Next there’s a fun montage of Nick and Coach working out to Britney music (with Schmidt on speakerphone, wondering about “Nixon jeans”), but Nick throws it all away by tricking Cece into bringing over a new batch of dumplings. Nick and Coach have a dumpling slapdown fight, and Coach warns Nick that giving in to the dumplings means “[you’d] rather sit on the couch and eat dumplings than do something with your life.”
Meanwhile, Jess notices that a semi-defeated Winston (in his makeshift wheelchair) has facial paralysis from an MSG allergy, and she wheels him to Hop Foo’s to confront Brian about their false “no MSG” policy (“it says it with the Ghostbusters thing”). Jess threatens to show Winston’s to all of the patrons every day until the menu deliveries stop; Brian responds by cruelly firing Charles, the delivery guy.
After resigning himself to drinking coffee with the resident street crazy (and trying and failing to install a nanny cam), Schmidt finally admits to missing life with the roommates despite requesting the distance.
A depressed Coach and Jess resign themselves to never trying again while stuffing their faces with cold noodles, and Nick, despite being horrible at pep talks, manages to motivate them (reasoning that lazy people like him need people who do things). Inspired by Nick’s sincere compliments of her resourcefulness, Jess recruits the newly-out-of-work Charles to help transport her students to the beach, and in each of the roommates establish brief but resolute bonds with each other.
FINAL NOTES: With the addition of Coach, it seems that the writers are using a lot of Nick-style absurd one-liners to smooth over the comedic chemistry between. Winston’s eagerness to prove he’s not a quitter in this episode seems fitting, given that the writers have always struggled to fit in Winston in a relevant way. How will he fare with Coach’s return, just when he was hitting his stride? And for that matter, how will Schmidt and Cece balance out?