Around the Water Cooler: “New Girl” – The Season 3 Premiere (SPOILERS)


Who: “New Girl” currently airs on network TV, specifically on FOX, Tuesdays at 9:00 PM.

What: “New Girl,” a situation comedy about goofy but lovable teacher (some have described her as ‘adorkable’) Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), who, after finding out that her boyfriend cheated on her, answers a Craig’s List ad and ends up living in a loft with three others guys, including metrosexual, yuppie womanizer Schmidt; grumpy but down-to-earth bartender Nick; and eccentric but loyal radio producer Winston.  Also interwoven into this mix is Jess’ childhood friend CeCe, a deadpan model who has more street smarts than Jess but tends to make poorer choices, such as becoming involved with Schmidt (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here:

When: The Season 3 premiere aired on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, on FOX at 9:00 PM.

Where: The show is set in Los Angeles, California, primarily in the loft itself.

Why: I just caught up with this show on Netflix instant.  I had some interest in it when it was first advertised because I love Zooey Deschanel, but for some reason, I wasn’t able to catch it when it was on.  So many people, both trusted friends and critics alike, have said it was funny; once it became available on Netflix, I binge watched both seasons.  It is now one of my favorite sitcoms ever…for now. It is, in fact, quite hilarious, and I laugh out loud at least once per episode I see.

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

Of course, the biggest question of this new season is how the landscape is going to change now that Nick and Jess have confessed their feelings for each other, have slept together, and have run away (at least temporarily) to Mexico, at least until the gang brings them back in this episode.  The sexual tension and will-they-or-won’t-they quality of their chemistry was a huge contributing factor to the hilarity of the first two seasons.  Will it sustain now that these two characters have found each other?

To that end, Schmidt, after being given an ultimatum to choose between CeCe, who narrowly escaped from her (somewhat) arranged marriage, and his former-turned-current girlfriend Elizabeth, does what only Schmidt does best: avoids confrontation by telling each girl he chose her without making an actual choice.  While this scenario produced some groans from this viewer’s end, in that it is somewhat of a tired trope, it could also potentially be hilarious because Schmidt is such a unique douchebag of a character.  Will the dysfunction with CeCe trump his inner fat kid feelings for Elizabeth?  Viewers like us can only wait to find out.

And will someone please find Winston a lady friend?  I do not want to watch him doing puzzles without his pants for the next 23 episodes.

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

1) How is the whole dynamic between Nick and Jess going to play out?

2) Will Schmidt escape with his life after failing to make a choice between CeCe and Elizabeth?  Should he and CeCe really end up together?

3) For the love of God, really, Winston needs a woman.


For such a simple premise, New Girl is a refreshingly contemporary and relevant situation comedy that finds a few atypical character archetypes and mixes them together into a wildly flavorful (and crunchy) salad of laughs.  That shouldn’t change, but the executive producers have noted in interviews that the landscape is changing and wide open now that Jess and Nick will be intermingling.  How will it affect the dynamics of the loft?  Of course, who cares, as long as it stays as funny and fresh as it was the first two seasons?


New Girl is one of FOX’s higher rated shows, so a full season was automatically ordered.  What will happen as the year progresses?  Only time will tell.


One comment

  1. kyliekeelee · September 23, 2013

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