Jess is laid off from her teaching job and volunteers to be a shot girl at Schmidt's "rebranding" party in the Season 2 opener. Also: Cece introduces the gang to her new beau; and Winston shows a different side of his personality after drinking some of Nicky's fruity concoctions. Parker Posey guest stars as a jaded cocktail waitress.
Jess pretends she's someone else when a handsome stranger mistakes her for his blind date. Meanwhile, a patron at Nick's bar claims to be Nick from the future, and Winston's disapproving mother pays him a visit.
Jess gets hired as a zombie at a haunted house. Meanwhile, romantic complications abound when Schmidt and Cece's Halloween costumes match—but Winston and Shelby's don't; Jess tries to sort out her changing feelings toward Sam; and Nick gets a visit from an old college flame.
Jess enlists help for a "Parent Trap"-type scheme when her divorced parents (Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner) visit for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Schmidt must deal with family drama of his own when Winston pits him against his visiting cousin, Big Schmidt.
Jess and Cece begin to worry about their biological clocks when they learn that a friend is pregnant. Meanwhile, Schmidt wants to please Emma; Nick and Winston look for inspiration for Nick's zombie-theme novel at the zoo.
Nick and Schmidt are both attracted to the same beautiful woman during a guys' night out. Elsewhere, Winston falls for a girl, but she doesn't return his affections; and Jess' evening involves a round of the drinking game True American and a new development in her relationship with one of her roommates.
Winston interviews a professional football player, who shows an interest in Jess. Elsewhere, Nick and Schmidt butt heads while planning a party to celebrate 10 years of being roommates; and Cece receives a surprise offer.
Jess admits how she feels about Nick, but soon after coming clean, she learns that he may have been hiding something. Elsewhere, Schmidt becomes preoccupied with buying a fish; and Nick tries to impress his boss by planning a promotion at the bar.
To celebrate Cece's upcoming nuptials, Jess throws a bachelorette party while Nick and Winston take her fiancé out for a guys' night. Meanwhile, Schmidt needs to find a date to bring to the wedding, so he seeks out his old college girlfriend.
Jess' father (Rob Reiner) visits at an inopportune time, forcing Nick to spend time alone with him. Meanwhile, Jess gets a new job opportunity; Schmidt deals with his feelings about Elizabeth; and Winston expects a surprise birthday party, but no one remembers to throw one.
The second season ends with Jess and Nick making a decision about their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Winston plan to sabotage Cece's wedding, but a surprise announcement throws an additional wrench into the plans. Taylor Swift appears as a wedding guest.