One of the most criticized relationships in New Girl is that of Jess and Ryan, a science teacher from England. Here’s why and what happened to him.
New Girl fans saw Jess meeting different men, among those Ryan Geauxinue, Jess’ coworker, and while he was quite charming, their relationship wasn’t well-received by the audience. Created by Elizabeth Meriwether, New Girl debuted on Fox in 2011 and was very well received from the beginning, with critics praising its sense of humor and the performances of its main cast, particularly those of Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson. New Girl came to an end in 2018 after seven seasons and a lot of ups and downs in the lives of the main characters.
New Girl followed Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel), a young, bubbly teacher who moved into a loft with three strangers she found on the internet after discovering that her boyfriend was cheating on her. Adapting to a new roommate isn’t easy, but after a period of adjustment, Jess ended up being very close to her roommates Schmidt (Greenfield), Nick Miller (Johnson), and Winston (Lamorne Morris), with her best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) also joining the fun. New Girl also saw Jess adapting to being single and dating again, and she dated different men throughout the series, and one of her last relationships before getting back together with Nick was with a man named Ryan.
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In New Girl season 4, viewers met Ryan Geauxinue (Julian Morris), a science teacher from England who started working at the school Jess was also working at. As she was vice-principal, she implemented a non-dating policy with faculty members, which became very hard to follow once she met Ryan. As hard as she tried, Jess ended up giving in to her feelings and started dating Ryan, but the couple didn’t have the desired effect on the audience, who have complained about this particular pair. Ryan was charming and got along well with Jess, but this was supposed to be Jess’ first serious relationship since breaking up with Nick, and the chemistry between them wasn’t there and ended up feeling forced.
Ryan appeared in just seven episodes of New Girl, and during that time, the writers tried too hard to sell the Jess/Ryan pair, and it became a very forgettable relationship. Many fans have pointed out that their “I love you” moment didn’t feel sincere, and from there, things went a bit too fast with them. In Ryan’s final episode, “The Crawl”, he asked Jess about moving in together, after which she panicked, further proving that their relationship was moving too fast. She ended up being convinced by the idea, but Ryan then revealed that he had been offered a job as headmaster of a school in England. Although they tried to keep a long-distance relationship, what marked the end of their relationship was him not showing up for the wedding of Jess’ father, and so Ryan wasn’t mentioned again. This was also criticized by New Girl fans, as it seemed like an easy and cheap way to put an end to their relationship, once more rushing through it and jumping onto the next thing.
As mentioned above, Ryan ended up being one of the most forgettable boyfriends Jess had in New Girl, more so as he appeared in between two of Jess’ most memorable relationships: that with Doctor Sam Sweeney, and then with Robby McFerrin, who turned out to be her third-cousin. Ultimately, Jess and Ryan’s relationship didn’t affect her arc, as she moved on with her life and ended up forming a family with Nick, but some viewers feel it was a waste of time.
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