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New Girl S4 E6 – Background Check

Last updated on January 25, 2024

This podcast covers New Girl Season 4, Episode 6, Background Check, which originally aired on November 4, 2014 and was written by Rebecca Addelman and directed by Lorene Scafaria.

Episode Recap

Winston has to pass his background check for the police academy and wants his friends’ support…but…Jess gets worried because she has a secret!


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

  • Boys & Girls Club – Coach made up that Winston has a “little brother” as part of the Boys & Girls Club volunteer program. 
  • Ray – Jess shared the only “drug” movie she’s seen was the movie Ray, which Cece points out does not count. 
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar / Slater and Screech – Schmidt is telling Cece she shouldn’t be with a normal guy, when Cece shared she was dating Mark-Paul Gosselaar. This caused Schmidt to freak out and ask if he could come to the wedding and then he wondered if “Slater and Screech are gonna be there”. 

In the podcast, we mentioned this link of a list of funny moments from this episode that we wanted to share with you!

This episode got a 9/10 rating from both Kritika and Kelly and we both had the same favorite character: Nick!

Podcast Notes

  • Most Likely To:
    • Have an outlet mall shopping plan
    • Bond over pretzels (or food items)
    • Have a tell when you lie
    • Lie for a friend and get fully into the shenanigan
  • Schmidtism:
    • Winston figuring out Dorado is a fish
  • In the 2020s:
    • Not: Schmidt saying he wanted Cece’s date to die between two obese people / “throw like a boy” / Coach trying to get little boys in his car
    • Yes: Winston treating her time of month normal and following her cue / periods being discussed on TV
  • Pop Culture:
    • “Landslide”
  • Guest Stars:
    • Cleo King (Sergeant Dorado)

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 7!

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