The Mindy Project 5×01 ‘Decision 2016’: Goodbye, love triangle

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When we last left Mindy Lahiri, the romantic drama of the past year had finally come to a head. Mindy was left reeling from the bombshell that Jody had fallen in love with her, while another bombshell was waiting in her mail pile: an invitation to Danny’s wedding. The premiere picks up right where the finale left off, with Mindy attempting to figure out what she wants from her life.

The ironic part is, while the episode revolves around Mindy’s attempt to figure out if Jody or Danny is better for her, both men actually kind of stink. Danny refuses to tell Sarah about cheating on her unless Mindy will come back to him, and refuses to change anything about himself. Jody appears to be nicer on the outside – not slut-shamming Mindy for sleeping with Danny (although the entire office is ready to do so, in one of the more unpleasant sequences of the episode) and offering understanding when he thinks Mindy is going to resume her relationship with Danny. But when Mindy says that she doesn’t want to have a relationship with either man, but focus on herself, Jody becomes furious. He’s irritated she won’t sleep with him and throws food at her.

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Mindy and Danny make up most of the episode, their chemistry and banter showing just how good they are together. These two people know each other intimately, as shown by Danny giving knowing chuckles at Mindy’s jokes and Mindy realizing Danny is making a horrible mistake by marrying Sarah. One of the more heartbreaking revelations during this episode was that while Mindy and Danny might love one another, they won’t be able to be together. Neither one of them is budging at all on their stances about child-rearing and working, making it impossible for them to have a healthy relationship.

But Mindy has grown from her separation with Danny, and is attempting to make herself into a better woman. Her decision to focus on herself is a way for her to have a deeper understanding of her own mind. It also allows her to wait for someone that shares her worldview and that she can feel a “spark” with. Her actions are the opposite of Danny’s, who has regressed from his separation with Mindy and is simply marrying Sarah because he wants someone to take care of him.

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As always, I’m wondering where the show will go from here. Last season’s plots jumped around from Mindy attempting to figure out life as a single mom to her romance with Jody. Now that Jody is no longer a romantic option, it looks like the show will focus more on Mindy attempting to figure who she is and what she wants from her life. Of course, knowing Mindy Lahiri, I wouldn’t bet that she’s out of the dating game for long.

Notes and Observations

  • Mindy puts her pistol in her freezer. I’ve missed you Mindy Lahiri.
  • Mindy also bought a machete to ward off Sarah if she comes after her. I feel like Mindy’s apartment must have hidden weapons everywhere.
  • I loved Mindy’s little laugh when Danny tells her Sarah’s engagement ring is smaller than Mindy’s was.
  • “…I will prove you wrong for the first time in our friendship.” I would honestly watch a whole series about Tamra and Colette teaming up to solve mysteries around the office.
  • “No, I will not be your friend, a good friend would have fallen in love with me.” I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous this sounds.

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