Ever since the Fox sitcom New Girl started last fall, fans have been waiting for roommates Nick (Jake M. Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to move their relationship to the next level. Fans got that wish last week during the "Cooler" episode when Nick and Jess finally kissed. Series creator Elizabeth Meriwether recently held a conference call to discuss these new developments, and how tonight's new episode, "Table 43" will deal with this complicated relationship.
With Jess still dating Sam (David Walton), Nick's kiss didn't exactly come at the most opportune time. Here's what the creator/executive producer had to say about how the "Table 43" episode will move the story forward.
"Next's week episode is obviously dealing with the fact that Jess is dating Sam. We pick up right where this episode left off, sort of like a continuation of that night. It just obviously rocks Jess's world and Nick starts freaking out about what he's done and they both are just grappling with how they continue as friends the way they were. It's not really something that's easy for them to do, and it definitely pushes Jess into a place with Sam where she has to deal with whether or not this really is something that she wants to be in, if the relationship with Sam is really what she wants to do. Some of that gets resolved next week and it's a really fun episode where we also end up in an Indian marriage convention with Cece (Hannah Simone) trying to meet an Indian guy to marry. All of it's kind of crazy."
Elizabeth Meriwether had said in previous interviews that a Jess and Nick kiss would not happen in Season 2. However, they decided to pull the trigger on this episode because it felt right.
"I mean we've sort of gotten to a place where it felt like organically in their relationship something like this could happen. We spent the season watching them get closer and closer as friends and then, the original draft of last night's episode didn't have them kissing. It was a really good script and we went to table as a draft of the script without them kissing and then we just all sort of looked at each other and felt like it sort of felt right. It also felt like if we didn't have them kiss, it was kind of like pulling our punches, like we were not really being true to the characters in this moment. I think we were all ready for Nick to kind of step up to the plate and have a moment of confidence, whether or not it was the trench coat or not."
The series creator also revealed that the rest of the roommates, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris), have to deal with the kiss in next week's episode, "Parking Spot".
"The week after is sort of a big like the loft just dealing with all of it. Schmidt digs up a "no nail" oath that they all took when she moved into the loft where they all agreed not to nail her. And that, obviously, has repercussions, you know, throughout. Obviously Jess is mad about it and Schmidt is just like dealing with the fact that the loft dynamics have changed in his view. It's been fun to write because it's definitely forced all the characters in to really strong positions, and instead of taking any tension out of the series, I think it's really actually ignited it and helped us focus it. Obviously Winston and Schmidt have really strong opinions about everything and so they come down pretty hard against it, which is really fun to track."
The big kiss also has an effect on Jess' best friend Cece (Hannah Simone), who is still trying to get an arranged marriage despite her attraction to Schmidt.
"Yes, she's very much still determined to get arrange married, and in next week's episode, she's really fighting her attraction to Schmidt. After hearing about the kiss from Jess reminded how much she misses sex after like spending a couple of months going on dates set up by her mother and is really fighting her urge to jump Schmidt's bones. I think that they're still really struggling with their feelings towards each other even though they both keep trying to move on. That is definitely something that we are going to follow to the end of the season, just to see if Cece is going to take this all the way through and get married."
When asked if Nick and Jess will finally start a relationship, Elizabeth Meriwether revealed they aren't quite ready for that next step yet.
"I think Nick and Jess are trying to figure out how they feel about each other. There are a lot of obstacles for them. They don't have the kind of relationship where anything is easy. I mean, they're always at odds. They're very different people and they are attracted to each other, but that doesn't solve a lot of the problems that they have of just like Nick never showering and Jess is like effervescence and optimism in the face of Nick's like hatred of the world and people. A lot of that stuff hasn't been resolved and I think the rest of the season is really like them fighting their feelings and fighting their attraction and trying to figure out what they really want out of each other. It's been really fun to write for and really fun to watch on set. The actors have been really great in sort of embracing this new dynamic."