New Girl Recap: Aunt Flo Comes to Town

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Nick Miller. While Schmidt was New Girl’s breakout star from the beginning, Nick’s rise has been more of a slow burn. It’s not just that he’s generally funny or appealing, although that obviously helps. It’s also that he’s a man on a mission.

About halfway through Season One, right around the time that he started waxing poetic about Fancyman Russell’s leather furniture, Nick locked into a quest that’s led him to some of the show’s strongest plots. Over and over, he’s befriended older men — Russell, Future Nick — in order to learn something about himself. Unlike Schmidt, Nick isn’t trying to find a surrogate father in order to make up for some childhood trauma. He’s just looking for a model of manhood that won’t force him to go back to law school, or demand that he let go of his prematurely crotchety persona. Read More...


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