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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 17 Recap: “Spiderhunt”

With Ryan out of the picture, this week’s episode of New Girl was bound to go one of two ways: Jess continues to wallow and the gang cheers her up in more elaborate ways, or the episode is a silly, silly diversion from the breakup in which Ryan’s name becomes as unsaid as Voldemort’s. Thankfully it’s the latter, in the form of a bottle episode that revolves around a Ridiculous Schmidt Quirk Everyone Humors (RSQEH). … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 16 Recap: “Oregon”

“Oregon” is the sort of road trip episode of New Girl. We don’t get the silly misadventures of the gang on various modes of transportation while trying to get from Point A to Point B (OK, we get one scene like that). But it does find everyone in a new place — Portland, Oregon to be exact — which launches them out of their comfort zone and forces them to interact with people they normally wouldn’t. With the escape from their normal lives, everyone has a bit more time to contemplate, leading to some revelations. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 15 Recap: “The Crawl”

Not since Parks and Rec‘s “Galentine’s Day” have I seen a Valentine’s Day-themed episode of anything that successfully plays the friendship card — until last night. “The Crawl” was an unfettered look at what it’s like when Nick Miller, anti-planner extraordinaire, calls the shots. And it was as glorious as a slightly contrived holiday-themed sitcom episode gets. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 14 Recap: “Swuit”

New Girl is a sitcom that has built up such good will that even when episodes are lackluster, they are never bad. And let’s be honest: There’s a lot of Season 4 that hasn’t lived up to the quality that we’ve come to expect from the show, instead being relatively solid episodes that fail to be memorable or to provide the sort of jokes that usually have viewers uncontrollably laughing. “Swuit” is a good example of that: Nothing is terrible, but there’s nothing that I want to quote to my friends or rehash on Wednesday morning. It’s an episode that shows how well the group works together, but we already know that, and there’s not much else happening. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 13 Recap: “Coming Out”

Like most other single-camera, niche-audience TV comedies in this age of the serialized drama, New Girl‘s challenge is to make every episode laugh-out-loud funny while also advancing the multiple season-long storylines that ensure the growth of its characters and the progression of their relationships. Whereas Seinfeld and Friends could thread two dozen self-contained 22-minute stories together with little more than a few in-jokes or one on-again-off-again romance (you know which one I mean), now we expect every major player to have his or her own compelling trajectory. (Imagine if we’d demanded that of Kramer!) And while New Girl often does a great job seamlessly integrating character development and big laughs, last night’s episode was almost entirely devoted to the former — and forgot to give us almost any of the latter. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 12 Recap: “Shark”

Whenever shows go on a break — and this is doubly so for a show that I adore and keep up with — I always realize that I love it more than I originally thought, solely because of its absence. And when it returns, I tend to automatically love the episode. I was expecting as much for “Shark,” especially because of the warm and fuzzy feelings that “LAXmas” left but, eh. It was an average episode, with a few laughs here and there, but it wasn’t anywhere near the series’ (or even this season’s) heights. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 11 Recap: “LAXmas”

New Girl is made for Christmas, always full of love, cheer, doe-eyes, and even some childlike wonder. The sitcom is biting at times but even then it retains its gooey sensibility by never forgetting what this series is really about: a group of romantically-challenged screw-ups who love each other fiercely, no matter what. They’re always going to go out of their way to encourage each other and while the episodes that focus on that might not be the funniest the series will ever put out, they’re still always great. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Girl Fight”

In many ways, “Girl Fight” is indicative of just how successful the New Girl writers have made this show during these past four seasons. It’s an episode that only works because of what we previously know about the characters but also because of what we like about the characters. Watching Jess and Cece fight would be just plain weird if we weren’t at least somewhat enamored of their friendship but because we are, that makes “Girl Fight” one of the better episodes this season. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 9 “Thanksgiving IV”

Continuing on New Girl‘s Season 4 trend, “Thanksgiving IV” heavily puts the emphasis on sex. So much so, in fact, that the roommates aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving but celebrating “Bangsgiving,” a holiday created by Schmidt — who else? — in which the roommates pick a name out of the hat and then bring a potential sex partner for that person. It’s obviously going to be a good episode.  … Read More

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