New Girl "Tinfinity" Review: Tinfinity and Beyond

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Feb 27, 2013

New Girl S02E18: “Tinfinity”

Bromance was in the air at Nick and Schmidt’s ten-years-of-cohabitation celebration. Also probably poo. Nick begged Schmidt to give him some sort of responsibility during the event-planning portion of the partay (even though he didn't mean it), and Schmidt reluctantly handed over balloon and bathroom duties. Nick forgot about balloons entirely not only got the wrong kind of balloons, he went one step beyond merely renting a fleet of port-a-johns for their totally-not-a-gay-wedding: He bought his own, and oh my glob, guys, I could smell it through the TV. I could smell it through the TV and I wept when Jess took one for the team—and Nick’s self-esteem—and decided to take a tinkle in that little box of terror. I hope she bathed in a fountain full of Germ-X after that.

It was a sweet gesture, though, and it betrayed Jess’s continued feelings for Nick despite her desperate attempts to convince another man’s lips to kiss away the memory of Nick’s lips on her lips. That entire loose-lipped conversation with Cece was awkward and amazing, made even more so by Nick walking in with a frosting-stache. New Girl has turned kooky sexual tension and ongoing morning-after weirdness between those two into an art. Jess’s reluctance to enter a real romantic relationship with Nick is totally understandable and relatable—there are lots of men out there who are awesome friends and great boyfriends, but in the long run, depending on pesky things like their life goals and future plans, may not be an obvious choice for long-term life partner. It’s the same distinction that ultimately drove Cece away from Schmidt and into Shevrang’s arms, culminating with a marriage proposal in the middle of Nick and Schmidt’s big night.

In the name of giving credit where credit is due, I’d like to applaud New Girl for once again turning an “other man” into an admittedly appealing alternative, just as it did when Sam was stuck between Jess and Nick. While Shevrang clearly approached his potential marriage to Cece as the sort of business transaction the term “arranged marriage” implies and appeared poised to be an emotionally cold (but stable) breadwinner in whatever family he and Cece might create, once he realized that his lackluster proposal (if we even want to call it that) disappointed Cece, he aimed to make it up to her. It would have been so easy to turn Shevrang into an obvious bad fit for Cece, and while their union doesn't seem perfect and Cece’s “yes” seemed a little apprehensive, given her change in priorities this season and her utter refusal to give Schmidt another try, Shevrang could end up being “good enough.” While that certainly adds a pinch of bittersweetness to their impending nuptials, all I mean is that I’m not actively rooting for them to break up. This isn’t a matter of Schmidt GOOD and Shevrang BAD. They’re different, and it’s ultimately going to come down to Cece being honest with herself and the men in her life to determine which one emerges victorious.

Jess found herself in a similar, though slightly less “official,” situation with Jax, the professional football player Winston befriended during an interview. Handsome, successful, willing-to-talk-about-his-feelings Jax represented the anti-Nick, and Jess jumped on the opportunity to prove how SO-NOT-INTO Nick she was. Unfortunately, her shallow attraction was reciprocated with overwhelming sincerity by Jax, who took to the stage after Shevrang to announce that he'd found his third wife. I’m definitely feeling a little bit of schadenfreude toward Jess, though. And I mean, Winston totally warned her. 

With Winston off nursing some touch-football-gone-wrong injuries and the ladies’ dates stealing the Tinfinity soiree’s Nick-and-Schmidt fuelled thunder, the two guests of honor were forced to examine the significance of their ten years together—particularly Schimdt, who's outwardly changed the most since their college days. Hurt by Schmidt’s acquisition of backup potties and the implication that he'd expected Nick to screw up. “Tinfinity” contrasted the current woes in their relationship with flashbacks to fat-suit Schmidt and porn-stache Nick in college, bonding over their mutual mediocrity... or maybe just below mediocrity. Nick insisted that Schmidt started treating him “like an idiot” after he bought a juicer and got skinny and from what we saw, that’s absolutely true. Of course, Schmidt treats EVERYONE like an idiot, but given that the entire point of the Tinfinity party was to celebrate Nick and Schmidt’s epic friendship, it’s understandable that Nick would take issue with Schmidt’s douchebaggery on that particular occasion.

Because Nick has known Schmidt longer than the other loftmates, he alone has the insight to the “real” Schmidt beneath all the bullshit and bluster. The arrival of the juicer and Schmidt’s successful weight loss was a great example of someone taking control of their life and improving it. Schmidt subsequently applied his control-freak tendencies to every facet of his life and in some ways, it’s worked out well—he definitely appears to have the most successful career of his roommates so far. Schmidt places so much faith in his ability to plan things into perfection that the concept of failure, even a minor failure like icky port-a-johns as opposed to fancy executive port-a-johns, is devastating. Shevrang’s successful proposal to Cece at Schmidt’s own party went beyond that.

Nick questioned why Schmidt continued to live with his perpetual screw-up college roommate ten years later if he was so much freaking better than everyone and it was Nick’s reaction to Shevrang’s proposal that answered his own question. He knew how Schmidt would take the apparent final loss in the war for Cece’s affections and despite his own issues with Schmidt, he dropped them in order to support his friend. They walked away from their party and once they were away from everyone and Schmidt felt like he could drop his douchebag act, his confidence fell away and we were left with the same insecure Schmidt from the college flashbacks who, just like his old roommate, can’t get the woman of his dreams to take him seriously as a partner.


What did you think of “Tinfinity?”



NOTES

– One-liner of the night: Nick’s justification for buying the port-a-potty that even the port-a-potty salesman said was garbage, “That’s what the nursing home said about my mattress!”

– I loved how Schmidt said he was proud of Nick for fulfilling his party duty, even if he did a rather poor job at it.

– Do you think Jax is going to stick around? Is anyone else worried that he's going to get REALLY annoying REALLY soon?

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  • joy9585 Mar 12, 2013

    Dear Jess,

    Stop hogging all the tall men.

    Thank you!

  • mohawk78 Mar 03, 2013

    Yet another episode, like most, where Winston seemed to fall flat and not have much to contribute. With Happy Endings seemingly ending, I really hope they find a way for Winston to "move out" and bring back Damon Wayans Jr, as Coach from the pilot.

  • rasa_radz Feb 28, 2013

    I think we might be heading toward a runaway bride story for Cece. Also, I get wanting to start a family and, in desperation to do so, giving all these setups for an arranged marriage a try, but I have a hard time believing that Cece, who has proven to be a modern, independent and strong-minded woman, would just accept a proposal after having known the guy for a month, at most. Maybe if they'd dated longer and we got to see some kind of connection between her and the guy, it would seem more realistic. For me, it's definitely not the same situation as Nick/Jess/Sam, because Sam had enough time on the show to prove himself as a likable guy and a good fit for Jess, the Indian guy just seems like an obstacle, a plot devise to keep Cece and Schmidt apart.

  • FringeFanatic Feb 28, 2013

    Absolutely agree. This guy doesn't even feel like a speed bump on the road to Schmece.

  • rasa_radz Feb 28, 2013

    I usually don't condone couples names, but Schmece=hilarious/awesome :D

  • MunirRahool Feb 28, 2013

    It was emotional-mix-pack episode. Aside professional player part (and I hope it would hold back to the ghostly phones only before vanishing it off) it was good sweet show this week. Cece got engaged and I didn't see this coming this soon with this guy.

    Balloon part was good too in the end. Maybe this episode, or this show is telling that love is not always to be with one you want, love is sometimes (or most of the time) letting your loved one go for their true joy. :) To be honest, I never liked Cece with Schmidt. Schmidt's character is way awkward to be with Cece, besides that they do look good together as long as Schmidt don't open his mouth or move.

  • KateSullivan Feb 28, 2013

    This was like a pleasant quiet episode. I liked how the most intense discussion about the kiss was mainly between Jess and CeCe and then the rest of it was mostly in reaction shots. I really enjoyed that the episode was sort of like, remember there are other real relationships on this show.

    And am I total dork for getting a kick out of the scene where Jess pointed out the chemical symbol for Tin and both she and Schmidt had a little dork celebration?

  • ludoTV Feb 28, 2013

    SCHMIDT is one of the best characters on TV comedyland right now... He goes from douche to adorable in milliseconds several times each episode... Kudos to the writing and the actor

  • violetpretty Feb 28, 2013

    This episode was just all kinds of awesome.

  • Gilda Feb 28, 2013

    I thought this episode was a fun episode. I liked that fact that they went more into schmidt and nicks relationship this episode. And i also loved the fact that Nick took future Nick's advice to get a hot air balloon (man alot of what that crazy guy said has came true).
    And man did I feel sorry for schmidt when he had to witness that proposal, he just looked so crushed.
    for best one liner: hmm idk i kind of liked all of Jess's answers to the statements Jax made while on stage. That or Cece's reaction while saying "what is happening in this loft?" after hearing that Schmidt was the last person Jess kissed while Nick watched.
    Idk I feel like Jax isn't going to be around cuz really his character seems like it is only ment to appear for 1 maybe 2 episodes.
    Also did anyone else find that the ending didn't feel quite finnished, it was kind of choppy and ended too soon. idk i was surprised when it was like jess runs off boom credits.

  • Eric10301 Feb 28, 2013

    The look on Schmidt's face when Cece said yes was pretty heartbreaking.

  • PaulaGonzalez Feb 28, 2013

    A really cute episode. It was nice to shift the focus from Nick/Jess and towards Nick/Schmidt, since it has been questioned before (even by the characters themselves) why they were friends in the first place and if they actually would be friends if they met now. And as Schmidt put in in the invitation (and as we got to witness once they were chatting in the hot air balloon), it's 10 ten years, 2 hearts, 1 home, loyalty and great conversation what has kept them together. I'm a sucker for awesome friendships.
    A really funny episode setting things up for both Nick/Jess and Cece/Schmidt as they approach the season finale.
    And we finally got the answer to the question in the theme song:
    "Hey, girl, where're you going?"
    Jess: "I don't know where I'm going, but I'm going".
    I loved how she ran away! (from Nick, from her feelings, from her realization that she DOES want to think about Nick's mouth). But as Jess herself once said: "You can run away from your problems, but you’re just going to find new ones that pop up... like Hepatitis" (which, let's hope, she didn't catch from the porta-potty from hell).
    I'm really excited to see where things are headed. New Girl has become the show I eagerly wait the whole week to see.

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