NEW GIRL “Bells” Review

NEW GIRL “Bells” Season 1 Episode 7 – There is only one rule of comedy. You can be racist and sexist and homophobic and anti-semetic etc as you want, but you have to be funny. The only limit to comedy is humor and not that this was a terribly offensive episode of television (it was a little racist but we’ll ignore that for the sake of…well, just ’cause) but it was disappoiningly humorless. Last week I thought the show had reached a new high – I thought maybe, at last, the writers are finally gelling and figuring out the tone of the show. Maybe this episode aired out of its original order, because it was certainly a step back from last week’s Turkey dish.

The writers seemed to realize that the only defining characteristic Winston had was that he’s the black guy who replaced Coach (still, sadly, my favorite character on the show) and he played basketball in Latvia. For one episode he seemed to be completely unaware of the cultural state of the US (because there is, apparently, no internet in Latvia) but that hasn’t really been mentioned before. This week we learned that he hates his temp job and has a knack with bells.

This is something we learned through a completely contrived plot line where Jess takes a bunch of kids home with her on the weekend. First of all, that would never happen. Students would never be allowed to go to a teacher’s home, hang out for the day in her apartment with her three room mates, without any extra adult supervision. I get why the show did this: cutting costs, letting Winston meet the kids, but it was so illogical that it ruined the entire plotline.

The subplot involved an argument between Schmidt and Nick. It featured a lot of yelling and overacting and mania. There was an emotional moment at the end between Nick and Winston that felt rather unearned.

I hate to be so down on a show which obviously has so much potential. But comedy has to be grounded in some truth and there were so many illogical things happening in this episode that I was fairly nonplussed throughout.

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