Friday, May 4, 2012

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 1, Episode 23 “Backslide” (B+)

This episode is a shining example of how this show, in less than a season, has become truly endearing and established a magnificent and rich cast of characters. For one thing, this installment was a direct continuation of last week’s events, maintaining the running joke of Schmidt’s broken penis and picking up the pieces after both Jess and Nick allowed their relationships to take unfortunate turns. Jess backsliding to Paul was a genuine surprise, but not nearly as much as the revelation that he had a girlfriend. Her definition as Asian Jess was quite funny, and I like how Jess managed to orchestrate a heavily awkward yet still successful proposal after her accidental act of infidelity. Nick being forced to watch the videotape made by a horrifically bearded version of himself made specifically for Future Nick was entertaining, and I enjoyed the fact that the pauses in the videotape were long enough for him to have a full-on conversation with the screen. Nick deciding to move in with Caroline and so defiantly telling Jess is a big deal, and an unusual dramatic turn for this relatively light show. It’s definitely the kind of event designed for season finales. Schmidt and Cece realizing that emotional intimacy turns him on and causes his broken penis enormous pain was hilarious, as were Cece’s efforts to dress as unattractively as possible to avoid spiking Schmidt’s excitement. I’m very happy for the unlikely couple, and I look forward to seeing more of them together as they grow closer to a real relationship.

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