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New Girl S2 E24 – Winston’s Birthday

Last updated on November 12, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 2, Episode 24, Winston’s Birthday, which originally aired on May 7, 2013 and directed by Max Winkler and was written by Brett Baer & Dave Finkel.

Episode Recap

Jess and Nick sleep together for the first time in the last episode! Before they get a chance to talk about it, they’re split apart as they prepare for Cece’s wedding the next day, Bob arrives, and a new job opportunity pops up for Jess. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Elizabeth work to define their relationship and it’s Winston’s BIRTHDAY?!

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • When talking to Jess, Cece exclaimed her Uncle Shishir “had one scene with Salman Khan in Dabangg 2, and all of the sudden he thinks he’s Amitabh Bachchan in Jhoom Barab-ar Jhoom.” 
  • Henna – In preparation for her wedding, Cece got her hands painted with henna.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy – In the Schmidt and Elizabeth’s flashback scene, this song played. “It Wasn’t Me” is the first single from Jamaican reggae musician Shaggy’s fifth studio album, Hot Shot. The song features vocals from Rikrok. The lyrics of the song depict one man (Rikrok) asking his friend (Shaggy) what to do after his girlfriend caught him cheating on her with “the girl next door”. 
  • Mike Tyson – When Cece got henna on her face after sleeping on her hands, she thought she looked like Mike Tyson. Michael Gerard Tyson is a former American professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. Nicknamed “Iron Mike” and “Kid Dynamite” in his early career, and later known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet”, Tyson is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He also has notable tattoos on his face. 
  • Mandy Patinkin – Shivrang mentioned that Jess told him Cece looked like Mandy Patinkin with the henna smeared on her face. Mandel Bruce Patinkin is a Tony and Emmy award winning American actor and singer. He’s prominently known for his role as Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner’s 1987 film The Princess Bride and as Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland, where his character had a thick beard.
  • “Until We Get There” – Lucius – When Nick and Jess were on the roof at the end of the episode, this song played. Lucius is a four-piece indie pop band consisting of lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, drummer and producer Dan Molad, and lead guitarist Peter Lalish.”Until We Get There” is a song featured on the band’s first studio album, Wildewoman, released in 2013.

We also cover the moment Schmidt goes to find Elizabeth at the restaurant as our “Schmidtism” this episode. For “Not in the 2020s” we discuss Bob referencing how he “gay[ed] his way out of Vietnam” and the way Schmidt and his coworker treated Elizabeth. We also discuss Elizabeth standing up for herself and Jess owning her own decisions to her dad as our “Yes in the 2020s” moments. Additionally, we give a quick look into Curtis Armstrong (Dr. Foster) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (Peg), 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: Merritt Wever (Elizabeth – Previously discussed in S2E22), Satya Bhabha (Shivrang – Previously discussed in S2E18), Rob Reiner (Bob – Previously discussed in S2E8), Maureen Sebastian (Jill), Lewis Dauber (Old Sub), Adam Sauter (Riley – Elizabeth’s date), Prem Shelat (Miguel), Karlin Walker (Student #1), Eshun Melvin (Student #2), Taylar Hollomon (Student #3), and Thomas Barbusca (Young Boy).

We also share this article (which contains spoilers) where we learned that the creators knew that the audience wanted more Winston and made his birthday a C-plot as a joke. We also shared how the creators wanted to avoid an episode where Jess and Nick talked about their feelings after they had sex.

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

  • Flashcubes – When Bob is taking a picture of Jess and Nick, he mentions that he needs to get new flashcubes. These flashcubes were developed in the 1960s by Sylvania Electric Products which caused Kodak to replace the existing flashbulb technology on their series of cameras with flashcubes as the process of how they worked remained similar.
  • Mark Twain – In this episode, Jess mentions bringing the words of Mark Twain alive when she was trying to teach the kids. Mark Twain is the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens who was an American writer, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was known for many famous novels like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

This episode got an 8.5/10 rating from both Kritika and Kelly; Kritika’s favorite character was Nick and Kelly’s favorite was Jess.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 25!

Music: “Hotshot” by

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