opened up with a scene that everyone is very familiar with: You come home after a long day only to find your roommate watching classic '90s sitcom on the couch.
Jealous? Yeah a little bit, but then you remember you have a lot more money to spend that weekend, so you kind of get over it.
So Jess is still in a rut -- that has been made clear throughout the first few episodes this season. But this week we actually see that the roommates are getting slightly worried for her. I mean c'mon, she works at the Casserole Shanti and wears a visor. The only people who seem to get Jess are the new neighbors.
Chaz, Phifer (Fifer?), Sutton, and Brory are 20-something hipsters that just moved into the adjacent loft. They made the wrong move of introducing themselves to the gang and calling Mr. "Sup, Schmidt" old.
Schmidt is obsessed with proving that he is still young (and growing every day). Though the hipsters automatically hate Schmidt, they accept Jess with open arms. She is too is just "figuring it out."
They think she is smart because she knows how to turn on the dish washer, and they think she is funny because she has "original" catchphrases like, "Did I doooo that?" and "How rude!"
Side bar: I am in my early 20s, and I am not offended about the slacker stereotype depicted in this episode, but I am horrified that these people lack necessary pop culture knowledge.
There is no way that these kids have never seen "Full House
don't know who Urkle is or how to pronounce his name, and most importantly how the hell have they never seen "Top Gun"?! There is no excuse to not know that "there's two 'O's in Goose." Anthony Eds forever!
As the new neighbors have Schmidt feeling old, Nick and Winston figure that the only way that they, as his best friends, can help him is to prank the crap out of him. Nick is clearly a born prankster, he changes Schmidt's contacts, shaves the heel of every left shoe Schmidt owns to be 1/8 on an inch shorter, and makes him think he is shrinking through some seriously insane effort in messing with Schmidt's growth chart.
Winston on the other hand either thinks to little or too big. Sprinkling the shavings of Schmidt's heels near his car is just kind of littering and not really a prank, whereas pouring acid on his face while he sleeps is more of a felony than good ol' fashioned fun.
All the talk about youth, it's clear they each have their own struggle with their age: