TV Time: New Girl 2.22

Title Bachelorette Party

Two-Sentence Summary Jess’s plan to throw Cece the raucous bachelorette party she’s always dreamed of is complicated by the presence of Shivrang’s aunt. The guys aren’t having any less awkward a time after Schmidt embarks on a plan to get a date for the wedding and Nick and Winston are tasked with getting a picture of the part of Shivrang Cece isn’t supposed to see before the wedding.

Favorite Line “It’s like waking up from a bad salad dream.” (Schmidt, while eating pizza)

Episode M.V.P. Schmidt. Nick was hilarious yet again. (Any excuse to see Jake Johnson try to dance is a good one in my book.) Winston’s overexcited schemes continued to make me laugh. (I’m serious when I say “Prank Sinatra” has been one of my favorite things to come out of Season 2 of New Girl.) And Jess and Cece’s interactions proved why they are one of the funniest, sweetest, and most realistic depictions of female friendship on TV.

But this episode was a huge one for Schmidt, and I liked that it was. For as much as I love Nick and Jess with all my heart, this was a good way to take a little step back from their relationship and focus on the other reasons why New Girl is such a great show. Plus, too much Nick/Jess interaction would have just furthered emphasized the fact that this episode and last week’s “First Date” were switched from their correct order. Instead, focusing on Schmidt for the emotional center of the episode allowed for an episode that didn’t feel forced, starved, or off from the correct timeline in terms of Nick and Jess screentime.

The way Max Greenfield was able to transition so smoothly from anger at Cece to “douchebag” with his ex-flings to emotional honesty with Elizabeth and Cece to childlike joy over eating pizza again proves what a capable actor he really is. Schmidt’s sincere moments always blindside me in the best possible ways, and this episode’s moments were no exception. The way his entire body seemed to shrink when Elizabeth told him he was mean to her was such a subtle reaction that said so much about the true heart of this character. And the warmth in his voice when he talked to Cece at the end just about broke my heart. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in Nick and Jess that I forget that Schmidt was my first New Girl love. It’s nice to have episodes like this one to remind me of what a great character he is.

Favorite Moment Both of Schmidt’s scenes with Elizabeth were the standout moments of this episode for me. I’m continually blown away by the way the writers and especially the actors on this show are able to create a sense of shared pasts between these characters. I feel it all the time with the guys, and I love when I can see it between Jess and Cece, too (like their fight in this episode, which had a real sense of familiarity to it). Somehow, Greenfield and Merritt Wever were able to create a depth between their characters in their first scene that some sitcom actors take whole seasons to develop. You could feel the hurt Elizabeth still feels, and Greenfield beautifully played Schmidt’s growing awareness that he used to be a better person—and his regret that he’s no longer that person. That scene was as big a character moment for Schmidt as we’ve gotten this season, and it was played with the subtle emotional quality that has made Greenfield such a standout actor on a show filled with great performances every week.

The last scene between Schmidt and Elizabeth was probably the most fun I’ve had watching Schmidt this season. When he’s allowed to be silly and ridiculous, you can see Greenfield relishing in those moments. I don’t know how much more we’ll be seeing Elizabeth, but I actually hope she sticks around for a little while (and I say that as a huge fan of the Schmidt/Cece pairing). Elizabeth just feels like she’ll be good for Schmidt, and more character development on this show is never a bad thing. Plus, Greenfield and Wever had an easy rapport that I really liked.

A New Girl GIF* For My New Girl Feelings

schmidt jess hug

I just really wanted to hug Schmidt at the end of this episode. I was so proud of him for growing enough as a person to wish Cece well and to show up to try and make things right with Elizabeth, but you could feel how heartbroken he still was over Cece. Schmidt’s character development was the best part of the episode (mainly because the Jess/Nick stuff was thrown off by the switch in episode order), and Greenfield played it so perfectly.

*I have no talent for GIF-making. Thankfully, I am highly skilled at searching Tumblr for the best GIFs. I take no credit for this beauty. 

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6 thoughts on “TV Time: New Girl 2.22

  1. I really enjoyed this episode. It was really, really funny. There were some great lines in there, and great relationships. It was nice to see Nick and Jess back in normal interactions (not that what they were up to was actually normal! LOL) and that photo joke turned out to be much better than I thought it would. I loved everyone’s reactions to the photo, and also Nick’s reaction to it when he took it. (btw – ugh! why would guys do that to impress a girl? When I heard that it was going to be part of this episode I cringed – but I should have trusted the New Girl writers to make it a fairly believable part of the storyline) Oh, and Nick’s proud smile was quite delightful.
    I have always loved Schmidt too. It was amazing to see him turn back into Big Guy at the end – hopefully he can recapture some of that happiness without eating too much pizza! Schmidt is so much more than just a d-bag. And his wishing Cece well was very touching. I think he really does mean it this time.
    I loved Jess and Cece’s fight. The “7th grade debacle with the boy across the hall” line was awesome. “Does Nick like me?” – um, hello, Jess?! are you really that clueless? what more does he have to say and do?!
    And I liked the main storyline about Cece panicking over marrying a guy she hasn’t even seen naked. Plenty of people in this country and around the world hold that up as the ideal marriage (if not actually practicing what they preach). But I don’t actually know anyone who would commit to someone forever that they hadn’t slept with. I personally think it’s a terrible idea! I loved that Ankita-ji totally understood and related – I don’t know if that’s realistic, but it seems like it could be.
    I will be watching this episode in its proper order in the future. If they got new people to love the show, I guess I can forgive the change, but it was annoying.

    • This was such a fun episode. It definitely suffered from being aired out of order, but, like you said, that’s what re-watching is for. It had some great character moments and it allowed us to go into the hiatus on a lighter note than something with more Nick/Jess angst, which I’m thankful for because I’m not sure I could have handled the hiatus if we were left with the ending of “First Date” instead! 😉

  2. Thanks for pointing out that the episodes aired in a different order, because I honestly had no idea. I noticed that Nick and Jess were on the backburner but didn’t even find it weird—probably because of my emotional dependence on character-based procedurals (here’s lookin’ at you, Bones and Castle!). They’ve warped my sense of proper continuity. I’m at the point where I expect huge emotional moments to be followed by at least a week of stasis—after which the emotional revelations will finally be dealt with 🙂

    So I’m emotionally stunted. To a certain extent, though, I do think that the compartmentalization of Nick and Jess’s angst makes sense on a character level. They’ll never stop messing with each other and supporting each other. No seventh-grade debacle can stand in the way of their friendship (as we saw that in “Chicago”). I think that’s what Schmidt and Winston aren’t getting: Nick and Jess are friends first. Really good friends.

    Also, the look on his face when she complimented his “prize hog” was all kinds of perfect. He wasn’t upset, he wasn’t cocky—he was just a little flustered and a lot flattered. He was GLAD. He looked a little shy, but that shyness had just a bit of a mischievous quality, too, because he knew what Jess was seeing before she did. It was just AMAZING.

    And I totally agree about Schmidt and Elizabeth. I’m not expecting her to be a full-fledged, long-term character, but I do hope we see more of her, because (a) I want her to bring out Schmidt’s softer side, and (b) I want her to see that he’s still a good guy. I love what you said about how he shrinks when she calls him mean. So true!

    And then he grew again when he ate the pizza. I giggled through that whole scene. My roommates and I have been watching Veronica Mars, and Max Greenfield’s character (Leo) is so cuddly and adorable and he just makes me squeak every time he’s onscreen. That pizza-eating scene was the most Schmidt has EVER reminded me of Leo. It was GLORIOUS. (Don’t get me wrong; I love Schmidtty all the time. I’m just especially in love with this development, which lets him be so hilariously confident and yet so adorably timid all at the same time.)

    I love this showwwwww.

    • “I’m at the point where I expect huge emotional moments to be followed by at least a week of stasis—after which the emotional revelations will finally be dealt with”

      You and me both, my friend. 😉

      And now you’re making me want to watch Veronica Mars more than ever. It’s a possible “summer show” for me to finally watch on DVD, and I can’t wait to start!

      • I’ve had VMars on my list for YEARS and finally lucked into a roommate who has all three seasons on DVD! Based on what I’ve seen so far, I think you’d love it 🙂

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