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New Girl S3 E5 – The Box

Last updated on May 1, 2022

This podcast covers New Girl Season 3, Episode 5, The Box, which originally aired on October 15, 2013 and was written by Rob Rosell and directed by Andrew Fleming.

Episode Recap

This episode reveals what Nick (… and Jess and Winston) would do with the money he inherits after his Dad’s death. Schmidt is still soul searching after losing Cece and Elizabeth and wonders if he’s a good person.

Episode Notes

On this episode’s Pop Culture section we reviewed:

  • Band Posters – In Nick’s bedroom there are a number of band posters we saw this episode: 
    • The Black Keys 
    • Circa Survive
    • We didn’t talk about, but also saw the following posters:
      • Coachella 2010 Lineup Poster – Founded in 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual festival held east of Los Angeles in Indio, California. 
      • B38 by Pass Kontrol Poster – Pass Kontrol is an “art collective” community of friends who dedicated its energetic album, B38, to one of the greatest buslines that runs from Ridgewood to Downtown Brooklyn, NYC. 
  • Heathcliff – When Schmidt is leaving the bar with Nick, the “pickled” bar patron calls him Heathcliff. 

Additional Pop Culture References such as:

  • YOLO – When Schmidt was wreaking havoc in the school, he yelled “YOLO” when he was being carried out. “YOLO” is an acronym for “you only live once” that became popular internet slang in 2012. The concept of “YOLO” is to live life to its fullest extent.

This episode we discuss who is Most Likely To visit someone in the hospital after calling 911 for them, make a powerpoint presentation to get money back from a friend, help someone pay their bills, and spend money on quirky trivial things, like mall photos. We also cover Nick and Schmidt at the bar as our “Schmidtism”. For “Not in the 2020s” we mention how Schmidt described Elizabeth as “regular” and Nick spoke about how “girls don’t listen” and what he said men want. In our “Yes in the 2020s” we highlight Nick’s note about equality and not doing jury duty or paying his taxes until gay marriage was legal everywhere, which it now is in the U.S.A. We also explore the careers of Jillian Aremenante (Eileen) and Kimrie Lewis (Keysha), the guest stars of this episode.

Also in this episode were the following guest stars who we do not discuss in the podcast: Steve Agee (Outside Dave – Previously discussed in S2E17), Jon Lovitz (Rabbi Feiglin), Derek Waters (Mike), Connor Rosen (Boy), James Wellington (Gordon), David Hutchison (Rabbi Julio), and Marty Ingels (Pickled Patron).

We also discuss the continuation of baby animals on Jess’s checks and how the song in the background when Nick is drinking at the bar is a She & Him song (which Zooey Deschanel is a part of). Neither of us found the bear this episode.

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

  • Tango / Waltz – Nick mentions both of these classical dances when angrily ranting to Jess that he can also try to change her. These dances are often confused with each other; the Waltz is a ballroom dance from the 18th century, while the Tango is a variation of the Flamenco style of dance only dating back to the 1880s. The main difference between the two is the speed at which the dance is conducted.
  • Shema Yisrael – When Schmidt saves the bike messenger he exclaims that they should rejoice in song and begins singing Shema Yisrael, which is a Jewish prayer. This prayer is typically part of a twice daily recitation and is typically taught to children to be said before sleeping. It has also been referenced and used in other TV shows as the last words for the character.

This episode got a 7/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Winston and Kelly rated this episode a 7.5/10 and her favorite character was Jess!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 6!

Music: “Hotshot” by scottholmesmusic.com

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