When Neal admitted her crime in front of her husband, he pretended to be outraged.
“You watched it without me?” said Robin Neal, an English teacher in Chestnut Hill.
“Yes,” his wife replied, a triumphant grin spreading across her face.
But in Allston, Jen Prince, an Emerson College student, can’t quite bring herself to act shocked nor can she confess to sneakily watching episodes on her own, putting her in that awkward middle ground. One Sunday in April she watched “Game of Thrones” with friends, and then rewatched it with her boyfriend — without revealing it was her second time around.
When the Jaime Lannister character got his right hand chopped off — a shocking act of violence — Prince’s boyfriend “freaked out,” she recalled. But Prince remained calm, unable to feign a gasp. “Did you see that?” he asked. She pretended she’d been distracted for a moment.
Dishonesty in a relationship is rarely good, but sometimes the cheaters aren’t to blame. As Mark Harris, a columnist with Entertainment Weekly, pointed out, with spoilers all around us, waiting is a dangerous game, particularly with contest shows like “The Voice” or “Dancing With the Stars.” Cheating, he said, is “more forgivable” when the outcome of a show could be ruined.
And with scripted shows, he said, “A big factor is how long are you being asked to wait. If it’s a couple of hours because someone is working late, it’s wrong to cheat. But if it’s more than a week, then it’s wrong to ask someone not to cheat.”
Meanwhile, as Joe Schweon and Lindsay Hoffman start their new life together — they married on the Cape over Memorial Day weekend — Schweon might possess the perfect qualities for a spouse in 2013. Not only did he overlook Hoffman’s “Mad Men” transgression — and an earlier “Friday Night Lights” infidelity — but he has a relaxed attitude toward remaining current with a show.
“I have no problem missing a season and going on to the next one,” he said.