Christmas is a special, weird time on a show like “New Girl.” From the cheery spirit of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to the grinchy humbuggery of Nick (Jake Johnson) to the “I’m Jewish but like parties” of Schmidt (Max Greenfield), there’s really something for everyone.

In this season’s Christmas special, “Santa,” the roommates head off to a series of holiday parties. It’s too bad, really, that their nights consist more of problems with exes than visions of sugarplums. Too bad for them anyway. It’s very entertaining for viewers.

Before any holiday festivities can begin, the loft needs some decorations. In “Naughty or Nice,” everyone mentions when they found out the truth about Santa. One roommate may even still believe… It’s not who you would think.

Once the question of Santa Claus out of the way, the parties can begin. For Nick’s new girlfriend, Angie (Olivia Munn), “partying” is taken seriously.

Nick isn’t the only one in an uncomfortable situation. When Jess sees her ex, she manages to share her discomfort with both Schmidt and CeCe (Hannah Simone).

Obviously, the ex figures out that Jess is there. Jess therefore has to deal with her problem in another way, using Winston (Lamorne Morris) to sell it.

Things are not going much better for Schmidt and CeCe. It doesn’t look like the two have succumbed to their obvious love for one another yet. At least they’re speaking…

Angie’s rather open ways may have been too much for Nick to handle as the night wore on. But Nick is never above making a fool of himself. Acting like an idiot is always a solid way to win back the love of a woman.

And if that doesn’t work, try a lap dance.

Based on the final video from “Santa,” it’s safe to say that Nick and Angie do get close at least once over the course of the evening. Not that it ends well.

“Santa” airs on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9pm on FOX.

Posted by:Laurel Brown