Nick and Jess canoodle, while Winston does puzzles
[Normally, this would be Sepinwall's recap. Unfortunately, Alan is still well short of 100 percent and was unable to take his turn at the plate. Since "New Girl" is a show that I enjoy, I figured I'd pinch-hit. This will not be as good as Alan's recap would have been. How's the poem go? "I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do/ To swell a progress, start a scene or two." Or at least I can fill in for a "New Girl" premiere recap. Hopefully Sepinwall will be back soon.]
Thanks to "Sports Night," I'll always know the *worst* thing that can happen when a Will They/Won't They couple finally gets partnered up and seems on the verge of happiness.
You'll recall that Casey and Dana spent a season flirting and trying to figure out their feelings for each other, but as we reached Season 2, it looked like the sailing might be smooth. So Aaron Sorkin decided that Dana decided that Casey was too close to his divorce and she didn't want to be a rebound, so she insisted that in order for them to be a couple, he'd have to date other women for six months first.
Ugh. Dana's dating plan was the worst.
So now whenever a TV couple gets together, as long as the woman doesn't immediately demand that her beau start dating other women, I consider that to be a big win.
In that light? It was a great "New Girl" premiere on Tuesday (September 17) night.
Otherwise? Yeah. That was a little rough. FOX made most of its premieres available for critics to view beforehand and "New Girl" was strangely absent, following a season in which nearly every episode was posted early for review. After watching "All In," I'm much less surprised. [Had the "New Girl" premiere been up early, Sepinwall could have reviewed it, too.]
A few more thoughts on the "New Girl" premiere just as soon as I pull over for a piñata shaped like a monkey...