"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
In the second part of this two-part arc ("Fancyman Pt. 2" S1E18), Jess goes out on her first date with an older, wealthy man, who is out of her league. Played by Dermot Mulroney, Russell doesn't make a move, and Jess takes it as a hint that he may not be as into her as she thought. Thinking that she is to blame, she talks it over with her best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) and decides to give it another go.
All the while, Nick's (Jake M. Johnson) college roommate Dirk (Martin Starr) stops by during a lecture tour, and wants to take the guys out to party with some co-eds while he's in town. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a little preoccupied with a project for work, and when Dirk hits on Cece, she makes a remark that makes Schmidt question the legitimacy of their undercover romance.
Though still petrified of people knowing that she's sleeping with Schmidt, Cece feels bad and tries her best to make it up to him by showing him how far she is willing to go, even if that means having sex in "Fantasy Location #3."
In the midst of all of the other things going on, Winston (Lamorne Morris) is feeling guilty for telling his girlfriend, Shelby (Kali Hawk), that her going to a bachelorette party in Mexico is a good idea because they could use some space. Winston decides to ditch the guys and take Schmidt's car to surprise Shelby and make up for being so insensitive.
"Fancyman Pt. 2" has all the makings of a half hour episode filled with quality comedy. Especially when Nick gets a self-esteem boost by co-eds, who are impressed by the fact that he is a 30 year old bartender, contrary to the usual shame he feels when admitting it to anyone else.
Every week this show seems to get a little better, and every week the characters continue to develop. We've seen Jess transform from a naive, heart-broken, fragile mess into a courageous, sensible woman who is only slightly afraid of going after what she wants. The same goes for the rest of the cast as well, with Nick becoming more self-assured, Schmidt becoming less of a douche bag, and Winston coming to terms with the life he left behind for a career that didn't quite pan out the way we had imagined.
New Girl has quickly become, not only one of my favorite new shows this season, but a favorite in general, having accomplished more in this one season than most shows can do in four or five, and with a handful of episodes left before the season wraps up, I'm sure there are still a few surprises left for us, and a lot more laughs.
I give this week's New Girl a 5 outta 5.
"Look, I feel so old here. Is calling a girl 'Shorty' still cool?" Nick Miller - "Fancyman Pt. 2" S1E18