Russell (Dermot Mulroney) who? Judging by the teaser images for New Girl's 23rd episode, "Backslide," Paul (guest star Justin Long) may be poised to reenter Jess's (Zooey Deschanel) love life.

But he may do more than make a delightfully quirky, semi-awkward comeback: Paul could very well be prepared to put a ring on it. Is the engagement bling in the below photo intended for Jess, or has Paul fallen for another quirky, feelings stick-wielding teacher at the school? (Doubtful — is there room in this world for more than one Jess?)


Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Paul, Jess, and an Engagement Ring on New Girl Season 1, Episode 23: "Backslide"


We'll have to wait until May 1 for some definitive answers. The anticipation may kill us. For reals.