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New Girl S4 E3 – Julie Berkman’s Older Sister

Last updated on October 29, 2023

This podcast covers New Girl Season 4, Episode 3, Julie Berkman’s Older Sister, which originally aired on September 30, 2014 and was written by Nina Pedrad and directed by Fred Goss.

Episode Recap

Jess’s Dad, Bob, comes to visit and is bringing his new girlfriend…who happens to be someone that Jess went to high school with. Meanwhile, Schmidt asks the guys for help to land a new sponge ad campaign.


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

  • Ed – Ashley shared she did “so much E” while watching the show Ed
  • Annie – Schmidt felt like he was living in reverse Annie going from “riches to rags”. 
  • Seal – Jess’s Dad, Bob, and Ashley thought they saw Seal at the airport, but it wasn’t him.
  • Crabtree and Evelyn – Jess was threatening Ashley and referred to her fists as “Crabtree and Evelyn.”
  • Thor / Mjölnir – Winston was reading Schmidt’s focus group cue cards, saying “I am Thor” but didn’t know how to pronounce Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.
  • NPR – Jess said they needed to “turn Ashley off” by playing NPR. 
  • [Weeble] – Ashley said Bob was her, “big, round, bald, fuzzy Weeble-Wobble.” 

This episode got a 6.5/10 rating from Kritika whose favorite character was Schmidt and Kelly rated this episode an 8/10 and her favorite character was Winston!

Podcast Notes

  • Most Likely To:
    • Have a $25 pizza order
    • Rig a focus group
    • Respond to a word association with the word
    • Creating a cataloging system for your things
  • Schmidtism:
    • Focus Group Pitch
  • In the 2020s:
    • Not: Schmidt calling Nick a fat pig person, reducing people to their race or religion, and marketing based solely on gender
    • Yes: Bob accepting of who Ashley is and having open communication
  • Pop Culture:
    • “She’s so High” by Tal Bachman
  • Guest Stars:
    • Kaitlin Olson (Ashley)
    • Katie Silverman (Young Jess)
    • Jaidan Jiron (Young Cece)

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 4!

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