The Mindy Project: “Mindy Lahiri is a Racist” Season 2 Episode 9 Review

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This week’s episode was all kinds of awesome, and not just because of the Olivia Pope reference.

Yes, Kerry Washington’s fierce Scandal character gets mentioned about fifteen minutes in when Mindy wishes she would come to make the practice’s new racist image go away. It’s just one of the many, many brilliant one-liners uttered throughout the half-hour. Seriously, as far as snappy dialogue goes, this episode was at the top of its game. I wish I could reprint everything here, but I’d probably run out of room.

The Mindy Project has been very up and down lately, and I think “Mindy Lahiri is a Racist” is the perfect example of just how great this show can be. Using all the doctors in the same plot was a smart idea, and allowed for some truly hilarious interactions between the characters. Tamra, who’s usually pushed to the background, got a lot of screen time this week and proved she can easily she can fit in with Mindy and the rest of the central players. Xosha Roquemore is a gifted comedic actress, and I hope we get to see more from her as the season progresses.  The entire dinner scene was excellent, and ushered in the welcomed return of Josh Peck’s Ray Ron.  I don’t know what was funnier: hearing Tamra casually admit to her boyfriend having webbed feet, or Mindy saying, “he’s a deadbeat…and not the hot kind that Beyoncé sings songs about!  The kind that Britney sings songs about.”

A lot of interesting things went into play this week that I hope to see pop up again in future episodes. The Midwives using racism as a cover for trying to buy out Schulman & Associates is an exciting idea, and the Duplass brothers make for great antagonists. Additionally, Peter being made a senior partner at the firm was a nice little touch.  Adam Pally has been solidly delivering ever since joining the cast, and I wonder if his character’s promotion means we’re going to get to see a different side of him.

Mindy’s love life also gets some serious traction without ever being the focus of the episode. There’s a brief scene where Danny tells Mindy he’s slept with women of every race except for one, and Mindy tries to figure out which one it is.  Danny’s sudden shyness about the subject could suggest that it’s Indian, and his feelings for Mindy have yet to subdue.  I like the way this show subtly brings them closer together, and I think it’s going to lead to a big revelation very soon.

I’m not really sure what the point of Danny sleeping with the publicist was, other than to further complicate the practice’s problems, but since she’s played by Jenna Elfman there’s a good chance we’ll see her again. The only part of the episode that didn’t quite work for me was Morgan trying to make good with Cliff.  The sexting story from last week was amusing, but amongst all the amazing things going on with the Midwives’ racial protest it felt a little unnecessary.  I will give Morgan some points, though, for both his hysterical cold-open scene with the tranquilizer darts, and for getting Cliff to admit he still has feelings for Mindy. Once again, our favorite OBGYN has multiple options when it comes to romance. Her love life may be messy, but it’s never boring.

All in all, this episode was a admirable return to form for The Mindy Project.  With more episodes like these, I think this season could end up being pretty fantastic. Grade: A-


By Mike Papirmeister

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