New Girl Werewolf Episode 9 Season 3 – TV Review

Enough with all this Nick and Jess stuff – the latest episode of New Girl is all about Coach and Cece – and a sad Schmidt.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
  • Writers: Ryan Koh
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr.

Episode Title: “Werewolf”

Jess is tasked with keeping a frantic Schmidt occupied inside the loft, as Coach and Cece go out on a first date.

The Good:

  • Coach: His tough guy act with Cece to hide his nervousness produced some humorous moments. Ordering the pretzels at the Sparks game was one of those moments.
  • Jess: She delivered some key laughs, specifically singing Niel Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” to Schmidt.
  • Winston: The cat thing has been played out for weeks, but Winston was great at the bus driver’s apartment. So much bologna.
  • Love Couch: Schmidt working that leather couch was sure something to see. The man is depressed.
  • Schmidt: His brief scene with the pretty girl at the bar was great. As was his comment to Jess prior to when he sees her with a flip phone: “She’s either poor, or a time traveler.” He also had a funny scene at the dessert shop.
  • Coach/Schmidt: Their awkward, high-fiving scene at the beginning was very funny. Episode highlight! “Date that thang!” “That first-class ass is sitting in Coach tonight…”
  • The Quote: Winston: “Meet some women. Human women.”
  • The Other Quote: Schmidt: “It’s good for Cece. It’s good for Coach. It’s good for America.”

The Bad:

  • Nick: Wasn’t asked to contribute much to the episode, wasn’t really missed.
  • First Date: A Sparks game? Really?


The Coach-Cece first date storyline provided a few good moments, but it mostly offered a prime chance to spotlight the personal hell Schmidt is going through having to watch the two of them together. He delivered some zingers from the start, even when his all-nighter with Jess started to lose some steam. Good episode. Not great, but shined enough to merit a high score. So far so good with the Damon Wayans Jr. hiring.


Rating: 7/10

New Girl airs on Fox at 9pm (ET/PT) on Tuesday nights.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?