New Girl Review: Love Apples

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Hey guys, did you know that tomatoes were originally called "love apples?" Yeah, weird, but I think love apples is really what New Girl was getting at with this week’s episode title, "Tomatoes."

It all starts with Nick’s titular fruit (tomatoes are actually a fruit. That concludes all I know about tomatoes). He’s the odd man out – the only one of the gang not in a relationship – so he makes the logical decision to swear off women and grow tomatoes. It’s his attempt to sow love, a new kind of love that won’t disappoint him... but it’s a total failure. It brings him back to where he started at the beginning of the season, with Caroline and with Jess (in a way), but paradoxically bringing him happiness.

Jess & Russell Look For Passion

Jess, on the other hand, breaks up with Russell because there’s no passion in their relationship. As you guys know, I’ve been rooting for this ever since Russell appeared. He’s a total snoozefest, and I loved that New Girl, in another wink at the audience, acknowledged the fact that Jess and Russell had no chemistry. 

But as we saw tonight, there are different kinds of chemistry. Jess is looking for that spark, the tumultuous rollercoaster of a relationship that Russell had with Ouli and never wants again. Jess and Russell just didn’t have it, but Jess and Nick do. 

I think that’s the key to the connection we’ve been feeling all season between Nick and Jess – there’s a passion there, even a hatred at times. Sometimes, they flirt over the friendship boundary into relationship gray areas, but it never goes anywhere, or at least not yet. Do you guys think this seals the deal on a Jess and Nick hookup in season two?

While the revelation in Jess and Nick’s relationship was one of the cornerstones of "Tomatoes" for me, the other one was CeCe and Schmidt finally admitting their feelings for each other. Of course, Schmidt had to break his penis for it to happen (pretty sure that deserves a contribution to the jar), but I bet he feels it was worth it. His very short date with Nadia was probably the funniest moment of the night and produced the best New Girl quotes of the episode. 

Winston works hard to get some screen time this week, but he's only as an accessory to Nick’s plot. Winston and Shelby are apparently now deeply in love, something we have unfortunately never seen but have now heard a lot about. I would have preferred to see this blossoming relationship in an actual scene rather than just as a string of lines that Nick finds annoying, but keep trying writers – you’ll get Winston right one of these days!

Stray Observations

  • There are only two more episodes of New Girl left! What are we going to do for our weekly dose of Schmidt? We could always watch Schmidt's exercise video on repeat.
  • Do you guys think Jess and Russell’s lack of fire was all a setup for this episode? I don’t think it was entirely intentional, but it certainly was foreshadowing what was to come. 
  • I’m not really surprised no one wanted to date Nick and Winston’s combined dating profile "Ninston Biller". Throw some Schmidt in there and we’ll talk.
  • I’ve said this before, but I really hope Nadia sticks around. It’s true that her character exists entirely for Russian jokes, but I still laugh every time. That might make me a bad person...


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (112 Votes)

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Does anyone know the name of the song that was playing when Nick came out of his room and he and Jess and started to argue? I'm really trying to find the name of the song or the artist. Thank you


Schmidt needs to put a year's contribution in the Jar for breaking his penis Nadia. If he was going to break it, should have been with Cece. NOOOOO! Not Caroline again! Please start a "Doormat" jar for Nick where he can also contribute a year's worth of money. Winston needs to tell Nick it isn't the same thing. Nick was w/Caroline for 3 years while Winston just had a one-night stand with Shelby. COMPLETELY different relationship levels. Hilarious episode btw.


i think its pretty clear that jess has realized her feelings for nick....when she went to his room after breaking up with russell it was pretty obvious...then she got her feelings hurt that he had that dumb chick over...they will end up together...and it will be hilarious!!


So relieved they got rid of Russell. Their relationship never made sense. First he disliked her and she disliked him. Then suddenly he liked her for no apparent reason and she liked him. And he's old enough to be her father. That's okay for some women, but Jess is youthful and Russell was not. A good sport, yes, youthful, no. As a plot device, I think the writers overreached and hit a rare false note with this relationship.


I'm just curious as to what made the editor change their mind about Nick/jess, since around the threesome episode you didn't like it. Not that I'm complaining :)
This season is ending on Nick moving out to live with Caroline. Also, Nick seems aware of his attraction to Jess, he might not admit it, but in his body language I feel he knows it, as to Jess probably figured it out last episode with the shouting nice set up IMO.


(once again, maybe they should stop bringing famous people in the show so they can stay for more than 4 episodes?) so i just thought: come on jess..isnt that a stupid reason? just a little bit dramatic? And since when do jess and nick fight and shout at it eacher so bad? that was just too obvious - so jess says she wants passion and fights, and 1 min later she has that with Nick - ok we get it..


1) Cece and Schmidt - awesome and cute. Im just happy that Cece didnt just run away and be pissed of cause he slept with the russian (she is crazy) ! 2) I understand Nick tho. The Winston thing - well for me its not just about being annoyed cause Nick is not in a relationship, its just that Winston is annoying! i hate people who really talk about their boy/girlfriends for 24/7 . Yes its the beginning, but seriously it doesnt have to be soo annoying. Im with my boyfriend for ages now.. but i was never that annoying not even at the beginning. But i guess on tv shows its normal cause u have to be super duper in love and act stupid 3) the russell and Jess thing.. hm i love nick (how funny was it when he tried to water the tomatoes and shmashs them haha) BUT im not sure if Jess knows that passion doesnt always means to fight and shout at it other? cause its actually not. if u fight all the time its a shit relationship - i would say so. The whole Russell thing was just so quick (once again, maybe they should stop bringing famous people in the show so they can stay for more than 4 episodes?) so i just thought: come on jess..isnt that a stupid reason? just a little bit dramatic? And since when do jess and nick fight and shout at it eacher so bad? that was just too obvious - so jess says she wants passion and fights, and 1 min later she has that with Nick - ok we get it..


How adorable was little Jess!

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New Girl Season 1 Episode 22 Quotes

Schmidt: You like me? You like my personality?
CeCe: I was surprised, too.

Boobies. Girls with clean hair. Models eating sliders. Bernadette Peters on a high beam. Freshly baked bread.

Winston [teasing Schmidt]