Friday, September 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 6, Episode 2 “Hubbedy Bubby” (B-)

This episode felt strange to me because it tackled something that’s currently happening in our world in an explicit and not at all modified way. Many shows, more often dramas than comedies, deal with major issues that are considered relevant headlines. But I don’t think I’ve seen a show that names current political candidates and has characters actively out campaigning for them. Jess voting for Hillary makes total sense, and her assumption that Schmidt would be gung-ho for Trump was also logical. I like that he’s all about Paul Ryan in 2020, but something tells me that he would be a bit more concerned with what was going to happen in the 2016 election. The episode wasn’t in any particular rush to get anywhere, and Jess spent much more time getting drunk and thriving on being popular with the sorority girls than anything else. Winston’s heavy involvement in Nick’s phone sex was over-the-top, though Nick does have a way of freaking out about things that causes him to completely crumble under pressure. What I found far more compelling about this episode was Schmidt’s reaction to everything, first with the mail and then with the envelope-stuffing procedures at the campaign office. His response to Winston’s description of the drawer that contains old mail and dead batteries was priceless, and that’s the Schmidt that earned Max Greenfield an Emmy nomination for the show’s first season. He’s always been the most adult-like in his ability to live on his own, while his roommates clearly have no grasp on how to take care of themselves in the real world.

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