In which I get super serious and angsty about a network sitcom plot, because, you know, it’s actually a romantic work of art masquerading as a network sitcom plot.
On the surface, Nick and Jess have that beautiful balance. She’s optimistic; he’s pessimistic. She brings so much light to his grumpy, turtle-faced existence, and he allows her a space to be mellow and grounded.
The show has been perhaps louder about the ways that Jess, in how she wholeheartedly and often joyfully embraces the mess of life, inspires Nick to grab ahold of his life, his writing (however ridiculous), and his love for her. But, and this is one of the reasons this show can be so achingly real, Jess has this tendency to pour her hopes in what she believes, desires, and loves—and when those expectations are dashed, she falls hard.