'New Girl' - 'Bells': The thrill of the fight

'New Girl' - 'Bells': The thrill of the fight

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I have a $40,000 bar mitzvah... 

"Bells" was one of the funniest "New Girl" episodes to date, but it felt particularly encouraging for two reasons: 

1)Winston finally had a personality beyond "not Coach."

2)Jess was by far the least funny part of the episode - not because she was bad, but because the material for the guys was so strong. 

Let's take the second one first. When the show debuted, it was overwhelmingly driven by Jess. The guys had a couple of funny bits in the pilot (the introduction of the douchebag jar, Coach trying to motivate Jess), but they were, for the most part, irrelevant. The show just needed three dudes to react to this weird magical unicorn who had charged into their lives - and for people who found Zooey Deschanel's performance funny, that was okay for a start. But for the long-term viability of the series, the guys need to be able to carry the load at times, and "Bells" was a fine example of that. Jess(*) had her moments (doing a robotic bells routine, trying to defuse Nick and Schmidt's fight by getting in between them and singing), but the parts I'm going to remember involved Nick's quick fixes, Schmidt and Nick yelling about Midori Sour and dead nannies (one of the funniest scenes the show has done, and 100% Jess-free), Schmidt trying to squeeze the expensive conditioner out of Nick's hair and Nick's response to Schmidt's cardigan. Read More...



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