Why Yes That Is Ginsberg Playing Katy Perry On The Ukulele: What We Learned From Last Night's Fox Comedies
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Why Yes That Is Ginsberg Playing Katy Perry On The Ukulele: What We Learned From Last Night's Fox Comedies

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | October 16, 2013 | Comments ()


There Needs To Be An Entire Episode Of Just Nick Posing: This happened in the background of another scene. Just background nonsense. But I haven’t laughed as hard at anything in the foreground of all the new shows combined.

I Would Much Rather This Be The New Regular Mindy Cast Member: Adam Pally still isn’t doing it for me. Really significantly not doing it for me. But that doesn’t really matter because my absolute favorite Mindy character, Brendan Deslaurier is back in all his eye-rolling, elbow-patching glory.

Outside Dave Has Never Looked Finer: Nick’s purse rant was amazing (particularly the alleyway saxophone tangent) but the Outside Dave pay-off was even better. To borrow a word from Nick: glamorous.

Angry, Flustered Dr. C Is The Best Dr. C.: I don’t like watching Chris Messina, one of the show’s finest comedic talents, play second fiddle to anyone. I resent all the time we’ve spent on Morgan and Dr. James Franco and Casey these past weeks because it pushed Messina into the background. But he was back out in front this week and the show is SO much stronger when Messina’s given room to do his thing.

Except, Of Course, For Naked Dr. C.: Oh and they gave him plenty of room.

What Winston Would Wish For: Still not a huge fan of the Schmidt storyline this week. Though, Jon Lovitz! Challah! But there’s no one on television better at making something out of a nothing plot line like Lamorne Morris. The candelabra bit broke me.

The Sum Total Of What Jess Learned From The Financial Crisis: Sounds about right.

Ginsberg Looks Much Better Out Of His 60s Wardrobe: Okay someone was complaining yesterday that Aziz Ansari gets too many good-looking love interests on Parks & Recreation. But I think we should stand up and give Mindy Kaling a round of applause for surrounding Dr. L with amazing love interests. You couldn’t move in this episode without bumping into Ginsberg, Dennis, A Duplass Brother or Chris Messina. All of whom we know will be with/have been with Mindy. I mean, just look at how adorable Ginsberg is here. Even Kevin Smith’s shoulder agrees.

He’d Do Anything For Her: These two are killing it. On a weekly basis. Just when you think they can’t get any cuter.

Once Again, Mindy Kaling, Get Out Of My Mind: But this was far and away the strongest episode of The Mindy Project this year, so I want to give Mindy Kaling some accolades. Particularly this line which joins last week’s Keira Knightley line on the long list of Why Mindy Kaling Gets Me.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • That was one kickass, hilarious, sweet hour of TV. Nick was in fine Crazy Nick form last night, and then ALL of the shirtless Messina--which, hey, is there a way to get those pictures online? Full size? I need to know. For. Um. Research.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I've been *trying* to love The Mindy Project for a while now, but last night's was the first episode I generally liked, wall-to-wall. Even Adam Pally got some good moments!

  • BendinIntheWind

    Just to clarify, my beef isn't that Tom gets so many good-looking love interests, it's that Lucy was the only one who actually seemed anywhere NEAR suited to his personality. I find him insufferable a lot of the time, and his redeeming moments are largely overshadowed by his assiness, which makes me not want to spend a lot of time on his relationships because they're largely unbelievable.

  • Xander

    Wait those things are called Candle Bras? You English people keep amazing me

  • I'm now going to be the lonely commenter who actively roots against Mindy's character on the Mindy Project. When Fred/Ginsberg/whatever pulled out his ukelele to sing Katy Perry, my brain exploded from yet another convenient complete character change in a love interest. I'm officially hate watching this show just to get my Chris Messina and Mark Duplass fixes.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I wouldn't say I'm hate watching it, but Mindy is my least favorite character on the show, much like Jess is my least favorite character on New Girl.

  • Maddy

    More Chris Messina always makes things better. I get that they're not going to get Mindy and Danny together at least for a while, but it seems like they can't deal with Mindy without a love interest, whereas I think that's more interesting but maybe that's just me.

  • This was the first week that I laughed more at The Mindy Project than New Girl. I hope MP can keep up the pace, because this week was full of great bits - even small things like Pally's "Got my new holiday card" reaction to Mindy's boob photo. And I loved the young receptionist's (cannot for the life of me think of her name - I want to call her Bessie for some reason) sudden realization that Dr. C is hot. Her inability to be near him at the gallery killed me.

    I have a slight complaint about New Girl, though. I love Nick Miller, and I especially love ranting, cranky Nick Miller, but are you really going to try to convince me that he doesn't have a bank account?? Dude went to law school! Ain't no way he paid for everything in cash!

  • LDMW

    Considering that the inheritance from Nick's dad consisted of thousands of dollars stuffed in a paper bag, I don't think it's that far-fetched an idea that Nick didn't have a bank account. The law school thing seems to be the part that doesn't fit to me.

  • I LOVE the receptionist. And I feel really insane for not remembering her name. She's great.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Pretty sure it's Betsy.

  • stella

    Dude... Ginsbergs a hottie...

  • Blake

    Y'all need to add Brooklyn Nine-Nine to the recaps. It's was the best of
    "Last Night's Fox Comedies".

    Plus it had this guy.

  • That was ALSO an awesome episode. FOX is totally killing it with the comedy block this season.

  • Ian Fay

    Srsly, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's pretty great. It's worth it for Andrew Braugher and Terry Crews alone.

  • Terry Crews' screaming and shooting made me cackle SO hard. Every time he did it.

  • Artemis

    I was hesitant about this show because I usually find Samberg so annoying, but Andre Braugher and Terry Crews are so delightful that it balances out Samberg's more manic bits.

  • Blake

    I also felt Samberg would be an issue but surprisingly he has been very good.

    The oldest bag opening was terrific.

    Boyle: She was like having sex with a Transfromer.

    Peralta: No one fantasies about that.

    Nine - Nine seems to be getting the same treatment Orphan Black got initially no one talks about at Pajiba.

    I know it's on at the same time as Shield but some of us don't drink the Joss Kool-Aid.

  • Blake

    And Any Ritcher.

    *Pours one out for Andy Ritcher Controls the Universe...

  • Artemis

    The Mindy Project was *great* last night. I hope this is a sign that it's done tying off things from Season 1 and will be like this moving forward. Pretty much everything Mindy and Chris Messina did was hilarious, but I think Danny gets the MVP this week for his phone call with his mother. Something about the word undercarriage just killed me.

  • I'd binge-watch 63 episodes of Nick posing for portraits.

  • Anna von Beav


    Edit: I laughed and laughed through this episode of Mindy. What a great episode, and what a great show. I really, truly adore it.

  • Andrew J

    Oh man who is Ginsberg and what is he from?? This has been killing me and you guys referring to his character name from something else is just making it worse.

    And yes I will feel dumb when I find it out as it's right there on the tip of my tongue

  • Bedewcrock

    He also eerily looks like Reid Scott from My Boys and Veep.

  • Maria Cocco

    He's clearly Scott Baio's secret son.

  • pthalio

    Mad Men, though i didn't realize who he was til pajiba reminded me

  • Andrew J

    Mad men... Figured it out! Haha

  • JenVegas

    Also Drop Dead Diva which is where I was struggling to remember him from last night.

  • emmalita

    So much better on MadMen.

  • JenVegas

    I guess. But I don't even like that show so I never saw him on it. I don't like Mad Men. Please don't stone me to death.

  • emmalita

    I don't like Sons of Anarchy or Walking Dead, so I don't throw stones.

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