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New Girl S03E16: "Sister"

Wow, who knew Don Draper's sappy squeeze had it in her? Well, maybe you Freaks and Geeks fans did, but regardless, Linda Cardellini added a new a screw-up to a show full of screw-ups. Abby Day's antics were less zany and more zany-with-a-side-of-angst; no one thought her drinking, scamming, and prison stint were cute... and Abby knew it. Her genuinely heartbroken and then angry response to Cece's text—"So has Abby ruined everything yet?"—instantly elevated Abby beyond typical "crappy relatives" territory. Tossing Jess a sister this late in the game could have backfired REALLY badly, but New Girl navigated the wide-open waters just fine.


Jess had a lot on her plate this week, between retrieving her wayward sister—twice—and fielding miscommunication both to and from Nick. She didn't want Nick to meet Abby because she thought Nick would judge Abby's trashiness because I guess she forgot about Nick's father. Nick, of course, noticed Jess's reluctance to initiate introductions and immediately assumed the worst—that she was embarrassed by him. (I don't really blame him.)

New Girl resisted the urge to turn Jess and Nick's momentary mix-up into a THING and honestly, their resolution was a simple matter of just using their words. Now, Nick's apprehension about Abby staying for a "week, a month tops, six months super tops" etc. was obvious—and again, who can blame him?—and there's plenty of potential for disagreement and disaster when New Girl returns on February 25. 


It's hard to say how long Abby will be sticking around. The next episode is called "Sister II"—so she's at least got that ahead of her—and given that Damon Wayans Jr.'s triumphant return as Coach was never billed as anything more than a "stint," one never knows. Coach has already exceeded my expectations about four times over; this week, he was pining for Cece and everything! Coach's own hang-ups, on display week in and week out, have also managed to paint the potentially one-dimensional Coach as a screwball with a soul. After having the briefest of brief flings with Cece a few weeks back, Coach was smitten—or at the very least, lustful—with regard to Jess's bestie, and when Cece failed to romantically reciprocate via text, he was torn apart like a seventh-grader with some seriously misdirected affections on V-Day .

While I would never advocate the taking of hostages for any reason, romantic or otherwise (especially not romantic), Winston's forced double date with Bertie might just have been the best thing to happen for Cece and Coach, forcing them to confront their lingering feelings about sexy wall time and accept that they're just not THAT into each other...and that's okay. They can just be friends and neither party is torn up about that. I'm really starting to appreciate how much effort New Girl puts into highlighting non-romantic friendships among its characters. 


Elsewhere, Schmidt went to a Bar Mitzvah to pick up Jon Lovitz's daughter and get his groove back. But he didn't get his groove back, and IDK, for the like, the first time ever, I thought everyone else was doing way more interesting stuff than Schmidt. Sorry, Schmidt. Better luck next week in two weeks! 



NOTES

– "Have you seen a girl who looks like me but with chaos in her eyes?" Lol @ Jess and everything with Outside Dave.

– Jon Lovitz and Jamie Lee Curtis—man, this episode had some sweet, sweet cameos.

– Any predictions regarding the tenure and tone of Abby's stay in Chez Loft?

– Cece and Coach agreed to just be friends. That means Cece and Schmidt are going to get back together soon right? RIGHT?


What'd you think of "Sister"?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 12/6/2016

Season 6 : Episode 9

Next Episode

AIRS ON 12/13/2016

Season 6 : Episode 10

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This was such a boring episode. In fact the most boring New Girl episode I have ever watched. I don't know why I do it to myself.
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This episode was just off. The future of New Girl isn't looking bright for me. Idk when is it gonna get its mojo back or is it at all.
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I actually skipped some parts of this episode it was so dull.
"Abby ruins everything". Yeah, so you said, but I really saw no evidence of that. Bit of a waste of a guest star if she hadn't been staying around.
Also, since when does Jess have a sister?
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To be honest, i didn't care for the sister at all..now she is ALSO living there..
It seems like New Girl is adding more people so it will be more funny orso..
But i liked it much better, when it was just the 5 of them...Now we are up to 7/8 people...

Loved the whole Coach and Cece thing going on...
Winstond with his soups hahahahaha
Schmidt and Nick scene was also pretty funny...that girl..
I like sex, he wants to have sex with me...hahahahahaha so funny...
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Oh god GOD is that a common barber's comb?

Also, Outside Daaaaaave you are perfect.
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I loved the barber's comb comment! Glad you mentioned it.
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I thought there were too many characters when they added Coach again, The struggle shows, most of the time either we're going to get more Winston or more Coach but not really both at the same time, but even Schmidt gets less screen time, the only two that seem to be consistent now is Nick and Jess, but Abby is just one character too many unless this show is going to switch to an hour format. It's just too many characters.
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Decent episode dialogue of the night for me:

Abby: Mom was right he has an uptown butt

Jess: What!

Abby: An uptown butt in ski pants

Jess: What does that mean?

Abby: Everything

Nick: (scared and slightly flattered look on his face)
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I didn't enjoy this episode as much as the previous ones, but that's fine, it wasn't as boring as the episodes from the beginning of the season.
It was kind of cute how worried was Nick about Jess being ashamed of him, poor thing, but it was great how sure Jess was of him.
Yay! Jess mom was back!
I'm a little worried about Abby crashing at the loft, we have Coach now, do we really need another character? Mmmm, only time w'll tell.
Also Linda Cardellini was on ER!!!! Nobody seems to remember that! Sam (her character) was quite great, why no one remember ER? I'm sad :(

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My favorite bit in the entire episode was when Abby summed up the sexual tension between Coach and Cece and ended it with "If she won't put out, I will." It was just perfect delivery, and a great set up for Cabby in the next episode now that the business of Cece has been cleaned up.

Coach and Abby getting together makes sense for two reasons. First because Coach's whole argument against Jess moving in was that a roommate will eventually sleep with her and as teh only single roommate he's primed to fulfill that prophecy. Plus as they are both guest stars its almost written in the stars for them to canoodle.

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The addition of Abby has forced Jess to give up her room and move in with Nick. So that should be interesting when the realise the are actually living together now
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Yes, all of that happened, but Winnie the Bish's appreciation for the depth of the ladle was just perfect. With all the talk of relationships, Winnie and Bertie seem to really have a good thing going. Props to the Bish!
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more jamie lee curtis please
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It seems like she'll be a good fit, but is this another attempt by the producers or writers to keep the show afloat?
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I had the exact same thought.
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I think Abby will fit in just fine. A typical joke for New Girl is that all the characters tend to say inappropriate stuff; whether it's Schmidt's monologue-ing, Nicks awkwardness or best of all, Winstons terrible ideas for a prank that if carried out would culminate in some kind of injury or murder. So in that respect, Abby could fit right in with all the dysfunction in the group.

More Coach. His interactions with Cece are lame and forced, they don't really seem to have much of a place on the show, and Coach doesn't really have much interaction with the rest of the cast other than a few moments with Jess that just emphasize the question "why is he even here?" or with Winston where Coach becomes tolerable simply because Winston is so good. Maybe it's just my own projection, but I don't get the impression that any of them have any particular fondness for Coach. The gang all have their own friendship dynamic between one another, and Coach appears to be just shoe-horned in as filler; and that would be okay if there weren't so many supporting characters that could fill that role much better.
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I have no complaints about this episode. I can't wait to see where this goes :)
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Abby Day! Abby Day! She always says the most inapprorpriate stuff. Best part of the episode.
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Not the biggest fan of Abby here. She is kind of not funny and annoying, but she is tolerable. My favorite part of the whole episode was when Coach and Cece decided to be just friends. Let this be a firm and final decision, forever and ever, PLEASE!!! Good episode. I love how invested Nick really is in the relationship.
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Abby is hilarious, I love her.....so glad she's sticking around! I feel like she'll add some energy to the loft.....hopefully she won't get old.

But please please PLEASE do NOT let there be a love triangle between Abby, Jessica, and Nick.....at its worst this would include Abby and Nick sleeping together and then "hilariously" trying to keep Jess from finding out - if this is going to happen, kill me now. It will be about as funny as Schmidt double dipping.

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Cardellini has also been a regular in many season of ER... and people keeps forgetting that she was Welma in the Scoobie Doo Movies, too :)
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I don't think it's her they are forgetting, I think it's the Scooby Doo movies.
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c'mon, it couldn't be that bad. I mean, if you are an adult you can't be too much into it, but my brother was a kid back then and he didn't mind them.
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I was also a kid when it came out, I can't look at the films now.
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