This episode. This is what New Girl should always be – hilarious from start to finish, emotional when it needed to be, touching and sweet. The perfect combo. And it came at just the right time – right when we were starting to wonder if the show had lost its mojo.
“Quick Hardening Caulk” saw progress on the two main arcs of this season. Perhaps chief among these is the ongoing Schmidt and Cece storyline. This week, Schmidt goes off the deep end. As he spirals following her engagement to Shivrang, we’re treated to a Schmidt who’s lost what few marbles he had to begin with. He’s determined to get himself a lionfish, the marine equivalent of Cece (though he doesn’t see the metaphor himself until after a disastrous encounter with a jellyfish). At episode’s close, he realizes that he’s going to have to let Cece go. But this is Schmidt. We all know that that revelation won’t stick for long. And I sincerely hope it doesn’t.
The other main aspect of the episode was, of course, Jess and Nick. The show has become more and more about them since That Kiss ™, as it should. As anyone who’s ever had a thing for a friend can attest to, kissing makes it complicated. And the complications reached a whole new level this week. When Nick starts getting his life together, Jess becomes more and more attracted to him. There are obstacles, of course. This is New Girl. But that only builds the tension even more. And, when Jess finally admits she wants to have sex with Nick, it’s electric. This far eclipsed their first kiss (and I think we can all agree that was fantastic). The stakes were higher. It meant more. The fact that they didn’t have sex doesn’t mean that that’s not where they were, and still are, headed. And, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter that they didn’t. For now, a kiss is enough. Because, boy, can this pair sell a kiss.
If there’s one thing we’re not loving about the show at the moment, it’s that Winston is being increasingly left by the wayside. Part of neither of the show’s romantic arcs, he’s becoming more and more the comedic foil. It’s beginning to feel as though he’s there just to be a sounding board for Nick and a complicit partner in Schmidt’s schemes. We’d like to see one of the other characters take a back seat to Winston for a change. Here’s hoping… – K
Quoteworthy: “Winston, I just realized something. It was never about a fish. It was a metaphor. It was about Cece. Don’t feel bad about not seeing it. Look, man, it was subtle as hell.” – Schmidt