I sincerely believe that New Girl is a funny, clever ensemble comedy. I do. A show that was originally thought to be a vehicle to display Zooey Deschanel’s “adorkable” personality has, I think, quickly made it clear that that is not the case. I think anyone who stuck around for 3-5 episodes knows this.
What I love about New Girl is that it knows how to take advantage of the idea of four people with intensely different personalities all living together. The show has done a good job of developing characters so far, and while there’s still some work to be done (Hi, Winston!), overall they’ve created something smart and cool.
Jess is an inherently sweet and optimistic person. I think this episode really showed that Jess is someone who chooses to believe people are good, rather than just walking around in a bubble of sunshine, ignorant of the world around her. We saw this in her argument last week with Julia, and I think we saw it this week when she argued with Nick about whether the landlord was a good guy or not. Jess just wants to think the best of people until she’s proven wrong, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I guess Jess was fed up with Nick’s DIY fix-it jobs, because she went to see the landlord about some problems in their apartment. Jess probably should have bailed when she saw he was carving a shiv from a broomstick and fermenting liquor in the basement, but hey – at least he didn’t pull a Julia and say he’s “not a dessert person!” So Jess stuck around, and that was a mistake – turns out there’s only supposed to be three people living in the loft. The guys had a hilarious plan in place for this very situation, but they didn’t do a great job of convincing the landlord that Schmidt was a visiting foreigner. (What was that accent? He did not sound Pana…manian…? Panamanian.)
But Jess is nice, so not only did the landlord, Remy, let the roommate situation slide, he agreed to fix some things around the apartment. Nick, however, was convinced Remy was simply trying to get up Jess’s colorful polka-dot skirt.
Jess invited Remy for dinner as a thank you for his
doing his job help, and Nick changed his plans just so he could be there. At first, things seemed OK – Nick’s suspicions were all for naught, and he could finally loosen up and be nice to Remy. And then we got thrown a curveball – a pantless Remy revealed that he was open to a threesome!
What followed was wacky and hilarious – neither Jess nor Nick wanted to admit to being wrong, so they both pretended to go ahead with the threesome. They were dancing to music and getting neck massages from Remy, and it wasn’t until Jess had to kiss Nick that she called uncle.
I think what worked about this episode was that we’re not meant to believe that Jess is 100% Pollyanna. She’s just someone who believes that people will be nice to you if you’re nice to them. Nick is someone who thinks everyone sucks. The real world is likely somewhere in the middle.
Meanwhile, Schmidt was trying to decipher the mixed signals he was getting from his boss. This was just pure fun, and the icing on the cupcake was when Winston discovered Schmidt’s list of utterly obnoxious New Year’s resolutions from 2007. There were too many gems to count. Here are some:
What did you guys think of the episode? Check out my favorite quotes and moments, and share your own in the comments!
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