Friday, November 15, 2013

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 8 “Menus” (B+)

This episode was overall quite entertaining, but I’m not sure that I like the idea of having Coach around for good. I believe that Damon Wayans, Jr. is slated for a six-episode stint, but that may be too long, since having him around demonstrates that Nick and Schmidt are loud enough for the whole loft. For all the mockery that Winston has endured for his lack of plotlines, it’s actually productive to have someone in the background who isn’t too prominent or showy. I am intrigued by the notion of him dating Cece, although I of course was far more excited about one of my favorite things in television: when two characters who rarely interact spend time together. Nick tricking Cece into bringing him takeout and then tipping her was fantastic, and her reaction to the whole thing made it even better. Schmidt dancing unwillingly to the music playing during Coach’s workout session with Nick and trying to install a camera in the loft so that he wouldn’t miss out on anything was amusing, and I hope that Coach’s inevitable departure will mean that Schmidt can move back in to his old room. Jess not getting approval for her beach field trip was a terrific impetus for her to launch a war against the Chinese place and its many menus. Driving away all the customers only to find out that Charles would be fired was funny, but the episode’s best moment was Jess’ endlessly awkward reaction to Brian telling her that she was pretty.

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