TV Time: New Girl 3.09

Title Longest Night Ever

Two-Sentence Summary When Cece and Coach decide to go on a date, Jess is left to take care of Schmidt. Meanwhile, Winston and Nick attempt to find Furguson after Nick left the loft window open, and their travels put Winston a little closer to getting back in the dating game.

Favorite Line “She’s on a flip phone, Jess, which means she’s either poor or a time traveler.” (Schmidt)

Episode M.V.P. “Longest Night Ever” was a strange episode, and sometimes that was good, and sometimes it wasn’t. I didn’t love the Coach/Cece storyline. I thought it happened way too fast, and it could have built over the course of a few episodes instead of just one. I just can’t get a handle on where they’re going with Coach’s character yet, so I don’t think it’s time for that big of a storyline for him yet. I also kind of hated that I felt bad for Schmidt in this situation; he’s the one who screwed up, and yet I was sad for him that Cece was moving on with Coach. But I suppose that’s what happens when Max Greenfield turns on the vulnerability I love so much in his work as Schmidt. That last scene with him and Jess in the car was very realistically sad.

The best (and probably strangest) storyline in the episode belonged to Nick and Winston and both Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris made every awkwardly hilarious moment work perfectly. New Girl plays very real awkwardness for laughs better than perhaps any other show on TV right now, and all of those scenes in Bertie’s apartment showed that perfectly. Both actors had perfect reactions to the odd things happening around them, but I also genuinely believed that Nick could see Winston’s happiness at hitting it off with a woman and wanted his friend to be happy. The only way all that weirdness could work was if both actors completely committed to it, and they definitely did.

Favorite Scene It was strange, it was awkward, and it was uncomfortable, but I loved Winston and Bertie’s weird flirting (especially the bologna conversation). The things that turn these characters on are often so strange, but that’s what makes them feel like weird, quirky people instead of boring TV characters. This flirtation could have gone horribly wrong, but instead it was so wrong it was right.

I have to give an honorable mention to Jess hitting Schmidt with her car because for some reason, I will always find people getting hit by cars hilarious (when it’s played for humor—not in real life of course!). What can I say—I’m a sucker for physical comedy.

A New Girl GIF* For My New Girl Feelings

nick wide eyes

 

A lot of weird stuff happened in this episode. Sometimes it was funny; sometimes it missed the mark. But it was definitely like nothing else I’m going to see on TV this week.

*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 3.09

  1. This ep definitely felt a little off to me, but really the whole season thus far has felt a little off. Last season (particularly the latter half) was just so good, and I don’t think this season has quite reached its potential. I think the writers are operating under the assumption that they have to radically change the dynamics of the group now that Nick and Jess are a couple, which they really shouldn’t have to. Also, this wasn’t so much on display last night, but I think they’re creating obstacles for Nick and Jess’s relationship that show wildly out of character traits( the ep a few weeks back with Nick’s crazy box of stuff comes to mind) for the sake of drama. These two as couple is comedy gold, just in their everyday living and working situations. The episodes I’ve enjoyed the most this season have been the ones where they acknowledged that Nick and Jess were a couple, but it wasn’t the focal point of the ep. That’s actually one thing I think they did well last night; Nick and Jess had scenes together (that first one was really cute and funny), but it wasn’t over the top. Sorry, random ramble, just something I’ve been thinking about the past few eps =)

    • Thanks for the comment, Becca, and I have to say I agree with you about this season. I’ve been liking it well enough (“The Box” notwithstanding), but it definitely hasn’t lived up to the expectations set by the latter half of last season. I feel like the writers are trying too hard at times to create funny situations instead of allowing the characters they’ve created to just be funny without contrivances. I still laugh way more at New Girl than I do at most comedies on TV, but it’s not quite as great as I was hoping this season would be. But maybe the second half of this season will be even better than the first (there’s certainly a precedent for that with this show).

      • Exactly! It’s still my favorite comedy by far, but after last season showed us how amazing it can be, this season has left me a little cold.

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