Monday, March 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 5, Episode 10 “Goosebumps Walkaway” (B)

I had almost forgotten that Zooey Deschanel was ever on this show. That may just be because it’s been a while since she was on it, but this show felt different without her. I don’t know if it’s a positive thing, since I went back and forth about Megan Fox and her portrayal of Reagan. But no matter how the show was without her, Jess’ reintroduction felt very abrupt. Of course she’d come back from jury duty with souvenirs custom made for the residents of the loft, and she also reappeared at the worst possible time because Reagan and Nick were about to get their feelings for each other out and sleep together. Normally, Reagan would hate everything that Jess is, but in this case they ended up being friends since Jess helped her through the dilemma of what to do about Nick. Awkward as it was, their “Sayonara, Sammy” exchanges coupled with Reagan wearing the t-shirt Jess got her on the flight home made for a great exit for Reagan that also allows her to come back at any point and reenter their lives. Jess obsessively trying to find juror 237B before giving out her e-mail and phone number on national television was just like her, and the fact that they had nothing to talk about was a funny ending to that short saga. Winston’s dance gatherings was a silly way for Schmidt to realize that he needs to let loose a little, with a nice life lesson from Winston about not caring what anyone else thinks.

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