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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: “Teachers”

First things first: If, prior to watching this episode, someone said that “Teachers” would feature a roommate who doesn’t know how to do laundry and doesn’t know how to use a ruler, who would you guess? Nick, right? Right! Instead, it’s Schmidt and Winston, respectively, and it’s two character decisions that throw me off but… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: “Goldmine”

By rearing back on the Nick/Jess drama that took over much of Season 3 of New Girl, Season 4 has mostly returned to form — it’s been weird as hell, sure, but it’s been goofy, funny, and emotional as well. It has also, definitely, been helped by this season’s commitment to focusing on all of the roommates instead of just our two main characters. This latter development is in play in “Goldmine” as Winston, Coach, Cece, and Schmidt all get fun little storylines but the former has taken a step back with a A-plot that’s a little too focused on Nick and Jess. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: “Background Check”

Season 4 of New Girl has been weird in regards to both the quality and the content of the episodes. For what it’s worth, it’s been a good season thus far — none of the episodes have been bad — but it’s been an interesting mix of episodes that have the unfortunate duty of trying to repair the ups and downs of Season 3 and trying to repair the weakened friendship between Nick and Jess. It’s also been weird just in terms of plots: Jess’ father dates her high school nemesis, Jess dates a guy with a micro penis, and, last night, Jess has a bag of meth in her closet. What? … Read More

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8 Memorable ‘Say Anything’ Parodies on Television

The latest episode of New Girl, “Landline,” ended with a throwaway gag involving Winston’s girlfriend Judy trying to get him back after Nick’s meddling accidentally broke the couple up. Judy shows up at the loft, hoists a boombox over her head, and plays “Levon.” It’s an obvious riff on a scene from 1989′s Say Anything… in which Lloyd Dobler tries to win over his longtime crush Diane Court by holding up a boombox that’s blasting “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. The scene is pure cheese and earnestness, but it has become iconic. New Girl isn’t the first television show to reference Lloyd’s bumbling display of love, and it definitely won’t be the last. Here are eight other homages (and parodies) of the infamous scene. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Landline”

One of the most admirable traits of New Girl is how the show takes a simplistic and silly plot about nothing — like, say, installing a landline in the apartment — and effortlessly transforms it into something deeper and more emotional, and something that speaks volumes about a character’s serious concerns — such as Nick feeling left out because Schmidt is busy with work and Winston is busy with the police academy.  … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: “Micro”

“Micro” is an episode that doesn’t necessarily go anywhere but it also doesn’t necessarily have to. It’s a thin setup built around a universal but fairly tame theme — basically that everyone is shallow, even if they claim they aren’t — and it quickly proves its own point. It’s the most underwritten of the short Season 4 so far but it’s still a pretty good and definitely funny episode. Not everything in New Girl has to be groundbreaking (to be honest, very little is) and the show succeeds with smaller plots, too, even if that plot seems like it only exists to see how often you can write the word “micropenis” into a single script. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister”

Last week, I mentioned how great it is that New Girl routinely switches up the pairings on the show, dividing up the characters in fresh ways instead of keeping the same people together week after week. “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister” is another example, though the pairing doesn’t work as well as last week. In the main, emotion-driven story is Jess and Cece are paired up as Jess comes to terms with her father’s new relationship while the sillier and funnier subplot has the guys in a more sitcom-y environment as they accidentally sabotage one of Schmidt’s job interviews. (It’s actually pretty similar to the group at Winston’s BBQ.) The storylines aren’t equal but they’re both lovely in their own way. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: “Dice”

One of the big reasons I’ve been looking forward to Season 4 of New Girl, besides the continued exploration of the Nick/Jess break-up, is that we finally get a season when all of the characters are single at the same time. Relationships can obviously be good for sitcoms but it’s the awful awkwardness of the dating scene that provides the most laughs, especially when everyone involved can barely be considered adults. In “Dice,” it’s Jess who dives back into the dating world and, of course, she’s not very good at it.  … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: John Oliver Successfully Woos Scotland

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, TV shows do the rom-com thing with varying degrees of success. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “The Last Wedding”

Jess and Nick were never the heart of New Girl. For a while they appeared to be as they took over the majority of Season 3 with the beginnings of their romantic relationship and then the end of it. They were often the core of the show — Jess is, after all, the titular New Girl — but it was clear from day one that this sitcom works better as an ensemble piece. The roommates as one collective group (and I include Cece in this even though she’s still vastly underused) are the real heart of New Girl. The friendship is what keeps the show afloat and what keeps me coming back, as evidenced by this season premiere. … Read More

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