Though this episode was full of comedic delights of all sorts - Rob Reiner! Schmidt doing the running man! - I was most struck by, well, how well Jess and Nick's relationship is going.
After their 1.5 seasons worth of confusion and ambivalence and aquarium-damaging make-out sessions, I thought their relationship would be just as sloppy and full of indecision as the flirting that proceeded it.
But this week, both Nick and Jess spoke quite highly of their potential for a serious relationship together - and made it clear that they planned on moving forward with things.
I had anticipated one (or both!) or them freaking out/ getting weird in the aftermath of the Boning Heard Round the (TV) World, so their ability to deal with sleeping together like mature adults who dig each other was a sweet and unexpected surprise.
Of course, all of this begs the question: didn't they put off getting together for almost two whole seasons because they thought their relationship would be a train-wreck? Why isn't their relationship a train-wreck? Did something change? Did Nick's self-improvement plan take him that far, that quickly?
Or is this the first time in recorded human history that having sex actually helped people decide to commit to each other romantically? I want answers!
Okay, I don't really want answers; I just surprised myself by realizing that I have kind of a lot invested in their relationship (yes, I have friends in real life, too!)(okay, I have a friend in real life)(okay, that one friend is actually a dog)(and that dog is imaginary).
Rob Reiner once again killed as the senior Day--aside from tossing out one of the night's choicest New Girl quotes, Reiner's appearance helped cement the show in the pantheon of smart-but-tender romantic comedies.
Reiner, the director behind When Harry Met Sally... and The Princess Bride, has probably had a hand in forming the romantic ideals of about 90% of us (including you, reading this, right now!). So his guest appearances always have the feeling of a kind of blessing of the show as the next generation in intelligent romantic comedies.
I've always been a Cece fan, and a fan of Schmidt and Cece together, but can we all admit that Elizabeth is kind of the best? I know she is most likely a device to ratchet up tension in the Schmidt/ Cece subplot, but I wish she'd stick around. The loft could use someone who's not afraid to punch a little penis when people get out of line.
Over the course of a handful of episodes, we've gone from all of the loft-dwellers being pretty miserable, to everyone being pretty happy and satisfied (Winston even got that golden telescope!).
So...how are they going to wreck all that in the season's one remaining episode? I don't know, but I am so desperate to see what role Her Royal Swiftness plays in the proceedings, I can hardly bear it.
What do you think of Nick and Jess's blossoming relationship? Do you think Elizabeth will make Schmidt forget about Cece? There is just no way Cece is actually getting married, right? Right??