Did The New Girl Season 6 Premiere Set The Bar Too High?

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New Girl Season 6 Premiere, “House Hunt” Plot Summary:

Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) are on a mission to find a house, but it is not going so well. Nick (Jake Johnson) comes back from his trip earlier, making it hard for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to get him out her mind. Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Aly (Nasim Pedrad) attempt a long distance relationship.

When New Girl came out I was like “YES!” This show is hilarious. My roommate and I *tried* to watch it every week. We failed so then I went to binge watching on Netflix, and as each season progressed I went from “YES” to “Yeah…okay.” I had enough of this series by the tail end of Season 3 and definitely after binging all of Season 4. I thought another comedy had made it’s way to the over zealous graveyard filled with caricatures of characters that were. (I swear to god, I’m coming to the end of this long tale.)

Photo Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX
Photo Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Recently, I had nothing to watch and decided to put Season 5 on as background noise. To my surprise, I laughed my ass off and exclaimed to anyone who would listen, “New Girl is back (in town.)” This was of course sung to the tune of “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy.

I was really looking forward to Season 6 and jumped at the chance to review the premiere episode. The problem New Girl has always had was incorporating Winston (Morris.) His storylines are almost always unrelated to the main plot and he doesn’t flow back into the main episode unless it’s to say or do something weird. “House Hunt” is no different. He has a few scenes talking to Aly (Pedrad) over video chat and trying to fire her sister as Cece and Schmidt’s realtor. I think Winston’s scenes are almost always hilarious but they just don’t mesh. Near the end of “House Hunt,” I feel like Winston came into play as the major character he is supposed to be.

I liked “House Hunt” as an episode. It was hilarious and has all the charm of a New Girl episode. These are well worn characters now. They are settling into adulthood and settling into a groove in their sixth season. I’m nervous, however, for the whole season. I don’t doubt that it will be funny. It’s always been funny. But what will the level of humor be?

Photo Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX
Photo Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Jess (Deschanel) is not over Nick (Johnson) and this could undoubtedly lead to another Sam and DIane back and forth thing that I don’t think I could take. But for now I will try not to worry and instead stay in the episode. It ends with everyone at Schmidt and Cece new house. Which was another awesome reveal because the whole episode they were trying for the perfect house which also happened to be super expensive. That was making me very nervous because what if they made a horrible financial investment? But instead they went with a fixer upper, ending the episode on a heartwarming note.

I’m looking forward for the rest of the season, but I think I’ll be waiting to binge watch at least a few epsiodes. I really hate watching one episode at a time, it ruins my groove.

Rating: 7 out of 10