I was really glad to see that there will be on-going repercussions for Jess and Nick’s kiss, and that it won’t just be forgotten or ignored forever. In “Parking Spot,” this week’s episode of New Girl, an argument over the discovery of a single parking space for the four-bedroom apartment led to the disclosure of an agreement not to “nail” Jess that Nick seriously violated. And with Schmidt being Schmidt, it wasn’t something he could just let go.
Was the agreement in bad taste? Perhaps. Jess was right to call them out on the fact that the agreement would seem to imply that she wouldn’t be able to keep from jumping one of them, but if you look a little deeper (I know it hurts), it’s almost possible to see reason behind all the sexism. Romance invariably changes the overall dynamic of a group; it forges alliances and has the potential to create rifts. In his own way, Schmidt was kind of trying to help them all avoid that when Jess moved in.