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In last night’s The Mindy Project, Mindy tries to be her own person. This includes not depending on any man to solve her problems. But her new lifestyle meets a roadblock when Danny starts helping her every chance he gets. At some point, he even offers to sell her his apartment so she can be the “Girl Next Door.” Imagine that.

The Players:

  • Directors: Rob Schrab and David Rogers
  • Writers: Ike Barinholtz,David Stassen and Chris Schleicher
  • Cast: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Adam Pally, Zoe Jarman, Beth Grant, Tim Daly

Episode Title: “Girl Next Door”

Danny offers Mindy the chance to purchase the other apartment he owns in his building. But he feels jealous once she begins dating Charlie.

The Good:

  • Girl Next Door: Danny’s learning the lesson that you don’t value a good thing ’til it’s gone. It’s only a matter of time before Mindy and Danny get back together, but it’s nice to see him struggling. It’s a shame that Danny’s playing games with Mindy. In “Girl Next Door” he discretely tries to keep tabs on her by trying to make her his neighbor. And it works, until Mindy smartens up and realizes Danny only wants her when he can’t have her.
  • Hamburgers and Steak: Peter finally goes on a date with a sophisticated, smart woman. The only problem is she’s a single mom. This bothers Peter at first, but he gives the surgeon a chance and falls for her intellectual charm. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel the same way. But Peter begs for a second chance (using a metaphor that includes hamburgers and steaks) and gets it. Who can resist his man-child charisma?
  • Staten Island Boys: Charlie is basically Danny, only he’s older and carries a gun. They’re both from dangerous Staten Island neighborhoods and can cook a mean sauce. Mindy has yet to realize that she’s basically dating Danny’s doppelganger. And that’s what happens when you’re still in love with someone. You try to find someone similar to replace them. Just ask Adele, or rather hear her song “I’ll find someone like you” one more time.

Best Lines:

  • “I’m no feminist, but I’ve read enough Jezebel articles to know that’s not cool.” –Charlie

Overall:

The second season of The Mindy Project is about to end and Mindy and Danny aren’t together. Luckily, Danny has just begun to realize that he wants something more than a friendship with her. The only problem is, is Mindy’s willing to put herself out there again?

Rating: 9/10

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m on Fox.

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