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New Girl S2 E11 – Santa

Last updated on July 29, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 2, Episode 11, Santa, which originally aired on December 11, 2012 and was written by Luvh Rakhe and directed by Craig Zisk.

Episode Recap

When the loft realizes everyone is headed to celebrate the holidays separately, they try to maximize their time by attending multiple Christmas parties! At the parties, Jess gets a surprise visit from Sam, Winston deals with a cranberry stuck in his ear, Nick and Angie get to the next level, and Cece is trying to show Schmidt she’s still his friend.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • Santa – Throughout the episode, the loft mates and their partners were talking about their experiences with Santa… and they even thought they saw him at the end of the episode! 

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Bah Humbug – Cece gave Schmidt a gift and his response was “Bah Humbug” because he was upset. Bah Humbug is an exclamation that conveys curmudgeonly displeasure. It’s most commonly known as a phrase used by the character “Ebenezer Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol who exclaims “Bah! Humbug!” as a retort to anything sentimental or overly festive.
  • Chicago Bears – Nick is making fun of Winston for believing in Santa and Winston comes back saying Nick only eats mayo sandwiches on Chicago Bears’ game days, which Nick does in a superstitious belief of thinking that makes them win. The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago. The franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1920 and moved to Chicago in 1921.
  • Boy Meets World – Schmidt commented that the DJ at his work Christmas party was really respected and also an actor on Boy Meets World. Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC. The show chronicles the everyday events and life-lessons of Cory Matthews and his family and friends through Middle School, High School, and College. 
  • Taken / Liam Neeson – When Nick and Angie were hooking up in the sleigh at Schmidt’s work party, he references the movie Taken and its main character, Liam Neesan. Taken follows ​​a retired CIA agent as he travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his kidnapped daughter while she was on a trip to Paris. William John Neeson is an actor from Northern Ireland known for well known movies like Kinsey, Schindler’s List, The Grey, The A-Team, Taken, and Love Actually
  • Transporter Movies / Jason Statham  – Cece gave Schmidt a tungsten carbide metal bracelet and Schmidt commented it was “…what Statham wore in all the Transporter movies.” The Transporter is a 2002 action-thriller film that stars Jason Statham as Frank Martin, a driver for hire, AKA a “transporter”, who will deliver anything, anywhere for the right price. There are six films in the Transporter franchise and one TV show. Jason Statham is also known for action movies like Crank, Furious 7, Spy, and The Meg.

We also cover some of our favorite lines like Schmidt saying “bah humbug” to Cece and how he described Christmas as “White Anglo-Saxon Winter Privilege Night” as our “Schmidtisms” this episode. For our “not in the 2020s” we discussed how Schmidt mansplained lapdancing to Angie and wanting to hook up with a “fatty in an elf costume” as well as the continuation of Schmidt’s approach to Cece’s culture and Nick rationalizing Angie’s job. In our “yes in the 2020s” we discussed the loft hiding Jess and later when she stood up for herself with Sam. We also give a brief look into Jeris Poindexter (Santa/cop), the Guest Star we feature in this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: David Walton (Sam – discussed on S2E3), Olivia Munn (Angie – discussed on S2E10), Paul Grace (Security Guard), and Edward Hong (Male Night Nurse).

Additionally in the podcast we mentioned how the cop who stopped the loft mates had a badge that said “Nicholas” on it and how Nick has many nightmare situations.

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

  • Irish Good-bye – In this episode, the loft agrees that the only way to go to multiple holiday parties is by doing the Irish good-bye. This phrase indicates exiting a party or event without saying goodbye or giving advance notice, usually indicating an avoidance of displaying any emotion. While there isn’t an exact source of this phrase, one possible historical source is when many Irish residents fled to America during the Potato Famine (1845-1852).
  • EDM – When the loft arrives at Schmidt’s friend’s party, Jess asks if they’re going to play computer music all night. Electronic Dance Music is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made for clubs, raves, and festivals. It’s generally produced by DJs by creating a mix of multiple tracks seamlessly moving from one to the other. The popularity grew globally in the 2000s and by the early 2010s the term “electronic dance music” was popularized to rebrand rave culture.
  • North Pole – When the loft runs into who they think is Santa, they mention he should be at the North Pole. The North Pole is the point in the Northern hemisphere where the Earth’s axis of rotation meets its surface but is not the Magnetic North Pole. This area is also known as the location of Santa Claus’s workshop and where he lives. The Canada Post has even assigned it the postal code of H0H 0H0 referring to “ho ho ho!” which is one of Santa’s traditional exclamations.

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

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 12!

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