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Abbott Elementary Crossed the Will-They-or-Won’t-They Threshold

The latest step in Janine and Gregory’s romantic journey begins the same way as their sitcom predecessors’: with a closed door reopening.

Sometimes their romantic interest informed an episode’s plot, like them buying their now-exes Valentine’s Day gifts that were more appropriate for each other, slow-dancing at the hookah club, using Jacob as a go-between to gauge how the other person felt, or falling into a regretted embrace after one too many drinks. When Janine and Gregory’s obvious endgame status wasn’t an A-story, it was background texture with the implied-to-be-constantly-rolling cameras inside Abbott capturing details that reminded us of the characters’ emotions: secret glances, little smiles after an interaction, a different tone of voice when they talked about the other person. But that little touch of the characters knowing someone is watching feels like an acknowledgment of how invested we are as an audience in Janine and Gregory working out and like a reassurance from Abbott that they’ve got this — they’re not going to let us down, even if they’re going to make us wait to find out where the couple is at when season four returns.

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