Someone From “New Girl” Loves “Saved By The Bell”


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Fun fact I’ve discovered in the one billion times I’ve watched “New Girl” – someone there loves “Saved By The Bell.”

This will be a super quick post, I just wanted to point out this Easter egg so the next time you’re watching this show you can take note of the little quirks the show has.

In season three, episode ten, “Thanksgiving III” the crew goes on a camping trip because Nick has issues with his masculinity and decides that the group needs to spend Thanksgiving foraging in the woods for their meal. While out “hunting”, Nick finds and captures a very dead fish. After realizing that the girls and Winston went to the store for vegetables Nick leaves the area in a huff. With Jess following, they have a conversation about his insecurities.

To alleviate those insecurities Jessica grabs that nasty fish and starts eating it, which leads her to becoming delirious and meandering through the woods. Upon those wanderings you will hear Jess mumble “A.C. Slater”, marking the first time “Saved By The Bell” gets a nod.

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In “New Girl” season four, episode six “Background Check” we all remember the meth but do you remember when Schmidt kept on asking Cece about her date with a fella named Paul? Schmidt had all sorts of issues with the name Paul until Cece said she had in fact dated Mark-Paul Gosselaar which for a moment Schmidt believed was true. Yet another nod to “Saved By The Bell.”

Finally, we have a special treat from “Saved By The Bell” by having an actual star of the show, Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley) who played Becky Cavatappi, Jessica’s principal after she returns from jury duty in season five, episode eleven “The Apartment” when Cece is moving out of her old apartment and into the loft to be with Schmidt.

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I’m on another run through of the show but as of now, these three nods are what I have discovered as a fun Easter egg to observe when watching “New Girl” – whether it be your first or tenth time watching the worlds best sitcom. What is your favorite “New Girl” episode? Have you discovered any fun Easter eggs you want me to write about? I have more treats headed your way in the coming posts. Stay tuned and feel free to contact me with comments or questions.

The New Girl Chronicles – Why Cece is the glue that holds the group together

This post contains spoilers. Only read this if you have watched the series “New Girl” in its entirety.

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I have watched the series “New Girl” over thirteen times through and during my viewings have picked up on “Easter eggs” and anecdotes throughout the series. I’m creating an entire blog series breaking down the show. Please only read this if you know the whole series. All opinions are my own and this is just what I have observed in the years I have been watching the show.

“Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!”

Is it really though? I mean, sure, the show is about the evolution of Jessica Day and it tells the love story between her and Nick Miller but if you REALLY break the show down, it all ties into Cece Parekh. Here is why –

While Jess does spend time with all of the core characters of the show her only REAL connections are with Cece, her childhood best friend, and Nick, the love of her life. Cece, on the other hand, is a key figure in the lives of EVERY character on the show.

Cece and Jess

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We all know that Cece is a key figure in Jessica’s life. They befriended each other in grade school when Cece was struggling with her reading (her tears made it hard to read) and Jess helped her. A friendship was formed and it lasted decades. Jess moved to LA because of Cece and if you’ve seen the show (you REALLY need to see the show if you’re reading this) you know that Cece has been the most important person in Jessica’s life.

Cece and Schmidt

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Cece and Schmidt. Shouldn’t have to say much on this subject. Their romance was actually more front and center than Nick and Jessica’s. For Schmidt it was love at first sight – “Girl, I’m gonna marry you” – and their romance started in season one and was a key focal point in every season. Their courtship, marriage, and subsequent child (Ruth) gave us more depth to a couple than any other couple on the show.

Cece and Winston

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“A classic Cece and Winston mess around!”

I mean, really, do I need to explain this one? From Winston being a bridesman to the inside jokes and “mess arounds”, Cece had a solid friendship with Winston. While Jess did spend time with him and was declared the Godmother to Winston and Aly’s son, Dan Bill, it was implied Aly chose Jess because Winston and Cece have their own special groove.

Cece and Coach

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Cece and Coach. We remember their VERY brief romantic involvement where they went on a date and shared a steamy kiss but that morphed into a solid friendship throughout Coach’s time on the show. Whether it be teaming up to figure out Abby Day’s relationship with Schmidt or all the times you hear coach say “Guuurl!” they clearly had a solid friendship that Jessica Day just didn’t share. Remember “Jebecca?”

Cece and Nick

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Finally we have Cece and Nick. While they didn’t have a solid friendship as the key focus of the show was the friendship and love between Nick and Jess, Cece was still also associated with Nick. He got her a job at his bar and eventually promoted her to manager so while the show doesn’t go into detail about potential antics they may have gotten into, they still worked together making her a key figure in his life.

Is this post poorly put together? Sure. This is the first in a series of “New Girl” posts that will break down episodes, reveal Easter Eggs, and point out little quirks and facts about all of the characters we have all come to know and love throughout the show. What are your thoughts on Cece? Of all of the relationships she cultivated which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!