Have you ever had to swallow your feelings for the sake of a friend? Schmidt feels ya. This week saw more disruption at the hands of Coach, more examples of Jess being the world’s most dedicated friend, and a real (hilarious, endearing, twistedly romantic) plot for Winston. And did we get a hint of a Nick and Jess wedding in the future?
Once again, Coach is disturbing every inch of the perfect balance the crew has struck over these past three seasons, which seems to be exactly his purpose on the show. I just wish he would strike somewhere other than the Schmidt/Cece drama; we spent how many episodes getting past all that, and here it all is again. Schmidt’s falling apart again. He can’t even get excited about ScarJo’s body double. He’s running through the night with a box of chocolates. He’s getting hit by a hot rod I didn’t know Jess owned. He’s bringing out the desperate side of his friends, most of all Jess.
This week was another theological lesson in the religion of “Jess is the best friend ever”. It’s really a principle you can live your life by, as reliable as the tides, as predictable as bird migrations. While everyone else is running around flashin’ cash, wallowing in self pity, and Frenching each other, Jess is helping a friend who has, historically, not been very nice to her. She’s selfless and dedicated to the point of excess. She’s our Jess.
After a couple weeks of Winston being the most normal one in the group, he’s back to being bizarre. It’s more cat stuff, plus the fact that he can’t talk to a woman to save his soul. Personally, I think he’s pretty charming. Like, I’m kind of into him. But that may be just because I’m equally inept in social situations, and empathy can often be mistaken for infatuation. (Or is that just me?) Apparently I’m not the only one into him, though – he also catches the eye of a very weird and very honest bus driver. We all deserve to have someone in our lives who can understand our weird bond with our animals. Someone who will make us disgusting sandwiches and share their Pepto Bismol with us.
Winston’s story this episode was actually remarkable in that it didn’t feel like a tacked-on little extra. It felt like he actually got a fully fleshed out plot. Will the weird bus driver last? No. But this could be the start of something good for Winston, something that doesn’t include desperately begging for sex or cat bachelor parties. Something that’s still weird and authentically Winstonian, but something that’s also uniquely romantic, and written with a commitment to honouring his greatness. I’ve been a Winston cheerleader for a long time, and this week felt like his new beginning. I’m feeling warm and fuzzy and optimistic.
And what of the M Bomb Jess dropped early in the episode? Foreshadowing?! Maybe foreshadowing of a wedding, but more likely foreshadowing of a future argument between the couple. ANOTHER argument about commitment. Another opportunity for everyone else to butt in and yelling to happen and shirts to be taken off and tears to be shed. Now that’s entertainment!
What did you think of this week’s episode? Is “Homeland” your idea of a perfect date night? Have you ever locked yourself in a dog cage as a substitute for willpower? Would you hit Schmidt with your car?
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.