I am a happy Chick fan today.
I might quibble with this entire storyline being wrapped up in one episode after we haven’t seen it all month, and I’m still a little bit confused about who those kids were and why they are safe now, but these are trifles compared to the sheer joy of seeing Nick be a hero, seeing Chelsea see Nick be a hero, and seeing their relationship renewed.
I wish they had devoted a few more episodes in the last month (since the scenes at Nick’s apartment when Umar showed up) to showing Chelsea’s change of heart about Nick AND Jett, had a few eyesnogging scenes to remind us that though they may be estranged, though Chelsea might be confused, they’re thinking about each other and drawn to each other.
However, since rushing, and a lack of buildup, is a problem in every storyline (except those that are stuck in a rut), I won’t complain about it more here. On to the good:
Blake Berris and Rachel Melvin really make the most of their material, and I think they were glad of the chance to show the connection between these two characters once again. Even when Nick was turning down Chelsea’s offer to stay, he was still leaning toward her, his eyes locked to hers, his smile showing how glad he was to be asked.
Nick’s heroism was very gratifying, because all summer he was reduced to playing Wimpy Boy to Jett’s Stalwart Hero. (At least in Chelsea’s mind.) I maintain, too, that the turning point for Nick’s character was when he decided to take in the kids in spite of Chelsea’s objection, and when he didn’t cave when she made it clear their relationship depended on it.
Chelsea’s brush-off of Jett was also great fun to watch. I think my favorite moment was when he asked her how she was, and she deliberately stepped away from him to stand by Nick instead.
Back at the sorority house, the show allowed Nick and Chelsea to have a quiet moment together without some huge plot point hanging over their heads. I think it’s too soon to have Chelsea tell Nick she loves him (why must you rush so, Days?), but I was glad to see her being the aggressor again (notice the way she grabbed him as he was leaning in for a kiss). I think Chelsea must have a hero complex, because that’s apparently what drew her to Jett and what made Nick so attractive tonight. That would be an interesting character facet to explore, though I’m not holding my breath. And of course that leads me to another complaint, that I wanted to see Chelsea drawn to Nick in spite of thinking he was a wuss and a pushover. I think we saw it a little bit—I’m remembering how protective Chelsea acted when China Lee dumped the kids off on him—but it’s been too long.
(I must ask—isn’t Nick a professor? Isn’t it a little bit inappropriate to make out with a student on a couch in a sorority common room?)
And bravo Nick, for declining to stay with Chelsea when she asked him to. It’s too soon, and I’d like to see him be cautious and hang back after the way she treated him this summer. Let’s let some good UST build up, please? And then make way for Great Sex!