New Girl "Bathtub" Review: A Rough Week for the Shippers in the Audience

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Dec 05, 2012

New Girl S02E10 “Bathtub”

A healthy dose of sitcom slapstick offset New Girl's continued Adventures in Baby Angst with our host Cece and special guest Schmidt. Winston and Jess got some bonding time when they hatched a plan to install a secret bathtub on the roof for all of their bubbly aromatherapy needs. Nick and Schmidt (and Winston, out of guy loyalty) shot down the idea when first approached, with Schmidt refusing to even entertain the notion of soaking in “testicle tea.” I don’t know which concerns me more: the fact that Schmidt ISN’T all about soaking his delicate man-hide in some foofy all-natural milk and honey (but totally MANLY milk and honey) moisturizing product or the fact that his views on bathtubs are weirdly similar to those of the Honey Boo Boo clan.

Undeterred, Jess and Winston worked together to finance their dream and basked in the glow of their rooftop bathtub (Ya’ll paid $200 for THAT? Seriously?) for about five minutes before the legs fell off and the entire volume of water crashed through the roof, raining plaster and hose water all over Schmidt’s impressive suit collection...on the eve of his first big boy account manager gig, immediately after 50-Shades-of-Emma specifically told him to wear his best suit.

Clearly, the only thing Winston and Jess could possibly do to fix the situation was commit insurance fraud and they tried, oh how they tried, channeling their very best inner-meth-heads to ransack the apartment and make it look like a robbery. Despite their general ineptitude when it came to stealing things of actual value, Schmidt initially fell for the scheme and vowed to study the security feed in his room to determine who the thieving meth-heads were. Schmidt would have a security camera in his room; I’m actually surprised that Jess or Winston didn’t consider that. However, they both thought a secret rooftop bathtub was a brilliant idea, soooo....

Unfortunately, his terror over being found out by Schmidt sent Winston into a full-blown panic attack, complete with stripping (anybody else sensing a theme to this week's episode?). Jess tried to talk him down by hiding in the closet; she's claustrophobic and she wanted to show Winston that if she could stay calm in a situation that upset her, then HE could do it too... except the door jammed and she freaked out anyway and they had to call Remy the Landlord for a rescue. Winston's winded nakedness only served to give Remy the wrong idea. Awkward.

Undeterred by his woefully diminished wardrobe, Schmidt pushed ahead in his professional life and his personal life. Cece dumped Robbie and I would like to take the opportunity to thank New Girl for sparing us a drawn-out death in that regard, since the end of their relationship has been obvious and inevitable since Cece’s "nice girl" panic in “Menzies.” However, I’m not so sure that giving us what will probably be a drawn-out parade of arranged-marriage candidates via Cece’s mom is a better alternative, even if it IS too early to jump back on the Cece/Schmidt ship. I may not be a huge fan of how we’ve reached this baby-crazy storyline, but now that we’re here, I’m ready. You know that Overbearing Helicopter Parent Schmidt will be amazing, right? And certainly, the powers that be wouldn’t NOT give us the awesome hate-love that is Cece/Schmidt in the end, right? The arranged marriage thing is just an excuse to drag this story through the next ten or so episodes, right? RIGHT?

It was a bad week for Jess-and-Nick shippers too, I’m afraid. Olivia Munn guest-starred as Angie, a regular at the bar whom Nick had dubbed “Thirsty Mendelson” in his mind. Schmidt encouraged Nick to hit on the hot patron, but Nick protested, citing his rules for bartending: customers on one side of the bar, Nick on the other. A fight with her meathead boyfriend brought Angie and Nick together and while he seemed a little bit concerned about her career as a stripper, and again cited his “no crossing the bar” rule, she crossed it FOR him and he didn’t seem to mind. That’s pretty much Nick in a nutshell: The man doth protest too much, but once someone MAKES him do something fun, like make out with a stripper on top of the bar, he’s okay with it. I’m sure this will end as well as all of Nick’s relationships have.

Fresh from his vodka-fueled disaster of a date with Cece, Schmidt called off his hunt for the mysterious thieving meth-heads when Jess and Winston revealed that the robbers had returned his suits and even had them dry-cleaned. Did anyone else catch the Douchebag Jar tellingly empty on the table next to them?


– The joke that kept on giving: I kept forgetting about the lightning bolt on the back of Schmidt’s summer suit, so every time it showed up I giggled. Again.

– One-liner of the night: “She wanted me to taste the V! Wait, that sounds wrong.” —Schmidt

– I’m loving the Jess and Winston BFF-ness that we’ve been getting lately. Winston is a lot of fun when he’s actually a part of the story.

– A binder full of Schmidts. Is that similar to a binder full of women?

– Remy. Oh, Remy. He’s so eager. And creepy.

– Cece’s suitors: Do you think New Girl will go the awkward/awful route or the genetically gifted/highly desirable route?

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  • abdulay31 Jan 07, 2013

    Nice episode with so many good moments, its sad the way things start with the Schmidt/Cece relationship as he is trying his best despite being a douche, nice to see Winston being involved and the closing credits was hilarious

  • CarolineHylto Dec 13, 2012

    Cece's suitors-- her mom finds her a couple duds and then an actually decent guy to go out with but she realizes that no matter how nice this guy is she can't imagine spending her life with him. She realizes that she loves Schmidt too. blah blah blah Let's get to the point where Schmidt is a baby daddy!

  • TVvuer69 Dec 07, 2012

    I would usually take a quick shower AFTER bathing. This insures all the dead skin and filth are washed off your body once you get out of the tub.

  • FoxZerro Dec 06, 2012

    Maybe it was just me but the whole Methhead plan seemed unneccessary. If you have home owners insurance and a something falls onto your roof that makes a hole in the roof all the way through the ceiling and causes water to ruin something under said hole, wouldn't your insurance already cover that? I understand that it allowed for some humour, but still it seemed like an odd way to get from point A to B

  • kanniballl Dec 06, 2012

    Well, that assumes that (A) they have homeowners insurance and (B) that the insurance company wouldn't deny their claim based on it was their own foreseeable fault.

    I don't know the rules about rentals: if you're required to have the insurance.

    And even so, insurance companies are big about denying claims for various things in general... especially if it's something you caused. Putting a bath tub on the roof, filling it to the top with water, might be one of those things they would reject you on.

    Like: if your car catches fire == a valid claim. But if your car catches fire because you purposely lit it on fire, not a valid claim.

  • FoxZerro Dec 06, 2012

    That's sort of my point. They said in the episode that Schmidt had just gotten home owner's insurance which was the whole motivation behind faking the robbery, since they figured it would be covered. Why is that more viable then seeing if the fact that they were covered because a bathtub fell on the roof and was able to punch a hole in the roof.

    While I agree that it was something they were doing I don't think when you fill up a bathtub with water that you are expecting it to break. That is an unforseeable event, along with a sizable hole breaking in your roof because a bathtub hit it was a slight bit of force. Most people wouldn't expect a hole to break in their roof from something like that and event like that are exactly why you would get homeowners insurance.

  • TypeB Dec 06, 2012

    "We want candles and bubbles. Damn it, Schmidt, we want bubbles, man. I wanna cover everything up on my body with bubbles. Then I wanna just blow them off like this... And laugh, hahaha." -- Winston

    Schmidt writing a post-it note on his suits binder... Haha!

    Guys, the douchebag jar worthy comments below had me laughing so hard. :D

  • bicelis Dec 06, 2012

    What a fun episode! Schmidt's storyline was funny and a bit sad at the same time. I don't exactly understand why Cece turned him down, but fine, it will probably be funny to see how they drag it out.

    - Schmidt's binder - of course it exists... Why wouldn't Schmidt have one?
    - Jess and Winston are really funny in a team :)

  • Devon39219 Dec 06, 2012

    Aww man, great episode. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Even Jess. When she's not focusing on her lady parts she is actually funny. I loved her pitch to the guys for a bath and loved her and Winstons meth-head impersonations. All the characters were really entertaining and had good stories this episode, think this is one of my favorites so far. Oh and if we're going to go with Indian actors, eyecandy John Abraham is my pick :))

  • kanniballl Dec 06, 2012

    I also like how, while in their meth-head personas, Jess politely couldn't think of anything that a meth-head would want for her room.

    Especially considering her "justifications" for taking the random stuff elsewhere.

  • Devon39219 Dec 06, 2012

    Yes! haha that was funny. Or Nick's room if it had already been raided :') what a slob.

  • SarahHagen2 Dec 06, 2012

    I'm curious how Schmidt will finally win Cece's heart, he's all for grand gestures that don't impress... maybe Cece's grandma? She liked him right? She'll come back and give her a Schmidt shove. Wait, that sounds wrong.

  • ionee24 Dec 06, 2012

    "– Cece's suitors: Do you think New Girl will go the awkward/awful route or the genetically gifted/highly desirable route?"

    I don't care as long as it stays funny.

  • DavidJackson8 Dec 06, 2012

    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Carla Gugino, and Olivia Munn, all in one episode?!

    Sheesh! If I didn't have this thing for sexy women, I might have taken offense to such casting choices.

    And by 'this thing', of course I'm referring to my penis. *Puts money into douchebag jar*

  • ZeroCals Dec 06, 2012

    *goes in for the fist bump, but suddenly turns David's fist into a turkey*

  • radiumgirl Staff Dec 06, 2012

    *high five*

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