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New Girl S1 E5 – Cece Crashes

Last updated on November 10, 2020

This podcast covers New Girl Season 1, Episode 5, Cece Crashes, which originally aired on November 8, 2011 and was written by Rachel Axler and directed by John Hamburg.

Episode Recap

Cece breaks up with the DJ she’s been seeing and crashes with Jess for a few days to avoid going home and seeing her ex. She points out that she thinks Nick likes Jess because his feet point at her when she’s talking and when Jess realizes this she freaks out. Winston and Schmidt both are interested in Cece and she runs them in circles to get her approval before apologizing and ends up holding hands with Schmidt.

Episode Notes

We discuss Pop Culture References such as:

  • Walter Matthau / Jack Lemmon in Grumpy Old Men – Walter Matthau is Jess’ perfect man and she wanted to be the girl Jack Lemmon
  • Ben Kingsley + Naveen Andrews – Schmidt is naming different things and people he loves about India and mentions both of these actors

Additional Pop Culture References from Schmidts list of things he “loves” about India are:

  • Slumdog – This is a reference to the movie Slumdog Millionaire which released in 2008 and centers around a Mumbai teenager who reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on a game show.
  • Naan – A thick flatbread found in North Indian cuisine.
  • Pepper – Black pepper actually comes from a flowering vine that is native to India but is found and cultivated all around the world these days.
  • Stories of Rudyard Kipling – Rudyard Kipling was an English writer who was born in India which was the inspiration for most of his work, most notably The Jungle Book.
  • Respect for Cows – Although not all religions in India avoid eating beef, Hindus generally consider the cow to be a symbol of life as it is associated with imagery related to the Hindu belief system.
  • Taj Mahal – The Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum in the city of Agra and was built as a tomb in 1632 by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Deepak Chopra – Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American author who is known as one of the wealthiest figures in alternative medicine.
  • Anyone named “Patel” – This refers to the last name “Patel” which is a common last name in the Indian state of Gujarat. Approximately 1 in 10 of people of Indian origins in the US have the last name Patel.
  • Monsoons – Monsoons are seasonal changes in the direction of the strongest winds of a region. It typically causes wet and dry seasons and is most often associated with the Indian Ocean.
  • Cobras in Baskets – This refers to the practice of snake charming which is a typical depiction of Indian street acts, especially in non Indian media. Today, this profession is largely dying out as it is no longer legal in India and this can be dangerous.
  • Mango Chutney/Any type of Chutney – Chutney is a family of condiments of sauces used in Indian cuisine. There are many forms of chutney and in India this refers to both fresh and pickled preparations although in some Indian languages there is a distinction.
  • Teepees – This is actually not an Indian reference but a reference to a tent used by the Indigenous peoples of the Plains in the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies of North America.

We also cover “Schmidtisms” when Schmidt was on the phone call with a “girl” to impress Cece and another was Jess’s description of Schmidt and his reaction. For “Not in 2020” on this episode we discuss Schmidt and his kimono, Schmidt in his pursuit of Cece, and the representation of Eduardo on the episode. We also give a brief look into Edin Gali, the Guest Star we feature in this episode. Some of his upcoming films include 60 Minutes to Kill, All-Star Weekend, Killing Angels, and The Road Home.

This episode got a 8/10 Rating from both of us but Kritika’s favorite character was Jess and Kelly’s was Winston.

Additionally, here’s the type of TikTok video Kelly was referencing in regards to the “BirdCat”

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 6!

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