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'The Mindy Project' Season 2 Episode 3 Review: 'Music Festival'

Alyssa Landau Alyssa Landau
October 2nd, 2013 9:48am EDT

The Mindy Project

The problem with having the perfect couple in a show about a single doctor is that eventually they’re going to have to break up. The Mindy Project is only in the second season, so clearly Casey and Mindy were never going to be endgame, especially when the non-threatening Danny is still making moon eyes at Mindy for some inexplicable reason. While Mindy’s dating life is often the highlight of the show, her relationships usually end like a Saturday Night Live skit: abruptly and with very little grace.

The writers haven’t quite past the stage where they believe we should all be enamored with the main character and her many flaws. Therefore, whenever one of her relationships ends on the show, she’s practically blameless. The relationship between Mindy and a dick with a heart of hold begins casually, with cute opening scenes and charming moments of insecurity. Then suddenly the guy, who the show has been building as a sweeter, better match for Mindy over a long string of episodes, will transform into a major idiot. The cycle will continue until the show decides to settle Mindy down or reexamine their formula. It happened with Josh and now Casey is the latest victim of this sloppy writing.

Casey, a man who has dedicated his life to his religion and to helping people in Haiti, has randomly decided to pursue his lifelong dream (aka the dream he just thought up) of being a DJ. This is done publically without so much as a conversation with Mindy. Out of nowhere Casey is a person who can’t decide on a path for his life. He goes from being an amazing minister, to a spectacular DJ, to a wannabe event planner in the span of 30 minutes.

If the writer’s knew Casey wasn’t going to be a permanent feature, they had two previous episodes to set up the sort of person Casey was going to turn into.

Even though Casey’s random change wasn’t as well done as I’d like, I can’t say the same thing about Mindy. In the most mature reaction she’s ever had on the entire show, she breaks up with him without an eye rolling one liner. The episode ends with somber music playing out the abrupt end to the relationship. Mindy gets to be sad for a moment, which is very unlike her go-to emotion: annoyance. If we get to see more of this grounded Mindy in the future, the show will have improved very much.

Other Musings:

  • I really liked Danny’s part of the episode. His favorite band is The Nationals, which essentially means there’s something in the world he actually likes. He tags along to the music festival where Casey is performing. However, when Morgan injures himself, he stays behind. This gives Mindy and Danny a nice moment of real friendship when he abandons his chance to see his favorite band so she can support Casey. Mindy doesn’t automatically assume Danny will take the brunt of the work for her. This may be the first moment I actually believed them as mutual friends.
  • Since Danny can’t go to see The Nationals, Morgan brings The Nationals to him. Through a fake proposal of course. It’s very funny and a great way to show these characters are capable of being good to each other.
  • Adam Pally’s character, Peter Prentiss, is exactly like Mindy’s biggest love interests, Josh and Casey. He’s a somewhat good hearted person wrapped in a douchebag persona. He’s the type of person to put “bro” in front of every word. Basically he’s the worst. So, of course he’s going to be a regular member of the practice. Just what the show needed: a white, sexist male to join the rest of the white, sexist males.
  • Casey: “You think B and Jay have done it to my jams?” Mindy: “They totally have.”
  • Morgan and background nurse #2 played Danny like a guitar in the background.
  • Mindy: “I’m smelling so many different types of bodies. It’s like the 60s without any higher purpose.”
  • Dr. Reed: “Superman to the rescue.” Tamra: “Superman’s skinny.”
  • Danny: “This is like a civil war battle field except somehow there are more beards.” 
Photo Credits: Fox Broadcasting Company


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