New Girl Sister II Episode 17 Season 3 – TV Review

Linda Cardellini returns to New Girl as Jess’ wild sister, Abby, for round 2 of what looks like a long-term visit to the loft.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Bill Purple
  • Writers: Ryan Koh, Luvh Rakhe
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr., Linda Cardellini

Episode Title: “Sister II”

Jess panics when her sister, Abby, decides to stay in Los Angeles and sets her eyes on one of the loftmates.

The Good:

  • Schmidt/Abby: The under the table handjob was by far the highlight of “Sister II”. Not a fan of adding the lovely Linda Cardellini to the cast for an extended stay, but her hookup with Schmidt should at least result in some good comedy.
  • Sky Knives: Solid cold open that set the tone for Abby immersing herself within the group.
  • Tacos: Had to enjoy how easily Schmidt was able to get Abby off the car – tacos!
  • Schmidt: Schmidt’s facial expressions during the aforementioned handjob were hilarious. “Look away!”
  • Visuals: That sight of Schmidt tied up on the kitchen table with an apple shoved into his mouth… yeah, that happened.
  • Winston: It was funny how badly he messed up Coach’s action with the hot girl at the gym.
  • The Quote: Schmidt: “Crazy girls are like my Hurt Locker.”

The Bad:

  • Winston: His life-at-rock-bottom storyline has become tiresome. Even though his plot with Coach wasn’t all bad, it’s time to get Winston back on the horse and put away with the sad-sack plot.
  • One Too Many: Love Linda Cardellini, but the loft is just too crowded. And that’s without Cece stopping by.


Not sure why it’s difficult to just enjoy Linda Cardellini spending some time on New Girl. She’s great, but it just feels like any minute yet another new character is going to swing by and suddenly join the fun. More the merrier! Wasn’t hard to see Abby and Schmidt hooking up, and the sexed-up duo should deliver big fun to the show – for at least another two or three episodes.

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?