Another great outing in this half of a season. It actually may be the best episode in this entire season 3. Great balance, great comedy, great cameos, and a wonderfully heartfelt ending.
The highlight for me was how much Coach and Winston have come along. The bake off was perfect, so I can only hope for more contests. They two actors work off each other really well. Their competitive nature and type of comedy really made their plot work.
Cece at the bar hasn’t been a great story line, but Schmidt helping her out may lead to a more enjoyable plot development there, but we’ll see. And then finally, Nick and Jess are working as a couple from a story telling aspect. The two of them were still featured as the leads this week, but never felt like they were taking over the story.
- I love Tran.
- Schmidt’s tag of showing his own movie was pretty great.
- Nick was especially hilarious trying to figure out what to do with her before the party.
- The other bar tender could be a nice addition.
- See You In Hell, Boomer!
- Winston being “bad” at the video. Too funny.
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I really enjoyed this week’s episode as it included a nice balance of everybody. Adding Coach back could have been a major issue, but they’ve been handling the screen time well.
Everybody wasn’t ridiculous and over the top, which was a nice break from crazy Winston and wacky Coach. They all seemed more or less grounded. It was a great way to explore the fact that Coach is more of a ‘dude’ then the other guys by getting Jess involved. While his personality shifts here and there, overall it has stay pretty intact and the combination of all the different sides works here.
Jess and Nick are weird, but it’s funny as was demonstrated in their sexy dancing and team fued. All of the sexless nights brought on by a sports rivalry is both hilarious and realistic. Going back and forth from Bulls to Pistons and Nick not allowing her in the bed was a pretty great gag. It was, of course topped by Nick’s need to develop his throw away camera selfies.
Winston at Schimdt’s work place fell a little flat, even though it brings us to his desire to be a cop. On the other hand, Schmidt and old Ed was pretty entertaining. Sure it was predictable that Ed was going to steal the micro-marketing idea, but it all played out to our advantage. I hope that he becomes our favorite Hebrew’s new mortal enemy. I’d be up for that. Old versus young. Schimdt versus the Warden/General Collins.
- Cece working at the bar makes it so much easier for her to be involved in all of their conversations.
- Coach and Nick’s conversation about the things in their heads that Jess would like was the highlight for me.
- Jess is right. It should basketsball.
- Anything involving Jess watching with Coach was really funny. Her cheering and commenting was pretty excellent.
- Who knew Powerpoint could be so funny?! (I mean, I guess I knew. Never thought about it)
- Jess’s description of her way in with all the guys was pretty dead on.
I’m pretty happy post new year with New Girl. How about you?
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What a refreshing new start to the second half of New Girl’s 2014 run of its third season.
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.
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It seems like everything is getting better for Jess and Company. I mean, it looks like things are getting better for us as weekly viewers of Jess and Company.
Now that Damien Wayans Jr is joining the cast full time this season, the writers have more time to figure out how to integrate him back into the group. It worked better this week than last, but there is a still a way to go. Winston seems to be closer and closer to the margins of the show and with the reentrance of Coach, it seems they are going to need to reel him back before he’s obsolete.
While the small bits with Schmidt worked pretty well this week, something feels off with him not in the heart of all the action. I’m willing to see what the writers can do to incorporate him into the shenanigans while using his new apartment as a story point.
And what a weird Cece cameo this week. Still, it was pretty funny and might be setting something up with Coach and her? Who knows, but as long as Damien Wayans Jr gets to be hilarious, I’m in!
Jess’s scenes with the Chinese restaurant owner worked really well and the final scene on the beach was really elegant. It’s that moment in which Jess, wearing the hot dog hat, looks on at her boys, happy that they’re in her life. It’s why we watch this show.
Oh, and HUGE props for the Jason Street joke.
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Welcome back Coach!
I am really excited to have Coach join back up with our favorite loft mates! Damon Wayans Jr is a huge asset for any show to have and we get him back on our favorite. While he was still written a little broad and a bit awkward fitting back in, the comedy was there and everything else will come with time. (Damon Wayans Jr is back for the whole season!)
Recently, I haven’t been onboard will all of the Jess/Nick storylines and this week was no exception. Nick’s immature nature, when hurting other people, isn’t as funny as when it’s self deprecating. Jess knows better than what he brings to the table, but the GF/BF titles we’re a weird thing to fight about when they had clearly made a decision. I understand that certain friends can bring something unlike yourself out in you (Coach bringing out the macho man in Nick was funny), but it doesn’t serve the comedy between Jess and Nick.
I’m sure we’ll get more with Coach and how he needs to reintegrate back into the group. Choosing to have him not be mad at everybody for kicking him out to make room for Winston and just plain forgetting Jess worked for his first time back. Hopefully his return doesn’t make Winston SUPER CRAZY.
But before I stop, I have to talk about how good Taye Diggs was playing a mockable version of himself. He nailed it and was the highlight of an above average episode.
Bring on more Coach!!!!!
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