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'New Girl' Recap: Trapped in the Closet

By Aly Semigran, Hollywood.com Staff

After three very frustrating and worrisome weeks with Zooey Deschanel's divisive Jess, New Girl finally returned to its carefree and funny form during last night's episode ""Bathtub."" Hey, aren't those manic, unpredictable changes only supposed to last a week? Women, amirite?!

Instead of quarter life crisis panic and the undoing of feminism, Jess and her roommates found themselves right where I hoped to find them again: in a series of whacky misadventures without soul searching or early 30s over-analyzation. Jess' biggest crisis wasn't if her eggs were expiring or if she'd never find a man but instead wanting to buy a tub for the loft and faking a robbery to cover up a lie about a leak. Also, Winston got a story line. Sort of! Victories all around!

When Jess and Winston (a secret bubble bath lover, but really, who isn't?) put a bath on the roof to avoid the mockery of Schmidt and Nick, who vetoed getting one, the damn thing breaks and leak directly over Schmidt's suits. Now this would be a high level crisis under any circumstances with Schmidt, but he just so happened to have a very important meeting with his boss (Carla Gugino, back for more) which requires him to dress in his finest attires.

Okay, so ""Bathtub"" wasn't all shenanigans (Winston endured panic attacks which cause him to strip, Jess doing a truly terrible imitation of a meth addict and later getting stuck in her closet, only to have to be rescued by the still-very-creepy landlord Remy), as evident by the ongoing Schmidt and Cece drama. After getting Nick's ""blessing"" (and by blessing I mean a reluctant, horrified anti-hug) Schmidt finally told Cece what everyone, including Cece, has known all along: he loves her.

After Cece announces she's broken up with forgettable nice guy Robbie, Schmidt confesses his feelings to her and though the odds are not in their favor (especially not with Cece's very anti-Jewish grandmother) she agrees to take him back. But, thanks to a series of sitcom misunderstandings (are there any other kind?) a drunk, half-dressed Schmidt arrives at Cece's door, upsetting her so much that she calls her mother and asks to be set up with a kind, uncomplicated Indian man. As a defeated Schmidt later put it, ""She's going brown."" But don't cry for Cece and Schmidt shippers (Schmidtters?) I very much doubt this is the end of the line for this attractively mismatched pair.

Speaking of attractively mismatched pairs, Nick fell in love with a stripper! A stripper who looked Olivia Munn, no less, as the character he had googly eyes for was none other than the Magic Mike star. Nick passed the terrifying threshold of the bar to pass another terrifying threshold: hitting on a very beautiful woman who also happens to be a stripper and have a scary, murderous tattooed boyfriend. Nick and his bad news new lady (who he dubbed Thirsty Mendelson) end up making out on his bar by the end of the episode, but there's no way this one is going to end well. While it's nice to see Nick loosen up his inhibitions a bit and Munn and Jake Johnson had undeniable chemistry, deep down he's just a sensitive, anxious whiskey girl. Well, that and Munn is only slated for two episodes so far. Now who's cranky about New Girl, fellas?

Best lines, moments, and observations from last night's episode of New Girl ""Bathtub"":

- Jess replacing Winston in her roommate collage with James Brown. ""You don't smile for my picture, you get replaced."" - Schmidt's Seinfeld-ian description of a bathtub as a ""mediavel filth cauldron."" - Winston's go-to karaoke song is Prince's classic ""Raspberry Beret."" Okay, I'll say it, I'm starting to like Winston. - Jess' admission ""I'm straight up bananas, Winston."" Okay, I'll say it, I'm starting to like Jess again. - Jess and Winston's overall bonding during this episode, for that matter. We rarely see these two together and it's a nice balance. Their conversation about their panic disorders was the most authentic ""dramatic"" talk Jess has had all season. - Nick's scream during a game of Mumbleypeg. - Schmidt's promise to Cece to ""convert to Indianism."" - Schmidt's pep talk to himself in the mirror. The money line? ""I'd like for these feelings to explode on you.""

What did you think of last night's entertaining, if not filler, episode of New Girl? Were you also happy to have a break from all the Jess drama overkill, too? Do you find yourself liking Winston more and more? Do you think Nick will find love in a hopeless place (the bar) with stripper Thirsty Mendelson? Share in the comments section below.

[Photo credit: Greg Gayne/Fox]

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