Saturday, February 15, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 16 “Sister” (B+)

It’s great to see that yet another member of the Day family has been spectacularly cast. We’ve seen Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner a decent amount as her parents, and now we get Linda Cardellini, in all her anti-establishment glory, as her sister Abby. I enjoyed her initial interactions with the men in Jess’ life, and I’m glad to see her stick around for a bit and wreak plenty of havoc. I especially enjoyed Nick’s excitement about meeting her, which led to an equally pleasant meeting after Nick freaked out when he thought that Jess was embarrassed about him. Schmidt’s Bar Mitzvah crashing expedition didn’t go all that well, and it was moderately entertaining to see Jon Lovitz return as Rabbi Feiglin. The best part of that and any other Schmidt Jewish reference is Nick’s baffled response to any Jewish term. You’d think after so many years living with Schmidt he wouldn’t be so taken aback by a word like hamantaschen, but that does make his reaction hilarious every time. Wisnton and Bertie’s soup-centric dinner party was supremely awkward, mostly because of the fact that Coach and Cece’s one-night kiss came up as a topic of conversation since one of the two clearly couldn’t get over the reality that it led to nothing else. Watching them be physically awkward together as they tried to recreate the romance was amusing, mostly because they’re usually such put-together people who make their friends look uncool, and now they’re the ones who can’t seem to get the rhythm right.

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