Ever since New Girl’s Schmidt and Cece made their initial break last season, the debate has been going around about whether or not they should reunite. When Cece’s wedding to Shivrang fell through (thankyouverymuch, Taylor Swift), they did end up back together, but with one caveat: Elizabeth. The whole thing was very tortured, turning Schmidt from a loveable douchebag into a sadistic coward, and lasting way too long before the whole thing came crashing down. Cue heartbreak all ’round, and Schmidt wondering if he could ever win back Cece’s love (or at least her friendship.)
Things were shaky for the first half of season 3, but now the emotional turmoil seems to be settling between the two and a romantic reconciliation seems… well, possible. But even if it’s possible, would it be the right thing for the characters? Would it be the right thing for the show? Let’s discuss both sides of the argument and see where we stand.
Schmidt and Cece were good, and many people want them back together with good reason – they’re funny together, the actors (Hannah Simone and Max Greenfield) have great chemistry, and they’re adorably mismatched. On a deeper level, they also make each other better people – Cece makes Schmidt into a calmer, less try-hard, more respectful version of himself; Schmidt discourages Cece’s self-consciousness and encourages her to be playful and to relish a good thing even if it’s not what she thought she wanted.
If they were brought back as a couple, we viewers would have all these things again, plus perhaps even more personal growth for each of them. That could be rewarding to watch. A reunion could also go a long way to evening out Schmidt’s emotional keel – he’s been all over the place since the break-up, and it’s getting kind of old. First he was anxious about seeing the two women at once, then he was heartbroken at their dual rejection of him, then doubting his moral fibre, then trying to destroy the happy couples around him, then expressing his personal crisis by moving out of the loft, and now he’s lonely and alone… I’ve found his tumultuous journey less than pleasurable to watch, and maybe having Cece back would help smooth out his moods, and get him back to being a lovable, narcissistic buffoon instead of the unstable, needy source of negativity in the New Girl universe. Plus, a Cece/Schmidt reunion might mean more screen time for Hannah Simone, whose deadpan humour is seriously under-appreciated.
As much as there was to love about Schmidt and Cece together, it’s important to consider that maybe the relationship has just kind of run its course. We’ve been through the suspenseful and madcap sneaking around phase, the funny and heartwarming relationship reveal, the loving self-acceptance of their love, the entertaining descent into comfort and compatibility… So what’s next? Living together? Marriage and babies? Comedic stagnation? Maybe the best stuff (the cute, funny, exciting stuff) is over, and the rest just wouldn’t be as good.
Sometimes, you just have to accept that something is over. And now that it’s over, maybe it’s best to let the characters grow – apart, that is. Let them remain separate for their own sakes. New relationships for each of them will offer opportunities for new characters on the show, new interpersonal dynamics between said characters and our old standbys, and fresher plot lines for everyone. As much as Schmidt and Cece encouraged growth in each other, maybe spending time with new people – or spending time alone – would encourage even more growth. Basically, it could be best for the long-term arc of the show to keep Schmidt and Cece apart, since they’d be doubling the chances for interesting stories and character evolution.
Well, I’m still undecided. What do you think – should Schmidt and Cece get back together? Should they stay apart? Or do you trust that whatever happens, New Girl will remain one of the best comedies on TV?
Hannah McIlveen is a freelance graphic designer and TV-obsessed writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up riding horses and reading Roald Dahl books, got an art degree, and then spent the next several years moving around the country and watching television. Her greatest goals in life are to write good stuff, produce a web series, build a house with her husband, and have six cats at once. Hannah has contributed to BitchMagazine.org and is a staff blogger for the soon-to-launch TeenSized.com. She also writes her own daily blog, Click Watch Write. Hannah can be accosted on Twitter @ClickWatchWrite.