New Girl Recap: Show Me Your Heart-Penis

Just a few hours before New Girl returned from its month-long hiatus last night, Us Weekly broke the news that Zooey Deschanel and her husband, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, are getting divorced. For a lot of Deschanel fans, the split might only increase her appeal. Do you like Zooey because her persona is so non-intimidating that it seems like you might actually have a chance with her? Then congrats: That chance has improved! Slightly.

The thing about Deschanel’s girl-next-door appeal, though, is that it’s pretty sexless. There’s a reason she was so perfect as the love interest in Elf: Nothing about her suggests that she’d be unsatisfied in a relationship with a candy-eating, tights-wearing man-child from the North Pole. As Jess, she’s cute the same way a bunny is cute. But anyone who’s ever seen an episode of Friends knows that on a half-hour sitcom about mixed-gender buddies, eventually some of those buddies are going to make out. Which means New Girl has to find a way to establish sexual tension using a character who can’t even bring herself to say the word penis. Read More...


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