New Girl Review: One Night Stands

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Newbies! We’ve been waiting a long time for New Girl to do V-Day, especially since the news broke that Ryan Kwanten of True Blood fame would be guest starring. But, surprise! He wasn’t even the focal point of the episode.

What or who was the focus of this week’s New Girl adventures? That’s a good question. New Girl started out as a Zooey Deschanel vehicle with the dudes as a sort of Greek Chorus to her adorkable Antigone (omg, I can’t believe I just typed that. It’s either the best or the worst phrase ever created in the English language). But as the show continued, and the guys came into their own as characters, New Girl morphed into an ensemble show that juggles multiple storylines each week, often giving equal attention to each character.

Screen time in "Valentine's Day" felt the most evenly shared to date, but with so many storylines to cover in thirty minutes, things were a little chaotic this week. 

Cheers to Being Single

It started out solid: Jess wanted to have her first one night stand and who better to wingman her than Schmidt and CeCe? The trio headed out for the night, Nick went to meet Julia, Winston to meet Shelby, and the episode began to snowball. Soon, scenes were rushing by with little time to savor the offbeat comments before another more ridiculous situation cropped up. A master of the awkward, New Girl does a great job of making the ridiculous feel natural and not relying on throw away gags, but tonight it seemed like the writers whipped out their “Plot Jar” and started pulling things out at random.

Still, there were some funny lines. Check them out on the quotes page

The most problematic storyline was Jess’ one night stand with Kwanten’s Oliver. I have no problem with Oliver totally lacking a personality, having an obsession with tacos, and thinking that a "Web Creator" is a legitimate profession because he was intended to be a fling - but having the ex-girlfriend pop up and block Jess’ tryst just felt forced. This is the show that once had Jess try to defrost a turkey with her body heat! Anything is fair game, and they go with the clichéd ex routine?

So, Jess gets a downgrade this week, but Winston and Nick receive thumbs up. Expecting to spend a romantic night in with Shelby, Winston arrives at her apartment to find that he’s been invited to a girl’s night. Taking it in stride, he sticks it out and earns a Valentine’s Day kiss for his efforts. 

Nick is also stuck in a situation he wasn’t expecting when Julia’s demanding job forces them to miss their Valentine’s dinner. Instead of ending with an argument like many other shows would, New Girl brings it to a close with Nick trying to help Julia out. That, and photocopying his butt.

Last week, we saw the moment when Nick became disillusioned with people, and this week Nick reveals a little more. Turns out, his heart was broken in law school and this led him to make some rash decisions, including playing in an all-country ska band and entering a cock fight in Mexico. This definitely made me laugh, but it seemed like something that belonged more in Schmidt’s wheelhouse than Nick’s.

Speaking of things in Schmidt’s wheelhouse, Schmidt and CeCe finally got together! As I mentioned before, I’m not a Jess/Nick fan. I am, however, a CeCe/Schmidt fan. Let’s face it, you could replace CeCe’s name with pretty much anyone’s (like Jess’, for instance) in that equation and I would want to see it happen. CeCe didn’t look too happy about her decision the next morning, though, so expect drama next week.

How do you guys feel about Schmidt and CeCe? Also, since New Girl is raking in the guest stars, who else do you want to see appear on the show? My vote goes to Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder - Schmidt loves the show, apparently - or Park and Recreations' Nick Offerman.   

Stray Observations

  • Two main characters have hooked up. There’s no turning back now. The floodgates are open, and anything could happen. My only request, New Girl, is that you keep it quirky. Please don’t turn into Friends or How I Met Your Mother with cupcakes. We will have to part ways if you do.
  • CeCe and Schmidt are the best wingman team, ever. There is serious spin-off material there.
  • Lunch is also my favorite meal of the day.
  • Jess packs a sewing kit into her one night stand survival bag. Kinky?


Editor Rating: 2.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (113 Votes)

Although there wasn't one this week, I really love the group bathroom scenes. That is like their Central Perk. Schmidt and his dry towel obsession. So funny!


I loooved this episode! It was so funny to see everyone at the fling-guy's house and that ex-girlfriend who lived there just cracked me up. I love Schmidt more and more every episode and I hate to say it, but, like Jess, darn it I LIKE Julia! She's like an even more charming Rashida Jones. Nick has such an unusual voice and speech delivery that he's really one-of-a-kind and Jess should eventually end up with him.


I actually thought that the jess story line was the best one, it had the best lines and i loved how it climaxed when cece, schmidt and ceces boyfriend (whats his face) all barge in, all in all hilarious, my favorite show on tv at the moment


First of all, I thought that episode was all sorts of wrong. I'm all about Jess gettin some, but the one night stand quest seemed unnatural and forced. I'm sure the show was designed to keep things new and interesting- Jess even looked different- but I just wasn't feeling it. In fact, I felt almost angry by the end, ESPECIALLY beacuse she thought of sleeping with Schmidt. Really?? NO! no no no. With that said, I still managed to LOL a few times (chicken fight, youTHs, world's largest box of condoms, etc). But to go from the Landlord (funniest episode) to this one was a huge disappointment. I thought CeCe's boyfriend was stupid and pointless. Julia is hideous and miserable, (but I think that's intentional so we love the thought of Jess/Nick). This is by far my favorite show in a long time. Hopefully they'll get back on a cute-awkward-but-you-can't-help-but-love-her Jess kick.The dark, sexual vixen not wanting to make an emotional connection = BAD!


Am I the only one who notice the way Schmit look at Jess at the very beginning? I'm pretty sure he though she was adorable! That's why I almost thought that maybe Jess will really go to his room and do it even if my initial thought was CeCe had to be somewhere^^
As for Nick, well I don't really like his girlfriend...I mean, poor Nick, she didn't even gave him 5 minutes of her time!


I thought this episode was hilarious. Really fun and fresh, with emphasis on the fresh! Great writing, acting, and take on V- Day! Good stuff.


look like i'm the one enjoy this episode... wohooo i love how they make schmidt-cece "things" happen.. waiting for moreeee drama... i'm the biggest schmidt-cece pairing i quess the writer maybe make cece dissapear next week its always happen in the next episode when she and schmidt have interaction...

Lindsey kempton

Just to clarify, I love Friends and How I Met Your Mother! It's just that New Girl started out so quirky and different, I would hate to see it lose its unique sense of humor and over-the-top plot lines. @R - How would you review the episode? I'm curious what you thought of it!


Hit the nail on the head with this review!


Ok this is the second review I've read on this site that is nothing but complaining instead of reviewing the episode correctly.

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New Girl Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Schmidt: Where's your boyfriend?
CeCe: We're meeting up later because he has a little surprise for me.
Schmidt: Spoiler: it's his penis.

Julia: You did all the work wrong, though.
Nick: Yeah, I know I did.
Julia: That's okay.