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    18 Times "New Girl" Really Did Not Care About Being Consistent

    Lotsa contradictions here.

    New Girl is one of my all-time favorite comfort shows, so I've watched it in its entirety A BUNCH of times. And who can blame me?! It's great.

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    However, when you binge the show as often as I do β€” I really kicked it into high gear in 2020 β€” you start to notice a few things. Here are all the inconsistencies I've caught after watching New Girl a zillion times:

    1. The loft door is different in the pilot than the rest of the series.

    A plain, tan door with the text "pilot" and a metal, studded door that says "4-D" with the text "not the pilot"
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    Listen, I'm not a fool. I know that many set pieces don't get established until after the pilot, but it's still super jarring to not see the iconic 4D design every time I dive back in for a rewatch.

    2. The exterior of the bar is also different in the pilot than the rest of the series.

    A hip, trendy, downtown bar with the text "season one" and an old dive bar with the text "seasons 2-7"
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    Pretty different, no?

    3. In the pilot, Coach comes to Jess for advice because he has trouble talking to women, but in Season 4, he says he knows exactly how to deal with women because he grew up with sisters.

    Coach asking jess to help him learn how to speak to women in season 1, and coach telling schmidt he knows how to deal with women season 4
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    4. When Jess and Cece have their big purse fight in Season 4, Jess explains that she and Cece have remained friends because they never confront anything. But, up until that point, they have a ton of confrontations:

    Cece and Jess outwardly fighting in season 2, and jess explaining that she and cece never confront their issues in season 6
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    They had a boob fight, for god's sake. A boob fight!

    5. Schmidt's mother is played by a different actress in his first flashback than in later episodes.

    One actress with an arrow pointed to her that says "schmidt's mom" and another actress with an arrow pointed to her that says "also schmidt's mom???"
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    6. Speaking of flashbacks, young Jess also goes through some casting changes throughout the series.

    Three different actresses as young jess
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    In fact, there were five different actresses who played "Young Jess" throughout the series. Some casting changes even happened within the same season!

    7. Nick pretty much wants nothing to do with Jess when she first moves in, but later it's revealed that he had such a crush on her that the other roommates had to write up the "No Nail Oath."

    Nick joking that he'll kill jess in season one, and nick admitting that he was the reason behind the "no nail oath" in season 2
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    I understand that Nick could have been faking/hiding his feelings for Jess, but IDK, he was a real jerk to her.

    8. Jess listens to Taylor Swift after her breakup with Sam in Season 2, but in the Season 2 finale, the character Elaine is played by none other than...Taylor Swift.

    Jess crying, saying that she wants to listen to taylor swift alone, and taylor swift as elaine in a different episode with the text "not taylor swift?"
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    So, if Taylor Swift is Elaine, who's Taylor Swift in the New Girl universe?!

    9. In Season 3, Jess confides in Nick that she's "weirdly good at volleyball," but then β€” in the same season, no less! β€” she tries some volleyball moves with Coach and can't even get the ball over the net.

    Jess saying she's good at volleyball, then jess failing at volleyball with coach
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    Was Jess lying to Nick to seem cool or something?

    10. Jess's sister Abby comes to visit/briefly moves in during Season 3, and then is never seen or talked about again. She isn't even at Jess's wedding!

    Abby with an arrow pointed at her that says "disappeared into thin air"
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    They could've at least had some throwaway line about Abby being in Ibiza or something.

    11. In Season 2, Robby tells Schmidt he doesn't like music. But later on, not only does he play guitar and sing with Jess, he reveals that he used to be a working musician.

    Robby telling schmidt he doesn't like music, then him playing guitar around a campfire and singing with jess
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    12. Schmidt's a total neat freak throughout the series, but there's a plot point in Season 4 where he doesn't know how to do laundry???

    Winston explaining in season 1 how schmidt is such a neat freak, and schmidt struggling to do laundry in season 4
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    If there's one thing I know to be true, it's that Schmidt would NEVER trust anyone else to wash his clothes.

    13. When we first see the erotic alien mural Schmidt had painted in his old room/Winston's room, it's in the closet and relatively small. Later on, it's a giant art piece on the wall behind Winston's bed.

    The mural in winston's closet, and the mural behind his bed later in season 1
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    Considering that he hated the mural to begin with, I doubt Winston commissioned someone to paint a bigger one.

    14. Jess tells Winston in Season 2 that she's extremely claustrophobic, but after that, we see her in a ton of tight spaces and it's NBD.

    Jess shutting herself into her bedroom closet and freaking out, and jess casually hiding in a closet with winston and schmidt in the very next episode
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    15. In the same episode where Jess mentions her "claustrophobia," she grabs the loft's landline when she and Winston are faking a robbery. Then, two seasons later, Jess gets a landline for the loft and everyone acts like they've never seen one before.

    jess holding the landline to her face in season 2, and everyone fascinated by a different landline in season 4
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    16. The timeline of Schmidt and Nick living together in the loft is shaky at best.

    Schmidt saying that he and nick have lived together for 10 years, and nick explaining in two separate episodes that he's lived with caroline and dirk
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    It's established that Nick and Schmidt met when they were roommates in college, and in Schmidt's birthday episode in Season 1, Schmidt turns 29. So, that means that the two of them would had to have spent their entire twenties living together in order to reach their "Tinfinity" anniversary. BUT, Nick mentions having lived with both Caroline and his friend Dirk post-college.

    *Oprah voice* So what is the truth?

    17. Even though it's established in Season 6 that New Girl and Brooklyn 99 exist in the same universe (thanks to two crossover episodes), Nadim Pedrad β€” who plays Ally β€” also appears as Jake Peralta's half sister, Kate, in Brooklyn 99 two years after the crossover happens:

    Ally in new girl with an arrow pointed to her that says "Ally" and Kate in Brooklyn 99 with an arrow pointed to her that says "Not allie??"
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    Damon Wayans Jr. β€” aka Coach β€” also guest-starred on Brooklyn 99, but it was pre-crossover. So, I'll let that one slide.

    18. And finally, the shape of Jess's glasses changes ever-so-slightly between Season 1 and the rest of the series.

    Jess with square glasses in season one and jess with round glasses in seasons 2-7
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    I acknowledge that this is probably the wardrobe department keeping Jess with the times, but still, it gets me every time.

    With all that being said, New Girl is still one of my go-to comfort shows and probably always will be!

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    Are there any inconsistencies I missed? Share them in the comments!

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