It wasn’t overly funny, but it was nicely balanced and semi-thoughtful. The jokes that were included landed very well, especially from Lamorne Morris.
I know I’ve complained that Winston has been way too wack-a-do, and he has, but when it’s taken down a touch, it works. Coach’s intensity is a great compliment to Winston’s crazy intensity. The Winston story, from the Latvia league to his explanation of his “bridge burning” to not being able to choose a drink, he was my favorite part.
The episode was also full of wonderful little moments, such as the final one between Nick and Jess. Nick’s character can become a little unbelievable in how much he doesn’t care and that Jess actually would not be more put off by his lack of ambition. There was an entire episode dedicated to her attraction to him when he wanted to better himself. The last sequence and it’s bar reveal seemed to alleviate some of that lack of believability for the time being. Additionally, I like how the two functioned as individuals, as the plot didn’t have to be focused on their relationship.
- Was anybody else taken off guard that Coach randomly appeared 5 minutes into the episode?
- I LOVED the Coach and his stopwatch story. It was a nice touch to aid in his character building.
- Cece’s working at the bar now? Okay. Cool. It’ll be easier to write her into episodes.
- I hope we get a lot of Brian Posehn as the bio teacher. I love his stand up, but specifically his stint on Just Shoot Me year ago.
- Every Schmidt flashback since day one has painted such a wonderful picture of how he has evolved and it’s all very believable.
It wasn’t the best installment, but it’s an improvement over what has come recently.
Keep on Watchin’!