By Josh Axelrod and David Oliver 

Thank god the MLB playoffs are over. Baseball is barely a sport anyway, and it was taking up valuable time that should have been used airing new “Mindy” episodes. The show returned with an episode that was less risque than the last few, but just as funny. Here we go:

Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), “The Mindy Project,” photo courtesy


JOSH: Oh those two, playing psychological mind games with each other that somehow always end up bringing them closer together. This week, Danny was mad at Mindy for being chronically late (big upset) and Mindy thought Danny had a stick up his butt. Hilarity ensued, with Mindy and Danny both torturing each other. Mindy forced Danny into therapy, and Danny forced Mindy to spend time with his mom. In the end, the two bonded on a porch in Staten Island. Awwwwwwww.

DAVID: I’m so glad this relationship isn’t hurting the show like Nick and Jess’s did on “New Girl.” Mindy and Danny getting together really seems to be adding to the show and creating more organic, thoughtful stories for Danny, Mindy, and the rest of the cast. Side note: Rhea Perlman is always fantastic and this remains a clutch casting choice.


JOSH: This one played out exactly how it should have. Peter acted like a douche on his date with Abby (Allison Tolman), Tamra’s best friend and a fun girl who wasn’t as skinny as Peter was expecting. Turns out Abby writes romance novels that reduced Peter to tears, and he did everything in his power to get her to go out with him again. In this case, that involved writing the worst romance novel ever involving dolphins and The Titanic. Of course, Abby agreed to give him a second chance. Not the most original premise, but cute. Allison Tolman was fun in her guest role, so hopefully she sticks around.

DAVID: I’m really trying to be invested in Peter’s storylines, but it’s still not working for me. It’s way too convenient Abby wanted to go out with him again – he was a jerk and she is a brilliant writer. But that’s beside the point.

Honestly I feel like Danny and Mindy get 70 percent of the show’s focus, which I doubt is its intention but it certainly comes off that way considering the two’s majority of screen time, or what feels like it. For a supposed ensemble show, the Danny/Mindy emphasis can sometimes be distracting, even if the show has “Mindy” in the title and they are adorable.


JOSH: These two need more scenes together. They played off each other so well in their scenes with Peter. Give them (and Beverly) more to do please.

DAVID: Beverly killed me this week, calling Danny “Dr. Q.” I mean, what?! She’s hilarious.

Dr. Fishman 

JOSH: I had no idea Niecy Nash was sticking around, but I’m glad she is. I’ve been complaining for weeks about this show’s lack of strong female characters. Looks like Mindy was listening, because her solution was to add an entertaining hard-ass to make both her and Danny’s professional lives just a little more difficult. She was the one who pushed Danny into therapy this week, which led him to his big breakthrough. Again, I still say Mindy should be courting Nasim Pedrad when “Mulaney” eventually dies. But this is a good start in solving this show’s female problem.

DAVID: Oooh, Nasim Pedrad would be a cool mix to the cast. I too am a fan of Dr. Fishman, and I personally hope she and Mindy have another type of lesbian mix-up soon because Mindy flustered = always hilarious. I don’t even think it’d be overkill.

Brendan Deslaurier 

JOSH: I love this character. He’s such a smug douche, yet he’s so much smarter than any of the doctors at Schulman & Associates. He got Danny to admit that the reason he was so hard on Mindy for her lateness had to do with him having to wait for his father. Brendan was probably also right about a priest being involved, who knows.

DAVID: I just keep thinking I’m watching “The League” because it’s Mark Duplass, but I digress. When Morgan said, “I want to make love and care for you” to Danny during the group therapy, I lost it laughing.

Best One-Liner 

JOSH: “Natalie Portman would throw up if she saw you.” – Morgan to Peter. Fact.

DAVID: “I will leave but I will never hike.” – Mindy, because someone as awesome as her shouldn’t have to hike.


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