Gif-Heavy, Halloweeny Proof That Nick is the Best "New Girl" Character
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Gif-Heavy, Halloweeny Proof That Nick is the Best "New Girl" Character

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | October 31, 2012 | Comments ()


Zooey Deschanel may still be touted as the star of Fox's "New Girl," but her co-stars Jake Johnson as Nick and Max Greenfield as Schmidt routinely steal the show. (Lamorne Morris has his moments, too, as Winston.) As Deschanel's Jess has been toned down several notches -- less adorkable, more relatable -- the men in her in life have only been amped up. Schmidt is still ridiculous in his striving to be cool; even his attempt to hang with the hipsters down the hall went down in flames. ("Who wants to start an Arcade Fire?") Nick, however, is approaching the absurd, and it is glorious. Whether he believes the old homeless man frequenting his bar is actually an older version of himself visiting from the future or has trouble reciprocating Schmidt's affection and cookie-giving ("Give me cookie, got you cookie!"), Nick is always hilarious and endearing. Johnson brings such sweetness to the character, a guy still trying to find himself and who has a lot of potential, if only he put as much effort into developing a career as he does planning elaborate pranks on his roommates. You can't help but want to be his friend.

Johnson was perfect in this week's episode, "Halloween." Nick's fear of haunted houses is something many can relate to, and not just because here the haunted house largely represented his fear of the unknown in relationships. No, those houses are terrifying because demented clowns jumping out and screaming at you is terrifying. It's just not cool. Naturally, Nick screamed back at the clown and later punched a zombie -- perfectly understandable behavior. But he was in the haunted house for a noble reason (finding Jess, the zombie -- long story), and he powered through his fear out of dedication to her. Nick is evolving, but he's still one of the funniest characters around. He had me at his Bea Arthur costume.

So here's to Nick, who is afraid of many things but isn't afraid to shriek at the sight of pretend monsters. He's the best. This sequence in the haunted house just may put this among my favorite of Halloween-themed TV episodes.






You really can't blame him for this, Jess. I'd have started swinging, too.

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Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She will probably steal the Bea Arthur idea at some point.

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  • kirbyjay

    Ok, Nick is fine. He's funny, evolving, blah, blah, blah...but did you SEE Schmidt dancing in his grape smugglers? I always say that unless you own a horse and a herd of cattle, a cowboy hat is a big no no, but for Schmidt it's a yes yes.

  • annie

    Nick is like the sincere, un-pretentious Ted Mosby. And cuddlier.

  • Jezzer

    I'd try to get people to watch this show, but they would all roll their eyes at "Zooey Deschanel," and I'd have to explain how one of the running gags is how irritating her Manic Pixie shtick is to normal people.

    But now I can tell them that she totally gets punched in one episode. ILU, NEW GIRL.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm ashamed to admit that I refused to watch New Girl for a long time for that exact reason. I'm completely eating my words now, so keep trying. Tie them down if you have to.

  • Slash

    Oh, and people who jump out at others in places where said jumping out is NOT expected deserve to get punched. Hard.

  • Slash

    It's never not funny when a dude screams like a girl. How do they get their voices so high?

  • Northern I

    When he started screaming "This is my nightmare! This is my nightmare!" beverages were ejected from my nostrils.

  • Funky_Brewster

    I laughed so hard at Nick in that haunted house last night. I kept rewinding and watching it. It was the best!

  • Puddin

    Nick and Jess would be great, but let's be honest--Schmidt and Nick are the greatest romance on television.

  • Abbey Road

    I have to say, the first couple of eps obviously set him up to be Jess's sort of romantic interest, and I was utterly baffled. But within a few more eps, it was kind of a "ok, this guy's pretty funny, but also mostly sad." I don't know when it was, but by the end of Season 1, I LOVE Nick. One of my favorite sitcom characters.

  • Abbey Road

    Besides Schmidt. Obviously.

  • Nick Miller has long been my favorite rommate on this show. He's equally good at being the straight man and the complete weirdo of an episode. Also, I have a huge crush on him.

  • MikeRoorda

    I LOVED the clip after the credits where he lets Jess punch him back to even the score. Perfect way to wrap up the episode.

  • TheOriginalMRod






    -Ed McDunnough

  • LaineyBobainey

    NO. WAY. I was *just* looking for a gif of Ed to post!

    I DO love him so much. I do!

  • Loved all the costumes last night - even Shelby's ridiculous play on words.

    I feel like this has really been Nick's season so far. Between last night and the episode where he kept pranking Schmidt, Jake Johnson has been at the top of his game.

  • Sarah, I hope we live in completely different towns, cuz I'm definitely stealing that Bea Arthur idea. That is genius. ;) (Oh, and I completely agree about New Girl.)

  • Three_nineteen

    It's Bee Arthur, people. Bee Arthur.

  • My bad. I must have misunderstood. I thought it was a reference to Golden Girl Bea Arthur.

  • Three_nineteen

    Yes, but it is spelled Bee Arthur because of the bee antennae. A cute little pun!

    I actually didn't understand the costume at all. "If he is Arthur, why does he have little alien ears instead of a martini?", thought a confused me before someone explained.

  • Rob

    I completely disagree. My wife and I find Nick to be almost entirely unlikeable. While I give you that he is evolving, he comes of as a dick far more often than not and we are constantly wondering why the others are friends with him. We enjoy Schmidt the most and liked Jess more before they toned her down. Winston is still underutilized, it is like the writers just don't know what to do with all. They started to develop his character, then a couple episodes later, quit trying.

  • Bedewcrock

    Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo. (We're a mob!!)

  • pockets full of stones

    Douchebag jar!!!

  • Jezzer

    Please tell me you and your wife cannot have children and pass your horrible values down.

  • Rob

    Wow, that escalated quickly. And here I though the Pajiba crowd was different from the anonymous internet douches. Apparently one cannot respectfully disagree here either.

  • no one

    Disagree with the pajiba hivemind at your own risk.

  • Jezzer

    Someone's still touchy about being horribly wrong about Tom Hanks, I see.

  • no one

    yes. it still makes me very sad that an actor I enjoyed so much turned out to be such a duche.

  • Jezzer

    Now I'm sad about how your poor reading comprehension has ruined a lot of movies for you. :(

  • Jezzer

    I'm sorry if my irreverence made you sprain your wrist clutching your pearls. :(

  • kirbyjay

    No silly, this is the Pajiba version of interenet douchery. Instead of "you suck" "you're an idiot" "you are a stupid douchenozzle" you get witty remarks delivered with sarcasm and love. Isn't this a great place?

  • Lauren Mckenzie

    You're like the AT&T of people!

  • MikeRoorda

    You're like the opposite of Batman.

  • John G.

    you're actually asking for MORE adorkable? Go get yourself checked for one of those mini strokes.

  • Romeo Cranberry

    i'm going to have to ask you to leave this site and never come back.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    You're the worst, Britta.

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