick did to the flustery blustery thing in the bedroom when he was trying to convey why he didn’t want to first kiss her as part of the game. He wanted it to be something special. And those two little pecks were just that.
“I meant something like that,” is all he says, before he leaves her standing there, stunned.
I love that we hear the sound of Nick’s bedroom door slamming, and we can all just imagine him sitting on his bed, maybe having a tiny freakout moment. Or maybe not. Maybe in that moment, he was cool and confident, because he’d wanted something and gone for it. But I love that we don’t see it. I just love, love, love it all.
Jess is shocked, which is excellent. The writers have done an awesome job of keeping both Nick and Jess in character over the years, while maintaining the balance of ‘care’ between them. If Nick is freaking out, Jess is the one who often helps him rationalize it. And if Jess is having a bad time (Pilot, for example, see also : Menzies), Nick is there for her. They had danced around their friendship ( plus ) for awhile without verbalizing it. Nick realizes in the bedroom that when he (inadvertently and nonverbally) confesses that his idea of their first kiss should be special, he’s given her some power in their dynamic. We see it in her surprised face as well.
Now, here ,at the end of the episode, he’s taken a little bit of that power back, leaving Jess speechless… but again, I think we can agree that Nick probably isn’t feeling 100% confident.
Okay…well, what do you think? Were you shocked by the kiss? What were some other favorite parts of this episode? The comments are open, so discuss!