The Mindy Project 4×16 ‘So You Think You Can Finance’: Whitney’s back

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Jody’s secret is out. This week’s The Mindy Project reveals that he has fallen for Mindy, and wants to do the mature thing and tell her. Right up until he realizes just how different their personalities are, and gets cold feet. Which, in my opinion, is actually a good thing.

While I like Jody’s character, and enjoy his adventures with Mindy, I don’t want them to become a couple. The problem is that Jody and Mindy don’t have any romantic chemistry together. Jody’s very formal and hides his emotions, making him a bad match for Mindy. (Granted, you could describe Danny the same way, except that Danny was actually awful at hiding his emotions, however much he wanted to.) It’s not Garrett Dillahunt’s fault – he’s played romantic characters before. It’s simply the way Jody’s written. He’s a funny character, and a great friend to Mindy. He’s a good confident, a good friend, a good coworker, but I doubt he’ll ever be a good boyfriend for Mindy.

However, while Mindy may be struggling in the boyfriend department, she’s actually becoming quite good at making new friends. This week was all about starting a friendship with Whitney, Jeremy’s hedge fund manager ex-girlfriend. Cristin Milioti is fantastic in the role, and I love seeing her play against the kind, dreamy type she so often plays. She seems to have a lot of fun with the role, portraying Whitney as an unrelaxing, hyper-competent perfectionist. It’s a surprise that she gets along with Mindy (whose life is so messy), but they actually make a great team. They help each other realize their flaws, and come to terms with how they need to improve their lives.

Source: Hulu

Source: Hulu

I’m enjoying these new plot lines for this season, as it means a breath of fresh air from Mindy’s relationship drama with Danny. The first half of the season all centered around Mindy and Danny’s relationship, and now the show’s taking the time to remind us that there are other parts of Mindy’s life. We still see traces of Danny (after all, Mindy would never have come to Whitney if she hadn’t relied on Danny to help her with her finances), but Mindy – and the show – seems to be moving on from him.

I hope this is a good thing, but only time will tell. Danny’s absence is noticeable in these new episodes – it’s odd to see Mindy at work and home without Danny around. However, it’s a nice change of pace to be free of Mindy and Danny’s relationship problems. In the end, the success of the show will depend upon if the audience can care about Mindy’s relationships outside Danny. If the show focuses on her friendships, and less on her possible romance with Jody, it has a better chance of succeeding.

Notes and Observations

  • Tamra when she catches Jeremy cheating: “Who do you think you are? Me?”
  • Jeremy played the Gingerbread Man in his theatre group’s “Shrek the Musical”.
  • Fun facts about Tamra’s life: she’s financially well off due to finding a T-Rex bone in her backyard, and Robert DeNiro has taken her to dinner. We need a Tamra spin-off.
  • “Now shut up and help me take out a uterus!” That’s one way to end an argument.
  • “I hated my reputation and would have done anything to change it! Except modify my behavior!” Pretty much every character in this episode.

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