Sunday, April 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 20 “Par 5” (C+)

This was an endearing enough episode, even if it was highly formulaic. Nick and Coach weren’t doing anything at all, which is disappointing since I feel like this show is usually at least firing on all cylinders in terms of giving its characters storylines. I haven’t been too fond of Fawn to this point despite liking Zoe Lister-Jones, and in this half-hour we got the chance to see her try to mold Jess to be more like her and then fall victim to true embarrassment which risks ruining her career. The golf course scenes reminded me of an early episode of “Scrubs” in which Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso both try to impart conflicting words of wisdom and life experiences on young J.D. In this far less funny case, Jess was the starry-eyed one unable to comprehend how things couldn’t just be simple, interested only in getting computers for her students and not networking for the sake of networking. There were a few humorous moments to be found, and it’s good to see Jess standing up for what she believes in. Cece having to put oil on Schmidt was a bit much, but fortunately that was turned immediately into something else with the unfortunate discovery that he got the bronzer with the glitter. Winston trying to date someone who hates cops was an intriguing twist, one that really just had him muttering out of control above all else. I’m not sure that a striptease was mandated so early in the relationship, but this show is all about being irreverent.

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