TV Time: New Girl 3.17

Title Sister II

Two-Sentence Summary Abby Day’s time in the loft is starting to wear on Jess, who devises a plan to look at apartments behind her back, but the plan goes awry when Nick lives up to his “horrible liar” reputation and Schmidt falls under Abby’s seductive spell. Meanwhile, Coach tries to help Winston after the latter fails his police academy entrance exam.

Favorite Line “Girl, I got an obligation at a sandwich meeting to go to.” (Winston)

Episode M.V.P. Let’s get this out of the way right now, I didn’t really love this episode. I wasn’t the biggest Abby fan after the first episode of her arc, and I can honestly say that I liked her even less after “Sister II.” This show has a cast that can seem too big for its storytelling style and half-hour format as it is; adding another person into the group (even just for a three-episode block) is going to throw the dynamics of the show off in a major way. I wanted more of Abby and Jess and less of Abby and Schmidt (or actually no Abby and Schmidt would have been ideal). But I am thankful that the writers are giving me more of one of the twosomes I’ve really loved this season: Winston and Coach. I thought Lamorne Morris and Damon Wayans Jr. really carried this episode. They made me laugh the hardest (especially Winston at the gym and Coach trying to help Winston through his job interview), but they also had the most heart. I really believed that Coach sympathized with Winston and wanted to help him. These two characters felt like friends as well as partners in comedic hijinks, and that’s when I love New Girl the most.

Favorite Moment While Coach and Winston were consistently the funniest part of the episode, the single biggest laugh for me came when Nick and Schmidt were fighting about how Nick pronounces (or thinks others pronounce) his name. Thinking that the “k” makes a difference is something so in-character for Nick. And the scene gave me absurd, flustered Nick and indignant Schmidt—two of my favorite versions of these characters. Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield bring out the best in each other as comedic scene partners, and this was yet another moment to add to their highlight reel.

Question of the Week Do you think Abby has been a spark for this season of New Girl, or are you like me and wish she would just go away?

A New Girl GIF* For My New Girl Feelings


Like Sky Knife, bringing Abby into this group of characters for longer than one episode might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it’s really not. Why have Sky Knife when you can have True American, and why add another ingredient into a cast that has strong enough chemistry on its own?

*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.


4 thoughts on “TV Time: New Girl 3.17

  1. I totally agree with what you wrote. I really don’t like Abby. I appreciate the fact that they made them different from each other but when i watched the episode i was like:”wow that’s too much!”. I’ll explain myself. I have two older sisters and we have three different personalities and characters. We sometimes don’t agree with each other but when it comes to serious and important matter even with our different characters and opinions and ideas we are very much alike. To me their relationship seems more like the one you have with a friend you barely recognize anymore than the one you might have with a sister.

    • Thank you so much for commenting and for saying something that I’ve been thinking ever since they introduced Abby! I also have a sister, and we seem very different upon first glance. But we have a lot of similar qualities when you start digging deeper, and I haven’t really felt that with Jess and Abby. Their relationship seems more stereotypical than real, which is disappointing.

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