Saturday, January 25, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 13 “Birthday” (C+)

I’ve been a staunch defender of this show, particularly its decision to have Nick and Jess start dating. So far this season, I’ve been relatively pleased if disappointed a few times. This episode, however, illustrates just what is wrong with it, and demands that things be rectified before it moves forward so that this can once again become one of the funniest sitcoms on television. The fact that Nick isn’t capable of thinking about other people is no big surprise. Planning a surprise party was a monumental enough move for him that he should hardly be expected to come up with other activities for the day in the time running up to the party. Yet that’s dwelled on for such a long time, and it’s where his character becomes all too literal, which is quickly tiring. In the meantime, Winston and Coach took the traditional Winston route and had their very own plotline, both striving to out-cake each other in a major cooking competition that results in a combined-cake draw. It didn’t have much of a purpose in my mind, and as a result seemed like an unnecessary focus for so long. It baffles me that Cece continues to be employed as a bartender, especially after her angry coworker listed off reasons for her to be fired and declared her to be unattractive to him, but I suppose that having Schmidt sit at the bar and explain to her how drinks were made was sweet. I’m almost positive that it will lead to them sleeping together again, and while that’s not what Cece wants now, I think it will be an excellent and awesome resolution.

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