New Girl Birthday Episode 13 Season 3 – TV Review

New Girl returns with the spotlight on Jess – because it’s her birthday! Yay! Now let’s see what Nick has planned for the special occasion.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Richie Keen
  • Writers: Kim Rosenstock
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr.

Episode Title: “Birthday”

It’s almost Jess’s birthday, so Nick begins to plan the perfect surprise party for her while Schmidt helps Cece at work.

The Good:

  • At least It Wasn’t an Hour: Seriously, this episode was so mediocre it’s a good thing it’s only a half-hour show.
  • Prince: The best part of “Birthday” was seeing the promo for the Super Bowl episode that will feature Prince. He’s awesome.
  • Mike: His fierce take-down of bad bartender Cece was joyous.
  • Schmidt: His helping Cece not suck at being a bartender was more sweet than funny.
  • Bake-Off: When there isn’t much to enjoy, the Winston/Coach bake-off gets bumped to the front of the line even though it was just decent.
  • The Run: Watching Jess run away from Nick was actually funny to look at.
  • Kazoo: That’s right, Coach did blow into a kazoo and made a funny noise – that was funny.
  • The Quote: Schmidt: “The Vermouth would be insane.”

The Bad:

  • Video: Even the taped birthday wishes to Jess were dull.
  • Party: Still not sure if the party at the movies was what Nick had in mind from the start, or if there was a different plan for Jess’ party. So the movie theater surprise party for Jess was the plan all along? Someone help me out. Becasue if it wasn’t how could he have set up the surprise party when Jess… forget it.


Maybe when viewed a second time things will be different, but after one showing of “Birthday,” there’s not much to say about the episode other than it was not very good. It might have been the worst of the 13 so far this season. Were there good moments? Yes, specifically Mike vs. Cece, and various moments of Schmidt, but overall it just plodded along. Fingers-crossed for the magic to happen when Prince shows up for the post-Super Bowl episode.


Rating: 5/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?