Elizabeth Meriwether’s sitcom New Girl introduced Megan Fox’s Reagan Lucas for six episodes after Zooey Deschanel left on maternity leave – but while she returned later on, she didn’t say forever. Reagan was popular among fans of the series and became a recurring character throughout season 6. Considering the character was introduced as a filler for Deschanel’s Jessica “Jess” Day, her story arc was never intended to last long and, as a result, Fox left the show when season 6 wrapped.
In 2011, the series premiered and introduced Jess, the quirky school teacher who moved to Los Angeles in the aftermath of a tumultuous break-up in order to find herself. When her journey begins, she moves in with three dysfunctional and unique men: Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris). As the series progresses, Jess goes through various relationships, falls for her roommate Nick, and lives her life for herself. In New Girl season 5, episode 3, “Jury Duty”, she is called for a six-episode long jury duty summons. When Nick rents out her room to pay for Schmidt’s bachelor party, Reagan enters the picture.
Nick and Reagan hit it off and form a romantic relationship with one another. Once Jess returned, the story arc for Fox’s character seemed to come to a close but was reignited in season 6 – and Nick’s romantic interest in Reagan caused drama between the roommates for 22 episodes. By the end of Reagan and Nick’s relationship, he discovers his true feelings for Jess and vice versa. The two end up together, just as every fan of the show had hoped. Fox only returned to New Girl after popular demand, but her character arc always had definite end planned.
Ultimately, Megan Fox’s character Reagan Lucas played her part in creating tension for the series as it was nearing its end. After approximately six years, New Girl season 7 closed the book on Jess’s story. As the will-they-won’t-they trope continued to play a major role in the program, Nick and Jess’s relationship grew stale. The addition of Reagan reinvigorated it by creating a new layer of the possibility that they probably wouldn’t end up together. Furthermore, she is the exact opposite of Jess which makes her nearly perfect for Nick.
For better or worse, Jess and Nick were always meant to wind up together, they just needed the additional push of Fox’s character to get to where they were. By the time the two main characters express their love for one another, New Girl had no reason to keep Reagan as a cast member. She served her purpose and was no longer needed. Undoubtedly, Fox was also ready to move on. Her personal life was expanding with the birth of her third son, Journey River Green, in 2016 and she chose to focus on feature-length films over TV programs.
New Girl’s Reagan Lucas was essential for the development of the other characters, and Megan Fox didn’t leave due to anything other than her character’s story running its course in season 6. Her character chose to take a cushy job elsewhere – her dream job – which meant she didn’t exit on a bad note. After season 7, New Girl came to a close with Nick and Jess happily married and moving towards building their future together.
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