The Mindy Project returned last night with what I think was easily one of the best episodes of the season.
The Mindy Project has kind of fallen off my recapping radar (it’s been like since the pilot, sorry about that one) but this week’s episode was so good I needed to discuss it with you all.
The Mindy Project has been going through some growing pains. They restructured the show a bit and smoothed out a few kinks. I think last night was the first episode with everything smoothed over. It was delightful.
Mindy is very excited to be spending her birthday on a blind date with a Topher Grace look alike, although do NOT expect her brother to still remember what Topher Grace looks like. That was forever ago. Right away I thought about that episode of Seinfeld when Jerry goes on that amazing first date, but finds out its the girl’s birthday. He spends the rest of the episode trying to figure out what’s wrong with her if she had no one to have plans with for birthday celebrations.
But Mindy sees it as a great celebration of life and is hit like a gong when she walks in to find everyone she knows (literally everyone, Morgan even invited some dude she hit in the Hamptons one time) to be happily awaiting her arrival for a surprise birthday party. The Topher Grace lookalike was just a fake Facebook profile Morgan had set up to lure her to the restaurant, obviously.
Mindy did not want a birthday party, and she thought she had made that perfectly clear. It doesn’t help things when she gets gifts like “Microwave Cooking for One,” a shirtless Chris Evans body pillow, and an elliptical so she can finally stop making excuses about not exercising. NOT cool, guys.
This is the point where I think the show has finally found its groove. The Mindy Project has been having a lot of problems with its supporting characters. Mindy’s story lines have always, been amazing. So amazing that whenever we’re in the B story, we spend it wishing we were just back with Mindy. We didn’t care about Jeremy’s plight to get his watch back from Mindy’s apartment with Betsey’s help. Boring. We didn’t care about…actually I can’t even think of another B story to use as an example.
That’s a problem. Because no matter how could the main character is, you can’t go off of that forever. We need to feel like we’re part of the whole gang. We have to want to hang out in that world. Think of Frasier (sorry for all of the dated references), we enjoyed his story, but we also fell in love with the supporting characters.
Anyways, so my point is this week was one of the first times Mindy wasn’t involved with the supporting characters and I wasn’t wishing we got back to her story. After Mindy rushes out of the restaurant, everyone goes on a manhunt to find where she is, they all know she left in a pretty bad place. Danny really likes Mindy’s friend Alex, but suave Jeremy swoops in to sweep her off her feet. He can’t compete with that amount of charm. He tries to distract her from Jeremy with such alluring lines as “Alex, I grew up in the tri-state area. Did you come from any multi-state areas?” They were appropriately met with blank stares.
Morgan, who is turning out to be an amazing addition tells Danny the tale of his war for he’s grandma’s love with his cousin. The cousin could sweet talk the grandma into loving him, no problem. Morgan really had to work at it, those knees weren’t going to moisturize themselves. But guess who lives with Grandma now? NOT charming cousin, but Morgan. Moral of the story: you have to be the one who’s always going to be there for her, not the sweet talker.
Danny takes this advice without question and pushes through Jeremy to ask Alex if she would like his jacket. Sadly, while doing so, he falls down a manhole. Something that would be reallllllllllllll cheesy if anyone else did it but Chris Messina. With him, you feel bad for this guy with the terrible ex-wife who just can’t catch a break (I also just finished his season of Damages where he was a tortured solider, so some of my sympathy could be spilling over from that).
Mindy “just happens” to stop by a specific chain restaurant where they “just happen” to give people free sundaes on their birthdays (the odds!). Everyone is sad for her, eating a giant sundae in a restaurant all alone, so a nice group of friends let her sit with them and share with another birthday celebrator. Mindy loves these girls, they’re so supportive and would never infer that another was chubby. But then one gets a text from her stockbroker boyfriend saying that he’s stuck at work (on a Saturday night) and won’t be able to make it. Mindy calls whore house with a side of coke on the a-hole, but the friends deem that waaaaay out of line. Shits about to go down before Beverly hops in and stops the fight of drink throwing.
Bev takes Mindy around, introduces her to a forty, and makes her appreciate the friends that she has. It’s brought to an abrupt halt when she gets a text from Morgan saying that Danny is in the hospital and is probs paralyzed with a non-working penis.
She rushes to the hospital, so grateful that Danny would risk SO much danger just to find her and make her feel better. He’s happy to see her….but he only fractured his ankle. His penis is fine. Relieved, Mindy goes back to the waiting room to hang out with her friends, and thank them for the party. It really was a nice gesture.
Out of nowhere, that mid-wife she banged (but was dumped by) shows up because natch Morgan has been live-tweeting the whole night so he knew where to find her. He got her a present, he named a cluster of stars after her. Normally THE LAMEST GIFT EVER, but this time it got turned into THE CUTEST GIFT EVER because he named it after the fake constellation Mindy had made up when trying to impress him. Now it’s real. AWWWWWWWW.
So at the end of the day, Mindy has great friends, she might have something brewing with the mid-wife, and Danny might be sad about that. Not an all around terrible birthday, right?
What did you think? Am I overdoing it with the love for the episode or was the not one of the best episodes of The Mindy Project to date?