The heart of the series New Girl has always been the relationship between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson). As we enter the last season of the program—after a three year time jump—it seems that the will-they-or-won’t-they plot that has threaded its way through the series has finally settled on will-they side of the equation. Nick is agonizing, in his uniquely funny way, over the right way and time to finally propose to Jess as the season begins.
Season 6 ended with Jess and Nick becoming a couple again. Honestly, this was the rom-com ending that most of us were looking for. Since the dynamics of the loft were already destroyed as most of the other characters have moved on, the series could have ended there and been none the worse off for it.
Don’t get me wrong. It was nice to have one more short season with our favorite characters. It just felt a little tacked-on, and perhaps a bit unnecessary. The three-year time jump itself serves to distance this season from the rest of the series as well. It’s almost as if the show itself did its own Netflix reboot ala Gilmore Girls, giving the viewer a chance to revisit old friends.
As the season begins, Jess and Nick are returning from Nick’s European book tour. He has become a successful writer. Back in LA, Winston and Aly are pregnant with their first child. Schmidt and Cece are already parents to an unruly toddler: Cece is still working at her career as an agent and Schmidt is a neurotic stay-at-home dad. Since the initial arrangement of all of our characters living out their single existences in the loft has already been irrevocably changed, the only logical thing left to do is to remove the loft from the lives of all of our characters, once and for all.
This is a time-honored tradition with long-running television series. The lights turned out on the WJM television studios in Mary Tyler Moore. Sam Malone’s final goodbye to his Boston bar in Cheers. The guys at M*A*S*H finally getting to leave Korea after eleven years of a three-year war.
Jess and Nick get evicted from the loft. Of course, there is a final over-the-top Winston Bishop prank as well, but the end result is the same. Plus, we get one final round of the game no one really understands the rules to: True American.
At only 8 episodes in length, Season 7 feels more like an Epilogue than a true season. Our zany characters have all moved on, and it’s time for us to do the same.
Still entertaining, if not wholly necessary.
Firewater’s Final Season Report Card: B