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.
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. Wilson 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.
Nick and Jess run off to Mexico to give their relationship a chance to grow without the everyday problems of Schmidt and Winston. Meanwhile, Winston finds out he is color blind, and Schmidt makes a commitment to both Cece and Elizabeth.
Jess turns to Nick for advice on how to fit in with a clique of "mean girl" teachers at her new school. Meanwhile, an office party is anything but fun for Schmidt, and Winston plots revenge on Daisy, whom he suspects is cheating on him.
Thinking Schmidt has chosen to be with Cece, Jess and Nick invite him to go on a double date with them. Nick is caught between loyalty to his friend and loyalty to his girlfriend when he finds out a shocking secret. Meanwhile, Winston promises to get the foursome a table at an ultra-exclusive restaurant that doesn't take reservations.
Jess throws a Halloween Party, but Cece won't attend if Schmidt is there. In an effort to change Schmidt's sullen behavior, Jess, Nick and Winston resort to pretending to be his childhood idol, Michael Keaton.