'New Girl': Dermot Mulroney And Jess Fight A Japanese Toilet

While he didn't have the most flattering debut, Dermot Mulroney's Russell ended up redeeming his character by the end of this week's installment of " New Girl " (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on Fox). Perhaps he just couldn't resist Jess' "adorkable" charm. After all, he started by chastising her for nurturing his daughter's creativity at school, and ended by asking her out on a date. In between, he helped her out of a jam when her car broke down -- going so far as to just abruptly lend her his -- and invited her to a fancy party at his house. At the same time, though, the principal at her school was insisting she apologize and grovel at his feet because he was a big donor to the school, but Jess didn't want to do that. So she brought Nick along. Nick who hates the rich and anything to do with money. And Nick stuck to his guns, until he saw Russell's sweet, sweet office, filled with all the manly things important men have. He put on Russell's sweater and had so much fun pretending to be important they filled the end credits with his antics. But while he was distracted there, Jess was failing in her attempts to not like Russell. He was charming and honest about his weakness in trying to raise a daughter, and he even laughed when she put his Japanese toilet on six smiley faces -- he'd never tried more than three! It was a water-filled disaster, capped off by Jess taking another spill moments after accepting his dinner proposal. Clearly, he's interested in her for her, and respects that she stands up for her own convictions. The best statement about his character was when he said in passing that he would never pull funding from the school while they were battling the toilet. It was genuine and sincere, and not said just because he liked her. See where things go next on "New Girl," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

'New Girl': Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone weigh in on the future of Schmidt and Cece

One of the best developments from the latter half of "New Girl's" freshman season is the romantic pairing of d-bag with a heart of gold Schmidt and sarcastic model Cece. Though he'd been gunning for Jess' hot friend since their first meeting, Cece wanted nothing to do with him until he eventually wore her down.When Zap2it caught up with the cast at the show's Paley Fest panel, we asked Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt, how his character managed that coup. "Why do I think he won her over," he asks. "Wit...""Charcuterie," interjects costar Zooey Deschanel. "Chut-e-ney."Greenfield continues: "Charm, chut-e-ney, mispronunciation of words...""Turlet," Deschanel adds.Truthfully, Greenfield says, he thinks it's persistence. "It's a good message for America -- if you keep focused on a goal and you never give up, you can achieve anything."Hannah Simone, who plays Cece, also wonders how her character manages to fall for Schmidt. "What is she thinking?! It shocks me every...

New Girl “Fancyman (Part 1)” Episode 17

New Girl  “Fancyman (Part 1)” Episode 17  airs Tuesday, March 20 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis :  Jess reluctantly dates the wealthy father (guest star  Mulroney) of one of her students. Meanwhile, Nick attempts to buy a new cell phone  and Schmidt and Winston get ultra-competitive playing bar trivia on the all-new “Fancyman (Pt. 1)” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 20 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More...  

New Girl Sneak Peek Photos For Season 1, Episode 17: ''Fancyman'' (PHOTOS)

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) starts dating handsome Russell (guest star Dermot Mulroney), the wealthy father of one of her students. Nick (Jake Johnson) also develops a puppy-dog crush on Russell.