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The Mindy Project Star Mindy Kaling Talks Danny, Doctoring and Dating (?!) in Wake of Midseason [Spoiler]

Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Mindy Project‘s midseason premiere. 

Summon your inner Beyoncé Pad Thai, because you’re going to need her to handle the emotional fallout from The Mindy Project‘s midseason premiere.

The episode, which became available on Hulu Tuesday, saw Drs. Lahiri and Castellano going to couples’ counseling, postponing their wedding multiple times, then eventually canceling the nuptials and breaking up for good. The main cause? Their difference of opinion regarding Mindy’s career: She wanted to pursue her fertility clinic and egg-freezing program, while Danny thought she should stop working in order to be a stay-at-home mom for their son, Leo.

In the wake of the episode, we had lots of questions about life, love and “leashing.” (You’ll get it once you see the ep.) Thankfully, series creator/star Mindy Kaling answered those queries via email. Read on for her answers.

TVLINE | Talk to me about the decision to split Mindy and Danny up for real. Why was now the right time to do it?
I think opposites attract, but opposites can also have trouble making a home together, especially if they have big, confident personalities. After struggling to make it work, this felt like the most realistic thing that would happen for two parents.

TVLINE | Will we find out where Danny’s working, now that he’s left the practice?
Yes! We have a very funny upcoming episode that shows the audience where Danny works.

The Mindy Project Danny Breakup Season 4TVLINE | Do you think Mindy had gotten away from who she wanted to be while she was with Danny? In a similar vein, why do you think Danny had gotten so intense about Mindy staying home with Leo, given that she’s always been hard-core about her medical career? (I’m thinking back to that delivery in the pilot, which was badass.)
I’ve noticed that lot of times what makes one person attracted to someone else becomes the very thing that drives them apart. I think for someone like Danny, he is impressed by Mindy’s skills while they were friends, but what he needs is someone who doesn’t do exactly what he does. But that can still change! I don’t want to give away too much.

TVLINE | How would you describe the dynamic between Mindy and Danny for the rest of the season?
Those scenes have been so juicy! The source of our funniest new stuff is Mindy and Danny’s different parenting styles. Two people who love each other, are attracted to each other, but know they are volatile together are so fun to write, and even more fun to act.

TVLINE | Is Mindy going to be living in her apartment for the rest of the season?
Yes, and I’m so excited about it. It’s one of our best sets, and I’ve missed doing scenes in there.

TVLINE | Will we meet any of the women Danny is dating?
One of the best parts of this season is writing and casting women for Danny to date. Mindy watching her ex date again and trying to be cool with it — and failing — is so relatable.

TVLINE | How did Seth Meyers’ return to the show come about?
We love Seth so much, and when we came up with the idea of “leashing,” we thought it would be perfect for Seth and his dog, Frisbee. I always have a special place in my heart for Seth, because he was one of our first guest stars.

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  1. Hurley says:

    My mom used to love this show! She thought it got cancelled!

    • David4 says:

      It was on ABC but Hulu picked it up for what I think was two 12 episode seasons. (That number might be wrong, but Hulu picked it up.)

      • flowerduh says:

        It wasn’t on ABC originally. It was on FOX first then Hulu picked it up.

        • Rafael says:

          It was on FOX and it was also included as part of that FOX teen entertainment marketing system (Glee, New Girl, The Mindy Project, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) with poor created technique until its shutdown on May 2015.

  2. SUSO says:

    It’s “Rhoda” all over again. When comedies no longer remain funny…

  3. Tina says:

    Yup can’t say I love this story line. It feels like they made Danny an ass to prop Mindy up. I can’t find the motivation to love this show anymore. I stayed invested for mindy and Danny. Now I am over it. We saw her date. I’m not here for Mindy dating redo.

    • Mary says:

      Sounds like she isn’t dating he is and she is reacting- also sounds like they aren’t done.

      Personally I’ve loved this story, because it was 100% in character. This is who Danny has always been people haven’t cared because his behavior hasn’t impacted people that we care about.

    • chaosrainz says:

      I agree. I don’t mind them breaking up if it seemed right for the story but they made him so un-likeable in doing so. It ruined everything they had together to this point and you can’t even root for them to get back together. :(

      • Tmpfan says:

        U nailed it. This is so unearned. Even if Chris Messina is leaving, it does not justify the vilifying Danny to this extent. It spoils the whole show!!

  4. thisismenow says:

    This was kind of a death blow to the series. So they can do what they want, but now I am kind of done with it.

  5. Janice says:

    They’ll be back together by the season finale. No biggie

  6. A fan of TV says:

    I know Danny is old fashioned, but he’s a Manhattan obgyn. It strikes me as ridiculous that this guy hasn’t been exposed to enough working moms to get over himself. Yes, I know happily ever after too soon can wreck a show, but this just feels like a stretch too far and I hope they resolve it completely well before the end of the season.

    • Allee says:

      Well, he is further from what he wants by breaking up with her. If he wants Leo to live in an intact household, he was better off with them together and Mindy working than them apart and Mindy working. But it is realistic that you can’t tell people things.

  7. Someone needs to tell Danny that this is not the 15th century, and he needs to stop acting like it is. Men who expect women to give up their careers to raise children when they are not willing to do so, are misogynistic cave men who need to join the rest of us in the 21st century

  8. Rachie says:

    I hope they get back together! :( I’m rooting for them, no matter what. I too didn’t like the way they changed Danny. I will say, the way Mindy explains the situation makes sense. What makes a person like another person, can also be what doesn’t make a relationship work. (my take on what she said) BUT man… they were so perfect together all the way up to post baby. :( I hope they make him realize that what he imagined as the perfect family isn’t worth losing her for good over. I mean hey, I always imagined marrying a millionaire, fancy car or 2, & having an indoor pool…;) lol but I wouldn’t trade my life married to a hard working beautiful man, with 4 kids, doing our best to make the ends meet! ;)

  9. Eva says:

    Meeeh, I used to adore this show, but couldn’t stand the storyline with Danny suddenly being insane. There was nothing realistic whatsoever about this character development. I hoped Kaling would be smart enough to course-correct and find another direction to take the show, but I guess she’s just run out of steam creatively. I’m officially starting a countdown until her next new project ;)

  10. Dee says:

    I’ll admit part of me wanted them to stay together even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen right away but I do think it was the right decision for Mindy to break things off! I still love Danny and I still think that this is going to work out especially from all the interviews and such I’ve read with writers from the show and Mindy hersekf I think she’s gonna take us on a journey and there parts that are going to be hard but I also think it’s gonna be really funny. I think they’re kind of getting back to that this half of the season more of their comical side. This is just my personal opinion I know not everyone will agree and that’s fine but I don’t feel like they’ve use Danny as a prop to build Mindy up I agree that I think Danny’s always been that way we’ve just been blind to it or least I have because I was so infatuated with him and then together! And some of his actions have made me disappointed him it’s like I didn’t realize he could be that much of a dick wad sometimes but at the end of the day I agree that Jannis got his own stuff to work through that he maybe doesn’t see yet. And I don’t think that them breaking up is going to make the story go off plot or make it not get renewed I think the decisions that Mindy Kaling has made about where to take the show have been very brave and relatable and it’s nice to see a comedy show addressing those issues but still being comical! I feel Danny’s character actually helped Mindy grow a lot because I feel like in the first season if she would’ve got what she’s been offered now with. Marriage and a baby she probably would’ve given up her work for that even though she didn’t really want to and it’s nice to see her realizing that she doesn’t have to compromise! Now Danny just has to realize it and I think he will eventually

  11. arlielaurie68 says:

    I was hopeful that the new episodes would bring back the rom com Mindy talks about all the time, but I just feel disappointed. If Chris Messina didn’t want to do the show, or she was done with the relationship, there were better ways to take this. Its just depressing. I’ve seen her date and I liked seeing her grow as someone in a relationship. It was over in a snap. Now we are back to her “wacky” date of the week. No thanks.

  12. Hey Alex, can I have unnecessary TV breakups for the sake of “drama” for $500?

  13. Rafael says:

    This show needs to get renewed for this upcoming 2016-2017 after this because of its important 7th episode by then.

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