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'New Girl' Recap: 'Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt'

2/3/2016 11:38am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 5 Recap: 'Bob & Carol & Nick & Schm
With Nick’s cousin and wife in town, and Cece wedding dress shopping with Winston, the loft crew finds themselves evaluating their relationships as they move forward with major life developments. Nick contemplates fatherhood, of a sort, while Cece takes care of one of the maids of honor’s most important duties while the maid of honor is unavailable. This is not exactly how they imagined these situations happening, but they are not alone as they take them on. Everyone is in such a good place in their lives that no matter how weird things get, it is no big deal. Their missteps are inconsequen...

'New Girl' Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?

1/27/2016 9:24am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?
Despite the singular noun in its title, “New Girl” is very much an ensemble show. But while Nick, Schmidt, Winston, and Cece have all managed to establish themselves individually and in the group dynamic, the titular Jessica Day has always set the tone. This may not just be a Zooey Deschanel star vehicle anymore, but it retains that DNA. Thus, her extended absence is a risky proposition, both textually and metatextually. Life on the loft must find a different way to be harmonious while the construction of a “New Girl” episode must find a new rhythm to be successful.

“No Girl” wastes no tim...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Jury Duty'

1/20/2016 10:07am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: 'Jury Duty'
As the maxim goes, when entering into marriage, you are not just marrying your fiancée, but also your fiancée’s family. That advice should be extended to include your fiancée’s friends, especially, as in the case of “New Girl,” friend-roommates constitute a makeshift family. Since the two getting married have been in the cast since the beginning, those extra factors of marriage should be a bonus. But there is also the maxim about the dangers of living with your friends, as their worst habits come to the fore. So while Schmidt’s best friend Nick and his future wife Cece have already spent pl...

'New Girl' Recap: 'What About Fred?'

1/13/2016 10:22am EST
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“New Girl” has often been about roleplaying, as young adulthood tends to be a time for trying on various identities until finding the one that fits. This is especially true for this group of friends. “What About Fred?” amplifies that theme, as concerted efforts toward maturity and relationship adventures lead to uncomfortable, but potentially rewarding situations. “New Girl” understands the demands of society to play specific roles in one’s personal and professional lives and determines that the best response to those demands is not necessarily total acceptance, nor is it outright rejection...

'New Girl' Season 5 Premiere Recap

1/6/2016 9:05am EST
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As sitcoms age, they must remain consistent but not complacent. Conversely, they must also take care not to lose track of their characters. The season 5 premiere of “New Girl” has several situations that bring these conundrums to the fore. This is the nature of FOX shows. Other networks often have a lead-in intro sequence, but FOX cuts straight from the commercial to the opening act. And with this batch of episodes premiering midseason and thus presenting the longest stretch between new “New Girl’s,” there is a need for the viewer to make sure that everything is as it should be. There is no...

Zooey Deschanel Reveals Baby Name As Megan Fox Arrives On 'New Girl' Set

10/22/2015 11:11am EDT
Megan Fox Arrives On Set Of 'New Girl' To Fill In For Zooey Desc
Megan Fox was spotted arriving on the set of hit Fox series "New Girl" on Monday for her first day of filming.

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star is filling in for star -- and new mom -- Zooey Deschanel, who is on maternity leave. Fox will play a character named Reagan in four episode story arc and was spotted on set with co-star Jake Johnson. Fox plays "a gorgeous, straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep who comes to town on business and shakes things up in the loft."

Deschanel, who gave birth three months ago, was at the premiere of her new film "Rock the Kasbah" on Monday night...

'New Girl' Finale: Coach Says Goodbye To The Gang

5/6/2015 10:16am EDT
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Getting rid of sentimental attachments might be the easier option, but that is not how “New Girl” roll. It may have been how Coach survived the constant moves of a military brat, but his current living companions are more formidable than what he is used to. This show rewards its characters for unapologetically being who they are, and what you are is shaped a great deal by the people you have known and love. When it comes to the conflict between the potential rewards and risks of connection, “New Girl” will always, always come down on the side of reward.

Speaking of consistency, Jess has al...

'New Girl': The Love Doctor Is In

4/29/2015 10:30am EDT
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Well, it did not take long for Schmidt to realize that it was no longer worth continuing his relationship with Fawn Moscato. Jess certainly could have told him this, and she was all ready to. But it was not like she needed to christen herself the Love Doctor to make that observation. It was pretty obvious to anyone paying attention. Just like it was pretty obvious that Coach and May did not really want to break up. Jess did not have to be an expert to realize all this, she just had to be observant. Luckily, just about everyone took her lead by episode’s end and acted upon some obvious intel...

'New Girl': Jess Attempts To Pass Herself Off As A Golfer

4/8/2015 11:15am EDT
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 20 Recap: 'Par 5'
The thirtysomething characters of “New Girl” have spent a lot of time thinking about who they really are. Sitcom plots often feature people pretending to be someone whom they are not. Thus, “Par 5” – featuring Jess, Winston, and Schmidt trying on different personae with varying levels of commitment – just made sense as an episode of the sitcom known as “New Girl.”

Jess attempted to pass herself as a golfer so as to network for the sake of asking a city bigwig for new computes for her school. With her club sailing about 50 feet into the fairway on her first swing, it was immediately appa...

Schmidt's Mom Visits On 'New Girl'

4/1/2015 9:15am EDT
Schmidt's Mom Visits on New Girl
The controlling Jewish mother role has been saturated many times over on television. Of course, this characteristic is not limited to Jewish mothers, so the ubiquity of this figure is even more overflowing. Certainly, a lot of actual mothers are like this, so Louise Schmidt was not in an ideal position to say something new about the human condition. Nora Dunn brought plenty of verve to her performance, making her stand out in a way that made it clear once again that Nora Dunn deserves to be a bigger star. She did not establish a new paradigm for overbearing mothers, but she did not have...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Walk Of Shame'

3/4/2015 9:20am EST
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“We are sluts, and we are clowns, but we are not losers!”

A few episodes ago, “New Girl” got away with the typical TV wackiness of a lost wedding ring by not really being about the ring. In this episode, Jess and Cece’s titular “Walk of Shame” involved a host of ridiculous indignities. This trope is not as common as the “stalling for lost item” routine, but it is at least just as wacky. There were points to be made with the girls’ predicament, but they did not overcome the fact that the mess they were in was gradually making less and less sense.

Jess and Cece’s feminist justifications ...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Spiderhunt'

2/25/2015 11:16am EST
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Season 4 of “New Girl” has dropped a lot of hints that some of the show’s ex-lovers may be getting back together, but it has been resolutely non-committal thus far. With Cece’s feelings for Schmidt stated and acknowledged, it would seem like the perfect time for the show to tip its hat. But instead it opted to say, “Nope, we’re fine with the way things are.” (At least for now.) Could this possibly be a show that would admit two main characters have feelings for each other, imply that they could have a healthy relationship, but then purposely decline to put them together?

That was the ...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 16 Recap: 'Oregon'

2/18/2015 9:34am EST
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“New Girl” can get a little wacky when it gets out of L.A. It is a weirdly specific form of wackiness usually, a kind that involves Jessica Christopher Day filling time with a musical performance. In Season 2’s “Chicago,” Nick’s dad’s funeral saw an impromptu appearance from Elvis. This time around, “Oregon” saw Jess stalling for time at her dad’s wedding with a tepid rendition of “Ave Maria” followed by a much more amusing reprise of the same by Jess-as-Cookie Monster. This moment was prompted by a strain of sitcom wackiness, with Nick and Coach attempting to retrieve the wedding rings...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 15 Recap: 'The Bar Crawl Is For All'

2/11/2015 10:00am EST
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What is Nick Miller’s driving motivation? Just one episode ago, a girl who was ostensibly perfect for him broke up with him, so it would be understandable if he would respond by lying on his bed for several days. But there was a silver lining to this setback, considering that this was the first time a girl dumped him because he was too ambitious. It was a bittersweet situation, sure, but with Schnick Industries having an auspicious start, it seemed like he was in a perfect position to actively bring to life the next great Nick Miller idea.

Instead, he gave in to his laziest impulses. T...

'New Girl' Recap: Strategy, Sizzle, Schmidt, Sex, Salesmanship, Something, And Synergy

2/4/2015 10:46am EST
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When Tran’s granddaughter Kai was introduced at Thanksgiving, she seemed like the perfect girl for Nick. But in just a few short scenes in “Swuit,” it became clear just how wrong she is for him. And it was a good thing! With Nick actually trying to utilize his talents to make something of his life, “New Girl” seemed so tone deaf by having his girlfriend implore him to instead spend the whole day lazing around on the couch. It was so clear by their lack of time spent together that they were growing apart. The show appeared to be missing this point. But as Nick walked into the bar, mela...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Coming Out'

1/14/2015 10:18am EST
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People like Jessica Day just care what other people think about them, and there is no point in telling them not to. Too bad she works with a bunch of insatiably horny and absurdly irrational people. “New Girl” is one of the best shows right now at exploring those forces that make young adults tick, with sex drive as one of those biggest forces. So it should be expected that another group on this show besides the loftmates would have wild freak outs over hookup-related frustration.

What is not expected is just how unreasonable Jess’ colleagues are. This season has excelled at the develo...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Shark'

1/7/2015 10:19am EST
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How many times does it take for sitcom characters to learn a lesson for that lesson to fully take? This genre has been known for concluding episodes with some clear edification, and while it is no longer as frequently blatant as it was in the heyday of Miller-Boyett, it is still very much a part of the landscape. So what tends to happen is that the same lesson is learned multiple times by the same character. This is not necessarily inconsistent or unrealistic; sometimes re-learning is essential to really internalize a lesson. That just has to be the truth, because otherwise some of the ...

Seven Great Actors Who Excel In The Movies And On TV

12/22/2014 1:00pm EST
Double Threats: 7 Great Actors Who Excel In The Movies And On Te
The hierarchy when it comes to acting in Hollywood has historically always placed more importance and gravitas on the work of actors who have appeared on the silver screen when compared to their TV counterparts.

Legendary actors who got their start on TV like Bill Murray (Saturday Night Live), Michael Douglas (The Streets of San Francisco) and Denzel Washington (St. Elsewhere) were only said to have "made it" as huge stars once they were able to transition into movies.

But a strange thing has happened over the last few years - mega movie stars are falling all over themselves to try and ge...

'New Girl' Recap: Reverse Santa - 'LAXmas'

12/10/2014 9:58am EST
New Girl - LAXmas
“New Girl” might be developing an addiction to the bottle (episode). After spending two whole half-hours confined (almost) entirely to the loft this season, Jess, Cece, and the guys headed out, only to find themselves stuck in another location. Los Angeles International Airport was not quite the same seething cauldron of angst, as it was much more spacious than an apartment. Waiting out flight delays can be just as frustrating as being stuck at home, but there is more room in the former to prevent everyone’s anxieties and frustrations from bumping up against one another. However, that d...

'New Girl' Review: The Gatherers Have Become The Hunters - 'Girl Fight'

12/3/2014 9:07am EST
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 10 Review: The Gatherers Have Becom
For all of its specific characterization, “New Girl” occasionally traffics in stereotypical storylines. This is not necessarily problematic – sometimes actual people resemble stereotypes, and grappling with that similarity can provide a new spin on an overly trite formula. Thus “Girl Fight” takes on that classic trope of gender-defined conflict resolution styles. Jess and Cece are notably passive-aggressive, so it makes sense that their disputes would tend to be verbal and protracted. Their personalities should alleviate any potential criticism of sexism towards this episode, but that d...

'New Girl' Recap: Bangsgiving

11/26/2014 9:15am EST
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The best sitcom episode concepts are ones that result in stories that seemingly write themselves. A few weeks after “Background Check,” the triumphant high point of Season 4, “New Girl” followed its own lead by keeping the majority of Thanksgiving in the loft (or “Bangsgiving,” as Schmidt insisted). The holidays and being confined to one space are classic situations that lead to people making significant revelations. And Schmidt’s plan to have everyone bring a date for someone else to dinner was a recipe for amplifying that formula many times over.

Schmidt may have wanted the matchmaker...

'New Girl' Recap: Why Are You a Teacher?

11/19/2014 11:56am EST
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Those who can’t do, teach, and those who can’t teach, teach gym, and also health apparently. But “New Girl” will have none of the negativity of that aphorism! Coach was assured several times throughout “Teachers” that Health is the most important subject in school. There may have been a bit of exaggeration here, but the sentiment was sincere. Coach’s colleagues really did believe that the students needed someone to yell at them about chlamydia.

This episode was purposeful in its simple title. It was a rejoinder to the words of George Bernard Shaw, Woody Allen, and Jack Black, serving ...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Goldmine'

11/12/2014 8:55am EST
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After Winston’s shining moment in last week’s “Background Check,” did his good fortune continue by playing the Long Game with his neighbors? We’ll check back in on our boy Winston later in this review, but first, let’s cover the main storyline, in which Nick and Jess had to deal with the awkwardness of still living together after breaking up as it applied to new relationships.

At the end of this episode, Jess’s new love interest Ian insisted to her about Nick, “clearly he would do anything for you.” Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson have a natural chemistry with each other that has been p...

'New Girl' Recap: Winston Bishop Takes Center Stage In 'Background Check'

11/5/2014 10:10am EST
New Girl - Winston Bishop - Background Check
Winston Bishop, as these reviews have frequently noted, is the odd man out on “New Girl.” But that has been perfectly fine, especially this season, as he has been content to hang out in the background and deliver ridiculous, but strangely insightful, lines, such as how his friends are like rubbing alcohol (“You sting me in the now, but you save me in the later”). However, with “Background Check,” it was Winston’s turn to take center stage.

With Sgt. Tess Dorado of the LAPD making a visit to the loft, it was an all hands on deck situation for his friends to nudge him into the success of m...

Spoilers for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

11/3/2014 1:48pm EST
For TV fanatics, the only thing that's sweeter than your favorite shows are spoilers about your favorite shows. Consider '5 Scoops' as your weekly dessert doling out delicious spoilers for your favorite shows. Here are scoops for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

Why so serious? After a string of light-hearted episodes, "Castle" will return to the nail-biting suspense that kickstarted its seventh season. reports that episode 8 will involve a "deadly" case involving a gunman, the subway and a hostage from the 12th precinct. Who you do think will be trapped? Sound off ...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 5 Review: A Bowl of Jelly

10/15/2014 10:08am EDT
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The practice of cord cutting has become a recognizably frequent practice of the 21st century, so where does “New Girl” get off thinking that it can make a sitcom episode in 2014 about installing a landline telephone? As convenient as cell phones have become, there are still geographical spots where coverage is spotty. Coverage can even be weirdly arranged such that only one room of an apartment gets decent reception. Such was the case of the “New Girl” episode “Landline,” an example of a sitcom defiantly declaring that it shall have a plotline that made sense 20 years ago.

The idea that...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: An Anteater's Being Born

10/8/2014 8:54am EDT
New Girl - Micro
A micropenis might sound like fake science invented for sitcoms, but it is actually a real phenomenon that occurs in about 0.6% of men. Because there are so few with this condition, Jess’ bar pick-up Matt (Alan Ritchson, late of playing Aquaman on “Smallville”) is in the position of serving as representative of this entire minority. That is not really fair, to Matt or to those with micropenises in general.

Just because Matt is a douche bag does not mean that “New Girl” is saying anyone with a micropenis will inevitably be a douche bag. Nor is it legitimate for Matt to blame his personal...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 3 Review: 'Trashley Berkman'

10/1/2014 10:48am EDT
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While it is heartwarming for a sitcom to manage to consistently pull off happy endings, there is always the potential that it can go too far with that consistency and have conflicts wrap up a little too easily in 30 minutes. The first two episodes of “New Girl” Season 4 were praiseworthy for how much everyone was getting along after a rancorous Season 3. “Julie Berkman’s Older Sister,” continues that trend, which is preferable to the alternative of sudden, unwarranted discord, but this outing errs a bit on the side of sitcom-y convenience. That is not meant as a knock on sitcom formula. ...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 2: Winston 'Toilet' Bishop

9/24/2014 10:01am EDT
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It looks like “New Girl” has decided to go all in with Winston Bishop as the odd man out. In fact, that being the odd man out is clearly in, because Winston is becoming more delightful every episode, and he was already the most delightful part of the show. To wit, nobody is shocked that he is the only cadet in the police academy struggling to socialize, and also the only one without a nickname. Though this does bother him, he is not upset enough to refrain from calling himself “Winnie the Bish” or using a euphemism like “make a caca.”

Typically when TV characters are ostracized from a l...

'New Girl' Season 4 Premiere, Episode 1: Sex First

9/17/2014 8:26am EDT
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In anticipation of the new season of “New Girl,” I wrote an article about how Winston Bishop often feels disconnected from the rest of the show. So I couldn’t help but feel that the writers have been reading Starpulse when in the opening scene, with four out of the five roommates gathered in Jess’s room, Schmidt wonders aloud, “I feel like there’s one more of us.” Cut to: Winston stuck on the couch, covered in ice packs (he’s been training at the police academy). Now, I only just wrote that article a few days ago, while this episode was probably written a few months ago, so “New Girl” seem...