New Girl Dance Episode 22 Season 3 – TV Review

New Girl is just about ready to wrap up season 3, but first – it’s time for the big school dance!

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Trent O’Donnell
  • Writers: Rebecca Addelman & Ryan Koh
  • Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever, Damon Wayans Jr.

Episode Title: “Dance”

At work, Jess takes on a new role of dance organizer. But when she needs to find chaperones, Jess calls in a favor from her friends. Drama ensues when Jess and Cece become convinced one of the teachers is trying to sabotage the dance.

The Good:

  • The End: The final scene, as the gang dances the night away, was the best part. The rest was blah, but those thirty seconds were charming.
  • Winston: The set-up is that he has no heat, but then a gang of middle school girls follow him around all night at the dance like he’s Justin Timberlake. He wanted to dance so badly, and watching him trying to contain his sweet dance moves – while “Call Me Maybe” is playing in the background – was very funny. “Keep that heat locked up!”
  • More Winston: Part of the cold open when he tells Jess: “I got hug number 2 locked and loaded – soft or hard… it’s up to you.” That was good!
  • Schmidt: His battle of barbs with the school kid was decent, but his use of “Hebrew Cheetah” to describe himself was better. Also this line to a kid at the buffet table: “Let’s use our serving tongs, this isn’t Appalachia.”
  • Good Will Hunting: Schmidt points out that Cece’s new boyfriend was seven when that lovely film first hit theaters.
  • The Quote: Schmidt: “…Ordering sushi like a sick-ass Boss…”

The Bad:

  • Cece: Well, they did give her a lot to do in the episode, but then she went ahead and did a beat-box thing, which was so bizarre.
  • Bad Nick: Was boring as least-likely-to-chaperone storyline. All the plots were mostly blah, but his was especially void of laughs.


Some moments of cuteness/humor/charm can be found throughout”Dance”, but the penultimate episode of season 3 was nothing special. There were some genuinely funny lines/moments, plus a terrific “Gosford Park” movie reference, but the highlights were few.

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?