Gay Girl’s Goggles: “New Girl” SnapCap (1.05)

When only four percent of scripted TV shows feature LGBT characters, what’s a gay girl to do? Why, strap on your gay goggles and watch TV along with us, of course! Our handy appraisal scale is better than any old letter grade. Other sites A+. We say, “What about our lezzy-lady feelings?”
 

Well, well, well, New Girl — look at you, being all sweet and laugh-out-loud funny and stuff! You’re still finding your single-camera sitcom legs, but you’re getting better and better every week! And if getting better means coloring in the lines of the only other female lead on your show, I am all for it. Four for you this week, New Girl. You go, New Girl.

AFTERELLEN BAIT

Like you, I am patiently waiting for June Diane Raphael‘s appearance as Jess’ lesbian BFF/gynocologist Sadie. But in the meantime, I am enjoying how New Girl has stopped being all, “Look at all these weird things Jess does that annoy boys!” and started being all, “Everyone’s nuts and here are some hilarious examples!” Zooey Deschanel is obviously the main draw for us right now, and even her quirks are becoming more endearing with better writing. But man, I hope they do something good with Sadie. This show needs, needs, needs more ladies — especially one of the lesbian persuasion.

FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS

New Girl needs to go the Parks & Recreation/Community route and really dig down into the whys and hows of these character. There’s so much pathos in that kind of writing, and New Girl needs to capitalize on the pathos because the writing just isn’t funny enough to make Deschanel the new Liz Lemon. But in the meantime, I confess that I am enjoying the will-they/won’t-they thing they’ve got going on with Jess and Nick. I mean, obviously, they will. Before the first season is over, they totally will. But it’s sweet watching them literally dance around it. Right now, Jess and Nick are the only two people who have anything resembling consistent character traits, and every time we learn more about them, they get more lovable. Also, they have great chemistry, so it’s kind of hard not to at least casually ship it.

CUTE OVERLOAD

The pointy-shoe thing in the drug store was one of my favorite scenes of the whole season so far — and it was Deschanel at her best: adorable without being purposefully, gratingly bizarre. I also loved the way she looked back like some kind of puppy when she bolted out of the car, and then ran away with Nick shouting after her about, “That’s not the way home!”

GIGGLE BOMBS

Nick: I don’t dance; I’m that town in Footloose.

Nick: Stop being so nice.
Jess: Your mother’s being so nice.

Winston: Are you sheep-dogging her?!

CeCe: If you tell people we held hands I have two people in my phone who will kill you, literally.

Jess: I’m not like you! I like taking things slow and easy and weird! I don’t just jump in the potato sack with the first potato that comes by!

What did you think of last night’s New Girl?

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