The first episode of the second season of The Mindy Project premiered last night and thank God! I’ve almost run out of Mindy quotes to use in everyday life, but after yesterday I have quite a few more to add to the collection.
The episode opens with Mindy and Casey in Haiti, with the rest of the gang back in New York. James Franco guest stars as the doctor who replaces Mindy in the office, and he tries to help Danny and his ex-wife and current girlfriend Christina (Chloe Sevigny) with their intimacy issues. It’s a strange decision to have someone guest star in the first episode of the season, but because it’s James Franco, I won’t complain.
Back in Haiti, Casey proposes to Mindy! Her initial reaction is hilarious – she grabs for the ring and exclaims, “I want to vine this!” Shortly after, however, she has to be airlifted back to New York to get her gallbladder removed. After all, it’s hard to continue the show without Mindy in New York.
She wakes up with Morgan standing over her, and it isn’t long before he says something hilariously creepy: “I’ve been Snow Whiting you for the past hour.” Dr. Reed comes in, and we see that he’s gotten a bit fat, due to the stress of running the practice.
When Danny hears that Mindy is sick, he runs to the hospital to see her. He comes in angrily and adorably concerned for her: “What did you do? Get drunk and sass a voodoo princess? Try to get your groove back with some street kid? What happened?”
Before long, Casey comes back and prompts Mindy to tell her coworkers the good news. Danny’s face is heartbreaking.
Casey and Mindy begin planning their wedding, but when they realize how expensive it is, they decide to get hitched in New York, before going back to Haiti together.
While Mindy’s visiting Danny at the practice, Christina barges in to talk about what she found on Danny’s computer (porn). This is the point when we learn that Danny has no idea what a browser history is. I cannot stress enough how much I love the fact that Danny Castellano doesn’t know what a browser history is.
So, Christina and Danny break up (hallelujah), whilst Mindy and Casey put together their haphazard wedding in Mindy’s apartment. However, night of, Mindy has second thoughts, and who else is there to comfort her but Danny?
This is when Mindy finally admits that she doesn’t want to go back to Haiti, though she claimed to love it there in her letters to Danny (yes, they wrote letters to each other… my fangirl fantasies live on).
Nevertheless, she begins walking down the makeshift aisle in her scrubs, under Danny’s suggestion. Before she can tell Casey her true feelings, he comes to the same conclusion: Mindy belongs in New York, and she deserves a big wedding (for which she will have to save money for, working at the practice). The episode ends with him going back to Haiti, and Mindy coming back to the office to realize that her spot has actually been taken by Dr. Leotard. We can expect them to go head to head in Episode 2.
This episode functioned as a set-up for the rest of the season. A lot happened, and it felt rushed (especially towards the end), but it was hilarious nonetheless.
The best quote of the episode comes from Tamara, when she tells Danny that Mindy’s in the hospital:
Tamara: “What’s her name again, I want to say Glob…”
Tamara: “I really think it’s Glob.”