This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 2, episodes 15 and 16, “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW.” Enjoy!
Will they or won't they? That was the question for a season and a half of The Mindy Project, but that is all over, friends: They DID.
And while the so-called “Moonlighting effect” is always a concern for shows with romantic elements (can you resolve the sexual tension between your leads and still create compelling television?), if the first two episodes after Mindy and Danny's kiss on an airplane are any indication, The Mindy Project has nothing to worry about there. If anything, Mindy and Danny's new relationship status—whatever that may be—seems to raising the bar for comedy and romance.
As “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW” illustrated beautifully, the kiss merely opens up a whole new world of complications, all of which are potentially comedic gold in the hands of the series' writing staff. Already you can't deny the benefits of more one-on-one time with Mindy and Danny, whose chemistry is downright electric, and the laughs derived from their very different approaches to life and love. The legitimate, down-to-earth, character-based issues between the two of them as both individuals and a couple can easily power years' worth of storylines, and we got a taste of that last night.
Take Danny. From the moment he comes up for air from that kiss on the plane, his vulnerability is obvious even before he puts it all into words:
“I'm sorry. I probably shouldn't have done that, right? Look, I'm gonna count to three. If you don't kiss me, I'll realize this was a big mistake. And I'll return to my seat in humiliation.”
Mindy kisses him at four (yep, she tortures him just a bit), and we all swoon, but that's certainly not the end of his fear of rejection when it comes to Mindy. We see it again in his jealousy of Cliff throughout the episode (“Did you cheat on me with Cliff?” and “What do you mean, 'Nothing major happened'?”), his hurt when Mindy asks to take things slow, his hostility toward Tom and a 10-year-old sex tape, and—obviously—in the concerns he voices to his brother Richie about whether she really likes him if she's not treating him like the other guys she's dated.
The best part of all this, and what gives me so much hope about the future of the show, is that this is not something Danny will get over anytime soon, no matter what Mindy does or doesn't do. Thanks to the damage to his heart done by his father and Christina, his fear of abandonment will likely be a roadblock for Danny/Mindy for some time to come, thus keeping them from ever drifting into boring and happy territory.
Then you have Mindy, who seems to have realized feelings for Danny but not yet the depth of them. Her rom-com expectations of romance are sure to come into play, as is her disappointment when Danny can't live up to all of them (though his reading Bridget Jones's Diary to her already proves, to my mind, that no one loves Mindy like Danny loves Mindy).
And the two of them as a couple—can you imagine all the ways they're going to disagree? I can't wait.
Other episode highlights:
- The battle for dominance that I hope will always define their relationship: “I'm the boss now.” “No no no no no.” “Mmm, I'm the boss now.” “No no no, I don't like it. *I'm* the boss. I'm the boss, OK?”
- Worst breakup EVER: “Cliff, I think we should break up. I'm in love with someone.” “I didn't think we were gonna do this this early...I'm in love with someone too.” “No. Oh god.”
- Mindy and Danny getting so caught up in their makeout session they started a freakin' fire
- Danny asking Cliff, “Were you...aroused?”
- Mindy's hilariously awful eulogy for Cliff's grandmother: “When an old person dies, it isn't as tragic as someone taken from us too soon, like Anna Nicole Smith. But irregardless, we feel sadliness.”
- Mindy's confession: “Cliff...I kissed Danny. And I don't...think...it's a one-time thing. I think I have feelings for him...and I wanna pursue them. I am so sorry.”
- Mindy asking that they hold off on sex until they've gone on a few dates, at least, and Danny countering that they've gone on “hundreds” of dates, like “doctors' lounge dates, subway commute dates, medical conference dates...”
- Danny and Mindy's concern when the other falls ill with meningitis.
- Peter figuring out that Mindy's new guy is Danny and then letting them keep up the act, though not without helping them recover from Danny's reaction to the old Tom/Mindy sex tape.
- Richie's advice to Danny to not be so judgmental
- Danny coming around to Mindy's wish. “I think I like that you want to take it slow. Let's take it slow.” Awwww!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch that mile-high makeout again:
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