September 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm #259425
Rob Reiner and Jaime Lee Curtis are cast as Jess’ parents.September 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm #259427
Carla Gugino will play Schmidt’s new boss.
Anna Marie Horsford will play Winston’s mother.September 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm #259428
I love seeing Jamie Lee Curtis working on something, but how did this part not go to Debra Winger?
I’m watching Terms of Endearment right now and it’s amazing how much they look alike and the voice is mostly the same.
Maybe nobody thought about it, maybe nobody asked, maybe she said no….September 25, 2012 at 3:36 am #259429
Episode Tite: “Re-Launch”
Synopsis: In the season 2 premiere, Jess is laid off from her teaching job and volunteers to be a shot girl at Schmidt’s “rebranding” party; CeCe introduces the gang to her new boyfriend; Winston shows a different side of his personality after drinking some of Nick’s fruity concoctions.
Guest Star: Parker Posey
Episode Title: “Katie”
Synopsis: Jess pretends she’s someone else when a handsome stranger mistakes her for his blind date; a patron at Nick’s bar claims to be Nick from the future; Winston’s disapproving mother pays a visit.
Guest Star: Anna Marie Horsford
Discuss.September 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm #259430
For whatever reason (probably having something to do with the time slot), Fox is considering the second episode the “season premiere” and the first episode as a “bonus episode” of some sort.September 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm #259431
Both episodes were great. It was a pretty good return for this show.
This thing with Jess being fired seems like it could be good for the character and Deschanel really played it great.
Schmidt was excellent on both episodes, the first one was crazy perfect for Greenfield. Although I feel they kind of forgot about Schmidt and Wiston’s sister in the second episode. By the way that’s Keenya from Top Model. I knew it was somebody from Top Model, but I knew it didn’t look anything like Yaya, the only good working actress they’ve had besides Analeigh now in movies, so I had to look her up. She did a nice job.
Winston was his usual useless self on both episodes, I did like some of his moments while drunk during Schmidt’s party. And Arlo Givens as Old Nick was a nice treat for Justified fans.September 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm #259432
Two great episodes, loved Arlo as future Nick haha, Winston was great at the party I just didn’t like this thing with Jess and that guy, the fat guy was way more awesome, BEARCLAW!September 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm #259433
Really good start to the season I thought.September 26, 2012 at 6:55 am #259435
Two solid episodes to start the season off. Max Greenfield was so on it tonight it was ridiculous. The “rebranding” party idea was so Schmidt, and the fire-throwing to impress CeCe? Loved that. Jess’s shot-girl scenes were a bit less developed. I don’t mind seeing her trying to find herself in light of being laid off, but something about all of that didn’t quite work out. Some of those scenes felt like they were outtakes or not rehearsed enough or something. Loved Parker Posey as always. Now I’m starting to get the level of range that this woman truly has. CeCe’s new boyfriend being the anti-Schmidt could be fun. “Katie” was more in line with what I’m expecting from this season. The farcical element of Jess pretending to be someone else to impress a guy is well-worn, but Zooey Deschanel sold it throughout. Josh Gad is a mess, but I liked BEARCLAW! I wouldn’t mind seeing him back on at some point. I kind of hoped that Jess would ended up with Nick’s other friend though. Jake M. Johnson nailed it in the second episode. All of that “future Nick” stuff played surprisingly well. I know that Greenfield gets all the supporting actor attention, but there might need to be some room made for Johnson at some point. They could have used Anna Marie Horsford better though, or a better introduction to Winston’s family in general. But I won’t lie, I got a kick out of hearing LaMorne Morris singing “Groove Is in the Heart” in the credits. Stay away from those fruity drinks, Winston! LoL. Handle your booze better next time.
Grade for “Re-Launch”: B
Grade for “Katie”: BSeptember 27, 2012 at 11:54 am #259436
Olivia Munn has been cast as a love interest for Nick.October 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm #259437
Episode Title: “Fluffer”
Synopsis: Jess and Nick continue to examine their friendship; Schmidt hopes to impress an attractive Republican by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney’s sons.
Discuss.October 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm #259438
Very good episode. A lot of things worked here, but for me, the biggest thing here was Winston. Not that he was the best part of the episode, but I couldn’t believe how much I laughed with this character I’ve always felt is useless on this show.
The Romney thing was fun, the belt and all of the Kanye explaining was hilarious, I loved Jess’ face that one time she wanted Nick at the bar.
I haven’t seen Ben & Kate yet, but tonight FOX rocked it with the other three comedies.October 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm #259439
This was better than both of last week’s premiere episodes. Everything Max Greenfield did was on fire tonight. Pretending to be Tagg Romney with those bar girls, the Kanye fixation (yes!), and his new relationship with CeCe (I’m glad they’re finding a way to use her in scenes without Jess). “They’re like memory foam.” LoL. This was a Jess storyline I liked for a change with NIck being Jess’s “emotional fluffer.” Jake M. Johnson is working hard for a nomination of his own next year, and I think he just might do it. Loved Nick and Jess’s drunk scene at the restaurant with the thermos of wine, the couch scene with Winston, and the scene with the dresser and mixtape (“Humpty Dance,” bitches!). I’d agree that this was also one of the better Winston episodes with all of his “mind cheating” scenes. I doubt he’ll ever be up to par with Greenfield or Johnson, and it’s not like the writing is there for his character to do that anyway, but Morriis has his moments now and then. Sharp writing throughout and great ensemble work here.
Grade for “Fluffer”: A-October 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm #259440
This was a really fun episode. I liked it a lot. Loved Schmidt pretending to be Tagg Romney. I loved the fight scene between Nick and Jess. Loved the flashback to the one time at the bar when Jess wanted Nick. I also really liked the scene where they both got drunk thanks to the thermos of white wine. Very funny episode.
Oh, and also, thanks to the show for the line Nick had about IKEA furniture being like high-stakes Legos. LOL.