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‘New Girl’ Review/Recap: “Teachers”

Raina Deerwater ‘16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Max Greenfield in the New Girl episode "Teachers." Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX.
Max Greenfield in the New Girl episode “Teachers.” Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX.

Apparently Season four of New Girl is going for a great episode every other week. Luckily, “Teachers” brought viewers a good week. It had cute british boys, laundry humor and Daman Wayans Jr. being very drunk: all of which make for a fun-filled 23 minutes. “Fun” is the operative word here, seeing as what this episode really had going for it was the ability to just go head on with the silliness. This has always been one of New Girl’s strong points, and it was back in full force.

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) go to a teachers conference with the super duper handsome Ryan (Julian Morris). Jess is forbidden to date Ryan as Teacher/Administrator relationships are against the rules. However, Ryan is practically a saint and also saves a drunk Coach from drowning in a pool, so who could resist this British charmer? Ryan and Jess lock lips at the end of the episode, as everyone could have predicted, but it doesn’t take away from the moment. Now there will be something to look forward to in future episodes, because Jess will be absolutely terrible at having a forbidden relationship, and obviously that will be great to watch.

Julian Morris and Zooey Deschanel in the New Girl episode "Teachers." Photo Credit: Jennifer Clasen/FOX.
Julian Morris and Zooey Deschanel in the New Girl episode “Teachers.” Photo Credit: Jennifer Clasen/FOX.

Also at the conference, Coach is having a crisis because he has to teach health to the middle schoolers. He is surrounded by teachers, but does not feel he is one. Because of this, he decides to get hammered which turns out to be extremely entertaining. Wayans Jr. has some of the best comedic timing and often it is not used to his full potential, but he certainly got his chance to shine in this episode. It was also nice to see him struggle with some genuine emotion while being completely plastered.

During this time, Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Nick (Jake Johnson) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) decide to have “Guys Night.” Of course, seeing that these three men are who they are, “Guys Night” becomes all about sangria and feelings. Also, the biggest plot twist to date, which is that Schmidt cannot do laundry. There was no point to this at all except to make for some great physical comedy, and that is what the show went with. A marvelous training montage was formed from Nick pouring out laundry detergent on the ground. From the start, Nick, Schmidt and Winston are the three characters who have the ability to make something like laundry insanely hilarious. The chemistry and the history of the actors makes it easy to get laughs out of that situation.

Additionally, Schmidt and Winston can give a heartfelt speech to Nick about how he deserves love. The viewers need a good ol’ “Guys Night” in the fashion of these three at the this point in the season. The relationships between the characters it the strongest part of New Girl and we needed to be reminded of this in season four. All it took was some Sangria and laundry detergent to do so.

Overall Episode Grade: A-

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