If "Re-Launch" and "Katie" are any indication, Season 2 of New Girl features a whole new Jess -- one who's strong, sexy, and even a little dark. Tuesday's double-episode season premiere shows that Jess is still quirky, sure, but she's shedding that "adorkable" brand from last fall, and frankly, I approve.
Of course, she's edgier with good reason. In "Re-Launch," the elementary school teacher learns she's been laid off due to budget cuts. It's a grim slice of reality that must ring true to public school teachers. (Hello, Chicago teachers' strike!) Vice principal Tanya tries to lighten the mood by wearing a sombrero and offering parting gifts from the office "lost and found" (Jess chooses sunglasses and a tiny silver hat), but obviously, the news is devastating. Schmidt mutters "Obama" under his breath after Jess announces the layoff. The guys expect Jess to dissolve into tears, but surprisingly, she keeps calm, rationalizing, "It's just a job.
I'll get a new one." She admonishes the guys for pitying her and demands that they "act normal" -- or normal for them, anyway.