A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The Mindy Project occasionally has difficulty keeping awesome plot points and characters in check for longer than a week and it is phenomenally irritating every single time they do so. Just last week we were introduced to Alison Tollman’s amazing Abby, who seemed to be a level-headed romance writer last week that had her life together and for some reason this week became a laid back writer who writes for two hours a day and then goes around getting wasted in the day and parties at night. I don’t know what propelled the writers to go this route outside of Peter’s obvious feelings for Lauren, but to end the Peter and Abby arc so abruptly after its great beginning last week is simply ridiculous. At the very least we seem to be getting a decent amount of growth out of Peter himself, so there’s something.
Mindy and Danny continue to be one of the great television couples, with Mindy at the beginning of the episode listing off all the various ways she breaks the law and has qualms about it. Of course Mindy would download the newest Hunger Games film with viruses, throw the computer away, and just buy a new one instead of waiting for the film like most people. And yes, it makes perfect sense that she would pretend to be a member of the Armed Forces to get discounts and avoid standing in lines. Her one-liners continue to steal the show every week, such as her quip about eating fries for an entire week. Jeremy is used relatively well here with his Mindy scene, where he hilariously mistakes her approaching him to talk as a referendum on his own history of etiquette (after he just yells at a patient, “You’re two weeks pregnant!”). “It was based on who was back from lunch,” she says bluntly, her penchant for absolute honesty when necessary delighting as always.
The honesty that Mindy has to confront is the reality of Annette being a shoplifter, which naturally puts Mindy in a rather difficult position. Telling your significant other that their parent is a habitual shoplifter isn’t exactly within the boundaries of normalcy, with Dot hilariously warning that it was impossible for Mindy to come back from that. In a great twist, Mindy misdirects the search for Tamara’s missing bracelet towards Annette, who wasn’t guilty of doing such a thing but was guilty of stealing the jacket. Then arrives the awkward family dinner where everything sort of goes to hell in a hand basket. Mindy and Danny put their feet down and arrive at the posh store where Annette stole from in the first place. Naturally, considering the coat cost about five hundred dollars, the clerk is less than exuberant at the fretful apology. “Family comes first,” Mindy urges, noting how much of a disaster Annette would be in jail. Danny agrees, running out of the store and yelling that he would send a check. It’s a lovely little bonding moment between the three and it has roots in Danny’s childhood poverty that the script is intelligent enough to never thump the audience over the head with. Overall, this was a decent episode that had great material for its A-story and as per usual, the B-story for some reason suffers in response.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+Danny’s 80s theme coupled with his love for Top Gun is pretty great
+The Passion of the Christ sequence with Annette, Dot, and Mindy was hilarious
+“Our cab driver was not the guy from Captain Phillips!”; “I’m sorry, okay? He looked really gaunt.”
Title: We Need to Talk About Annette
Written By: Alina Mankin
Directed By: Michael Weaver
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