This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s 2x12, “Danny Castellano is My Personal Trainer.“
Last night's episode of The Mindy Project inadvertently (or maybe not—that Mindy Kaling is smart) addressed the real-life controversy surrounding Mindy Kaling's ELLE cover for their ”Women in Television" issue. There are four different covers for four different actresses, but Kaling's is the only one that does not show her figure. People have wondered if that's because Kaling does not have the body of the usual young female television star.
To which Kaling savvily responded:
I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 7, 2014
Last night's episode of her series was titled “Danny Castellano is My Personal Trainer,” and revolved around Mindy Lahiri's concern about getting naked in front of her new boyfriend, whom she's been having sex with but not yet allowed to see her in the altogether. After Morgan tries to train her (“Pull with the neck!” as she's doing sit-ups), Mindy asks Danny to help her get in shape.
Eventually, as is inevitable, Mindy asks Danny what he thinks of her body, and while she insecurely offers some potential things he might say (boob job, get rid of cellulite, etc.), his response is:
“You're a woman and that's good; look like a woman.”
Oh, swoon! That Danny, super-critical Danny, says this to Mindy is more proof of how he really feels, as if we didn't already know (you may recall Team H&H is very much in favor of an eventual Mindy/Danny HEA). Mindy is nonplussed at his response, and obviously doesn't yet understand just what he's feeling as she leaves his office (and why should she? She can be absolutely oblivious at times).
What did you think of the episode? Anyone else inspired to go read a plus-size romance? If so, any recommendations?
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