‘New Girl’: Schmidt’s Father Returns to Ruin Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

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NEW GIRL: L-R: Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson and guest star Peter Gallagher in the "ThanksGavin" episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 22 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

In this week of turkey slaughter and forced shows of gratitude, many folks are dreading the drama of family gatherings. Will your write-in vote for Harambe ruin the dinner convo? Did anyone think to invite Cousin Crackhead? Are the yams burnt…again?

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Well if you think you’re gonna have it bad this Thanksgiving, take some comfort in the mess that is Schmidt’s cornucopia of crazy when his long-absent father (Peter Gallagher) returns for the holiday. In this exclusive clip from Tuesday night’s New Girl episode, it’s clear that “Papa” isn’t in a good place—in fact, he’s in the bathroom—and even the passive-aggressive attentions of his son (Max Greenfield) aren’t enough to boost his mood. So cheers, gang. You may not have the worst Thanksgiving, after all!

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