“It was too soon! I messed up. What should I do now? Maybe I can make that episode into an elaborate dream sequence. But seriously folks. I’ve found that the kiss has actually invigorated the show and the characters. As opposed to letting the tension out, it’s added spark and conflict and helped us focus…. It’s not going to lead to immediate happiness for everyone, if that’s what you’re worried about. Don’t you find, in real life, that kissing leads to more comedic situations not less? I like awkwardness. New Girl thrives on awkwardness. But I hope you keep watching. Don’t give up on us yet. We might actually figure it out.” – New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether, to the New York Times, on the timing and import of that awkward kiss between Jess and Nick.