Cece has decided to get her GED (what a weird arc she’s had this season: model to bartender to aspiring high school graduate) and Schmidt offers to be her tutor. Their tutoring session is immediately interrupted to Jess who informs Cece of the breakup because she needs comfort. Nick, meanwhile, blurts out the news to Coach. Coach’s way of comforting Nick is to give him some of Schmidt’s anti-anxiety pills, resulting in a drugged up and falsely happy Nick explaining to Jess that he’s great and perfectly fine with the breakup — not the answer Jess was looking for. She finds solace in wine, lots and lots of wine, just in time for Winston’s honey roast.
By the point, even Schmidt knows the truth and only Winston is left in the dark. But Winston is happy enough with his honey roast, clad in a fantastic white suit and having successfully convinced one of his roommates to dress up like his cat Ferguson. A druggy Nick piles on the compliments — he’s so cute that teddy bears buy Winstons for their kids — while Jess slurs around next to him and the other three stare at the pair of wrecks, unsure of what to make of the spectacle in front of them. They’re also unsure of what to do and how to make their friends feel better, especially when none of them “know” that this couple has broken up.
The honey roast deteriorates comically, as one would expect, with drunk Jess fumbling around and the two eventually breaking the news to a mostly unsurprised and unfazed room. It’s all New Girl sweet: Winston cares more about what his friends/roommates are going through than he does about his own success (but quickly says that the honey roast will resume tomorrow) and everyone weirdly stands together and hold hands because, what else can you do in this situation? Everyone’s helpless and despite how much Jess wants, they can’t just go live inside of a peach.
Similar to the last episode, there’s another parallel here. Both Nick and Jess revert to their past selves and their past ways of dealing with breakups: he takes swigs from a bottle of liquor and drunk dials Jess, she sobs and watches Dirty Dancing on the couch. It’s easy to say that this is a step back to both of them — how I disliked that earlier version Jess — but they’ve gone through so much growth since then that this reads as something different. This is a step forward in a fantastically written episode and it’s promising the short remainder of the season.