Mindy Project Recap: Is the Mindy-Danny Romance Marvelous or a Mistake? Weigh in!

The Mindy Project Season 2 RecapThough it’s been months since Drs. Lahiri and Castellano had one heck of a smooch in an airplane galley, absolutely no time has passed on The Mindy Project — and so back to the grab-ass friendly skies we go in Tuesday’s double episode midseason premiere.

But, particularly in light of this disappointing season of New Girl, can the Fox comedy withstand its antagonistic lead characters hooking up? We’re sure you have thoughts regarding the hour’s ‘shiptastic goings-on and what it means for the future of the series; we’ll get to them in less time than it takes Mindy’s tush to set a church ablaze. First, though, a quick recap of what happened during the episodes.

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YOU ARE NOW FREE TO MOVE ABOUT YOUR CO-WORKER | The evening’s first episode, “French Me, You Idiot,” picks up just after the kiss, when Danny’s not sure that Mindy is as into his gesture as he previously thought. His worry is banished, though, when she pulls him into the nearby bathroom and they go at it like teenagers. (Well, maybe like teenagers worried about mussing an expensive sweater.) But this is The Mindy Project, so the rom-com moment devolves as Danny’s arm gets stuck in the garbage chute and Mindy’s hair is accidentally caught in a ceaselessly flushing toilet.

Somehow, none of that kills the mood, and the pair are still holding hands and smiling goofily at each other as they ride the elevator to her apartment. But when the doors slide open, Cliff is there (with Morgan and a mariachi band playing “In Your Eyes”): Her eloquent email — which, you’ll recall, Danny actually wrote — convinced Cliff that they’re meant to be together, and he wants her back.

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GRIEF (ABSENCE OF) SEX | Danny doesn’t want to go any further with Mindy until she and Cliff are through, but her attempts both to ditch the lawyer and to get him to dump her are unsuccessful… and are complicated when he gets a call that his “super old” grandmother has died.

At the funeral, Mindy delivers a eulogy that includes the words “irregardless,” “sadliness” and “Kendrick Lamar,” then she and Danny accidentally knock a lit candle into a tapestry while making out during the service. While the fire department is cleaning up, Mindy tells Cliff she’s got feelings for her co-worker — whom he promptly punches. Fledgling love hurts, no?

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PUT ON THE BRAKES | At the start of the next episode, “Indian BBW,” Danny’s not feeling Mindy’s desire to take their new relationship slowly. “Yeah, you’re very classy. Noted,” he says, trying to unbutton her shirt as they kiss on her bed.

The subject is still a sore one the next day when she arrives at the hospital in a panic, having heard from that Danny’s got viral meningitis. Mindy’s glad he’s fine but peeved that he refers to her as a “coworker” while re-introducing her to his brother Richie (returning guest star Max Minghella). “We’re not having sex, so technically, we’re not dating,” he explains to her later.The Mindy Project Season 2 Recap

I DID IT ALL FOR THE COOKIES | Back at the office, Peter finds a sex tape Mindy made years ago with Tom (returning guest star Bill Hader) on a porn site called ‘Sploderzz. (Yep, two z’s.) The site’s owners are hesitant to take down the video — after all, Indian BBWs are in short supply. “Brainy, birdlike wife material?” Mindy asks hopefully. Nope: The porncronym stands for “big, beautiful women,” emphasis on the “big.” But because the site chiefs are Dartmouth grads, they do fellow “D-bag” Peter a solid and remove Mindy’s performance from public view.

Too bad that Danny, through some spectacularly bad timing, winds up watching a hard copy of the Girl Scout-themed sex romp on his laptop. As he’s reaming Mindy for doing something so foolish, she’s clearly not feeling so well… and Peter is putting together that his two colleagues have a thing for each other.

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After Min drops from the same illness that felled Danny, Peter is — perhaps for the first time in his life — is slightly subtle as he explains why she’s so upset about the tape’s online debut. “I think it’s because Mindy really respects the practice. Maybe she’s even a little bit in love with the practice,” he tells Danny. (He gets more graphic, but let’s just leave it there.)

V. GOOD INDEED | In light of Peter’s thoughts, and Richie’s insistence that he’s too judgmental, Danny wheels himself into Mindy’s hospital room and climbs into bed with her. “Let’s do slow,” he agrees, clicking his grandpa reading glasses into place and launching into a (badly accented) recitation of the book that always makes Dr. Lahiri feel better: Bridget Jones’ Diary.

What do you think: Can Mindy Project stay funny if Mindy and Danny date? Log your vote in the poll below, hit the comments to elaborate and then flip through our gallery of great TV kisses (Mindy-Danny included).

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52 Comments
  1. Heath says:

    They will do a better job compared to the nick-jess situation. New Girl has not been near as funny or good since season 1

  2. Erin says:

    …..Why didn’t the Modern Family entry in the slide show SHOW Cam and Mitch kissing like every other picture did? Really, TVLine? We’re afraid of two men kissing now?

  3. Mary Kate says:

    I completely trust Mindy Kaling and what she’s doing with this show. Never fails to make me laugh! I know we are in for a great rest of the season, loved these two eps!

    • SharonK says:

      Agree 100%! Mindy is a genius and I trust whatever direction she takes the show. I am officially obsessed with the two episodes from last night, and want to start a petition to ALWAYS have a full hour of Mindy. Makes my week so much better!! :)

    • P says:

      i’m apprehensive, obviously they can’t stay together for however long the series stays on the air but I hate a will they or won’t they situation

  4. kd86953 says:

    I was very very curious as to how they’d make this work and I gotta say, I enjoyed both episodes immensely. While I do think Mindy’s feelings for Danny came very quickly, it could just be that she was utterly blind to what was in front of her. They’re very different people and it’s going to be so fun watching them figure one another out and find a balance in their relationship. I’m super intrigued and I can’t wait to see them explore their relationship! (I’m also certain every time Danny kisses Mindy, a part of heart dies BECAUSE IT IS SO AMAZING)

    • Antwon says:

      Huh? Mindy has crushed on Danny since S1. I’m not sure what you mean out nowhere. She has always been attracted to him and wanted him.

  5. Emily says:

    As long as they keep the same dynamic between Mindy and Danny and don’t try to shoehorn too much romance too fast, I think the show can still be hilarious. They’ve always acted like an old married couple anyway, so it shouldn’t be too hard to keep up the quality.

  6. Ashley says:

    The need the constantly pit New Girl and The Mindy Project against each other is old and tiring and quite frankly getting insanely out of hand. If a Mindy Project article goes up it more then likely like this one has to bash New Girl in the process. Can’t everyone just enjoy both shows? There is no NEED to constantly bash one show and flat out praise the other while doing it. Both shows are on the same channel if anything people should be bringing viewers together not pushing them away.

    • Michelle says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Boiler says:

      Thank you!!

    • Lecholls says:

      Agree 1000% . It’s getting so old.

    • Kay says:

      Exactly what I was thinking- thank you!

    • S. says:

      I’m a fan of both shows, but it’s because of that that I criticize New Girl. It’s nothing to do with Nick and Jess getting together which is such a broken record. When you watch a character (Nick) get written so poorly for most of the year and Jess is somehow the most normal one in the loft, we have a right to be frustrated and vocal. It’s not pitting shows against one another. It’s recognizing that one show isn’t getting credit for its continuing growth while the other is coasting instead of living up to what it’s capable of being. The ratings of The Mindy Project and New Girl aren’t that far apart, neither are doing well, and yet the spin is NG’s the hit and TMP is having trouble. It isn’t fair. Some people don’t like conflict and want a ‘can’t we all get along’ but sometimes it’s important to distinguish between things we like. It doesn’t mean you hate the other thing. NG has so much going for it. I want it to be better. I’m not gonna abandon it now, it’s actually had an upswing in quality right in the last couple weeks for the most part til the really weird lead up to the breakup/toy put together situation. I’m not gonna be a passive fan. I refuse. It speaks to what NG has going for it that we care this much so I choose to think of fan argument as a good thing here.

  7. Jess says:

    Why must everyone compare TMP to New Girl? This season has been anything but disappointing and since Nick and Jess broke up all anyone talks about is how upset they are. The majority is not happy about it so it’s so annoying when people say them getting together ruined the show.

    • Elyse says:

      The only people talking about New Girl are the ones who actually stuck around once Jess and Nick got together. A lot of people stopped watching because they found their relationship to be unbearable.

      • FL says:

        Yet you’ve brought them up several times in this article’s comments section alone. Ratings have dropped in episodes where its not focused on them too, like the sister episodes. Also ot doesn’t help what they did to Schmidt and all the drama that happened. And looking at the reactions to the breakup everywhere, most people wanted them to stay together. A minority who shout louder, like the ones complaining about them are not the majority.

        • Elyse says:

          I will admit the Schmidt story lines were pretty horrid too and the sister episodes were just bad in general. They were actually the last straw for me. I stand by my comment and I only brought it up in the comments because it was mentioned in the article :) I would still be watching New Girl if the writing was better. But for me they made Nick and Jess unbearable.

          • FL says:

            Just because the article compared them, doesn’t mean you have to-I’d never compare both shows because they’re different. Also, people have different tastes, so one isn’t necessarily better. Its fine you don’t like them, but don’t take your view as the majority’s. I love New Girl, but.I can admit that the writers have messed up a lot this season with how they’ve executed some storylines. For you and a few others, the writers may have messed up with Nick/Jess, but the huge backlash to the breakup shows that most people were loving them together and they were the main reason a lot of people kept watching-you should have seen twitter alone. You don’t have to like them, but just don’t take your view as the majority view.

  8. Marc says:

    Danny & Mindy together are wrong is so many ways but so right is the ways that count. Their onscreen chemistry is the the Sweet & Sour of sauces. Deliciously sweet during the intimate moments and packs a tart blast of comedy in their explosive moments. Where do they dig up this golden comedic nuggets – Indian BBW, texting 1 word texts, calzones held up w/ dainty wrists, etc.. i’m glad we don’t have to wait another 4 months to watch another episode of this great show.

    • S. says:

      Now I really want chicken nuggets and Chinese food. Thanks a lot. ;) PS. They are awesome aren’t they? Heh.

  9. OMG YOU GUYS says:

    OH FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY CAN WE PLEASE STOP COMPARING THE GOD DAMN MINDY PROJECT AND EFFING NEW GIRL?!?!! They’re both rom-coms on the same network. That’s it. They have completely different characters in completely different situations. BOTH ENJOYABLE, YET ALSO THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.

    Finally, can we all just admit that we as TV consumers lust junkies? Mindy and Danny getting together is going to be great (like Nick and Jess was last year) until the TV lust dream couple goes to another TV show next year. I can’t imagine what it must be like to work on a show like this where literally none of your consumers are ever happy (get them together! Break them up! This is the worst show ever!). Ugh. People suck.

    • SB says:

      Mindy and Danny will be the hot couple for awhile…and then next season everyone will grow tired of it and move onto Jake and Amy. Just how the cycle works. lol

    • Lecholls says:

      Yes! Honestly, this kind of garbage is the reason that I’m reading less and less on TVLine these days.

  10. A says:

    Mindy and Danny have no chemistry, this is what happens when writers start listening to annoying fans about all the chemistry and “ship” BS. The only reason they got together was because they didn’t think the show was going to pass second season and they wanted the fans happy. I don’t see how they can make it work for a long time. Nick and Jess anyone? The only relationship that lasted the whole series was Lily and Marshall.

    • j says:

      Turk and Carla from scrubs

    • Megan says:

      What show are you watching?! They have CRAZY chemistry. If they didn’t, the “annoying fans” wouldn’t bother with the “ship bs” I find the fans who whine when they don’t like a couple much more annoying.

  11. Babybop says:

    I love their dynamic. As long as it doesn’t get too dramatic and soapy, I say go for it! I’m sick of will they won’t theys. I have faith in Mindy and her team that they won’t screw it up.

  12. Jill says:

    I LOVED it. Hilarious and adorable and TV perfection!

  13. Sam says:

    Think better as friends but oh well.

  14. Para says:

    I loved it!! ALso the ballet scene where the female dancer ” has a walking disablility” is sooo funny!

  15. Steven says:

    Nick and Jess are amazing together but Mindy and Danny are so wrong as a couple. I don’t like where the show is going

  16. Elyse says:

    PLEASE DON’T BECOME NICK AND JESS! I love the Mindy Project and I don’t want to have to stop watching it :(

  17. Samantha says:

    The only thing I didn’t love about this episode was Danny’s sexist comments about how he expected Mindy to have sex with him and since they weren’t having sex they weren’t really dating. It felt OOC for me and just so wrong. But besides that, awesome hilarious episodes, both of them!

    • S. says:

      He was kinda messing with her. He’s too conservative in his romantic life to expect her to get it on with him in public. The writers like to joke that basically Danny’s an 80yo man trapped in a hot body and they’ll have him say things that on the surface seem sexist or racist or technophobic, but it’s tongue in cheek. As for telling Richie who she was to him, it’s not like most people would just want to say ‘hey family member, I nearly joined the Mile High Club with this person’. They aren’t dating per se, they just want to date. They haven’t gone on an official date, just a hundred little ones that weren’t official. They weren’t exclusive and official is really what Danny meant, and they weren’t technically. Cliff was still hovering around. It’s easier to say they aren’t dating if they not only haven’t gone on official dates but haven’t had sex. In Danny’s mind they’ve been on many many dates so this is the last threshold to a serious relationship, and Mindy’s not going there yet. Probably because she takes this one seriously.

  18. Mary says:

    This is a very funny show, and I think they will keep the laughs amidst the romance. With that said, my pet peeve is that Mindy is not at all believable as a doctor! How could someone with that education not write a coherent eulogy??!!! Ok, suspend disbelief and just go with it.

    • matt says:

      to be fair why would someone who never met the deceased be writing the eulogy anyways

      • Mary says:

        Agreed! That was too ridiculous!

      • S. says:

        No it wasn’t. Mindy wasn’t reading the eulogy, she was ghostwriting the eulogy. Cliff was moved by her amazing letter from before. He was trying to pretend he was the really eloquent one to his family. He put her in a lousy position to try to make himself look good. Danny was justifiably like ‘uh uh, if you’re gonna be like this, I won’t be your Cyrano’ to Mindy. Some people aren’t great writers because they write like they talk and it doesn’t look so great on the page. The things that both annoy and charm Danny are in the kind of language Mindy comes up with for that eulogy which is what made that awesome. Cliff should’ve known better, even with that ‘take me back’ letter–it should’ve been clear it wasn’t her writing or he should’ve at least asked her where that came from. He was surprised by the letter because he didn’t give her credit for depth (which for this sort of thing may’ve been accurate when it comes to writing eulogies, Christmas thank yous, and many other things) but that was actually kinda sad. Danny appreciates her just as she is. A total Mark Darcy. She’s an OB-GYN which is fine and she’s not less intelligent for not being the best eulogy writer ever. She was nervous, didn’t know the deceased, and it’s not like all doctors gets A’s in Shakespeare.

    • Megan says:

      You can be smart and a terrible writer all at once. My sister is a good example of this. :)

  19. Betty says:

    I loved Danny reading the book to Mindy at the end, it was so cute. I have high hopes for the rest of the season to continue to be interesting and funny. Peter was also awesome last night.

  20. Meredith says:

    Mindy Project I have missed you and you didn’t disappoint! I love Danny and Mindy together and am interested to see how they keep writing around them. So many of the past episodes have featured Mindy’s unfortunate dating experiences I hope they can sustain a story line around her and Danny.

  21. TMPRocks says:

    Ah, how I’ve missed THE MINDY PROJECT. Mindy and Danny are both so out of order but it’s quite a laugh to see them try to navigate a romantic relationship. Chris Messina is a god.

  22. markweiss86 says:

    The inside joke about the Sploderzz execs and one of the docs all being Dartmouth grads is that Mindy Kaling herself is an alumna. Nobody from Dartmouth would, as the characters do, refer to each other as “fellow D-bags”, however. I was there twenty years before Mindy, when we still used the full term “douche-bag”, to describe as you can imagine, an undesirable. The thing about “wah-hoo-wah” was accurate — she deliberately botches the pitch of it — although fittingly, the term is considered uncouth in some groups because it allegedly refers, in Native American languages, to a vulgar reference to “vagina”.

    Hearty wah-hoo-wah to Mindy and her “purrr-oject”.

  23. amy says:

    I love THE MINDY PROJECT and wish I could find a way to make people watch it. So far I like Danny & Mindy together. On the subject of New Girl, the problem is NOT the Nick/Jess pairing. The problem is they are making all the characters be caricatures of themselves. Cece is the only normal. The rest used to be quirky. Now they are all just annoying.

    • S. says:

      Yeah, someone’s gotta be the straight man. It used to be Winston until that ridiculous badger in the air duct situation. We should start #FreeWinston.

  24. Petra says:

    At least Nick and Jess have chemistry. Absolutely no chemistry between Mindy and Danny. I’m sick of characters being pushed together just because they’re the leads or fans wanting them together. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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