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New Girl S3 E11 – Clavado En Un Bar

Last updated on August 14, 2022

This podcast covers New Girl Season 3, Episode 11, Clavado En Un Bar, which originally aired on January 7, 2014 and was written by Berkley Johnson and directed by Eric Appel.

Episode Recap

Jess seeks the aid of her friends to help her determine if she should take a new job and they all share moments of their life where they had to make a big job related decision.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • “Clavado En Un Bar” – The name of the episode and the song that plays at the end of the episode.
  • A League of Their Own – At the end of the episode, Nick says a quote from the movie A League of Their Own to Cece and Jess, which they immediately pick up on.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • Winston’s Hair / (Dennis Rodman) – In the flashback scenes, Winston had hair that was dyed in a cheetah print. Dennis Keith Rodman is an American former professional basketball player. Known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities, he is one of the best rebounding forwards in NBA history. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos; one hairstyle of which was in a cheetah like print. 
  • Tim Duncan – Nick said the moment was so chill and absent of drama that he wanted to call it “Tim Duncan.” Timothy Duncan is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He spent his entire 19-year playing career with the San Antonio Spurs and is widely regarded as the greatest power forward of all time and one of the greatest players in NBA history. Those that are not a fan of Duncan labeled his play as “boring” because of his simple but effective style, which earned him the nickname “The Big Fundamental”.
  • Rollergirl / Boogie Nights – Coach alluded to his relationship with his stopwatch to Rollergirl’s relationship to her skates in Boogie Nights, which is a 1997 American period comedy-drama movie written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The movie focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films. The Rollergirl character was a porn starlet who always wore skates. 
  • [Sir] Billy Joel – Schmidt references another Billy Joel lyric. This time calls him “the late, great Sir Billy Joel”, which as Jess pointed out Billy Joel is neither dead nor a knight. William Martin Joel is an American singer, pianist, composer and songwriter, who has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 13 albums. Billy Joel was also referenced by Schmidt in S3E6
  • [Bernie] Madoff – When looking up who Jess thought was her first student, there was a headline that referred to him as “Clifton ‘Baby Madoff’ Collins”. Bernard “Bernie” Madoff was an American fraudster and financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth about $64.8 billion. He was at one time the chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Sophie’s Choice – In the flashback where we find out Cece was Jess’s first student, Jess is trying to make a crying Cece feel better by telling her that after she watched Sophie’s Choice she could see in the dark for a week because it made her cry a lot. Sophie’s Choice is a 1982 American drama film known to be a “tearjerker” where the main character Sophie, a Holocaust survivor, deals with her harrowing past and her unraveling relationships.

This episode we reenact Schmidt describing the scotch, his story title “Kablamo McYeah Bro”, and his flabbergast button as our “Schmidtism”. For “Not in the 2020s” we discuss the consistent fat shaming and our “Yes in the 2020s”  include Nick’s support of the other characters and everyone taking charge of their lives. We also give a brief look into Bart McCarthy (Kevin-97) and Brian Posehn (Biology Teacher), the guest stars in this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: Curtis Armstrong (Dr. Foster – Previously Discussed in S2E24), Tom Fitzpatrick (Old Man McCue), Terrell Clayton (Professor), Jay Harik (Latvian Coach), Alek Friedman (Latvian Doctor), Anthony Soike (Law School Guy), Wyatt Griswold (Clifton), Christopher Griffin (Donald), Jaidan Jiron (Young Cece), and Hannah Eisenmann (Young Jess).

This episode we chat about the other Billy Joel references Schmidt made in S3E6 and how in the flashback he was wearing a Livestrong jersey who we covered in pop culture on S3E3 of our podcast. We didn’t find the bear this episode but we believe it is the bear on the California state flag in Jess’s classroom.

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

  • Amish – When Jess is talking to the Biology teacher, he mentions the Amish as an example of people who are anti-future. The Amish are traditionalist Anabaptist Christian church fellowships with Swiss German and Alsatian origins. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, pacifism, and a slowness to adopt many conveniences of modern technology.

This episode got a 9.5/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Nick 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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