I knew I would hate this episode. I wasn't mistaken.
Fair warning: I'm unapologetically rant-y and judge-y.
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Have I mentioned how glad I am this didn't costar Billie and David? HAVE I MENTIONED THIS???? D=
I really hate how Tennant said in interviews that "there's no hint that Nick isn't deeply in love with his wife." My thoughts are clear: people who are deeply in love with OTHERS don't cheat. People who are deeply in love with THEMSELVES cheat. That's why it's called "cheating" - because if it's truly something that matters, then there'd be no cheating involved. (Like - that's why I don't cheat in school - because I'd get thrown out, and that matters a bit more to me than a fake A on the test).
I didn't see "deeply in love" - I saw evasive, lying repeatedly even when confronted by his "deeply loved" wife, pretending everything is fine and dandy, and going behind someone's back to whom a major commitment was made and hurting them deeply. And a bullshit lame apology from him to his wife at the end. If that's "deeply in love" then I hope that my husband and I aren't and never will be =P
"Deeply in love with your wife" is not having puppy-dog eyes and saying to another woman "we were meant to be together for the rest of our lives" and "I never loved anyone like I loved you." And then he calls his wife "daft" twice for having suspicions. And then he says he "doesn't know if he can" just go back to his wife and kids and asks his ex if they can "go somewhere else and start again." SERIOUSLY HOW IS THIS LOVE FOR THE WIFE AT ALL???? Just because he threw her a birthday party at the beginning? BFD.
What he's feeling isn't love - it's guilt. Because he's a dipshit. Who cuddles in bed with his wife after shagging another girl and lying about it.
Nick got good advice from his friend, too - to think about what he has right now, stay away from the ex, and that the past is dead and doesn't matter. Ngl, my head!canon is that the friend 'consoles' the wife in more ways than one afterwards, as he seems to be the only person with his head on straight.
And the ex-girlfriend knows the wife, greets her, hugs her, lies to her about having seen Nick - and then shags him. OMFG. Not that I'm putting all the blame on her shoulders - she's not the married one after all.
I just hated this. Knew I would.
I hope they both got painful rashes.
And divorce papers.
And lawsuits for full custody + child support.