How did Nick manage to have everyone show up early at the movie theater before Jess got there, when she left who knows how long before he even knew that she was gone? Does Nick have a time machine?! I deserve an explanation and the right to be unreasonably upset with this otherwise enjoyable episode of television until I get one! Aside from that, New Girl’s “Birthday” showed that the show can maintain its freshness while displaying the same honest, friendly humor that we’ve come to expect from it. Coach and Winston’s relationship is blossoming, Nick and Jess’s relationship continues to feel honest and surprising, and Cece and Schmidt are beginning to reconcile in a way that seems natural. I said basically the same thing last week, but it’s difficult to keep coming up with new ways to say “this show is good and keeps being good.” It’s good! You should definitely watch it! Speaking of shows you should definitely watch: Broad City premiered this week! The Comedy Central show, created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson — executive produced by Amy Poehler — follows absurd versions of Ilana and Abbi in NYC, and features a bunch of familiar faces (Fred Armisen and Chris Gethard appear in the first episode, and later in the season we’ll see Jason Mantzoukas, Amy Poehler, Amy Sedaris, and others). If you thought that you didn’t need another show documenting broke twenty-somethings in New York you were right, but also you were wrong because this one is very funny. Watch it! The end. Speaking of New York: The Mindy Project had its mid-season finale, and boy oh boy did they make sure to have a big mid-season finale! (More after the jump:)
Mindy and Danny’s HOT HOT KISS seemed to come largely to ensure a satisfying end for fans of the show, should this be the show’s last season. The last few episodes put Mindy and Danny’s will they/won’t they relationship in fast-forward, but in a light enough way that this moment didn’t seem TOO rushed or too out of nowhere. If the show does get another season, it will be interesting to see where they take this. The Danny tension was a big part of what made this season interesting, and I’m not sure a Danny/Mindy relationship can be sustained in the way that, say, the Nick/Jess relationship is. But. We’ll see! NEXT: Troy is gone! This might be an unpopular opinion, but I was not particularly moved by this episode. I could tell that the episode, which focused on Abed’s inability to deal with Troy’s departure, thought that I SHOULD be moved by it, and it generally doesn’t take a lot for me to be moved by things that want me to be moved. But. I thought that it took too many liberties with its characters. It didn’t seem particularly honest that Britta would be the only voice of reason, or that Troy would be the only one competing who understood what was going on. I know that they were all trying to distract themselves from the inevitable sadness, but they are all human beings, correct? (Both ways.) It had a few good laughs, and I’m glad that they were able to reconcile Troy’s break from Abed, but it just didn’t do it for me, overall. That’s enough talking on my end for today, I think! (The rest of the shows were good. Kroll Show’s characters weren’t my absolute favorite this week, but that’s just because they did all of my absolute favorite characters last week. Leslie was incredibly inappropriate on Parks and Recreation. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was very good.) WHAT DID YOU THINK?