Furguson made an appearance! I missed that little stankface. The kitteh’s return was brief as he watched Winston prepare for the LAPD fitness exam. Still, I think he brought an invaluable amount of gravitas to the situation. For his part, Lamorne Morris brought physical comedy like nobody’s business. Converting Jess’s former room into a workout space, he had no qualms about getting his running man and his crab-walk on. Winston was on fire, y’all. I could watch an entire episode of him just working out — that’s how delicious (and pitiful) it was.
Speaking of pitiful, Coach had basically become Cece’s lapdog since they decided to keep their relationship platonic. On the upside, it gave him an excuse to embrace his inner flamboyance (and boy were those snaps in Z formation just waiting to emerge!). On the downside, it landed Coach in a bit of a tricky situation when Cece decided that Abby was using Schmidt and recruited Coach to find proof. Long story short, they were caught, and Schmidt was more than a little annoyed they’d messed up his meticulously organized trash.
Cece decided to take their vendetta on the road, so she, Coach, and Schmidt followed Abby to a shady late-night rendezvous. All they succeeded in doing was getting Cece’s car stolen. And that was after Schmidt “hit a parked car in the same neighborhood they shot friggin’ Children of Men,” and they nearly got attacked by a hobo sleeping in an abandoned car. Turns out, Abby had only come to that part of town for zippers, but the confrontation ultimately made her realize that she had latched on to Schmidt because she was terrified of being alone. It also motivated Coach to ask Cece why she was really trying to undermine Abby — and what that meant about her intentions toward Schmidt. Regardless, now that Abby’s out of the picture, the door for Schmece is wide open.
Schmidt: What makes Abby’s jewelry so interesting is that it’s actually dangerous and can cut you. She’s going to open up a store one day, mark my words.
Coach: She shouldn’t do that.
Abby: I’m going to open up a store in your mouth!
Jess: We have so much left to learn about each other — stuff you can only learn about if you’re crammed together in a small space, and you can’t get out. Just you and me, four walls, no boundaries, no escape!
Nick: When you put it like that, it sounds amazing… and like prison.
Schmidt: You don’t change in front of your girlfriend? You get naked in front of her.
Nick: Yes, but those are different things. When you’re naked, you’re powerful and it’s glorious. When you’re changing, you’re hunched over and cowering like an animal.
Schmidt: Animals don’t wear clothes, Nick.
Nick: All I’m saying is I need my space.
Schmidt: True intimacy. Embrace that. Abby and I? We have one sponge, and we use it for everything.
Nick: I don’t like that, but you seem happy.
Schmidt: Don’t hold back, Nick. Expose your cracks, and love will fill them.