Friday, September 27, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project: Season 2, Episode 2 “The Other Dr. L” (C+)

I can tell that parting from this show is going to be an unlikely event, even though I’m no longer impressed with the direction the show is headed and have little faith that it will be changed anytime soon. In addition to Beth Grant, who became a series regular midway through the show’s first season as the nutty and completely counterproductive character Beverly, Xosha Roquemore, who plays Tamra, has also been promoted to series regular status for this season. Turning Morgan into something other than a one-shot plotline and succeeding to some degree was a large enough victory, and showcasing those two, who are infinitely more grating than the original receptionist character, Shauna, indicates that this show is never going to get away from its medical office setting. The removal of James Franco’s other Dr. L was done in a semi-clever way, though he was so obnoxious for most of it that it just wasn’t really worth it. Losing in a shot-off with Mindy was no surprise, but sleeping with Christina was a considerably bolder and more reckless move. I’m so unimpressed with how Jeremy has completely lost his backbone and composure, and now he’s nothing but the practice’s most serious member, a far cry from his casual and eternally detached doctor in season one. Danny’s basketball league, while slightly funny, was the kind of storyline that likely worked a lot better on paper than it did practically as it played out in this episode. No matter what his plotline is, however, Chris Messina always and dependably commits.

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