It’s safe to say that TV hasn’t been giving us good times lately, so when Mindy launched into a joyful voiceover about how great it was to straight-up date Danny Castellano—complete with a romcom-style montage of their secret make-out sessions (“Let me read the chart first and then I’ll give you kisses!”)—maybe I should have known. Their relationship was too precious for this world. We can’t have nice things right now.
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.