Moderated by Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “New Girl” airs on network TV, specifically on Fox, (typically) fall to spring Tuesdays. Season Seven, the series’ upcoming final season, will not premiere until 2018.
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 (Max Greenfield); grumpy but down-to-earth bartender Nick (Jake Johnson); and eccentric but loyal radio producer Winston (Lamorne Morris). Also interwoven into this mix is Jess’ childhood friend CeCe (Hannah Simone), a deadpan model who has more street smarts than Jess but tends to make poorer choices (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/tv/new_girl/summary.html).
When: Season Six aired from September 20, 2016, to April 4, 2017, on Fox.
Where: The show is set in Los Angeles, California, primarily in the loft itself.
Why: Chief CP Kylie found this show on Netflix, having 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, and I didn’t place priority on it because it seemed like an updated rehashing of Friends for the Millennial generation. Yet, so many people, both trusted friends and critics alike, said it was funny; therefore, once it became available on Netflix, I binge watched the first two seasons before watching it in real – or almost real – time. For this latest CPU! podcast episode, a changed complement of fellow New Girl fans joined me around the water cooler to recap New Girl Season Six.
How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)
CPU! previously covered New Girl in both blog and podcast format. To catch up on prior coverage, click some handy hyper or otherwise embedded links for your reading and listening pleasure, provided below:
Season 3: Read here
Seasons 4 & 5
We experienced a roster change on this panel since our last episode. CPU! Panelist Kelsey departed this panel, having essentially jumped the shark on the show, at least for podcast purposes (though she remains on other active CPU! panels, specifically Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The 100); Kristen, however, returns to the Water Cooler to continue chatting about this sitcom and is now joined by frequent CPU! regular Sarah for this episode, in which we cover Season Six of New Girl.
Our small but robust panel of True Americans ultimately struggles through the latest season’s antics of Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston, and CeCe. We cover notable situations from the sixth season, as the show continues to toy with the compatibility and ongoing sexual tension between Nick and Jess, explores the relative diversity of tastes of newlyweds Schmidt and CeCe, and evolves the strange but no less endearing coupling of Winston and Aly. Our panel’s particular level of devotion to this quirky sitcom is definitely on the wane, which we discuss at length in the embedded episode below, though we are both excited by and hopeful for the epilogue eight episodes of Season Seven, green-lit by the Fox network and slated to premiere in 2018.
This particular episode was recorded in September 2017, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points, comedic situations, jokes, and sight gags of Season Six of New Girl. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
1) What will CeCe and Schmidt’s marriage look like?
ANSWER: Surprisingly functional. Despite the fact that they do not apparently have enough money to buy decent property in Los Angeles – and, really, who does? – and despite the fact that Schmidt’s interior design taste is impeccable, while CeCe’s could use some of Schmidt’s guidance (as long as he acknowledges her desires and choices), this couple works well together and remains interesting, even though they are married on a sitcom. Plus – SPOILER – they find themselves on the brink of family expansion! All this is to say that Schmidt and CeCe’s marriage is decidedly: normal.
2) Will Winston and Aly’s romance last? Can they have a spin-off? They’re too cute.
ANSWER: If engagement means lasting romance, then the answer is yes! Winston proposes to Aly – he begins a multi-part plan (is it 21 parts?) to implement this proposal until Jess coaches him away from that approach. Her persuasion, in addition to the usual comedic, complicated circumstances following Winston’s next-level awkwardness, do not prevent Winston from dressing up in a furry costume to memorialize how Winston and Aly first met, of course, since the proposal had to be all Winston in the end.
3) Is Megan Fox coming back for season six to play Reagan? (Can she not?) Are we really about to watch a love triangle between Jess, Nick, and Reagan?
ANSWER: Sadly, she did. Sadly, we did. Fortunately, as Nick manages to complete his first novel with characters drawn heavily from his own subconscious, he soon realizes – and by soon, I mean by the end of the season – that he and Reagan do not belong together, while he and Jess do. He tries to abandon Reagan on a train, of course, in his all-Nick fashion. Fortunately, Reagan receives a huge promotion at her pharmaceutical company, so she appears to be officially copacetic with the breakup and officially gone for good. To that, Kylie the Chief CP says, “Good riddance!”
4) If Jess and Nick get back together, can it be new and fresh? The panel says: “will they or won’t they, and just move on!”
ANSWER: Still a question. Jess and Nick’s inevitable re-coupling literally occurs within the final few minutes of the final episode of the season. What is more, in this upcoming epilogue seventh season, the show is going to time jump to three years into the future. So…what is “new and fresh,” eh? Perhaps, with only eight episodes officially left to air, it no longer matters.
5) Will CeCe and Schmidt get pregnant?
ANSWER: Yes! In the final episode of the season, we learn, and so does the whole loft through what could only be construed as several violations of HIPAA, that CeCe is pregnant. They are both elated, and so are we all.
6) Will Nick and Jess hook up and get pregnant? Or experience a pregnancy scare?
ANSWER: Nick and Jess do not have any romantic entanglements, of an accidental or on purpose nature, until the final episode of the season – so no hook-ups and no potential baby-making consequences of said hook-ups. Though Nick as a scared potential new father is still a legitimate story idea for the show, who knows what we will be watching in Season Seven?
7) What happened to the apartment down the hall? Does Schmidt own it? Are CeCe and Schmidt going to move into it?
ANSWER: Schmidt presumably sold that puppy when he and CeCe bought Jaipur Aviv, their quaint LA fixer upper, because that apartment faded out of the picture faster than Coach.
8) What is Schmidt’s first name already?!
ANSWER: In an anticlimactic reveal that feels mostly like lazy writing, according to universal consensus of the podcast panel, Schmidt’s first name is – drum roll, please – Winston… Via a decision made in college, as Winston Bishop is the original Winston, Schmidt decided to go by “Schmidt” to avoid confusion. Of course, this season, he wants to drop the pretenses when he receives a promotion at work and to aspire to loftier nomenclature. No one is more chagrined than Winston Bishop, except for maybe the CPU! New Girl panel.
1) With an impending time jump, where will all of our characters be as the final eight episodes commence? Will Nick and Jess be together still? Will Nick and Jess get married? Will Winston and Aly still be together? Will we see their wedding, or are we bypassing Winston’s inevitable nuptials? What will CeCe and Schmidt’s adorable child be, look like, and be named? Will they get pregnant again?
2) Will Jess still be principal of the hippie new age school?
3) Will CeCe’s Boys be a successful modeling agency? Will she take care of the children, or…?
4) …Will Schmidt quit his high-powered ad executive job and be a stay-at-home dad?
5) Will Winston and Aly still be police officers?
6) What will happen to the loft?
7) Will Ferguson still be kickin’ it, for feline realz, y’all?
8) Will Coach return for any part of this next season?
9) Will we see any old and/or beloved recurring characters?
10) How will the series end?
For this panel of New Girl fans, the “adorkable” Jess and her lofty pals still bring some laughs but not as freshly or as often as they did when this sitcom premiered. Even though this show started as a contemporary and relevant situation comedy that mixes a few atypical character archetypes into a wildly flavorful (and crunchy) salad of laughs, the lettuce has been wilting since Nick and Jess’ pairing in season three, as the story toyed with coupling Jess and Nick for such an ultimately short-lived and unsatisfying period. The marriage of CeCe and Schmidt offers an interesting new dynamic to the group, especially since they continue to be present in the loft in the sixth season while renovations of their new house commence, but the writers and executive producers still have the uphill task of keeping the show feeling new and interesting, especially as the network ordered the upcoming final, truncated season to tie off loose ends. In fact, some subtle signs of staleness and boredom from repetitive and routine storytelling have definitely settled in, as the panel notes in this podcast episode; the mission of the writers is to give this talented cast of performers and the characters they portray something more intelligent to do in the final season and to end the series on the highest and most feel-good note possible for these five quirky but enjoyably entertaining friends.
New Girl was renewed for an eight-episode Season 7, which will be its final season. The season premiere date has not yet been announced. CPU! will revisit New Girl following the airing of Season Seven with a combined recap of the seventh season and a retrospective “Looking Back” discussion. Stay tuned to CPU! for future New Girl coverage and announcements as they become available.