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Season 5 of New Girl, was announced by Fox on March 31, 2015. Season 5 premiered on January 5, 2016.

Plot

After getting engaged, Cece and Schmidt are now facing the wedding planning and what it's like to be engaged to be married for this couple. Jess is briefly gone for jury duty, and the loftmates rent out her room to an intriguing woman – Reagan (Special Guest Star Megan Fox). After Jess' return she soon bumps into someone from her past, whilst Nick gets serious about his work at the bar and Winston falls in love.

Cast

Main

Special Guest

Recurring

  • Nasim Pedrad as Aly Nelson (9 episodes)
  • David Walton as Sam (6 episodes)
  • Nelson Franklin as Robby (4 episodes)
  • Fred Melamed as J. Cronkite Valley Forge (3 episodes)
  • Rebecca Reid as Nadia (3 episodes)
  • Peter Gallagher as Gavin (3 episodes)
  • Curtis Armstrong as Principal Foster (2 episodes)
  • Steve Agee as Outside Dave (2 episodes)
  • Meagan Rath as May ("Landing Gear")

Guest stars

  • Sam Richardson as Dunston (2 episodes)
  • Kal Penn as Tripp (2 episodes)
  • Gillian Vigman as Kim (2 episodes)
  • Anna George as Priyanka (2 episodes)
  • Nora Dunn as Louise (2 episodes)
  • Kim Wayans as Susan (2 episodes)
  • Rob Riggle as Big Schmidt (2 episodes)
  • Taran Killam as Fred ("What About Fred")
  • Julie Hagerty as Nancy ("What About Fred")
  • Henry Winkler as Flip ("What About Fred")
  • John Cho as Daniel Grant ("Jury Duty")
  • Stephen Rannazzisi as Todd Ploons ("No Girl")
  • Fred Armisen as Brandon ("No Girl")
  • apl.de.ap as himself ("No Girl")
  • Kiersey Clemins as KC ("No Girl")
  • Ally Maki as Kumiko ("No Girl")
  • Bill Burr as Bob ("Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt")
  • Lennon Parham as Carol ("Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt")
  • Clea DuVall as Camilla ("Wig")
  • Elizabeth Berkley Lauren as Becky Cavatappi ("The Apartment")
  • Lucy Punch as Genevieve ("Sam, Again")
  • Busy Phillips as Connie ("300 Feet")
  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Rhondab("Jeff Day")
  • Caitlin Fitzgerald as Diane ("Return to Sender")

Trivia

  • Two episodes aired back-to-back on April 19 before the show aired the final four episodes at 8 and 9:00 pm respectively on April 26.
  • Although, FOX billed the 104th episode "Goosebumps Walkaway" as the 100th episode, "Reagan" is the actuall 100th episode.
  • Production started right after wrapping up the fourth season because of the time they will not shoot the show due Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy, which will not be included on the season 5 plot.
  • On March 31, 2015, New Girl was renewed for a fifth season. The show remained in production after wrapping season four in order to get a jump on season 5 ahead of Zooey Deschanel's maternity leave, although Deschanel will be absent in four episodes of the season, later it was confirmed that Megan Fox replaced Deschanel for a few episodes.

Episodes

No. in Series No. in Season Title Air Date Production code U.S. viewers
95 1 Big Mama P

January 5, 2016

5ATM01 -
When Cece and Schmidt ask Jess and Nick to be their Maid of Honor and Best Man, respectively, their first task is to plan the engagement party. But when Jess invites Cece's mom to join in the celebration, Cece is forced to make a surprising announcement to Schmidt.
96 2 What About Fred

January 12, 2016

5ATM02 -
Jess jumps back into the dating pool, but her attempt lands her a dud, and things get complicated when she falls in love with his perfect parents. Meanwhile, Nick and Schmidt have very different ideas about how to run the bar.
97 3 Jury Duty

January 19, 2016

5ATM03 -
Jess eagerly reports to jury duty, until she discovers she may be up for a work promotion. Meanwhile, Nick reaches his limit with Cece's messiness.
98 4 No Girl

January 26, 2016

5ATM04 -
With Jess sequestered at jury duty, Nick turns the loft into an airbnb in order to help pay for Schmidt's upcoming bachelor party. Meanwhile, Winston asks Cece for help when he suspects KC is cheating on him.
99 5 Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt

February 2, 2016

5ATM05 -
Schmidt helps Nick pnder his future after Nick's cousin and his wife visit to ask for a very special handout. Meanwhile, Winston helps Cece shop for a wedding dress.
100 6 Reagan

February 9, 2016

5ATM06 -
A beautiful pharmaceutical rep enters the gang's life when she agrees to sublet Jess' room while she is on jury duty.
101 7 Wig

February 16, 2016

5ATM07 -
When Nick's attraction to Reagan starts affecting Schmidt and Cece's relationship, they enact a plan to demystify her, in hopes of helping Nick get over her. Meanwhile, Winston teaches Reagan the art of the breakup.
102 8 The Decision

February 23, 2016

5ATM08 -
Reagan causes chaos betweed Nick and Winston when she tells them she'll sleep with just one of them in an attept to challenge the guys' indecisiveness. Meanwhile, Schmidt is reunited with his collge frenemy, Benjamin, when looking at wedding venues with Cece.
103 9 Heat Wave

March 1, 2016

5ATM09 -
Things heat up between Nick and Reagan over who can provide the loft with the best air conditioning unit. Meanwhile, Winston uses his "cop voice" to help Schmidt prep Cece for a newscaster audition.
104 10 Goosebumps Walkaway

March 8, 2016

5ATM10 -
Jess returns from jury duty and attempts to uncover the real identity of a juror sequestered with her. Meanwhile, Reagan prepares to move out of the loft and out of Nick's life, and Winston and Cece help Schmidt get over his fear of public dancing.
105 11 The Apartment

March 15, 2016

5ATM11 -
It's time for Cece to move into the loft. While Jess is helping her friend move out of her beloved apartment, she has to finish the school's budget by morning, which the new principal has neglected to tell her. Meanwhile, Winston gets a new partner to avoid having to work side-by-side with Aly.
106 12 D-Day

March 22, 2016

5ATM12 -
After Cece receives an exciting new job offer, Jess agrees to help Schmidt with the wedding preparations, but things don't go as planned when Schmidt's dad, Gavin, appears. Winston and Nick get into a competition over whose job is harder.
107 13 Sam, Again

March 29, 2016

5ATM13 -
Jess applies for a job at a progressive new school, but things take a turn when she finds out the principal is dating her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Nick gets a cold and Schmidt quarantines the roommates to prevent himself from getting sick before his big presentation.
108 14 300 Feet

April 12, 2016

5ATM14 -
When Jess is served a restraining order by her former boyfriend, Sam, she sets out to clear her name with Winston's help. Nick and Schmidt plot against the owner of a trendy new bar.
109 15 Jeff Day

April 19, 2016

5ATM15 -
Jess invents a male alter ego, "Jeff Day," in order to buy a new car from a sexist salesman, but her plan backfires when both Nick and Sam arrive at the dealership pretending to be him. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece panic when Winston decides to bring his new prankster girlfriend, Rhonda as his plus one to their wedding.
110 16 Helmet

April 19, 2016

5ATM16 -
Despite being happy with Sam, Jess confesses to Cece that she had a sex dream about Nick. And Schmidt attempts to help Winston land Furguson a cat audition when he finds out Aly's boyfriend is a talent agent for pets.
111 17 Road Trip

April 26, 2016

5ATM17 -
After being emasculated in front of Cece, Schmidt insists on a manly bachelor party weekend in Vegas, but the road trip goes awry when the guys end up at a desert biker bar and he must put his newfound bravado to the test.
112 18 A Chill Day In

April 26, 2016

5ATM18 -
Jess and Cece's low-key bachelorette party plans go "up in smoke" when they destroy the wedding gift sent by Schmidt's mom and must figure out how to replace it while under the influence.
113 19 Dress

May 3, 2016

5ATM19 -
Jess races to make alterations to Cece's bridal dress while Schmidt tries to keep his "wedding workshop" a secret at work and Nick struggles to ask Reagan to be his date to the nuptials. Meanwhile, Winston and Aly try to keep their relationship on the down-low at work.
114 20 Return to Sender

May 3, 2016

5ATM20 -
Jess meets Sam's female best friend, Diane. Meanwhile, Nick is worried Gavin will disappoint Schmidt again and Winston is offended by a reaction to a birthday gift.
115 21 Wedding Eve

May 10, 2016

5ATM21 -
On the night before the wedding, Nick and Winston try to help Schmidt re-write his vows and Jess, thinking that Sam is going to propose to her, rallies the gang into playing True American to avoid giving him an answer.
116 22 Landing Gear

May 10, 2016

5ATM22 -
Schmidt makes a last ditch effort to convince Cece's mom to come to their wedding, but in doing so, he might miss the special day himself.

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