'New Girl' Writers Talk About Nick's Self-Improvement Kick (Exclusive Video)

"He's caught between this place where he wants to hold on to a lot of his natural negativity or skepticism," says Alex Cuthbertson, "but then he's also dating this real optimist."
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Now that Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) have defined their relationship, the maturation divide between the New Girl duo is a bit more obvious.

The latest episode of the Fox comedy, "Menus," tackles it head on -- with the continued help of Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) -- who will be sticking around the show for the duration of the season.

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"Nick is set in his ways," says episode co-writer Matt Fusfeld.

"He's caught between this place where he wants to hold on to a lot of his natural negativity or skepticism -- but then he's also dating this real optimist," adds fellow scribe Alex Cuthbertson. "He sees it affecting her negatively, and he wants to make a change."

Fusfeld and Cuthbertson, who both sound off about the episode in the below video, offer some backstory on their favorite scene from "Menus" -- and tease a musical workout montage for Nick and Coach.
 

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