The Mindy Project Recap: Hasta la Vista, Haiti

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The Mindy Project Season 2 Episode 1 Recap“Well, I guess all my problems have been solved forever,” Mindy declares at the very beginning of The Mindy Project‘s Season 2 premiere. (C’mon, Min — you have seen your show before, right?)

We catch up with the still-short-haired doc in Haiti, treating patients at the hospital she built and having a goofy good time with Pastor Casey. The trip seems to have strengthened the pair’s relationship – so much so that Casey proposes one morning at sunrise.

Her response: “Are you kidding me?!” and “I wanna Vine this” and finally “Yes!”… then they fall from the tree during some celebratory kissing. Both seem fine,  until she experiences abdominal pain and passes out. She wakes with Morgan hovering over her – which (naturally) causes a screaming fit.

As Tookers stands by her hospital bed, he explains that she was airlifted to New York for emergency gallbladder surgery. Wanna know what everyone in the practice has been up to in her absence? Well:

• Dr. Paul Leotard — an OB/GYN, sex therapist and nutritionist played by an appropriately smarmy James Franco – is filling Mindy’s spot at Shulman & Associates. (Though she’s at first taken with the handsome former model, these two end the episode as rivals-in-the-making.)
• Danny and Christina have moved to New Jersey, where their love life has slowed more than summer shore traffic on the southbound Garden State Parkway. Sex therapy sessions with Dr. Leotard aren’t helping much – asking Danny to name five things he finds beautiful about his little Castellano probably isn’t the best tack, New Dr. L – and when Christina finds porn in Danny’s browser history, she splits his laptop in two (!) and leaves.
• Jeremy’s new role of managing partner at the practice is causing him to stress-eat.

Casey has made the emergency trip with his beloved, and the news of their engagement hits Danny hard. The pastor later suggests that he and his future missus have a no-frills wedding before returning to Haiti, and though Mindy always envisioned a huge affair, she agrees. “Since going to Haiti, I don’t need the things I used to need,” she says, sweetly adding that Casey is all that’s important to her now. The sentiment is cute (and, as Mindy devotees know, blatantly untrue).

Danny’s not a fan of Mindy getting hitched right away. Mindy’s not a fan of Danny proposing to Christina just so she won’t desert him. (“Who’s gonna explain Colbert to me? I mean, is he a real guy?” Danny cries in a moment of panic.) The two docs get a moment alone on Mindy’s fire escape, where Danny lets her know he and Christina are done (he couldn’t bring himself to pop the question) and Mindy contemplates a life with the guy who just peed on her wedding dress (yet another moment of hilarity, thanks to Casey’s clumsy junk!).

“I don’t wanna go back to Haiti,” she confesses, but asserts that her love for Casey is the real deal and she definitely wants to get hitched, right now, in her apartment. If only her dress didn’t smell like a urinal…  “You know what I always thought you looked nice in?” Danny says.

Cut to Mindy walking down the aisle in green scrubs to Flaming Lips’ (With Stardeath and White Dwarfs) cover of Madonna’s “Borderline.” But Casey looks troubled, and we find out why when he stops the ceremony: The apartment wedding isn’t what she really wants, and he knows it. So yes, he wants to be her husband, but no, she shouldn’t come back to Haiti with him – she should stay there and earn the money that their lavish, future nuptials are bound to cost.

Mindy’s relief is plain to see, but that doesn’t mean the lovers’ airport parting isn’t a sad one. (Anders Holm breaks my heart when he mimes a broken heart on the escalator.) Back in the hospital lounge, Drs. Lahiri and Leotard realize that they both want to stick around the practice. OB-GYN game on!

What did you think of the episode? Grade it via the poll below, then back up your choice in the comments!

Comments (22)

  • It wasn’t hilarious like the show can be, but I enjoyed it and Franco did a good job, looking forward to season 2.

    Comment by Mike R. – September 17, 2013 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. I think the show is fun and charming, but has a lot of potential to better than a chick show.

      Comment by TigerNightmare – September 17, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the premier, but I don’t really like Danny’s obvious pining for Mindy. I thought it was much better when there were subtle cues that he had some feelings for her, slow burns are the best.

    Comment by Cassandra – September 17, 2013 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with everyone else – not the best episode. I think what annoys me about the show is that so many spoilers get out (particularly by Mindy Kaling). And, not even in spoiler sits or anything, just normal interviews. She had already said that they get engaged and then break up, there will be a rivalry between her and Franco, Morgan will be a love interest for Ellie Kemper, etc. It kind of makes it boring to watch, knowing exactly what’s going to happen.

    Comment by neha – September 17, 2013 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the really heavy (apparent) foreshadowing. Casey’s repeated referencing/joking about his family’s history of heart disease, and how he probably has something similar? The mimed “broken heart” at the airport? Casey ascending the escalator like he’s ascending into heaven? Is it just me- or is this Mindy’s way of hinting Casey is going to die of something heart-related?

    Comment by Savannah G – September 17, 2013 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Also, the sweatshirt Mindy is wearing has a heart on it. Way too much in there not to be important.

      Comment by Savannah G – September 17, 2013 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s just you. It’s a comedy, and I seriously doubt that they’re going to have someone die on the show. I think Mindy Kaling just likes hearts. Not to mention, MK said that Anders Holm could come back later in the season.

      Comment by neha – September 17, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It is a comedy, but people die in comedies, too. Not everything that happens has to be happy. (Think Marshall’s dad in HIMYM, Ben in Scrubs, and so on.) Since the running will-they-won’t-they romance in the show is between Mindy and Danny, Casey ultimately has to be out of the picture to keep that dynamic going. This is why Danny’s relationship is also falling apart, probably. I’m not saying it’s for sure, but it would be one way to lose the Casey character to put the excitement of possibility back into the Mindy and Danny story.

        Comment by Savannah G – September 17, 2013 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Mindy Kaling already said that Anders Holm has a possibility of coming back after their failed wedding so…Anyways, killing a character’s parent in season 7 like HIMYM is very different than killing off a core love interest in season 2. Not to mention that The Mindy Project is a much lighter show than HIMYM and Scrubs, which have both actually dealt with some pretty big issues.

          Comment by neha – September 17, 2013 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The black girl was the funniest part of the episode. I love this show though and I love Mindy so I’m a lifer for all the ups and downs.

    Comment by Mark – September 17, 2013 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First of all, I love the new nurse. She is so funny! Second of all, even though I am an advocate of ending the chase and just getting Mindy and Danny together, I love Pastor Casey and I’ll miss Anders Holm being on the show!

    Comment by Babybop – September 17, 2013 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one that had trouble looking at mindy with that haircut? Very few people can pull off a pixie cut, and it just looks awful and a attractive on her. I was hoping it would have grown while she was in Haiti.

    Comment by Christie – September 17, 2013 10:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “No, I think her name is Glob” is one of my new favorite lines. So random and so hilarious.

    Comment by Rob – September 17, 2013 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES!!!!!!!!!

      My husband and I laughed for about 5 minutes and had to rewind the show. Hahahaha.

      Comment by KEG – September 18, 2013 05:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the show, hated James Franco on this…..WAY over the top. (I found him too WAY over the top in This is the End also….in a sea of fun way over the top acting…so maybe that’s my bias). Looking forward to the rest of the season.

    Comment by E – September 18, 2013 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • out of the other shows I watched Brooklyn and new girl, I thought Mindy was the funniest. I don’t normally watch it but this was the definitely the best of all 3.

    Comment by Pati – September 18, 2013 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I laughed at some of the one-liners and the just plain comedy of the show. Mindy has the timing down to be funny, once you get past the voice. They truly have the formula to be on for a long time.

    funny lines: the losing 3 pounds and cutting me out of my gauze….LMAO

    Comment by Tony Williams – September 18, 2013 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really, really liked the episode. I’m not too familiar with Franco’s work so I just went with how he depicted Dr. Leotard and I love the idea of him and Mindy having this rivalry. Can’t wait to see the next episode!

    Comment by Julia – September 18, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anders Holm. Man, I’m gonna miss him.

    Comment by Kate'shomesick – September 18, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched the premier because I want to like this show. But I just can’t. Why bother to have characters who are doctors when they never practice medicine? Why bother to have characters who are pastors when they aren’t practicing Christians? (Pastors, BTW, get married in church.) Why not just make this a show about actors running a production company? Why would anyone cast the insufferable James Franco in anything?

    Comment by Crissy – September 18, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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