Being a non American, I really don't get the whole phone credits thing. Nick has low score... low score of what, exactly? And why are they laughing. I feel dumb. The store lady mentioned, "Are you just wake up from a coma?"
I assume the American credit scoring system works in pretty much the same way as the British one. Itís really just a record showing how much of a risk it would be for a company to offer lending to an individual. Any sort of credit, from loans, credit cards, overdrafts, and credit contracts, like a phone contract, is recorded. The credit score itself is compiled based on the amount of credit a person has, and their history of managing that credit.
So if a person has more credit than they can afford to pay back, or if they just miss payments and generally mismanage their finances, theyíll have a low score.
In Nickís case, it seemed that he just had no credit history (other than the store card he mentioned), and so they couldn't predict whether he would make his payments on time or not, his score was ridiculously low.
Oh, and I just started watching this show in the last week or two. Itís not uproariously funny or cutting edge, but I do like it.
Iíve always had a crush on Zooey Deschanel, though Iím still not sure sheís well suited to this role, or to the sitcom medium. She just seems uncomfortable at times (though I think thatís been the case in most of the stuff sheís done, except Almost Famous) But the guys playing Nick and Schmidt are both incredibly funny. Definitely enough laughs to keep watching, at least.
Iím enjoying the slow but sure development that theyíve been giving to all five of the main characters (including Cece). Some sitcoms just create their stock of characters and rely on them to get laughs, even if they remain the same week after week. Already I think this show has moved each of its characters away from their original incarnations, in different ways.
I know that Schmidt is seen as the MVP by many, but for me itís definitely Nick. His curmudgeonly, pessimistic outlook on life is sadly quite similar to my own, but Jake M. Johnson brings enough charm to the role that he never becomes oppressively depressing.
I really liked his riffs on being a rich, successful guy in this last episode, and hope to see more of that lighthearted side of him as the show progresses. Though I think my favourite moment from him so far was his rant about how he doesnít need to wash his towel, because it washes him. It was the ďyou need to think, man!Ē that did it, as though it was completely absurd to expect someone to do that.
Heís a great foil for Jessís perky, happy-go-lucky personality, and seeing the two of them trying to rein in each othersí more extreme tendencies is a lot of fun.