Gay Girl’s Goggles: “New Girl” (1.03) SnapCap


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, look at you, New Girl, justifying that full-season pick-up Fox just doled out by dropping an legitimately decent episode of single-camera comedy!


The very first joke of “Wedding” — in fact, the very first line of dialogue captured by my DVR — is Schmidt going, “When I see you, I want to think ‘Who let the dirty slut out of the slut house?'” And I seriously paused it and rolled my eyes so big, I probably almost threw the earth off balance. But when I pressed play again, Jess pulls out this garish Cockney accent and says, “Probably the slut butler, right?” Which is pretty damn hilarious, and just the kind of one-liner that would make me fall head-over-heels in love with a girl. Slut butler! Again, there’s no gay stuff here, no girl power stuff, just Jess being Jess out loud. And I liked her best this week.


The first two episodes of New Girl ended with the boys coming to Jess’ rescue; “Wedding” followed much of the same story-arc, but this time it’s Jess who saves the boys. There’s a certain kind of person who’s heart is touched by four friends slow-mo chicken dancing to Phil Collins‘ “Groovy Kind of Love.” I guess I’m that kind of person.


Lots of people have said lots of times that Zooey Deschanel is a one-trick pony, and that trick is at least half adorability. It’s been hit-and-miss with me so far, but I think “Wedding” was Jess at her cutest so far. She tries waaaay too hard, some of her shenanigans don’t make any sense — those teeth? — and sometimes she’s just plain annoying. But her motivation is that she’s really starting to care for these guys (which is much better that trying to fit in with these guys), and that covers a multitude of sins.


Finally, some real LOLs! In addition to the “slut butler” thing, these were my favorite:

“I’m just cutting off my underwear—you know, girl stuff.”

“The photobooth is a liar, FYI.”

“It was weird when I was stuck in a freak sandwich between you and that 8-year-old. Can we talk about that?”

I haven’t given up on New Girl yet. Also, I heard Lizzy Caplan is coming to town, and I’m kind of desperately in love with her. So. How are YOU feeling about it?

Zergnet Code