Friday, November 16, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project: Season 1, Episode 5 “Danny Castellano is My Gynecologist” (B+)

This was an extremely hilarious half-hour, and the fact that it’s not rooted in either reality or maturity is just fine. Seeing Mindy dressed in only Josh’s shirt was somewhat startling given her misgivings about the relationship, and that serenity didn’t last long after she became very disturbed by the sight of him in her pants. I had almost forgotten about the romance between Mindy and Jeremy, and Jeremy’s desire to get his watch back from Mindy’s apartment led to an entertaining subplot that put both Morgan and Betsy to productive use. Once again, Jeremy was unexpectedly affected by someone else’s opinion of him, and his explicit mention of not wearing a watch in earshot of Betsy made for a nice sweet moment at the end of the episode. Gwen coming into the office to actually interact with other characters was great, and I liked her reaction to Mindy’s suggestion that she and Morgan should go out. Mindy searching for a gynecologist led to some truly fantastic conversations with Danny, starting with his comparison of her to a lamp and leading into his endless questionnaire, which was highlighted by her explanation of how condoms have to be semi-conveniently hidden. Clashing over her weight and getting him to open up about his parents were amusing developments, and Mindy’s “examine my wires” and “eyes down here” comments when she was energetically preparing Danny for her breast exam was terrific. The final scene was fantastic, with a superb accompanying score and Mindy/Beyoncé Pad Thai triumphantly announcing Danny’s failure to the office as she left to take the week off.

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