The Mindy Project 3×21 ‘Best Man’: Best couple ever

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Season finales are a big time for The Mindy Project, and the show’s main couple. The first season finale left us on a cliffhanger where Mindy was off to Haiti while Danny secretly had feelings for her. The second season finale was when Mindy and Danny finally decided to get together and become a real couple. These season finales are some of the best episodes the show has ever done (it could be argued that the second season finale, “Mindy and Danny” is the show’s best ever episode) so pressure was high for the third season finale. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint.

While the first season finale dealt with Danny attempting to come to terms with any sort of romantic feelings for Mindy, and the second season finale had Danny realizing that he was madly and passionately in love with Mindy, the third had Danny realizing that he could commit to Mindy for the rest of his life. Thanks, of course, to his help from his mother and, surprisingly, Morgan.

Photo Source: Fox

Photo Source: Fox

While Morgan might have seemed to – as he usually does – make a mess of things by believing that Mindy’s baby was fathered by someone other than Danny, it actually allowed Mindy and Danny to have a frank conversation about where their relationship was headed. Danny admitted that he didn’t want to get married, afraid that it would simply hurt his relationship with Mindy. This makes sense, as he’s only ever seen horrible marriages: his father and his mother’s marriage, and his marriage to Christina. He’s never had a healthy marriage to look up to. In his mind, by refusing to marry Mindy, he’s attempting to save their relationship. However, Annette Castellano sums up how horrible that idea is: “You really picked the wrong girl to knock up!”

From the very first episode, Mindy Lahiri has made it very clear that she wants to experience marriage. It’s something she’s eager to give a try, especially now that she has found the right person. Danny’s reluctance to marry her makes her question just how far their relationship might go if they don’t have the same goals in mind.

It’s a credit to the show that Mindy and Danny’s relationship can feel in danger so many times, and it never feels contrived. Three times during this season has their relationship been in some serious danger: when Danny thought that Mindy needed him to propose before Christmas, when Mindy thought that Danny wouldn’t be happy that she was pregnant/wouldn’t want to move to San Francisco with her, and now, when Mindy and Danny realize that they don’t have the same views on marriage. A big reason why this concept doesn’t feel contrived is because they seem like realistic concepts that couples would fight over. Mindy and Danny would never separate because of a petty argument (they fight way too much for that) as per sitcom rules, but instead tackle very real issues. The show never lets us doubt that Mindy and Danny love each other, but will their love be able to deal with all the challenges that sometimes do split up loving couples?

Photo Source: Fox

Photo Source: Fox

The answer is always yes, in large part due to Danny. Danny was willing to attempt to convince Mindy he was serious about the relationship (including helping her get the fellowship at Stanford) at Christmas. Danny was willing to move to San Francisco for the sake his relationship and his unborn child. And now, Danny is willing to travel to introduce himself to Mindy’s parents.

I’m not saying Mindy isn’t helping at all – she’s the reason why Danny is doing all of these romantic gestures. She pushes him into being a better person, and in return gives him the love that has been absent for so much of his romantic life.

This is the first time I’m reviewing a season finale of The Mindy Project without knowing if the show is coming back of another season. I sincerely hope it is – Mindy and Danny still have plenty of stories to tell and I want to watch every single one of them.

However, just in case this is the series finale of the show, I want to say how much I’ve enjoyed reviewing it. When I first started writing for this show, I didn’t know how much I would come to love it. It’s one of the most heartfelt shows on television, and has one of the best casts (especially Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina, who continue to excel every single week) currently on TV. I’m so glad that I’ve reviewed this show for the past three years of my life, and I hope I can continue to review it in the future. Thanks for reading, and I’ll hopefully see you next season!

Notes and Observations

  • Danny blames Ryan Murphy for making it culturally acceptable for a woman to fill the best man role. I’m not sure if this episode knew it was going to air so close to the finale of “Glee”, but either way it’s good timing.
  • Jeremy’s taking a gift wrapping class. I’m not sure how that works, but I know that he’s probably paying way too much money to learn that skill.
  • Mindy trying to entice Danny to come down to Boston: “My dad can get us in to Fenway Park. You can spit right on the field!”
  • On a costumes note, I loved Mindy’s sari. It looked so beautiful.
  • There were several moments that made me laugh out loud this episode, but this line made me laugh the loudest: “I’m not messed up, I’m doing great Mommy.” Just the way Chris Messina delivered that line made me crack up.
  • I liked that – even though he left the show as a series regular – Peter’s storyline was wrapped up. He’s now happily married to Lauren, and is on good terms with everyone in the office. His best man dance with Jeremy was wonderful.
  • Also, if we take away any wisdom from this episode, let it be: “When your heart is filled with lies, it makes it difficult for your feet to be light with dance.”

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