The "New Girl" season finale episode "See Ya" was somehow both entertaining and disappointing. It had some great elements, but there was one glaring problem; it was three episodes packed into 20 minutes. Each of three major plotlines could have been stretched into double episodes or longer story arcs.
The move out
Nick (Jake Johnson) decided to move out of the apartment and in with his girlfriend in the previous episode, "Backslide." The finale centered around the move, but Nick and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) clearly have unresolved feelings for each other. Jess initially tries to sabotage his move, while Nick seems grown up and confident about his decision.
Nick's behavior throughout the episode echoes the character we met in the season premiere. Nick seemed to be the most grown up and stable of all the characters, until he proves in subsequent episodes that he is the least mature. He actually turns out to be more immature than Jess.
Nick is quite put together during the entire move -- until he drives the moving van, in which Schmidt and Winston are also riding, to the new place he is to share with his girlfriend. He drives right past and continues until he reaches the middle of the desert. He then throws away his keys. Jess, in a similarly silly move, throws away her own keys after coming to save them.
Their actions lead to the best part of the episode, with the gang camping out in the desert for the night. They pull out some of Nick's things, creating a "room" off the back of the moving van. They pull out an old mix tape Nick made when he was 14, and make fun of his musical choices. They dance! They crack jokes. Winston (Lamorne Morris) displays his fear of the dark to hilarious effect.
Schmidt breaks up with Cece.
This was the low point of the episode. In the midst of everything else, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) suddenly becomes a different character. He was always overly confident in previous episodes. In "See Ya," he becomes jealous when he sees Cece (Hannah Simone) at her modeling job.
Schmidt clearly has an inferiority complex after meeting Gino (Matthew Smith), the man he sees as his competition. The only part of the break up that seems to fit is Schmidt's hilarious use of a "White Fang" metaphor to let her go. As one of the funniest elements of the show, the Schmidt-Cece relationship plot will hopefully continue next year.
The new guy
The gang interviews Neil (Thomas Lennon), a potential new roommate to take Nick's old room. The scene is reminiscent of Jess's first interview in the "Pilot." They decide to have Neil move in, but his stay is cut short when Nick moves back into his room at the end by walking into his room and playing AC/DC.
The final scene exposes each character's quirks as they dance to Nick's music in their own rooms (except Winston, who wants quiet). Neil is left out in the living room with a strange animal in a box. It's too bad there wasn't more of Neil, who could have been worked into another story arc.
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