Gay Girl’s Goggles: “New Girl” (1.07) SnapCap

I apologize for the tardiness of this week’s New Girl SnapCap. My DVR ate New Girl on Tuesday night the way Glee ATE MY SOUL. But I’m here now and I don’t want to throttle Fox anymore, thanks in large part to the brain massage Zooey Deschanel gave me when she let her Ensembells perform “Eye of the Tiger” — a song so cool it ended the Cold War. (All Rocky references are always all right with me!)

AFTERELLEN BAIT

Even though New Girl gets better and better every week, it doesn’t seem to be getting much AfterEllen Bait-ier. I need to start seeing more of CeCe, you know? Or I need them to hurry up and hook us up with June Diane Raphael as Jess’ lesbian gynecologist. I mean, don’t get me wrong: The dudes — especially (shockingly!) Schmidt — are growing on me. But where my ladies at?

FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS

So am I still hungover from Glee or was New Girl actually parodying its lead-in with the whole “teacher patches together a shabby group of oddballs and reaches them through a love a music” thing? ‘Cause, basically, the number one feeling that gave me was: I wish Jess would move to Lima Heights and take over New Directions from Mr. Schuester.

I’m always a sucker for shows were teachers reach out to apathetic youths, and so of course “Bells” made my heart boom boom!, especially when Winston came around in the end. But I love how it didn’t take itself so seriously. From “The community center turned our rehearsal space back into a hallway” to the audience of six they played to at the end, there was nothing PSA-y about it. Just some good, old fashioned bell-banging fun.

CUTE OVERLOAD

I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I think Schmidt wins the Cute Overload this week. New Girl is finally starting to color in the lines of the dude characters and it’s doing wonders for the show. This week we find out Schmidt’s parents are so rich they threw him a $40,000 bar mitzvah with the theme Sports Jams. Also, he eats an $80 sushi tray alone for dinner and thinks water crackers are only for adults — to be served with a variety of tasty cheeses.

Also: More cardigan jokes. Why is that guy growing on me so much? Why do I think he’s even cuter than Zooey Deschanel right now? One of you guys, hit me in the head!

GIGGLE BOMBS

Favorite lines of the week:

Schmidt: “Look, goose pimples. Each one, a memory.”

Nick: “I want friends who still lie to me because they don’t want to hurt my feelings. I sadly kind of mean that.”

Jess: Since you all have been doing so well, I’m going to make you guys a nice pitcher of my famous virgin sangria!
Student:
Isn’t that just juice?

What did you think of “Bells”?

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