On tonight’s New Girl season 2, episode 21 “First Date,” Jess and Nick, who are caught between friendship and something more, try to break out of relationship-limbo by going on a “first” date. Once Schmidt and Winston realize a full-on Jess/Nick romance might be happening, they swoop in to try to sabotage the date.
The series, which is a comedy about the sexual politics of men and women, features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s quirky and somewhat awkward, Jess is comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home. Of her three new male roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson) is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything.
Schmidt (Max Greenfield) on the other hand, is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he’s always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on “the scene.” The third roommate, Winston (Lamorne Morris), is an intensely competitive former athlete who has recently come to the realization that he’ll never play pro. He moves back into the loft and must figure out how to live in a world without basketball – a world where not everything is about winning and losing.
New Girl “First Date” Season 2 episode 20 airs Tuesday, April 4, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Spoiler pictures below: