Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 19 “The Right Thing” (C)

Being the sitcom that it is, this show has featured a number of its characters’ parents to varying degrees of comedic effect. I would rank Schmidt’s mother towards the bottom of that group, since her Jewish mother impression was a highly uncreative one that did the entire episode a disservice. We’ve seen Schmidt shrink back into himself and cower in fear of the women he’s slept with, and now his mother makes him revert to childhood, eagerly putting on a sweater over a sweater he’s already wearing and preparing to write thank-you notes for his bar mitzvah so that he can use the money to invest with Nick in the bar. Jess sexting her date just before he died was bad enough, and going to the intimate ceremony after the funeral was plenty awkward. I liked seeing Fiona Gubelmann of “Wilfred” as the dead man’s girlfriend, who was quite oblivious to what was going on, and I think I would have enjoyed seeing more than just a glimpse of her reaction to Jess’ picture coming up on his phone. Winston bonding with his partner at the bar was fun, and I enjoyed his fast guesses as to what happened to her old partner that he suspected died and may have been shot by her. The line that had me laughing out loud was Nick’s invocation of “popsicle psychology,” or pop psychology for short. I almost wasn’t paying close enough attention later when Coach referenced the similarly but surely slightly different popcorn psychology.

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