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By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | October 23, 2013 | Comments ()


There’s Absolutely Nothing Wrong With Nick And Jess: Last week there was a piece on Vulture all about how the Jess and Nick relationship isn’t working. And though many of you already debunked that article over on Dustin’s Power Ranking, I thought we should talk about how this episode further disproves the theory. First of all, the notion that these two lack chemistry is balderdash. Zooey Deschanel may give off more warm snuggly vibes than heat in this role, but the pull between Deschanel and Johnson is undeniable.

Secondly, though there are sweet moments and cute asides (“I sleep with him!”) this episode was largely Nick and Jess in roommate hijinks mode. Because they adore each other, yes. They’re attracted to each other, sure. But they’re friends first. And it shows.

But Here’s The Real Enduring Romance Of The Show: But no matter what went on between Nick and Jess, it’s the Schmidt and Nick friendship that took center stage. The fact that Nick has, since college, been shoring up Schmidt’s confidence is, well, let’s go with endearing. To think about it too much is to veer into “taking a sitcom too seriously” territory. We are all bored to death Schmidt being a d*ck but if you think of it less as a result of his disastrous dealings with Elizabeth and CeCe and more about a chaotic freefall as a result of feeling like he’s lost his friend/hetero life mate, then the pain and the rage and the self-loathing becomes, of not more bearable, at least more understandable. Let’s hope this move (likely temporary) is good for him.

The Problem With Peter: This was the most Adam Pally we’ve had yet and, yes, I still cannot stand this character. While I did enjoy him calling Mindy out on her nonsense (The USA Girls Cafe scene was particularly delightful), I don’t enjoy his arc or his demeanor. Even in his vulnerable moments when we were supposed to be feeling for him, I felt nothing.

The Problem With The Show: Someone said this in the comments of Pajiba Love yesterday and I whole-heartedly agree. I love you show, but you have Too. Many. Characters. I kept wondering why Kaling was expanding, expanding, expanding. Four doctors, four nurses, a heavy rotation of suitors. Then I realized that Kaling was likely trying to write what she knew. And what does she know? She knows how to write The Office. That miraculous show where we somehow followed the antics of Oscar, Angela, Creed, Kevin, Jim, Pam, Dwight, Phyllis, Kelly, Ryan, etc. etc. for years. Without difficulty! An abundance of characters was never the problem on The Office. Why is it a problem here? Mostly I think we’ve not invested enough time or weight into the characters. Motivations are muddy and inconsistent. Morgan was hounding Mindy two episodes ago and now he’s got a huge crush on Tamra? Do I care about Tamra’s subplot with her boyfriend, the kid from The Wackness? Oh I do not.

At Least There Goes One Suitor: Ginsberg bowed out this week after a brief run at being Mindy’s boyfriend. And though she treated him shabbily in order to improve her relationship with Peter, he cited Danny as the reason. He’s not entirely wrong, is he? Also, Mindy, girl, that skirt.

One Last Girly Aside: Mindy Kaling looked so unbearably amazing in this episode. They let her hair grow all the way out and someone please track down the name of her lip gloss in this scene. Okay. That’s it. Girly asides over.

Best Line Of The Night: Winston constantly gets my favorite lines because a) Lamorne Morris has the zingiest delivery and b) he’s the only one not embroiled in a romance/drama plot so his lines are always light and pert. That’s the one thing that Vulture article and I agree on. The Winston plots (though frustratingly background) are always the most fun.

Is It Worth Continuing With The Mindy Project?: Yes! Last week was so good! And other reasons! Duplass reasons! D.E.N.N.I.S. reasons! Friendship Cake reasons!

I Heard You, America: Here’s your Brooklyn 99 nod. Last night’s Halloween episode was delightful. The office break-in pranks reminded me of one of my favorite Newsradio episodes. Samberg has calmed down a little and the rest of the cast seems to be rising up to meet him. I think the show has legs.

Something To Look Forward To: The FOX comedies won’t be back until November 5th, but we can look forward to some quality Damon Wayans Jr. when New Girl returns. Oh, and in the meantime? Try sending an email to Someone, I don’t know who, is answering.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • competitivenonfiction

    You know, I couldn't stop thinking about how pretty Mindy looked the last episode. Aside from that, I am slowly falling in love with Tamra.

  • Michael Keaton

    email me for life advice

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  • Maddy

    Is it just me or was Mindy kind of the worst this episode? I'm glad she got dumped. It's not like she actually forgot, she just didn't bother to turn up for a date and apparently thought that was fine. I am possibly overreacting. I also don't care about any of the other characters except Danny which is a problem. Adam Pally isn't my favourite or anything, but I don't mind the character.

    Schmidt has also become slightly less unbearable - I too miss old Schmidt Jess!

  • Can someone pretend to be Christian Bale and email/text me when I'm feeling down or need life advice? Thanks in advance. I will love you forever.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    YOLO, Dave. YOLO.

  • Also, I am falling in LOVE with Rosa on Brooklyn Nine Nine. She has the most hilarious deadpan delivery and she's a great foil for Lo Truglio. I love their scenes together.

  • competitivenonfiction

    At first, she annoyed the hell out of me, but she's real growing on me. It was the scene where she talked him into shooting the gun that won me over.

  • I think the problem with Mindy Project (which isn't really a PROBLEM, just what's keeping it from being great) this season is that it's getting a little repetitive. Mindy is controlling, blahblah, guys have fun, blahblah, Mindy gets boyfriend, blahblah, Mindy gets dumped, blahblah. They need to establish an arc that we become interested in (like last year's whole plot with Casey) that are also involving and allow for the usual office antics. There's a fun cast of characters (though, yes, too many) that they can do a lot of, but there needs to be a sense that they (and the show) is going somewhere.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yeah, I was annoyed with the whole, "Mindy is selfish because she wants a gazebo and all the menfolk want a basketball hoop" plot because it didn't make business sense. Having a nice gazebo for tea, coffee and other pregnant women stuff etc. would be more helpful for their clientele as gynecologists than a basketball hoop.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'm a full week behind because Hulu but I just watched The Box and I have to say, fuck Nick Miller. Your failure to grow up shtick is only funny to a point and when you go past that point, like in The Box, you're a child and an asshole. Seriously. I wanted to kick his ass.

  • cgthegeek

    I really liked the moments when Adam Palley's character called Mindy out on her BS, because gawd knows the show needs SOMEONE to be the Moral Center, but it was all for naught. And Morgan is just plain creepy.

  • Michelle

    OMG, NEWSRADIO. I used to love that show. I wonder if it'd be any good to revisit?

    RE: The Mindy Project. I agree that the recurring cast needs to be smaller. It also needs far more Mark Duplass.

    Winston (and Ferguson!!) have been my favorite part of New Girl this season.

  • Erin S

    If someone could locate/make a gif of Mindy's appalled face/still-appalled-but-trying-to-fit-in (in a bright pink coat! at a UFC fight!) applauding, I would be sooo happy. It will be my new reaction gif for EVERYTHING.

  • Guest

    I Heard You, America & Canada right J.R.?

    There is more then America in the Americas.

  • Bert_McGurt

    No love for Joey Ramona Quimby?

    (Sorry, best image I could find.)

  • Joseph Finn

    That was pretty much outright brilliance.

  • LadyKarinsky

    I'm not sure how many email clients there are, but I do know that there is now 1 more keatonpotatoes, because I really had nothing better to do..

  • LaineyBobainey

    LOVED New Girl, did not LOVE Mindy last night. Mindy was just kind of over-Mindified. It was off. I am finding Tamra more tolerable, though, so that's a plus.

    Brooklyn Nine Nine was pretty great, too. Chelsea Paretti (Peretti?) kills me with her line delivery and I will never not love Lo Truglio in anything. And Terry Crewes can and should be in everything.

  • heather thompson

    I think Jess's Batman was the same as her Elvis, which was totally fine with me.
    I'm glad you mentioned how great Mindy looked because I was thinking the same thing-she truly is a 'petite Asian woman' whose upper half often gets expanded by some of the crazy prints they throw on her. I know that's not what we should focus on buttttttt-it was nice to see a girl with a booty in hot pink!
    Also, about her big boob and little boob "How dare you they are both huge" had me spitting out my pinot grigio.

  • BigBlueKY

    So... what you're saying is I CAN email Michael Keaton?

  • SharePointJoe

    New Girl, that was the PERFECT episode.

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new millennium Night Court. Discuss.

  • Joseph Finn

    I'd say more Barney Miller, but yours is a pretty good comparison too.

  • Guest

    I don't know if I'd go that far (especially considering how badly Night Court ended) but last night's episode was terrific.

    Andre Braugher was fantastic last night, especially for his line delivery accepting Perrault's bet.

    "I'm considering it. I'm interested. I agree to participate."

  • Joseph Finn

    Also, the unmentioned sandwich in the safe.

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