New Girlwrapped up its seven-season run on Tuesday, with a sweetly sentimental series finale that paid tribute to everyone’s favorite gang -- and the Los Angeles loft they called home.
After Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) fought through their “curse” and celebrated the “weirdest wedding of all time” -- which included an emergency eye patch, a last-minute declaration of love from Jess’ ex-turned-boss, Russell (Dermot Mulroney), and Aly (Nasim Pedrad) going into labor, before the pair end up tying the knot in a hospital hallway -- they prepared to move out of their beloved apartment, thanks to an eviction notice from a developer who’d bought the building.
In a fit of anxious nostalgia, Jess called the whole gang over to help pack, locking Winston (Lamorne Morris), Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in the loft until they all got suitably sad over the end of an era, warning, “Nobody leaves until we celebrate this place!”
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Unsurprisingly, the packing efforts devolved into shenanigans, as the gang relived everything from "that one time" Nick fixed the garbage disposal to Schmidt’s unfortunate groin injury -- through Jess’ collection of memorial junk.
But ultimately, they kicked their productivity into high gear with a game of True American: Packing Edition. This epic reincarnation of the friends' hilarious and historical drinking game ended with an unexpected twist, however, as the show flashed forward to the future, giving a glimpse at where everyone ended up.
Nick & Jess - Having passed the game down to the next generation (with root beer for the kids, of course), the pair are seen diving from couch to couch with their young son. And their pup, Mario, is still around, and has an adorable matching Chicago Bears jersey! (Sports-related side note: great news for the Bears’ current starting quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, whose career appears to be thriving in this future ‘verse.)
Schmidt & Cece - The cute couple are still going strong, with grown-up daughter Ruth handing off root beer-chugging duties to her younger brother.
Winston & Aly - After welcoming son Dan-Bill (Dan Bill? Danbill?) in the penultimate ep, the couple clearly didn’t slow down. Their brood of five kids run rampant through the game of True American, as their mom warns, “You’re all standing in lava right now!”
The real kicker of New Girl’s fun final episode, however, was revealed in the last moments, when Winston confessed that the entire eviction had been his doing, aka his “greatest prank.” The well-meaning, but overly ambitious cop had recruited some of the series’ beloved supporting characters to help him out with the ruse, which even included creating a fake development company and spending six months designing their website -- which his friends never visited.
Nevertheless, the damage of the “prank” had been done, and with all their stuff packed up, Nick and Jess became the final friends to leave the loft, embarking on their new life together.