Friday, November 8, 2013

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 7 “Coach” (B+)

What we got here was a tiny taste of what might have happened if Damon Wayans, Jr. hadn’t ducked out after the pilot because “Happy Endings” got renewed. Now that the ABC comedy has been cancelled, Wayans is free to return, and though this isn’t exactly what his character would have been like had stayed as a regular player, it’s still not entirely exciting. Though Winston rarely gets his own plotlines, having him be a quieter fourth character is part of what makes the show work. Nonetheless, this was a very funny half-hour, thanks mainly to the dynamic of those characters we do see every week. Jess’ reaction to Nick saying that they hadn’t had the “girlfriend/boyfriend” talk yet was priceless, and it led to entertaining attempts on both their parts to explore life without the other. Nick’s inability to comprehend which end of the phone was which was great, and Cece calling Taye Diggs’ suave coffee shop owner definitely spiced things up. Him getting naked and taking about threesomes in Brazil was a game changer, and I loved that Nick managed to knock him out with one blow while he was still preparing for what could have been an embarrassing showing by Nick. Winston losing his basketball nickname and trading it for his new “Bunny Money” nickname was fun, and this was a nice opportunity for Schmidt and Nick to restart their friendship while both purporting to still be mad at each other. The best moment of the episode was undoubtedly Schmidt’s assertion that “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is pro-Nazi propaganda, a fact highly disputed by one Nick Miller.

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