New Girl Recap 3.03 “Double Date”

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Episode #3.03 ”

Synopsis: Thinking Schmidt has chosen to be with Cece, Jess and Nick invite him to go on a double date with them. Nick is caught between loyalty to his friend and loyalty to his girlfriend when he finds out a shocking secret. Meanwhile, Winston promises to get the foursome a table at an ultra-exclusive restaurant that doesn’t take reservations.

Analysis

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for when it comes to TV shows. For the past two weeks, I’ve been clamoring for the show to end the Schmidt-CeCe-Elizabeth and this week’s ep finally saw that happen. Unfortunately, the storyline turned the episode into something more fitting for Glee or any other comedy that swings dramatic and has set a once promising character up for a storyline that will not endear him to the audience. In short, it wasn’t a good episode.

The episode started off innocently enough with Winston being in love with his ex-girlfriend’s cat and Jess and Nick enjoying sexy times, but it all turned when Schmidt told Nick that he’s dating both Elizabeth and CeCe. He implored him to not tell Jess, but of course Nick is the worst at keeping secrets, both good and bad, and caved. Schmidt, after being confronted by Jess, almost tells CeCe but instead tells her that Nick is cheating on Jess. That earns Nick two junk punches from CeCe before Schmidt comes in and informs her that he’s been cheating on her with Elizabeth. It’s a super emotional scene that sees Hannah Simone and Max Greenfield flex their dramatic muscles and CeCe breaking up with Schmidt. Lest you think Schmidt’s terrible no good very bad episode was over, he gets a pie to the face from Elizabeth, who was told by CeCe of his indiscretion. Nick and Jess witness this and Schmidt makes a vow to break the two of them up, saying that they caused his breakup and ruined his life.

Honestly, while it’s great that the love triangle is over, having Schmidt now try to break up Nick and Jess could not sound like a less appealing storyline for me as a viewer. Rather than have this character deal with a very real situation in a comically sensible way, they are going to have the character act out against a couple the show has worked so hard to put together and for the flimsiest reasons as well.