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New Girl S2 E10 – Bathtub

Last updated on July 23, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 2, Episode 10, Bathtub, which originally aired on December 4, 2012 and was written by Donick Cary and directed by Tristram Shapeero.

Episode Recap

Jess is lobbying the rest of the loft to get a bathtub but the only one onboard is Winston (secretly). Meanwhile, Nick meets a new woman and Schmidt tries to get back together with Cece.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • James Brown – When Jess makes a collage of everyone in a bathtub, she replaced Winston with a photo of James Brown stating, “If you don’t smile for my photos, you get replaced.” As we mentioned in the podcast, here’s an article about the controversy of James Brown’s death.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • “Raspberry Beret” / Prince – When Winston and Jess are discussing the bathtub at the bar, they talk about what they want to play on the jukebox. “Raspberry Beret” is a song written by Prince and the lead single from Prince & the Revolution’s 1985 album Around the World in a Day. Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and director. Widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the late 20th century, he was known for his flamboyant and androgynous persona, eclectic work, and wide vocal range.

We also cover Schmidt’s double V pitch as our “Schmidtism” this episode. Our “not in the 2020s” included how Nick tried to make Angie’s job more moral and our “yes in the 2020s” included Winston’s eventual comfort in sharing that he wanted a bathtub and the way the show normalized panic attacks and spoke about mental health issues. We also explore the career of Olivia Munn (Angie), the guest star of this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: Carla Gugino (Emma – discussed in S2E7), Jeff Kober (Remy – discussed in S1E12), Jeremiah L. Barrow (Teenage Winston), Alicia Sixtos (Tiffany), Porscha Coleman (Blade), Peter Navy Tuiasosopo (Steve), Paul McKinney (Driver’s Ed Teacher), and Craig Gellis (Mike).

Additionally in this podcast, we discussed how the hose was not on while the bathtub was overflowing and how the way Winston was laying on the roof changed based on where the camera angle was. We also talked about how Olivia Munn was in the movie Magic Mike which is a movie referenced earlier in New Girl when Schmidt dressed up as Matthew McConaughey for Halloween and how at the beginning of this episode, the guys were watching an actual WWF championship match between Hulk Hogan and the Iron Sheik in 1984. 

While not discussed in the podcast, we noted other references in this episode including:

  • Camel Clutch – At the beginning of the episode, Nick, Winston, and Schmidt are watching wrestling and commenting on the particular wrestling move, the camel clutch. The camel clutch is a move that was popularized by the wrestler “The Sheik” who used it as a closer. There are also multiple variations of the camel clutch including the leg-trap camel clutch and the stepover armlock camel clutch.
  • Herringbone – When Schmidt’s reviewing his binder of suits, he pulls out a page with a herringbone suit exclaiming about how he didn’t know how it got into this binder. Herringbone refers to both a specific pattern made out of parallel rows where two adjacent rows slope in opposite directions and to a suit or any twilled fabric using this pattern.
  • College – Schmidt mentions to Cece that because he worked late, their baby can now attend any college they want and mentions specifically the two below:
    • UCLA – The University of California, Los Angeles is a public university located in LA that traces its origins back to 1882. The university is organized into 6 undergraduate colleges, 7 professional schools, and 4 professional health science schools. For one year of undergraduate tuition, the cost is approximately $37,000 in state.
    • UMASS – The University of Massachusetts is a public university with 5 campuses across Massachusetts with the flagship being located in Amherst. For one year of undergraduate tuition, the cost is approximately $37,000 out of state.

This episode got a 9/10 Rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Jess and Kelly rated this episode a 7.5/10 and her favorite character was Angie!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 11!

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