The show may be called New Girl, but for us, it's all about the Schmidt.
Lots of episode orders today, so let's get to it.
Dallas has set the date for saying goodbye.
This season finale was... weird. I liked a lot of aspects of "Elaine's Big Day," but at times it was over-the-top ridiculous and then felt like it wrapped things up a little too easily. I even decided to sleep on it and give it a second watch, and the things that annoyed me still annoyed me, but as far as the state of the romantic entanglements on the show, I'm satisfied. But not happy about the fact that I've got "Cotton-Eyed Joe" stuck in my head and feel the irresistible urge to line dance.
Emmy episode submissions are in. Let the second-guessing begin!
Our favorite ballerinas are coming back to primetime.
Let's see how many failing and bizarre celebrities can filter through American Idol before Fox just gives up.
It's Thanksgiving, so that means it's time for turkey and familial drama, especially on TV. In "Parents," Jess's divorced mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) and dad (Rob Reiner) accidentally (though it's really part of Jess' grand scheme) show up at the same time and then the fireworks fly, and we also get introduced to another Schmidt (Rob Riggle). While double Schmidt would be too much to handle on any kind of regular basis, we'll allow this absurdity to unfold once a year. Here's what why we're largely thankful for this episode:
It's time for Christmas on New Girl and given that the title is "Santa," I was sort of expecting a reappearance of Schmidt's sexy Santa. While I was disappointed not to see that, the rest of the episode was pretty solid and even most of the plotlines that seemed stupid and cliché (believing in Santa, not dealing well with a stripper girlfriend) all played out well in the end. Maybe I'm overcome by the Christmas (er, White-Anglo-Saxon-Winter-Privilege Night) spirit, or the fact that there aren't any more installments until the new year, but I really enjoyed this episode.
"Chicago" was such an off episode of this show, partly because it dealt with the death of a character we only met once, but mostly because it wasn't funny. Sitcoms can certainly deal with dead people -- look at the legendary "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as a prime example -- but this just seemed like it was desperately trying hard to be funny and failed almost entirely (some of the Schmidt mortality stuff was amusing). It's a shame because it had the makings of good stuff, what with Margo Martindale and Nick Kroll cast as Nick's mom and brother. But the thing that gave the whole thing an air of weirdness was the unacknowledged elephant in the room of Nick and Jess (he introduces her to his mom as "my new roommate"). Sure, Nick's brother and his insinuating eyebrows made some comments about them sleeping together, but aside from that, it was hard to tell if this episode even took place after the fish-tank-breaking-make-out session, or if this episode was meant to air earlier. It felt like this death of a con man episode existed in this own little bubble, or alternate reality. Maybe the gang should stay out of Chicago for a while.