New Girl 3.09 “Longest Night Ever” Review: Coaching Schmidt

While last night’s episode of New Girl, “Longest Night Ever,” was by no means the funniest or must put-together episode of the show’s third season, it continued to illustrate that the New Girl team has an incredibly firm grasp on the characters of Nick, Jess, Schmidt, Cece, and Winston, and now, after only a few episodes, the show’s writing staff is figuring out how Coach fits into that mix.

While comedic talents of Damon Wayans Jr. have been enough to make Coach feel like a real, vibrant character in his short time so far on New Girl, Coach’s date with Cece during “Longest Night Ever” helped to round out any rough edges he had. Coach isn’t purely the exercise-obsessed, overly confident basketball player that we met in the pilot. As we see through his interactions with Cece, he can be nervous, neurotic, and insecure, just like the four others in the loft.



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