New Girl 3×23 ‘Cruise’: Cruising for a bruising

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New Girl‘s season three finale, “Cruise,” was one of the most unfocused and uninteresting season finales I’ve seen from any show. Compare this finale to last season’s huge finale revolving around CeCe’s wedding and there’s no contest in terms of storylines resolved, character development, or humor. What we’re left with in “Cruise” is a season finale in which virtually nothing of significant importance happens.

The plot of the season finale saw the whole gang going on a cruise after Nick and Jess were able to get six tickets in exchange for their non-refundable couples package. (What??) On the boat, most of the action centered around Nick and Jess having to do all of the planned couples activities anyway (even though their package was exchanged?) and Schmidt’s plans to win back CeCe. Also Winston and Coach were there.

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I guess my biggest problem (again) is Nick and Jess. The will they/won’t they after they already did just is not compelling anymore, thanks in large part to the ridiculous writing. The problem is that Nick and Jess are right for each other, but wrong for the show. Having them together derails most of the fun and funny (at least at the hands of these writers), while both of them single or pining for each other is infinitely more interesting. This odd middle ground, as seen in “Cruise,” works from none of these angles and is just obnoxious. It was amusing to see Nick and Jess having to do all of the couple activities on the cruise, but faltered when they had their drunken kiss.

Another major issue is the totally unfocused nature of the whole episode. The initial scene on the cruise ship was very funny, with a weird and wonderful captain, a great Oscar Nunez appearance, Schmidt’s aversion to nautical puns, and Coach’s total fear of drowning. But then all of those things just flew by the wayside in favor of silly, unnecessary Nick and Jess stuff. I should note that the Nick/Jess stuff was only unnecessary because nothing at all was resolved from it at the end. Schmidt and CeCe’s story was also on a complete stand still by the end. Are we supposed to buy that a vaguely interested look from CeCe in a picture means she’s interested in Schmidt again? Come on.

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It was just announced that Damon Wayons, Jr. would return as a full-time cast member for season four, and I couldn’t be happier about that. He was truly the acting highlight of this episode (and many episodes this season) and it’s such a shame that he only had two scenes to work with. Schmidt was also funny throughout, which was a nice distraction from everything else going on. Winston as a mediator for Jess and Nick was interesting, but there wasn’t enough payoff for him to really have anything noteworthy. Sprinkle in CeCe doing nothing and a wasted Oscar Nunez and that’s about all there is to mention in this episode.

Overall, an incredibly disappointing end to an incredibly disappointing season. There’s really no reason that the season shouldn’t have ended with Nick and Jess breaking up. In an ideal world, the season would’ve ended with their break up and Schmidt and CeCe rekindling. That’s infinitely more interesting, adds so much more development, and leaves us with at least a little to look forward to next season. All that “Cruise” left us with for next season is that Schmidt is still going to go after CeCe, Winston is still going to be weird, we’ll see Coach more, and Nick is going to move into Schmidt’s room. Nothing about that says finale to me.

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Ryan Dosier

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