Friday, March 25, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 5, Episode 11 “The Apartment” (B-)

It’s a strange thing to focus on the departure from a place that we’ve barely seen and that even our characters, aside from Jess, haven’t spent much time in. Thinking back, Schmidt used to visit Cece there and meet her roommates, but that’s about all I can remember. What this episode did was help to reestablish Jess as a major character, at one point the lead, of this show. The plotline involving Elizabeth Berkley’s completely incompetent principal who just forces Jess to do all of her work was annoying, and Cece picking up the phone to tell her that Jess quit was entertaining but hardly believable given the many things that Jess does on a whim that seem impulsive and extra eccentric. Jess realized some important things about herself as she locked Cece out of her apartment to pack everything, and having Cece around as a full-time resident of the loft should make things entertaining and a bit easier. I was excited to see Sam Richardson as a guest star on this show given how funny he was as a new addition on “Veep.” While he did a pretty solid job, his character was pretty broadly drawn, totally blind to what’s around him and to the way things work. Going right back to Aly didn’t take long, and the bigger issue is that Winston’s problem with her – that she keeps talking about her boyfriend and how much she likes him – hasn’t been rectified in any sense and will only continue to come up on a very regular basis.

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