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New Girl S2 E19 – Quick Hardening Caulk

Last updated on October 9, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 2, Episode 19, Quick Hardening Caulk, which originally aired on March 19, 2013 and was directed by Lorene Scafaria. The teleplay was written by Ryan Koh and the story was by Brett Baer & Dave Finkel.

Episode Recap

Schmidt is not dealing with Cece’s engagement well and decides he needs a lionfish. Meanwhile, Jess is impressed with Nick’s decisions to be more responsible and finds herself wanting to have sex with him. 

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • California Lionfish– Schmidt saw a Lionfish at the aquarium and it reminded him of Cece. Later in the episode he tries to get one from the ocean. 

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • The Hobbit – When Schmidt was trying to convince Winston he wasn’t upset about Cece, he mentioned that The Hobbit was bad as a reason he was upset. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The first of three movie adaptations came out in 2012. 
  • Bond Villain – When Schmidt was sharing with the loft that he got an aquarium, Jess asked, “When did you become a Bond villain that couldn’t afford not to live with roommates?” The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. The books were adapted into films starting in 1962 and had over six actors play the role of James Bond over time. There is always a prominent villain in each of the books and films. 
  • Russell Crowe – Nick mentioned he felt like “Russell Crowe in every movie he’s ever been in” when he was pulling the chain at the store. Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, director, musician, and singer. He came to international attention for his role as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic historical 2000 film Gladiator, for which he won an Academy Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Empire Award, and London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor. 
  • Judy Garland – When Jess was trying to pursue Nick while on pain meds, she spoke in her old-timey voice and said she was Judy Garland. Judy Garland was an American actress, singer, vaudevillian, and dancer. With a career spanning 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles and was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. 

We cover both the scenes where Schmidt tries to get the lionfish from the aquarium and when he tries to stand up for Nick after seeing his black eye as our “Schmidtisms” this episode. For “Not in the 2020s” we discuss how the men in the bar said that they would buy Jess nachos if she had sex with them and how Jess was telling Nick to “kiss her like a man”, gendering the ask rather than telling him to be more assertive. In our “Yes in the 2020s” we celebrate Nick’s regard for consent and not giving in to Jess’s advances while she was on pain meds. We also give brief looks into Odette Annable (Shane), Sean Taylor (Random Guy #1), and Casey Adams (Random Guy #2), the Guest Stars we feature in this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: Christopher Gehrman (Aquarium Docent), Peter Navy Tuiasosopo (Big Bob), Darlene Kardon (Elderly Woman), Jeff Bowser (Drunk Dude), and Vicky Dalli (Hot Bar Girl).

We also discuss how this is Peter Tuiasosopo’s second New Girl appearance but his first as Big Bob. In the podcast, we share this article (which contains spoilers) where we learned that this episode was more influenced by Cheers than any other in the season and how the showrunners wanted to explore Winston’s dynamic further this season.

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

  • Pacific Sea Centre (Audubon Aquarium of the Americas)In the episode the aquarium that Winston takes Schmidt to is titled the Pacific Sea Centre but the aquarium pictured is actually the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Opened in 1990, the aquarium is run by the Audubon Nature Institute and has over 10,000 animals representing 530 species with Caribbean, Amazon and Gulf of Mexico exhibits.

This episode got an 8.5/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Winston and Kelly rated this episode a 9/10 and her favorite character was Schmidt!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 20!

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