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.
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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.