The Mindy Project

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The Mindy Project Review: Screw You Bradley Cooper

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I think I need Danny to bring me some chicken soup and a copy of the Guiness Book of World Records - because I feel sick.

Last season, The Mindy Project spent many an episode trying to figure out just what kind of show it was going to be. By the end, Mindy and her cast had figured out how to write a prescription for laughter on a weekly basis.

As the new practice took shape, so did the characters who worked there.

This season far surpassed the previous, with additions like Adam Pally's Peter Prentice proving as endearing a character as the other leads on the show.

What we got tonight, on The Mindy Project Season 2 Episode 22, was such a let down and disappointing finish to what had been a superb sophomore season.

Mindy and Danny gave their feelings for each other a shot... and it ended poorly. For the most part, I got the feeling this sequence of events was okay with fans. It was exciting to see them finally break through all that sexual tension and take a leap.

But like Danny, I didn't want to see their weekly banter die out along with their relationship.

Mindy and Danny both moved on and started dating other people and, along the way, slowly rekindled their friendship and even resumed a little flirting now and again. 

I thought Danny being jealous of anyone Mindy dated or brought home was an angle that could have been played out longer. Danny trying to out Staten Island Charlie in front of Mindy was one of my favorite scenes of the season.

Danny had lost some credibility in recent weeks, if you ask me. Then there was this twisted Catfish plot here. I wanted to feel for him as he pleaded with Mindy to believe him when he told her he loved her. Like Mindy, I wasn't buying it either.

Then at the end, after her coworkers convinced her to give Danny another shot, they find him sitting at a pizza parlor having given up on Mindy after only an hour?

Then we had to suffer through watching Chris Messina try to run, as Danny rushed back to the "Emperor State Building" as Jeremy called it.

Two clichéd songs later, Danny takes Mindy in her arms, on a trash laden observatory deck, and they zoom to talking about how many kids they are going to have?

My love for this show won't be as fleeting as Danny's feelings for Mindy the first time around, but tonight's episode was a real shot to my thoughts on it's future.

I need to take the summer to see some other programs and see how I feel. After this finale, I think it might be for the best.

Review

Editor Rating: 1.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (93 Votes)
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Completely disagree with the reviewer. I watched it twice and loved every minute of it. It was a really clever way to get all the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks rom cons in one short show. Danny and Mindy have amazing chemistry. Can't wait for next season!

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I completely disagree with the reviewer's opinion, and think the show has gotten smarter and better and finally found its stride. Cannot wait for season 3 and all the Mindy/ Danny funny dating moments. Clearly it is resonating more with people and viewership has gotten stronger over the last few weeks. But I respect that you as a reviewer has a different opinion. Swati, if you were not just dumb, ignorant and psychotic because your boyfriend slept with Mindy Kaling, you would know that this show now attracts more viewers than any other FOX comedy. The decision to cut # of episodes must have been made before the steady improvement in ratings and I am hoping FOX will eventually change their minds when they see the steady climb. Swati, please don't throw a fit or kill a homeless guy when that happens and seek help.

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If we'd had half a season instead of just a handful of episodes to explore Mindy's relationship with Charlie and Danny's growing jealousy, I think the finale would have been awesome. They clearly didn't know if they were getting another season and rushed too much to tie up loose ends. Even if the catfishing was manipulative, I found it funny; same with the Bradley Cooper clothing gag and lots of the banter. As a standalone episode, I think it merited more than a single star review, but I agree that this wasn't their best effort.

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I don't think we watched the same show. This was amazing and perfect and will open so many more doors...

Drea xoxo
@ Meg

What I thought too!!! It was realistic and how the show is. each finale they both realise something with each other but life happens: hati, clive and ex wife.

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Overall, I liked this episode quite a bit. I got a little annoyed with Danny for giving up on meeting Mindy at the top of the Empire State Building after only an hour when he had previously declared he would wait there all night. But overall, Chris Messina is fantastic and his chemistry with Mindy is great. I think part of the reason this felt a bit rushed was because they did two weeks of back to back episodes when Mindy and Danny started dating the first time so rather than see their relationship play out over several weeks, we got it in 2, then he dumped her. I thought this was a great season. I'm hoping that the fact that Mindy and Danny are now together it won't kill the show's momentum like it does on other shows (I'm looking at you New Girl). They need to find a way to bring some of the other characters into play more I think but that comes with time.

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@ Sarah T

Agreed, great season but far too rushed at the end. The pace of Mindy and Danny's relationship was too rapid. Unlike Mindy's beloved rom-coms which have to wrap up their stories in a couple hours, her show has the leeway to progress relationships slowly, over multiple episodes and even seasons. (See Ross and Rachel from Friends.) I am a huge fan of Chris Messina on this show, but Danny's character lost something toward the end of this season. He was manipulating Mindy, playing with her heart. This behavior took him down a few pegs and not just in my book. Others have written similar feelings in past reviews of mine. I hope as more clarity is given to the show's future run, the writers will move past this one blemish on an otherwise great record.

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This episode was perfect and amazing!! The perfect end to an amazing season. This show has become my favorite show on TV. I laughed out loud over and over this entire episode. The review is way off base!!

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@ Sarita

Nope. The review was SPOT-ON PERFECT! You must be one of those hacks paid to vomit praise of the show on message boards. Guess what? You failed.

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I agree with Ree, I don't think we're watching the same show... this is the first negative article I have read about the episode and the general consensus everywhere else is that this was the best episode of the season, and probably the show thus far. Maybe you should watch the episode again, and maybe all of Meg Ryan's movies while you're at it because it's obvious you're missing the point of the episode and possibly the entire series, because it's been clear from the pilot that Mindy idolizes those classic movies and this episode was a true homage to them.

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@ Anna

No, you've missed the point entirely. And by the tone of your comments, you're in hysterics. Also, you're self-identifying with Mindy Kaling in a harmful and sad way. For your own sake, stop it. P.S. There are TONS of negative articles about last night's episode, the entire series, and Mindy Kaling herself. Get out of your bubble.

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@ Swati

Haha, I never knew I worked at Fox (hmmm) - especially as i'm living in England.
I guess everyone else telling you how idiotic you are, are also undercover fox interns XD Btw, where are the 'tons' of other negative reviews. Remember sources created in your head don't count :P

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@ Swati

The only one in hysterics is you, because you keep commenting here to attack everyone else for liking a show you obviously don't like. Calm down and get a therapist. You seem to have some psychological issues.

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@ Swati

So if you're opinion is the one and only 'right' view... does that mean that the 42 people who gave the episode 4.6/5 are wrong.... It looks like you're the one who needs grow up and get their head outta their ass. Please do, it must be pretty dark up in there :P

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@ niksi

Yes, the one Fox intern who clicked "5 stars" 42 times is wrong. Glad I could clear that up for you. Seek help.

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I agree with the review. This episode SUCKED! and i didn't even know it was the finale, Mindy herself said she would prefer Mindy and Danny didn't end up together but i guess higher powers at FOX had other ideas. The story line seemed rushed like they were trying to fit the romance with season's ending.

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@ Milly

Agree with this and the review.
It sucks that nowadays all they do is cater to 'Shippers'.

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@ Jen

I think that they probably ended on this note because when this was written they didn't know whether or not they'd come back for a third season. Even though I love Danny and Mindy together I think we'll see a lot of ups and downs between them that HAVE to be written into the third season. And to clarify my below review, I didn't actually love the finale, but I thought the reviewer was whining more than he was reviewing and it didn't really sound like he watched the entire season or know WHY the finale was the way it was (whether it was executed well or not is a different story)

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@ Jen

Yes. These "shippers" who get the "feels" for The Mindy Project should get their "heads" out of their "asses."

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@ Jen

The whole premise of the show is that it's a romantic comedy. If you don't like romance, why did you even start watching the show?

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@ Kelly

It's funny you say that Jen because for me there romance didn't come out of no where, I remember watching season 1 and about half way through I thought it was really quite obvious that Danny had feelings for Mindy.

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@ Kelly

I know, I just don't find Mindy and Danny romantic. For me they worked better as friends - I also feel like Danny's feelings came out of nowhere, it was very rushed. And Mindy? She was in love with the lawyer guy, all of a sudden she's in love with Danny..
And maybe that's nothing but I for me they just don't work as a romantic pairing. I don't see what they would 'love' about each other.

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There are many things that seem off base about this review...did you get that any of the finale was an homage to classic rom-coms? Where did you get the idea that fans were ok with the break up? I think the only reason that most people played along was because everyone knew they'd get back together.
I don't know how you perceived Mindy Kaling (who has pronounced her love for the classic romcom time and time again) or what show you were watching all along but it doesn't sound like it was this one.

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@ Ree

Ree, I of course got the rom com references, they were anything but subtle. That was one of the strikes against the finale. If you have ever read any of my other reviews, you would know I love this show and generally sing its praises. Early on in the show, there were a lot of rom-com references, but now the show has its own identity, so falling back on those was a cop out in my opinion. Speaking of cops, I know Mindy didn't love Charlie, but he was good for her. He empowered her to do things herself. He/they deserved a better breakup than the "been nice knowing you" we got. They also just threw in things like Morgan and Tamra have been hooking up, Peter is now dating the single mother, as if they were tying up loose ends, cleaning house. I do agree with your point Ree that it felt like this was written, not knowing if they would be back for a third season. That doesn't make it sit any better with me though. Danny begged for a second chance then went and got pizza after waiting an hour for Mindy? That about sums up this episode for me. But love the debate and all your comments. This is what makes it fun to write reviews.

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@ Chris O'Hara

Ummm, I'm sorry, but Charlie was Danny, in like 15yrs... and it wasn't a cop out to romcoms, it was an homage... done very well in my opinion. I'm not a fan who can't see the flaws in her favorite show, but i feel like you're simply way off base on this review.

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@ Ree

No, the reviewer was correct. You're having a hard time dealing with criticism of Mindy Kaling, most likely due some weird self-identification you have with her. Get out more. Her show is the lowest-rated sitcom on TV because... IT'S NOT A VERY GOOD SHOW. Next year's season will be 15 episodes, according to Fox. Please don't harm yourself, or anyone else, as a way of coping with this truth.

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@ Swati

You seem to have a bit of a problem Swati... why are you still even posting here if you clearly hate the show? And by the way, the finale was the 2nd highest rated show last night.

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@ Swati

You seem a little like a wackjob. Get out more.

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@ Ree

I have to agree with "Swati." The knee-jerk reactions from the show's few remaining fans are troubling. It's as if they need a hug, or mental care.

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@ Swati

What is your problem. How can you be so rude to people expressing their own opinions?????? I liked the episode and I can assure you I dont have any self identification with Mindy Kaling, far from that... Chill mate!!!!

The Mindy Project Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

Danny: I haven't seen you smile this much since you found out that you're younger than Katie Holmes.
Mindy: That old bag.

I am a hot, smart woman, with an ass that doesn't quit.

Mindy