“The Mindy Project” started to hit its stride last season when the writing started to focus on the cast as an ensemble, and tonight’s episode showed off just the right amount of comedic input from each character. In this episode, Mindy is still at odds with the perfect Dr. Paul Leotard (still James Franco) after returning eight months early from her year-long sojourn to Haiti.
The episode opens with Mindy attempting to reenact the famous whipped cream bikini scene from Varsity Blues on Skype for Casey, but she ends up making a granny one-piece. Mindy panics and falls over as she’s swarmed by sugar ants. Two things about this: 1) I personally enjoy that Mindy Kaling’s not afraid to tackle physical humor in every episode, and 2) I’ll miss this relationship when it dissolves in favor of the inevitable Mindy-Danny hookup. Mindy Kaling and Anders Holm have great comedic chemistry even when they’re not acting on the same set.
Mindy and Paul are cordial to each other in the office, but they’re at odds with each other over who gets the spacious partner’s office, which has pretentious Paul decorative touches. Mindy’s sent to the back broom closet, where Morgan dries his Speedos, and she finds that the staff have taken to Paul’s charms.
Meanwhile, Jeremy finds out that Danny’s “errands” are actually basketball games with a group of recently divorced guys who dub themselves the Get Over It Gang. The support group includes Mindy’s ex-boyfriend Tom (Bill Hader), and Kris Humphries as himself (in a surprisingly funny and self-effacing cameo).