Review: 'New Girl' - 'A Father's Love': Pint of plain?
Dennis Farina stops by as Nick's con man dad, and Schmidt and Robby team up
A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I pick up calls on a banana...
You can look at "A Father's Love" in one of two ways: 1)As a stealth epilogue to HBO's "Luck," bringing Dennis Farina back to the track under similar (but not identical) circumstances,(*) or 2)As a Nick Miller origin story.
(*) Or maybe it was just an overall David Milch tribute, since the lead Russian gangster was played by Pasha Lychnikoff, who was Blazinov, the telegraph operator on "Deadwood."
Either way, it wasn't the most wildly funny outing of this season, with the biggest laughs — other than Nick' awkward dancing and attempt to pitch another fake diabetic fit in front of the Russians — largely clustered around the arranged marriage between Schmidt and Robby. But it was nice to both see Farina again in this setting, and to get one of the better Nick/Jess scenes of the series to date, in her response to Walt again going back on his word to Nick. For the first time, it seems like Jess truly understands why Nick is this damaged — and perhaps as a result, this was the first scene between the two of them in a long time where I could picture an interesting version of the show in which they attempt to be more than just friends.
Meanwhile, Schmidt and Robby teaming up to prevent Cece from dating an Indian guy was completely and utterly ridiculous, but one of those situations where Max Greenfield and Nelson Franklin were just given great line after great line after great line, to the point where that subplot almost felt (in a good way) like it had borrowed the rhythms of a "Happy Endings" script. I was particularly fond of the tag, where they keep coming up with more and more outlandish plans to win her back, culminating in "We enlist in the Navy, we quickly rise through the ranks, and then we can take her to the Naval Officers Ball."
What did everybody else think?
News From Our Partners
- 'Fast & Furious 6': The Reviews Are In! 'Return Of The Jedi' Turns 30: Secrets Of Ewok Language Revealed! 'Fast & Furious 6' Expected To Lap 'Hangover III' At Box Office
- Will Smith Raps 'Fresh Prince' Theme with Jaden, Dances "Carlton" and "Apache" with Alfonso Ribiero 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6: Kurt Sutter to Launch 'Talking Dead'-Style Companion Piece? The CW's 'Cult' Returns from Cancellation June 28
- Would You Rather… Hang Backstage with One Direction or the Jonas Brothers? Watch Kesha Perform 'Machine Gun Love' Live See Pictures of Your Favorite Celebrity Couples Now + Then
- What to Watch This Weekend: Orphan Black, Behind the Candelabra, and Arrested Development's Netflix Debut Do These Four New Arrested Development Clips Get You Excited for the Show's Return? (VIDEO) Arrested Development Q&A: Alia Shawkat on Maeby, the Return of the Show, and the Canonization of Mitch Hurwitz
- Weekly Ketchup: Fox and Marvel Both Courting Quicksilver for Comic Blockbusters Critics Consensus: Fast & Furious 6 is Certified Fresh Red Carpet Photos with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano and More
- Baz Luhrmann Passed on Directing 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' Someone Just Paid $1.5 Million to Sit Next to Leonardo DiCaprio in Space Tim Curry Is Fine After Suffering a Massive Stroke: Report
- The Telefile - The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week The Telefile - Does Someone Have to Go?: Work Sucks.... If You Are On This Show The Telefile - Save Me: Lightning Strikes NBC
- What Netflix Really Wants Out Of 'Arrested Development' What To Watch This Memorial Day Weekend Is The New 'Bachelorette' Engaged?
Steven Soderbergh biopic about Liberace is HBO's best movie in yearsFriday, May 24, 2013
Will gets lost in a case, and Lecter tries to protect Abigail HobbsThursday, May 23, 2013
Announcing this summer's blog rewatch seriesThursday, May 23, 2013
The Dunphys and Pritchetts head to Florida for the funeral of Phil's momThursday, May 23, 2013