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New Girl Review: Is it "Real Apps" or "Relapse"?

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With a title like "Normal" and a track record that is anything but, this week’s New Girl had me thinking – what is this show’s "normal"? 

It’s difficult to nail New Girl down to anything except quirky and offbeat. Otherwise, pretty much everything is fair game. These loose rules (including not always adhering to social reality) allow the show to remain agile.

Plot-wise, New Girl could go anywhere, and I think that’s a good thing. So when an episode is titled "Normal", I have no idea what to expect. 

Drinking with Russell

As it turned out, "Normal" was pretty, well, normal - a standard episode of New Girl in tone and story. It was not nearly as absurd as last week’s, but we need to have a break from that every once and awhile to appreciate it when it re-emerges and throws the gang into a whirlwind of crazy. This week wasn’t so much a whirlwind as it was a gust.

And that gust carried Russell back in. You guys know I think Russell is boring and his chemistry with Jess is basically non-existent, but hanging out with the guys made him more likable. Some of their charisma bled on to him, that is until Nick accidentally stabbed Russell with the Real Apps prototype, and Russell bled all over their kitchen island.

For Nick, Real Apps was another failed attempt at growing up. Taking a break from chasing coeds, and once again inspired by Russell to become an adult, Nick tried to sharpen his entrepreneurial skills. It didn't end well. But with a name like "real apps" or "relapse", it’s no surprise that his (and Schmidt’s) invention didn’t propel Nick forward on his quest for maturity. 

Jess, however, has somehow become the most adult and most boring member of the group. Her relationship with Russell is stable and happy for now, despite their small fight this week, and she’s also the one telling the guys to be "normal".

It’s all on our New Girl quotes page if you don’t believe me. How the tables have turned. Still, we get glimpses of weird Jess hidden behind her giant hipster glasses. Oh, and there are her giant hipster glasses to remind us about that, too.

Happily, the other major plotline this week features Winston. He continued to develop as a character and landed his first adult job since returning from Latvia.

Ironically, it’s only with a tag team advice effort from old-and-wise Russell and young-and-wise Elvin that Winston managed to hold on to the job. Kareem Abdul Jabbar seems like an odd choice for a guest star, but at the same time it doesn't feel uncharacteristic for New Girl at all. Maybe even "normal".

Either way, I’m excited that Winston now has a new environment rich with plot potential to explore.

Stray Observations

  • No new developments on the CeCe and Schmidt front, except that Jess still needs time to fully adjust to their relationship.
  • I don’t fully understand it, but True American looks like possibly the greatest drinking game ever. If anyone drafts up a set of instructions and rules, send ‘em my way!
  • Rejoice Newbies! Fox renewed New Girl for a second season!

Review

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La rencontre avec la mouasrnfasa n'etait pas celle que tu croyais , pour ta question sur ma pre9sence tu trouveras la re9ponse sur mon blog mon passage e0 ton blog m'a fait plaisir . bonne continuation .

Egrey

True American sounds awesome. I loved it when Jess 'fought' with russell saying that wasn't the first stabbing in that month

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True American was definitely the best part of the episode. It's like calvin-ball, in that it is absurd and seems to borrow rules from a myriad of other vastly different games.

Moxiegirl44

There are few shows that make me laugh as hard and run for the stash of Depends as this show. TMI? Sorry - come on, admit you're going to think of it now. I claim copyright on that idea ...

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I liked this episode okay, but it really brought out how awful a match Jess and Russell are. Why wouldn't she be with someone more youthful? I'm 51 and I'd rather be with someone more youthful (not necessarily younger, just more youthful). Paul was a much better match. But this show was funny - the drinking game (you mean there really are rules?), the garbage disposal. Russell was a good sport about it all. I still hope he doesn't hang around for long.

Lindsey kempton

@GiveMeSomeWilsonBethel I posted the rules below. Enjoy!

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I soooo wanna play True American! It looked so funny! Give us the rules now and I'll be playing it all weekend! :)

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Rather than trying compare New Girl to a particular genre or 'norm', it may be better to think of it as just Jess being herself, speaking to our subconscious regardless of what everyone else thinks. Of course the audience looking in would see that as quirky, or beyond the reality, but wouldn't that be cool? What made me understand this series, was not limited to the scene between her and 'rich guy' when he mentioned his ex 'awkward'. What normally would have happened if we were in a situation like that, keep it to ourselves? Jess told him straight, she felt awkward and wanted more details on the ex, in her quirky way. Makes you think about the things you wouldn't do normally, but would wish you had done differently, because it's something you had on your mind. I think that there is no real fixation for New Girl, because it's something that breaks stereotypes and allows you to be that inner person you are fearful of being out loud.

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Did the thought cross your mind that New Girl could be someone who expresses her mind regardless of what situation she is in? I think rather than trying compare New Girl to a particular genre or 'norm', it may be better to think of it as just Jess being herself, speaking to our subconscious regardless of what everyone else thinks. Of course the audience looking in would see that as quirky, or beyond the reality, but wouldn't that be cool? What made me understand this series, was not limited to the scene between her and 'rich guy' when he mentioned his ex 'awkward'. What normally would have happened if we were in a situation like that, keep it to ourselves? Jess told him straight, she felt awkward and wanted more details on the ex, in her quirky way. Makes you think about the things you wouldn't do normally, but would wish you had done differently, because it's something you had on your mind. I think that there is no real fixation for New Girl, because it's something that breaks stereotypes and allows you to be that inner person you are fearful of being out loud.

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I really enjoyed this episode! The absurdity of the clogged garbage disposal scene made laugh aloud and the True American game was AWESOME. Russell did a great job of hanging with the guys and I liked that on the day after the game, he was totally hung over and the guys were fine. The RealApps phone stabbing scene was great, too! Really humanized Russell... Finally Winston got a real story! How funny was Abdul-Jabbar passing him the note "Get out now! Run! You will die here! Best, Abdul-Jabbar #33" during the job interview??? Wait - how funny was it that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in this episode at all??!! And Alvin to Winston: "It's 2012. Typing is not a special skill" - I'll miss that little owl in a shirt...

New Girl Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Winston: So nice to meet you, Mr. Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Can I sit on your shoulders?
Kareem: Sure!
Winston: Really?
Kareem: No!

Schmidt: Would you line up around the corner if the iPhone was called "the slippery germ brick"?
Nick: Yeah, I probably would actually.