New Girl Season 2 Review “Neighbors” – No One Likes Hipsters…or Urkel


There’s a moment that happens when you reach thirty in which you realize that you not only don’t have anything in common with college-age kids…but that you kind of don’t care. Jess had this moment in this week’s episode of New Girl, “Neighbors,” but of course Schmidt was a little slow to catch up.

When a group of too-hip twenty-somethings moved in next door, Schmidt did everything in his power to befriend them, to prove that he was not, in any way, shape or form, old. Of course it wasn’t his age sending the kids running; it was his personality. The reason I love Schmidt is that he was totally fine with that.

On the other hand, Jess made instant friends with the hipsters. Not only did their lack of knowledge about 90′s sitcoms allow her to get away with her Urkel impression, but they mistook her for a kindred spirit when they discovered she was working a dead-end food service job. Sometimes our friends can jerk us out of our depression, but more often than not it takes an “ah-ha!” moment on a grander scale. Jess isn’t searching for her life’s purpose; she knows she’s a teacher. She just needs to find someone to teach.

While Schmidt was on his epic quest for youth and acceptance, Nick took advantage of his distrated state to escalate a prank war against him. His pranks ranged from evil genius to frat-boy stupid, but they were better than Winston’s ideas which were either undetectable or a full-on felony. Nick really is an angry old man in a hot, thirty-something body, and that’s kind of his charm, isn’t it? He reminds me of Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls, only far funnier.

Winston also asked for and received his own sports radio show to produce. Unfortunately, he got the awesome two a.m. slot; everyone has to start somewhere. No sign of his girlfriend. Maybe they broke up? Another noticible absense was CeCe. If she’d been around there would have been no hipsters; she would have sent them running with the blazing passion in her perfectly made-up eyes.

So, what did you think of the episode? I’d love to find out, so drop me a comment. Also, if you never want to miss a review, feel free to follow me on Twitter @krieli1.

About The Author

Born and raised in Florida, but currently living in Los Angeles, Kristen is an aspiring television writer who is willing to give any TV show a chance, unless it involves real wives. When she’s not flipping channels, she can be found either reading a good, old-fashioned bodice ripper, discussing the failures of George Lucas with her friends over cherry pie at Mel’s Diner or trying to round up one or more of her Star Trek RPG players. She’s a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and hopes to finish one of her novels someday.

  • Karen

    My husband and I watched this week’s show.  I thought it was silly and childish and I was uncomfortable with the next door neighbors.   I thought they were way below average in humor and attitude for their age and unattractive.  To me they seemed to act like they were in their teens.

    We hope that they won’t become major antagonists to the show.  I thought Schmidt was funny (as he usually is); and Jess was cute, as she usually is, but the combo with the younger neighbors left me with a bad taste for New Girl.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/amieka.camille Amieka Camille

    Do you know the name of the light-skinned African American actress that played one of the young new neighbors? She looks like she could be Anne-Marie Johnson’s daughter, and it bugged me the entire episode!

  • Svenlovesflo

    I liked New Girl last season…this season…it is just horrible…can’t stand Schmidt…I find most of the characters obnoxious…and the Hipster episode…there was no chemistry there…blow this up…start from scratch…I think Zooey is adorable…I really loved her in last season’s ads when she did one for Cotton