Sunday, April 14, 2013

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 2, Episode 22 “Bachelorette Party” (B+)

The setup for this episode wasn’t superb, mainly with the surprise guest at the bachelorette party, but it actually worked pretty well, even that particular plotline, aided by an unexpected humorous story that helped to ease plenty of tension. Cece’s engagement to Shivrang came quite quickly, but, like with Robbie before him, this show is actually making him into a compelling character rather than just a personality-free nemesis for Schmidt. As his own person, Shivrang is quite entertaining, particularly his response both to Nick and Winston’s initial request for a picture of his penis and what he perceived to be Cece’s desire to see it once he arrived at the party. Jess’ reaction to the news that it was Nick’s photo and not Shivrang’s was priceless, and I’m glad that happened. Winston’s continued violent intentions are funny, and I’m pleased to see him getting such great lines. It’s a treat to find out about one of Schmidt’s past relationships, and to see that Elizabeth is none other than Merritt Wever, an Emmy nominee this past year for her scene-stealing sarcastic work on “Nurse Jackie.” I’m hopeful that we’ll see more of her, and that it will provide more of a spotlight on the sentimental side of Schmidt rather than a return to Fat Schmidt, something I think that this show can live without.

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