This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s episode 17, “Be Cool.” Enjoy!
All epic romance novels have a “delicious despair” period—that dark, dark time when every possible chance for a happy ending for your beloved pair seems doomed, and the ashes of all your hopes and dreams for them surround you. Still, you have faith that they will, in fact, pull it out of the fire and attain that glorious HEA. Somehow. Some way. After all, isn't that the golden rule of romance?
The Mindy Project, while not a romance novel, is often described as a romantic comedy series, and I 100% believe that creator/executive producer/head writer/star Mindy Kaling fully intends to follow the Mindy/Danny romance through to, if not an HEA, a “Happily for Now.” Which means that while “Be Cool” saw Danny break up with Mindy after only a few weeks of secretly dating—sending fans into a tizzy of delicious despair—their story is far from over. As in, it's most likely just gettin' started.
Even the way Danny ended things was RIDICULOUSLY romantic, damn him:
“I think you're right: we should call it off. ... Just listen to me, OK. I don't know if you know this, but...you're my best friend. Sorta my...my only friend, and, uh, I need to have you in my life. I have to have you. And this, I'm afraid that this is, this is gonna... Wait a minute, you don't know what I'm about to tell you. ... I don't want you to get upset, OK? I'm sorry, I just—we wanna kill each other at least once a day. ... And what's gonna happen if we start dating. I mean, really, what's gonna happen? You're gonna get attached to me. ... And then we're gonna fight more, then we're gonna break up. And and—and then you're gonna go work somewhere else and I'm not gonna see you. Is that what you want? Is that what you want? ... I know me: I will ruin this. Look, I—I think the best thing for us to do...I think it's good that we stop this now. I think you'll see that I'm right. ... I'm sorry.”
He's clearly terrified of losing her as even a friend (and his fear of abandonment is well documented over the years and thus totes legit), but he's also clearly in love with her (DID YOU SEE? DID YOU SEE THE TEARS IN HIS EYES???). Now they just have to figure a few things out before what just HAS to be a big, romantic season finale. I'm rooting for them—how about you?
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