Season Three, Episode Seven
So remember when Damon Wayans Jr. was on the pilot of New Girl? No? Well he was and as the story apparently goes, he moved out and in came Winston (because you need that one black guy who acts white to make New Girl work). Well Coach comes back and he’s practically a brand new character because we don’t remember anything about him two years ago. We do know that the guys love to party with him and that he just broke up with his girlfriend.
Just an observation: this episode reminded me a lot of the Friends episode when Ross and Chandler’s college buddy, “Gandolf” was supposed to hang out with them and party like they did in the past. Not only was Coach their “Gandolf,” but they share that moment when they realize that they’re not young anymore. In Friends the music at the clubs was too loud. In New Girl, they shouldn’t be drinking on a Tuesday with early work the next morning.
The center of this episode once again involves the relationship between Nick and Jess. Being peer pressured, Nick comments that they never put titles on their relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. Naturally this offends Jess and while Nick goes out with the guys to a strip club (for old times sake), Jess tries to get back at Nick for making her feel bad. Jess and Cece go to the bar and Cece nudges Jess to call the guy who gave her his number at the coffeehouse. He winds up being a very charming and good-looking guy named Artie (Taye Diggs) and the drunker Jess gets, the more concerned Cece gets.
Meanwhile back at the strip club, the guys are able to extract the fact that Coach misses his girlfriend and also doesn’t want to be at the strip club. But when they make it back to the loft, Artie’s in Jess’ bed in his birthday suit. This is the one moment of the episode I really enjoyed because I didn’t know how Nick was going to react. That’s arguably what is great about the Nick and Jess relationship on New Girl. They’re both so odd and quirky that in the most normal of situations, they act outrageously. Therefore how the hell are they supposed to react in insane situations?
“Coach” was a decent episode, but the return of Damon Wayans Jr. didn’t do anything for me, partially because I didn’t know what to expect from him (plus I’m still used to him on Happy Endings). It was great to see Jess and Cece on-screen, though that didn’t last too long once Artie came into the picture. And even though Nick and Jess wind up feeling good about their relationship at the end, their uncertainty throughout didn’t feel very natural. But that goes along the way every character in New Girl is like a cartoon, acting out and saying ridiculous things one after the other. It makes for some funny moments, but the show is losing its heart.
Last but not least:
- Winston buys $2,000 worth of bunny money and nothing about this is funny.
- Happy that they mentioned Schmidt moving out across the hall briefly, though I expect that to be some kind of big part of upcoming episodes.
- I laughed the hardest during the scene when the guys run away from the cops at the station.
- That was some sweet Velvet Rabbit swag the guys were rocking.