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New Girl S03E14: "Prince"


Oh Prince, teach us your ways. I'll even personally volunteer to be locked in your creepy closet of love. I don't have a problem with hearing or saying the L-word—but eating pancakes and playing ping pong with the Purple One sure looks like a lot of fun. And when you're airing a super special episode in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, I think fun is an indisputable requirement. One team's fans are high on life (and, in Seattle, probably actual mind-elevating substances), the other team's fans are bummed out (but at least y'all had, like, the whole game to make peace with it, right Denver?), and the rest of us are all drunk on tasteless light beer and Bagel Bites that were microwaved four hours ago and are now congealed to the plastic football-shaped serving plate but still look somewhat appetizing because beer munchies. I'm just saying, once the game is over, no one feels like sitting down to contemplate the serious side of television. If you're down, you need cheering up. If  you're happy, you don't want to be dragged down. If you've never watched New Girl before, you need to figure out what the H is going on, and New Girl needs to convince you to return during its regular business hours on Tuesdays. 

With so many roles to fill, New Girl's approach was pretty darn brilliant. It also helped that Prince completely stole the show every time he appeared on the screen. He was like the Willy Wonka of love. 


Basically, Jess and Cece were almost killed by an erratic driver, but to make up for her crappy driving, the would-be Jess-slayer invited Cece and Jess to a party at her boss's house. Her boss happened to be Prince. Cece talked Jess out of wearing what had to be a leftover costume from some tour that Dolly Parton did in the '80s, and Jess ended up being, like, a total babe in her little black dress. As the gals were getting into the limo that would take them to Prince's sweet, sweet love pad, Nick was so overcome by Jess's beauty that he told her he loved her—which would've been fine, except it was the first time he'd ever uttered the phrase, and Jess freaked. She gave him the double finger guns instead of saying it back, and then she freaked some more when the limo pulled away before she could work through her momentary existential crisis. Careful with that champagne, girl; those hangovers are rough. 


New Girl's skill at taking the most overdone cliches in the history of sitcoms and making them entertaining was on full display as Nick and Jess went through the motions of panicking, over-thinking things, getting really drunk (well, Nick did, anyway; either Jess skipped the alcohol binge or she just holds her booze REALLY well), and then making up via the magic of song and dance... and Prince. While the boys were busy crashing the party with varying levels of success, Prince saw that Jess was struggling and helped her see the light by kicking her ass at ping pong, locking her in a closet, dressing her up like Stevie Nicks, making her eat pancakes while he watched her like a creep, and showing off his butterfly mind-control powers. Then they wrote and performed a song and even though I would prefer for New Girl to pretend that Zooey Deschanel doesn't have a music career because I'm a weirdo and it just annoys me  when the two worlds touch and I don't know why, all personal hang-ups aside, it was a fun performance. 


"Prince" wasn't merely The Prince and Jess Singalong (1/2) Hour, though. I was pleasantly surprised by the meaningful interactions happening all over Chez Prince, particularly with Winston and Coach (Winnie and Ernie!) and Cece and Schmidt. New Girl made it clear in "Birthday" that the good ship Schmece isn't going to be tossed back in the water before some substantial repairs are made, and those repairs will require Schmidt and Cece to become friends again before tackling their ruined relationship. In "Birthday," Schmidt helped Cece at her new job. In "Prince," Cece helped Schmidt hide from Prince's bouncer and then actually seemed to enjoy hanging out with her ex, even as he took the opportunity to snuggle with her chesticles.  

New Girl seems to have regained its balance in the second half of the season. In the wake of their party at Prince's place, the roommates all contemplated where they were supposed to go next. The answer, of course, is anywhere you want.



NOTES

– I'll admit it, I didn't think Fire and Ice was going to work either. 

– "Oh, I'm sorry, I haven't given you enough time to freak out. You may do so now." 

– I loved how the whole panties debacle just snowballed from an innocent comment by Winston into a crazy teamwork exercise with the guys.


What did you think of "Prince?"


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AIRED ON 2/21/2017

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Fire. and. Ice. I <3 Coaston.

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I loved that at the end they had that self-deprecating humor to it all and recognized how ridiculous a scenario it was. That being said, I freaking loved it. I was humming Prince songs all day in anticipation.
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Prince was awesome.....
"Oh, I'm sorry, I haven't given you enough time to freak out. You may do so now." was so funny....when Jess and Nick starting to freak....and then right after that, they were sitting with the three of them on the bench...so so funny...

But to be honest, the most fun part were two things..
the singing part when Jess sang with Prince...that was awesome!!!!!
and in the end with Cece and Prince that was AWESOME!!!
What did he say, i will go slow on you and then Cece went like BAM..the face of Prince was priceless...
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Poor big star cameo episode that rode on Prince's coattails and featured a lame singing number that supposedly no one had rehearsed but yet was choreographed perfectly. Really disappointing, especially since New Girl's been on such a kick lately after that lame start of season. Only redeeming feature was Schmidt seeing his friends playing that lemon game and realizing he'd rather hang out sucking on lemons with them than make small talk with the famous and rich people around him. Now there's the Schmidt I know and love.
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Coach actually made a comment at the end to Jess "How'd you know all the words?" It's not like the whole crowd broke out into simultaneous dance moves... they got on staged and rocked back and forth. Even if they went to the Prince's house and we never saw him, it would've been a solid episode... someone must be a Broncos fan. Pouty face.
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Didn't even watch the Super Bowl. It is possible for people to have differing opinions about a television show. I am a New Girl fan, incidentally, just thought the stunt casting was something of a cop out when they could have just made an actually quality episode about what it's like to say "I love you" to someone for the first time without wasting most of the episode brown-nosing a famous person. For the record, I root for the Giants.
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Sorry. No, you're right and entitled to your opinion. I had just come from watching the episode, and your comment took me a little out of my good mood. It just seemed like you were letting Prince and a little musical number ruin the episode for you.
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Well, I'm glad you enjoyed the episode. Don't let the opinions of random people you've never met affect your enjoyment of anything. You are just as entitled to enjoy the episode as I am to find it disappointing.
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It was smart of them to put the dudes front and center for the cold open. So all the men wouldn't scream and run.
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Prince was such a damn good sport the entire episode.

Also, Nick as a Human Trojan Horse: Brilliant and my new party trick?
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i felt very unconfortable watching jess and prince interact
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Yup, I never got the appeal with Prince he always gave me the creeps in general
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The whole pantys situation was really funny I laughed so much at four grown mans handling pantys with a stick
And yes I though Fire and Ice was going to evaporate not actually succeed. The model trojan horse was funny too.
I do hope that New Girl will keep up the good work
Side note: am I the only one who is tired of watching Jess with the same hairdo over and over again? is it some kind of command that she can't brake? Will USA collapse? Will the end of times begin?
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Best part of the panties incident was that they were not jess's
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Prince? My god, I had no idea. I should've DVR'd. Am I gonna have to...Hulu? Damn it all...
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Actually laughed out loud a good few times in this episode. Keep it up, New Girl, and I might just forgive Mindy being better than you all season...
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Has Prince giving people pancakes always been a thing, or is it just the amazing Chappelle Show sketch being resurrected due to Prince making the sketch a single cover last year? Either way it fills me with happiness.

The episode was OK, it felt quite overpowered by the presence of Prince, and the entire Nick/Jess plot in this episode has been done a bazillion times before, but everything else was alright.
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That was a thoroughly enjoyable little episode and I almost wonder if my mom stayed up for it, she only watched like the pilot and then never returned. I felt like this was good little glimpse into all the characters and their roles and the group dynamics so someone who just couldn't turn the channel would find enjoyment.

Random pondering for the longer haul....I feel like the next sitcom cliche (though the exes returning is one) that they are going to face is the living situation, but I almost suspect it comes from a totally innocent place, that Cece is probably going to be kicked out of her models apartment soon since I assume her agency pays for it and she doesn't seem to be working anymore and you wonder if she brings up the, are you and Nick going to move into the same room together soon, because if so, do you think I could move in to the empty room...
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This brings up a good question, since Schmidt moved back in, where is everyone sleeping? We've never had any reason to suspect this apartment has more than 4 bedrooms, and as far as we know Coach, Nick, Winston and Jess are each occupying one. Did I miss something?
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Schmidt still lives across the hall he just rarely leaves the loft.
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The best episode in this season. The timing was impeccable, the story arc was genius and I laughed so hard I bruised a rib.
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This episode was the best in a long time. So funny!
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I forgive you.
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This was the first episode of New Girl I have watched in a long time because....PRINCE. He was great. I have no idea why he did it, but i love the hair he's rocking now (his 70's style) and he has some serious comedic chops (he's made 3 movies!).
I can't help but shake the stale feeling of the episode. It's like someone wrote a sit-com script for a guest star appearance in 1977 (David Cassidy maybe) and recently dug it out of a metal file case and substituted for Prince. What is this show even about now? It's like the exact moment a writing staff realizes they've succeeded in creating a solid framework for a show that works, they forget WHY the idea was working.
Formulaic, boring, and will be milked by FOX for advertising revenue until the actors can no longer stand to appear in such trite shite.
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Truth to be told, I've noticed my self that I am not looking forward watching new episodes of 'New Girl'. I was never a huge fun of the show but lately it seems very boring and not funny at all.
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If there's a worse show on TV then I'm glad I haven't seen it.

This was just completely awful.
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Panties?
Pandies?
Pannies?
Pantsies?

blurp. it's bubblin, baby. WARM WATER! WARM WATER!


It may speak to my odd sense of humor, but the funniest moment of the episode for me was during Prince's song near the end. There was a guy behind Prince playing the keyboard, but the glittery-purple barrier was mostly hiding the keyboard, so it just looked like the guy was happily-and-dancingly-masturbating. Fun times.
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As much as I hate the "omg he said I love you and I didn't know how to respond" trope, I loved this episode. Plus, we all knew this was coming, so better it got out of the way in such an awesome manner.
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"Prince" IS magic.
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It was really good episode! I can't believe how funny Prince was!
I'm loving the love-hate relationship between Winston and Coach, also we had a new Schmidt/Cece moment, seriously, I think that by the end of the season they'll be back together.
And I love how natural was Nick's confession was, he just said it. I loved it, when Jess said was not as especial for me.
PS: I adored the last scene when Coach asked Jess how she knew the lyrics! Meta!
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This whole episode was awesome. One of my favourite from the whole show. Plus, that amazing line: "I gotta tell my girlfriend that I don't love her so she doesn't leave me. Like a normal person."
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This ep was pretty funny. I think it was interesting to use Prince to help Jess say she loves Nick. Some of the stuff Prince got her to do was weird, but I think it was also perfect? IDK it was great although the highlight for me was WInston and Coach's Fire and Ice routine. It was great to see them together and also bonding over something they had obviously done in the past. I could see how that routine could've been done with any of the loft mates but I'm really glad it was Winston and Coach.
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This episode was hilarious! Better than everything we've seen this season. The last scene with Cece and Prince was gold!
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I thought I was going to hate it, but I was laughing out loud!
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Loved the episode! If anything though, the Prince part was the weakest - the novelty kinda took away from the whole Jess/Nick moment a bit.... But still a great ep
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I don't know why, but having Prince on the show didn't seem like such a good idea. I was never a huge fan of his acting, so I was ready to be underwhelmed. But he rocked it!!! And I am not even sure which part of his scenes were my favorite. I am going with him in the closet saying Boo. At least for now.
Alessandra Ambrosio needs to be on TV every week. I don't care why.
And this episode had more CeCe, which is always a good thing.
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LOVED this episode so much!!!!!
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This episode was SO DAMN FUNNY
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I LOVED this episode, Fire and Ice!!!!
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LOVED THIS EPISODE! Prince was so funny. The song at the end with jess was so funny.
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I thought it was a good episode but I think all I really got out of it was that Prince is weird and apparently has magical powers
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These things are true. Are they news?
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I was mainly thinking about his ability to communicate with butterflies but yes you are correct they aren't really news
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To get into party, Coach and Winston's Fire and Ice was the best part. And the rating is going to blow away whatever comes in the way for sure. There were some pretty faces and some pretty big names there today in New Girl.
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Winston's flashback scenes were my favorite haha
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"Don't, Don't you wanna"...I WANT THAT SONG!!! (And I want Zooey Deschanel's voice on it)
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