He’s a Total Beverly
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Fertility Bites is a mixed bag of sorts, encased within a solid half-hour of stomach-bursting hilarity. The main thoroughfare of tonight’s episode was the opening of Mindy’s new fertility clinic, which essentially looks less like a fertility clinic than it does a mashup between a spa and a daytime celebrity guest show (which is basically the mood Mindy is going for). The laughs as always are plentiful and perfectly timed and the writers continue to grasp the eccentricities of Mindy’s character pretty darn well. It makes perfect sense that Mindy’s waiting room taste is Georgia O’Keefe while she believes that Dr. Bergdahl’s demeanor matches that of Chris Christie, who is (in a nightmare of a twist) our Vice President. The majority of the episode, however, lacks the logic and continuity required for the jokes to transcend into a cohesive story that is simultaneously logical within its own universe for two primary reasons. One, Mindy trying to keep a secret from Danny is a card that this show has played far too many times for it to truly be effective anymore. Two, the way Mindy’s new practice is being handled is off and not just in a this-is-a-brand-new-business sort of way.
The most irritating scene was towards the very beginning, where an elderly woman comes into Mindy’s clinic. Mindy’s immediate response to the very first patient in her new practice is to dismiss her without a second thought. I’m not exactly sure what was going through Mindy’s head at that point, but dismissing a patient right off the bat without even a consultation is a pretty terrible way to start your business and to top it off, it wasn’t even funny. It just came across as petty and mean-spirited. Perhaps she’s letting the exhaustion and anxiety of a new business get to her, but it just rang as odd. Adding to that fairly uncomfortable setting for the new fertility clinic is the idea that Mindy has never successfully gotten a patient pregnant through fertility treatments, which seems illogical from the standpoint of, well, basic logic. As per my memory, the show has covered Mindy dealing with her patients’ fertility issues (recently in Stanford I believe and if I’m wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments below) and the entire panic about selling her new practice seemed unnecessary logically-flawed. Surely there were prepping sessions that would cover how the practice was going to be sold in the business planning phase, no? Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I’m not sure why no one was able to sell the practice successfully until Mindy made a deal with Dr. Bergdahl.
Mindy, in desperation to grab Cousin Lou out of all people as a patient, lies that she herself became pregnant through her fertility methodologies. The flip side of that, of course, is that Danny’s sperm was deficient. Mindy tries to keep it from him but it was readily apparent that the secret was going to spill within about a second. And it does, with Danny unsurprisingly quite irritated by the unfortunately public reveal. That aside, his innuendoes in the speech comprised one of the most wildly hysterical sequences this show has ever done. As the episode comes to a close, Mindy softens up an irate Danny with news that she’s ready to move in with him. The two kiss and it’s fairly sweet as always. The third season of The Mindy Project has been quite strong, even with the missteps like the ones evident in tonight’s episode, and that largely comes from its large avoidance of the romantic comedy cliches that have doomed so many other shows in the past, present, and will in the future. That being said, there are three options for the show moving forward after Mindy’s announcement tonight. Danny and Mindy can either break up and I will throw a critical fit in that case, they can stay “moved in” for lack of a better phrase, or they will be getting married. I hope it’s one of the two latter options and if anything, The Mindy Project has made me confident that it has the guts to pick the road less traveled.
Great/Not So Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+“Building a business from the ground up.”
+Dr. L + Morgan
+“I’ve been ready since I woke up here.”
+“I’m obviously trying to unveil something.”
+“You come in looking like crap, you’re going to eave looking like crap because I’m not going to let you in.”
+Mindy’s response to Morgan’s suggestion of her feet being used for foot fetish websites: “That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.”
+“I’ve never felt so guilty before.”
+Mindy has a sash that says “Wall Street.”
+Danny’s new favorite dessert is cut-up apple slices
-The Kris Jenner cameo was irritating
Title: Fertility Bites
Written By: Jeremy Bronson & Chris Schleicher
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra
Image Courtesy: Spoilers Guide