Scandal’s My Jam
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Off the bat, I have to be completely honest. I don’t know why the title is what the title is. I’m assuming it’s referencing some article of clothing that the new hospital chief was wearing, but that’s such an obscure connection it just doesn’t work. It’s a clever twist on The Devil Wears Prada and it’s not really connected to anything that happens in the episode other than that the new hospital chief is a bit of a hard-ass. But she’s so thinly developed the cleverness falls flat. There’s no reason this plot had to be wrapped up in twenty-two minutes. It could have easily gone into next week and that would have perhaps allowed for some greater characterization.
Even worse, there’s absolutely no impetus for Dr. Fishman to cheat on her wife. Perhaps there could have been a piece of dialogue or two earlier on that would have suggested as much, but there was nothing. It’s therefore supremely bemusing as to why the show would then bother to go that route without dropping some reference to it at the beginning. The set-up is all well done outside of that, though. It makes sense that Shulman & Associates would become targets under the new austere hospital chief with Mindy’s cell phone ring (which is hilarious, by the way) being the sort of catalyst that drives everything. Everyone else wants Mindy to repair her mistake and it just goes a bit wrong. The Mindy Fever line is great and all, but I can’t buy that everything would spiral out of control just because of that. And even if it’s just a kiss, Dr. Fishman’s reactions later suggested something entirely different.
The B-story, which has always been a sort of problematic thing for The Mindy Project, was not just executed phenomenally well, it outshone Danny and Mindy. Peter takes Jeremy to a Dartmouth reunion where there’s a beer pong tournament about to go down. Not only is this a solid continuation of the whole Lauren storyline, it gives the two so much scenery to chew on it’s fantastic. Jeremy’s accent is really impressive, great work from Ed Weeks there. It’s revealed that Peter was known as Leftie in college because all of his girlfriends left him for his friends. It’s emotionally poignant for the character and suddenly elevates all of his material for the previous few episodes more than a few notches. And the beer pong montage towards the end? Gold. Shonda Rhimes makes a great guest star and she nails the part. Her revelation of writing for a living while her real passion being beer pong is absolutely hilarious. And Shonda on Peter? ”I wrote a TV pilot about him once. The network said it was too sad.” I was clutching my stomach, I was laughing so hard. All in all, this was a really good episode whose inherent logical flaws stemming from the storyline kept it short of greatness.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+“Scandal’s my jam.”
+Tamara on Air Force Two
+Morgan has the same ring tone as Mindy
+“I can’t fund a dress I don’t look appealing in.”
+“That’s almost as bad as masturbation!”
+Dirty dish out the window
+“…Mindy’s gross predatory advances.”
+“I do love alliteration.”
+Mindy’s reaction to possibly being a lesbian is such a break from convention that it’s fantastic
Title: The Devil Wears Lands’ End
Written By: Jeremy Bronson
Directed By: Michael Spiller
Image Courtesy: Channel Guide Mag