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New Girl S3 E10 – Thanksgiving III

Last updated on July 29, 2022

This podcast covers New Girl Season 3, Episode 10, Thanksgiving III, which originally aired on November 26, 2013 and was written by Josh Malmuth and directed by Max Winkler.

Episode Recap

After Coach makes Nick question his own masculinity, Nick forces the gang to go camping in the woods for Thanksgiving. They attempt to forage for their own food which lands Jess in an interesting predicament.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • Hunt: Bonnie and Helen – When at the campsite, Winston shares the only “hunt” he likes are named Bonnie and Helen, referring to the actresses Bonnie Hunt and Helen Hunt. 

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Viggo Mortenson / Hidalgo – When commenting on his hat, Schmidt says it’s “an exact replica of the hat Viggo Mortenson wore in the movie Hidalgo.” Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. is an American actor, writer, director, producer, musician, and multimedia artist who is best known for his role as Aragorn in The Lord of Rings trilogy. Mortensen starred as Frank Hopkins in the film Hidalgo, which is the story of an ex-army courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous desert race. 

We also further cover Schmidt and his hat as our “Schmidtism” this episode. For “Not in the 2020s” we briefly mention some ongoing racist and fatphobic themes but also talk more in depth about the way “men” are portrayed. We refer to this article where they discuss a different take on the way this episode handles the mens’ masculinity. For our “Yes in the 2020s” we chat about how Coach let Schmidt feel he was a better camper for the first half of the episode. There were no guest stars in this episode.

This episode we discuss the reference Schmidt made back to S1E14 (Bully), talk about the diseases that Jess supposedly had, and share a fun fact about the naming of the last episode. We did find the bear in the “bear hole” this episode.

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

  • Eagle Scout – Coach reveals that he’s actually good at camping because he was an Eagle Scout. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievable in Boy Scouts that only about 4% of Boy Scouts ever achieve.
  • George Washington – Nick tries to get the loft excited about camping by saying that George Washington hunted cats rather than having a pet cat [like Winston]. Washington was the United States’ first president and a Founding Father of the USA.

This episode got a 7/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Jess and Kelly rated this episode an 8/10 and her favorite character was Winston!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 11!

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