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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

When Male Roommates Wear Your Hats, You Know They've Got Your Back

New Girl - "Kryptonite"

They have lockers outside their apartment bathroom?!! That’s awesome. One of us loves the New Girl theme song, and one of us hates it with a fiery passion. But we both love the characters’ bathroom. Jess waking her new roommate up was adorable, but her breaking the apartment’s TV was kind of annoying. Jess’ ex, Spencer, is not cute. And his hair is gross, not magical.

What do we need to become Zooey Deschanel? One of us has bangs, dark hair, sings, and wears sundresses and it hasn’t happened yet. It must be the sarcasm, lack of innocence, and law school, huh? It’s still possible for Leeard though. Don’t worry, she’s gonna make it happen. Except for the bangs. She can’t do bangs. Speaking of Zooey envy, who else wants her red dress that she wore in this episode?

It was awesome when Schmidt slapped Spencer. “Schmidt happens!” We also loved the line, “She looks like Helena Bonham Carter.” Something we didn’t love was how freaking helpless Jess is. We know that’s an attractive quality in a woman, to lots of guys, but we kind of hate it.

Actress Zooey Deschanel said that being powerful and being cute and girly are not mutually exclusive. Can she please give us a demonstration of that on her show? Because we agree with her statement, and we've seen her demonstrate it in real life. We just hope that Jess acted weak in this episode because Spencer really is her kryptonite, and it’s a one-time thing, rather than a defining, cutesy character trait.

We're also questioning Jess' consistency as a character. Sometimes she acts crazy, almost slapstick. Sometimes weird. Sometimes cute and fun and sweet and wise. Zooey's performance this week was sometimes annoying and sometimes adorable. Mostly adorable, yes, but we get the feeling that she is still working out the kinks of who this character is.

The new character, Winston, is awesome (though we definitely miss Coach). All of the guys really fit now and are starting to be just as funny as Jess. This was our main request from last week, and the show delivered. The whole ending where Jess got her stuff back was triumphant. The roommates are starting to have real roommate chemistry. There were lots of good jokes and moments. We were, overall, really pleased with this episode.

Episode grade: A-

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