New Girl Review: In Front of the Iron Curtain

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On New Girl this week, Brooklyn Decker guest-starred... Schmidt got shirtless... Winston actually got some...

... and, oh yeah, Nick and Jess made out. EEK!

Indeed, after a season-plus of teasing and hinting, "Cooler" finally brought together these two roommates in an especially moving, hilarious and appropriate manner. With Jess still dating Sam and Nick being, well, Nick, it's unclear what the future holds for this pair.

Will they date? Will they regret the kiss in the morning? Who knows. But let's leave the tomorrow for tomorrow. Today, in the case of this episode and how the big moment played out, it was perfect.

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To the sitcom's credit, it's never shied away from Jess and Nick as a potential couple. The chemistry between the actors and characters has been so clear from the beginning that Jess and Nick themselves have acknowledged how their feelings surpass mere friendship on more than one occasion.

But the timing hasn't been right and, let's face it, dating one's roommate is a big deal. It's a tricky situation. You need to be certain you're ready for it, you need to be sure of those feelings - or maybe you just need to be locked in a room with your half-naked close pal.

Except if you're Nick Miller, Romantic Extraordinaire.

While the obvious move here would have been for Jess and Nick to to quickly suck it up and French a little - a clear and present threat of tongue was required, after all - only to then give in to their desires and "do stuff" together (to quote Winston)... the show went in a different, heartfelt direction.

Nick didn't want their first kiss - something he's likely dreamed about, while wearing a women's trench coat, of course - to be part of contrived game. It shouldn't be forced, it should be natural. It should be passionate, not pressure-packed. Yes, Nick may be bitter and cynical when it comes to pretty much the entire world, but not when it comes to Jessica Day.

Yes, any Ness 'shipper (sorry) had to be thrilled with the way this storyline went and with the intense lip-lock that concluded the half hour. It was the ideal combination of heart and humor.

All that - and there was True American! Even if Nick and Jess had never swapped spit, this episode would have been an all-timer for the most ridiculous, hysterical game in modern television history.

I caught references to Joe Biden; Abu Nazir; secret tunnels; Amber Waves of Grain; Howard Dean's scream; and the Hawley Smoot Tariff Act.

I have no idea who came up with this concept, but to steal one from Liz Lemon: I want to go to there. Now.

An incredible episode all around. Funny, sentimental, character-building. Any time Brookyn Decker taking off her top doesn't even make a review, you know a show has done something right.

What did everyone else think? Are you happy Jess and Nick finally got to first base?


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Just saw this episode from my DVR. So awesome. Just a minor nitpick with the review - as usual, Brooklyn Decker sucked and yet gets mentioned, while Brenda Song, who absolutely killed it as Winston's new female friend, doesn't even get mentioned for guest starring?

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best episode EVER!!! finally they got together!!! tbh they seem like a couple already, she always goes to nick for everything....they say best relationships start from friendship


That kiss was freaking hot. It couldn't have been better timed. I may be reading too much into it but when Sam dropped the nick melon head (which was freaking hilarious BTW)the last shot of the broken melon head on the floor got me thinking...this is the start of a new nick. It may take a while, but it would only make sense if nick and jess got together after nick got his act together (go back to law school perhaps?)


Finalyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! Nick & Jess, I loved the ending. It was so unexpected. I wanted them to kiss in the game I was bummed when they didn't thinking they were never going to then out of nowhere he pulls her in and bammm! I loved how that played out. Nick & Jess made for each other.


I LOVE THIS SHOW!! This episode was perfect, Cece and her insecure date (and true-faux love declaration to Schimdt), Winston being speechless with girls because he wants it too much, lol (and being taught how to be more confident by his apparently new girlfriend!), True american with two unknown, crazy, awesome girls, Schnidty Schmidt, Jessica being bored, and of course Jessica and Nick! Waouw! Please New girl writers, keep up the good work!


Quite possibly my favorite New Girl episode to date. Winston got some time to shine, Schmidt's fainting had me laughing so hard I fell out of my chair, and Nick and Jess's kiss was perfect. I loved how he wouldn't kiss her in the game and how passionate it was. The last line too, that was some powerful stuff. Cannot wait for the next episode.


I think the clincher of the episode was Jake Johnson's flawless, powerful delivery of that last line..."I meant something like that." Going to rewatch now...

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