New Girl Basketsball Episode 12 Season 3 – TV Review

New Girl gets all kinds of sporty in “Basketsball” as Jess is determined to become better friends with Coach.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Lorene Scafaria
  • Writers: Rebecca Addleman
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr.

Episode Title: “Basketsball”

Jess tries to improve her friendship with Coach, but Nick takes issue when the two of them bond over a basketball team he dislikes. Elsewhere, Schmidt mentors an older hire at work; and Winston explores a new career.

The Good:

  • Scottie Pippens: Nick in the old-school Bulls shorts was a sight to behold.
  • Sex Tap – Off: The booty standoff between Nick and Jess delivered some fine comedy moments – especially the secy Jess head twirl, channeling some sweet Paula Abdul action.
  • Officer Bishop: Best part about Winston thinking about becoming a cop was Schmidt telling him he could retroactively justify his mustache.
  • Schmidt & Ed: The nattily attired Schmidt had some good one-liners – and a few sexy bedroom poses – to offer in the episode, even if his plot with Ed lost some steam at the end.
  • Black Licorice: Of Schmidt’s three bedroom poses, the Black Licorice reigned supreme. But they were all funny!
  • Hot Office: Every woman that works in Schmidt’s is hot! Did you see all those ladies in the board meeting?! Wow!

The Bad:

  • Cece/Bar: It’s clear the writers needed to find a way to get Cece more involved, but her stint as bartender just doesn’t feel right.
  • Basketsball: Watching Jess and Coach watch basketball started to get very old, very quickly.


Cute episode. Not mind-blowingly funny, but cute enough to appreciate the talented and charming cast, along with the material that provided a smattering of laughs. “Basketsball” initially scored a 6, but one re-watch later and this week’s rating was bumped up a notch. One of those episodes definitely better the second time around.


Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?