Friday, November 23, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Mindy Project (Thanksgiving Episode #4)

The Mindy Project: Season 1, Episode 6 “Thanksgiving” (B+)

Against all odds, the relationship between Mindy and Josh is working, and I love how it’s progressing. His retreat during the fire and Mindy’s refusal to stop having their exclusivity conversation were funny, and I especially enjoyed their phone conversation later when Mindy mocked Josh’s praise of the cell phone reception in the strip club by saying that the reception at the strip club she was at wasn’t as good. It was fun to see Ed Helms again in a less self-assured state, completely helpless to the manipulative charms of Mindy. This episode was most notable for its first productive – and quite fulfilling – usage of Anna Camp’s Gwen, innocently hosting a party that Mindy decided she just had to disrupt. Seeing her go nuts on Mindy and get ready to take her out was hilarious, and I do hope this is a sign that we’ll see more of her in the near future. Jeremy’s trip home with Betsy wasn’t exceptional, but it did have its moments, and it’s hard not to love Jeremy’s effortless, and mostly less than genuine, charisma. Danny embracing the empty office and eating Thanksgiving dinner alone with a rat was rather sad but indicative of his loner nature, and I liked how he got looped into the rather dramatic and sweet photo-sending chain at the end of the episode. Though it doesn’t necessarily need it, it’s nice to know that this show has heart in addition to funny characters and great scripts that give them funny stuff to do.

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