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'New Girl': Gearing up for season 5

Get your dancing shoes ready, because season 5 of New Girl is finally returning with a very important wedding. I know it’s been eight months since we last joined our favorite loftmates on their wacky adventures, but surely you remember that Schmidt proposed to Cece, right? Here’s a quick review on where we left off after the season finale’s big proposal.

The news of Damon Wayans Jr. leaving New Girl broke in February 2015. The writers did a great job tying up his storyline with a pub crawl that ended with the digits of a sweet girl named May. Coach was devastated to learn that May landed a job playing cello as a MET orchestra musician. He dealt with the pain by breaking up with May and dry humping a girl who looked like Dora the Explorer to the tune of “Black Velvet.” Fortunately, Jess saved the day, convincing both parties that they still love each other. Coach swallowed his pride and accepted May’s offer to move with him to New York City. He wanted a clean break from his roommates, but in the end, Winston cracked that icy exterior and everyone was able to properly mourn the loss of a loftmate.

Winston is still a cop, loves his pet cat Ferguson a little too much, and fills this show with some of the best one-liners on network television. There was a girl named KC in the mix, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is dropped off the radar in lieu of Winston’s fellow officer Aly (Nasim Pedrad).

On the season 4 finale, Nick announces that he and Jess had a sex mug. Before you get grossed out, let me remind you that the mug was only used as a sign to let the other one know that they were in the mood for some sexy time. Winston challenges the ex-couple with a small detail — he saw the mug out on the table just last week. Nick admits he put the mug out, blaming the moment on Jess’s “look at me” skirt.

As it turns out, Jess was the one who put the mug out and Nick took the fall. It only took a glass of pink wine and watching Nick execute a few deep lunges for Jess to make sure the mug celebrated its first public appearance in over a year. Nick admits that he has often though of putting the mug out on rare occasions, too. In the end, they ceremoniously throw the mug away signifying a clean break. Both get up in the middle of the night to retrieve the mug, only to find that it’s gone. Naturally, they think the other took it. (Reminder: The mug now belongs to Ferguson.) Could this love connection be rekindled in season 5? I hope so! Nick Miller can be very charming when he wants to be!

Following in his roommates’ “clean break” footsteps, Schmidt breaks up with Fawn and also decides to donate a box of Cece memorabilia. This includes the $5 bill he was forced to put in the douchebag jar the first time he met Cece. Schmidt donates the box, immediately regrets it, and then pays the donation guy $500 to get his box back. Jess finally tells Schmidt that Cece still loves him. He immediately runs to his room to pack so he can profess his love to Cece on the mountain that she is currently climbing to forget that she ever loved Schmidt.

When Schmidt opens the door to leave, Cece is standing there. He asks her flat out if she is in love with him and her answer is yes. A beaming Schmidt pulls out the $5 bill and asks Cece if she remembers it. Flashback to Schmidt, holding a $5 bill in season 1, telling Cece that he’s going to marry her. JAR!

Back in the present, Schmidt gets down on one knee and proposes. Cece says yes!

One of the biggest questions for season 5 has to be the mystery behind Schmidt’s name. Will we learn his first name thanks to a wedding invitation or during the ceremony? I kind of hope they keep it a mystery. Do you?

New Girl airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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