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"New Girl" Season 7

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 08:00 pm

After six seasons, it was looking like Fox’s “New Girl” was on its way to cancellation, which would’ve left the end of the show with three big events – Winston and Aly’s engagement, Cece and Schmidt’s pregnancy, and the kiss between on-again off-again couple Nick and Jess. Though it tied up nearly every loose end on the show, there were no flash forwards, so there was no closure, and it seemed as if the show would just end with that. However, a beacon of hope saved the 2011 sitcom when it was renewed last-minute  for a seventh and final 8-episode season.

The season seven premiere, “About Three Years Later,” which aired April 10, started off “about” three years after the season six finale. The first thing we learn is that Nick and Jess are still together and back from a three-month trip to Europe, where the two got into an accident that cut off half of Nick’s calf —completely irrelevant to the show. We find out that Nick was planning to propose, but unfortunately, Jess is convinced she doesn’t need to be married and Nick takes back the ring — a truly disappointing moment that will hopefully wrap up well in the series finale.

We also meet Cece and Schmidt’s 3-year-old daughter, Ruth, whose birthday party is coming up. Much like her “strong, independent female figures” theme, Cece has become the main source of income whereas Schmidt has become a stay-at-home dad. Unfortunately, for some reason he thought it necessary to grow a mustache … or “pornstache.”

Another event coming up is the birth of Winston and Aly’s child. This was the best plot in the season premier, as it shows Aly’s struggles with pregnancy and self-consciousness that is not just about her body, but also in how people treat her differently. At one point, she sidekicks a grown man in the face. However, by the end of the episode, Winston shows her the maternity photographs the two took and she realizes not only that she is beautiful, but also that she is carrying the miracle of life inside of her.

As touching as the episode was, it didn’t overshadow the humor of it. It seems as if the writers of the show picked up their slack for the last season, after lacking in classic “New Girl” humor. Hopefully, the rest of the season matches the success of the first episode.


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