The late actor appeared on two episodes of the Fox comedy as the father of Jake Johnson's Nick. "One of the best parts of New Girl was our guest stars. I couldn't believe how many home runs we got on the show and Farina was one of them," Johnson said during New Girl's virtual Vulture Festival reunion. "My favorite part of Farina was how much he hated Max. He hated him in like a not funny way. In like a scary, mean, old Chicago guy way." Johnson said Farina didn't appreciate Greenfield's antics between scenes. "That old boy was not having that," he said. "He almost beat the crap out of Max." Greenfield added: "I'm such a fan and I'm so upset the way it turned that it did."