Monday, October 29, 2012

New Girl Season 2 Episode 5

by Vochelle

Watching New Girl is like drinking hot chocolate topped with marshmallows on a cool Christmas morning. It gives off a certain kind of warmth and comfort that you’ll always look forward to. But it’s also like accidentally letting your crush know that you have a crush on him, or watching an awards show where Taylor Swift gets interrupted mid-speech by Kanye West. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and it makes you cringe (and laugh). In the latest episode, entitled “Models,” we get a lot of both of those feelings.
Here are some things that I liked about the episode.
1.     Jess’ monkey look-alike.
It’s Cece’s birthday! Jess visits her at her apartment, all ready to eat home-baked birthday cake and watch Clueless on DVD, like they do every year. However, Cece has other plans. She wants a night-out with her model friends and Jess. Jess feels uncomfortable about the whole set-up, because of her lack of things to talk about with the models. Plus, they also think she looks like a cartoon monkey from a Russian cracker ad. 

Look how cute the monkey is! It totally beats Katy Perry at being a Zooey Deschanel look-alike!
2.     Jess and Cece’s fight
Cece overhears Jess making a comment about how years of modeling has made her dumber. Rightfully, Cece gets mad. Clearly, Jess is being a little bit of a judgmental snob, who thinks that modeling is a dumb job. That leads to them having a fight, which leads to some…

                          … boob-slapping.

 Anyway, at the end of the episode, Jess and Cece end up eating cake and watching Clueless with the guys at the loft. Jess asks Cece if she thinks they would be friends if they only met now, and not when they were kids. Cece answers that she doesn’t know, but what’s important is that they are friends now.

I’ve always liked the fact that Jess and Cece are too different, but they remain friends after all the years. I love that they get along in spite of their differences and that Cece is always there to understand Jess’ quirkiness. 

1     3.    You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats.
So, after all the boob-slapping that happened between Cece and Jess, Jess goes to Cece the next day. Cece’s hung-over, but she has a modeling job to go to. It turns out that she has to stand on a spinning wheel at a car show. Jess takes the job to save Cece.

I felt so much second-hand embarrassment for Jess in this scene! But one thing that made me smile is the use of Hall and Oats “You Make My Dreams Come True” as background music. It’s the song from the famous early morning musical number in 500 Days of Summer!

4.     Winston being the voice of reason, as per usual.

 I love that Winston is becoming the voice of reason that tells the others how they’re being stupid (but adorable) fools every episode. J In this scene, Winston talks about how Nick doesn’t ever respond whenever he wishes him a good night, every night.

Oh, Nick, Nick, Nick and your inability to show that you care. (I can totally relate.L)

1                       5.     Nick and Schimdt in college flashback.
Because of a fight with Schidmt (which I will discuss in the next item), Nick talks to Jess about the first time he met Schidmt in college.

We are shown a hilarious flashback scene to the moment where they first met.
                                Here’s Schidmt eating ramen noodles… without water.

                                  6.     Nick and Schimdt’s fight (lover’s quarrel?)
Schimdt comes home to the loft one day with a cookie for Nick. Nick is baffled because he doesn’t get why a friend- who’s a dude- would ever randomly bring his friend- who’s also a dude- a cookie.  Schidmt says it’s because he’s thinking about him. Nick says he doesn’t think about Schidmt.
The next day, Schidmt refuses to talk to Nick.

And he is crying. Like, really crying. With actual tears and a dialogue that goes like, “I am a human being, I am entitled to my own emotions!”

Lol. I couldn’t stop lauging at this scene.
 Anyway, later that day, Nick buys Schidmt a cookie (and he even cut it into a star to honor Schidmt’s Jewish heritage!)
Schidmt isn’t too happy about the gesture.
Nick says, “You got me cookie, I got you cookie. You got me cookie, I got you cookie.”
 Nick, although reluctant to admit it, is also brought into tears. Schidmt just loves him so much and he doesn’t think he deserves it.
In the end, they all hugged it out. Aww.

And then, comes the awkward moment… 

 This show just loves giving us awkward moments, doesn’t it? It’s so awkward that you just end up laughing. J

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