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So the Internet was awash with praise for last week's "New Girl" episode which seemed to be universally hailed as the Best. Episode. Ever. Sorry to dissent but I just didn't love it in the same way.

I certainly thought it was a good episode of "New Girl" (9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox) but I'm not sold on the Nick-Jess romance. The whole will-they-or-won't-they dynamic feels a little played out, especially given that Nick's lack of ambition makes him seem like he's not good enough for Jess.

And the hilariousness of the whole True American drinking game was lost on me, but maybe I missed something. (I'm told it's a rip-off of Calvinball, which I'm also not familiar with.)

If I had to choose I'd easily pick competing ABC sitcom "Happy Endings" over "New Girl," but I do like (but don't love) the Fox sitcom. And this episode seems to have improved "New Girl's" ratings and buzz for the series.

So what's coming next? Read more after the jump. ...

 NewGirl 215-27pt 28 0006"New Girl" executive producer Liz Meriwether said the comedy will pick up the story in this week's episode.

"[This] week's episode is obviously dealing with the fact that Jess is dating Sam," she said. " We pick up right where this episode left off. Sort of like a continuation of that night and 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, I don’t know, deal with whether or not this really is something that she wants to be in. ... So, 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 trying to meet an Indian guy to marry. All of it’s kind of crazy."

So why pair Jess and Nick up now? Was it a ratings grab?

"It just felt right," Meriwether said. "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 [he was wearing] or not."

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