The more I read about 4-17, the more I’m confused. People couldn’t seriously expect Jay to stay and talk everything out with Erin, could they?
First, let’s put the analysis of Jay’s behavior aside for a minute and remember that CPD is a damn TV-show. What would have been the purpose of bringing this new storyline to life if at the end of the episode Jay had been like, “Sure, Erin, let’s talk”? That would’ve made no sense, just a waste of screen time. Not to mention that now, that would’ve been out of character.
And that’s my second point. I feel like the most of those people who aren’t happy with Jay leaving are so used to see Jay as an ideal sweet and supportive boyfriend and only in this light (I can’t quite blame them for this given there wasn’t much of Jay outside of Linstead this season) that they forgot he is a veteran. Jay-boyfriend would stay. Jay-veteran has left. Jay-boyfriend is ready to be there for Erin while Jay-veteran isn’t ready for Erin to be there for him. More on this under the cut.
Finally, girls, stop blindly siding with girls. My heart breaks for Erin too. The way she handled the whole situation does her credit and speaks volumes about the depth of her feelings for Jay. She sure deserves our compassion but so does Jay. Just try and look at the situation from the other point view.
Warning: long post ahead.