The Mindy Project Season Two (2013) - Review

by - July 24, 2019


"My body is very attracted to your body but when you speak my brain gets angry". (Mild Spoilers Ahead)

With a new season comes a few new changes to The Mindy Project, some for better, some for worse. When we last saw Mindy she was getting ready to leave for Haiti with her missionary boyfriend, Casey (Anders Holm), but not before sharing an intense moment with Danny (Chris Messina). Season two begins with Mindy in Haiti, where Casey proposes. She says yes, but as they're about to have sex to celebrate, she's struck by kidney stones and passes out. When she wakes up, she's back in New York City in the hospital. Danny has reconciled with his wife Christina (a sorely underused Chloë Sevigny), but they're having problems in the sex department. Enter Dr. Paul Leotard (yes, that's his real name) played by James Franco (blech), Mindy's replacement at the OBGYN office. He's also a sex therapist and tries to help out Danny and Christina, much to Danny's annoyance.

In any case, a lot of these storylines are wrapped up fairly quickly. Danny and Christina don't last terribly long due to Danny's lack of interest in sex (at least with Christina, as his porn searches are still abundant and frequent), and while Mindy and Casey last much longer, it's clear their lives are taking them in different directions. Franco's Dr. Leotard is gone with nothing more than a heartfelt letter to the office and good riddance, I say. His guest appearance was silly and annoying, although I recognize my intense dislike of Franco probably plays into my opinion of the storyline.

The show seems to pull away from Betsy (Zoe Jarman) and even Jeremy (Ed Weeks), while focusing on Mindy, Danny, Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and newcomer Peter Prentice (Adam Pally) who joins Shulman and Associates in episode 3. Pally is an excellent addition to the show, and I've really enjoyed watching him and Mindy's friendship deepen over the course of the season. Tamra (Xosha Roquemore), who was hired after Danny fired Morgan last season, becomes a regular as well, though she's still regulated to background fodder to occasionally make a silly joke or observation, much like Betsy, Beverly, and Jeremy. It's a shame because I really enjoyed the ensemble feeling of season one. That being said, season two was still wonderful, if a bit disjointed.

Mindy continues to be what I consider an anti-leading lady. Yes, she continues to search for Mr. Right, and she and Danny's blossoming will they or won't they romance fuels the show, even when they're dating other people, but Mindy is definitely not a role model for us ladies to look up to. She's self-involved, shallow and sometimes kind of a bitch. She is flawed in the worst way, but she also has enough likable qualities that I still found myself rooting for her. We have enough anti-heroes that we love on television, so why not enjoy an egotistical, vain anti-heroine? Mindy is confident, unashamed by her interests and hobbies. She's also intelligent and witty, so starkly offensive sometimes that you can't help but laugh. Kaling carries the show, but she still gets plenty of help from the cast around her when they're given their time to shine. Danny's progressing love for Mindy is still subtle but insanely romantic too, taking us on a rollercoaster of emotion throughout the entire season and culminating in a wonderful finale that merges You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle into one half-hour episode of comedy.

As with season one, there were a few episodes that felt sluggish, and I could feel that Kaling and the writers were still trying to find the right tone for the show. But they continued to improve and I think season two ended on a strong note.

Starring: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Adam Pally
Created by: Mindy Kaling
Watched: 07.2019 on Hulu

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