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What We Learned From Last Night's Sextual FOX Comedies

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | November 13, 2013 | Comments ()


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Best Plot Line Morgan Has Ever Had: Ike Barinholtz is one of the head writers on The Mindy Project so it’s fairly incredible it took him this long to write himself a great story line. The sexting plot not only made great use of Morgan but also of Adam Pally’s Peter. I didn’t cringe once at a Pally line and that’s a first. A-plus for all of this.
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As Long As Hot Dogs Are Hats, Anything Is Possible: I love it when New Girl gives Jess workplace comedy situations. Zooey is fantastic with kids and I wish they would put her here more often, if only to get us out of the loft. Her tearful delivery here was perfect.
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The Rosa Project: Okay, okay, you finally wore me down. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be getting a heavier rotation in these recaps. This week’s episode was fantastic primarily because of Stephanie Beatriz’s Rosa with a heavy assist from Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio. Dustin may be right that this show has the potential to be the new Parks & Recreation. Side note? I did not miss Chelsea Peretti. She is by far the weakest link.
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Mindy’s The 2nd Hottest Person On The Floor Since Doug Became Desiree: One of my favorite things Mindy Kaling does is poke fun at herself. Dr. Lahiri is constantly being made fun of for her looks (“you’re obviously very pregnant”) and I love the spiky way she sticks up for herself. Kaling may be using this show as an excuse to make out with the most charming and handsome men in television, but that ain’t all she’s doing.
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It’s Britney, B*tch: Listen, none of us, I MEAN NONE OF US, can resist Brit. Not even Schmidt in a cleaning sulk.
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More Of This Please: Can we have an episode that is entirely flashback? I would pay so much money to see Andre Braugher in a parade of terrible suits.
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Does Mindy Rely Too Much On Guest Stars?: What was that I was saying about Mindy making out with all the most handsome and charming men on television? She may not have gotten her hands on Glenn Howerton this episode, but that’s gotta be right around the corner, yes? Perhaps a slap fight duel with Ellie Kemper first? Josh Kurp brought up a really good point on our podcast this week about the fact that The Mindy Project relies too much on its guest stars. And it’s true that my favorite episodes from last year revolved around Mark Duplass and Anders Holm. Is Mindy strong enough to stand on its own?
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Just The Right Amount Of Guest Star: Stacy Keach was perfect on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the Drunk Jake segment gave Samberg and excuse to act out. He’s been toning it down a bit in the day to day parts of the episodes and that’s been MUCH appreciated. I don’t mind him getting extremely silly in moderation. This was just right.
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Much Better Coach Episode, Right?: I thought the training montage stuff was great and if I had found a gif of Damon Wayans Jr. slapping the dumpling out of Jake Johnson’s hands, I would have uploaded it here…and onto my heart.
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You’re Welcome Dr. C Fans: Keep on shipping on.
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  • emilya

    i thought these were some of the best episodes of all three shows and there were so so many great quotable moments- i felt like i laughed for an hour and a half straight. my two rewindable moments were the "what's up jason street" from NG and Joe lo truglia's leprechaun laugh when Rosa hits him.

  • My Pajiba Freebies:

    1. Chris Messina
    2. Chris Messina's face
    3. Chris Messina's arms
    4. Chris Messina's face again
    5. Tom Hiddleston

  • flojnl

    6. Chris Messina's voice

  • ... damn it, I need 6 freebies now.

  • Erin S

    Weird bragging time: my friend and I met Terry Crews in NYC way back in the day on our senior class trip. We were seeing "Chicago" on (off?) broadway and all of a sudden: "IT'S THE GUY FROM WHITE CHICKS." He was very nice and took a photo with us (on an ancient cellphone, which my friend TOOK A PICTURE OF WITH A CAMERA TO GET THIS. Oh, 2007...) during intermission even though he probably just wanted to get his beer and be left alone.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay... that gif of Nick... with the floor.... yeah, you are KILLING me... and then the sweet Chris Messina hug... I am feeling very inappropriate right now... and I am at WORK. No one talk to me for a few minutes... I am trying to collect myself.

  • And Rosa is my third favorite new character this season (after Terry and Ichabod Crane because rawr). It sounds trite, but I really love to see Latina actresses being awesome on TV. And she's freakin' hilarious.

  • becks_

    I love her too. She feels like a real life, grown-up Spinelli. I'd appreciate it if they could find a reason for her to wear a beanie at some point.

  • InternetMagpie

    Oh my gosh, SPINELLI!

  • Welldressed

    It's not trite, it's representation. Keep on gettin' yours, Hermana.
    And Rosa is (insert superlative here).

  • Mindy has its faults, but it is brilliant at the will-they-or-won't-they thing between Danny and Mindy. They know how to play it just right, and though I want them to make out NOW, a bigger part of me hopes they drag it on and on, because the tension is just way too enjoyable between the two. The way they're making him the one with the crush is pretty great. Kaling is an evil genius of romantic comedy.

    I think that was the best episode of the show yet...and I think part of that was the lack of all those extra characters, like Betsy or the British dude. They don't really add much.

  • Julie Chase

    NNNGHHH, that hug he gave her.

  • The look on his face!

  • Dumily

    Dr C. is fine and everything, but really it's Ted Fairwell that I'm in love with.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine has succeeded in making me actually LIKE Joe Lo Truglio. Never thought I'd see the day.

    And another week in, New Girl is still acing the Jess and Nick relationship. It feels honest and organic and more authentic than 99% of TV relationships.

  • BlackRabbit

    Who knew Terry Crews was funny? Has he done other comedy stuff? Have I been missing out?

  • I'll say it because no one else will admit it: White Chicks. Holy crap he's funny in that.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    THANK YOU.

  • Al Borland's Beard
  • HE IS A GODDAMN TREASURE.

  • Erin S
  • Na-na-na-na-na-na
    *turn*
    Na-na-nanana
    *turn*

    Kills me.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    He's pretty awesome. He was great as an ultra-conservative politician in the new season of 'Arrested Development'. He was also pretty much the only thing to see in 'Everybody Hates Chris'.

  • Repo

    Who can forget PRESIDENT CAMACHO??

  • BlackRabbit

    That's President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time Ultimate Smackdown wrestling champion! Show some respect! I forgot about him.

  • My heart broke a little when Coach didn't twirl during the dance off or shout "Shups for liiiife!" to motivate Nick. I KNOW I shouldn't be that person, but I miss Happy Endings.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Tell me about it. They added the ENTIRE series to Netflix Canada and I'm halfway through season 2 since Sunday.

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