New Girl Review: In Front of the Iron Curtain

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On New Girl this week, Brooklyn Decker guest-starred... Schmidt got shirtless... Winston actually got some...

... and, oh yeah, Nick and Jess made out. EEK!

Indeed, after a season-plus of teasing and hinting, "Cooler" finally brought together these two roommates in an especially moving, hilarious and appropriate manner. With Jess still dating Sam and Nick being, well, Nick, it's unclear what the future holds for this pair.

Will they date? Will they regret the kiss in the morning? Who knows. But let's leave the tomorrow for tomorrow. Today, in the case of this episode and how the big moment played out, it was perfect.

Prepping For Pickup

To the sitcom's credit, it's never shied away from Jess and Nick as a potential couple. The chemistry between the actors and characters has been so clear from the beginning that Jess and Nick themselves have acknowledged how their feelings surpass mere friendship on more than one occasion.

But the timing hasn't been right and, let's face it, dating one's roommate is a big deal. It's a tricky situation. You need to be certain you're ready for it, you need to be sure of those feelings - or maybe you just need to be locked in a room with your half-naked close pal.

Except if you're Nick Miller, Romantic Extraordinaire.

While the obvious move here would have been for Jess and Nick to to quickly suck it up and French a little - a clear and present threat of tongue was required, after all - only to then give in to their desires and "do stuff" together (to quote Winston)... the show went in a different, heartfelt direction.

Nick didn't want their first kiss - something he's likely dreamed about, while wearing a women's trench coat, of course - to be part of contrived game. It shouldn't be forced, it should be natural. It should be passionate, not pressure-packed. Yes, Nick may be bitter and cynical when it comes to pretty much the entire world, but not when it comes to Jessica Day.

Yes, any Ness 'shipper (sorry) had to be thrilled with the way this storyline went and with the intense lip-lock that concluded the half hour. It was the ideal combination of heart and humor.

All that - and there was True American! Even if Nick and Jess had never swapped spit, this episode would have been an all-timer for the most ridiculous, hysterical game in modern television history.

I caught references to Joe Biden; Abu Nazir; secret tunnels; Amber Waves of Grain; Howard Dean's scream; and the Hawley Smoot Tariff Act.

I have no idea who came up with this concept, but to steal one from Liz Lemon: I want to go to there. Now.

An incredible episode all around. Funny, sentimental, character-building. Any time Brookyn Decker taking off her top doesn't even make a review, you know a show has done something right.

What did everyone else think? Are you happy Jess and Nick finally got to first base?


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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oh and btw, the part where Schmidt faints when Nick is on the outside of the building.... L.M.F.A.O!!!! So freakin funny!!!!!


Quite honestly, the best episode of the series thus far. Okay maybe I'm stretching but definitely of the season!!! EEEK!! They kissed!!!! That was the sexiest I've ever seen Nick Miller look. I'm in love! *swoons*


Total fangirl squealing over here!! I adore Nick & Jess. I loved that kiss & how he wouldn't kiss her in the game. I think Nick & Jess are good for each other, in that he can kind of bring her down to earth a little (not too much!) and she can break him out of his shell. I usually watch this show on the DVR then erase it, but this is a total keeper!


Brenda Song was in it too...


This episode was hysterical! Laughed out loud so many times. And that kiss was just amazingly hot...I liked that there was no music or anything during that moment, it was just very raw!


Okay - the kiss was awesome, I've already talked about that. I forgot to mention how hilarious EVERYONE in that episode was. Every time I think of "Ey girl, what yo' name is?" it makes me laugh out - man, Winston killed it. And fainting Schmidt was SOOOOO FUNNY. Honestly one of the best episodes ever.


The kiss was lovely timed and passionate.... But I really prefer Sam and Jess as a couple. He balances her. I feel like her and Nick together, even though its good in theory, just don't quite work. She needs someone more relaxed and level headed to deal to balance out how terribly neurotic she is. The cooler theory is awesome - my male friends and I inadvertantly do that to each other so often to!


5 stars!! i loved this episode.
Schmidt was funny as usual. i also lost it when he fainted..
That kiss between Jess and Nick was simply perfect. I was so glad they didnt have their first kiss in the game. The way they showed it was just beautiful..
Brenda Song was good too. Winston was hilarious today "Ey girl, what yo name is?... what that thang do?" lmfao!!! im loving this season of new girl. much much better than season 1!


Even thought I saw it coming it was still an awesome moment for this show.

Leigh r

5 stars. Obsessed. Probably my favorite episode of New Girl. Seriously they do need to market True American or at least release the rules! I'm not going to lie, I choked from laughing so hard when Schmidt fainted. I don't know why but I lost it. And then that kiss. That was like hall of fame- Ross and Rachel's first kiss in the doorway at Central Perk while it was raining type of kiss.

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