If there’s one thing The Mindy Project knows how to do, it’s make a good finale. “Homewrecker” was no exception. The finale brought back all of season 4’s themes: Mindy and Danny’s relationship, Jody’s love for Mindy, and Mindy’s desire to be a good doctor and mother.
This is one of the best episodes the show’s produced in a while, and I think a great deal of that is due to Mindy and Danny finally being together on screen again. For the first three and a half seasons, The Mindy Project was propelled by the chemistry between Mindy and Danny. It’s no surprise that the show lagged when Danny left Shulman and Associates. It wasn’t just because Mindy lost her main love interest, but because she lost her sparring partner, her friend, and the person who was closest to her. Mindy and Danny worked so well together, from friends to lovers to a fractured couple. It’s wonderful to see them on screen together again, fighting and telling stories and just bouncing off one another.
It’s clear that Garrett Dillahunt is trying his hardest to make Jody a likeable, if flawed, character. Jody doesn’t have the same chemistry or rapport with Mindy that Danny has, but Dillahunt tries to make up for it by showing that Jody is desperately trying to do right thing for once in his life. He genuinely does care about Mindy, and the problems she goes through. His grand gesture of buying an apartment for Leo is surprisingly touching. His soft voice-over as Mindy wanders through her imaginary (soon to be real) apartment is one of the best parts of the episode, and the best moment that the two have ever shared.
So what happens now? Just like before, at the mid-season finale, the show and Mindy are at a crossroads. To sum it up: two different men declared their love for Mindy, Danny’s getting married, and the wedding invitation is moments away from being read by Mindy. We leave the characters just minutes before the entire messy situation comes to a head.
It’s also notable that, for the first time in the show’s history, the season finale doesn’t end with Mindy and Danny. The first season had them alone in the doctor’s lounge, the second had them on the Empire State Building, and the third had Danny travelling to India to meet Mindy’s parents. This could signify that this isn’t just Mindy’s and Danny’s show anymore, but is opening up to including other loves in Mindy’s life. Most specifically, her love for Leo (represented in her imaginations of Leo’s room) and her affection for Jody.
I have no clue where the fifth season is going to go, but this finale gives me hope. Whatever direction the story takes, I’m hoping it will be interesting, hilarious, and (as Mindy Lahiri would hope) full of love.
Notes and Observations
- I love that Whitney, Chelsea, and Mindy all hang out together now. All three of them giving Jody the stink eye was great.
- Of course Danny would accidentally date a murderer. That guy has just the worst romantic life.
- “It only took Father one night to board Mother off in the attic.” I really need an entire episode about Jody’s whole weird family now.
- Another weird thing about Jody – his idea of an apology is to send Mindy a pistol so she can shoot him. (While it’s an overall bad idea, it’s even worse that he’s giving a gun to Mindy, who’s notoriously flightily and impulsive.)
- I shouldn’t have laughed at the look on Danny’s face when he walks away from Mindy’s apartment, but I just couldn’t help it. The look on his face just tells you he knows he’s doomed. (Once again Chris Messina’s awesome acting at work.)
- Well, that’s all for The Mindy Project, season 4. It’s been an extremely interesting season, and I’m looking forward to reviewing the show again when it comes back.