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The second season finale of The Mindy Project was a hardcore homage to rom-coms. Mindy Kaling, who’s always been vocal about her fascination with the films (especially the ones starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks), killed it with “Danny and Mindy.” It took a while for this series to find its humor and overall tone, but honestly, Kaling’s project has become one of the best comedies on TV.

The Players:

  • Directors: Michael Spiller
  • Writers: Mindy Kaling
  • Cast: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Adam Pally, Zoe Jarman, Beth Grant, Tim Daly

Episode Title: “Danny And Mindy”

Mindy thinks she’s met the man of her dreams after he writes a description of their encounter in a New York newspaper, leading to a surprising reveal.

The Good:

  • Strangers on a Train: Bored with Peter and Danny’s conversation about mimes, Mindy’s eyes wander off to spot a cutie reading a J.D. Salinger book. You know an episode is going to be absolutely magical when it opens like this.
  • You’ve Got Mail: Danny takes advantage of Mindy’s “magical train moment” to plot his way back into her heart. He makes an announcement in the paper, pretending to be the cutie from the train, and calling out “the Indian girl” he locked eyes with. Soon, Mindy is emailing this mysterious person and falling in love with the idea of him, of course not knowing Danny is the one she’s having late-night conversations with. You’ve Got Mail, directed by the one and only Nora Ephron, is just one of the rom-coms Kaling references during the finale. The whole plot is genius, not to mention entertaining.
  • Charlie the Detective: Besides being the coolest cop in NYC, Charlie is a guy who knows when he’s no longer wanted. If it wasn’t because Mindy and Danny are just meant to be, we’d still want him in the picture, if only to make a proper woman out of Mindy. Charlie will be missed.
  • The Intervention: The finale was primarily about Danny and Mindy, hence the title, but the supporting cast is used effectively. Peter shows up with a baby carrier holding a watermelon; he’s still dating the momma doctor and wants to be prepared. Morgan figures out Danny’s in love with Mindy and confronts him like only he knows how. Also, Jeremy reveals he’s been Catfished–of course. In the end, the whole gang gathers to knock some sense into Mindy about her true feelings for Grumpy, a.k.a. Danny.
  • Together Again: Only a man who truly loves a woman who loves romantic comedies knows the Empire State Building is THE place to set up a reconciliation. The episode ends with Danny meeting Mindy at the top of New York’s famous skyscraper, and it’s not cheesy or corny or even cliche. It’s perfect (and a bit sexy too).

Best Lines:

  • “You gotta go easy on the selfies.” – Charlie

Overall:

Mindy Kaling is a rom-com scholar. She knows her stuff, and she knows it well. Last night’s finale was perfect–almost too perfect. How is the third season going to live up to that? We have hope that Kaling will pull it off.

Rating: 10/10

The Mindy Project will return for a third season this fall.

What did you think of last night’s finale?