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New Girl Review: Not Okay

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Like the panicky ex-couple at its center, New Girl seems unsure of what to do with itself these days.

After spending an uneven first half of the season fishing for plot conflicts, New Girl Season 3 started coming together over the last few months, evolving into a clever, sweet paean to the pleasures of being content with a perfectly imperfect romantic relationship.

New Girl Season 3 Episode 20 blew that conceit up with an out-of-nowhere (and none too sensible) break-up, of course.

But though I was disappointed, I can't have been the only one who thought the break-up would at least herald a return to New Girl Season 2-style emotional pyrotechnics between the series's two star-crossed-ish lovers, the motor that always powered this show.

New Girl Season 3 Episode 21 seemed to be a statement of purpose about what to expect from the post-Ness/ Jick show, and unfortunately, it wasn't a jump back to the show's New Girl Season 2 glory days.

Rather, it seemed like the break-up has made the show hop all the way back to the often confused and convoluted world of New Girl Season 1, where jokes and New Girl quotes often didn't quite connect, plot threads appeared and disappeared at random and deep feelings were conveyed almost exclusively via monologue.

I feel a little bad for ragging on New Girl for reverting to the "Beautiful, Wacky People Having a Hard Time Solving Fairly Simple Problems" plot formula - our entire sitcom culture is built on Beautiful, Wacky People who can barely open a can of tuna, and it has served us very well through the decades, if I do say so.

But New Girl had the opportunity to show us how two of those wacky, beautiful people found each other and stayed together... and I think that they were beginning to succeed at it even.

The show had a chance to step away from the romantic theatrics that typifiy a lot of recent sitcoms (like the last few seasons of How I Met Your Mother) and build unique comedy out of the ways two very different people struggle to build a life together.

It's not just a missed opportunity to break new comedy ground; it's one that I think would have served the show better than putting Nick and Jess on the "break up, make up" carousel that they seem headed for.

It certainly doesn't help that their reasons for breaking up were even more absurd than all those reasons they trotted out over the course of New Girl Season 2 to keep from getting together.

Those two maniacs complemented each other in their madness; a double-Jess or double-Nick relationship seems like an actual waking nightmare (and a terribly boring show).

So tell me:

Where can New Girl possibly go now?

 

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Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Drea xoxo

Silly why they broke up but i spose that does happen in real life.....
Just want schmidt and cece now, screw everything else now. was hilarious the scene where he was waiting outside wondering what they were talking about

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I didn't think there was a whole lot wrong with the episode. There was tension that both of them felt and it made not have made a lot of sense, but they just felt like dating got too hard. Jess said she couldn't always say what she was really thinking or they would be fighting all the time. Eventually that gets exhausting. I thought the awkwardness was pretty funny. I loved Nick talking to the guy on the bench. His one-sided interaction with him is always pretty funny. I'm sure they'll get back together soon enough. It's obvious they love each other. They'll realize it in due time. I think this is to be expected from most comedies, whether we like it or not. It's the norm. On a positive note, Winston and Schmidt had some pretty funny lines in this episode. I loved the way Winston yawns and Coach just staring at him and Jess staring and smiling at Coach. And Schmidt's reaction to the break up was classic Schmidt. I think the show is still funny and will continue to get better.

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So now that they're following standard comedy writing 101, we can just skip watching this next "filler" part, because in the winter premiere they'll probably sleep together at Schmidt and Cece's wedding and Jess will get pregnant. :::sigh::: I really thought this show was going to be different, and I'm already bored. The break up was so contrived, and they can't even give me a reason to watch the last 2 episodes for something FUN. I'm not even compelled to watch for the other characters, since they've done nothing to get me invested in their lives this season. I never thought I'd be this disinterested in New Girl. :-(

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I think the writers just gave up too easily and I started to care less and less about the show since episode 20... now it is little and I will probably quit soon.

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I agree. But while I thought it was a good episode in that it was funny and sweet, it's gonna be hard to try and move on from how badly I think the break up was worked into the show. I’m also bothered with what seems to be the consensus from leaks and comments made by the show's creator and team, that this break up is going to continue well into next season while N&J inexplicably continue to live together, and eventually try to date other people. I lived through Moonlighting. I KNOW what it is to see the most amazing show and chemistry between two characters completely go down in flames due to poor writing and bad choices by the show’s team. I really don’t want NG to end up like that. I just can’t imagine how two 30+yr olds can continue to live together and move on from each other if they’re truly in love. And I agree 100% that this break-up came completely out of nowhere and has got to be one of the worst ideas they could have ever come up with. They have nothing in common, and yet fell in love ANYWAY. Why is THAT not the more important notion of their relationship that they should focus on? They could've just made it all a really big fight of sorts that would last until the season finale, giving us some good angst and a whole lot of built up passion. But no. They went THIS route. I so wish they hadn't.

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I agree. But while I thought it was a good episode in that it was funny and sweet, it's gonna be hard to try and move on from how badly I think the break up was worked into the show. I’m also bothered with what seems to be the consensus from leaks and comments made by the show's creator and team, that this break up is going to continue well into next season while N&J inexplicably continue to live together, and eventually try to date other people. I lived through Moonlighting. I KNOW what it is to see the most amazing show and chemistry between two characters completely go down in flames due to poor writing and bad choices by the show’s team. I really don’t want NG to end up like that. I just can’t imagine how two 30+yr olds can continue to live together and move on from each other if they’re truly in love. And I agree 100% that this break-up came completely out of nowhere and has got to be one of the worst ideas they could have ever come up with. They have nothing in common, and yet fell in love ANYWAY. Why is THAT not the more important notion of their relationship that they should focus on? They could've just made it all a really big fight of sorts that would last until the season finale, giving us some good angst and a whole lot of built up passion. But no. They went THIS route. I so wish they hadn't.

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New Girl had a chance to "build unique comedy out of the ways two very different people struggle to build a life together." I thought we were going to see this with Mindy and Danny too but we got dealt the same card. It appears too difficult for writers to think out long term relationship opportunities and work hilarious moments into that.

New Girl Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

Nick: I know where you live!
Jess: And I live where you live!

Boob season's over, for you!

Jess
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