The Mindy Project Recap: Evasive Maneuvers

The Mindy Project Season 3 Recap

“You’re a perfect couple: You’re terrible people and you’re huge liars,” Cliff hollers at Danny in Tuesday’s Mindy Project, and he’s not wrong — at least not in this week’s episode.

After all, by the time Cliff’s frustration reaches its zenith, both Danny and his self-involved girlfriend have flung falsehoods at each other and repeatedly fibbed to the heartbroken lawyer. Plus, we learn Mindy hasn’t paid taxes in six years?!

It’s as if the docs’ romance has made them even bigger weirdos than when they were apart, as you’ll see while we review what went down in “Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ex-BFs.”

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LIKE OLD TIMES | Mindy’s failure to pay income taxes puts the practice in a jam: If the government puts a lien on her assets, all of the other partners are going to suffer, too. “I thought they took it out of our paychecks!” she cries, cementing the fact that there is no way I’d ever allow this woman to coax a child out of my body. She recalls asking Cliff to help her with the problem months ago; now, he’ll only do it if she and Danny are broken up. So Dr. L lies and says she and Danny are through because he cheated on her, which pleases her ex.

Know who’s not pleased? Dr. Castellano, who’s forced to endure an elevator ride not only with the smug lawyer but also with midwife Brendan Deslaurier — another dude who’s seen Mindy naked. “I’d hate to be my heavy bag tonight,” Danny later grouses. But he truly has no ground to stand on: As Cliff informs Mindy during a “work” dinner at a fancy restaurant, her boyfriend is still legally married to Christina.

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THE AGONY OF THE SEAT | Danny’s quick to point out that his marriage was annulled, but that does little to calm Mindy’s ire. So he works out a deal with Cliff: a divorce settlement with Christina in exchange for Danny’s authentic seat from the old Yankee Stadium (“Next to you, that’s the most valuable thing I own,” he tells Mindy, and later sobs as he hands it over — and that’s before Cliff reveals that he’s a Red Sox fan who’s just gonna light the souvenir on fire.)

The exchange’s real value comes when Cliff points out that Danny’s apartment is remarkably devoid of evidence that Mindy spends time there, something over which the dating docs have argued for the entire episode. So after telling her that finalizing his divorce gives him more time to focus on “my work and faith and you,” Danny gifts Mindy with a very girly, pink bureau in which she can keep her belongings at his place. And then they go have pressed-jeans-adjacent sex in his closet.

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THE SADDEST OF SACKS | Lauren “puts a pin in” her relationships with both Peter and Jeremy, but after the INS threatens to deport the Brit (likely off a tip from a jealous Peter), the brain surgeon realizes that her feelings for Jeremy are stronger than she thought. So they take the pin out, while a dejected Peter watches.

WORTH A MENTION | The Mindy Project‘s throwaway lines are sometimes even more fun that the plot, so let’s not forget about: Mindy’s impassioned description of Sarah Palin, lending even more credence to the idea that Mindy is a raging conservative; Danny’s Marlon Brando impression of Mindy’s rear; Dr. L’s description of her personal brand as being a “sassy but bangable brat;” Danny’s description of the three things that kisses are for (“your ma, your girl and your wrestling coach after you win regionals”) and the repeated references to Danny and Mindy’s dirty, dirty sexy life (the wax museum?!).

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!


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  1. enri says:

    Loved it! The elevator scene and Peter pretending to be Jeremy was hilarious.

  2. para says:

    slightly too dramatic. the best line come jeremy reed
    ‘they lefy me alone when they found out i am a rich white dude’

  3. ankga says:

    briliant show!! i blame fox for putting this great show in a terrible time slot!! .. hope fox renew this show for season 4 and beyond..

  4. Jess says:

    There were a lot of good lines in the episode and as much as the storylines can sometimes feel crazy, Danny and Mindy’s affection for one another keeps the show grounded. They may be far from perfect (things would be boring otherwise) but they take care of one another, whether it’s Danny bringing Mindy tea or Mindy playing the role of Frenchy from Grease to excite Danny (because portraying Rizzo would make her feel cheap!).

  5. schu says:

    “Giving money to PBS to pay Laura Linney’s salary!?” Anyone that watches Masterpiece had to have loled for real with that one, funniest line in my book and also further strengthening her raging conservatism. It really is the throwaway lines that are the smartest and make the show more worthwhile.

  6. Larry says:

    Man I feel bad for Peter that sucks.

  7. Nicole says:

    Besides being hilarious (even my husband who was pretending not to watch laughed) that girl has one fantastic wardrobe!

  8. Jason g says:

    this show is on the air because???? Oh yeah she is an Indian and god for bid a show stays on cuz it’s enjoyable not a minority.

  9. ankga says:

    BEST. SHOW. EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Noelle says:

    Mindy moved into Danny’s building last season, so why would she have to take the subway to his apartment? Or keep tons of stuff at his place, since she literally moved in next door.

    • Maya says:

      Mindy never moved in. She only stayed at his other place for a week as a “trial run” when she thought about getting a condo. In the premiere you saw her and Danny in her apartment so they clearly showed she never moved.

  11. I.R.E. says:

    Tamara isn’t in this episode, but cliff and Peter had their own embarrassed guilts at the end.

    I expect to see more Annette appearing because Beverly is getting more interested in seeing and meeting with her.

    I know fox is recovering from its financial crash incident and I think it is time for Betsy to guest appear this season with the help of another follow-up recurring guest named Abby.

    I think actresses Neicy Nash and Shonda Rimes should stick as recurring guests in this show.

  12. Sarah T. says:

    LOVE this show! Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina are both hilarious and their chemistry together is fantastic. The throwaway lines and text messages (that are shown on screen) are just a couple of the things that make this one of the best shows on right now. They’re doing the relationship thing right now so much better than New Girl did. Hopefully the ratings improve (I think Fox needs to get rid of Utopia for that to happen).

  13. Betty says:

    Thanks for the recap. I love the show. I always have to re-watch it to catch all the throw away lines!

  14. Curly Girly says:

    Best line of the night: Mindy (to Danny): “Why does my butt sounds like fat Marlon Brando?” LOL