This week ("Tomatoes" S1E22), relationships of all kinds are put on the spot, starting off with Nick (Jake M. Johnson) swearing off women in favor of planting a tomato garden on the roof. After a couple of failed relationships to reflect back on, and tired of feeling sorry for himself, Nick decides to make a change for the better and focus on growing something, and doing something positive.
Around him, everyone else seems to be in a relationship. Winston (Lamorne Morris) and his girlfriend, Shelby (Kali Hawk), are disgustingly happy, while Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Russell (Dermot Mulroney) are in a good place, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) have recently made their relationship public, but even though Nick feels like he's the only one that's alone, "Tomatoes" has some relationship shake-ups in store for us.
Cece, who is scared to commit to Schmidt, decides to break things off, and while acting like she doesn't care, she consents to Schmidt going out on a date with her Russian roommate, and fellow model, Nadia (Rebecca Reid). When Schmidt and Nadia go out on their date in "Tomatoes," it proves to be a little too much for Schmidt to handle and he ends up in the hospital, where Cece rushes to his side, admitting that she really does have feelings for him, and the two of them seem to be off to a fresh start once again.
Jess runs into Russell's ex-wife, Ouli (Jeanne Tripplehorn) at the gym, and invites her to dinner with her and Russell, hoping to help them try and become friends again after their divorce. When Russell and Ouli get into a heated argument in "Tomatoes," Jess sees a spark between them, and though they both swear that they can't stand each other, Jess is jealous of tier connection, and starts getting a little weird in an attempt to find something similar. When she can't figure out what is missing, she and Russell have a big argument, and things look pretty dismal between her and "Fancyman."
When Jess returns home at the end of "Tomatoes," she finds that Nick gave up on his tomato garden, and reconnected with his ex, Caroline (Mary Elizabeth Ellis). This prompts a huge argument between Jess and Nick (where if you ask me, sparks were flying all over the place) before ending off with the two of them storming off.
With a lot of serious stuff going on in "Tomatoes," there was no shortage of comedy and witty banter mixed in. Even with most of the group acting like adults this week, there are still plenty of the same kind of comedy we have grown to expect from this show. There is just as much heart in this show as there is comedy, and every week, as the relationships between this colorful cast continue to develop, we are treated to more and more awkward, yet relatable moments that make this show so much fun to watch.
I give this week's New Girl a 4 outta 5.
"What is this, Martin Scorsese's Wizard of Oz?" Winston - "Tomatoes" S1E22