YMMV / New Girl


  • Actor Shipping: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel have been getting this recently.
  • Arc Fatigue:
  • Crazy Awesome: Jess talked a man with a gun into not only not shooting her, but giving up the parking space he was trying to steal, by being kind and apologetic. She later did herself one better by scaring off a coyote by getting on all fours and howling.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • Winston's flip-out with the napkins.
    • SHE SENT ME A CACTUS!
    • Nick Miller's love of "Cotton Eye Joe" and the fact he was fist pumping to it without even realizing.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nick's best friend, Tran. Despite having one line thus far, he's very popular with fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Nick/Jess early on.
    • One-time Official Couple Nick and Kai had a lot of fans hoping they'd last, as she was one of the few interests to really match Nick's personality. Plus, she's related to Ensemble Darkhorse Tran.
    • Schmidt/Elizabeth seems to rival, if not surpass, Schmidt/Cece in popularity.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Several episodes in season 4 seem to have the aesop of "you should judge a book by its cover," as several times Jess tries to see the goodness in people after being initially turned off and winds up being unable. And Ryan, whom she initially thinks is cute? He winds up being even more amazing the more Jess gets to know him.
  • Fridge Brilliance: It's possible that Nick's still got law school debt hanging over him and that's why, despite bartending tips, he's so desperately short on and overly cautious about money.
    • In one episode, Nick makes fun of Schmidt for getting his socks dry-cleaned. Later, it turns out Schmidt doesn't know how to do laundry.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Winston thinking Crispin Glover was the first person to die in the Boston Massacre is funny. However, knowing that the name Winston meant to say was Crispus Attucks makes it hilarious.
    • While on a jealous tirade about Cece's photo-shoot riding a missile with a male model, Schmidt shouts about the arms race, saying, "Didn't you learn anything from Eisenhower?" This is a reference to Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous farewell address in which he warned about the dangers of the growing military-industrial complex.
    • In "Pepperwood", Nick mocks the choice of font of one of Jess's (adult) students. He then holds the manuscript up, revealing the font in question to be Courier New, pretty much the de facto standard for professional typed manuscripts. A subtle hint at how clueless Nick is as an author.
  • Growing the Beard: General consensus is that season 2 is when the show transformed from "The Zooey Deschanel Show" to a true ensemble with great chemistry from the main cast.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Dennis Farina appeared as Nick's con-man dad only to die from a heart attack in a later episode. Farina would die later that year from a pulmonary embolism.
    • In season 3, Winston (who is black) acquired a cat named Ferguson and joined the police academy. After August 2014, the town of Ferguson was suddenly the epicenter of a debate on systemic racism on the part of police officers against African-Americans.
    • Prince approached the production team about guest-starring as himself because he was a massive Jess/Nick shipper, and wanted to act as a love guru to help mend their relationship, but they were broken up before the end of season three and appeared to be done. Prince died mere weeks before the fifth season finale, where Jess realizes she still loves Nick and wants to get back together with him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Stephen Amell was in a couple of episodes as Kyle, Cece's boyfriend. In his last episode Jess was trying to score a one-night-stand with a guy named Oliver, Cece's shows up with a loopy Kyle (from eating shrooms), and things getting really complicated from there. Amell later ended up starring on Arrow as Oliver Queen. In this show, Oliver's ex-girlfriend makes out with Kyle, screaming "How does it feel, Oliver!?" The episode "Wedding" had Katie Cassidy as Brooke, who would be another Arrow cast member as Laurel. Both Brooke and Laurel ended up as Alcoholics Anonymous members.
    • Joey King guest stars in season one's "Bully". King also starred as Ramona Quimby in the 2010 film version and had a role in The Dark Knight Rises. Two seasons later, in "Keaton", Jess dresses as "Joey Ramona Quimby" for Halloween and has a plot to distract Schmidt by dressing in a "Dark Knight Rises" Batman costume.
    • The subplot in "Bad In Bed" with Winston bringing Nick to his barber shop, after Lamorne Morris's role in Barbershop: the Next Cut.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Schmidt constantly calls Nick fat. Since Schmidt was Formerly Fat he's likely more critical of others, Nick included. Other characters comment on Nick's weight a few times, which is less justifiable.
  • Ho Yay: There's a one-sided element of this to Nick and Schmidt's friendship, much to Nick's dismay.
    • Schmidt's jealousy at being the only one in the group to have not seen Nick's penis.
    Schmidt: Wait, Nick's going to show his penis to the ocean and not me! *runs after him*
    • Also, there's those times when Nick accidentally says borderline-romantic things to childhood friend Winston and then scrambles to correct himself.
      • In response, Winston is pretty defensive of Nick's attractiveness.
    • Nick can get weirdly over-invested in some of Jess' love interests. (Unlike her, his feelings for Russell have not diminished over time.)
    Nick: Ah, the only man we both loved.
    • Two words: lap dance (two more words: eye contact). Nick reached a new level of dismay at this point.
    • Schmidt and Robby. Schmidt even called them "married."
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Jess and Winston's "methheads stole Schmidt's suits" cover-up. Yes, the audience is supposed to look at them like they're insane.
    • The gang trying to hide Jess' "meth" in season 4 as well. From the the fact it didn't even really need to hidden in the first place (it's not like the inspector is a drug sniffing dog) to the increasingly poor decisions on hiding it, to the fact it wasn't even meth, it's clear that dealing with meth in any way, shape, or form turns the cast into idiots.
  • Informed Wrongness: In season 3, Winston dumps Daisy for dating another guy and lying to him about it (and steals her cat). However, they very explicitly weren't exclusive, and while she did initially lie about it when she was put on the spot, she came clean eventually. While she could've handled it better, she wasn't the clear-cut villain she was made out to be.
    • She did, however, sleep with that third party after agreeing to be exclusive with Winston when he picked up Ferguson, which was the deal-breaker for Winston.
    Winston: How do you know him?
    Daisy: From sex. But it was sex from before you and I were exclusive.
    Winston: Have you had sex with him since?
    Daisy: No. Wait. Yes. Last night.
    Winston: Look, um I really liked you, Daisy. You know, I wanted this to be a thing, but, uh I deserve better. (beat) And so does Ferguson. (takes the carrier and closes the door) I GOT YO' CAT!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Schmidt is an insufferably pompous windbag with delusions of grandeur, whose very presence summons memories of Ted Baxter and who is frequently insensitive, cruel and overly controlling of his friends. But he is on the receiving end of a lot of abuse at work due to being the only male, he seems incapable of forming meaningful relationships, his childhood was very unhappy (His mother was also a control freak and an oblivious Alcoholic), he spent much of his life being teased due to his weight (Which came about due to his unhappy homelife) and he is overall an enormous bundle of neuroses and compulsions barely keeping himself together.
  • Les Yay: While it can be explained as them being best friends since childhood, Cece really is very protective and caring of Jess.
    • In Cabin, with Jess and Angie as the latter tries to teach the former to shoot a gun. Nick comments that his nightmare and fantasy are colliding.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Between the key fake-out and the coyote face-off, Jess in See Ya.
    • In First Date, she reveals that she hides her extra phone chargers because she enjoys watching Schmidt and Winston fight over the loft's communal charger.
  • Moe: Jess, because of her appearance, big-hearted naivete, and the tendency she compels in people to take care of her (even if she doesn't always need it).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Nick getting beaten by Halloween haunted house employees after accidentally punching Jess.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Nick/Jess is already being called Ness and/or Nessie. Jick doesn't quite sound right.
    • Schmess for Schmidt/Jess.
    • Schmece (Schmidt/Cece).
    • In season four, Winston actually uses "Jyan" to describe Jess and Ryan's relationship.
    • Appropriately, given the Ho Yay between Nick and Schmidt, the name of their company is "Schnick Industries".
  • Promoted Fanboy: Prince. Yes, that one. His appearance in the second season came after he asked to be on the show, and he even pitched the concept for the episode!
  • Relationship Sue: In season 4, Ryan. His sheer perfection is lampshaded multiple times.
  • Seasonal Rot: Many thought that Season 3 was a lot more mixed in its quality coming off of the acclaimed Season 2. Frequently cited is the Shipping Bed Death for Nick and Jess, the "Sister" three part episode, Arc Fatigue over Schmidt and Cece, and the season finale being such a non-Wham Episode that a significant portion of the audience didn't even realize the season was over.
  • She Really Can Act: Megan Fox was so funny as Reagan that some expressed that they would be fine with her being a permanent replacement for Jess, although seeing as how it was so heavily lampshaded that she was doing maternity cover for Zooey Deschanel, it was never really on the cards.
  • Shipping:
    • If Tumblr is anything to go by, back in the beginning of the first season there already was a small fandom of people who ship Nick/Jess and a handful for Jess/Schmidt.
    • And as of the third episode, Jess/Winston.
    • And recently Cece/Schmidt.
    • And the obvious Les Yay pairing of Cece/Jess.
    • There's some Nick/Schmidt going on too.
  • Ship Mates: Nick/Jess and Cece/Schmidt.
  • Tear Jerker: The episode "Injured" became this as it showed just how broken and unhappy Nick truly is and how much he regrets many of his life decisions.
    • The ending of Backslide...
    • The ending of First Date (before the tag with the singing homeless man, though that could be called a tearjerker for different reasons), because of all that wasted effort that left them barely able to talk to each other.
    • The restaurant confrontation in Double Date.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Subverted, but this series was accused of being a copy of My Boys; this show, however, is considerably a bigger success. It also helps they don't share much beyond the "girl with boys" premise, considering PJ of My Boys was a complete tomboy and Jess most certainly is the antithesis of such.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Caroline. For someone who purportedly abused Nick physically and emotionally for years, she seems nothing but nice in all of her season 1 appearances. Yet Nick choosing to break up with her and stay in the loft is considered a big win for the everyone and Caroline's feelings aren't even considered. If she truly was such a terrible person previously, she does seem to have genuinely become a better person in the intervening time. When she reappears in season 3 she's a Psycho Ex-Girlfriend, but when Nick actually talks to her like a normal human being she is remarkably level-headed.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In "Jury Duty", John Cho's lawyer character makes a big deal about the importance of law and the civic duty of being on a jury, yet he says nothing about the conflict of interest inherent in one of the jurors on a case he's arguing being a woman he's trying to date, a major violation of the "impartial jury" clause of the Sixth Amendment.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Jess and Paul, her first boyfriend on the show, have sex in an elevator. Nick carries Jess out of the elevator to his room for sex.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jess.
    • Alternately — or additionally — Nick.
      • Nick is getting there more and more. He is stuck in a low paying job, his best friend is an egotistical douchebag who constantly judges him, he has such a poor credit history he can't even buy a phone, his relationships never seem to work out, he is extremely fragile emotionally, he has many dreams and ambitions he never fulfilled because he lacked confidence and he is filled with regret and self-loathing about his life. Then the writers made him think he had cancer. Which only became apparent through a severe back injury he had to go to a gynecologist for because he can't afford health insurance. To make matters worse, Nick is already incredibly cynical, not having the luxury of Jess' rose-tinted glasses.
      • Yeah, Jess got past her break-up angst (a lot more quickly and cleanly than Nick got past his) and has since been basically replaced by Nick as the designated woobie.
    • Cece has become one in season three due to Schmidt's infidelity. Crowning example is the episode before when she attends Schmidt's office party only to be lied to and forced to hide in the office. She knows that he is up to something bad but can't bring herself to admit it. Let's just say that Hannah Simone has gotten very good at making emotional pain register.

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