New Girl

‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 21 Recap: “Panty Gate”

The penultimate episode of New Girl Season 4 has a lot of work to do in preparation for next week’s season finale. The two biggest things on the table right now are Schmidt and Cece’s non-relationship (the writers have been dancing around their reconciliation for a while now) and Coach’s certain, and second, departure from the loft (because of Damon Wayans Jr’s confirmed departure from the series). It also, I guess, has to do something with Jess, Nick, and Winston but that’s less pressing. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: “Par 5″

As we enter the final episodes of New Girl‘s fourth season, it’s been hard to view this season as a whole because it has often felt disjointed, varying in quality, and generally uneven when it comes to both the characters and the overall tone. There were many false starts, go-nowhere plots (Jess’ entire relationship with Ryan (Julian Morris) was so boring from the beginning that no one cared when he was swiftly kicked out of the picture), and plenty of funny, poignant episodes that were followed by lackluster duds. “Par 5″ is an odd little episode, one that feels a bit out of character for the show as it attempts to tackle a relevant and serious topic — the ongoing tension between police officers and black citizens — through its cheery sitcom lens.  … Read More

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New Girl Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “The Right Thing”

A popular television trope that I not only enjoy but actively look forward to is the “Parent Comes To Town” episode of a sitcom. These episodes are especially welcome a few seasons in when we get to see, through the parent, why a certain character is the way that he is. We’ve seen a few parents on New Girl already (most notably, Jess’ folks have appeared a couple of times) and this week, we meet Schmidt’s mother Louise (Nora Dunn) who pays a visit to the loft and temporarily disrupts the status quo. … Read More

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The Parents Television Council’s Most Hilariously Absurd Complaints

Prior to the premiere of WE tv’s Sex Box, the admittedly pretty tame and boring reality show wherein couples have sex in a box as a form of therapy, the Parents Television Council launched a national petition against the series. The petition demanded that Sex Box be removed from the American TV lineup and that the signees “do not support such outrageous, disgraceful content on television.” Obviously, it didn’t work — though it did result in a pretty great response from WE tv.

This wasn’t the first time the PTC tried to “inform” the masses about the depraved, offensive, sex-filled, expletive-laden horrors of pop culture. It’s literally all they do. Seriously, you can lose a whole afternoon clicking around the site to read their detailed warnings. Here are ten of the PTC’s most absurd complaints, from Gossip Girl to Glee to Scandal. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 18 Recap: “Walk of Shame”

If I have one constant gripe about New Girl, it’s that the series never gives Cece as much screen time as she deserves. Cece is such a rich character with plenty to be explored (and actress Hannah Simone has proven her comedic chops time and time again, making it even more ridiculous that Cece rarely gets anything to do outside of her will-they-again/won’t-they-again relationship with Schmidt). This season has given her a little bit more, with her job at the bar and return to get her degree, but I still want all Cece, all the time. That’s mostly solved this week as she’s paired up with Jess for the majority of the episode, as they both embark on a walk of shame. … Read More

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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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