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New Girl S3 E18 – Sister III

Last updated on January 1, 2023

This podcast covers New Girl Season 3, Episode 18, Sister III, which originally aired on March 4, 2014 and was written by Camilla Blackett and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.

Episode Recap

In our third episode with Abby, Jess gets upset when she thinks that Abby and Schmidt are further along in their relationship than her and Nick, so they move in together. Meanwhile, Cece, and her new best friend Coach, are suspicious of Abby and try to get Schmidt to see it too.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • Garbage Pail Kids – Nick told Winston that Jess makes him put his Garbage Pail Kids in a box.
  • The Little Match Girl – When Nick was wearing his nightshirt, Jess said he looked like the Little Match Girl.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • [Nora] Ephron – Schmidt shared he needed a break from “Snora” Ephron. Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker who is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for the Writers Guild of America Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movies Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron also directed films including her own screenplays like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, both starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
  • [The Trolley Song by Judy Garland] – Jess sang a portion of this song when she was in the hotel room, singing “Clang, clang, clang went the trolley | Ring, ring, ring went the bell”. “The Trolley Song” is a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. Blane and Martin were nominated for and lost the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1945 Academy Awards, for “The Trolley Song”. The song was ranked #26 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list. We also mention a fun fact about this song in our Trivia section in the podcast. 
  • Children of Men – Schmidt was concerned they hit a car in a neighborhood where it looked like they filmed Children of Men. Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian action thriller film co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay was based on P. D. James’s 1992 novel The Children of Men, which takes place in 2027 when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse.

This episode, we discuss who is most likely to make their own jewelry, move in to prove a point, sleuth to find out what someone is up to, and be ready for rapidfire questions. We also cover the scene between Nick and Schmidt around the Iroquois throat band Abby gifted Schmidt as our “Schmidtism”. For “Not in the 2020s” we talk about Winston’s comments to the little boy and Nick pantsing Winston. We also discuss Cece apologizing to Schmidt as our “Yes in the 2020s”. Additionally, we explore the career of Ericka Kreutz (Elevator Woman), the guest star of this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: Stone Eisenmann (Young Nick – Previously Discussed in S2E13), Jordan Fuller (Young Winston – Previously Discussed in S2E13), Linda Cardellini (Abby Day – Previously Discussed in S3E16), and Connie Sawyer (Oldest Woman in the World).

We did not find the bear this episode.

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

  • Iroquois – Schmidt clarifies that the jewelry that Abby made him is an Iroquois throat band. The Iroquois are of the Iroquoian people who are Indigenous to the Northeastern Woodlands and the Great Lakes of North America. The Iroquois Confederacy was believed to be founded between 1450 and 1660 by bringing together five different nations in the southern Great Lakes area, with each nation having its own language, territory, and function.
  • Byzantine – When Jess is in the hotel, she asks if there are any films in the Byzantine era. The Byzantine Empire was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, continuing after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It existed until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Ottoman Empire. At the time, it was called the Roman Empire and only became called by the term “Byzantine” after the end of the realm. Approximately this time period covers 395 CE to 1453.
  • Ethel Kennedy – In this episode, Jess tells Abby her insecurities around Nick and mentions that while she went to the hotel by herself, she watched a documentary about Ethel Kennedy. Ethel Kennedy is known for being an American human rights advocate and the widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy. She founded a non-profit charity and in 2014 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • When Jess and Nick are agreeing that they shouldn’t live together, they mention both the pilgrims and the Plymouth Rock Massacre.
    • Plymouth Rock – While there wasn’t actually a massacre, Plymouth Rock is the site that marked where the Plymouth Colony was founded in December of 1620 when the Mayflower landed in the “New World”.
    • Pilgrim – A pilgrim is used to describe a traveler who goes on a journey to a holy place. In this case, it referred to the Pilgrim Fathers who came to North America on the Mayflower to escape religious persecution in England.

This episode got a 7/10 rating from both Kritika and Kelly; Kritika’s favorite character was Cece and Kelly’s favorite was Coach.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 19!

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