Time for round 2 of Katie reviews New Girl and people (my friends) read it (or pretend to). On to tonight’s episode: it was not one of my favorites mostly because it felt like there may have been some scenes left on the cutting room floor. It also provided a lower joke to minute ratio than most episode, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but this is a comedy.
This week was much more Cece heavy than last, which is great for all of you fans of boobs out there. The A story is that Cece (gasp), might be preggers! What a waste of a great body that would be! She originally tried to keep it from Schmidt, but since this is a sitcom he of course overheard it. We go through the phases of the pregnancy scare, ending with Schmidt actually planning to propose to Cece (double gasp! Okay now I’m out of breath). Luckily, she avoided the diaper train (a new euphemism I’m trying for being pregnant, shut up!) which is best for all of us. Whenever a sitcom throws a baby into the mix I tend to stop watching. Schmidt’s baby names were pretty priceless as well, the only one I can remember is “Schmearson” (is that bagel related or am I just hungry?).
The B story is that Jess is babysitting Russell’s daughter, and awkwardness commences. Now I will made no attempt to hide my utter contempt for child actors, but the girl who played Russell’s daughter in this episode was actually funny. Most of her lines actually made me laugh, and she was surprisingly genuine and not over the top. “Sarah: Do you and my Dad ever dry-lump? Jess: Uhhh..” Jess’s aims to entertain Sarah takes a turn when Sarah will not shut up about sex acts that do not exist (yet…), and proclaims her love for Nick. The best part of that exchange is when she asks Jess what she thinks of Nick and Jess says he’s cute in a “rumpled PI kind of way,” which is scarily accurate. Can’t you just see him in a fedora, tweed jacket and suspenders? Or is that just my own fantasy? Anyways, eventually Sarah’s mother comes to get her and is treated to a barrage of adult drama. Hopefully this does not hurt Jess and Russell’s relationship, but since he’s a guest star I’m gonna wager that it might.
The C story is all Winston, I enjoyed his work-related plotline last week (I’m glad he has more to do than his unemployed self did), and this week is no different. His fleeting, 5 second plot did garner some laughs; I have a feeling we’re going to get a lot of mileage out of Winston’s crazy boss. Basically the actual plot is: Winston gives his boss a ride. “I’m wearing a Cambodian woman’s shoes!” his boss says as he runs out of someone’s house in a hawaiian shirt for some reason? Basically his boss hates Michael Strahan whose show he was to be on later (The Stra-han Narrow!), and wanted to feel better about himself. Aww! Eventually Winston convinces him that he is good at yard sales, and he that is all it takes for him to feel better. And don’t forget Nick’s 4 second microplot, where it turns out the intellectual girl he’s dating is only 18! (only a few months away from being super ick).
The tag on tonight’s episode also bumped this episode’s rating in my opinion. Nick’s incredulity at “Italy on Ice” is priceless when he says “I never knew Italy was so much more than pizza, it’s so much more!” It makes me wonder if the scene was improvised, and if it was Nick (aka Jake M Johnson) is my new favorite person ever. Overall this was not one of New Girl’s best efforts, however I got some good laughs, and some good character development for both Cece and Schmidt.
Things that made me LOL:
“Have you done a 99? I think thats a tax form…”
(On Nick’s 18 year old gf) “She doesn’t even know what Netscape is. She thinks of Ice Cube as mainly an actor.”
“Your life is like gossip girl only everyone is old and poor!” and the follow up “There was a show like that. It was called Golden Girls, I’m Betty White, Schmidt’s Rue McClanahan..” Does that make Nick Bea Arthur?
Another classic Schmidtter (p.s. this is my new word for anything hilarious Schmidt says) “I don’t wanna impregnate the baby! We could have a russian nesting doll situation on our hands!” (Science?)
“I saw you grab 7 copies of speed on VHS for a fraction of the retail price!”
“I might as well call you indian in the cupboard cuz you put an indian in the c…” Jess was on fire with that one!