New Girl Says Goodbye to the Fancyman; How Do You Feel About a Possible Jess/Nick Hook-Up?

New Girl S01E22: “Tomatoes”

After running into Russell's ex-wife, Ulli, at the gym, Jess had the bright idea to invite Ulli to dinner with herself and Russell. Clearly, this was a bad call. After witnessing the estranged couple’s fierce hate-love, Jess later attempted to recreate the mood while she and Russ were having some alone time. No one was a fan. I just cringed the whole time.

So, it finally happened. Jess dumped Russell. Just a week after meeting his awesome kid, we have to say goodbye. Granted, their break-up isn’t a huge surprise. It was always just a matter of when and how, and while part of me enjoyed the fact that the final blow wasn’t something as clichéd as someone cheating on someone else, the fact that Jess left Russ because of a lack of passion really made me feel bad for Russ. Like he said, he’d been there and done that with the crazy. He characterized his relationship with Ulli as passionate, sure, but also like “inching closer to a wood chipper.”

However, we can’t fault Jess for wanting something thrilling and exciting. She wants the kind of love people write songs about.

And in a way, so does Nick. He just doesn’t want the kind of love that people write particularly DEEP songs about. After dragging everyone up to the roof of their building to reveal his tomato garden, Nick informed his roommates and their significant others that his tomato garden signified the first step toward a better Nick. Apparently, Jess had a hand in this. Unsurprisingly, she was less than pleased to find Nick getting it on with Caroline when she came back to the loft after dumping Russell. The duo had a full-on screaming match that culminated in shaking their butts angrily at one another. I might be wrong, but something tells me this is the sort of passionate hate-love that Jess was looking for.

Oh boy.

Meanwhile, still freaked over the non-pregnancy, Cece told Schmidt that she wanted to take a break. She didn’t REALLY want to take a break, but she has issues talking about her real feelings. Or something. Schmidt retaliated by wooing Cece's walking stereotype of a Russian roommate (for a second there, I thought I was watching 2 Broke Girls!) and subsequently breaking his penis because sometimes, we all need to channel our inner 12-year-old-boy and laugh at unfortunate dick jokes. (However, Winston torturing Schmidt with the list of things that turn Schmidt on was hilarious—fresh-baked bread? Oh Jeebus.)

Cece visited Schmidt in the hospital and admitted her true feelings for him. He asked the question that everyone was thinking, “You like my personality?” to which Cece replied, “I was surprised too.” Hey man, some of the best relationships are built on that principle. On paper, The Boyfriend and I look like we should be a disaster. In practice, for some bizarre reason, we work. Our friends and family have been trying to figure it out for almost five years.

In short, you like who you like. It’s not something that should necessarily make sense.

And with that in mind, we bid Fancyman goodbye, but not with spite. Even Jess, as heartbroken as she was to dump him, wasn’t angry or bitter about the experience. At the end of the day, she’s a bright girl. You like who you like, but sometimes it doesn’t work out, and sometimes it makes perfect sense when it doesn’t.


Questions:

1. Were you bummed to see Russell and Jess break up? Did you see it coming?

2. How do we feel about the Nick and Jess potential?

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it was like when richard and monica broke up hahhaaha
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Called a Nick/Jess hook up on the first episode. Bound to happen.
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I cannot wait for Nick and Jess to hook up!
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Well, they were bound to break up eventually... either within a few episodes or after a season. He just didn't seem like "long-term-main-character" material. Sure, he was interesting and might continue to pop up since Jess's room-mate has a fixation on him. but I doubt he'll last.



As far as Nick and Jess, I can see that becoming a will-they/won't-there or at least an on-again/off-again thing.
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This was a great episode, hilarious and yet sometimes serious. I love the characters! I saw Jess and Russell's break up coming, when will she and Nick figure out they should be together?
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They've been setting Jess and Nick up for some time now, and I was dreading the moment they would actually have them get together or start wanting to get together. I really don't want to see Jess date any of the boys (especially not Nick), her relationship with them right now is the best. Romance would just ruin everything.
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1. Somewhat. Yes.

2. Would absolutely hate it if they started dating.
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I'm more bummed that they're now going to start the will-they-won't-they for Jess and Nick, but then it was never the matter of how, but when.
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I've been waiting all season for Nick and Jess to get together!!! I hope it happens but on the other hand if it does and it doesn't work then that would screw up a lot for the show dynamic I think...Nick's my fav!!
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I have a feeling that they get it on in the season finale. And that leads Nick to move out.
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I like your moving out theory, but I think it will be Jess that moves out. Nick is waaaay too broke to be able to go live on his own. I think Jess will move in with Cece and the Russians for a few eps, before things get back to normal ... well, as normal as New Girl can be.
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I actually thought Jess and Nick were going to get it on during that fight. It's going to happen - it's just a question of when (and I predict the last episode of the season).
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I liked Russell and thought his older character fit in fairly nicely with the others, but I expected a break-up to happen. It's obvious Jess and Nick are going to get together at some point -- they've been hinting at it since maybe the pilot -- and I kind of hope they do it soon. Not that I think it'll be great having them two together, but because I'd prefer that over the will-they-wont-they tease.



Also, I don't care how crappy they portray Nick's life as being... I'd give anything to shake asses with Jess/Zooey.
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As many have already said, why is there a giant SPOILER in the headline of this article?!
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-Was not bummed to see Russell and Jess break up. In fact, I called it at this episode, and, as you said, I'm glad they took it in a more realistic and not as cliched way, too.

-Nick and Jess had been hinted at since the 2nd episode, and I'm sure it will happen at some point. I don't want it to happen yet. I feel about this like the Chandler-Monica thing on "Friends". They need to do it like that, not some cheesy cliched thing (though if they write it as well as they wrote the Russell storyline, I can okay it, and the writing staff has done a decent job in that area).



As for what FringeFantatic said, I agree that there has been no drop in quality. There has not. But I will say that as far as actual laugh out loud moments, I find this show to be hit and miss episode to episode. The drama underneath and character psychology is solid every time, but some episodes are just funnier than others. This was one of the less funny ones (meeting Russell's kid, on the other hand, was hilarious).
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schimdt is an amazing character that scene in the hospital with him and cece was too funny.
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Don't get me wrong lurve american comedies, and am a fan of the show but theres no such thing (okay rarely...) as 'subtlety' in your programming. Its usually shovelled on so thick they must think the audience is particularly stupid so they point it out at every available opportunity. In other words the nick/jess thing has always been a given. So any relationship either of them have will end fairly quickly.
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I could have swore that Jess and Nick were going to kiss durring that fight scene but damn I was wrong. Please do not drag this out too long I want them together so bad they have amazing chemistry!
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spoiler alert on the freaking headline!!! dang it!
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Not bummed. Agreed that the break up should happen. Russell had the passion and Jess wanted it. She deserves to have it.



I've been waiting for the show to give Jess and Nick a chance for a while. I was hoping they would try after his scare and they spent the night at the beach, but no dice. Now they proved again that there's something there, but I'm sure they'll skip over it again.
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Btw.: They try to give a poorly hint with the fight between them. I, the stupid audience(?), saw it a few scenes before! It must be passion....well means also by the definition of the episode that we will see more disasters between those two. I miss Coach..he was so much fun.^^



And the last scene wasnt funny. As if he would get a "reaction" down there just because someone sais the words...did a woman wrote this joke? Really...no man could laugh about that o_o
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I laughed at that. Pretty hard actually. I know the concept isn't entirely realistic, but the idea those things would turn him on made total sense to Schmidt's personality.
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1. Saw it coming.

2. It's the good old "Rachel & Ross" or "J.D. & Elliot" - Scheme (Since EP.1)

Sadly: If it happens now they will have big time drama for at least 5 more seasons before

they will stick together. Or is there anything else that could keep the viewers? Maybe the

Dinos from Terra Nova will get casted or some Aliens? ;)
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Predicted Jess and Nick from episode 1. I'm more concerned about the russian model. I think there should be a telethon for her or something. I'm usually not down with commenting on somebody's appearance, specially their weight, but she is anorexic.
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whats to predict they basically shove it down your throat
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Didn't everybody predict Nick and Jess from episode 1?
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Yep!
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New Girl to me is slowly becoming like an Adam Sandler movie. Less and less jokes and more random and awkward antics. I get what they were trying to do with Nick and Jess but I was cringing during their fight. It was totally random in a bad way. I hate how they are making Jess really dumb. I thought she was suppose to be quirky but not annoyingly dumb. The only bits I enjoy now are Schmidt and Cece.
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and yet its probably still the best comedy on tv right now. thats sad when you think about it
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I watch a lot of comedy shows, and New Girl is not even in my top5 ;)



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The best comedy on TV right now?

Community fans would disagree. Then there's Happy Endings. And the Big Bang Theory. (To say nothing of the more... unusual... such as Archer).
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If we are going by quality Community hands down HE is a great consisently funny but un-unique premise and TBBT is slowly beating me to death
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I know what you mean. The point of taht fight was to show that she and Nick had that passion, but it seemed kinda random and obviously placed there to show they had chemistry.
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Okay, I'm probably the most qualified person to address this criticism because I've marathoned all twenty-two episodes of New Girl in the last week (crazy, I know).



There has been absolutely NO drop in quality! The random and awkward antics very often set up the jokes. The antics and jokes are like the Yin and Yang of adorkability. Both play a vital role in the hilariousness of New Girl.
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The very word "adorkable" is played-out.
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As someone who watched the first few and the last few eps while skipping the middle, I concur. The awkward antics are pretty much the same as they were in the beginning. I only disagree that it is a good thing. They are the reason I stopped watching in the first place.
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Nick and Jess is going to happen.
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Definitely. But how is it going to happen? They have to tread very lightly here. Some shows torture their viewers with excruciating URST for several seasons (Bones and Psych are two examples), but this method usually leads to a lasting relationship. Other shows make them get together too quickly, then break up, get back together, and break up again, until you cease to care about the relationship (*cough* Friends *cough*).



I like Nick and Jess. I want them to work as a couple long term. I just don't know the best way to achieve that without compromising the funniness of the show.
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easy they are going to argue about something again to show the "passion" and then awkwardly kiss. Or she will speak to cece about the whole passion and she will hint at nick and then she will obsess about till they awkwardly kiss
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Yout want to protect the funniness of the show? Clone Daman Wayans Jr. so he can stay on Happy Endings AND come back to this show.
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how come, how dare you give a spoiler in a title??! how could you! doesn't anyone edit the stuff you write and post? I avoid your writing as it is very bad, but one cannot avoid the titles posted in the main page.. this is stupid and irresponsible, in the least..
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I think we've seen this enough at tv.com to know to place the blame on the editorial process.
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well maybe because I try to read mainly Price-Tim-Lily, and that there is a limited number of shows I follow; I never came across with such deliberate, outrageous, right-in-your-face spoiler in a title.. it is not even implying a break-up (and that would be totally unacceptable too) but it directly says what happened in the episode.. there is no excuse for this.. and no matter how the editorial processes might be inefficient, the original author of the piece is the very first and most to blame.. if one cannot comprehend the concept of a spoiler, or is not aware of it, than that person should not write media review/critique.. and the worse part of it: I haven't seen an apology yet..
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Yeah, jtrolio, where's the apology?!
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Spoilers in titles are not cool.
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Sleazy Sleasman....
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Seriously? I think a playground bully beat you to that one by calling her that in elementary school. If not for rude comments, there'd probably be no commenting on the Internet, just... aim higher. For your mom's sake.
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Rude comment? Please get off your high horse. Yes, there's a lot of abuse on the internet, but this isn't abuse. If you can't take something like this as good fun, just..... relax. For everyone's sake.
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I'm glad it happened. (I hate Russell) I thought it was going to happen by the Season 1 finale. I like Nick and Jess as do most other New Girl fans. I thought they were going to kiss when they were arguing in the living room.
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Me too! My money was on Jess kissing Nick. But I guess a heated argument turning into a passionate kiss being followed by a moment of awkwardness right at the end of the episode is kind of a cliche.
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How could you hate russell? He was fun
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Why do you always have to mention your boyfriend in your articles? Every single article you sqeeuze him in there, it's quite sad
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My girlfriend really likes this post.
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