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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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I loved this episode! I do think Jess can be annoying but that's her! :) It hasn't reached intolerable levels for me ever. I kinda like Nick and Jess together. Can't wait!

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Kris, Fair enough. I'll try not to choke.

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Absolutely agree; I think this episode was just horrible. I keep on cringing at Jess and her over-the-top "quirks". Schmidt really saved the episode - if it wasn't for the way he made me crack up so much, this episode would have made me stop watching the show altogether (even if it pains me).

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I thought that this was the best episode yet. I laughed out loud so many times. I thought that Winston really came into his own in this episode- his intereactions with Schmidt, both of them using the Feelings Stick- hilarious. I can totally see why they would have used to feelings stick- using it but thinking it's ridiculous- perfect.

Kris-hekmi

Antonio I stand by my review. If you can't disagree respectfully, I suggest you read other reviews that show nothing but constant praise at Jess (who is a FICTIONAL character). I did say I like Zooey (who is REAL, see the difference?). But I daresay you'd more likely to find negative reviews than positive ones. You may have all her gumbopot, and I won't even say I hope you choke on it *smiles sweetly*

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I apologize to Kris and the rest. I just love the Jess so much I don't want any criticism thrown at her. That said, I think Kris overdid it. Me thinkie Krissie no likie the Jess's gumbopot.

Matt-richenthal

@AntonioSaucedo: You have the right idea. Please stop reading this site. We have no use for such cruel individuals here.
It's a TV site that is meant to elicit fun opinions and comments. If you wish to hide behind your computer screen and just spew venom, do it elsewhere.

Danforcella

Antonio, Come on. We don't need such hurtful words. While I agree with you that Jess is the best part about this show, and she was just as funny this week as in episodes past, there is no need to get mean up in here. Great stuff Kris, but I actually enjoyed Jess yet again this week. I'm not one to dislike a funny character because what they do would be annoying in real life. A lot of times annoying other characters on television - like Jess does so often - is the funniest thing you can do. As always, different strokes for different folks. See ya around the office. Dan

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I feel like this was a solid episode, I also feel supported

Savhcaro

Thanks for the info Wiseguy, about the filmed episode order vs the viewing order. FOX is notorious from telling producers/directors etc when to run what eppy. Usually totally messing with the story line & the character development. Case in point: Firefly. Shown completely out of order & eclipsed by the World Series. Hopefully Zooey & company can hang in there. I laughed till I cried last niter at Zooey trying to say THE WORD! So many different descriptions too.......many I'd never heard of!

New Girl Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Schmidt: Just suck in your gut
Nick: What gut?
Jess: The little pooch where you keep your extra cookies.

Sum up the last two years? The country's broke. Betty White came back.

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