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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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‘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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