Friday, March 14, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 19 “Fired Up” (B)

In the aftermath of Jess’ sister leaving, we have an installment that works okay on a few levels but doesn’t really wow on any of them. The strongest plotline was Jess hiring Coach as, you guessed it, a coach, and then being motivated by him to ask her boss if she could be promoted to vice principal, which in turn led to her having to fire her friend. Though the job theoretically requires a lot of paperwork and an ability to be cutthroat, Jess is well-suited to it because she thinks creatively, and I think it will ultimately be a positive step for her. Though he’s as fearsome as ever when he’s yelling at children, Coach is also a terrific fit for his new position, and his team seems to love him. Schmidt ending up with all of this stuff that he can’t store anywhere except for the store didn’t lead anywhere too fantastic, especially considering the fact that he got sued almost right away by a hapless walk-in who may or may not have purposely tripped over the lamp. Nick as a lawyer wasn’t nearly as entertaining as it should have been, but I did enjoy Winston’s casual attitude and his giving of a baseball card to the opposing counsel on the way out. Dating a foreign 20-year-old is at least an interesting next relationship move for Cece, but I don’t think it was worth the overbearing behavior of her boss Mike, who is usually justified in his abuse of Cece and her skill-free labor but here went a bit too far in his flirtation with the underage customer.

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