This didn't bother me that much. I agree that cheating isn't a mistake that 'just happens,' and that Paul didn't "accidentally" slip his penis into Jess. I also agree that one of the more common ways this plays out on TV is that the cheater is forgiven, so more variety would be nice. But forgiving cheating, itself, doesn't bother me, because different people have different definitions of and tolerance levels for infidelity, so it's their business whether they want to work it out or not. A rational adult can decide whether the transgression is outweighed by other factors that make it worth keeping the relationship intact.
Pet peeve: is anyone on tv ever NOT forgiven for infidelities? Why is the message ALWAYS to forgive a "mistake" if it's true love? Stepping on someone's toe is a mistake. Boning somebody else is a betrayal, and someone who didn't have a problem with doing it the first time isn't likely to suddenly see the light and never do it again. Criminy.
However, what DID bother me was the idea that Paul and Jen/Asian Jess are somehow soooooooooulmates and that he's ready to propose to her. They broke up at Christmas because Paul said he was so in love with Jess that he couldn't bear to date her if she didn't love him back. And less than six months later, he's in love enough with a different girl that he's ready to propose to her? A different girl who resembles to an eerie degree the ex he dated right before her, the ex he just cheated with? Seems to me Paul needs to figure some shit out before he proposes to anyone.
I get that Jess felt guilty for her (totally unknowing) role in the cheating, but the idea that Jess can witness all of what went down with Paul and decide that she should somehow help him not only win Jen back, but propose to her made Jess seem like a moron. And THEN to come to some epiphany about true love BASED on what she just witnessed? Gross.
Having said all that, I was happy to see Justin Long pop up. The not-Fancyman fakeout, the awkward hug, the ugly crying faces, the Asian-Jess/Caucasian-Jen jokes, all of that was pretty hilarious. Add in the earring stuff, the "I'll die and come back to haunt you", the emotional breakthrough for SchmiCe couched in broken boner jokes, the 'batsignal' for getting Nick's DVD, Nick's beard and jar of tears and poetry - lots of laughs this ep.
The one downside of the Nick stuff is that, as great as it was, nothing will ever top the Swanson version simply because of Donna: "I would like to address the goofy-looking, dirty kimono-wearing, cornrowed clown in the room. If you see Ron Swanson, can you give him this message? You used to be a man! You need to get your house in order! Look, I love you like brother, but right now I hate you, like my actual brother, Lavondrius, who I HATE!"
ETA: That'll teach me not to get distracted mid-post by Parks & Recs vids! I came back to finish up and when I posted it, I see that possibilities beat me to the punch, and in much more succinct fashion! Glad I wasn't the only person bothered by it, though...
Edited by scarlet1815, May 2, 2012 @ 6:17 PM.