The Mindy Project 3.12: “Stanford” Review


A Television Review by Akash Singh


The Mindy Project returns from its winter hiatus in solid form, finding Mindy within the sacred walls of Stanford. Just because the setting has become more serious in a way, however, does not mean that the trademark humor of the show is gone. There’s plenty of hilarious gags thrown along the way, the highlight of which may be Danny knowing who Rosie the Riveter is and Mindy thinking that it was a poster of Taylor Swift. Naturally, neither knows whom they’re talking about. The driving force in this episode largely rests between Danny and Mindy both, deep down, believing that she can’t complete the difficult task of completing the fellowship. Yet at the end, even after Mindy espoused the nepotism Danny offered, there was an understanding between the two of them that just because Mindy wanted Danny there doesn’t become equivalent to “she needs him.” It’s a good forward to these two.

Back at the practice, Morgan’s basketball team championship is coming under fire, as Danny stays back for Mindy and upon realizing that Morgan has moved onto Jessica, Tamra joins his opponents. It’s quite a lot of fun to watch this subplot unfold with the usual Mindy Project energy. Naturally Jeremy is a total tool on the gym floor, not having a single clue as to what he should be doing in the first place. Peter and Morgan are far better, but even they can’t stop the Tamra monster machine on the court. It isn’t until Peter gives her some sage knowledge about how relationships need to work in order to be on their best footing that Tamra agrees to back off a bit and not pummel Morgan into the ground. At first I thought this was romance was quickly going to peter our (no pun intended) because the show needed something to fulfill its time slot. It’s quite nice to see the show subvert my expectations in that manner and have the guns to stick with something like this.

Considering how Mindy began this episode mistaking an opening seminar for a party (in her defense, B.A.S.H. is a pretty misleading acronym if you’re not completely paying attention), it’s remarkable growth for her by the half hour’s end. There’s little grandiose movements from everyone around her, just a simple understanding that she is fully capable of taking care of herself without someone around her. It’s an understanding that just because she knows the best people or has the best support around her doesn’t mean that she’s the most deserving. Take Neeta for example, a first generational Indian woman who sees in Mindy an entitled, immature woman who gets whatever she wants without much struggles. As the episode comes to a close, Mindy hands over the reigns of the operation to the most deserving person in the room, someone who had a young child and a far weaker support system than herself. And in that moment, Mindy grew that much more.

Great/Not Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:

+Mindy in an a cappella group is a hilarious thought

+Brown Bear

+“You love nepotism!”

+“It’s 4,500 but its the right thing to do.”

+“What is more important to you? You’re relationship with Dr. Lahiri or this basketball team you joined two days ago?”

+“I got a lot of do re mi on this game.”

+“We have a rabbit. It’s harder to take care of.”

+“She has the energy of a PR woman for an alcohol band.”

+“You know my talons would have torn you to shreds!”

+“She is stepping out on you… if the shoe fits.”

+Guardians of the Galaxy references

+Morgan’s twisted speech was kind of great

-The foot rub scene was palpably ridiculous



Title: Stanford

Written By: Tracey Wigfield

Directed By: Michael Spiller

Image Courtesy: Pop Insomniacs


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