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New Girl S1 E16 – Control

Last updated on December 29, 2020

This podcast covers New Girl Season 1, Episode 16, Control, which originally aired on March 13, 2012 and was written by Brett Baer and directed by Jesse Peretz. 

Episode Recap

In this episode, Schmidt is dealing with his need for control. When Jess tries to bring in new furniture to the loft, Schmidt can’t handle it. Jess tries to get him to loosen up but it backfires and he starts becoming the opposite of himself. Meanwhile, Winston and Nick are trying to settle debts after a pricey poker game. 

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we focused on:

  • The White Whale (Moby Dick) – Nick told Schmidt that he could clean his room if he returned home and Schmidt called his room the “white whale”. 
  • Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps – As Jess was encouraging Schmidt to come back home she asked him if he remembers dressing up like Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street 2 for Halloween. 

In this podcast we briefly discuss Shia LaBeouf and wanted to note that this was recorded prior to being aware of the recent allegations against him.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Calvin [Klein] – To welcome Schmidt back home, Jess gifts Schmidt pants designed by a man named “Calvin” and Schmidt later talks to the pants and refers again to ‘Calvin’. Calvin Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc.
  • An Inconvenient Truth – Jess was encouraging Schmidt to come back home and was reminding him of the time he “got himself off to An Inconvenient Truth”. This documentary raises awareness of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

The “Schmidtism” we cover in this episode is when Schmidt tells Cece about how he’d rather have tetanus than damage his suede shoes. We also discuss the impact of Jess using the word “crazy” to describe Schmidt as a “Not in 2020”. We didn’t have any notable guest stars in this episode to cover.

This episode got an 8/10 Rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Schmidt and Kelly rated this episode a 7.5/10 and her favorite character was Winston!

This week we also answered a great question from the instagram user @titus_dominguez48. Check out our podcast to hear both our spoiler-free and our all-time answer to: “If you could hang out with one character from the loft for a night, who is it and what are you doing?”

We also reference The Big Short as another movie about the 2008 financial crisis on this episode and the website

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 17!

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