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New Girl S1 E13 – Valentine’s Day

Last updated on November 16, 2020

This podcast covers New Girl Season 1, Episode 13, Valentine’s Day, which originally aired on February 14, 2012 and was written by Lesley Wake and directed by Tucker Gates.

Episode Recap

It’s Valentine’s Day and Nick is planning a classic Valentine’s date with Julia, Winston’s starting what he thinks is a budding romance with Shelby, Jess is looking for a one-night stand with the help of Schmidt and Cece. At the end of the night, no one gets what they were looking for.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we focused on Schmidt’s Desert Island Book List, which are:

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • It’s Complicated – Schmidt references this to Winston as a not complicated movie. It’s Complicated is a Nancy Meyers movie about a couple reconnecting, but they’re divorced and he’s remarried. 
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Jess, Oliver, and Schmidt are watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes when they get back to Oliver’s house for Jess’ one night stand. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a movie produced by the same production company as New Girl, Chernin Entertainment, in 2011.
  • “Youths? Are you Officer Krupke?” – Jess says this to Schmidt when she hears him refer to young people as “youths”. Officer Krupke is the officer who is made fun of in the musical West Side Story.

We also cover “Schmidtisms” when Schmidt is cheering Jess up at the end of the episode, and of course, we covered YOUTHS! For “Not in 2020” on this episode we discuss the way the writers addressed Schmidt’s repeated acknowledgement of Cece’s ethnicity and how that parallels with how Kyle interacts with her. Additionally, Julia uses the Chinese philosopher Confucius as a mean joke to her coworker. We also explore the careers of Clark Duke and Ryan Kwanten, the guest stars of this episode.

This episode got an 8/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character is Schmidt and Kelly rated this episode an 8/10 and her favorite character was Jess!

Additionally in this podcast we discussed our Desert Island Books and while Kritika couldn’t choose one and defaulted to a Harry Potter book, Kelly’s choice was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned in two weeks for Episode 14!

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