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New Girl S2 E25 – Elaine’s Big Day

Last updated on November 24, 2021

This podcast covers New Girl Season 2, Episode 25, Elaine’s Big Day, which originally aired on May 14, 2013 and was directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow.

Episode Recap

Cece is getting married! … Or is she? Schmidt and Winston end up pranking Cece’s wedding but it ultimately ends up being Shivrang and Elaine’s “Big Day”. Meanwhile, Jess and Nick continue to explore their relationship.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • “Cotton Eye Joe” – For the second prank, Winston and Schmidt played Nick’s favorite song, “Cotton Eye Joe” over the speaker as Cece walked down the aisle. 
  • Bucky the Badger from Wisconsin – For the third prank, Winston and Schmidt accidentally let a badger loose “in the ducts”. 
  • Indian Wedding Traditions 

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Miami Vice – Nick felt he looked like Miami Vice in his old high school suit. Miami Vice is an American crime drama television series about two Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami.This series is largely remembered for the stylish clothes Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs wore, the soundtrack, and its distinct visuals. 
  • Coldplay – Schmidt says he wants to take the night to think about who to choose — Cece or Elizabeth — by listening to a Coldplay bootleg. Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The band consists of vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and pianist Chris Martin; lead guitarist Jonny Buckland; bassist Guy Berryman; drummer Will Champion; and creative director Phil Harvey. Coldplay have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They have won numerous awards throughout their career, including nine Brit Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, eight MTV Europe Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards. 
  • “I Always Knew” – The Vaccines – This is the song that played while Jess and Nick drove away from the wedding. “I Always Knew” is a song that was released in the United Kingdom in 2012 as the third single from The Vaccines’ second studio album, Come of Age. The Vaccines are an English indie rock band, formed in West London in 2010.

We also cover the moment where Schmidt tells Nick and Winston about Cece talking to him with her eyes as our “Schmidtism” this episode. In our “Not in the 2020s” we discuss how it is a bad idea to crawl into an air duct with a badger, but also when Nick comments about Winston having a “girl butt”. In our “Yes in the 2020s” we share how we loved the interaction between Cece and Elizabeth in this episode and how neither were catty. We also give a quick look into Taylor Swift (Elaine) and Ajay Mehta (the priest), 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), and M. Hasna M. (Annoyed Wedding Guest).

We also share this article (which contains spoilers) where we learned that the writers originally wrote Nelson Franklin (Robby) a part in the finale but had to take it out because of time and that this was a big, group-written episode.

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

  • Marco Polo – When Nick and Winston are stuck in the vents with Bucky, they start playing the game Marco Polo. This is a game of tag traditionally played in a pool where the player who is “it” is trying to find the other players by shouting “Marco” and the players return with shouting “Polo”. The game does not appear to have any connection to the Italian explorer Marco Polo.
  • Bootleg – When Schmidt is asked to pick between Cece and Elizabeth, he tries to stall by saying he got the new Coldplay bootleg, live from Rotterdam. A bootleg recording is an audio or video recording of a performance that is not officially released by the artist or legally.

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

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Season 2 Recap!

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