Hunting with No Game
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
This was a dull episode filled with comedic genius. That sounds like an odd sentence but that’s what this episode was. The Mindy Project’s inability to almost never land subplots is irritable considering this is season three, not one. At the end of the second season, it seemed as if at long last the show had discovered how to be more than just its leads and the entire season was elevated because of that. But bring in this season and I’m rolling my eyes from irritation for about of this episode; which is truly unfortunate because there’s some really golden lines in here and the clever retooling of Mindy and Cliff is promising.
Mindy and Danny normally steal the episode and while I still adore them as a couple, their individual story lines were painful. I find it difficult to believe the validity of either situation. Sure, Mindy pays little attention to the everyday minutia of adult life and one can hardly blame her in some instances. But not paying your taxes for several years because you assumed it was taken out of your paychecks? Really? How does a professional doctor of any personality not recognize that? And the scene where the IRS official gets her “ah-ha!” moment is ludicrous. Mindy isn’t on the run from the law, she’s a professional gynecologist who has a practice with her name on it, it’s not exactly difficult to find her if you know her name and are aware of a wonderful little invention called Google.
Danny on the other hand is made aware via Mindy via Cliff that Mindy is aware of his still marital status. This doesn’t gel in with Danny’s character at all. He’s such an uptight man about rules and regulations that he donates to the Vatican every time he has pre-marital sex. A man like that wouldn’t just ignore his technically still married label and then hook up with Mindy at the same time. He would come clean. It’s an eye-rolling character turn, although it does give us the chance to see him cry over a Yankees chair that he loses to Cliff.
The subplots revolving around the dog auction and the Lauren/Jeremy/Peter love triangle were tedious. The episode’s description was a potential promise of Jeremy and Peter fighting it out with clever tactics to win over Lauren’s heart, but that’s a far cry from the significantly dull ending to that storyline, and we’re only three episodes into the season. It is of course ultimately Lauren’s decision as to whom she prefers, but we’ve gotten so little of that narrative thread that it feels annoying truncated here. Can we have Peter punch Jeremy in the next episode? I know that’s not the best way to handle things, but in my mind that does form a rather hilarious image. Until next week, folks.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+Mindy on the crack in the Liberty Bell: “That was jacked up well before I got here.”
+Mindy to Cliff: “I can’t every repay you and I don’t plan to.”
+Mindy reading Sarah Palin is disappointing, but her cry of “She’s a hunter” is pretty funny
+The elevator scene was hilarious
+The accountant literally quitting his job because Mindy spent more money on Emojis than her rent
+The music for the midwives is suitably hilarious yet irritating
+A laundromat with hot dogs
+Lauren’s son Henry crying after Peter leaves
Title: Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-Boyfriends
Written By: Matt Warburton
Director: Michael Weaver
Image Courtesy: Spoilers Guide