New Girl Mars Landing Episode 20 Season 3 – TV Review

It’s ‘True American’ and everything after on New Girl as the clouds of a bad hangover begin to clear and one particular couple sees the light.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Lynn Shelton
  • Writers: Josh Malmuth, Nina Pedrad
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr.

Episode Title: “Mars Landing”

Jess and Nick examine their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt, Coach and Winston try to impress their attractive new neighbors; and Cece sends a drunk text.

The Good:

  • True American: Solid cold open as the gang gets all kinds of hammered.
  • Is Love Enough?: In the case of Nick and Jess the answer is no. So they would rather be friends and do away with all the relationship stress – fine. The writers handled the ‘end’ rather well. The plot had some entertaining moments, even as their relationship was crumbling.
  • Nick: Everything about becoming an Intergalactic Truck Driver and life on Mars and life in general in the future was very funny throughout the episode. Also, Reginald VelJohnson Miller… yeah!
  • Bagel: The bagel dropping from Schmidt’s mouth at the sight of the sexy new neighbors was awesome – as was his comment (“I’m Jewish”).
  • Meat Bucket: Submitted without explanation.
  • Coach/Schmidt: Their babbling outside with the dream vase and the study-abroad mirror was funny. Incoherent arguing about babes is always going to get some laughs.
  • Schmidt’s Naked Yoga: This is a thing apparently. A humorous way to close the show, especially after we just witnessed Nick and Jess’ relationship crash and burn.
  • Pop: Two good shout-outs: Pieces of You by Jewel and Zachary Quinto. Nice!
  • The Quote: Winston: “My name is Winston Bishop, welcome to the building.”

The Bad:

  • Cece: ‘Child bride’ Buster (as Schmidt puts it) seems charming enough, but the new thing between he and Cece just doesn’t deliver much interest – yet.


One wonders if the writers just up and got bored with the Nick-Jess relationship. It wasn’t so bad, certainly not the main reason the show has teetered between very good and so-so throughout season three. But with the close of the season around the corner it’s kaput for Nick and Jess, and kudos to the writers for making it feel ‘natural’. It wasn’t forced, just quick, and a little painful to watch it dissolve, rather quickly, as it’s clear there are a lot of feelings between the two. The aftermath of the break-up will be interesting to see. Personally, did not think they’d break-up before the close of the season. But whatever helps shake things up is good. Also, Alexandria Daddario is nice to look at.

Rating: 7/10

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

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