New Girl Review: Prank Sinatra

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This week's New Girl put an interesting spin on Jess and the gang.

When a group of really young 20-somethings trying to figure out life move in next door, Jess and friends are no longer the young, crazy 20-somethings trying to find themselves, they're the late 20-somethings (or 30, in Nick's case) showing their age.

Jess Tries to Fit In

There were a lot of great New Girl quotes in "Neighbors, but I thought the plot brought out Jess' most annoying side. I usually love her twee-ness, but her imitating 80s catch lines was too much for me.

I do adore the idea of a pop culture standard being lost on a younger generation, though. Like that time in eighth grade when all my friends thought “I Can't Get No Satisfaction” was a Britney Spears original.

The guys were in rare form this week. They were all hilarious, and in an even rarer twist, Winston and Nick outshone Schmidt. Of course, Schmidt's delivery was flawless, but Nick's prank vendetta was amazing. And he came in under budget! His best prank? Schmidt's disgustingly high-waisted pants. The reveal was perfect. I couldn't stop laughing.

After seeing Nick's dedication, Winston realizes that he needs to commit to his passion. His “promotion” was well deserved, but his best bit this week was his inability to come up with the perfect prank.

New Girl Season 2 has started off with a solid string of episodes and the possibilities for the rest of the season are limitless. What do you want to see happen?


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (68 Votes)
Drea xoxo

i was bored of the episode, thought it could have been dropped from the series tbh, they forced the 20 somethings characters and made them unrealistic. they made jess seem more annoying than usual, as in it wasn't funny annoying it was actually really annoying.
Overall its a forgettable episode and has ruined the flow from the previous episodes. however @guest made a valid point that despite for new girl standards this episode was poor, compared to other shows it was a 4.5/5


SMS, I wasn't sure why this was one of my least favorite episodes. I think you summed it up for me. Why didn't Jess stand up for Schmidt? And why did either of them care what these young kids thought of them? Yeah, poor Schmidt had a rough night. Still, even the worst episode of New Girl is better than an ordinary episode of most shows. ;-)


I didn't like the episode


totally agree! i often find jess to be the most annoying character and last night was no exception. the guys were all hilarious and the pants rocked! only thing missing was cece.


Worst episode EVER. Schmidt is like my kids, the family can make fun of him but not spoiled, self indulgent, low lifes are going to and why didn't Jess stand up for him. Winston and Nick knew these idiots were not worth their time. Where was CeCe? I didn't mind Jess's attempts to do 80 sitcom voices and should not apologize because they didn't recognize them. Sorry Schmidt should not be the target for every mean spirited joke, it's not funny.

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New Girl Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

If I had a dollar for every person I couldn't hang out with because they hate Schmidt, I'd be rich. Like fill my gas tank up all the way rich.


If you track my trajectory I'm gonna live to a 123 years old. Hello, Robot Sex.