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New Girl Review: No Giggles Allowed

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New Girl returned after far too long this week with "Nick is Naked" My verdict? An uneven episode.

While it made me laugh with the physical comedy, my annoyance with Jess - almost non-existent up to now - emerged, ready to break its lease with her. Only Schmidt could calm it down. Let's go over the good and the bad, shall we?

Schmidt and Jess

The Good. There were some really strong lines from this episode, but some scenes can't be properly described or quoted. They must be viewed.

  • Exhibit A: Jess' nervous giggle-scream. I can relate. I can so relate.
  • Exhibit B: Schmidt trying to gauge the length of Nick's member by his hands, and asking Jess to "just say when." I rewound this scene five times. His FACE!
  • Exhibit C: Nick psyching himself up for the date in his bedroom. It was awkward, confusing, but also hilarious at the same time.
  • Exhibit D: Nick's scene with the hot date, where he really couldn't bring himself to take off his clothes because of Jess' reaction to seeing him naked. Poor Nick.
The physical comedy is golden. Schmidt is officially my favorite character, as almost anything he says cracks me up. Plus, I like that his douche level has been brought down to tolerable levels (though I will admit to missing the douchebag jar). And, oh dear, that ends my "good" section...

The Bad. Jess was intolerable as a roommate in this episode. I don't mind her being as quirky as she wants. She can even sing every word she speaks for all I care. But quirky and "lacking any sense of boundaries" are two completely different traits. And she was so out of bounds tonight that no charm could really make up for it.

The one place the roommates are safe from her is their bedroom. But she invalidated that privacy by not knocking. She made it worse by constantly wanting to talk about seeing Nick naked, and even chasing him when all the guy wanted was some space. Going from worse to what in the Hell?... her solution to the problem after Nick refused to hash it out with her was to show up naked in his room. What the writers probably thought of as "quirks" were really contrivances, and restraining-order worthy behavior.

The end showed us Schmidt and Winston taking up the Feeling Stick for some reason. Nick was somehow touched by Jess finally learning to say the word penis, while Nick even admitted that maybe Jess was right about him not being ready for meaningless sex. After every episode, New Girl forces these characters to all come together and basically enable Jess' bizarre behaviors. Jess somehow always increases their affection, instead of a more understandable reaction: annoyance. It's usually never earned, and almost always comes out of left field.

Since I really enjoyed the last episode so much, I thought they had learned to tone down the Jess character for good, but I guess I was wrong.

Still, a comedy that makes me laugh so hard is a comedy worth watching. The rest of the show elements, especially Schmidt, made up for my disappointments. I just wish I didn't have to enjoy it with a tinge of irritation. And I wish I didn't have to feel the annoyance towards Zooey Deschanel's character. I mean, don't make me hate a character I want to like.

Stray Observations:

  • Winston, he's not that funny. It will be interesting to see what use they'll have for his character in upcoming episodes.
  • Lake Bell was really adorable in this episode. Okay, fine, she was also really hot.
  • How cute was Schmidt as a young, chubby boy dressed in a bunny suit?
  • I wonder if we'll have the inevitable romance between the roommates. Or a love triangle.
  • Honestly, when Nick was talking about being foiled in his quest for meaningless sex, I kept thinking that Jess would go there with him. I'm glad she didn't.

And now visit our quotes page for some of the funnier moments!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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    Thanks for the mention and photo, matey! Can't wait to see your phoots from the Brighton Naked Bike Ride ( specially the Spinner ones! Gonna have to get one of those myself ).

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    "How old are you? I am thinking maybe you are not "old enough" to tolerate stupid behaviour and beyond stupid behaviour." LOL not wait...LMAO!!! Congratulations "bella" you ARE the target audience. It all makes sense now...

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    this show is the best. jess isn't too quirky at all! she's hilar! i love everything about this show!

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    Deschanel is a talent, but the writers of New Girl are 2nd rate- from the forced early intimacy established between her and the male characters, to the trite plot twists, it just is not well written. So far the attempts to breathe life and likeability into everyone but Zooey have failed- that could be a casting issue.

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    Are there any differences between Jess (the character) and Zooey? Are they both weird? By the way, the episode I like the most was when Zooey saw Nick's pipi and his bubbles. :D

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    Jess' bizarre behaviors make the show! she ties down all the room mates, making them men instead of immature boys. She will neve be annoying to me. This show is soooo funny i congratulate the writers for writing it. everything is so tightly fitted together the only thing that i could possibly compare this to on a funny character scale is friends

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    Does anyone know what happened to Coach? Was he replaced by Winston?.. Did they mention where Coach went and I just missed it?

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    I have to mostly agree with the review. I like the general outline of the show, but Zoey's character is just over the top with social awkwardness at times. I really wish they'd tone it down and at least develop her character more to show she may be awkward but at least she's intelligent. Right now, she just seems kind of pathetic to me.

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    I disagree with your review. I loved the things you hated. Especially the feeling stick scene near the end. It suits my sense of humor. (I even thought about Jess getting naked right back at him before it went that way) How old are you? I am thinking maybe you are not "old enough" to tolerate stupid behaviour and beyond stupid behaviour.

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    It's time to see her dating. Good times.