Jessica ”Jess” Christopher Day (Zooey Deschanel) is a bubbly young woman who teaches at a Los Angeles middle school. Jess comes home to find her boyfriend, Spencer, with another woman and leaves him immediately, and looks for somewhere else to live. She answers an ad for a new roommate on Craigslist, and moves in with three young men: Nick, Schmidt, and Coach. After the pilot episode, Winston, who had previously lived in the apartment with Nick and Schmidt, replaces Coach. Cece, Jessica’s childhood best friend and a successful fashion model, also appears in various episodes in the storyline. Coach returns to the loft in season 3 after revealing that he had broken up with Malia, his ex with whom he moved in after the pilot episode.