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Here's How Last Night's Heartbreaking Episode of 'New Girl' Made Us Feel

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | March 26, 2014 | Comments ()


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Last night’s New Girl wasn’t funny at all. There was nothing funny about the way that episode ended, and not even Schmidt’s upside-down testicles could leaven that sick feeling it left us with. It was sadness. I felt sad. Really sad, like the helpless kind of sad that can’t be drowned in whiskey because it was that kind of sad that whiskey would only exacerbate. It was deep, and hollow, and achy and hurty.

Nick and Jess broke up, and they broke up for the kind of reasons that can’t really be fixed. It wasn’t because they don’t love each other. It was because ultimately, maybe they don’t belong together. Maybe they’re too different in fundamental ways that really matter in the future of a relationship. They could be together, or they could be themselves, but they couldn’t have it both ways, and they meant more to each other as themselves than they did as a couple. I respected the decision. I admired the decision. I thought the decision was right. But I didn’t like the way it made me feel, damnit.

It was profoundly sad, the thought that being madly in love with each other is not enough. Because sometimes, maybe it’s just not. The sureness of the decision, too, felt right, but it felt right in the part of your heart that hurts. It felt real, and maybe real is just too painful in the context of a sitcom.

It was a hard episode to shake, and for that reason, it was probably the best episode of the season.


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  • Andrew J

    Oh man this episode was bad. All season they've been going to the "but they don't fit together" trope so this didn't so much seem sudden or even sad but more like the thing they've been leaning towards all season.

    The show works best when they don't focus on the relationship, keep them together or break them apart I just hope we are done with it

  • It wasn't sad, it was bullshit. It was the writers running out of ideas and tripping over themselves to tear them apart, because god forbid we just have one stable, happy relationship on the show. It was the cherry on top of a terrible, wheel-spinning season. Bah. BAH, I sayz

  • Maddy

    This was actually really well done - it felt like it came all of a sudden, but also felt like it had been a long time coming. Still sad though.

  • ini5o

    "They could be together, or they could be themselves, but they couldn't have it both ways..."

    That... is the best rationale I've come across for closing the door on something I've held on to for nearly two years. Thank you, sir.

  • I don't buy it. Break them up, that's fine. They probably aren't compatible anyway. But do not try and sell me that "I miss my friend" bullshit. Their friendship was built on sexual chemistry. Without that, what do they really have left?

  • Jericho Smith

    So, that means Jess will do a crossover with next week's HIMYM and turn out to be the mother, right?

  • ke_von

    They're just gonna get back together in the next season or the one after that. When they broke up I yelled "Cliche" at the top of my lungs then turned the TV off.

  • Sharra Payne Cantu

    Dang. I haven't watched it yet....Poker night was calling. But DAMN...now I'm all sad.

  • Darlene

    I quit watching this when they became a couple. It ruined the show for me. Maybe now I can go back in safety.

  • Blake

    I call b*llshit, you shouldn't have a state of the union discussion when your hungover.The break up was over the same things that made them incompatible to begin with (Jess's need to control and plan and Nick's inability to grow up). They have great emotional and sexual chemistry and I thought the show dealt with their faults and had them grow together over the course of season. Breaking them up now just seems like an easy way to inject some drama before the season ends.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Not funny? What about Schmidt's emoji faces? Or Coach's love of Jewel? Or Nick lapping booze from Winston's hands during True American?

  • lonolove

    Oh my god, I could not stop laughing at that Checkers bit. "Forget what you saw, Checkers" HAHAHA! Greatest line.

  • cruzzercruz

    People are upset, calling this the death rattle for the show after a weak season. I thought it was great. Each season of this show has felt different, and this one was much different, with more characters thrown in and the main couple finally actively together.

    This episode broke my heart though. It was totally in character, and it's a very real situation. Especially the arguments arising during a bad hangover. I've had a few relationships come to an end when I was physically in pain and at the end of my rope with someone. I also just drink a lot.

  • Rita G.

    I wish you guys were more careful with the titles and the photos that appear in your main page. I have been spoiled several times because of that; not everyone can watch these episodes live. this has happened with Ben and Leslie's wedding, Robin and Barney's wedding, that death over at The Good Wife...
    It's really unfair!

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Based on the headline and header photo for this piece, I know that something sad happened in the episode, and that at one point someone holds a finger gun on Schmidt. So I could only assume that Schmidt gets shot and killed by a finger gun.

  • Rita G.

    But know I know I should expect something sad. That might not affect your viewing experience, but it does affect mine.
    In this case, it's obviously not that bad. But as I said I first found out that Ben and Leslie got married just by checking the titles of the articles in the main page.

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    Maybe...don't go to a webpage that you know covers these shows if you haven't watched said shows yet. Or skim faster.

  • I'm just going to continue reminding myself this a stunt for sweeps until everyone comes to their damn senses again.

  • Travis_J_Smith

    Given this is a sitcom, they'll probably end up dating at least one more time before the show ends it run, and I wouldn't have a problem with that... as long as the writers don't get in the habit of pairing and unpairing them every so often. Like I saw someone else say, Nick and Jess' problem is how stubborn they're being in not even attempting to find some middle (or quarter, shall we say) ground.

    They don't have to become completely new and different people to stay together. Remember that moment in the episode where the two of them start making minor concessions to one another? If they could just do that more often, and maybe work towards smoothing some of their rougher edges, but not getting rid of them altogether, I do think they could work as a couple.

    In short, I don't think it's as simple as "either we stay together and change ourselves wholesale, or we go back to being friends and remain exactly as we are." You can have some of both if you would just be more willing to work at it.

  • pajiba

    I dunno. Elizabeth Meriwether said before the two got together that, once she put them together and pulled them apart again, that would be it. That should wouldn't Ross-and-Rachel their relationship for the next five seasons. Maybe, maybe they get back together in the end, but if Meriweather is a woman of her word, there won't be any sliding back.

  • Travis_J_Smith

    I hadn't seen that. But I stand by what I said about things not being as black and white as they make them at the end. A little compromise could go a long way for those two. They don't necessarily need to become different people for their relationship to work.

  • meadowdancer

    I hope not. I took TNG off my DVR schedule because it has been so overbloated and the Jess and Nick relationship took up way too much time and was not funny. I hope they are done done and no freaking Ross/Rachel angst. That stuff gets old.

  • Repo

    Good. I can't handle another Robin/Ted dynamic on this show.

  • denesteak

    ugh. I don't watch this show. But this -- "It was profoundly sad, the thought that being madly in love with each other is not enough." -- hit me intensely.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Hannibal, The Good Wife, now this! Why are you doing this to me, TV? You are killing me!

  • alannaofdoom

    Can we blame this on George R. R. Martin?

  • amberdragonfly

    No. Joss Whedon and George RR Martin had a baby and that baby is this season of tv. BLAME THE BABY....

  • BWeaves

    Take this conversation over to the conspiracy theory post.

  • alannaofdoom

    I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • amberdragonfly

    Let's discuss subscription fees....

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