Friday, January 16, 2015

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 13 “Coming Out” (C+)

File this one under theoretically funny but not practically productive. Coach encouraging Jess and Ryan to go public with their relationship so that he could replace Ryan as the desired hot guy at school was an ill-conceived plan from the start, and no possible good could have come from it. The fact that no teacher’s proposal for a field trip can anywhere close to being coherent and Ryan’s was full of creativity and energy was lamentable, and it signaled just how easy it is to rock the boat when it comes to Jess and Ryan’s relationship. The foliage-centered field trip that did end up happening was a disaster in every possible way, and I did chuckle at the notion that the teacher was merely having the students clean his own yard. I’m never too fond of plotlines involving hernias, which usually make me flash back to Joey getting a hernia on “Friends,” since I think that they feel forced and usually end up in the same place, which is to indicate that someone is working too much and a break is sorely needed. That was true for Schmidt, and evading Nick to go back to work didn’t exactly work out well for him as he found out he’s stuck forever in middle management mediocrity. The notion that Nick and his girlfriend just sit on the couch hanging out for days on end is intriguing and fascinating in a sense, but also very hard to believe. I’d like to see something a bit more substantial come of their romance soon.

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