Will we or won’t we? The Mindy Project’s fourth season has yet to be given the go ahead by US network Fox, but here’s hoping that we’ll see Mindy again – if for no other reason than I want to finally meet Mindy’s parents!
I find it a little hard to believe that Danny’s never met Mindy’s parents in once capacity or another, when many of Mindy’s ex-boyfriends (including one-night-stand Lee (Max Greenfield) and fleeting fling Jamie (BJ Novak)) apparently have done just that. Hasn’t he even met them as her friend/co-worker? Oh, plot holes.
For whatever reason, he hasn’t and Mindy wants him to come to Boston to their going away party so that her family can finally meet him. Danny agrees, and is supposed to follow Mindy to Boston after performing a surgery, but at the last minute he bails on her and yet again their lack of communication becomes a problem. Mindy is crushed that Danny didn’t go to the party, but admits to Peter that she hasn’t even told her parents about him at all. Peter, who has come to New York to ask Mindy to be his best man, talks her into being honest with both Danny and her family, but before she has the chance to, Morgan overhears her conversation with Peter and comes to the conclusion that Danny isn’t the father of Mindy’s baby.
Annette (Rhea Perlman) throws Mindy a surprise baby shower and it’s there that everything unravels. Morgan shows up with what he deems to be Mindy’s four best-looking ex-boyfriends, and chaos ensues. We find out that Josh (Tommy Dewey) once peed himself whilst meeting Mindy’s parents for the first time (he was high on crystal meth) and that Casey (Anders Holm) is still adorable. Mindy and Danny’s secrets are revealed, and Danny’s is that he doesn’t want to get married again, which crushes Mindy. She drafts an email to her parents, telling them about Danny, but doesn’t send it. Danny, meanwhile, gets on a plane to India instead of going to Austin for Peter’s wedding. Jeremy is Peter’s best man (great plot twist) and Danny declares his love for Mindy to her parents.
It was actually a pretty good finale – despite some plot holes. Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina continue to demonstrate their palpable on-screen chemistry and some amazing acting to boot. If it weren’t for the two of them, and the occasional sighting of Adam Pally, I wouldn’t be coming back to watch week after week. I hope that The Mindy Project comes back for another season, even if it is a shorter episode order than previous seasons. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the weird crew of Shulman and Associates, or to Mindy and Danny. I want to see them have their baby. I definitely want to see who they will cast as Mindy’s parents. The quality of this show may have dipped from its previous seasons, but it’s still better that a lot of shows on the box right now – so sign me up for another round.
Review Score: THREE AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
The Mindy Project screens in Australia on Channel 7