'New Girl' recap: A post-Super Bowl episode fit for a Prince

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Nick got silly-drunk while waiting for his lady, which had a negative impact on Coach and Winston, who were working “Fire and Ice” on Victoria’s Secret supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros. Just as they were about to go somewhere private to have a good cry with the ladies, Nick barreled right into the middle of the double meet-cute and assumed the lingerie models would try to get with him. He basically accused them of being sex-crazed homewreckers, offending them enough that they click-clacked away (probably to Clayton Kershaw). And that‘s how Nick Miller c–k-blocked his buddies. With Jess still in the thrall of The Purple One, Nick drunkenly threw down the gauntlet: “Let’s tear the roof off this joint and show Prince how we do!”

Elsewhere Schmidt and Cece continued to rebuild their friendship, specifically with a slow dance (he was hiding from a bouncer — in her cleavage) and a Lemon Mouth competition. Even though Schmidt claimed at the beginning of the ep that he would leave the gang behind the minute he found cooler friends, he was clearly in the exact right place as the night ended back at the loft. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Once Jess had proven to herself — or, more accurately, Prince had proven to her — that she was no longer afraid of being vulnerable, she spotted Nick across the dance floor. (Jake Johnson had the greatest man-in-love look on his face. Man, how he makes me swoon!) They met in the middle, and she leaned in to whisper those three little words — of course he couldn’t hear them because of the loud music, so she fearlessly shouted “I LOVE YOU, NICK MILLER!” for all to hear. They kissed, she explained her Prince-styled look to him, they kissed again, and were interrupted when Prince took the stage. As the music began, he beckoned Jess/Zooey Deschanel to the stage to join him in the performance of his new song “Don’t You Wanna Fall in Love Tonight?” (There are probably more numbers and symbols in that title, so apologies if I didn’t write it an appropriately Prince-y fashion. UPDATE: The correct title, I’ve confirmed, is “FALLINLUV2NITE”.) Jess eventually invited the whole gang up, and it was truly surreal and magical — just like Prince.

A short while later, the gang sat around the loft marveling at what a bizarrely only-on-a-sitcom experience they’d just had. And that’s probably what I liked best about this episode — that they knew (and the writers felt compelled to acknowledge) how gloriously contrived it all was. Coach was the hands-down MVP of the scene with his uncontrollable spurts of gleeful laughter and by asking Jess, “How did you know the words?” As much as I enjoyed the big musical group number (which was slightly reminiscent of “The Chicken Dance” in “Wedding”), this little self-deprecating shout-out to how unrealistic it was took the satisfaction up a notch. I also enjoyed the bonus kicker featuring Cece ping pong sharking Prince, who he stormed away — followed by his magical Monarch butterfly. Great follow-through!

What did you think of the post-Super Bowl ep, Newbies? Were you as impressed by Prince as I was? Did you want more face time with Clayton Kershaw and the Victoria’s Secret beauties? Are you super-excited about where Jess and Nick are headed now that they’ve declared their love for each other? Or does it make you even more worried knowing that their exes are going to show up on Tuesday? Discuss!

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