New Girl Review: Relationships are Scary

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We spent time with Honest Abe on New Girl this week. As well as honest Jess and honest Nick and honest Winston, as "Halloween" forced every roommate to confront his or her biggest fear.

No, not low thread count towels. Relationships and feelings. Those things can be scary!

The Halloween Discussion

Jess, for example, realized that she does have actual feelings for Sam beyond their adventures in No Pants City. After all, the guy is a doctor ("He cares about people for a living!")

But the giant scars painted on her haunted house-based face will heal a lot faster than the ones now covering her heart after she opened up to the pediatrician and was quickly dismissed. Are we being slowly set up here for Jess and Nick?

The latter also faced the frightening prospect of actually confronting his feelings, only this time they were in the negative sense. It takes a lot to tell a woman you don't like her, but painful lip biting will definitely do it.

With these two single, many in the New Girl universe will be pushing for the inevitable Nick and Jess hookup to take place in the very near future. But why mess with a good thing, which the show clearly has going for it now? Remember the lesson Nick learned tonight: it's easy to be let down by what you think you always wanted.

Elsewhere, I actually find puns incredibly sexy, so I'd totally date someone who reigned cats and dogs for Halloween. But I don't blame Winston for getting out of that sex-less relationship. Without intercourse, after all, a girlfriend is just a friend you buy meals for. Truer words have never been spoken by Schmidt.

Especially when it comes to Abraham Lincoln. I haven't thought about that ex-President once today!

I have a feeling many female viewers, however, will be thinking a whole lot about Schmidt's Plan B costume. The guy's thighs are like fleshy tree trunks, even Robbie couldn't help but be impressed. And even he must know that Cece and Schmidt are destined to be together again.

Overall, another terrific episode that balanced heart and humor. Visit our New Girl quotes section for a few of the evening's best gems and let's all try to think of what the heck Schmidt dresses as for Purim.


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Best episode ever! It was behind good. It was liked jess , cece and nick's customes. Schmith's custome yuck yuck yuck. Im glad Jess brokeup with that Ugly doctor. Nick in hunted house was the highlight of the show. Nick souldent had let Jess hit him back. Two wrongs dont make a right.


Wow - I'm surprised there was no discussion of what was almost inarguably the funniest scene in this episode - Nick in the haunted house. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. "This is my nightmare!!!"


I have a feeling what the New Girl people are doing is not the will they or won't they with Nick and Jess, but the should they or not phenomenon (and clearly neither of them are emotionally ready for that decision, they just need to be the people in the apartment the other feels they can be most confident with) and we need to be prepared in likely season 4 will be a lot of them over analyzing the situation and Jess discussing it with CeCe (who probably would tell Schmidt, which would lead to a lot of over dramatic Schmidt and Winston discussions, but I could actually see Schmidt saying to CeCe, I actually thought they were dating)


I was crying with laughter at Nick in the haunted house :D


Thank you writers, after suffering through two of the worst episodes EVER, you have returned to what makes this show so very funny. Jess costume was terrific (kudos to wardrobe and makeup). This episode had everything, Winston was a riot and I agree, reigning cats and dogs is grade school. I will miss Sam. I'm hoping Nick and Jess continue to have adventures and grow before romance hits. Both need it. Now we come to Schmidt and CeCe - perfect.


Nick in the hauned house had me laughing SO hard. Fantastic.
You know what New Girl...could you please give Wintston a decent story line!! Poor guy.
I'm glad Nick got rid of the lip bitter, but she was right in smacking him. He was very rude in how he told her he didn't like her kissing. She does have feelings you know Nick!
Poor Jess....but that's the way life is sometimes. I'm glad they aren't having her find her 'soulmate' in the first season and dragging that out (though I think we all know it's Nick). People's what happens (I'm talking to you CW!).


i hope Sam comes back. i started caring for him after that scene at the hospital.
poor jess


I thought this was one of the funnier episodes far. But how can you not even mention nick being so scared in the haunted house? That was hilarious!! The whole episode was really good. Schmidt is of course always ridiculously funny.

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New Girl Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Cece: I know you have more costumes in your closet.
Schmidt: Those costumes are for Purim.

Without sex, she's not your girlfriend. She's a friend you buy meals for.