Series: New Girl

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Released: 2 February 2014 (USA)
Season 3, Episode 14
Director: Fred Goss
Writers: David Feeney & Rob Rosell
Producers: Zooey Deschanel, Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson
Productions Companies: Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures
American Nitwits
Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Created by: Elizabeth Meriwether
Genre(s): Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 22 minutes
Technical Specification(s): Country: USA
Language: English
Sound Mix: Dolby
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD
Original Channel(s):


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New Girl is an American television sitcom developed by Elizabeth Meriwether that premiered on FOX on September 20, 2011. The series revolves around offbeat teacher Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) after her moving into an L.A. loft with three men, played by Jake Johnson (Nick), Max Greenfield (Schmidt) and Lamorne Morris (Winston); Jess’s best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) and (in season three) old-turned-new loft-mate Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) also appear regularly.

The series' third season premiered on 17 September 2013.

Produced in Los Angeles as a single-camera comedy, New Girl is neither performed in front of a studio audience nor has a laugh track.

With an "overwhelmingly positive" fan response to Nick and Jess’s relationship in season 2, Meriwether and the writers agreed to focus realistically on the characters' attempt at making their relationship work instead of establishing a break-up scenario for season 3 .

Prince involvement

Because writers wanted Cece (Hannah Simone) to reveal that she lost her virginity to Prince during an episode in Season 2, Meriwether contacted Prince’s management. Prince wasn’t available at that time, but apparently loved the show and said he wanted to be on it in the future.

When season 3 began shooting, Prince’s management called back, and an agreement was found to feature Prince on the "after Super Bowl" slot. In addition of his special guest appearance, Prince collaborated on the script (the idea of helping Jess through her relationship with Nick), and gave feedback on jokes. He also contributed a new song, Fallinlove2nite, which was premiered in the episode.

Brett Baer, executive producer of the series explains how Prince made contact with the production:

He contacted us last season because he’s a huge fan (...) He knows everything about the show. He contacted Zooey (Deschanel) and Hannah (Simone) directly and asked to do the show. We couldn’t work it out last year. But when the Super Bowl thing was floated, it was perfect timing (...)

He said, "I want to be involved in the show in a real way and I want to help Nick and Jess with their relationship"

Two days of shooting were scheduled in December to shoot the episode. Not only Prince was scheduled to perform a new song, but also to take part in the episode plot, and interact with Nick and most specifically, Jess.

The episode, originally titled "Party time" was renamed "Prince" one week before broadcast.

The episode was broadcast on FOX immediately after their Sports' coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVIII on 2 February 2014 at 10:30-11:00 PM ET/7:30-8:00 PM PT and attracted an audience of 25.8 million viewers.

Cast & Crew
  • Prince - himself
  • Zooey Deschanel - Jessica "Jess" Day
  • Jake Johnson - Nicholas "Nick" Miller
  • Max Greenfield - Schmidt
  • Lamorne Morris - Winston Bishop
  • Hannah Simone - Cecilia "Cece" Parekh
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. - Ernie "Coach"
  • Alessandra Ambrosio - herself
  • Ana Beatriz Barros - herself
  • Clayton Kershaw - himself
  • Lais Ribeiro - herself


Main Crew
  • Russ Alsobrook, A.S.C. - director of photography
  • Michael Whetstone - production designer
  • Steve Welch - editing
  • Erin O’Malley - unit production manager
  • Michael Risolo - first assistant director
  • Brian F. Relyea - second assistant director
  • Ludwig Göransson - score
  • Michael Andrews, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Meriwether, Dave Finkel and Brett Baer - main title theme

Other Crew


Jess is ready to paint the town purple when a chance encounter finds her and best friend Cece invited to a once-in-a-lifetime mansion party thrown by music legend Prince, guest-starring as himself. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Coach are determined to crash the festivities, building toward an unforgettable ending.

Full Story

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) almost get run over by a black SUV (with Minnesota plates). Feeling bad about it, the driver who it turns out works for Prince, invites the pair to a party at Prince’s L.A. house. 

As Cece and Jess leave for the party in a limousine, Jess' boyfriend Nick (Jake Johnson) says he loves her for the first time. She replies speechlessly, with 'pistol hands', shooting at him.

While the girls get into the party, Nick and his mates discuss about the declaration and decide they have to crash the party in order for Nick to clarify things with Jess. When they succeed Jess and Nick seclude in the mansion’s gardens to talk in private, when Prince shows up. Jake reluctantly lets Prince and Jess have some private time together, gets back to the party and starts to drink.

Meanwhile, Prince invites Jess to taste his chef’s pancakes, before having a redress session with her, a ping-pong game (he wins 15-0), a love mantra experience surrounded by candles, a dark closet scaring spoof and a butterfly pet encounter in the gardens. Finally he lets her go, pushing her to go back to Jake and declare her love to him.

Back to the party, Jess follows Prince’s advice and tells Nick she loves him. As the pair kisses, Prince appears onstage and invite Jess to join him onstage to sing his new song. Prince’s band and Jess' friends join onstage to dance.

Back home, the gang wonders if the events were real, how where they’ll go from there and where has Cece disappeared. It appears that she’s still at Prince’s mansion, teaching him a ping-pong lesson.

Making of

Shooting started on 12 December 2013 with 2 days of shooting in Los Angeles.

Shooting Schedule & Locations
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Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • On 22 January 2014, FOX YouTube channel broadcast a teaser from the forthcoming episode. On 30 January 2014, FOX YouTube channel broadcast 8 excerpts from the episode. A lot of promotion was also made through the series social media.
  • Two other Prince songs can be heard in the episode: People Pleaser is used for the party soundtrack while When You Were Mine is played during Jess redressing sequence.
  • In addition to Fallinlove2nite, Prince has provided a playlist of songs for the house party that takes place in this episode. The selected songs were : City in the Sky (The Staple Singers), Country John and Back in Baby’s Arms (Allen Toussaint), Fire and Skin Tight (Ohio Players), Happy House (Shuggie Otis), Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder), I Was Made to Love Him (Chaka Khan), Listen to the Music and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (The Isley Brothers), The Lord is Back (Eugene McDaniels), Lost in Music (Sister Sledge), The Pinocchio Theory and Rubber Duckie (Bootsy Collins), Rumpofsteelskin (Parliament), We’re Gettin’ Too Close and Don’t Take My Sunshine (The Soul Children), Wild and Free (Curtis Mayfield), After The Love Has Gone (Earth, Wind & Fire), How Could I Let You Get Away and I’ll Be Around (The Spinners), Push Me Away (The Jacksons), Stay With Me (Shirley Brown) and The Thrill Is Gone (Aretha Franklin). Of those 22 songs, only Fire, Skin Tight, I Was Made to Love Him and How Could I Let You Get Away can be heard in the aired episode.
  • Parts for The Kardashian sisters were written in the initial script for this episode. Prince (or his camp) reportedly asked for their appearance to be canceled.
  • Quote: “Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt for".
  • Audience: 25.8 million viewers, 11.1 rating for viewers under 50.

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