The Mindy Project

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The Mindy Project Review: Nurse Wacky

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Mindy Kaling flexed her star-studded rolodex again this week, as Seth Myers guest-starred as a possible love interest for The Mindy Project's title character.

"Hiring and Firing" featured the same brand of witty pop culture references and dialogue that made the series premiere so likeable, but the clear tone of the show has yet to be solidified, considering the storyline here teetered on the edge of absurd at times.

The line about not standing next to someone you know after running into them on the subway was spot on, but her audible narrating would have had me looking to get off at the next stop, just like it did Danny. People talking loudly to themselves on the train is nothing new to New Yorkers, but Mindy doing so was a not-so-interesting brand of crazy.

Mindy with a Smirk

The writing rebounded, though, as Mindy recounted how she met a new man (Myers) while in a bookstore. Her habit of going to such stores not to buy books but to look at them so she can later order them online is definitely something I am guilty of. I even know how coveted certain tote bags can be, as I myself have been reprimanded at home for using ones from Lululemon for inconsequential tasks.

Where Mindy started to lose me was when she not once but three times was disappointed with the taste of her frozen yogurt. Who doesn't ask for a sample of a new flavor before committing to a whole cup? For a show that seems so in tune with city life, this was a little off.

Then, we met Beverly, who was so negligent you had to wonder how she had held her nursing job to begin with. The joint search for her replacement, however, was by far the best aspect of the episode, highlighted by their sibling-like argument in Dr. Schulman's office. Mindy's line about the difference between tattling and whistleblowing, was one of the top Mindy Project quotes of the half hour.

Jeremy's efforts to fire Beverly turned into an awkward walk in the park and really was nothing more than filler. The same could be said about Mindy's scene with Gwen (Anna Camp) whose role is still not yet clear based on what we've seen thus far. Her ridiculous attempt to take a picture of Joaquin Phoenix through a veil of her own hair, I have to believe, did little to endear her to viewers.  

The episode finished on a strong note, though, as Morgan came to Mindy's aid and stopped the bleeding and returned the air in the room to order. My biggest laugh of the night came when Danny screamed at Mindy "stop freaking out!"

There was plenty of sexual tension between the two doctors again, capped by a return ride on the subway where we saw Danny reading Catching Fire. Initially I chalked this detail up as another strike against the writers, because a guy like Danny who scoffed at the Downton Abbey fandom last week would never be caught reading such a mainstream book like that. (For the record, I read the entire trilogy).

What, if though, it was instead a subtle hint that Danny is perhaps more like Mindy than he cares to admit?

What did you think?

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Watching it now . Kinda like George Costanza trying to date Cindy Crawford . Remember the movie with Jack Black dating Kate Winslett? lol . Is the show going come to reality ? It would remain to be seen ? I will check it out to see what happens ?

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i was worried about the rating.. still i can't believe this most funniest debut sitcom in year has a terrible rating..
i hope this show not get an axed anytime soon..
it's a shame though, if that happens..

Saad702

I thought the ending was particularly funny. Its a good show. But there's a lot of work to be done here.

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IN THE PILOT I REALLY LIKED DANNY AND COULDN'T REMEMBER FROM WHERE I KNEW HIM. SO OFCOURSE WHEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS REESE LANSING FRON THE NEWSROOM WHO I HATED A LOT, I HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR CHRIS MESSINA WHO MADE ME LIKE HIM. HIS AND MINDY RELATIONSHIP IS GONNA BE GREAT AND RIGHT NOW THEY ARE THE ONLY REASON I WATCH.

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I loved it and it seemed pretty good. The premiere was funnier but this episode was GREAT in its own way. It's nice to see something different on TV, and Seth Meyers was great in his cameo :)

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I liked the premiere more than this episode. This episode was more annoying than funny. Since the show has a new nurse, it seems like the cast is now all set. Hopefully we can go back to the comedy of the premiere.

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I'm a pretty big fan of Mindy Kaling from the Office. But the Mindy Project falls short. I never expected to get hardcore laughs from the show, like other shows such as the Office, Community and Modern Family to name a few. But at least a laugh here and there would suffice. Mindy has to stop rambling her lines at times, its just annoying. Messina is pretty solid in his performance, but the British dude has to lighten up. The camera work has to get better and the ensemble just seems so tense at times,(except Mindy) like their first time actors. Guys I know its the beginning of a new show. But Mindy presentation is everything! I'm still watching because I have hope it can improve,but as much as I love Mindy if this dry spell continues... Sorry but The Mindy Project will not be on my watch list. Get better and soon!

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I'm a pretty big fan of Mindy Kaling from the Office. But the Mindy Project falls short. I never expected to get hardcore laughs from the show, like other shows such as the Office, Community and Modern Family to name a few. But at least a laugh here and there would suffice. Mindy has to stop rambling her lines at times, its just annoying. Messina is pretty solid in his performance, but the British dude has to lighten up. The camera work has to get better and the ensemble just seems so tense at time except Mindy like their first time actors.Guys I know its the beginning of a new show. But Mindy presentation is everything!I'm still watching because i have hope it can improve,but as much as I love Mindy if this dry spell continues. Sorry The Mindy Project will not be on my watch list. Get better and soon!

The Mindy Project Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

No one's really an architect, that's like a job guys have in the movies.

Danny

I can't run into somebody I know on the subway and not stand next to them, it's weird.

Mindy