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New Girl S01E21: “Kids”

It was babies babies everywhere without any actual parents in sight on New Girl this week. First, CeCe and Schmidt had themselves a pregnancy scare. Well, CeCe had a pregnancy scare. Schmidt was surprisingly graceful about the whole thing, maybe even a little bit excited. He brainstormed some names and fretted over whether or not continued sex with CeCe in her potentially delicate condition might knock up the baby up and result in some sort of messed up “Russian nesting doll” problem. He also proposed (!), but not really, as he made his move after CeCe confirmed the pregnancy was a false alarm, and to avoid any awkwardness, hurried CeCe into her car before she could spot the “MARRY ME” being written in the sky above the loft.

Nick hooked up with a chick who, unbeknownst to him, was a very barely legal 18-year-old. Things got weird when Sarah, the daughter of Fancyman Russell who was spending the day with Jess, recognized Nick's new pal from her school bus—which for me, was one of the funniest moments of the episode. The connection was complicated by tween Sarah’s intense crush on man-child Nick. She even tried to flirt, pointing out that his eyes are “so brown, like poop.”

Poor Jess, she just wanted to hang with her boyfriend’s kid and make a good impression on his ex.

Crushed by the revelation that Nick was dating her former classmate, Sarah locked herself in Jess’s room. For some reason, she decided to put on all of Jess’s bras, possibly in some sort of misguided attempt to dress herself like an adult. Of course, Sarah's mother chose that very time to come pick her up, and was none too pleased to see Nick helping her 12-year-old daughter out of an improvised brassiere straight jacket.

“Welcome to our home, would you like a drink?” Jess deadpanned, spoken like a true parent run ragged by her handful of a child.

I thought guest-star Annalise Basso stole “Kids” as Sarah. She managed to pull off being a smarter-than-most-of-the-adults-in-the-room child without being irritating, which is often the risk inherent to creating kid characters of that flavor. She also managed to play the hopelessly love-sick aspect of Sarah without making it silly. WAS it a silly crush? Certainly. Most of the crushes we have when we’re 12 are. But it wasn’t silly to her, which was made very apparent by the awesomeness of Annalise Basso.

I’m hoping we’ll see more of Russell’s kid in the future. I was wondering when we’d finally get to meet her and I’m pleasantly surprised that she’s so likeable and interesting.


Additional Observations:

– Reasons offered for why Nick dating the 18-year-old was just plain wrong: “She doesn’t know what Netscape was. She thinks of Ice Cube primarily as an actor.” Kids today, man. I bet she couldn’t name the five original Power Rangers either.

– “We are literally the most embarrassing people ever.” Jess said when she tried to coax Sarah out of her bedroom. Yes, you are, and that’s why we love you.


What did you think of the episode? And how did you react to Schmidt's "proposal"?

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Not the best episode overall, but there were a BUTTLOAD of hilarious one-liners. Mostly from Schmidt; some from Sarah; a few from Jess and Nick.



"She thinks of Ice Cube as mainly an actor." Ha!
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This was an awesome episode, I loved it! It was hilarious and at times touching. I look forward to more!
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This show is just not funny, what is the buzz!

this is the best they can come up with???
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I loved this episode. Fantastic work all around, but as you said, props to Miss Basso. Good work there. Schmidt's proposal kind of threw me. He was great the entire episode, and I do hope they do something with them down the road, but now was too soon.
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This episode was a nice surprise! The past few have been okay, I think, with a few laughs here and there, but nothing special. My boyfriend and I were both laughing quite a bit with this one, though.



I loved Jess's "Bridge to Terabithia" joke. That book always made me sob for hours when I read it.



I didn't like Winston's side story very much. It was funny at times, but it didn't make much sense. I wish he'd just remained in the apartment and chimed in with Winstony stuff.
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Ugh, always reviewing New Girl and not Two Broke Girls?!? (In response to the commenter yesterday who said the exact opposite. :p)



Anyway, I watched this episode, it was ok, you are right that the kid actor was awesome and the revelation of the school bus was top-notch. I did feel though like the regular characters were all stuck in a multitude of stereotypical sitcom tropes, especially Jess who basically just had to react to things the entire show. And whatever the hell was going on with Winston's C-story.
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Schmidt was awesome in this episode. "She doesn't even know what Netscape was." He's definitely my favorite character.
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The only negative? No True American drinking games!
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This was a great episode, had the most laughs of any of them for awhile!
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this episode was amazing so happy that i stuck with this show.
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i was first surprised and ROFL when i heard schmidt say "papcorno" :P lol that was hilarious XD
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Best episode of the season...I laughed hard...Schmidt on the phone with Nick was perfect as was "They say that I needed a Magnum sized diaper"...and a lot of other moments...



but the reason this episode was the best of the season? It's the only episode that surprised me. And it's the only episode that actually managed to get me to feel something (other than laughter)...the proposal was sweet and perfect and I felt so bad for Schmidt who had clearly come to terms with the thought of being a father...to me this felt like a season finale quality episode.



I'm very excited for the final few episodes.
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I agree with your reason why this episode stood out. Now that they established the characters and they grew on us, I really feel the show has a lot of potential exploring the inter-character relationships with its own crazy humor. It's really a unique show!
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just absolutely fantastic episode!! this show has been a huge surprise this season and it only gets funnier

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"I want to rub my face on his faaace!"



That line almost had me rolling on the floor.
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This show is one of the very very few that makes me burst out laughing, the one-liners are so damn funny! MVP line was when Sarah was asking Jess if they do animal style or 99!!! I didn't want to like this show, but I finally have to admit that it is the funniest show for me, and Schmidt is my absolute favorite and says the most ridiculous things!!
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Jason: The Red Ranger

Billy : The Blue Ranger

Kimberly: The Pink Ranger

Zack: The Black Ranger (and the only black guy on the show.)

Trini: The Yellow Ranger (the sole Asian member. Great sensitivity Fox)

Tommy (aka The Green Ranger) joined later in the show.



As someone who's talked to twelve year olds about sex, that scene was dead on. It's funny in a way that only something painfully awkward can be funny



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I loved the moment where Sarah saw Nick and Jess doing their whole "endearing banter" thing and looked a little jealous. I think it's significant that even a 12 year old picked up on their chemistry.
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Another great episode from what I think is the funniest new show. It goes a little too far sometimes but otherwise it is my humour in a nutshell haha! Nick is one of my favs; he's hilarious!
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this was the worst episode they have done. a young girl talking about sex is not funny at all.
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Why not? They have to learn about it sometime. It was done in a funny, tasteful way here, without even coming close to the perverse. Sarah clearly had NO idea what she was talking about, and it pretty accurately captured the silly crushes young girls (and boys; I don't want to be sexist here) sometimes get on older men.
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It was portraying what kids at that age already know in today's age.



When I hear what kids, even those younger than 12-years-old are talking about today, I catch myself surprised at times because I didn't even know some of the things they are talking about when I was their age.



I, personally, thought it was hilarious. But, to each their own.
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Great episode. I loved seeing Barb from Big Love :)
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Like XY, I too LOVED this episode. For me, it was one of the most hilarious episodes yet! And Russell's kid was hilarious in this episode!



"You pregnant! You pregnant!" LOL
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Loved this episode! It featured a lot of great character development.

Even though the show is "over the top" most of the time, the characters really became loveable.
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