April 3, 2014
Back in January Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project” went on a two month hiatus and left us with a literal Cliff-hanger.
In the last episode before the break we were stuck wondering whether Mindy would continue to try and win back her ex-boyfriend Cliff, or throw it away to be with Danny. This past Tuesday “The Mindy Project” returned and answered all of our questions.
From the beginning of the series we were led to believe Mindy and Danny would end up together. Following the classic Nora Ephron rom-com pattern the show is loosely based off of, it was apparent they were destined to eventually find each other. We just didn’t expect it would be so soon. After all, it’s only season two.
The series came back with a double header, giving us a full hour to catch up on what Shulman and Associates have been doing over the past couple months and it certainly made up for its absence. It started with Danny and Mindy returning from Los Angeles to find Cliff greeting her in New York with a romantic grand gesture, a mariachi band. It’s clear right away that Mindy wants to be with Danny, but her conscious takes over so she decides to go with Cliff and hear him out.
While the strong feelings between Mindy and Danny feel incredibly rushed, it’s hard not to root for them. It just feels really premature. Breaking up with Cliff doesn’t go as easily as planned. While she’s there, he ends up finding out his grandmother passed and reverts to child-like state of mourning. Too guilt ridden to leave him at this point she does the first logical thing she can think of, act crazy to drive him away.
Things continue to escalate from there and Mindy ends up coming clean at the worst possible time, Cliff’s grandmother’s funeral. It’s relieving to finally see Cliff out of the way. Besides, he is just another disposable white guy in the long line of disposable white guys Mindy tends to date. Before jumping right into a relationship with Danny, it would be nice for Mindy to spend some time alone.
We’ve spent most of the series watching her jump around from guy to guy and relationship to relationship. Girl needs some time to herself. Kaling’s writing and acting continues to be as sharp as ever and if you haven’t been watching, now is as good a time as ever to start. See what Mindy, Danny, and the rest of the gang are up to by tuning into “The Mindy Project” Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.