Jess prepares to tell Nick how she really feels about him. In other events, Nick has a meeting with a book publisher, Aly helps Winston reconnect with someone important and big news comes along for Schmidt and Cece.
Out of work, Jess continues zany pursuits such as felt art and cooking unusual dishes. At the bar, a guy mistakes Jess for the blind date he is to meet. They have great sex and she continues to pretend she is Katie. Winston's mother visits.
Jess continues to have great sex with Sam but does not date. Jess feels uncomfortable with a sex only relationship. Nick becomes her guy to date but no sex. Schmidt pretends to be one of Mitt Romney's sons to impress women.
Instead of celebrating Cece's birthday watching a movie, Cece wants to go out. Jess joins the models at a wild party at the bar. The next day, Cece is not able to model at a car show, so Jess steps in at the last minute. It does not go well.
Nick prepares for a visit from Amelia, someone he had a crush on at college. Jess has a job at a haunted house for Halloween. She invites Sam, her non-boyfriend to the haunted house and plans to tell him she wants to be a girlfriend.
Unable to pay her share of rent and utilities, the guys tell Jess to get a job. She is experiencing her monthly period and is an emotional mess. Nick meets a silent guy who shows him how to be peaceful. Cece wants to go back with Schmidt.
When Jess's parents, Bob and Joan, show up at the same time for Thanksgiving dinner, Jess takes the opportunity to "parent trap" them into a reconciliation, but her ploy backfires. Meanwhile, Schmidt and his bigger ex-Marine cousin, Big Schmidt, engage in a "manliness" competition.
When Sadie tells Jess and Cece they only have so many eggs available for having children, Jess is worried and insists she and Cece get tests done. Schmidt tries to find confirmation for his sexual prowess. Nick finishes writing his book.
Jess wants a bathtub in the apartment, and Winston helps her get one. Schmidt is still interested in CeCe and thinks they would be great together, but he is also still with his boss. Nick meets a woman with man troubles at the bar.
The gang tries to attend a lot of Christmas parties. Cece talks to Schmidt about becoming just friends again. Jess tries to avoid Sam; he tells her he wants to get back together. Nick has trouble adjusting to his adventurous girlfriend.
Nick's father visits and Nick is upset. Nick thinks his con-man father is just in town to pull another scheme. Jess tries to find a way to repair their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Robby try to win Cece back into their hearts.
Jess makes a real connection with a student in her writing class. She reads the papers to her roommates and Nick things the guy is a psychotic killer. Winston and Schmidt argue about what others say about them behind their back.
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.
After their shared kiss, Nick and Jess try to avoid each other. Cece decides to go to a dating event for East Indians; Jess and the others also attend. Schmidt makes the event painful for Cece. Sam finds out about Nick & Jess.
A premium parking spot becomes available in the apartment building and the group fights over who deserves it. Nick, Jess, and Schmidt sit in the spot to see who gives up first. Winston meets up with Daisy but does not have a condom.
Nick & Schmidt celebrate 10 years of being roommates. Nick's chore for the party is a porta-potty. Winston brings a football player to the bar, and Jess decides she wants to go out with him for a kiss. Cece gets a proposal.
With Cece engaged, Schmidt is depressed. Schmidt decides an aquarium filled with a rare, unattainable, and endangered species of fish is what will cheer him up. Nick decides to be a take-charge man, and this entices Jess to want Nick.
Nick's father dies and the friends travel to Chicago. Nick's family views him as the responsible one and has him plan an Elvis funeral. Jess impersonates as Elvis to help cut costs. Winston helps Schmidt get over his fear of funerals.
Jess and Nick go on their first official date, but try to decide if it is really a date or not. Winston and Schmidt are left to themselves and realize Nick is the glue that holds them together. Without Nick, they are not sure what to do.
Jess holds a bachelorette party for Cece. Cece shows up with her fiancé's aunt and things turn G-Rated. The guys throw Shivrang a bachelor party. Jess tells Nick to get a picture of Shivrang's privates. Schmidt needs a date for the wedding.
It's Winston's birthday and he wants a party. Schmidt is still seeing Elizabeth and wondering where it will lead. Jess's father comes to town for Cece's wedding, and Nick & Jess try to hide their relationship. Jess has a job interview.
Nick and Jess decide if they want their relationship to continue. It's Cece's wedding day and Schmidt thinks she does not want to go through with it. He gets Winston & Nick to help sabotage the wedding. Shivrang has his own big announcement.