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Hell Hath No Fury Like A Schmidt Scorned: Cute-Ranking Last Night's 'New Girl' And 'Mindy Project'

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | October 2, 2013 | Comments ()


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Once again, New Girl was the clear front-runner this week. (Get it together, Mindy. I told everyone you were worth watching!) First things first, in an hour full of break-ups at least we were given one couple to ship. Winston and Ferguson forever, y’all.

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Actually there was a lot of Nick and Jess cuteness too. Squabbling cuteness. I am absolutely loving how the show is handling these two being together.

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And, of course, we can, if we want, ship Morgan and Dr. C. The National certainly was.

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I guess the biggest heartbreak from The Mindy Project should have been the departure of Anders Holm. But we all saw that coming and the episode handled it so messily and inorganically. No, the real heartbreak came from how little I was impressed by Adam Pally’s new character. I adore Pally from his work on Happy Endings but my feelings about him here are only middling at best. He’s going to be a series regular going forward and I was really excited by that prospect. After last night? Not so much.

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But, dear god, the gut punch of the night was Hannah Simone’s face. And the camera kept lingering there. Because she’s so damn beautiful even as her world is crumbling. BAD SCHMIDT. I don’t know how he could possibly come back from this. I’m on record as hating the whole plot line, yes?

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But don’t be sad, everyone. Look, Nick made up a dance so everyone will be happy! Is it working?

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  • puppetDoug

    Um, how can you not like Schmidt being the big bad for the season? Schmidt is the Spike of New Girl. He's a douchebag, you were introduced to him as such, then you start liking him anyway, then you get mad when he acts like one. You're all like, "This plot line is dumb and it makes me hate him!" and then in like a season, you're gonna be like, "Damn you, Joss (read: Elizabeth Meriweather)! How dare you get me to feel sorry for Spike (read: Schmidt)!" Schmidt will try to break up Jess and Nick, thus proving Jess and Nick aren't something to be inactively rooting against like all you fucked up divorce children are doing RIGHT NOW (read: I'm one of you). Schmidt will then redeem himself to Cece and the audience with something big, even though I wanted him with OG girlfriend because I wants fat Schmidty more than douche Schmidt to be the real Schmidt.

  • That last fight between Nick and Jess was ridiculous and hilarious and everything I love about the show and they have the most perfect relationship. That's how my husband and I fight--in complete absurdities.

    I'm definitely glad the storylines I hated seem to be ending. I hated Casey and Mindy because they were obviously doomed to fail, and I just kept waiting for it to happen...and yeah, it happened in a horribly lame way. I barely knew it had happened.

    And I can't wait to see Schmidt free from that dumb love triangle. They just kept dragging it on.

  • Dita Svelte

    I speed-watched Mindy S1 last week and loved it, but this episode undermined the amazing Pastor Casey to such an extent it just didn't ring true. Boo! Was not thrilled by Adam Pally joining the cast as a series regular - can't get behind his one-note, douchey schtick. That pic above says it all. If I wanted to watch doughy white men with questionable hygiene be obnoxious to women, I'd watch practically every other show on network television. Including the local news.

    'New Girl' - I initially wasn't sure about the Schmidt double-dating storyline in the premiere, but the rise of the (literally) glazed Terschmidtator as the romance-nemesis to Jess and Old Man was a twist worth waiting for. Cliffhanger!

  • fish

    I think horses are from outer space! Me too!
    So some points for orignality for New Girl, no? Because we were concerned that by Nick & Jess being together, there wouldn't be any sexual chemistry, and the show would die a slow death. But new twist, they stay together while their friend/roommate vows to break them up! Can't say I've seen that before.

  • Maddy

    Ahh Cece's face was devastating. I don't know how I feel about not liking Schmidt anymore. Somehow Nick and Jess are still adorable and not at all irritating.

    I actually enjoyed Mindy, not the best episode but not horrible. But considering how long it took me to get on board with this show not quite ready to jump off yet.

  • I know they were going to break Casey & Mindy up eventually, but that "Casey is an undecisive flibbertigibbet" was horrible. It was so out-of-nowhere, they might as well have had him just say "I must go now, my planet needs me."

    Godspeed, Anders Holm. You deserved better.

  • Even Stevens

    I felt like they did the same thing to break up her and Josh last year - he was reluctant to commit, then was like let's do it I'm all in and then it was "haha! Just kidding! You're his mistress, Mindy!"

  • Bert_McGurt

    That was WAAAY out of left field, wasn't it?

  • emmalita

    I wish they had taken a couple more episodes to break up Casey and Mindy.

  • Xander

    Damn that Daft Nick and his brilliant dance

  • Liz

    I think Chelsea Peretti's dance on Brooklyn 99 won the night.

  • Blake

    Or Holt's look when he walked in on BLACK PEOPLE CAN SELL DRUGS! chant.

    Everyone in the cast was terrific last night.

    Also loved Angry Terry.

  • Erin S

    I am always rooting for Mindy but I was disappointed last night. Too many things going on, and the ending, which should have been sad, even if I never really liked Casey, just felt tacked on and sudden. I think they should have saved Pally's plot for the next episode, keeping the action at the music festival. 30 minutes is not a lot of time for serious emotional developments, but they managed it in the first season finale by not dividing it up into too many b and c plot stories.

  • dizzylucy

    I agree, definitely too much going on. It made some big stuff seem very rushed.
    Didn't love Adam Pally's character, but aside from that also agree it would have been better saved for a different episode.

  • ZizoAH

    I was really surprised by Mindy Kailing's dramatic scene in the episode. I want to see more of that side now!

  • It's crazy how the two episodes were so similar--Mindy AND Schmidt were both super dramatic and they both pulled it off quite beautifully. They need to do that more.

  • kerokan

    I don't think I'll be watching New Girl anymore. Schmidt's plot of choosing between 2 girls is frustrating and Winston is just not an interesting character. Nick is going the way of Homer. Finally New Girl managed to make Zooey D's Jess the most interesting character not by elevating her, but by lowering everybody else. Meh. I'll go watch something else.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Re: Winston: It seems as though someone told the writers that a lot of the audience were tired of the character being stuck in quarantine and so they decided that 'increasingly isolated and insane' is the same thing as character development.

    And the whole S&C romantic death spiral triangle...noooopppe. I checked out after the cold open. I'm not interested in seeing them write season one for a third time.

  • Misa

    Exactly. In the first season Schmidt and Cece were awesome and clearly on the way to become fans' favorites. Their plot was meaty. Now Schmidt has lost momentum, so much that he is almost replaceable. Cece is invisible and weak (I won't go on a feminist rant, she was strong and beautiful and powerful and they could have made her 3dimensional without destroying her personality).

    Nick is getting blander but not better (e.g. what he did to the kid in the first episode of this season, hence the "homerisation").

    I actually like Zooey, but she should have remained quirky, may be less hysterical and more Amelie-Poulain. Or may be she could have gone the "I am a creative clever woman, I don't need no sex-in-the-toilet with a pretty guy to prove anything".

    As for Wilson, I am not from the US and I won't address the "only black guy in the group" issue. I have to say, though, that I loved the other actor, the one who only appeared in the pilot, and that when he was replaced (because he had a contractual obligation?) I almost stopped watching altogether.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Winston. But that says something about the writers doesn't it? That he's so unnecessary that people can't even remember his name?

  • Blake

    While I don't agree with all of your post it is valid. Schmidt's 2 girl plot line was dumb and now it's even dumber with him trying to break Nick and Jess up.

    Watch Brooklyn Nine Nine! Last night's episode was the best of the 3 so far and the show has been sadly ignored by Pajiba.

    BLACK PEOPLE CAN SELL DRUGS!
    BLACK PEOPLE CAN SELL DRUGS!

  • JoannaRobinson

    We like the show!

  • Allijo

    If you had put up the Nick dancing gif without saying it was from New Girl, I would have thought it was another Colbert Report sketch making fun of Daft Punk.

    Or is it?

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I'm glad they're doing more with Winston this season. He felt like a sideline character last year. And I really like the little songs that he sings for himself. Every time I almost get the 'Puzzling' song out of my head, it comes back with a vengeance.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Did they stop sidelining him? Of the five minutes that I could stomach, I saw Winston begging for someone to care about him and then apparently, he went off trying to do something nice and got nothing for it--again. It doesn't even feel like he's on the same show.

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