Sunday, May 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 5, Episodes 19 and 20 “Dress” and “Return to Sender” (B)

These episodes were fine but nothing special, and something about having two of them each week doesn’t help because it feels like they’re very rushed and everything is being crammed into a short period of time. Fortunately, the wedding is happening soon, which means that Schmidt and Cece will get to focus on something else other than planning it. The best relevant plotline in these two episodes was Nick’s struggle to invite Reagan to be his date at the wedding, complete with a number of burner phones and false identities and ultimately resulting in her being busy. If Megan Fox was supposed to be a temporary replacement for Zooey Deschanel, it would be nice if she was on call to be available for a guest spot every now and then, since her being referred to and never again seen would become irritating. I like that Schmidt’s father was simply delayed cleaning and actually plans to be there for his son, and it’s a relief that his wedding is going to end up being something visually legendary instead of what the plan was. Jess rushing to finish the dress was funny only for the fact that Schmidt was literally the only male at his company and therefore used the bathroom as a wedding planning room. Similarly, the only worthwhile element of Jess and Cece smashing a breadmaker to bits was that it gave them the opportunity to hang out with Aly, who really is a terrific character and held her own when she got put in mall jail. I liked seeing Caitlin FitzGerald from “Masters of Sex” and Tribeca hit “Always Shine,” and I think that Diane would have been the perfect way to get rid of Sam, a character who really doesn’t add much to the show.

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