Mindy Watch: A Little Bit In Love with the Practice

The Mindy Project got real for me when Danny Castellano danced. Danny, who thinks the sunshine emoticon has some issues to work through (“It makes no sense, the sun’s the only thing that never needs sunglasses”), performed a hip hop dance routine to Aaliyah’s “Try Again,” which Mindy used to love. He said was the first thing about her that ever really annoyed him, and he said THAT in such a way that it sounded like a damn sexy pick-up line. He ran his hand down his side. He smiled when he brushed his shoulder off. He cupped Mindy’s chin in his hand like Pocahontas reaching for some kind of rare feather. It changed me.

danny castellano dance shoulder

All of his pent up grumpy old man animal magnetism (which is a thing) was finally released when he kissed her in an airplane galley and maybe let his hand wander a little bit lower than the small of her back he loves so much. These past few months spent not in that airplane galley have been difficult for all of us, but unlike How I Met Your Mother, this wait was worth it.

I knew they were going to get it right from the moment he counted to four. Danny’s a gentleman. He’s not doing this if she’s not in. He’ll just turn around and leave if she doesn’t kiss him back by the count of three. But when all she does is stare into his eyes (looking more than ready to be Danny Castellano’s personal romance trainer), he can’t give in after three counts. So he goes up to four, which is his way of saying that he wants this and that he’ll wait for it. Mindy’s sold.

mindy four kiss danny

I likes that neither of them tries to reason away the make-out session that follows. She gets her hair caught in an airplane toilet and doesn’t try to spin it as a sign that they’re making a mistake. It’s just a really solid reason to invite him back to her place for 6:00 am drinks. When they find Cliff waiting for her with a mariachi band (which I think at that hour would be more upsetting than airplane toilet water hair), Mindy is polite to him, but this isn’t a love triangle. She definitely wants to be with Danny, and after a little How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days action—and a funeral so absurd that for a while I thought Cliff was pulling a Matthew McConaughey and trying to lose her right back—she owns up to the kiss, and the relationship’s over. Mindy and Danny are now free to pursue all of those feelings. Mindy and Danny and possibly the ghost of Cliff’s gram.

mindy danny kiss

Danny’s worried by the fact that Mindy wants to take it slow, but he wasn’t there when she yelled “I’M IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE” at Cliff. We’re already at love! But really, these two have had plenty of time to figure out their feelings for each other. They’ve dated on the subway and an the office and in the gym and at medical conferences. Danny gets it. And just the fact that he says as much to Mindythat he admits thinking of their every interaction as a date, like it’s not even an admission, like it’s just a fact they both already knew—he’s felt this way for so long, you guys.

We leave Mindy curled up around Danny in a hospital bed as he reads to her—WITH VOICES—in those red glasses of his with the magnet at the bridge of the nose. I’m into it. This man can roll up in his hospital-issued wheelchair and say “I just came down to borrow your Bridget Jones’s Diary” (because he lost his) and make it some kind of fantasy dream sequence. He even has a little stuffed giraffe named Mr. Neck. The standards he’s setting for other men are too high.

danny mr neck dont know

Also, let’s give a shout to Peter for being a loyal friend who willingly busts into the sleezy lions’ den to protect Mindy’s honor. When he realizes why she’s so invested in keeping her sex tape from Danny (“it was the early 2000s!”), Peter makes sure that Danny knows exactly how much Mindy cares for him. Adam Pally, you optimistic red velvet walrus, if I can’t have you on Happy Endings, I’m glad you’re here.

Favorite lines:

“I’m so Catholic! I don’t even trust this new Pope!”

“I’m banned from Lincoln Center because APPARENTLY there’s a three strikes policy for falling in the fountain.”

“I massaged his jeans.” “Was he IN the jeans?”

“Heyyyy, who’s uncomfortable?”

“HAVE FUN NOT BUILDING UP A CREDIT HISTORY.”

“I already got my free toothbrush, so joke’s on you.”

"Where do you put the tape in?"

“Where do you put the tape in?”

“You wanna get warm, get on the floor and do some push-ups, ok?”

“Look at these wrists. Look how dainty they are! They can barely hold up the enormous calzones that I eat!”

“I feel like I can get airlifted once in a while.”

mindy danny hospital

So how much did these two heal your wounds this week?

 

6 comments

  1. I never got into The Mindy Project, but now I’m thinking I should! Because let’s be honest – I’m still traumatized over losing Will Gardner, never mind that damn HIMYM finale (seriously, does all of television just hate me now?!?) – and I could use a stuffed giraffe in my life right now. Named Mr. Neck. Of COURSE.

    1. Oooh, do it! I wasn’t into this show for most of the first season, but season two has been grand. It’s a lot like season two of New Girl, with more competent characters. If you’re looking for comparison.

  2. I’m stuck in bed this week with the flu and a loss of voice, so a friend suggested I watch Mindy to cheer me up. It worked. I saw these episodes today and honestly had to rewind so I could see Danny dance again!! I silently cheered when Danny kissed Mindy on the plane and was really psyched when he counted to four. That was beautiful! So yeah, these two are totally helping me heal!! Really happy to see that you have a blog about The Mindy Project too since I love your X-Files blog! Yayy! Best sick day ever!

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