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New Girl – Birthday (S3, Ep13)

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 NewGirl-Ep312_Birthday-Sc13_00255-featuredperfect, 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 New-Girl-Birthday-Episode-13-Season-3-–-TV-Revieware 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.

Other thoughts:

  • 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.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – Basketball (S3, Ep12)

I really enjoyed this week’s episode as it included a nice balance of everybody. Adding e3b5027720543b7a.newgirlCoach 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.

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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 newgirl-ep313_tbd-sc19_0495predictable 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.

Other thoughts:

  • 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?

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

 

New Girl – Clavado En Un Bar (S3, Ep11)

ng_311-12_0071What 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.

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Other thoughts:

  • 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’!

-Bryan

New Girl – Thanksgiving III (S3, Ep10)

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New Girl’s Thanksgiving episodes have always been enjoyable.  Not on a ‘Friends’ level, but they have the potential in getting there.  This wasn’t the best of the three, but a good outing nonetheless.

The balance between the characters was a little more clear, which I think has a lot to do with finding Coach’s voice a little bit more.  What helps this episode the most is making Nick the focal point, as Jake Johnson is just too funny for words.  From the first hilarious scene with Coach to the last sweet scene with everybody, Nick Miller has become this show’s rock, for better or for worse.

As the episode progressed it become way more messy, as Jess’s delirium came on way too quickly and with zero explanation.  Getting it from the fish didn’t seem to work and her getting separated in the woods with no real justification seemed stupid.  The Coach/Schmidt Cece plot definitely has some legs, especially given how good the actors are, but poor Winston.  He keeps getting throw away c plots.  Granted one of the funniest moments of the 22 minutes was his flashback to free pottery class excitement, he still is getting the short end of the plot stick.

This isn’t the best season, but the more these characters interact amongst themselves, the better the show seems to be getting.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – Longest Night Ever (S3, Ep9)

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A few quick thoughts about New Girl:

  • I love Coach, but he’s clearly pushing Winston to the sidelines.  Damon Wayans Jr. has so much to offer, but hopefully they can balance everybody.  They are doing a better job with Coach, as they are writing to DWJ’s strengths.
  • I guess we’ve officially made Winston the crazy person we’ve all seen for the past couple of weeks.  Scene like the ones in this week’s episode make that okay with me, as he and the crazy cat lady’s comedic chemistry was dead on.
  • I liked that Jess and Nick’s relationship was treated as status quo, as their were only a few moment of it.  The mini marriage talk was pretty funny.
  • Schimdt has definitely lost some his stock as being the best character on the show, so hopefully he cheers up soon.  The car stuff was a little too much.
  • This season isn’t as strong as season 2, but it’s still funny enough for me to keep coming back!

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – Menus (S3,Ep8)

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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.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – Coach (S3, Ep7)

NEW GIRL:  Jess (Zooey Deschanel, C), Nick (Jake Johnson, second from R), Schmidt (Max Greenfield, L) and Winston (Lamorne Morris, R) welcome Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr., second from L) back to the loft in the "Coach" episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 5 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Adam Taylor/FOX

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!!!!!

Keep On Watchin!

-Bryan

New Girl – Keaton (S3, Ep 6)

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New Girl found its footing again, by using a crazy circumstance (not as crazy as Winston) to highlight the emotional depth of these characters.

Schmidt, who hasn’t been at the top of his game, has had a fake pen pal relationship with Michael Keaton all of his life.  After his mom created this alias, Nick took over in college and it’s helped Schmidt through some tough times.  This lead to some great comic moments, including Jess’s Batman impression, Nick getting into character, and Schmidt flashbacks/story time.  But the heart to heart between Nick and Schmidt was a true winner.  It wasn’t the best we’ve ever seen, but it got back to basics pretty well.

The characters were all working together towards one goal and that made a huge difference.  Especially when the primary objective is positive, like helping Schmidt.  Jess and Nick were involved in a plot that didn’t focus on their dating life.  They just “were” and it worked well.

Other thoughts:

  • Winston’s Truman Show bit didn’t really work for me, but singing the puzzling song to pumpkin carving was a nice throw back.
  • This reminds me of how good season one’s Thanksgiving episode was two years ago.
  • Hopefully Schmidt’s move will facilitate a Coach comeback!

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – The Box (S3, Ep 5)

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I don’t think I understood this episode.  I mean, I understand what the purpose of it was for each of the characters (except Winston), but in the end it didn’t make sense.

Schmidt: So, Schmidt was trying to figure out if he was a good person or not? Then tried to become a good person? Then he tried to get somebody to tell him he was a good person? Then was beat up by a Bar Mitzvah class?  He was more obnoxious than funny. Most of the jewish references were funny, but Schmidt’s unfunny douche side came out in this episode.  I needed the jar for this one. Fortunately that doesn’t happen very often because it’s isn’t pleasant to watch.  And can somebody explain to me the ending?  So Winston, after a pretty normal episode, bought a candelabra to find a genie and ends up insincerely gifting it to Schmidt?  That made this plot line way worse.  I guess it’s a transition period for Schmidt, but at least make it more believable, funny, or well rounded.

Jess and Nick: I really liked the the start of the premise, but this story line reminded us of how afraid of reality Nick is in a big way.  It’s intention was to show us that Nick and Jess’s affection for each other can handle the most fundamental of issues, but I think it did the opposite.  It made me question, again, why Jess is with Nick and how long can it actually last.  The story went from funny to concerning, especially when Nick started to toss Jess’s bags out the window.  Can you imagine throwing your significant other’s accessories out the window while staying in a loving relationship? Oh boy.  The sentiment of him opening a checking account and her fighting the $8.00 processing fee was nice, but something was wrong with this episode scenario overall to even get to that point.  I don’t think I could get past just how irresponsible Nick is on a legal level, regardless of what we know about him up until this point.

Other thoughts:

  • When the bum with purses is your highlight, you’ve done something wrong.
  • “What are you trying to knit a mansion?”
  • A wasted John Lovitz cameo.
  • Every single one of Nick’s incorrect and confusing sayings were pretty great.
  • Again, poor Winston, just background with no story of his own, capped off with a ‘crazy town’ moment.
  • The mall sequence was pretty funny with the best going to Nick’s photo shoot.

The characters are too disconnected at this point.  The show works best when the four loft mates are all on the same page.  The plots have been too individual now that they’re breaking off into separate groups. It’s been an uneven season, so hopefully it can settle down in the next few weeks.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

New Girl – The Captain (S3, Ep4)

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That was great, perfectly balanced, and funny episode of New Girl.  By just having the four roommates interacting in the loft, the show went back to sitcom basics and it paid off in spade(d)s.  To start, it was nice to see the Jess and Nick relationship from the outside eyes of Winston and Schmidt, if only for a moment.

Winston: I feel as if they justified his crazy a little bit this week, as we saw some of his rational side creep through.  He is reacting to being a third wheel and trying to be ignorant of what is going on in the loft with Nick and Jess.  Winston, putting all of his energy into getting his cat laid, was pretty funny this week.  It was nice to see him transition into the loft meeting leader, reminding us that he may still be the most sane person there.

Nick and Jess: Their scenes together were perfect this week.  They seemed to hold more weight than just ‘funny’.  What seemed to just be Schmidt getting into their heads became more.  I love the revelation that sharing feelings can feel good and boy does Nick fall into it.  It just worked.  Seeing them happy doesn’t have to be a bad thing for the show.  I also love cellos, Nick.

Schmidt: Schmidt, the douche, was fun to watch this week.  His sadness, taken out on the loft couple, leading him to attempt to make amends is a good first step.  Will he still try and break up Nick and Jess? Who knows, but let hope he will stay unhappy about it for a little while longer.

Other thoughts:

  • All of The Captain reactions were pretty amazing.
  • Highlight of the “helping Nick” montage? Papa Smurf.
  • I could watch Nick not be able to share his feelings all day long.
  • Winston, although still crazy, is always fun to watch.  His ignorance to how sexual he sounded was pretty great.
  • Let’s hope the writers can keep the Nick and Jess combo fresh.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan