The Mindy Project — Hiring and Firing (S1E02)
It looks like The Mindy Project is going to be a very cliched romantic comedy turned into a weekly half-hour sitcom. There were some funny moments, but it wasn’t a particularly funny episode, and I don’t know if it will actually be a very funny show, either. I’ll give the show a few more weeks, if it doesn’t genuinely amuse me, I’ll can it.
In another romcom reference, Mindy tells her friends to call her Reese Witherspoon, because she’s dating an architect. It appears that every episode is going to be based on another type of romantic comedy and she will never run out of references. Danny is jealous (though he doesn’t realize it) and demoralizes Matt by saying that architecture isn’t a real profession, just something that they made up in movies. She met a cute guy (Seth Myers!) at the bookstore, where they agreed to combine their book purchases in order to receive a free tote bag which they have “joint custody” over. Not only does he take her out to get frozen yogurt, but he goes back three times when she doesn’t like it. And when that doesn’t work, he gets her a pretzel. What a standup guy!
Beverly is a truly terrible nurse, she loses blood samples and smokes weed at the hospital. Mindy calls a partner meeting (which she probably can’t do) to discuss firing her. Jeremy, Danny, and Shulman (Stephen Tobolowsky, Bob from Heroes, Sandy from Glee) agree that they need to fire Beverly but argue over who has to do it. Jeremy gets sent to fire her and Mindy convinces Shulman to allow her to hire her replacement. Mindy totally hits it off with one of the possible employees, they love the same movies and discuss Mindy’s love life, Danny freaks out, he can’t have a second Mindy! So he convinces Shulman to let him step in and assist in the hiring process, to which Mindy goes back to Shulman to tattle (but since she’s a hot woman, it’s called whistle blowing). They have to work together, so they have to agree on an employee. Once they finally find a good nurse, they scare her off by their constant bickering. Their last candidate is an ex-con named Morgan Tookers, since he is a such a freak, Danny and Mindy finally agree on something–they can’t hire him.
When Jeremy was trying to fire Beverly, he was trying to be very gentle and courteous, which she took as him coming on to her. When she offered herself to him, he backed off and sent her an e-mail to explain that she was fired, knowing full well that she won’t check her e-mail until Christmas. Mindy decides to take matters into her own hands and fires Beverly. The response she gets is a punch in the face, which seemed quite justified because Mindy flat out told her that she is a terrible person and a worse nurse. I probably would have punched her, too. Morgan shows up and readjusts her nose, he did it creepily, but successfully and not painfully. Mindy decides to hire him on the spot. When Danny objects, he just gets shot down. To defend her decision she says that “Nelson Mandela was in prison!”
When Mindy and Danny were in Shulman’s office they told him that they were best friends, they just didn’t show it at the hospital because it would be unprofessional. Danny brings up that they went on the subway together. Such BFFs! After the long day at the hospital, they actually do ride the subway together. Mindy decides to make a scene to get payback for Danny being a jerk. Equipped with her nose bandage, she explains that he didn’t mean to do it, it’s not his fault he hit her! Danny gets the dirtiest looks, to which Mindy says finally made her happy. This was the best scene of the episode, we got to see the characters in what appears to be their natural attitudes and it was great to watch Danny squirm. There was a scattering of good jokes throughout the episode, but the only thing that really stood out was the subway scene.
Posted on October 8, 2012, in Comedy, The Mindy Project and tagged beverly, bob, bookstore, chris messina, comedy, danny, firing, glee, heroes, hiring, jeremy, matt, mindy, mindy kaling, mindy project, s1e02, sandy, seth myers, shulman, sitcom, stephen tobolowsky, tote bag. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.