The 'New Girl' Quiz


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About This Quiz

Are you a "New Girl" superfan? How much do you know about Jess, Nick, Cece, Schmidt, Coach and Winston? See if you can ace this test or if you'll have to put money in the Douche Bag Jar. Also, spoilers for the first four seasons ahead!

What is Jess' last name?

Jess' last name is Day. She has just turned 31 and broken up with her boyfriend when we meet her at the beginning of the series.


When Schmidt tries to woo a Republican he finds attractive, he pretends to be the son of what famous politician?

In his attempt to get into a sorority party to get to the object of his affection, Schmidt studies Romney facts to prove himself to the sorority sisters. Unfortunately, he is shot down.


During what season did "New Girl" get the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot?

"New Girl" landed the post-Super Bowl spot during season 3. Not only did it achieve monster ratings, but it also landed guest star Prince.


In the season 4 episode "Julie Berkman is My Sister," the guys try to help Schmidt land an account marketing what household product?

Schmidt is set on landing an account marketing a household sponge and puts the guys in an informal focus group. He ends up with a sexy ad for a not-so-sexy product, including the tagline "sponge-y make wipe-y."


What musical instrument does Jess play?

Jess loves the handbells, and in season 1 she plays in a handbell quartet called "Ensembell" with troubled youth. It turns out that Winston is super great at handbells, much to her chagrin.


What actors play Jess' divorced parents?

Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner portray Jess' parents, whom Jess tries to reconnect numerous times. We meet them during a farcical Thanksgiving dinner in the second season.


What famous actor did Schmidt receive letters from as a kid?

Schmidt's lifelong correspondence with Michael Keaton (letters as a kid, then emails as an adult) revolves around his obsession with Batman. Sadly, it turns out the letters were actually from his mother, Nick and Jess.


What is the name of lead actress Zooey Deschanel's musical project?

The indie duo She & Him, consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, has Deschanel on lead vocals and Ward on guitar. They were nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for their song "So Long" from "Winnie the Pooh."


In what state did Jess grow up?

Jess grew up in Oregon. The gang returns to her old Portland stomping grounds to attend the wedding of her father in an episode full of romantic arcs and sweeps stunts.


On what holiday does Jess find herself single for the first time ever?

Single on Valentine's Day, Jess tries to find a no-strings fling with an attractive stranger. After nearly choking to death on a cherry, she ends up with a guy who really likes talking about lunch.


In what 2015 creepy TV drama did Max Greenfield, the actor who plays Schmidt, have a small role?

Max Greenfield starred in several episodes of "American Horror Story: Hotel," looking decidedly un-Schmidt with bleached blond hair, a nasty drug habit and some other things we can't repeat here.


After Jess is fired from her teaching job, she takes a short-lived position as what?

In season 2, Jess loses her teaching job and takes a job as shot girl for Schmidt's party. She quits after she makes a customer choke when she's pouring liquor down his throat and talking to him at the same time.


What basketball team does Jess become a fan of in order to try to bond with Coach?

Jess becomes a Pistons fan when she tries to become friends with Coach. This doesn't go over well with Nick, a lifelong Chicago Bulls fan.


What is Schmidt deathly afraid of?

Schmidt's arachnophobia birthed a season 4 episode called "Spiderhunt," where the gang searches for a spider that's loose in the loft. In real life, the actor who portrays Schmidt is terrified of birds.


What child star was originally considered for the role of Jess?

Amanda Bynes, star of "All That" and "The Amanda Show," was originally in the running for the role of Jess. As we all know now, that role went to Zooey Deschanel.


When Schmidt meets Cece for the first time, his roommates hand him the Douche Bag Jar because he does what?

Schmidt is forced to make a donation to the Douche Bag Jar for removing his shirt to show off his abs in front of Cece. The Douche Bag Jar is an ongoing effort to correct Schmidt's unappealing behavior.


When Nick blurts out to Jess that he loves her, how does Jess respond?

As Jess and Cece leave in their limo to go to a party at Prince's house, Nick yells "I love you!" to Jess. Jess, to her horror, responds with finger guns. When she relates the tale later, Prince tells her he is "not familiar with finger guns."


What movie does Jess watch over and over when she's depressed about her breakup?

"New Girl" fans may remember Jess sobbing on the couch, watching "Dirty Dancing" over and over. They may also remember the gang taking her out that night and singing "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to cheer her up.


Zooey Deschanel is the co-founder of what popular women's online community?

Deschanel founded the website HelloGiggles along with partners Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi in 2011. The site covers culture, fashion, careers, female empowerment, relationships and other issues relating to young women's lives.


Schmidt hired a party bus for his 29th birthday party but lost it to a celebrity. Which celebrity did he lose it to?

Schmidt lost his party bus to Frankie Muniz. He was disappointed, as the bus had both a stripper pole and a steering wheel in the shape of a boob. Jess later rents him a school bus to make up for his loss.


What show did Damon Wayans Jr. (Coach) star in that caused him to leave after the pilot and return in the third season?

Damon Wayans Jr. was so sure his show "Happy Endings" would be cancelled, he signed onto "New Girl." However, it was renewed, so Lamorne Morris (Winston) replaced him. When "Happy Endings" was eventually cancelled, "New Girl" welcomed Wayans back in season 3.


What animal is mentioned or referenced in just about every episode of "New Girl"?

If you don't hear a cast member actually say the word "bear," you can usually see a picture or a poster of a bear somewhere during an episode.


In the Halloween episode, everyone describes whose costume as a "zombie Woody Allen"?

Nobody is sure what Jess's costume actually is, but everyone seems to settle on Zombie Woody Allen — with the exception of Nick, who goes with "sexy undead driver's ed teacher." Spoiler: He later gets a punch in the face by that undead teacher.


To which rock 'n' roll legend did Cece lose her virginity?

During the flashback episode "Virgins," everyone tells each other about the time they lost their virginity. Cece pretty much wins the night when she reveals she lost her virginity to Mick Jagger when he was on tour in Portland.


What is the name of Winston's cat?

After Winston and his girlfriend Daisy break up, Winston takes her cat Furguson because he thinks the cat deserves better. He considers Furguson to be one of his best friends.


Who plays Julie Berkman's older sister in the episode of the same name?

Kaitlin Olson of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fame appears in this episode as the fiancee of Jess' dad — as well as a former high school rival of Jess and Cece. Needless to say, Jess doesn't take this well.


Josh Gad, who was also in the original cast of the Broadway smash "The Book of Mormon," played what character who had one disastrous date with Jess?

Jess mistakenly exchanges dirty texts and sets up a date with Bearclaw, thinking he is actually another guy named Andy. Bearclaw got his name from a bad self-done tattoo of a paw print on his lower back. His character was inspired by a writer's experience dating a guy with the same nickname.


Zooey Deschanel is named after a character in the novel "Franny and Zooey" by what writer?

J.D. Salinger wrote "Franny and Zooey" in 1961. Zooey is actually a male character, and Franny is his younger sister. The book spent 25 weeks at the top of the New York Times best sellers list.


After Jess finds out one of her students posted a YouTube video making fun of her, what does she do?

When Jess notices her student Briana's science fair robotic arm in the YouTube video, she rips it off after class. She and Winston later try to fix it, but it dies at the science fair. Jess confesses and later the two sing a duet in front of the class called "Let Me Lift You Up With My Robot Arm."


What happens to Cece before her wedding that makes her say everyone will think she looks like Mike Tyson?

After Cece gets traditional henna tattoos on her hands for her wedding, she takes a nap at the behest of Jess. Unfortunately, she falls asleep with her face on one of her hands, waking up with the henna tattoo imprinted on her face.


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