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New Girl, the new smash hit situation comedy on Fox, has already been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series and Best Television Actress. The plot of this screwball comedy revolves around three male roommates who are searching for a fourth. The applicant who gets the vacant room is a flighty and unique girl played by Zooey Deschanel.

Zooey Deschanel has gained notoriety in the film and television community for her expert portrayal of the classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl. This character type refers to a girl who lives in her own world and captivates the men in her life with her innocent, dreamy detachment. Jess, the character played by Deschanel, is definitely living in a dream world. Her social awkwardness and confusion about different social expectations make for several humorous moments of exasperation with her male roommates.

Her three roommates, Nick, Schmidt and Winston, are played by three great actors. Each of these male characters as a distinctive personality which, when combined, create endless funny moments. Nick is a ne'er-do-well who struggles constantly with his own poor self-esteem. The romantic tension between he and Jess is probably what is moving the series forward and attracting so many viewers. However, the comedic antics of Schmidt may also be accomplishing this feat. Schmidt is a cocky, self-absorbed, woman-crazy man who is trying desperately to hide his sensitive interior. His obsession with Jess's best friend, the gorgeous CeCe, is fuel enough for hundreds of laughs throughout the series.

The real appeal of New Girl is in the balance between tenderhearted, caring moments and outlandish comical situations. Jess's innocence and propensity for trouble create three heroic saviors out of her formerly selfish roommates. The male characters in New Girl are constantly creating that "aww" moment from viewers as they continue to comfort and care for the easily manipulated Jess.

The series began with an 11-episode run on FOX. After the first two episodes had aired to a surprisingly large audience, FOX ordered another 13 episodes for the show. The 24-episode first season was acclaimed by a wide variety of audience members. On April 9, 2012, FOX renewed New Girl for a second season.

Deschanel, the lead actress in this series, has said that she had no hesitation in accepting the role. She believes the role was created for her, and it seems that her fans and fans of the show agree.

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New Girl Full Episode Guide

  • As Coach starts packing to move out of the loft, Schmidt decides to de-clutter and in the process discovers what is truly important to him.

  • Schmidt takes one for the team to help Fawn who is involved in a scandal.

  • Jess accompanies Fawn to a charity golf tournament. Winston lies about being a policeman.

  • Jess goes to great lengths to delete a "sext" she recently sent.

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'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 22: 'Clean Break'

Jess is determined to make Coach's departure a sentimental event, but he wants to make a clean break, and the boys are on his side. Inspired by his no-nonsense approach to moving, Nick, Winston, and Schmidt actually decide to go through their stuff as well, and get rid of a bunch of things they don't need. They drag out boxes to go through, and Schmidt's CeCe box is discovered. Winston sneaks off to consult with Jess, as Schmidt gets rid of his CeCe mementos, unaware she is in love with him.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 21: 'Panty Gate'

Coach and his new girlfriend have broken up, as she has accepted a job in New York. He insists he is fine. Things are healed between Fawn and Schmidt. Fawn is holding a press conference to address "Panty Gate," and he plans to be right by her side. Coach reveals he is very much not fine about his breakup with May when he breaks down during a sex-ed class. While she tries to tell Nick and Winston that Coach is fragile, they ignore her and take him out. Schmidt goes to read his prepared statement to the press and discovers that Fawn wants him to take the fall for Panty Gate.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 20: 'Par 5'

Fawn is determined to make Schmidt reach his full potential. Also to make him more tan, as he is showing up too pale in their photographs together. Jess, who is having difficulty getting computers for her school, forces her company on Fawn for a networking golf event. Of course she is terrible at it (both networking and golf), so Fawn gives her a few pointers on how to butter up the other women of power (and recommends taking her underwear off for an extra power boost). It works. She gets in with the woman she needs, who can hook her up with the computers.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 19: 'The Right Thing'

Schmidt's mom is in town! No one has yet met her - except Nick, who is afraid of her/wants to sleep with her. Jess gets stood up for a brunch date... but later finds out that the reason Pete couldn't make it is that PETE DIED. Though she only went on two dates with him, he was the first person she sexted (PG style of course - it's Jess, after all), and one of the last people he was in contact with, so she thinks she should go to the funeral. She guilts CeCe and Coach into going with her.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 17, 'Walk of Shame'

CeCe and Jess, feeling sassy and sexy with their new blow-outs, run into Bearclaw and his new roommate at the bar, and are invited to a party at their place. Jess thinks it would be a good idea for CeCe to meet guys other than Schmidt. Empowered by her hair, Jess decides they must go and seize the day. She wakes up next to Bearclaw. CeCe struggles out of another room, and the two prepare for a quick run of shame to the car... only to find the car has been towed. Their phones are dead and they have no cash.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 16, 'Spiderhunt'

CeCe is keeping her distance, to avoid Schmidt. Jess is worried about her. Winston secretly calls CeCe and tells her that Jess is getting upset and is worried she did something, so CeCe agrees to come over... Just in time for a Spiderhunt. Schmidt is terrified of spiders and one is loose in the loft, with Fawn set to be over for dinner. Time is of the essence. Jess, suspicious of how Winston is acting, isolates CeCe and asks her if she likes someone in the loft. CeCe refuses to tell Jess that she is in love with Schmidt.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 15, 'Oregon'

Jess and Ryan are doing long-distance, but it's putting strain on the relationship. She is looking forward to seeing him at her father's wedding in Orgeon, however, where she has planned to take him on a tour of the place where she grew up. Unfortunately, things don't work out that way. Despite her desperation to see him, Ryan ends up not coming. Jess is crushed, and her friends decide to try to cheer her up by going with her on her tour. It's fun for a bit, but seeing her mom, who cries over Ryan's absence, makes her depressed.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 14, 'Swuit'

Nick and Schmidt unveil their new invention - the "swuit," a suit made of sweatsuit material. Yeah it's horrible. And they're doing a pitch to QVC in four days. The two butt heads while trying to come up with a new idea. Jess wonders what she can do to help. Winston points out they both clearly want to be the boss, and that is the issue. CeCe's college tuition has been raised, and if she can't come up with money soon, she will have to drop out. Winston offers to loan her some money but she declines.

Series Regular Leaving 'New Girl' After This Season

"New Girl" is about to lose a major character after this season. The show has confirmed that Damon Wayans Jr. will be leaving the Fox sitcom at the end of the show's current season. Wayans plays the role of "Coach." This will actually be the second time that Wayans has left the show: Coach was Nick and Schmidt's roommate in the pilot episode of the series, but Wayans landed a role in "Happy Endings" and took it. He was replaced as a series regular by Lamorne Morris, who came on as Winston.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 13, 'Coming Out'

Schmidt is having serious stomach pain, but refuses to skip work. Coach has found a loophole that he thinks will allow Jess and Ryan to stop hiding their relationship at work... which will enable him to continue hooking up with the teachers, who are all infatuated with Ryan. Jess goes to the principal and he is fine with her and Ryan coming out into the open, but warns her the teachers are the ones she should worry about, especially given how much she cares about what people think about her.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 12, 'Shark'

Winston has passed his test and is going to become a police officer! Everyone goes to watch him be sworn in, and Jess takes advantage of the many city officials present at the event to speak about the night construction near their loft, which has been annoying everyone. She speaks with councilwoman Fawn Moscato about getting things taken care of, and Fawn is interested in Schmidt. Schmidt goes out with her to try to get the construction problem fixed. However when he goes out with her, he finds himself attracted to her level of power and confidence.

Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant!

Congratulations to Jess Day—er, Zooey Deschanel! The "New Girl" star has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Jacob Pechenik. "Jacob and I are over the moon," she told People. "We are so excited to meet our little one." The news is great for the couple personally, but professionally it could cause some hurdles that Deschanel will have to navigate. Mainly, the pregnancy brings the shooting schedule of "New Girl" into question.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 10: 'LAXmas'

Ryan is going to London to see his family for Christmas. He invites Jess along. She thinks it's skipping a lot of steps, but he's so excited about it, she agrees. Everyone carpools to the airport, only to find that a storm in the midwest has everything delayed and the airport is in chaos. Jess manages to get Schmidt, CeCe, and Coach on other flights, and Nick and Winston lined up. She gets texts from Ryan showing his house and "casual" get together... his family is super rich.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 9: 'Girl Fight'

At the loft, Coach and Schmidt solve a fight with a quick punch. CeCe and Jess say they never fight like that, and use a story about a purse they both wanted but decided not to get instead. Schmidt knows that purse - it's in Jess' closet. CeCe and Jess have a passively sweet goodbye. Coach notes that it's a girl fight. Jess tells them that she and CeCe have been friends for 20 years because neither will confront the other. It works for them. If she brings up the purse, it will bring up ALL the tamped down fights they never had.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 8: 'Thanksgiving IV'

Schmidt reminds everyone it's their final hurrah before winter - therefore he suggests celebrating "Bangsgiving" rather than the usual holiday. He makes everyone draw names from a hat - the person they get, they must bring a date for. Winston brings Coach a girl from academy with jacked arms. Jess brings Winston a pretty woman from her school - who is not a teacher but a lunch lady. CeCe brings Schmidt pretty Lucy, as per request. Nick picked his own name so he brings Tran to keep him company.

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