Friday, May 8, 2015

What I’m Watching: New Girl (Season Finale)

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 22 “Clean Break” (B)

It’s lamentable to report that this was one of the strongest episodes of a very uneven season, but at least it ends things on a positive note as the show heads into its fifth season and a chance at syndication with just six episodes to go before it reaches the 100th episode mark. The weakest part of the episode was Coach’s drawn-out departure, a long goodbye for a character who left the show right at the beginning and then inexplicably came back. It wasn’t horrible, certainly, but it just isn’t funny the same way that other things are, even some involving Coach, who definitely had his moments. What I enjoyed most was a return to romance for two couples who seemed long dormant. I love that Jess decided she had to tell Nick that Cece was still in love with Schmidt with him standing right there so that he could make a move and not give up on her, after his regrettable time spent down at the donation box with Jack McBrayer’s anti-Semitic donation collector. Proposing to Cece as she walked in the door was sweet, and maybe going from not being together to being engaged will prove fun in season five. I’m personally most excited about the rekindling of Nick and Jess’ relationship, especially if it comes about as a result of Winston trying to make sure their sex mug lives on as a cat mug. This show is always at least a bit fun even when it’s not great, and I’m hoping that season five will be a return to its former quality.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: Zooey Deschanel

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