New Girl Comes Full Circle in Its Season 1 Finale

New Girl S01E24: “See Ya”

New Girl flirted with it for a while, especially in the aftermath of the Great Fancyman Break-Up, but we still don’t have a definitive answer to Jess and Nick’s perpetual question of “Will they or won’t they?” But in “See Ya,” we definitely took another step forward on that journey.

The loftmates dutifully tried to talk Nick out of shacking up with Caroline, even as they reluctantly helped him load up the moving van, but no one was as vocal as Jess. Jess was in total denial mode and very much not okay with Nick’s replacement, the recently divorced and laid-off Neil. Neil also didn’t exactly endear himself to the fuming Jess, alternating between annoying and creepy for the majority of his screen time.

Admittedly behind schedule, Nick’s come-to-Jesus freak-out reared its slightly unbalanced head en route to his new digs and with Winston and Schmidt at his crisis-overloaded mercy, Nick drove right past the new apartment and into the California desert. Then he threw his keys into the wilderness. When Nick breaks, Nick breaks hard.

The men called Jess and Cece rescue them. Upon arrival, Jess seemingly had her own meltdown and tossed her own keys into the infinite abyss. Jess is sneaky, though. I think that’s an occasionally overlooked fact, and it’s not a knock against her at all, but the girl is downright conniving sometimes. Often, her machinations backfire, like when she attempted to manufacture passion during her time with Russell. But in “See Ya,” Jess got a much-deserved breakthrough.

See, she didn’t toss her keys at all. She just wanted to strand everyone in the middle of nowhere overnight so they could work their issues out Breakfast Club-style. In doing so, she effectively reestablished the status quo as New Girl rolled into its summer hiatus. When the sun rose and the gang realized that they'd survived their night in the wild, they returned to the loft altered and enlightened.

What went down in desert?

For starters, Schmidt dumped Cece. Yeah. I always thought it would be the other way around. Earlier in “See Ya,” he'd crashed a very sexy photo shoot and didn’t take kindly to seeing his lady flirting with her super-buff co-model, even though it was just for show. (You DO understand what Cece does for a living, right Schmidt?) Later on, while stranded, Schmidt caught a glimpse of an incoming text from Mr. Abs himself. It was...well...if my significant other got a text like that from one of his co-workers, I’d be pretty upset, too. I’m still bummed to see them part ways, though. Their odd-couple relationship grew on me during the course of the season.

On the Jess-and-Nick front, Jess came clean to Nick. Sort of. While it wasn’t exactly an epic declaration of love and affection, it was the kind of speech a scorned girl gives when she's decided that she doesn’t want to be all miserable and scorned anymore. You know, the “I just want you to be happy” speech. It’s a classic.

Nick seemed rather indifferent to it at first, though I’m willing to bet that the staring contest with a coyote was a bit of a distraction. He ultimately returned to the loft, making a triumphant return to AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long.” We are, ultimately, ending almost exactly where we began. For a show like New Girl, which started very strong, then briefly fizzled into a puddle of uncertainty (as far as storytelling goes) in the middle, it’s a great place to end. Hopefully, we’ll start out strong and stay that way through the sophomore season.


Random Observations:

– “Fresh. Pressed. Linens.” Schmidt’s list continued.

– Zooey Deschanel’s Road Runner impression was adorable. Meep meep!

– I had a mint green bedroom once! Nick was spot-on. It really is a hard color to match ANYTHING to.


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Schmidt and Cece will be back together in 2 episodes. They are much funnier when they are together.
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-Schmidt is the single best thing to happen to this show. Everyone's all Zooey Deschanel, but seriously, this guy is gold and has been ever since his stint on "Veronica Mars". And I will miss Schmidt-Cece a lot. That was the best part of the show.

-My statements above notwithstanding, the best part of this episode were the Jess/Coyote interactions. Hilarious.

-Mint green? Who does mint green? Hunter green and stained hardwood floors with some soft lamp lighting. GORGEOUS.
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Deschanel sisters ftw! :-)
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I'm surprised nobody commented on Schmidt's observation about what kind of person HE is, when he told CeCe that she has horrible taste in men, since she was dating him. Says a lot about his character.
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absolutely. but see it other away around. i mean it was i think brave of him to speak up like that. he actually meant how much he valued her.
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Overall I loved this episode, I laughed SO much! But yet again it was an episode with Winston more or less on the sideline.. For a while there in the beginning of the show I really didn't see his purpose - New Girl took a very long time to give him a real storyline. Eventually Winston met Shelby and got a job and we started to really get to know him. I liked that. So please, New Girl, don't demote him again.. Keep his story going just like you do with the others
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I am making Jess's adorable meep meep into a ringtone. I loved my ass out of it with the coyote scene.
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best comedy on TV. The Nick and Jess thing is interesting and I think if they break up they could still be friends (I hope so anyway). As for the Schmidt thing, if my girl got a text like that and she turned it around on me like that I'd be "you're blaming ME for that??"
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I hope Nick & Jess don't end up together. Tired of all these cliche TV romances. Love the show, tho.
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This episode was hilarious, and a great finale.

Schmidt's 'woof' was a classic piece of dialogue!

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I was a bit disappointed with the finale -- it just wasn't the funniest episode they have done. Didn't like the break-up of Schmidt and Cece
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uhu. even the very last few seconds, while they were dancing, was good enough to make it a great finale. just love the show.
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This is the first time I've ever seen "Cricket" mentioned on television, on any show.



I just gained a little more respect for Schmidt, consequently. That's the best magazine in the world.
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How about... Jimminy Cricket?
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I was disappointed with Schmidt and Cece but I think they'll get back together early next season. However, Jess's roadrunner impersonation was great and Winston's reaction to her "throwing" her keys was hysterical. If Glee can get four seasons, this should last as long as it wants on Fox.
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I love this show its awesome and I wish schmidt didn't break up with CeCe and I love the ending so funny and the desert was funny ecpessaly the meep meep
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aww schidmt and cece..
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I so want Nick and jess to get together, but then again I don't! I think URST is a great thing to play off of, but not for too long... It's good for a bit but then either do something about it or else just let it go. I am going to miss this show until next season... I don't know how I am going to function without my weekly Schmidt fix!
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Pretty good season finale. I didn't think there were as many jokes in this one than some of the previous episodes, but it was still pretty fun. Also, hehe @ anyone that pronounces wolf as woof.



I thought they could've done a lot more with the idea of interviewing potential roommates as I figure that woulda/coulda been fun. They probably could've done a whole episode on that alone.
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I just want Nick and Jess to kiss so bad. The best part of the finale was the hilarious coyote showdown-meep meep!
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Great episode. The coyote scene was hilarious. What are you thinking Schmidt, that is CeCe dude. How can you break up with CeCe? And here I thought they were going to last until next season.
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This episode was so funny!!!!! I think New Girl might be the next Friends...
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NO. please never bring F.R.I.E.N.D.S while comparing to any other comedy show on Earth. its classic.



New Girl is very good though. love the show. the idea is not unique but it tastes different.
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
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I want them to scale down on the Jess/Nick thing next season, I don't see it, I don't want it, and I don't think URST fits into this show at all. I do think they do it in a way more subtle way on this show compared to others, but I still want less.



Other than that, this episode was a good one, everything with the coyote was hilarious.
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The coyote stuff was great. :)



Personally, I'm pretty ambivalent about Jess/Nick. If they go there, awesome. If they don't go there, awesome. I don't want it to drag out though. I get annoyed/bored with URST pretty quickly no matter what show it pops up in.
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New Girl is such a feel good-show! Hope it stays on for many seasons.
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