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Prince, Ping Pong, and Pancakes on ‘New Girl’

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Though he's sold millions of albums and starred in three movies, Prince is notoriously media-shy, and has a love/hate relationship with the Internet. Just last week he sued 22 Facebook users for linking to unauthorized live recordings, only to drop the suit a few days later.

We don't think there will be any sort of legal action over his appearance on "New Girl," but it left some fans scratching their heads. In the episode, Prince appeared as himself. At least one critic — Jon Bream from Prince's hometown Minneapolis Star Tribunecalled it "Prince's best acting since 'Purple Rain," adding, "Probably because he was playing himself."

If you didn't catch the show, here's a brief recap.

In the opening segment, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) almost got mowed down by a black SUV. They chased down the vehicle and ended up with an apology and a invite to a party at Prince's pad.

[Related: After Guesting on ‘New Girl,’ Prince Premieres New Songs at New York Club]

Later, Jess gets a bit freaked out when her boyfriend (Jake Johnson) confesses that he loves her for the first time. At the party, Prince asks for some alone time with Jess to give her some relationship advice — over pancakes and ping pong. There was also a makeover segment with Prince's "When You Were Mine" serving as the soundtrack. Prince finally throws down some words of wisdom: "Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt for."

Taking Prince's advice to heart, Jess tells her boyfriends she loves him, they kiss, and the party gets started with Prince inviting her onstage to duet on a new song that included the lyrics "don't u wanna fall in love tonight." Imagine a funky She & Him, but freakin' Prince instead of M. Ward.

Later, Jess's friends want to know how she knew the lyrics to Prince's new song. She replies, "I think Prince is magic."

We don't know about that, but we think his new Afro is pretty damned impressive.

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