Mindy Project Recap: How Ma Got Her Groove Back

The Mindy Project Season 3 Recap

The Mindy Project‘s Daniel Castellano: So awesome, yet such a weirdo about his mom.

That’s what this week’s episode — and truthfully, all of the comedy’s Annette episodes this season — boils down to. I’m not complaining, because Rhea Perlman is perfectly cast as Chris Messina’s on-screen mama, and their characters’ too-close relationship is the comedy equivalent of homemade pasta fagioli: warm, delicious and satisfying.

Still, by the end of “How to Lose a Mom in Ten Days,” it feels like we’ve made a little headway into easing Annette’s iron grip on her son’s heart — maybe even making enough room for Mindy to permanently move in? And that progress is a very good thing. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

A (VERY) SQUEAKY THIRD WHEEL | Mindy and Danny open the episode by sharing a bath at his place. If it’s not bad enough that Min has to talk her man into sharing the tub with her — “Isn’t that like marinating in your own filth?” he scoffs — they’re soon interrupted by Annette at the door. At Danny’s frantic urging, Mindy ducks under the surface when Ma barges in and starts railing against Sophia Grace and Rosie on Ellen, but it’s for naught: Annette definitely knows she’s under there.

Danny later acknowledges that he and his mother, who routinely goes through her son’s phone and intercepts Mindy’s sexts, “don’t have a normal mother-son relationship.” Bit of an understatement, eh? So Dr. Lahiri comes up with the idea of setting Annette up on a date with the near-retirement-age Dr. Ludrow, a colleague from the hospital.

“I haven’t been on a date since 1974. Has a lot changed? Do people still do cocaine?,” Annette says, the last question asked with a little too much hope. Mindy lends her an outfit and all is going well until Danny comes home and learns what’s going on. (Side note: I frickin’ love Dot. I could use a lot more Dot in my Mindy Project.)

ROMANCING THE MORGAN | Mindy assures Danny that everything will be fine; little does she know, she’s created a dating monster. Annette starts perusing online dating profiles and selects Morgan, who’s back in the game after Tamra dumped him. “What happened? Did you see the two of you in a mirror together?” Mindy asks, and ouch. She often is not a nice person, is she?

Mindy encourages Nurse Tookers and Mrs. Castellano to go out, thinking that the date will be so bad that it will make Dr. Ludrow look stellar in comparison. But Annette winds up loving Morgan, which gives the lumbering weirdo the idea that he’s going to be Danny’s new dad.

I don’t even care that it’s ridiculous that the two men are playing catch on the practice’s terrace; the fact that they’re wearing identical red baseball caps is a visual that makes me laugh out loud. The awkward tussle they have when Danny realizes that Morgan is dating his mom is some good physical comedy, too. Danny yells “This is all your fault!” at Mindy before he storms off, but seriously? It seems like he does that every 15 minutes.

BATH ZITI | So Mindy and Danny arrange an intervention at a restaurant… only Annette thinks it’s a double date and invites Morgan. Danny pulls his mom outside to talk some sense into her, but she reveals that she’s wanted to date since his father took off. She didn’t, she explains, because “I couldn’t bring another guy into the house who could disappoint you again.” Danny calls his mom a saint, “not the BS kind like Mother Teresa” (heh), and Annette eventually gives Dr. Ludrow another chance — which in turn makes the older doc feel so young he decides not to retire, thwarting Jeremy’s episode-long bid to acquire his patients.

With tensions eased, it’s (a little?) less weird when Annette interrupts Danny and Mindy’s end-of-episode bath to offer some food. And because she’s proffering ziti, Mindy’s “perfect bath food,” Min allows it.

FREE AGAIN | One loose end to tie up: Tamra winds up at the restaurant, too, in an effort to win Morgan back. But he decides to see who and what else is out there, so she beats him and Mindy with a loaf of bread.

Now it’s your turn. What made you laugh hardest during the hour? Danny’s explanation of why Indian gods have so many hands? Beverly shucking corn at her desk? Dot’s one-liners? Sound off in the comments!

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8 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    The visual of the baseball scene – actually the whole scene in general – absolutely killed me. So funny.

  2. mary says:

    Tamara was hilarious this episode. When she attacked Mindy with that bread I thought I’d die.

    The entire episode was good but that scene with Mindy and Tamara was my favorite. I think I am alone in this but I would be ok if this was the last Annette episode of awhile (and I love Rhea Pearlman) but I’d like to go back to focusing on the people in the practice and less on Danny’s mom.

    That being said this episode was hilarious and sweet.

  3. I.R.E. says:

    Yeah, it is about time to expand the main cast size from 8 to 12 members since it is improving well.

    Adam can change his mind staying put and both Betsy and Abby can change their minds returning.

    This is my dream wish list for this show’s new main cast of characters:

    Mindy
    Danny
    Betsy
    Jeremy
    Beverly
    Morgan
    Tamra
    Peter
    Annette
    Jean
    Abby
    Dot

  4. Betty says:

    Pretty good episode, I did enjoy Beverly and the corn, but it had a little too much Morgan for me. I prefer him in small doses, worshipping Mindy.

  5. Jen-E says:

    (Side note: I frickin’ love Dot. I could use a lot more Dot in my Mindy Project.) – This made me laugh out loud! Amen. I love Dot too. Great recap.

    • S. says:

      I love me some Dot too. Beverly shucking corn at her desk while telling everybody off for being unprofessional was classic. Everybody did a great job. If Rhea Perlman doesn’t get an Emmy nomination, it won’t be for lack of effort on her part or the show. They don’t edit it down to just their guest bits any more, they do the whole episode. The good news is in the episodes with Annette, she’s usually in it a ton and the entire ep is funny.

  6. Diane says:

    Fred Grandy (aka Gopher on “The Love Boat”) is Dr. Ludlow!
    I love this series more every week.

  7. Netty says:

    OMG,, how about we bring the show back to the practice and further away from Danny and his mother. Honestly this dysfunctional r/ship they want to create now btwn Danny & his mom is a bit much. This is the problem with shows that centralize the ‘Will they/wont they’ romance arc. Once the romance is fulfilled, there’s nowhere to go but down, same thing is happening to Melissa and Joey.
    Obviously an engagement will be very soon judging from Mindy’s diary revelations in last week’s episode of either he proposes by Christmas or they break up. So predictable and boring!