Re-Launch & Katie.
"My boobs are loving this unemployed thing. They don't have to go to boob jail every day.” –Jess
New Girl is back in all its quirky, charming glory! The cast has fully gelled into a killer ensemble, balancing humor and heart in a way that makes penis casts and boob jail seem like normal conversation topics. It's like we never even spent a moment apart from this rag tag band of roomies. Nick continues to be that delightful combination of friendly and grumpy (can we please call it frumpy?), Schmidt's nether regions are healed and he's ready for some re-branding, Winston is no match for a cocktail served in a coconut, Cece has broadened her taste in guys to include people who look like the PC guy from the Mac commercials, and Jess, sweet Jess has gone totally rogue. It's going to be a great season!
Adorable school teacher Jess Day will have to settle for just being adorable now that she's been laid off from her job. Her new found freedom and/or aimlessness sends the typically type A gal into a tailspin of questionable choices as she experiments with going 'off the grid.' This includes trying her hand at being a shot girl at Schmidt's re-branding party and assuming the identity of a hot guy's online date just to get some action. Who's that girl, indeed?! While this mental breakdown is strikingly similar to what Jess went through in the series opener last year after her break up, it's clear that she's grown as a character. But she could probably still take a few pointers from her ballsy new alter egos embodied by Ivy the breathy shot girl and Katie the nonexistent sex fiend.
"I can make any kind of balloon animal. As long as it's a worm…or a snake.” "I spent two months in summer school with an Indian student named Vaj Rejuv, and I did not laugh once. Not once!”
"Life sucks. And then it gets better and then it sucks again." Wise words from Nick.
"And I'm a guy who works in marketing who wants to give it to you. We both have jobs, get over it.”
From the shower diaper and the shirtless fire dance to challenging Winston's professionalbasketball playing sister to a game of hoops (and getting jacked in the face, natch), there's nothing this man won't do. He's still carrying a major torch (um, literally) for Cece and like most situations in his life, he has no idea how to handle it. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, here is the full list of historical female figures Schmidt would bang in a world where time travel exists: 1. Marie Antoinette 2. Cleopatra 3. Young Ann-Margret 4. Old Ann-Margret
"Nick, your brand is ‘gypsy alcoholic handyman.' Winston, your brand is ‘Winston.'”
"There's got to be an explanation for this. Like he's the Lord of Winterfell. Or he's working with a real piece of pipe.”
- Parker Posey!
- The fabulous Rachel Harris as the wacky vice principal who lays off Jess and offers her free pick of the lost and found box as consolation.
- Jess' multi-cloth collage of the guys -- very reminiscent of Ghostbusters II
- This exchange:
"He brewed me like a fine chamomile.” –Jess "Oh that was you! I thought it was a couple bums fighting.” –Nick
- So many Schmidtisms:
"Would you please scratch an itch I have in my undercarriage? I can't get the right angle and Winston refuses.” "If there's anything that majoring in marketing with a minor in theater studies taught me, it's that everybody has a brand.” "You bring the heat, Nick, but you're not a threat in the looks department.” "Can you believe that the zoo wouldn't let me borrow their white tiger?” "Are you cooking a frittata in a saucepan? What is this, prison?”
- Um, Parker Posey?
- Hardly the first season opener to make use of Dee-Lite's 1990 classic "Groove is in the Heart." Give it up for Barney and Robin.
“My boobs are loving this unemployed thing. They don’t have to go to boob jail every day.” HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
So glad you enjoyed the recap, Sarah! I'm psyched to be covering New Girl this season and I really think the show has developed a solid rhythm with all of its characters. I heart Nick. Even when he's grumpy! It seems like he and Jess are totally destined for a relationship, but I hope it takes a long time to build a la Mulder and Scully or Sam and Diane. Thanks for reading!
I love your recap of the episodes from last night! I was so happy to reunite with my favorite roommates and watch them deal with new problems this season. I agree with you about Nick, I find him to be the most grounded of all of the characters. A co-worker at DISH and I have been trying to figure out what his future self could have meant regarding Jess. While I don’t believe he was actually from the future, I think that his statement could be foreshadowing something. I was so glad that I remembered to program my Hopper to record these episodes, when my train ride home ran late. I will definitely be putting the 2,000 hours of recording space to good use with so many of my shows returning. I hope that Nick finds his calling this season, maybe a wake up call from his future self is what he needed.