Thursday, February 6, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl (Superbowl Episodes)

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 14 “Prince” (B-)

I understand that there’s a certain monumental component to airing after the Superbowl that necessitates making even a show as relatively relatable as this more accessible to the average viewer. It’s always been seen as a way to attract people to a show they might not otherwise watch, though I’m not sure that would happen as a result of this episode. I’ll also note that I’ve never been a fan of Prince’s and have no connection whatsoever to him, and therefore most of the references and moments featuring him didn’t do much for me. As an instance of stunt casting, however, it was most effective as a way for Jess to slowly process how she felt about Nick and be able to say it back after her embarrassing finger guns moment. It was also entertaining to see Coach and Winston pull off their “Fire and Ice” move to get the bouncer to let them into the party, while Schmidt and Nick’s subsequent act was a miserable failure that left Schmidt outside while Nick Trojan horsed his way in. Schmidt buying a $2000 suit for the party and insulting Nick’s cargo pants was funny, and it’s good to see that Schmidt recognizes the value of his loft-dwelling friends. The best part of this uneven episode was the hinting of a reconciliation between Schmidt and Cece. It’s been building for a while now, and seeing Schmidt cozy up to her to avoid the bouncer chasing him and nonchalantly greeting her boobs was a welcome and intimate moment that will hopefully lead to more romance in the near future.

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