Lanford Beard
February 12, 2014 AT 05:30 AM EST

Poor Winston! He was so excited about his “meet my friends” dinner with his weird new girlfriend Bertie (Jessica Chaffin), and everyone totally bailed on him — well, everyone except Coach and Cece, who couldn’t think of anything better to do until they realized they could do each other (or try, at least). Bad form, gang. “Sister” challenged a lot of bonds, both in and out of the immediate friend group, but I can’t really say it moved all that much forward. The only exception: We should be getting a lot of backstory on Jess now that her sister Abby (Linda Cardellini) is set to stay for a while — hopefully Abby turns out to be a less bats–t-crazy sis than Caroline Sackler. Now to the business of how the New Girl gang got a new loftmate…

It all began when Jess’s mom called. After apologizing for interrupting Jess during “the most sensual time of the day,” she told Jess Abby that had been arrested in San Diego for stealing from a hotel. Mrs. Day asked Jess to spring her wild-child big sis from the clink and put her on a plane back to Portland. At which point Jess was immediately in a pickle completely of her own creation. Despite the fact that I don’t remember Jess ever uttering a word about her sister, she’d apparently billed Abby as a jet-setting fashionista instead of the bad seed she actually is, and of course Jess didn’t want Nick discovering her secret shame.

The only catch? Nick was insistent upon (and even super-excited about) meeting Abby. Within seconds of meeting her, we understood why Jess was in a tizzy. Abby was the type of “free spirit” who would start a jail brawl over a packet of gum, who didn’t have any scruples about memorizing and using Mrs. Day’s credit card, and who could have killed them both by shoving her hands over Jess’s eyes while li’l sis was driving. Suffice it to say, Abby’s loosey-goosey vibe didn’t mesh with Jess’s goody-two-shoes person (not to mention Jess’s constant anxiety-a-cappella-singing).

Still, Jess and Abby eventually began to bond — by making fun of their mom, naturally — when Jess left the room and Abby intercepted a text from Cece asking, “So, has Abby ruined everything yet?” She fled the apartment. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Day called and offered to help her “baby,” but that was exactly the word Abby had used to tease Jess moments before, so Jess insisted she could handle it. Jess eventually found Abby in the act of fleecing a hotel lobby bar server. When the sisters arrived at the airport, Abby admitted she had been stirring up trouble because she was afraid going home would force her to acknowledge her failure and begin her transformation into their mother. To be continued…

NEXT: A hit and a mitzvah

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