Sunday, March 8, 2015

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 18 “Walk of Shame” (B-)

It’s not surprising that this show would feature an episode about a walk of shame, and though it’s not the most sophisticated topic it has entertained in the past, it’s still fun to see Jess and Cece just being girls together and sharing in an unfortunate experience. Strangely, of course, it wasn’t left at that, and though both probably could have used a night of meaningless sex to get their minds off of the men who currently hold an unfair grip on their emotions, that’s not what happened. Instead, Jess choreographed a pretty sizeable and impressive musical with Josh Gad’s Bearclaw while Cece also enjoyed a night of non-romance thanks to her unintentional self-sabotage, calling her would-be hook-up Schmidt multiple times. That they would run into Justin Long’s Paul, who was in a very different place in life that Jess assumed, made it even more awkward and relatively funny. I wasn’t as fond of Coach trying hard to fit in with his intellectual girlfriend only to fail miserably time and time again, but it was most worthwhile for Nick and Winston showing up dressed nicely, ready to wage mental warfare with Coach and Schmidt for trying to disown them and keep them away from any sign of sophistication. The dynamic of this group is what always makes this show work best, and sometimes I wish it didn’t feel like it was quite as forced. There’s plenty of personality to go around, and it doesn’t always have to be a stark divide between Schmidt as the proper one and everyone else as less able to gel with their surroundings.

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