Well, I warned ya that I would most likely miss some weeks. Boom! Week 4 of this feature and I skipped one already. No biggie. I’m back this week with a non-book posting.
I don’t know about you, but with so many ways to stream television I still find myself returning to some favorites over and over again. I find that when working from home, it helps to have something on the television for company, so to speak. (My job has to do with scanning and sorting paperwork, so no worries that I’m being a rude person and not paying attention to a Zoom meeting or phone call, I promise.) I’ve also found that it has to be something I’ve seen before so I give me work the proper attention and don’t feel as if I’m missing some key element to the storytelling of my show. Over the months I’ve touched on watching The Golden Girls, MASH, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and New Girl.
But this post isn’t about any of those shows, per se. It’s about a character from a show. One Winston Bishop aka Winnie the Bish.
I believe this is the third time watching this series beginning to end. The first time we actually watched it while it was on the air. So this is the second streaming/binging of New Girl. And I say “we” because, although it started out as my background noise while working, it quickly became an evening staple after dinner once again. Regardless, with each re-watch, and the deeper we get into the series, the more I appreciate Lamorne Morris. He is perfect as Winston and never fails to make me laugh.
Winston is not a slapstick in your face character. He’s a goofy, sweet, naive guy that fancies himself a prankster. A lot of the Winston humor is in the background of a scene, very subtle. Of course, he has his in your face moments. But the funniest Winston is the Winston that is in his own world in the periphery, not even realizing there’s a whole other conversation happening outside of his bubble.
The thing about Winnie the Bish, though…he’s so human. So real. Winston is the moral compass of the group. He’ll help anyone, no matter how crazy the ask. He’ll rally the troops before you even know they’re needed. And he’ll look past your flaws to see the real you. He’s the friend we all want and need in our lives.
Trust me. If you’ve watched New Girl before and overlooked Winston, give it another go and pay attention to his crazy antics and one liners. If you’ve never watched New Girl, give it a try. Winston gains steam as the series progresses. It’s a beautiful thing to watch Lamorne Morris grow into the character and the character grow into the backbone of this group of friends.
By the way, if you head over to Netflix to watch New Girl, please do yourself a favor and make sure not to skip season 3 episode 14 titled Prince. That’s right, it’s an episode with Prince. It’s amazing. It’s everything you want from a sit-com episode with Prince involved.
Listen, these days we can all use some lightness, laughter, and fun in our lives. Winston Bishop is the perfect vehicle for all these things. I’d love to hear from you if you are also a New Girl fan, who’s your favorite character?