'New Girl' Tackles Birthday Disappointment (Video)

New Girl Birthday Episodic - H 2014
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New Girl Birthday Episodic - H 2014

The course of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick's (Jake Johnson) relationship continues to get crowd-sourced on New Girl. The Jan. 21 episode, "Birthday," finds the couple's loft mates trying to help Nick plan Jess' birthday festivities.

Apparently, just throwing a party is not enough.

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"We wanted to finally do an episode about Jess' birthday," says episode writer Kim Rosenstock. "Your first birthday as a couple is always a big milestone … so over the course of the episode we see her struggle with wanting to believe that she can be cool with not having anything for her birthday."

What she will have is company. This episode of New Girl is heavy on the guest stars, with newcomer Ben Falcone joining returning guests Angela Kinsey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner and Josh Gad.

New Girl takes next Tuesday off, though it gets its special outing on Feb. 2 after the Super Bowl.