The second season of New Girl was announced by Fox on April 9, 2012. The season premiered on September 25, 2012, and the finale aired on May 14, 2013. Creator Liz Meriwether remained as showrunner for season two.
The DVD release is scheduled for release on October 1, 2013.
Season 2 continued to explore the deepening relationships between the roommates in the loft, and with Jess' lifelong best friend, Cece. Nick and Jess develop a romantic relationship by the end of the season, and Cece walks out on her arranged marriage ceremony in the season finale, declaring her love for a long-pining Schmidt.
The season also allowed viewers to get to know some of the major characters' families, helping to establish character motivations and personalities - Rob Reiner appeared in three episodes as Jess' father, Bob Day, and Jamie Lee Curtis appeared at Thanksgiving as her mother, Joan. Rob Riggle also guested in the Thanksgiving episode, "Parents," as Schmidt's uber-competitive cousin - also named Schmidt. Nick experienced the death of his con-man father, Walt (played by Dennis Farina), and Jess was introduced to his headstrong mother, Bonnie (played by Margo Martindale) at his funeral in "Chicago." Anna Maria Horsford and Keenyah Hill appeared as Winston's mother, Charmaine, and WNBA star sister, Alisha, in "Katie."
David Walton (Sam), Merritt Wever (Elizabeth), Nelson Franklin (Robby) and Satya Bhabha (Shivrang) appeared in multi-episode arcs as significant others of Jess (Sam), Schmidt (Elizabeth), and Cece (Robby then Shivrang). Olivia Munn, as a commitment-phobic stripper, appeared in three episodes as Nick's quasi-girlfriend, Angie. Carla Gugino guested in three as Schmidt's just-divorced boss, Emma, who convinces him to sign a sex contract. Kali Hawk, who began appearing in season one as Winston's girlfriend, Shelby, was out at "Halloween," when Shelby and Winston ended their relationship. Brenda Song appeared in two episodes as his new love interest, Daisy.
Jess is fired from her teaching job. Schmidt throws a party at Nick's bar, in celebration of his penis cast being removed. A new side of Winston is revealed after he drinks some of Nick's fruity concoctions. Cece introduces her new boyfriend, Robby (Nelson Franklin), to Schmidt.
Jess meets Sam (David Walton), a handsome stranger who thinks she is his blind date; a regular at Nick's bar claims he is Nick from the future, and Winston's mother Charmaine (Anna Maria Horsford) and sister Alisha (Keenyah Hill) visit. Schmidt is determined to sleep with Alisha.
Jess and Nick evaluate their friendship, after Nick is convinced that Jess is only using him as a platonic boyfriend. Elsewhere, Schmidt hopes to impress an attractive Republican by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney's sons. Winston has random sexual fantasies, due to a sexual dry spell in his relationship with Shelby (Kali Hawk).
Jess begins to have genuine feelings for Sam as more than a sexual partner, after seeing him work as a pediatrician during the day. Nick reunites with Amelia (Maria Thayer), an ex-girlfriend from college. Schmidt intrudes on Cece and Robby's Halloween date. Winston feels it is finally time to break up with Shelby.
Still unable to find a new job, Jess blames her problems on premenstrual syndrome. Winston also thinks he is suffering from same symptom as Jess, even though he is a man. After meeting a strange old man in the park, Nick decides to be less angry. Schmidt agrees to be consensually sexually harassed by his new boss, Emma. Cece is bothered after Robby labels her a "nice girl."
Jess' divorced parents come over to the apartment for Thanksgiving; Jess tries to get them back together despite numerous failed attempts in the past. Schmidt's cousin, also named Schmidt, comes over, spurring a manly competition between the two.
Guest Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, Rob Riggle
Jess is in her thirties and she begins to worry about wanting to have children before it's too late. Schmidt is bothered by being unable to satisfy Emma during sexual intercourse. Nick finally decides to sit down to begin writing his zombie novel.
Tired of taking showers, Jess and Winston decide that they want to put a bathtub in the loft. However, their attempts makes matters worse causing them to fool Schmidt by faking a robbery. Nick meets Angie, a tough and beautiful stripper with a hotheaded boyfriend. Schmidt struggles between having sexual relations with Emma and trying to win Cece back.
The gang attends several Christmas parties on Christmas Eve. Sam tries to win Jess back. Nick is intimidated by Angie being very sexually adventurous in public. Schmidt rejects Cece's Christmas gift after she denies him after he proclaimed his love for her.
When Nick's con-man father suddenly reappears, Jess tries her best to fix the two men's relationship, despite Nick's fears that he's being used in another one of his dad's gambling schemes. Meanwhile, Schmidt teams up with Robby to try to win back Cece.
When Nick is convinced that one of Jess' students is hiding a nefarious secret, he goes undercover in her adult night school class. Meanwhile, Winston has an embarrassing encounter with Cece, causing an examination of all the loft-mate's peculiarities.
Jess is considered to be a cool force when she goes out with the guys, so they go out to find women and leave her at home. Jess hears noises outside and asks the guys and their dates to return. Party games begin, and Nick has to kiss Jess.
The gang attends a dating convention, where Cece hopes to find a prospective husband - even as Schmidt hopes to win her back. Meanwhile, Winston's mojo returns, and Jess and Nick get put in a compromising position in front of Dr. Sam.
Jess gets fed up with her parking spot after she finds a neighborhood homeless man and cats sleeping on her car in the same week. Schmidt concocts a plan to get a new parking space in their building and shares it with Nick and Jess. Causing them to later battle it out for the coveted parking spot. During the competition Nick and Jess will get some alone time to discuss their relationship.
Jess catches the eye of a professional football player, with whom Winston is trying to land an exclusive interview for his radio station. Meanwhile, Nick and Schmidt argue over the planning of their "TinFinity" party celebrating their tenth anniversary of living together, and Cece gets a surprise offer.
Jess comes to a conclusion about her romantic feelings for Nick and she struggles to tell him. Schmidt becomes obsessed with buying a fish, which Winston sees as a metaphor for Schmidt's unresolved feelings toward Cece. Nick plans a bar promotion to impress the bar owner.
When a death occurs in Nick’s family, Jess, Schmidt and Winston travel with Nick to the Windy City to help him with the funeral preparations and meet his boisterous family members, including his mom, Bonnie; his younger brother, Jamie (guest star Kroll); and his Boston cousin, Bobby (guest star Burr).
Schmidt's relationship with his college girlfriend and first love, Elizabeth (Merritt Wever) is about to move to the next level, and the gang recollects the various ways in which they lost their virginity.