Music Monday Flashback: Doing the Chicken Dance with New Girl

16 Sep

New Girl is back this week and to celebrate its return we’re looking back to the episode that cemented those Nick and Jess chemistry tingles. While we wait to find out what happened after Cece called off her wedding and Jess and Nick drove off into the sunset, let’s enjoy another New Girl wedding moment from early in the season 1. Like most sitcoms New Girl took a few weeks to figure out its strengths and weaknesses; this episode is when it became clear that Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel have great chemistry (the drunken photo booth scene is one of the most gifed Nick and Jess moments prior to The Kiss).

The final scene in “Wedding” is hilarious and touching; New Girl’s strength is that it can flip between moments that are ridiculous and ones that resonate emotionally. Jess has been banned from doing the chicken dance – she’s been told to “suppress the Jess” – and so by Nick leading this moment and the other guys joining in, it shows that they are beginning to accept her weirdness and are becoming friends. Having them all dance in this manner to Phil Collins “Groovy Kind of Love” gives it a level of absurdity that New Girl has come to embrace and excel at . Also Nick needs to dress like that more often.

New Girl returns for season 3 tomorrow (Tuesday 17) on Fox at 9/8c. Watch a sneak peek here.

One Response to “Music Monday Flashback: Doing the Chicken Dance with New Girl”


  1. New Girl 4.01 “The Last Wedding” Review: Fist of Fun | TV Ate My Wardrobe - September 17, 2014

    […] a signaled an acceptance until they told her to “repress the Jess,” but by the end the chicken dance happened (still one of my favorite scenes) and they became more than just three friends and their […]

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