Friday, February 28, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 17 “Sister II” (B)

I didn’t think this episode was as solid as last week’s, but I do love having Linda Cardellini’s Abby around. I was even more excited to see that next week’s installment is titled “Sister III,” which means she’ll be sticking around for a little bit more. She’s such a fantastic counterpoint to Jess, though of course in this episode she concerned herself much more with twisting and manipulating Schmidt to her every whim. This isn’t the first time he’s been in a subservient position where he listed exclusively to what a powerful woman told him to do, though Abby is probably the most extreme person he’s been with, mainly because she’s so close to one of his best friends. His cooking moment was one thing, but asking Jess to borrow her glasses so that they could role-play as her and Nick, with him playing Jess, was quite extreme. Deciding to move in with Schmidt to rile Jess up even more after she put the effort in to find her an apartment was vicious, and that’s obviously not going to last too long. Nick trying to babysit Abby failed quite miserably, and watching him try to follow Jess’ script with very little success was amusing. Coach trying to help Winston to discover what he actually wanted to do was the most productive use of Coach in a while, and also a good way to emphasize the ridiculousness of Winston not remembering if he had turned the police academy test over to see if it had a back, only to be told that the test was on a computer.

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