I feel like after seven seasons, we should at least mark the end of New Girl here. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to say about the final season. There are a lot of people who probably didn’t even realize the series was still on, and the final season gave little reason to bring it to anyone’s attention.
It was an unremarkable eight-episode season, the final four of which were double-dumped on Tuesday nights. The episodes felt like obligations for both the cast — who seemed to have checked out (save for Lamorne Morris) — and the audience, most of whom tuned in because we are completists. We watched the first six seasons, so goddamnit, we were going to watch the last.
What happened? There was a time jump of three years. CeCe has a big job; Schmidt is a stay-at-home Dad (and prefers it that way, as we learn in one episode). Winston and Ally (Nasim Pedrad) are married. They have a baby. Jess is the Godparent. And yes: Jess and Nick finally get married, checking off the requisite will-they/won’t-they box (they will!)
The final episode was your standard Nick and Jess move out of the loft, so let’s look back at these characters’ lives together finale, straight out of the Cheers playbook.
However, there was one final twist. I will grant that the twist was fantastic, playing on the series’ long-running joke about how Winston takes pranks way too far. The episode sees Nick and Jess evicted, and they are given 48 hours to move out of their loft. There is a lot of frantic packing and reminiscing and some stress about getting out in time.
Once all Jess and Nick’s things are packed into the moving van, Winston reveals this:
The eviction notice was a prank. Nick and Jess never had to move. For no reason whatsoever, Winston spent six months working on a scheme to force Nick and Jess out of the loft.
It was Winston’s greatest prank. Whatever else one wants to say about the final season — or the last four seasons, actually - the last two minutes was perfect.
Goodbye, New Girl. We will not miss you, but you were a good time for a while, so thank you for that.