Saturday, October 11, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 4 “Micro” (C-)

As I was putting the finishing touches on my long-delayed AFT Awards for this year, I saw that last year I awarded Best Writing in a Comedy Series to this show for its “Quick Hardening Caulk” episode. Its title is so enormously suggestive that it would seem impossible that it could be a subtle, completely hilarious half-hour, yet that’s exactly what it was. This installment was the polar opposite, unable to stifle any of its immature concepts and to make them play out in a positive or enjoyable way on screen. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that the men on this show judge women by the size of their breasts, and Jess being shocked about this doesn’t track with how long she’s known her roommates. As if her bold attempt to prove that she wasn’t shallow wasn’t ill-advised enough, the fact that she met someone who happened to have a micropenis and didn’t mind talking about it was just absurd and dumb. That plotline tanked exactly the way that it should have and doesn’t deserve any further mention. Cece and Winston tricking Coach and Schmidt into modeling wasn’t much funnier, though I guess it’s at least a bit amusing to think that Coach got his revenge on them by forcing them to keep up Schmidt’s self-esteem by paying out of their own pockets both to put up his ad and to give him what he should have been paid for it. I expect much better from this show next time.

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