Elaine's Big Day is the twenty-fifth episode of the second season of New Girl, the 49th episode overall and season finale. The episode originally aired on May 14, 2013.


Cece’s wedding day finds Jess and Nick making a decision about their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt schemes with a typically overenthusiastic Winston to sabotage the nuptials, although a shocking announcement may be bigger than anything he plans.


In the loft, Jess tries to hurry everyone up so they can get to CeCe's wedding early. She also wants to take quick photo of the group before they go and hands her cell phone off to her father, Bob Day, so he can take the picture. Bob directs Nick to get further out of frame until he's away from Jess. He then insults Nick's suit causing Nick to make a fuss and the group starts to argue. The male roommates leave and Bob takes the photo with Jess by herself. Later at the hotel the wedding is being held at, the group arrives and Jess notices Nick has changed outfits. She tells him he shouldn't worry about the negative things hat her father's been saying about him. He tries to assure her that he isn't and Jess leaves to talk with CeCe.

Nick joins the others as Winston notes the arrival at the hotel of a Wisconsin sports team's mascot, Bucky the badger. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who was attending the event as Shmidts plus one, reminds him to go pee since the ceremony is three hours and she remembered he has a weak bladder. Over in the bride's changing room, Jess is helping CeCe cope with her pre-wedding jitters. Shmidt suddenly burst into the room having mistaken it for the restroom. He is awestruck by CeCe's appearance in her traditional Indian wedding gown and the two share a brief look. Jess shoos him out of the room and he quickly joins Nick and Winston at the reception area with some news: CeCe doesn't want to get married. The guys are skeptical after he says she told him this with her eyes.

Jess then shows up and Shmidt reiterates what he was "told". Jess asks him to let go of his feelings for CeCe but he denies that's what this is about. He says his past intimacy with CeCe has given him better insight into what she is actually thinking than even her best friend. Jess then angrily threatens Shmidt not to ruin the wedding day. After she leaves, Shmidt tries to enlist the guys help in sabotaging the wedding. Nick insists that they do what Jess said and not cause any trouble but Winston is easily convinced to join Shmidt in some shenanigans. Later, the wedding begins outside the hotel with the arrival of Shivrang to the event on horseback. Al;though Nick tries to intervene, Shmidt gives Winston the signal and he activates an air horn which scares Shivrang's horse sending it running off into the street.

However, Shivrang is able to make it back to the hotel safely and Jess confronts Shmidt over what he did. As the ceremony continues, CeCe and her entourage walk down the aisle only to have the traditional Indian music suddenly replaced with "Cotten Eye Joe". Nick investigates and finds Winston is the cause. He took control of the music and ducked taped the sound board so no one could stop it. Jess walks in on the situation and assumes that not only that Nick was the culprit but he was also in on the caper all along. Stung by the accusation, Nick leaves and after finding Winston and Shmidt agrees to help them sabotage the wedding. Later, a worried Shimidt pulls Jess out of the ceremony and admits he may have gone to far as he actually agreed with an idea Winston has for a prank.

He and Nick are now in the air ducts preparing to drop Bucky the badger onto the priest from the ceiling. After Jess messes up his hair for more details, Shmidt adds that Nick wasn't a part of their antics from the beginning like she thought. She attempts to call Nick but Winston, now in a manic state over the prank, won't allow him to answer. In the ensuing scuffle, Winston kicks the cage holding Bucky and accidentally frees the badger. The kerfuffle is heard by the attendees of the wedding and Jess decides to go into the vents herself. Jess finds Nick and tells him she now knows she was wrong and tries to apologize. He says it ultimately doesn't matter as he is aware a part of her agrees with her father's assessment of him and the possibility that their relationship might be a mistake.

She admits to this but before she can say anything more she falls through an opening in the air vent followed by Nick and the badger. They crash into the tent covering right above the altar as CeCe, Shivrang and the priest run out of the way. Nick collects himself only to notice Jess's father in the audience shaking his head in disapproval. Bob then suddenly feels something crawling past his legs and runs screaming out of the room. Jess tries to calm everyone down and sends Nick and Shmidt to capture the run away badger. She attempts to get the wedding back on track but CeCe finally admits that she can't go through with it. She looks at Shmidt and admits she wants to be with someone else. She apologizes to Shivrang but he says he understands as he too is in love with another. He turns to the audience and calls for Elaine declaring his love for her even though it defies his family's traditions.

A white, blonde woman responds to his proclamation declaring her love for him as well. The two run off together leaving the wedding attendees confused. Jess comforts CeCe but she admits she's feeling better than she has in a while. Afterwards, Jess is helping to clean up the mess the badger caused when Nick appears. He suggests that they gave it their best try but they should "call it" and end their relationship. Jess tearfully agrees and leaves. Outside in the reception area, Elizabeth demands to know why Schmidt tried to stop the wedding. He denies any romantic feelings were involved just as CeCe appears. Elizabeth asks her if she was referring to Shmidt to which she syas yes and apologizes. The two women then turn to Shmidt with an ultimatum that he has to choose between them. Shmidt is unable to deal with the situation and quickly runs away.

Over at the hotel bar, Nick is about to start drinking when Winston crawls out of a nearby air vent. He joins Nick at the bar and tells him Bucky bit his arm. He then notices Nick's mood and learns he just broke up with Jess. He notes that drinking away his sorrows is something his dad did and that while running away is his typical reaction to a messy situation it's not his only option. Nick considers this and Winston gives him one last push and tells him to just go. Nick thanks him and after he leaves Winston asks the bartender to call an ambulance since he is bleeding out. Outside, Nick runs out of the hotel and finds Jess next to her car. She pleads with him to take back their decision as she is it not ready for it to be over yet between them. In response Nick rushes forward and passionately kisses her. The two jump into her car and drive off unsure of where they are headed or their future but just happy to be together.

Recurring themes


  • Climax: The culmination of the season long story arc involving CeCe's wedding as well as Nick and Jess's relationship reach a conclusion in this episode.
  • Returning characters: Bob Day, Shivrang, Elizabeth return in this episode
  • Previously: Jess's father Bob Day is still staying at the loft as shown in the previous episode "Winston's Birthday". He still hates Nick.
  • Flashbacks: Jess recalls being in Nick's car and him rocking out to the dong Cotton Eye Joe.
  • Romantic entanglements: Jess and Nick's relationship as well as a love triangle between Shmidt, CeCe and Elizabeth take center stage in this episode.
  • Vehicle: Jess's car makes an appearance at the end of the episode

Running jokes

  • Douche jar: Nick mentions the douche jar after Shmidt makes a douchey comment
  • Animal planet: A runaway horse and a rabid badger appear in this episode
  • Good at pranks: Nick's talent with pulling pranks, shown in the episode Neighbors, is mentioned by Jess when she accuses him of being responsible for Winston sabotaging the music at CeCe's wedding.
  • Bad at pranks: Winston tries again to pull of a few pranks but they quickly get out of hand.
  • Not the hair: Jess messes with Shmidt's hair in retaliation of him trying to ruin CeCe's wedding
  • Clothes make the man: Nick at first wears a very wrinkled and out of fashion old suit to the wedding that is mocked by Bob.
  • More beer: Nick tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol after breaking up with Jess.

Pop culture references

  • TV Guide: Nick compares the original outfit he wore for the wedding as looking like the suits worn on the 1980's show "Miami Vice".


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