I’ll be honest, I was not eager to see this week’s new episode of Hulu’s The Mindy Project. For me, this season has been hit or miss so far. I feel like I am either, 1- super enthusiastic and enjoying every second, or b- wishing away the remaining of the 22 minutes. When I saw the title of this week’s episode, “Jody Kimball-Kinney Is My Husband,” I was very intrigued, and I will eat my almost-words and say that this week was an improvement.
I had my eye roll ready when Mindy and the prissy moms at Leo’s music class started talking about already applying to the most prestigious pre-school in Manhattan. However, I was wrong. I’m sorry, Mindy Kaling, I was wrong! The opening segment was actually very funny, from learning about Gratitude and Sriracha’s talent (those are children’s names, btw) to a specific preschool being the only to have a study abroad program, I got a giggle out of it. By far my favorite part was little Leo getting kicked out for pinching people’s butts, though.
Mindy berates Tamra as soon as she gets to the office, saying that the music teacher publicly shamed her and that the class basically sucked. However, the whole gang becomes part of the conversation when Mindy agonizes over what she’ll do with Leo for preschool. There’s some discussion about Danny pushing for a Catholic school education, but Mindy refuses. “Have you heard what those priests do?!” They take a vow of poverty, if you’re wondering, and she will not expose Leo to that. When all is said and done, Mindy vows to get Leo into the “Little Doorways” preschool.
Elsewhere, Dr. Jody is freaking out because his sister-in-law, Anne-Marie, AKA the one he slept with, is coming to town and wants to have dinner. Collette is out because her bowling team is in a championship (Go Collette!) and advises her brother to go alone. Jody and Mindy, on the other hand, are against him going to dinner alone. Dr. Jody begs for help, but Mindy is way too preoccupied trying to get Leo into preschool.
Mindy is granted a coveted interview at Little Doorways preschool and decides she has everything unique going for her…except she is in New York where everyone’s story is special, which is why she dons a gorgeous sari and speaks with a thick accent at the interview. The interviewer, who is the embodiment of the word “pretentious,” sees right through it, and, although Mindy’s chances look bleak, she invites Mindy and “Leo’s father” to a soiree the next night.
Next on Mindy’s list is getting Danny back to town. When he cannot leave his father, Mindy hunts for a stand-in father, at least for the party. A good impression is key to getting in the preschool, so Jeremy and Morgan are out of the question. It is only after exhausting every other option that Mindy makes a deal with Dr. Jody to be his fake girlfriend for dinner if he agrees to be her fake husband for the party.
At the preschool soiree, Mindy begs Dr. Jody not to say anything racist, sexist, or controversial. As the party gets underway, Jody charms everyone in the room and secures Leo’s spot in the preschool. Later that night, it is time for phase two of their sham of a night. Anne-Marie drops the bomb that it was actually Jody who arranged to meet on a night that Collette was not available. He set Mindy up to try to make Anne-Marie jealous, and it kind of worked—until Anne-Marie informs Jody that their affair is over and she will never leave his brother. Before dinner is finished, both women declare that Jody deserves better; he deserves true love.
The preschool director’s home visit takes a disastrous turn the next morning when Dr. Jody shows up drunk as a skunk. Between all the lies and drunken shenanigans, somewhere along the line both Jody and Mindy learn something new about themselves: maybe their own goals are based on something they think they want, rather than something they actually want. In Jody’s case, he likes the idea of love, but may not actually love Anne-Marie. For Mindy, she doesn’t necessarily want Leo to attend Little Doorways, but wants to keep up with the snooty moms from music class.
When the pair admits that Little Doorways isn’t for Leo, the director offers admission on the spot, because no one rejects Little Doorways. Just for fun, Mindy asks the cost of tuition. For those of you wondering, it is just under the cost of my college education: $70,000.
Mindy is appalled at the astronomical price, quickly declining the offer. “If I had $70,000 to blow, I’d have a new face. Please leave.”
And that, folks, was the episode. This week was a big improvement, but I am still leery about the remainder of the season. Aside from the statutory rape joke, I found that most of the jokes were actually funny and didn’t make me sick to my stomach.
Also, I’m not sure what Chris Messina has going on, but I almost kind of miss Danny, even if he is annoying most of the time. Danny’s dad can only be sick for so long, so I find myself wondering when he is coming back to New York and Shulman & Associates. And Dr. Jody… I don’t know. I am still undecided on him. I kind of hate him. Oh well, all in good time, I suppose.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you on board with this season of Mindy? Drop me a comment.
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