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New Girl S3 E19 – Fired Up

Last updated on January 15, 2023

This podcast covers New Girl Season 3, Episode 19, Fired Up, which originally aired on March 11, 2014 and was written by Sophia Lear and directed by Steve Welch.

Episode Recap

Jess gets Coach a job at her school as the volleyball coach, but then has to fire him. Schmidt gets sued so Nick and Winston pose as his lawyers while Cece meets a new, younger guy.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • Winston shared “he can’t enough of this legal drama” and shared his favorite author was John Grisham and favorite TV show was Judging Amy.

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • When Schmidt is reviewing where his stuff should go, the following were shared:
    • Ian Schrager Rug – Schmidt didn’t want this rug in a room without climate control. Ian Schrager is an American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer, credited for co-creating the “boutique hotel” category of accommodation. ​​In his hotels, Schrager understood the importance of a place’s appearance and energy. As part of Schrager’s larger organization, the Ian Schrager Group, they would commission rugs and carpets for their hotels to create the atmosphere. 
    • Star Wars – Nick didn’t know who Ian Schrager was and thought he was “the guy in Star Wars”. Nick may have been confusing Ian Schrager with Ewen McGregor who starred in the Star Wars movies Episode 1, 2, and 3. Star Wars is an American epic space opera multimedia franchise created by George Lucas and  is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. The franchise has been expanded into various films and other media, including television series, video games, novels, comic books, theme park attractions, and themed areas, comprising an all-encompassing fictional universe.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi – Dr. Foster shared how he’s into Asian women like Kristi Yamaguchi. Kristine “Kristi” Yamaguchi is an American former figure skater. In ladies’ singles, Kristi is the 1992 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion, and the 1992 U.S. champion. In 1992, she became the first Asian American woman to win the gold medal in a Winter Olympic competition.
  • The Da Vinci Code – One of the teachers yelled to burn all the books in the library except for The Da Vinci Code, which is a 2003 mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu after a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris causes them to become involved in a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene having had a child together. The novel is a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages. The book was also adapted into a film starring Tom Hanks in 2006. 

We also cover when Schmidt and Nick are arguing about the “caboose of life” as our “Schmidtism” in this episode. For “Not in the 2020s” we discuss Dr. Foster’s comments about being exclusively into asian women and Mike saying he had “quite an eye for young boys”. In our “Yes in the 2020s” we discuss Jess standing up to keep Coach’s job. We also give a brief look into Matt Price (Bill Berklan), Lauri Johnson (Stenographer), and Rob Kerkovich (Tim), 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: Ben Falcone (Mike – Previously Discussed in S3E13), Curtis Armstrong (Principal Foster – Previously Discussed in S2E24), Brian Posehn (Biology Teacher – Previously Discussed in S3E11), James Frecheville (Buster), Matt Fusfeld (Douchey Guy), Helen Hong (Teacher), Kim Yarbrough (Another Teacher), Michelle N. Carter (Yet Another Teacher), and Jayce Dempsey (Rakim).

Also in this podcast, we note the discrepancy between Jess telling Nick in “Double Date” that she was good at volleyball but doesn’t hit one ball correctly in this episode. Additionally, we reference this article that came out in 2014 discussing the writer’s take on how they framed Coach vs. Winston. We did not find the bear this episode.

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

  • Buster is trying to prove that he’s from Wyoming, but he mentions the following references to Wyoming and other states in the US:
    • Cowboy State – Wyoming is called the Cowboy State as it is known for its rodeo, the town where Hemingway spent time living and writing, and the inspiration for the series Longmire.
    • Big Sky Country – Big Sky Country is another name for Montana which is known for its mountains, lakes, and wide-open country. The name refers to the abundance of wide-open spaces and skies without a horizon.
    • Home of the Liberty Bell – The Liberty Bell, which is a symbol of freedom,  is located in Pennsylvania in the Independence Hall.

This episode got an 8/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Winston and Kelly rated this episode a 7.5/10 and her favorite character was Coach!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 20!

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