New Girl: He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Only a couple weeks after “Injured”, New Girl delivered yet another great episode that once again dealt with Nick’s lousy financial situation and his general waywardness in life.

In the cold open of “Fancyman (Pt. 1)”, Nick discovered that he couldn’t get a cell phone because his credit score was too low – 250. Is that bad? I know literally nothing about credit scores. You could tell me that 5 was an ideal score and I’d believe you. But according to Winston, weighing more than your credit score is a joke.

Nick was all ready to embrace the phone-less (unreachable), minimalist (broke-ass) lifestyle of the 99% until he met Russell, a new love interest for Jess played by Dermot Mulroney. Russell is 42, rich, a major door at the school where Jess works, and he disagreed with the creative license Jess was allowing his 12 year-old daughter during class time. I have to say, I don’t know that I’d be pleased if my kid was drawing creepy pictures of dolls either.

After he informed Jess that her “Dream-cess” was a waste of time and his daughter would be studying with a tutor instead, the school principal demanded that Jess apologize – major donor, remember? Instead Nick convinced her to give the guy a piece of her mind – but on her way to do that, her car broke down. And there was Russell, being all nice by calling a tow truck and giving Jess his car and inviting her to a cookout.

Jess and Nick arrived at the party ready to Occupy it, but Nick was immediately seduced by Russell’s manly, fancy office. It smelled of “leather and Teddy Roosevelt and wistfulness”! Watching Nick play grownup and be so in love with the study was just hilarious. I didn’t feel like it came out of nowhere, because we know Nick isn’t just a bartender. He went to law school for a while, so buried inside of him is a guy who likes leather-bound books and rich mahogany.

Meanwhile, Jess was in complete denial that Russell was into her, and proceeded to make a fool of herself at the party by drenching herself with his fancy Japanese toilet and later falling in a koi pond a la Michael Scott.

I liked how Russell was so accepting of Nick’s crazy behavior just because he likes Jess, and also because he seems like a pretty nice dude. He gave Nick a cell phone and a sweater (that Nick was already wearing) and talked about what a mess he was at Nick’s age And eventually, Jess agreed to go out with him. Nick encouraged her to, because even though she finds him intimidating it could be good for her to date someone who has his life together. After all, the infamous ex Spencer didn’t even own sheets. He slept on a pile of washcloths.

The episode really centered around Nick and Jess interacting with Russell, but there was a funny subplot too. After getting shown up by Schmidt at trivia in front of his girl, Winston tried to memorize a bunch of facts. One fact I’d forgotten? That Winston is a nanny. Remember when that happened? Anyway, it led to a really sweet moment between Shelby and Winston, which was punctuated with hilarious lines from Schmidt.

What did you guys think of the episode? Are you hoping that Jess’s relationship with an older, richer man will inspire Nick to grow up just a little?

Funny quotes & moments:

  • Jess’s list of alternatives to sexual intercourse included “Write a convict” and “Watch Friday Night Lights.”
  • Jess: “So he pulls his donation? You know what? I’ll raise the money myself. I’ll get a ragtag group of kids together – a lost soul, an orphan, a Jewish kid with a keyboard, a little slut who can dance, and one fatso! And I’ll choreograph some dances and make a show!”‘
    Principal: “You did that already, Jess. It’s called the spring musical, and it literally brought in $60.”
  • “You were denied a cell phone because you have the credit score of a homeless ghost.” – Winston
  • Nick: “March into his office and say, ‘Hey Mr. Fancyman, you can’t tell me what to do! Your money doesn’t own me!’ And then throw away your phone!”
    Jess: “Yeah! I’m gonna throw my phone into the fiery chasm where he keeps his poor people!”
    Nick: “Actually, scratch that. My mom’s got your number in case of emergency.”
  • “Okay, I’m going to start with a quote against Social Darwinism, then a discussion of the Gilded Age, the robber barons, the Great Society — how we ended up with a huge wealth disparity in this country — and then I end with a bluegrass version of Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’.” – Jess
  • “For starters, look at this [house]. I’m betting at one point there was a moat.” – Nick
  • “He smells like strong coffee and going to see a man about a horse.” – Nick
  • “This is how evil geniuses are born.” – Jess
  • [To a wooden duck] “I want to kill you… because I respect you.  [To Jess] I think I understand hunting!” – Nick
  • Oh, and literally everything else Nick said while in the office. The end tag! Amazing.
  • The way Nick gently folded the sweater, as per Russell’s instructions, before jumping in the koi pond to save Jess.
  • Schmidt douchebag-jarring himself.
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10 Responses to New Girl: He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

  1. Randi says:

    I loved the whole episode. I’m so happy they’ve given Winston some more material. Schmidt douchebag-jarring himself was the funniest part for me, but I really enjoyed the whole thing!

    • Randi says:

      ETA: Love the new look! The article cutting on the homepage is just so convenient for finding your reviews that I’m behind on! haha

      • Jill says:

        Thanks Randi! The article cutting was my #1 reason for changing! It makes everything so much easier to navigate.

    • Jen says:

      I agree for sure about the Winston plot. Not only did they give him more material, they made it fit in with an already established personality trait (the super-competitiveness we saw in “Bells”). Hopefully this means we’re on the way to Winston being as fully realized a character as the rest of the loft crew. Definitely a fun episode!

      • Jill says:

        Yes! I like that they’re figuring Winston out. I think they deserve to be cut some slack since there was a casting change after the pilot, so I’m glad they are working on his character. They’ve done a really good job of developing this into an ensemble comedy.

  2. kristaspurr says:

    I loved this episode, too, and have gotten to the point where New Girl is appointment television. I could watch Winston and Schmidt for the whole 22 minutes. Remember when Damon Wayans Jr was on the show? Me neither. He’s put to far, far better use on Happy Endings.

    Rachael Harris is criminally underused by most of the entertainment industry. I love her in the principal role and I hope they’ll keep her character around next year.

    (In my opinion, NG + Cougartown is a perfect hour of entertainment, but that’s just my taste).

    • Jill says:

      Cougar Town + New Girl is definitely a bomb combo. I’m annoyed that I feel like I have a commitment to Glee for the rest of the season due to the blog, because I’d be happy never watching it again.

      I’m now officially on the Happy Endings bandwagon as I’m ALMOST caught up, and I’m really happy the casting has worked out how it is.

  3. kimberleymosher says:

    Yeah, great episode. I hope Dermot is on for at least a few episodes. And, I really loved the end scenes with Nick in the office. I really do hope that this sparks a turnaround with his character!

    • Jill says:

      Yes! I want to see Nick spread his wings. I feel as though that is what Jess would say.

  4. Ben says:

    This show keeps getting better and better!

    This: “He smells like strong coffee and going to see a man about a horse.” was perfect!

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