On Tuesday after seven hilarious seasons “New Girl” will say farewell in an hour long series final likely to make us laugh till we cry and possibly just cry. Saying goodbye to this pack of insane room friends from a loft in Los Angeles will be difficult, but in honor of that end here are ten of the best episodes, and some honorable mentions, to look back on fondly.
- The Landlord
Despite Nick’s protests Jess calls the building landlord to fix some of the lofts many issues inadvertently putting their living situation at risk. Nick and Jess’ equal stubbornness nearly leads to a threesome with Remy the landlord and you can never forget Winston’s discovery of Schmidt’s old 2007 New Year’s Resolution list which most notably includes “Find out where Winston gets his sparkle, then steal it.”
Best Line: “You always see the worst in people.” – Jess. “Yeah, because people are the worst!” – Nick.
- See Ya
When Nick second guesses his decision to move in with Caroline he ends up stranding the gang in the middle of the desert overnight. There Winston must face his fear of the dark, Nick and Jess hilariously face down a coyote and Schmidt and Cece reach a turning point.
Best Line: “I’m worried about Schmidt. He’s a Jew in the desert; I don’t want him to wander.” – Winston.
In the shows best holiday episode, Jess throws a Halloween party that Cece refuses to attend if Schmidt is going to be there. Meanwhile, in an attempt to cheer up Schmidt, Nick resorts to once again taking on the fake pen-pal mantle of Schmidt’s childhood hero Michael Keaton which has hilarious results including Jess attempting to be an in-person shadowy Keaton herself even though she can’t even properly say Batmobile.
Best Line: “I stole that from Nelson Mandela. I added the part about the Penguin and the Riddler.” – Nick.
After being injured while playing football what seems to be an innocuous back injury may lead to the discovery of something more serious for Nick. Upon this realization he begins to reevaluate his life as the gang rallies around him holding a ridiculous faux wake at the bar. It’s an episode that introduces Schmidt’s Fredo kisses, says goodbye to Winston’s terrible old car and is the first major turning point in the Nick and Jess saga.
Best Line: “Are you sure you’re okay? You’re walking like a Disney witch.” – Jess.
- Fancyman Parts 1 & 2
In this two-parter Jess begins dating a sophisticated older man played by guest star Dermot Mulroney. Part one hilariously features Nick falling a little bit in love with Jess’ fancyman when accompanying her to a party, a trivia night gone wrong and Jess physically fighting a toilet. Part two features a memorable drunken night for Nick and a not so beautiful, but endlessly perfect performance of songs from “Wicked” by Winston.
Best Line: “You were denied a cell phone because you have the credit score of a homeless ghost.” – Schmidt. Also every single word said by Nick during the closing credits of part one.
When the guys determine that Jess is a ‘cooler’ in their attempts to meet women they go out leaving her alone at the loft, though the fact Nick wears a stolen women’s trench coat the whole night might be their bigger problem. However after hearing strange noises outside she calls them back telling them to bring their dates which results in a night of truth revealing and a hilarious game of True American. Possibly most notably though it’s considered a landmark episode for fans of the will they or won’t they romance between Nick and Jess in which the pair finally share their first kiss.
Best Line: “I’m gonna have sex tonight, you two in?” – Schmidt. “Is that the way you wanted to say that?” – Winston.
When Jess makes a breakthrough with one of her adult students in her writing course she shares his writing with the gang only for Nick to immediately believe the student is a psychotic killer out to murder Jess. This results in one of the most hilarious sequences the show has ever had in which Nick’s alter ego Julius Pepperwood from Chicago attends Jess’ class and then along with Jess proceeds to break into the students’ creepy backyard shed. Meanwhile Schmidt, Winston and Cece debate the loft mates “pogo’s” which leads to Schmidt horrifyingly shaving his eyebrows.
Best Line: “They make shoes for your penis! They’re called pants!” – Schmidt.
After Nick’s father dies unexpectedly the gang travels to his hometown where Jess discovers in Chicago Nick is considered the responsible one. The episode features Nick’s hilariously terrible family with guest stars Margo Martindale, Nick Kroll and Bill Burr, Schmidt facing his fear of funerals with Winston’s help and a fantastic Elvis impersonation by Jess. At its heart, while definitely still a funny episode, this one has a lot of heart. Highlighting the strong familial bond the gang has with one another and the way that Nick and Jess have changed each other’s lives for the better.
Best Line: “I’m just trying to figure out the level of Elvis impersonator we can afford. I think a white one is out of reach.” – Nick.
Any episode that features Prince, the man, the myth, the purple legend, in it is bound to awesome and this one was. In the show’s post Superbowl episode Jess and Cece are invited to Prince’s house for a party and after Nick accidently tells Jess he loves her for the first time, and she responds with finger guns before the limo pulls away, the guys follow sneaking into the party themselves. The episode features classic flashbacks that show just how Prince obsessed Nick was, Cece destroying Prince at ping-pong and Winston and Coach’s hilarious ‘fire and ice’ routine. Oh also, just in case you missed it, freakin’ Prince is in it! Prince!
Best Line: “You’ve never been turned on by gas mileage?” – Coach or “Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt over.” – Prince.
- Elaine’s Big Day
In what is the best episode of the series everything that makes “New Girl” what it is happens. There’s a prank, romance and friendship that knows no bounds. It’s Cece’s big wedding day, which ends up featuring a lot of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe,’ a badger and eventually a runaway groom and Taylor Swift. Nick and Jess make multiple big decisions about their romantic relationship while Cece does the same; the guys partake in what’s easily Prank Sinatra aka Winston’s worst prank idea ever and of course there’s Jess’s dad played by the always hilarious guest star Rob Reiner. The whole episode is funny and heartfelt, but the highlight is everything that happens in the vents with Nick, Winston and a wild badger.
Best Line: “Jess, this is where I belong with Winston and badger!” – Nick, “I’m staying positive, but I think this is where we die.” – Winston or “It’s only romantic because it’s a wedding. I’d be just as happy to sabotage, I don’t know, let’s say, her tax audit.” – Schmidt.
Honorable Mentions: Bells, Thanksgiving, Cabin, Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt, and Where the Road Goes.
“New Girl” airs its final two episodes this Tuesday on Fox starting at 9/8c. I know personally I’m gonna miss the hell out this show.