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

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?



NOTES


– 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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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
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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!
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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"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
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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 :)
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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 :))
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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.
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Yes! haha that was funny. Or Nick's room if it had already been raided :') what a slob.
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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.
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"– 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.
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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*
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*goes in for the fist bump, but suddenly turns David's fist into a turkey*
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*high five*
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I love this show!!!!
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The binder full of Schmidt's was pure gold!! I adore Schmidt - he is the perfect douchebag.
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I guess I'm in the minority then because I definitely do not want Jess and Nick to get together. Support the strippers Nick.
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How is Nick *ever* going to be okay with his girlfriend taking off her clothes in front of people? That doesn't seem in character at all, but I'm assuming he'll tolerate it for at least a while. Looking forward to seeing how they handle that one.

Also, I loved the throwbacks in this episode. Winston in Latvia and Remy expecting a threesome. Thank you New Girl for remembering your roots.
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The view of Latvia was so hilariously stupid :D
It's nice when shows remember their old jokes
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In my opinion, one of the best episodes of "New Girl" to date. It had all the characters involved, it actually involved individual aspects of each of the characters, and had some stuff that was just plain funny.
-Lightning Bolt was awesome. I would get that for myself if it weren't for the fact that you literally cannot wear that suit anywhere.
-Schmidt is awesome. Again.
-Jess and Winston together IS hilarious. Absolutely agree on that one. More please.
-Not even remotely. Binder of Schmidts is just hilarious. Also, spot on. Schmidt WOULD have a binder full of pictures of himself in all his suits highlighting the advantages of each individual outfit, and the mumbling voice-over that Schmidt gave while searching through the binder just added.
-Eager. And Creepy. Couldn't have said it better myself.
-I'm hoping they give us one awkward/awful and one gifted/desirable, or something around that. We don't need more than that. Cece and Schmidt WILL end up together, that's not a question. Enough awkward to get a couple of laughs, and then one gifted/desirable to make it clear to Cece that she loves Schmidt no matter what and call it there. I shall be very disappointed if they draw this too much further out, and by all accounts the two of them should be back together in some form or another by the end of this season.
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am I the only one who takes a quick shower before a bath? that way it's really just a relaxing way to end the day rather than sitting in your own filth
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nope, you're not the only one. I also do it. In many Asian countries when you go to the hot baths you have to wash yourself before you get in. I mean even if I'm the only one using the bath, soaking in my own filth is already a gross idea.
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Loved the episode and it was fun watching Jess and Winston working together and bonding more. Schmidt was hilarious and Nick lived a little.
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It's only season 2. If everyone starts permanently coupling with each other the show's just going to get sh*tty, fast. Married people are boring! That said, I was pretty bummed out on Schmidt's behalf -he just looked so saaad :(

Cece's always played the straight man to everyone else's silliness, but the last few episodes really just had me wondering why she's even friends with these people. She's way too serious and mature for them! Which I think is a bad thing, to be clear. In her place, I would have totally forgiven Schmidt for ditching dinner because his "sorry I'm so shwasted" stuff at the end was adorable. Which is probably why I'm destined to marry my drinking buddy and Cece's going to marry a future president or something...
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I was disappointed by Cece's response too. I mean, I GET IT, but at the same time, Schmidt was apologetic and it's not like he blew her off to go hit the bar with the guys or something.
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No one seems to have mentioned Olivia Munn yet so I will: Damn! Olivia Munn is fine! And awesome! And playing a stripper! And awesome!
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Agreed! I wouldn't mind having a dirty bath with her ...

I think I just became a dirtbag.
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I'll be collecting your deposit for the douchebag jar now. :D
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Haha! As long as you put that money towards buying me a nice suit. Preferably one with a lightning stripe on the back.
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I agree with Schmidt's assessment of baths. In the end you really are just soaking in your own filth.
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Well, I imagine we will be seeing...crap, what is his real name? The guy who played Jai on Covert Affairs and was on Heroes and played the guy who took Kelly away from the office. Sendil Ramethary or something?

I didn't find this episode as funny as the past two, but I appreciated the storytelling it was doing in moving stories along. I do like Jess/Winston adventures because they always start out with Winston being normal, Jess being crazy, then they switch roles, then they end up somewhere in between. Schmidt kind of made me want to cry at the end there (I felt for Cece too and wonder what she will think when Jess relates the whole story of where he had been the whole day and the circumstances - this is basically why I think there will only be one or two suitors and then some fun girl fighting between Cece and the boss lady).
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Sendhil Ramamurthy! Now I want him to show up. Thanks for that. :D

It seemed like a kind of disjointed episode. Everyone was doing their own thing and on one hand, you had Jess and Winston being crazy and silly and then you had OMG ANGST with Cece and Schmidt. I understand why Cece made the call to her mom, but still, my feels. My poor, poor Schmidt/Cece feels.
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Sendhil Ramamurthy! I was thinking the exact same thing! He's the most ridiculously handsome Indian actor I know, so I naturally thought of him.

And to answer MaryAnn's question, that would be going the "genetically gifted/highly desirable route" to the max.
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He popped into my head as well, but her are some other people I could see as potential CeCe suitors (especially since 2 or the 3 are extremely funny): Danny Pudi, Rupak Ginn, and Vik Sahay.
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After seeing Olivia Munn in this episode, the first names that popped into my head are guys from shows she's been on: Vik Sahay (Chuck) and Dev Patel (Newsroom). Danny Pudi would be awesome too.
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Did you see the episode of Chuck that Danny Puti was in? It's surreal when he doesn't act like Abed.Yvette Nicole Brown cameod in that episode too. It was a funny little Community reference XD
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I second Vik Sahay. Lester!
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The highly-desirable route will certainly give Schmidt some real competition.
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So Cece called her mom because why? She's jealous of his boss? Got stood up for a couple hours? he showed up drunk? Didn't take off his shoes before lying on the couch? Either she hid her disappoint with him really well when he walked in the door, or that was a poorly written scene. It really seemed like she called her mom out of nowhere for no good reason.
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Agreed. This was one of those TV problems that could be solved with a 30 sec explanation of what happened. It's ok when it's for comedic effect, but when these non-issues create dramatic consequences and shape the entire season (which is probably exactly what happened) - it's NOT OK. I just didn't expect New Girl to do that.
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I think it just all hit her, and the cherry on top was how he just passed out on top of her.

All of that happening on some random night, probably not a HUGE deal. But, on their first real date to start things up again? Not good.

I'm not saying the first night back together should be fake: but you still want to put your best (or better) feet forward. It's like meeting "the parents" for the first time. Sure, you probably shouldn't pretend to be what you're not... but you also don't want to come in with 5-o-clock shadow, wearing stinky clothes, and getting hammered in front of them. Even if that is a random Saturday night for you.
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Pretty much this. I also think that since she's being more family-minded this time around, she's looking at other factors than just "Do I like this guy." We know that Schmidt isn't some irresponsible drunkard and Cece knows that, but like you said, this was their first real date this time around and Cece is looking for more than just a nice boyfriend. I think she's also considering what kind of fathers her potential significant others would make.
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I gotta say, he proved what kind of father he would make, and he was even still with it enough to say so. The kind that would ensure his future kids' financial future instead of doing what he wanted for himself, a date with Cece. He proved he was husband material and if Cece doesn't realize that, she's not wife material.
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You think he put his kid's financial future before himself, but CeCe just thinks he put his career before her. Being a "provider" tends to be of bigger value to men than women. CeCe is thinking about family right now, she's not thinking about finding someone to take care of her.
And vmars, maybe the account was a big deal for their future as a family, but *the date* was also a big deal for their future as a family and he sort of messed that up royally.
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that'a exactly what I thought. Even passed out, he kept saying how that account was a big deal for their future as a family, so I didnt get Cece's reaction
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I think it had more to do with Cece agreeing to let her mom set her up with "100 sweet, gentle, painfully boring Indian guys."

Schmidt's immaturity and unreliability was the catalyst for the call, but there was another reason for it.
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I think the catalyst for the call was the writers' want to drag out the Cece/Schmidt love story a little longer.
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Wasn't "meeting the parents" also brought up in this episode, and how much CeCe's mother would hate Schmit?
That struck me as a major cause for the call. Him showing up drunk and CeCe thinking of how much her mom would disapprove.
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I loved Jess' presentation to her roommates when she was trying to convince them that a tub was a good idea
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First, baths are for girls. Second, I always feel gross and have to take a shower after a bath. Also, Honey Boo Boo's family is a great example of why baths are gross, it just redistributes the dirt and they are very dirty people. Sexist comment alert (it's like a spoiler alert, but not): maybe girls like baths because they don't do anything so they never get dirty; men get dirty -- men and lesbians.
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I, a girl, don't care for baths, but my (male) bff roommate couldn't get enough of them- so HA! I've blown up your argument with my one piece of anecdotal evidence.

But I agree, baths are gross and don't get you clean, whether you are a big stinky dirty manny man or not.
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Let's a have a moment of silence for our bath-loving-brother in the friendzone.
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He's also in the gayzone, but I'll still pass on your kind thoughts and prayers!
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I tend not to use them so much for the cleaning, as relaxing. Think "hot tub" without the bubbles. It is quite relaxing. And if you put various things in the water, it does feel pleasant... though I've only done that like once or twice.

Yeh, if you're dirty and want to get clean then the shower is definitely the way to go. But if you're already fairly clean, and just achy or whatever... it's pleasant.
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YES! bubbles :) and I tend to take a shower/wash myself before I get into a bath, very Japanese of me.
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I tend to do that to, ESPECIALLY the feet. Usually just a quick shower though, not the long "I need to wake up in the morning" showers I usually take. Just enough to scrub down, then relax.
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HAHA! I never know if you're being serious, safibwana. Sometimes you seem totally egalitarian and then you blow that perception up with "men and lesbians" comments. Serious or not, I will say I'm not proud of how much this comment made me laugh.

I'm also with you on the baths issue. I stopped taking baths when I was old enough to feel shame. They are fundamentally less sanitary than showers and kind of disgust me. The only time I would ever deem a bath acceptable is if it included hot nurses and sponges.
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More Schmidt-ness... the bit during the closing credits where he was continuing the mirror speak. The bit about exploding all over her (or whatever) made me crack up.
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The part that's unclear about the roof-top tub from your review, UNLESS I'm remembering incorrectly, was that the roof top was only temporary.

I thought they said they were going to leave it on the roof, wait for the other 2 to go to work, then carry it down and install it. And that once it was in, the other 2 would just give up.

And I can understand "testing" the tub to make sure it's not leaking or that the little legs wouldn't crumble under the weight of all of that water. But, depending on what that roof was made of, I'd probably be concerned about all of that weight concentrated on those little feet on a roof and would have put plywood or something under it.
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Glad I read the comments before posting the same thing. I liked the plan and it seemed odd that the review had it seem like they were going to just keep it on the roof. Also the Tub cost $400 not $200, that was how much each of them had to put in. Which makes the whole "you paid that much for what you got" argument much, much worse.
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I'm on team Winston. I'm a guy, and I like to take the occasional bath. Maybe not a bubble bath and going full-board like Winston was (blowing off bubbles).

But a bath is a nice change of pace: it's relaxing, feels good if I have an aching muscle, less stressful. Not something I'd do while getting ready to work, but maybe after a stressful day or if after I've had to do a lot of physical stuff. Granted it means I have to make sure the tub is quite clean all the time but with Scrubbing Bubbles it's not that much work.

Of course: guys think it's lame and "girly" when they find out. The heck with them, I like to relax and every now and then.
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New Girl is great and fun to watch every time.
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