Summary: After going through a rough breakup, awkward and upbeat Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys. Intelligent and witty Nick is an underachiever who took the bartender off-ramp on his road to success. Schmidt obsesses over his social standing and looks at Jess as a personal project. Winston is a competitive former athlete who, after realizing he will never become a pro, moves into the loft. Together with Jess' best friend, Cece, they bond to form an unlikely, and dysfunctional, family.
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S01, E02 (First Aired:
Nick and Schmidt talk Jess into getting her stuff out of her ex's apartment; Jess meets her roommate Winston, a basketball player who has just returned from Latvia.
S01, E03 (First Aired:
When Nick worries he will run into his ex-girlfriend at a wedding, he asks Jess to be his date; Winston gets competitive on the dance floor; Schmidt garners the attention of a beautiful woman (Katie Cassidy) and his ``frenemy'' (Natasha Lyonne).
S01, E04 (First Aired:
Nick's confidence takes a hit after Jess walks in on him in the buff; Winston researches pop culture references on the Internet.
S01, E05 (First Aired:
Cece tells Jess that Nick has feelings for her; Schmidt tries to hook up with Cece.
S01, E06 (First Aired:
When Jess invites her crush (Justin Long) to Thanksgiving dinner at the loft, things don't go as planned.
S01, E07 (First Aired:
Jess is jealous when Winston joins her handbell quartet and instantly becomes a natural; Nick and Schmidt have different ideas on how to fix the toilet.
Nick helps Schmidt earn the respect of a hard to deal with house contractor; Jess and Robby find out if they're able to have a casual relationship; Cece and Winston discuss the pros and cons of not being single.
S01, E08 (First Aired:
Jess tries to take her relationship with Paul to the next level; Schmidt attends his boss's baby shower.
S01, E09 (First Aired:
The gang goes to Schmidt's holiday office party; Jess frets over an expensive gift from Paul (Justin Long).
S01, E10 (First Aired:
When Schmidt's birthday plans fall through, Jess decides to put together a celebration; Nick brings a first date to Schmidt's party; a $50 bill shows up in the douchebag jar.
S01, E11 (First Aired:
Nick becomes anxious when Julia (Lizzy Caplan) doesn't want to label their relationship; Jess asks Julia for help getting out of a traffic ticket; Schmidt wants to know why his shower towel is always damp.
S01, E12 (First Aired:
Despite Nick's protests, Jess vows to befriend their cantankerous landlord (Jeff Kober), but her efforts end up revealing the changes the guys have made to the apartment; Schmidt thinks his boss (Gillian Vigman) is sending him mixed signals.
S01, E13 (First Aired:
Jess talks Schmidt into being her wingman as she tries to have a casual fling with a handsome stranger (Ryan Kwanten); Nick finds himself spending less time with Julia and more time with her assistant; Shelby invites Winston over.
S01, E14 (First Aired:
When Jess tries to stop a bully at school, she ends up as her new target; the woman Schmidt has been seeing wants to keep their relationship secret; a gift from Julia sends Nick off the edge.
S01, E15 (First Aired:
When Jess learns that injured Nick doesn't have insurance, she brings him to her friend -- who is a gynecologist.
S01, E16 (First Aired:
When Jess realizes Schmidt does all of the housework, she encourages him to go on strike; Nick searches for funds to pay Winston his poker winnings.
S01, E17 (First Aired:
Jess reluctantly accepts a date with a student's wealthy father (Dermot Mulroney); Nick tries to buy a new cell phone; Winston and Schmidt get competitive during a game of trivia.
Jess tries to keep the loft's Secret Santa gift exchange going; Winston doesn't think his gift for Cece will be delivered in time, so he and Schmidt go shopping to find a new gift; Reagan gives Nick a surprise.
S01, E18 (First Aired:
Jess' date with Russell (Dermot Mulroney ) does not go as planned; Nick's college friend tries to help him get over Julia; Schmidt and Cece's relationship is discovered.
S01, E19 (First Aired:
When Jess learns Cece has been keeping a secret, their friendship is put to the test; Winston can't handle being the only one who knows the secret; Nick asks Schmidt for dating advice.
S01, E20 (First Aired:
Jess nervously invites Russell to spend the weekend at the loft; Winston gets a job at a sports radio station.
S01, E21 (First Aired:
Jess baby-sits Russell's daughter and meets his ex-wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn); Schmidt and CeCe have a pregnancy scare; Nick's girlfriend might be too young for him.
S01, E22 (First Aired:
Jess worries that she and Russell don't share the same passion as he did with his ex-wife; Cece, unwilling to admit her feelings, encourages Schmidt to go out with her roommate; Nick works on a vegetable garden.
S01, E23 (First Aired:
The gang worries that Jess and Nick may take a step backward when they run into their exes, Paul (Justin Long) and Caroline (Mary Elizabeth Ellis); Schmidt faces a delicate medical issue.
S01, E24 (First Aired:
One of the roommates decides to move out; Winston faces his fear of the dark; Cece and Schmidt's relationship reaches a crossroads; Jess and Nick face off with a coyote.
S02, E01 (First Aired:
Schmidt throws a ``rebranding'' party; Jess is fired from her teaching job; a new side of Winston is revealed after he drinks some of Nick's fruity concoctions.