'New Girl' Brings Jess and Coach Together With Basketball (Video)

New Girl Episodic Deschanel Wayans - H 2014
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New Girl Episodic Deschanel Wayans - H 2014

Six episodes into his New Girl return, Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) has yet to really bond with Jess (Zooey Deschanel). The pair aim to remedy that with the Jan. 14 episode, "Basketsball," though not without offending other people in the loft.

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"We're trying to find a balance where Jess trying to be friends with Coach through sports created some kind of conflict with Nick [Jake Johnson]," says New Girl writer Rebecca Addelman in a behind-the-scenes look at the episode, "and we landed on a sex standoff."

But Nick is not upset by the newly initiated bonding, he's mad that Coach manages to get Jess to root for the Detroit Pistons instead of the Chicago Bulls. Jess' Pistons affection gets her kicked out of bed when she turns up in a Detroit T-shirt.

New Girl premieres "Basketsball" on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m.