I apologize for how late this post is, but I hope all of you had a very happy Thanksgiving (hopefully without any cases of Legionnaire’s Disease)!
Title Thanksgiving III
Two-Sentence Summary Worried that his relationship with Jess is making him less of a man, Nick drags the gang to the woods for a hunting/fishing/camping Thanksgiving. Tensions run high between Schmidt and Coach when Jess asks Cece to join them.
Favorite Line “Goodness gracious—what are you, a sorcerer?” (Schmidt, after watching Coach make a fire)
Episode M.V.P. “Thanksgiving III” wasn’t New Girl at its best, but it was still fairly enjoyable. Lamorne Morris had some great moments, especially when Winston vented about never being able to do what he wants to do. (Can we please see that pottery seminar someday?) But I still feel myself trying and failing to become emotionally invested in anything involving Coach. Sure, Damon Wayans Jr. makes me laugh, but that’s about it. And for as sweet as Nick and Jess were at the end of the episode, I’m getting kind of tired of the “Nick thinks Jess is changing him and overreacts, but then he realizes he has a great thing with Jess” stories. Don’t get me wrong; Jake Johnson is the master of comedic overreaction, and he’s also the master of the heartfelt moments these episodes often provide at their conclusion. But I feel like the same story keeps being told when it comes to episodes centering on Nick and Jess’s relationship, and it’s forcing him and Zooey Deschanel to simply play the same facets of these characters over and over again.
Thankfully, this episode had a big saving grace in a ridiculous hat, and his name was Max Greenfield. He made me laugh with typically excellent line delivery (his pronunciation of “goodness gracious!” was a personal favorite of mine) and great physical comedy (the entire bit with the trap and the subsequent shoulder injury was fantastic). I also liked that Schmidt was willing to put his friendship with Coach (and his desire for Cece to be happy) above his own self-pity. Greenfield once again balanced the hilarity and sincerity in Schmidt’s character with aplomb.
Favorite Scene Clearly, I have a type when it comes to favorite New Girl moments. If a scene features the whole cast coming together for a moment of genuine friendship and warmth, it’s probably going to be my favorite scene in a given episode. Therefore, it should surprise no one that I had a soft spot for the end of this episode. Did I love the storyline that brought them all to the urgent care center? No. Did I need another scene of Nick telling Jess he’s sorry and Jess telling him she wants him exactly as he is? Not really. But I can’t lie; Deschanel and Johnson can still make me melt with even the smallest gestures—like Nick touching Jess’s cheek. The moment that sold this ending for me, though, was when the whole group came into the room to have their very own vending-machine Thanksgiving. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a moment of real kindness and love between these characters. And that’s what matters. I felt that these people were truly thankful for each other in this scene, and that was enough for me.
A New Girl GIF* For My New Girl Feelings
I don’t know how many more episodes of the same Nick/Jess story I can take, but I’m willing to keep going along for the ride as long as Deschanel and Johnson can still make me weak in the knees like a grief-stricken Winston.
*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.