The Mindy Project Recap: A Kiss to Build a Scheme on

The Mindy Project Season 3 Recap

Lies and lesbians reign supreme in this week’s Mindy Project, which finds Dr. Lahiri accidentally almost ending her new boss’ marriage. Thank goodness for Danny, who comes to the rescue with his nearly unbendable moral code, his pumped-up Staten Island accent and his gray, ribbed A-frame tee shirt, size (I’m guessing here) Boys’ XL.

Elsewhere, Shonda Rhimes loses in beer pong. Intrigued? Read on for the rundown of this week’s episode, “The Devil Wears Lands’ End.”

FROM L.A. TO TOKYO | Dr. Jean Fishman (Getting On‘s Niecy Nash) starts her tenure as the Chief of Obstetrics at the hospital, and she takes an automatic dislike to the Shulman & Associates gang when Mindy, Peter and Danny are late for a staff meeting. When Mindy’s phone goes off loudly, and everyone’s forced to listen to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” that seals it: Fishman gives the Shulman docs the worst slots on the OB on-call schedule.

ONCE YOU GO GIRL… | Min decides to make good by inviting her new boss out for a girls’ day of fun. It’s a success… until Jean gives Mindy a goodnight kiss on the lips. That Lahiri magic entrances another! Mindy shows up at work the next morning convinced she’s gay — and her colleagues’ reasons for why she’s not are pretty funny — and Jeremy and Peter beg her to continue the charade so they won’t have to work any more graveyard shifts. Danny, meanwhile, is resolute that Mindy needs to tell Jean the truth.

So Dr. L (who looks really lovely this episode — different hair? Highlights?) puts on her least-tempting outfit and, with Danny in tow, finds Jean in the hospital lounge. She blurts out the truth about their kiss… just as Jean’s wife, Deb, walks in.

DANNY TURNS IT ON | Now Jean is angry again, Deb is thinking of leaving, and Mindy feels like the only thing to do is to lie more and hope for the best. So she tells the couple that Danny is suicidal over her transgression. Concerned, Deb and Jane rush over to Casa Castellano, where Danny — at the very last minute — goes along with Mindy’s falsehood and pretends to be distraught that his lady smooched another woman. This is achieved via mussed hair, an unbuttoned and untucked shirt, a bottle of wine that he tosses in Mindy’s face, and the aforementioned accent and undershirt. (Chris Messina gets a lot of points for making that over-the-top scene so very funny. And did you see the way Mindy looked at Danny when she realized he was going to help her? As I believe kids these days say, “Swoon.”)

When everything is cleared up, Danny convinces a reconciled Jean and Deb that he feels better and wants to forgive Mindy… provided that she helps him build some Adirondack chairs, makes him dinner every night for a month and gives him an exceedingly nice wake-up call every once in a while. She grudgingly agrees, and all is well.The Mindy Project Season 3 Recap

SCANDAL‘S MY JAM’ | In the episode’s B plot, Peter needs a replacement partner for the Dartmouth alumni beer pong tournament that’s rapidly approaching. Morgan auditions for the gig but is dumped when Jeremy proves he can sink an ice cube into a mug from across the practice’s break room.

At the event, Peter reluctantly realizes that his romantic rival is probably the best thing that could have happened to him — especially after they beat fellow Dartmouth grad Shonda Rhimes (playing herself) in a late round. “Am I the new mayor of Shondaland?” Peter taunts her, celebrating with a baseball-hat-sporting, American accent-speaking Jeremy. And when the guys win the whole shebang, Jeremy proves an even better friend by helping Peter lose one frat nickname “Lefty” — given to him because his girlfriends always leave him for his friends — and pick up another. (I guess “Diarrhea” is better?)

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Are you jonesing for more Niecy Nash in your Mindy Project? Do you think the asides about Danny and Mindy’s sex life will ever get old? (I’m still very much entertained, but I have the sense of humor of a naughty 12-year-old boy.) Were you psyched to see the Sploderzz guys again? Sound off in the comments!