New Girl Season 2 Finale Spoiler: Why is it Called, “Elaine’s Big Day”? Taylor Swift Guest Stars!

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May 13, 2013

Updated Spoilers! E! Online had this little update about Taylor Swift’s guest appearance on the New Girl season 2 finale (including no Taylor Swift music in the episode, what??):

“Our set is a fun set to come to, but it’s also a little bit crazy because there’s a lot of improv and people shouting out extra jokes and she completely held her own and did such a great job with it.” And don’t expect to hear any of her music in the finale, as Meriwether says that would have been “a little bit too on the nose” for the show.

Entertainment Weekly shared this exclusive first look at Taylor Swift guest-starring in New Girl‘s season 2 finale, “Elaine’s Big Day”…and that the name of her character is Elaine. Huh. It all makes sense now.

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Sort of. New Girl creator, Liz Meriwether and actor, Jake Johnson (Nick) previewed a little bit about Taylor being on the show.

Though showrunner Liz Meriwether remains coy about what exactly brings Elaine to the nuptials of Cece (Hannah Simone) and Shivrang (Satya Bhabha), she admits the casting was no coincidence. “I’m a huge fan of hers,” she says. “I was fully geeking out about meeting [Taylor]. I didn’t go to meet her right away because I kind of had to compose myself — there’s a 14-year-old girl inside of me.” Apparently the feeling was mutual, Meriwether recalls: “She was quoting lines to us from the show. It was a really exciting night.”

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Star Jake Johnson notes that Swift was “very good,” and jokes that Swift’s triple threat status was “a little bit frustrating. She came in and is really nice. It’s not an easy scene. There were probably 70 extras there — though I’m sure she performs to so much bigger [crowds] than that on a regular basis. She had, like, a little monologue and delivered it perfectly. Liz gave her alternative jokes and lines, she delivered them all perfectly. It was frustrating!”
Meriwether also compliments Swift, saying, “She kind of came and nailed it. We love bringing in guest stars, but we really try to make it feel like they’re part of the show and it’s not just stunt casting.” After Meriwether & Co. have given her punchline shout-outs and featured her song “22? in previous episodes, this cameo brings the singer-songwriter full circle — with added value for fans of both: ?”She did a little bit of a riff on one of her songs,” previews Meriwether.

Are you excited to see Taylor Swift guest star in the season 2 finale of New Girl, and what do you think this “Elaine” has to do with Cece’s wedding?