I didn't punch a girl! I punched a horrifying monster! You of all people should know this, Frankenstein!” –Nick I have a theory about Halloween episodes of television shows: they are generally awesome. I don't care how terrible the show is, if it's a Halloween episode, I'm on board. They always involve clever costumes, ridiculous spooky hauntings, and characters acting in ways they normally wouldn't. New Girl is by no means a terrible show -- in fact it's quite the opposite -- so it's no surprise the Halloween episode did not disappoint. Jess is doing what any unemployed elementary school teacher would do for Halloween -- working at a haunted house. But her costume (Zombie Woody Allen) may be a bit above the kids' heads. And Winston's for that matter, as he was the only one of the gang unable to effectively imitate the notoriously neurotic New York scribe. Nick has invited a former college crush to come stay with him and ends up insulting her and driving her away. Classic Nick! Winston breaks up with Shelby in the haunted house, and Schmidt acts like a total schmuck to Cece's new boyfriend Robbie in an attempt to spend more time with her. Okay, so maybe these characters didn't act all that out of the ordinary this Halloween, but it was still a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
A+ Actually, Jess did go outside her comfort zone by telling Sam how she really felt, but that probably had little to do with her Halloween persona (Woody Allen, zombie or not, would have been little help in this scenario, except for the occasional "I lurve you"). But I don't think anyone was surprised that she couldn't keep up the meaningless aspect of her hook up relationship with tall, handsome Sam whom she met by impersonating his online date. She was doomed from the moment she found out he was a pediatrician and an adorable one at that. I'm really impressed with Jess for being honest about her feelings for Sam and taking his rejection in stride, even though it must have been quite a blow. Oh, you know what else must have been quite a blow? When NICK PUNCHED JESS IN THE FACE. That's right, that happened. Did not see that coming. And I am still laughing. (the girl took a fist to the face, she deserves a high grade)
"I know I told you not to put yourself out there, but I'm glad you did." –Nick "Thanks, Nick. That would be really nice if it wasn't coming from someone who just punched me in the face.” –Jess
A Nick just gets better and better the more we see him. He is becoming such a frank, flawed, real character, and I can think of a lot of real life guys who must relate to him on some level. Nick is a big chicken. We know this. Heknows this. He's pretty much afraid of everything, especially life decisions and opening himself up to potential happiness. But what can we expect from a guy whose sexual sweet spot involves a sexy, undead driver's ed teacher? Nick is totally that guy who falls in love with the 'idea' of a girl, he even admits it a the end of the episode (huge revelation by the way, dontcha think?). Maybe that's why he and Jess will eventually make such a great pair -- he's in love with her without even thinking about the bigger picture idea of her. And don't hate on me for encouraging their someday relationship! Look what he went through to warn her about Sam's promiscuous ways! He braved a haunted house for her! Which, for Nick, meant addressing all of his relationship fears in the form of ghosts and ghouls, mummies and evil clowns. I'm pretty sure we can always count on this show to make sure someone gets punched in the face the minute Jess and Nick get a little too close.
"What's up with the way you kiss? It's like reverse CPR.” –Nick
(P.S. I am embarrassed by how long it took me to figure out Nick's costume. BeeArthur! I love it. And Nick even more just for that.)
B- Okay, Schmidt is being a total dick. I don't blame Cece at all for going off on him. I hate to say this because I have an unhealthy obsession with Schmidt, but the dude has got to reign it in! For someone who lost his shit over Nick not appreciating a cookie, Schmidt has managed to be a completely obnoxious ass (equipped with zingy one liners, but that's beside the point) to Cece. How has no one had an intervention for him yet? And on top of that, he's giving Winston relationship advice. As much as I adore Schmidt, I kind of relished each time his sad attempt at a headbutt was deflected by Robbie's giant hand. Come on Schmidt, Honest Abe would not approve of this crap. Although, Matthew McConaughey fromMagic Mikeprobably would.
"Statistically speaking every American thinks about Abraham Lincoln at least once a day.” –Schmidt
B+ Cece and her new beau Robbie seem to be getting closer. But let's face it, she is so not over Schmidt. Yes, he's acting like a douche to her, but she seems to respond to it the way a little girl who's having her pigtails pulled would. She's enjoying the chase even if she doesn't want to admit it. Did you see the way she gazed after him with a smile on her face as he walked away from the Halloween festival? Sure, that could have been due to the sparkly red speedo he was wearing, or she still likes him.
Once again I completely forgot that Winston had a girlfriend. They made a pretty big deal about Winston and Shelby getting together last season, but now it's all come down to an awkward, costumed break-up inside a haunted house. I'm glad Winston just finally ended it though, even if it made for a seriously uncomfortable moment with a blood-soaked nurse standing by. Halloween break-ups are doubly scary.
"Those stuffed animals are going to look good on the floor of my bedroom.” –Winston trying sexy talk on his 'reigning cats & dogs'-clad girlfriend
B+ Robbie just might be the most patient man alive. He's beyond tolerant of Schmidt's pesky antics that are obviously rooted in his continued affection for Cece. Mad props to him for calmly addressing Schmidt and trying to befriend him. Plus, his open-palmed deflections of Schmidt's attempted headbutts were extremely amusing. Robbie's kind of like Jim Halpert's schlubbier younger brother, but he and Cece surprisingly work together.
"Hey I get it, the guy who shot John Lennon dressed as a Ninja Turtle.” –Schmidt to Robbie
A I am so glad the New Girlwriters decided to do a Halloween episode this season. They didn't do one last year and this gave them the perfect opportunity to explore the way these characters respond to fear -- whether it was literal fear, like being attached by monsters and clowns (sorry, Nick) or emotional fear, like putting your feelings out there or admitting you're scared of getting what you want (sorry again, Nick). _
- Extra credit all around for a fantastic display of zombie Woody Allen impressions: "These brains are terrible. And such small portions!” –Schmidt "On Christmas I eat Chinese people's brains because they're the only ones open.” –Nick
- College Nick's X-Files"I Want to Believe" poster. Yeah, I would have had a crush on Nick in college too.
- "Nick, where do you even buy sheets like this? They have the thread count of a paper towel.” –Schmidt
- "I'm going to kick him to the curb once I've used his body like a moisturizer sample.” –Jess about her dalliance with Sam. Too bad she fell so hard for him.
- "Butch it up, Axel Foley." –Schmidt to Winston when he gets freaked out by the real cop
- The fact that Schmidt has extra costumes in his closet reserved for Purim. And the fact that Cece is aware of this.
- I love how Jess' post-zombie clean face look involves cateye makeup. Really? Can't you just wash your face and not reapply the signature eyeliner?
- That is my only demerit. And I had to struggle to find that one. I love this show so much.