The Mindy Project 4×05 ‘Stay at Home MILF’: Stay at home Dan

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In the past, motherhood was too often portrayed in the media as an easy job. You clean the house, you cook dinner, you take care of the kids – June Cleaver made it look easy, so how hard could it be, right? As the years have progressed though, TV writers have come to understand a simple truth: being a stay at home mom is hard.

Not only are you expected to take care of your family, which means you’re pulled in several different directions of caring for your kids, cooking, paying the bills, etc., but you have to deal with the assumption that because you work at home, your life is “easy”. It isn’t. Like any job, it can be demanding, but incredibly rewarding. But only if your heart is in it.

To her credit, Mindy really does try to like being a stay-at-home mom. But just because she puts as much effort into being a stay-at-home mother into being an OB/GYN doesn’t mean she’ll like both equally. Mindy and Danny are incredible doctors who love what they do. This means that they eventually had to come to terms with the fact that they’ll both be going back to work, leaving Leo in the care of someone else for the day. Mindy’s attempt at a conversation about going back to work probably could have been a substantial part of the next episode. That is, if Danny’s dad hadn’t gotten sick.

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Never is Mindy and Danny’s relationship better or stronger than when Danny gets the news that his dad has had a heart attack. Right when he starts to spiral out of control, Mindy is there to calm him down and reign him back in. These two have a great support system with one another, and it’s wonderful to see that with the baby and looming marriage, their relationship has only gotten stronger. Most shows tend to fizzle out when a child is added to the mix or a couple gets married. Instead, Mindy and Danny have grown in their relationship with every new challenge added.

I understand why Mindy wants to go back to work. All her friends are there, and we even got to see a different side of Jody. Last week we saw Jody from mostly Mindy’s perspective, not understanding why anyone in the office could like him. But his subplot this week – his sister coming out as a lesbian to him – made him much nicer and more sympathetic.

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Not only did he get some good jokes (stating his family doesn’t hunt people anymore, his horrified awkward faces as he watched his sister and Morgan “in a relationship”), but we got to see him start to bond with Mindy. I enjoyed them hanging out together after a surgery, where he admitted she was a good doctor. Also, even if he’s never funny ever again, the entire character was worth it for his reaction right after Colette came out: “Colette! NOOOOOOOOO!” I’m so happy that the writers are making Jody a more fleshed out character. Like Mindy, I’m looking forward to seeing the Shulman and Associates office again, and all the great people there.

Notes and Observations

  • I don’t know about Danny, but I’d be perfectly happy eating grilled cheese and tomato soup all the time. Of course, if it were physically possible I’d probably like to live on nothing but soda, grilled cheese, and chocolate.
  • Wait, you mean Annette Castellano visited the apartment and we didn’t get to see it? Unfair, show!
  • Morgan’s idea of romance: bringing Colette a flower with the roots still attached, and trying to remake Lady and the Tramp with meat instead of pasta.
  • Jody REALLY doesn’t understand Colette’s coming out: “…this is just another one of your funny pranks? Like when you kissed that girl in your class or asked that girl to prom?”
  • That being said, it was nice that Jody isn’t disappointed that Colette’s a lesbian out of bigotry, but rather because he was just looking forward to hanging out with a brother-in-law.

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