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New Girl S1 E19 – Secrets

Last updated on January 28, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 1, Episode 19, Secrets, which originally aired on April 3, 2012 and was written by Josh Malmuth and directed by David Wain. 

Episode Recap

Winston spills the beans about Cece and Schmidt sleeping together and Jess finds out. She and Cece spend the episode fighting while Schmidt helps Nick channel his inner douche to get used to casually sleeping with 20 year olds.

Episode Notes

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

  • iPod Shuffle – Jess uses an iPod Shuffle to listen to her audiobook while training for the run. We also reference this article about how an iPod Shuffle works. 
  • Mary Poppins – Jess reveals that Schmidt thought Winston was going “full Poppins” which is a reference to the magical nanny Mary Poppins.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Diane Keaton – Jess is listening to Diane Keaton’s Autobiography as she’s training for her run and she mentions she’s at the part of the book where Diane is describing her experience on the movie First Wives Club. Diane Keaton is an American actress and filmmaker, known for her idiosyncratic personality and style.  
  • J’Accuse – Jess says this French phrase to Nick while trying to get him to tell his secret. This is a reference to a letter written by Émile Zola to the French President in 1898 accusing the government for unlawfully jailing a French general who had a lifetime sentence. J’accuse has since become synonymous with an expression of outrage and accusation against someone powerful.

We also cover “Schmidtisms” when Schmidt talks about being a quiet breather and when Schmidt is teaching Nick to be a douche. For “Not in 2020” on this episode we discuss Schmidt defining his worth by his sexual paramours, his continuous fetishizing of Cece, and the writers making jokes based off of races. We also explore the careers of Katrina Bowden and Jessica Blair Herman, the guest stars of this episode.

This episode got an 8.5/10 Rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Cece and Kelly rated this episode an 8/10 and her favorite character was Winston!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 20!

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