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New Girl S1 E17 – Fancyman Part 1

Last updated on January 13, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 1, Episode 17, Fancyman Part 1, which originally aired on March 20, 2012 and was written by J.J. Philbin & Nick Adams and directed by Peyton Reed.

Episode Recap

Jess has a disagreement with a parent of one of her students and is forced to apologize. Along the way, she ends up seeing Russell is a nice guy and is interested in her. Nick is dealing with bad credit issues and spends the episode in awe of Russell being what he terms a “fancyman”. Meanwhile, Winston is trying to get over feeling dumber than Schmidt in front of Shelby while they play trivia.

Episode Notes

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

  • Ghost Protocol – Because Nick cannot afford a phone, he says he’s going ‘Ghost Protocol’ to mean he won’t be able to be contacted. 
  • Fight the Power by Public Enemy – When planning how she’s going to confront Russell, Jess shares she would end the confrontation with the song Fight the Power by Public Enemy.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

Trivia References
Since trivia was a big part of this episode, there were quite a few pop culture references that pertained to the trivia questions or Elvin training with Winston. Some of these are detailed further below: 

  • Princess (Duchess) Kate – Kate (Catherine) Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge. Unlike the show suggests, Kate is not a princess, but is married to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
  • First American Monkey in SpaceAlbert was the first American primate astronaut however it was actually Albert II that is considered the first American Monkey in Space during his flight in 1949. 
  • Goldfinger – This is the 3rd movie in the James Bond series that was released in 1964 and was the first Bond blockbuster. This film introduced many elements that continue in future James Bond films.
  • Golden Hind – This was Francis Drake’s ship that was renamed from Pelican mid-voyage in 1578. There is currently a replica in London that can be visited on the south bank of the Thames.

Other References 

  • Michael Jordan – Shelby calls Schmidt the “Michael Jordan of bar trivia”. Michael Jordan was a successful Major League Basketball player from 1984-2003, who was known for setting records in the game.
  • Jellies – Cece implies that because Spencer wore Jellies it makes him less desirable. Jellies, also known as Jelly shoes, are shoes made of PVC plastic and are named for their semi-transparent, jelly-like sheen. Jellies first came to prominence around 1980, but have recently been reinterpreted by high end fashion designers. 
  • Court of the Sun King – Jess says she wouldn’t have lasted 2 seconds in the Court of the Sun King because she hated groveling. This is a reference to The Court of Louis XIV where the king sought to be adored by his ministers. 
  • While Nick was in Russell’s office he made two references to how it smells: 
    • Teddy Roosevelt – Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States serving two terms from 1901 to 1909. He was known for his love of the “cowboy life” and published 3 books related to hunting.
    • Shakespeare – William Shakespeare was an English playwright in the 1500-1600s who wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and more including famous works like Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
  • Jodeci – When Shelby and Winston are making out, Schmidt offers to put on some Jodeci. Jodeci is an American R&B quartet formed in North Carolina in 1989. They started off as two separate duos of brothers who eventually joined together to form Jodeci. They are still well respected and sampled in many other songs.

On this episode’s “Schmidtism” we cover the scene where Schmidt is yelling from the car as Winston and Shelby are making out. We also discuss “easy” stereotypes that the show plays on during our “Not in 2020”. For the guest stars in this episode, we explore the careers of Randall Park and Dermot Mulroney.

This episode got a 9/10 Rating from Kritika and 7.5/10 from Kelly and we both had the same favorite character: Nick!

Also in this episode we mention a Wired Autocomplete interview that Dermot Mulroney did with Julia Roberts which can be watched here.

We also refer to the similarity between Sarah’s artwork and Takashi Murakami’s work with Billie Eilish.


Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 18!

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