11:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
'New Girl' Writers Talk About Nick's Self-Improvement Kick (Exclusive Video)
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.
STORY: 'New Girl' Books Damon Wayans Jr. for the Rest of the Season
"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.