New Girl Review: Your Mouth Says One Thing, Your Feet Another

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Much better, New Girl, much better.

In "Cece Crashes" a tempered Jess appears, making everything as charming and funny as they ought to be. The addition of Cece, a character we've missed the past few episodes, also provided some juicy tension.

Slumber Party!

The Good. So much goodness, where to begin? Most of the funny in this episode came from things I can't even quote. From Schmidt listing all the things he likes about India - including mango chutney as well as other kinds of chutney - to Jess and Cece's mini-tussle, it was a good hour of comedy from start to finish. And also a few meaty plot points, brought to you by Cece.

Cece is like one of those tornadoes that come and disrupts everything. After her visit, you have no idea what goes where. But you know, a sexy tornado.

For example, Schmidt and Winston went absolutely crazy at the presence of a beautiful woman not shy to sunbathe in her undies. Between the two, Schmidt seemed to really want this more. It's easy to root for him when he remains likable even as he acts a bit douchey. Maybe its his innocent face and washboard abs. And maybe also because he had a touching back-story as the fat kid. Whatever the reason, I was completely thrilled at the hand holding that took place between him and Cece. A sweet and sensitive Schmidt five episodes into the season? That's what a tornado does for you.

And then Cece made the observation about Nick's body language, and the state of his feet always pointing at Jess. According to her, this meant he's interested. Jess managed to brush this off until a trip to the store with Nick. After a little test in which Cece seemed correct, she officially panicked and went weird Jess-style. But not over-the-top weird like last week. Her reaction was exaggerated, yes, but she was able to articulate her reasons for being so.

In the end, that made all the difference between intolerable Jess, and well-liked Jess.

P.S. I think Nick likes her, too, but let's face it, this is TV. Things will move slow, if at all.

Just like that, we've got romance(s) brewing in the house. Since everybody loves some good romantic tension, I predict we'll get some good mileage from these story lines.

The Bad. I'm empty. Absolutely nothing new to add in this episode except for Winston being the weak link in supporting characters. 

Stray Observations

  • At one point after calling Cece a bitch, Zooey laughed, and the laugh was EXACTLY like her sister Emily Deschanel's laugh. So adorbs!
  • I'm loving the flashbacks to when they were kids. The young girl playing a young Jess makes me smile every time.
  • Every week we seem to get interesting tidbits about the characters. This time, it's that Cece is of Indian descent. I've wiki-ed Hannah Simone and can't get confirmation on whether she shares the heritage. Anybody know anything?
  • This episode and the last one, were supposed to air before the Wedding episode. I can see now why they went with the broadcast schedule they had instead.
  • Poor Winston still doesn't have a job. Any guesses on what they'll give him as employment? I'm thinking something in schools, so perhaps we can see more into Jess' work-life.

Great improvement over last week. And if you can't get enough, head on over to our quotes page.


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I love how quirky yet charming this show is! It's been a while since I watched this episode so I don't have much to contribute, but I will say that I am definitely on the Jess and Nick train as long as it takes its time before it pulls into the station.


Maybe Winston could get a job as a gym teacher or basketball coach at the school. I would also like to see more of Jess' work life.


Cece (Hannah Simone) is great. I just loved the part when she was holding hands with Schmidt and told him she had 2 numbers on her phone for people that would kill him if he told anyone about it. Her deadpan delivery was believable and funny at the same time. Hannah deserves more screen time. BTW, she's half indian (father) and half german-italian-greek-cypriot. She's beautiful.


Anyone else think Jess and Schmidt or am I going crazy...they just could work in the oddest way


You have to admit, this show has a way of making you laugh. It is filled with odd characters that stand out in their own ways. Some how Jess' song has its appeal don't you think? Zooey Deschanel and her sister both portray similar, but significant characters in their own element, while controlling each series. I think an hour of Jess would be even more satisfactory, I'm sure like many others you just can't get enough and she doesn't even try to make you laugh, she just herself.


Hannah is half Indian and British. Dad is Indian and mom is British.


Hilarious episode! Schmidt was just HILARIOus! He had the best lines, and I agree that Winston was the only weak link, but regardless I still like him. Totally agree with Cece, Nick and Jess...


I guess I need to watch this episode again, because I couldn't get past seeing Schmidt without a shirt and either sweaty or oily...yuck. I guess it ruined the show for me, so I missed the funny parts. I am about to give up on the show, though. Just not doing it for me.


I gave up on this series weeks ago but this episode was tolerable.


This was a GREAT episode. I liked the Naked episode last week too, but CeCe did bring an extra something to the dynamic and all the wonderful Nick and Jess moments (especially at the end) made me happy. And Schmidt is hilarious. I love that he was parkour-ing all over the house.

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New Girl Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Jess: I don't need any help! Nick and I are friends. You don't know cause you don't have guy friends. You just hang out with jerks like Gavin. Or, I'm sorry DJ Dia-beatit.
Cece: He has diabetes.
Jess: He does? Boohoo! I'm sorry. Is it bad? Cause I feel really bad.
Cece: He's fine, he takes medication.

I'm not like you! I don't just jump in the potato sack, with the first potato that I meet with diabetes!