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New Girl S4 E8 – Teachers

Last updated on April 25, 2024

This podcast covers New Girl Season 4, Episode 8, Teachers, which originally aired on Nov 8, 2014 and was written by Kim Rosenstock and directed by Trent O’Donnell.

Episode Recap

Jess and Coach go to a teachers’ conference where she has to spend the weekend with Ryan, forcing her to face her feelings for him. Meanwhile Winston, Nick, and Schmidt have a “guys night”.


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

  • Chicago Bulls Logo – When the guys were looking at a health textbook, they said the female reproductive system kind of looked like the Chicago Bulls symbol.
  • [Pi Beta Phi] – In the flashback of Schmidt doing laundry, he saw a group of women he referred to as “Pi-Phis”, likely referring to the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. 
  • Elizabeth – When Cece was reading Jess the letter Jess wrote to herself, she posed the question, “Did you learn nothing from the movie Elizabeth, you stupid little bitch?” because “No one respects a queen who sleeps with her subjects.” 
  • Denzel Washington / The Preacher’s Wife – When Jess was describing Ryan to Cece, Jess shared “he might be an angel sent down to Earth like Denzel Washington in The Preacher’s Wife.” She later also shares the same reference directly with Ryan. 
  • Magic Johnson / Kobe Bryant – When Coach was determining how he would teach Health, he said he would maybe bring up Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant, but the other teacher’s weren’t sure that would be effective. Agic 
  • Chin-Chin – When Jess and Ryan were drinking from mini alcohol bottles they cheers with Jess saying “Chin-Chin”.

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

Podcast Notes

  • Most Likely To:
    • Drop your wine out your glass
    • Eat the fruits in sangria
    • Basic thing you don’t know how to do
    • Own spools of yarn
  • Schmidtism:
    • Silliest Schmidt Moment –
      • Kritika – Quarters in the machine / straining the soap
      • Kelly – Schmidt’s training montage
  • In the 2020s:
    • Not: Flashbacks of fatshaming, the things that were acceptable for “guys’ night”, and sitting in the middle = sitting “bitch”
    • Yes: Helping each other out & talking vulnerably
  • Pop Culture:
    • “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
    • “Hello” – Lionel Richie
  • Guest Stars:
    • Lisa Bonet (Brenda Brown)

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Episode 9!

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