MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW…
Well, tis time for our favorite Indian BBW with an ass that just won’t quit, to take a three month vacation with her new/old lover Danny C, OBGYN and occasional personal trainer. Season Two wasn’t perfect I’ll admit, there were a few trips along the way, but Season Two was incredibly satisfying, funny, and all around just a good time. Let’s get into what the sophomore season of “TMP” got right, and what it got wrong?
- ADAM PALLY AND PETER/MINDY
Adam Pally’s character, Peter, was a welcome addition to the cast. He’s sort of like a more fleshed out version of Jeremy, it took the writers a little time to figure out exactly what they wanted to do with Peter, but once they did he’s been a great source of comedy. The Mindy/Peter dynamic is in many ways comparable to the relationship between Liz Lemon and Jack in “30 Rock”. It’s this purely platonic relationship between these two morally questionable co-workers, with one of them being a bit more blind to their own faults, and the two’s moments of confiding with each other have really been the heart of the show these last few episodes. While the shipper in me wants to see the two get together, the realist in me knows that maybe it’s better this way.
- DANNY IS ACTUALLY KIND OF A JERK
Let’s be real, Danny’s always kind of been a jerk, I mean most of the characters on the show are actually sort of terrible people(Mindy made a girl cry because she asked her if she plans to vote), but I have to say I loved the way the writers full on embraced moral ambiguity when it came to Danny and his motivations in these last few episodes. While Danny and Mindy ultimately ended up back in each other’s arms by the seasons end, I liked how the show quite frequently tackled the fact that, yeah, Danny is a selfish prick. That doesn’t make Danny any less lovable, but it’s nice to see the fact that he’s kind of horrible be addressed as much as it has.
- JOKE A MINUTE
A lot like “30 Rock”, “The Mindy Project” just keeps throwing jokes at you and never really stops, and again like “30 Rock” it nails them all. Even the finale which dealt mostly with the dramatic elements of the season with the Mindy/Danny relationship, still managed to get in some super fun quips such as Mindy’s e-mail(firstname.lastname@example.org) and these other gems…
“If you’re a serial killer, then I’m not interested, if you’re a serial killer who kills other serial killers, then I’m very interested”
“No, do not come up! I’m pleasuring myself to Julianna Margulies! “The Good Wife” is on!”
- THE GUEST STARS
The show just kept one upping itself with the amount of guest stars the show landed, from Timothy Olyphant to Tim Daly with Max Greenfield, Anna Gunn, and Vanessa Bayer thrown in for good measure. One memorable guest actor who I wish we could have seen more of aside from his two episode guest stint was Ben Feldman, who was excellent in the role of Mindy’s polar opposite hipster boyfriend. Also James Franco guest starred for two episodes, so uh…yeah.
The Danny and Mindy relationship was beautifully done. I wasn’t exactly begging for the two to get together, but once they did I was as giddy as a school girl. Then they broke up, and the feels really hit me, and then I was super pissed as Danny, and then they got back together and decided to have nine daughters together and I couldn’t help but smile. Also kudos to Mindy Kaling who has done a kick ass job with the emotional stuff this season.
Just a quick shout out to Tamra, who even with the limited amount of screen time she gets, has been a consistently excellent source of comedy.
- SUPPORTING CAST
The supporting cast with the exception of Tamra, Morgan, and Peter don’t really get a whole lot to do. Even Jeremy has kind of been reduced to a fifth wheel, occasionally tacked on to share a story with Peter. Beverly occasionally gets a funny line, and Betsy is lucky if she get’s a line at all. I hope to see the supporting cast get expanded upon next season.
- A FEW WEAK EPISODES
With twenty two episodes, they can’t all be winners, and while I can’t really say there were any bad episodes, there were a few that were just kind of “eh okay”, especially in the second half of the season. From what I’ve heard Season Three will be fifteen episodes, so with the reduced episode count I expect next year there’ll be maybe a bit more consistency. Still that said there were like eighteen great episodes and like five okay ones, so I feel like it all sort of evens out.
“The Mindy Project” wrapped up the season perfectly despite a few bumps in the road in the second half of the season, the finale “Danny and Mindy” brought the house down. The second season expanded upon the first season and outdid it in almost every way(even though I did really like the first season as well). “The Mindy Project’s” quirky cast and joke a minute style with some romance and drama thrown in make it a great way to spend half an hour.
GRADE: 92% A-