Why do people always think holidays will be more fun if you stray from tradition? That is the whole point of tradition -- it's tested by time and undergone years of perfection. No, that wacky new twist on cranberry sauce you read about in a trendy food magazine will not be as good as your mom's. Nick Miller, it seems, isn't of this opinion. That's why he thought it would be a good idea to suggest an outdoor camping Thanksgiving where all food would be acquired via hunting and gathering. He didn't even bring the PIES Jess baked. What? Always bring pie.
“Life sucks. And then it gets better and then it sucks again.”
Grumpy bartender Nick Miller is like an old man in a young dude’s body, so it’s only natural for his defining moment to be when he came across a mysterious old man claiming to be Nick’s future self. Sure, the guy turned out to be certifiable and may have lived in the alley behind the bar, but he taught us a great deal about Nick, like the fact that he stays behind a barrier – er, I mean bar – for a reason and that he’ll one day have to apologize to Jess. We all know there’s more to Nick’s relationship with Jess than meets the eye, but for now we’ll settle for him being the underdog everyman he is, grumpiness included.
Nick Miller's Episode Guide
It was inevitable, I suppose. Two people as hot as Coach and Cece were not about to stay apart for long. That's right, Coach officially made his move on Cece -- with Schmidt's begrudging approval. Their date may not have been a dream one (Coach was so nervous he had text his mom for moral support) but it ended with a back alley makeout sesh, so something must have clicked.
When life hands you dumplings, sometimes you just want to sit on the couch and eat them. That was the conundrum faced by the gang at the loft on the latest episode of New Girl. When a flood of paper menus from Hop Foo's, the "good and yummy" Chinese restaurant down the street, descends upon their doorstep, Nick takes it as a sign to order takeout for breakfast, while Jess finds deeper meaning in the onslaught of paper.
That's right, Coach is back and he's stirring up all kinds of trouble at the loft. We last saw Coach (played by the hilarious and talented Damon Wayans, Jr.) in the New Girl pilot three years ago as the original fourth roommate. He left the loft to pursue his own happy ending and made room for our lovable, prank-happy Bunny Money aka Shrimp Fork aka Winston.
But a lot has changed since Coach last hung out in the loft -- Nick and Jess are a couple, Schmidt has moved across the hall, and Winston is firmly ensconced in his room and our hearts. But the biggest change of all is that the guys are all older and slightly less hip and just can't keep up with Coach's party lifestyle. So when Coach insists that they all go to a strip club to celebrate his recent break up, things get a little out of control. Naturally, Jess doesn't want Nick to make a Tuesday night visit to a strip club and when Nick plays the "we haven't had the boyfriend/girlfriend conversation yet," she loses her mind a little.
Things are settling back to normal in the loft now that Nick and Jess are in relationship cruise control mode, Schmidt is recovering from the aftermath of his epic break-up(s), and Winston seems less obsessed with his cat, Ferguson. But things get shaken up once again when a shady thug arrives at their front door with a brown paper bag full of cash -- turns out, Nick is the recent recipient of $8,000 from his late father's, um, estate, or whatever it is you call it when a con artist passes away. Naturally, Nick wants to blow it all on crazy shit like guitars and laser guns (or just a bunch of miscellaneous crap from the mall), and that's when Jess discovers "The Box."
Well, you can't blame a guy for trying. Schmidt made good on his promise to do his best to break Nick and Jess up, but his plan completely backfired and resulted in his consumption of a week's worth of birth control pills. His methods were impressive though and bordered on psychological warfare.
This was a frantic, stressful episode of New Girl, was it not? There was some funny parts -- lots of killer Nick facial expressions and grunts, Winston's desperate attempt to commandeer the community table at a trendy restaurant -- but there was also a lot of frustration and emotion. I've never seen so many tears on this show!
We learned a lot during this episode of New Girl -- namely, Schmidt possesses the uncanny ability to nurse cats in his sleep, Winston's retribution levels skew on the extreme side, and Nick and Jess make a damn good couple, even when they're not on craycation in Mexico.
Well, season three of New Girl has begun. Nick and Jess are together. And guess what? The world has not ended. THEY'RE A LEGIT COUPLE, GUYS! And it's pretty much working. Sure, we have yet to see them really be a couple on American soil, but the Mexican getaway version works just fine for me. The episode was basically one big metaphor for avoiding your own issues what with Nick and Jess taking a vacation from their problems and escaping to Mexico, Schmidt manipulating both Cece and Elizabeth into thinking they're 'the one', and Winston, well, Winston tackled puzzles.
'Cause it's you. Ohhhhh it's always you. Ohhhhhh I always knew. Ohhhhh it's you.
Guys, that song at the end. I can't stop listening to it. Nor can I stop thinking about Nick and Jess driving off into the moonlight together, arguing about which direction to go (how poignant). I must say I'm a little surprised -- I thought for sure that Cece and Schmidt would end up together with Nick and Jess left hanging in the balance, not the other way around. But I'm totally digging the switcheroo.
Cece's epic nuptials got off to a rocky start with Schmidt recruiting Winston to 'sabo' the ceremony simply to help her out "as a friend"...not because he's in love with her or anything. Strangely enough, the sabotage attempts included a spooked horse, an escaped badger, and the rogue playing of 'Cotton Eyed Joe' during the processional.