Title Clavado En Un Bar
Two-Sentence Summary At the bar, Jess asks the guys and Cece for advice about keeping her job as a teacher at a struggling school or taking a new job at a museum. This prompts each of Jess’s roommates to share their stories about how they ended up in their current professions.
Favorite Line “This moment is so chill and lacking drama that I want to call it Tim Duncan.” (Nick)
Episode M.V.P. Each actor in New Girl’s ensemble had at least one moment to shine in this week’s episode. And I do mean each actor—even Hannah Simone had some great lines about Cece’s struggling career as a model (who is now relegated to playing the desperate party in a phone sex ad). Fat Schmidt made a triumphant return to our TV screens, but my favorite Max Greenfield moment of the night was Schmidt once again messing up a pop culture reference (like he did previously with Indiana Jones) when he referred to the “late, great Sir Billy Joel” and then proceeded to misquote “Only the Good Die Young” (“The good, they do die young.”). Damon Wayans Jr. cracked me up when he yelled at Jess’s potential new boss for calling her too early. Jake Johnson reminded me once again that no one can do surprising sincerity like he can—it’s not often that you think of a bartender as a job people really choose, but I completely bought that Nick genuinely finds joy in that job after seeing it through Johnson’s eyes this week. And Zooey Deschanel very convincingly played the panic inherent in making a major life decision with no clear-cut right answer.
All of the ensemble turned in great performances, but Lamorne Morris proved once again that no one can get me laughing while watching New Girl like he can. Winston’s dawning realization that he’s never made a real decision in his life was hilarious. And once he made the decision to quit his job, Morris was at his offbeat best in describing how “things got racial” and he couldn’t go back. Winston has become one of those characters where I laugh every time he opens his mouth, and so much of that comes from Morris’s offhand delivery of the show’s strangest lines.
Favorite Moment In terms of comedy, I really loved Nick trying to use a quote from A League of Their Own as advice before getting caught by Jess and Cece. Their subsequent argument about the film’s true meaning (sports or sisterhood…and the war) was perfect for me to watch as a fan of that film and of playing “spot the pop culture reference” whenever I watch TV. But what pushed that moment into greatness was the guy at the end of the bar singing “This Used to Be My Playground.” Whoever came up with that entire bit should be given a gold star for working in such a random reference so wonderfully.
However, my favorite moment in the episode belonged to young Jess and Cece. The flashback to their first meeting was full of the easy warmth of childhood friendship. It wasn’t afraid to show its heart more than its sense of humor, and that’s when I like New Girl the most—when it hits me with a moment that just feels real.
A New Girl GIF* For My New Girl Feelings
After a string of subpar episodes, I was so happy to see this warm, slightly weird, and wonderful side of New Girl again. It had a nice balance between Nick and Jess’s relationship and the other friendships on the show; it didn’t make Cece and Schmidt the focus of any scene; and it wasn’t afraid to be sincere while it was being silly. This episode touched on a lot of relatable material for young adults wondering about their own careers, and that’s when I love this show the most—when it feels like it’s speaking directly to me about things people my age really care about. This was a strong episode, and I hope it’s the start of a strong second half of Season Three.
*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.