THE MINDY PROJECT Debriefing: “So comfortable I just farted.”

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We’ve all been there, right? (Don’t answer that.)

Continuing the Sunny theme on FOX tonight, Glenn Howerton reprises his role as Cliff in tonight’s episode of Mindy, acting as Mindy’s knight in shiny tax law armor when she finds herself in yet another pickle of her own making. Meanwhile, Danny’s feeling a little gun-shy about letting Mindy occupy a greater place in his life, and Jeremy and Peter are still fighting over the same girl. Just another day at Shulman and Associates.

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In a scene eerily reminiscent of Carrie and Big from Sex and the City, the episode opens with Mindy (Mindy Kaling) attempting to hide basic necessities in Danny’s (Chris Messina) apartment, so that she doesn’t have to lug them around each time she comes over. Danny being Danny completely misses her point, and eases her travel woes by lending (not giving) her his wheelie suitcase. He nixes the idea of giving her something permanent in his home, despite the fact that she spends so much time there, and she won’t state what’s upsetting her. All of this could be solved easily by, you know, talking about it, but then we wouldn’t have another twenty-two minutes to fill, now would we?

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At work, Mindy is served while giving a presentation, because it turns out she owes six years of back taxes to the IRS. Apparently, she thought they were already being taken out of her paycheck, and she never bothered to confirm, and now the entire practice is in jeopardy because the IRS could take a lien against it as collateral. She already had someone looking into her finances, but the catch is that it’s ex-boyfriend Cliff, and he’s still angry at her for cheating on him with Danny. So in an effort to butter him up and get him to help her out, she lies that she and Danny broke up, and that Danny cheated on her on top of that. He agrees to help her out, as long as she goes on a dinner date with him to discuss her case.

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Over dinner, Cliff reveals that while going over the practice’s finances, he found out Danny is, in fact, still married to his ex Christina (Chloe Sevigny). Seriously, do Danny and Mindy ever talk in between all the sex they’re having these days? It turns out that for some inexplicable reason, despite getting an annulment from the Church last year, Danny is still legally married to his wife. Mindy is understandably upset, and Danny reveals to Cliff that he and Mindy are still dating and going strong when he begs him to help them out. Cliff spits out that they’re “a perfect couple, terrible people, and total liars,” which pretty much sums up what I usually think when watching this show at any given time. Despite being angry at both Danny and Mindy, he offers to represent Danny in his divorce anyway, on one condition: Danny gives him his beloved Yankee Stadium seat. Danny painfully agrees, presumably because Mindy is worth more to him than sports memorabilia?

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Hilariously, once the divorce is final (in what has to be the quickest legal process ever), Cliff comes to pick up his new prize from Danny’s, only to hit him where it hurts: he’s taking the seats to torch them, because he’s a Red Sox fan. Burn! Moreover, he makes Danny realize how weird it is that there isn’t a single trace of Mindy in his place, whereas her stuff was all over Cliff’s apartment when they were dating. Danny, to his credit, mans up, and in a very sweet (if belated) gesture, replaces those seats in his living room with a cute new vanity, just for Mindy. It may only have two drawers in it, but it’s pink and has daisies on it, and is a permanent place for her things in his home. It might not be half his closet, but it’s a start. (Besides, apparently they need that half of the closet so that they can have sex in it.)

Elsewhere in the episode, Peter (Adam Pally) wants to get back with Lauren (Tracey Wigfield), who decides she needs a time out and wants to “put a pin in it.” She’s still dating Jeremy (Ed Weeks), but puts a pin in that too, much to his dismay. Jeremy’s threatened with deportation for a nanosecond, but apparently the threat of him leaving the country is enough to make Lauren want him back, which she chooses to profess in front of Peter and the rest of the office. Peter, you might be better off without her, buddy.

Because one can never have enough Danny Castellano:

  • “You’re stealing from America! From the Grand Canyon! From the Statue of Liberty! From the Liberty Bell!” re: Mindy not paying her taxes. (I loved her retort that the Liberty Bell was crap, because it had a giant crack in it.)
  • “Folding socks and watching JAG”: Danny’s exciting night plans. (I hear ya, Danny.)
  • “I’m dating Andy Rooney. I can’t right now.” Mindy re: said plans. (I almost said the same thing.)
  • “Everyone was excited for their new fall shows” Peter re: the real reason behind his and Lauren’s honeymoon period. (I’ve totally been there.)

So, how did you like “Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs”? Could they have crammed anymore of Mindy’s exes into the elevator at work? Are thirtysomethings really that awful at communication? (Especially when it’s as basic as their marital status?) Did you cheer as much as I did when Mindy read Danny the riot act for not telling her he wasn’t divorced yet? Or when Danny yelled at Mindy for putting the entire practice in danger with her poor financial decisions? Does anyone rant as wonderfully as Danny? And did anyone else find it really hot when Mindy teased Danny with closet sex at the end?

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

One Response to THE MINDY PROJECT Debriefing: “So comfortable I just farted.”

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