The Mindy Project: Mindy’s Birthday Season 1 Episode 17 Review

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It was Mindy’s birthday this week, and her emotions were all over the place, as was most of  this episode.

Mindy’s friends threw her a surprise party, and Morgan lured her there with a fake blind date. The party wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t disastrous enough to justify storming out the way she did upon receiving marginally insulting presents like a cookbook for one and an elliptical machine.

Mindy winds up at a chain restaurant for a free birthday sundae, where she gets invited to join a table of twenty something girls also celebrating their friend’s birthday. But after Mindy doles out some tough love to the birthday girl whose boyfriend bailed on her, they turn on her and toss drinks in her face. Mindy ends up running into Beverly who’s serving at the restaurant, and she actually manages to cheer her up. I can’t stand Beverly’s appearances, so any charm in these scenes was completely lost on me.

Surprisingly, this week the funniest story line did not involve Mindy. Danny and Jeremy vying for the affections of Mindy’s friend Alex was definitely the best plot not involving Mindy all season. The showdown between the two showcased some truly impressive comedic timing, and it was one of the few times all season that I found Jeremy to be a solidly funny character.

At the episode’s end, in a great scene, Danny falls down a manhole and fractures his ankle. Mindy rushes to meet her friends, who she’s decided to forgive, at the hospital after a hilariously dramatic text from Morgan. And Brendan shows up as well thanks to Morgan’s live-tweeting. Once again, it’s these small moments from Morgan that truly make episodes worth watching. Brendon gives Mindy a surprisingly sweet birthday present, and the day ends happily for Mindy. And for Danny, whose manhole fall somehow managed to impress Alex more than Jeremy’s sweet talking.

The highs and lows of this episode were not what they usually are, because the highs did not involve Mindy. She just wasn’t as lovable as she usually is. I don’t think this will be a particularly memorable one once we look back on Mindy’s first season. Overall, it was a kind of fun, very forgettable episode. Grade: B

By: Meghan Coan


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