The Mindy Project — Pilot (S1E01 Series Premiere)
Hulu and Fox were kind enough to put an advanced screening of The Mindy Project’s premiere online! So if you want to watch it, just search for it on Hulu. The television premiere will be on September 25th at 9:30pm on Fox.
Since this is a pilot, I will go ahead and recap the episode and introduce the characters for those of you who haven’t watched. The story revolves around Mindy, a 31-year-old OB/GYN doctor whose life (mainly her love life) seems to be falling apart around her. As a kid she would always watch romantic comedies, and it doesn’t seem to have let up as she has aged. So when she meets an attractive guy, Tom, in an elevator that breaks down, she thinks it’s fate. Turns out that Tom wasn’t the man she thought he was, he dumped her for another girl. Mindy shows up to their wedding, gives a terribly distasteful toast, and bikes away drunk. When she crashed the bike into a pool, she thinks she hears a doll talking to her; even the doll has a boyfriend! If this wasn’t enough to show Mindy that she needed to turn her life around, being arrested definitely should have.
Jeremy, an incredibly attractive British guy practically offers to sleep with Mindy. She is incredibly proud of herself for refusing, so she texts a picture of him to her best friend, Gwen, and brags about her restraint. Mindy goes back to her office to see a potential patient, she doesn’t have insurance, doesn’t speak English, and is nine months pregnant. Mindy admits that she usually takes on patients that don’t have insurance secretly, but she doesn’t do that anymore. However, after the patient’s son talks to her for a few minutes, she gives in and agrees.
Mindy is preparing for her first date with a guy she has never met, so she is showing off her outfit to the other women. Danny tells her that what she is wearing is absolutely terrible. Obviously, Mindy tells him off and ignores his recommendations. To which he responds, “You know what would really look great? If you lost 15 pounds.” It’s a low blow, but she deserves it, she was being a harpy.
When she gets to the date, Mindy talks nonstop. I’m surprised he didn’t just get up and walk off. Instead he calls her “down-to-earth” and insists that she is normal. Honestly, this guy can’t be normal if he thinks she is. I mean, honestly, she has a “red flags list” on her phone and asking him strange questions. Luckily for Dennis, she gets pulled back to work when her newest patient is giving birth. It takes the waitress a good minute or two before she and Dennis can convince her to answer the phone. Instead of just telling Dennis that it was nice to meet him, she made the whole situation incredibly awkward by inviting and then uninviting him back to her place after she gets off work.
While Mindy is on the phone with Gwen she tells her that she has really changed and she is going to be a better version of herself, the doorbell rings. Jeremy is on the other side of the door, he walks in, and of course, they sleep together. Hmm, real changes there, Mindy!
I think that the show was decent, but it isn’t fair to judge it just by the first episode. A lot of sitcoms take a few episodes to find their footing, and I’m pretty sure that this is one of them. As the show progresses, I’m sure that the characters will get more developed and the story will become much more involved and enticing. Because of this, I will give the show a couple more episodes and I’ll try not to be too hard on it in this review.
Within the first thirty seconds of the introduction of Danny, it was incredibly obvious to me that he and Mindy will be a will-they-won’t-they relationship. I’m not sure if this was intended to be obvious, but their banter definitely points towards it. I bet by halfway through the season there will already be some sexual tension that they are going to have to deal with, one way or the other.
There weren’t too many good one-liners in this episode. But the best dialogue by far was when the police officer was questioning Mindy. After hearing that her charges were public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Mindy asks why the police aren’t going after rapists and murderers. The cop responds very cleverly with, “You are a rapist of peace and quiet.” That was a nearly perfect line. And as Mindy was being escorted out, she asked her, “Will it be possible for me to get a tour of the special victims unit?” Looks like someone watches too much TV (and I’m not talking about myself this time)!
I don’t think that Mindy Kaling want me to say this, but I think my favorite part about this episode–and probably the rest of the show–was the guest actors. If we see more of her The Office co-stars and Saturday Night Live guests, that will be a huge bonus! And because this is a sitcom written by Mindy Kaling, I think that it’s a good bet that the guests will keep flowing.
I do want to restate: don’t be too hard on a sitcom on its first episode. It’s really difficult to introduce multiple characters, have tons of jokes, and drive a storyline in less than thirty minutes. So I’m going to stick with this show for a few more episodes and we’ll see how it goes!
Posted on September 1, 2012, in Comedy, Pilots, The Mindy Project and tagged chris messina, danny, doctor, ed helms, first date, fox, jeremy, mindy kaling, mindy project, obgyn, pilot, premiere, the office. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.