The Mindy Project Season 1 Review “Danny Castellano Is My Gynecologist”

This week’s episode of The Mindy Project felt a little disjointed, but that might have something to do with the fact that “Danny Castellano is My Gynecologist” was the third episode in the season’s production order. That meant that we had to put aside some of the character development that happened in the previous two episodes and just accept that Mindy and Jeremy would still have loose ends to tie up from their previous flings, and that Mindy would be keeping the details of her relationship with Josh a secret from Danny.

Josh and Mindy’s outfit swapping opening was absolutely hysterical, so I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get any more Josh and Mindy moments anywhere else in the episode. Considering the rest of the episode, it seemed like this opening might have been pulled from a later episode and tacked onto the start of this one so it would seem like there was some kind of chronological continuity.

The only time it really threw me off was later when Danny was going through his questionnaire with Mindy and got to the question about her sexual activity and she dodged the question. For some reason, Mindy seems like the type of character that would very confidently tell Danny if she got some action earlier that morning. In the context of production order, her response makes more sense, but while watching the episode, I didn’t really understand why she would suddenly be so guarded about that question when she normally comes off as bold and open. I thought that maybe she was ashamed of Josh or that maybe she was unnecessarily worried about Danny’s opinion of her virtue, but I doubt that’s the case.

Truth be told, the entire OB/GYN game of chicken creeped me out a little bit. Sure, it was a battle between two ultra competitive people that never would have gone too far, but in the back of my mind I was cringing at the thought of the two of them going through a complete exam just to spite the other.

Danny did fine with the consultation and it was really just Mindy’s reactions that made any of the questions awkward. It seemed a bit strange that Mindy was so thrown off by his questions considering that she is also an OB/GYN and would likely have been familiar with the same kind of pre-exam questions that Danny was going to ask.

Were it not for Morgan’s prison wisdom pep talk and the invocation of Mindy’s alter ego, Beyonce-Pad-Thai, Danny and Mindy would not have even made it into the exam room. Although it was still incredibly awkward, it was less creepy knowing that Mindy was playing this game with a very focused intention. It was much more funny when she stopped being nervous and started playing Danny as casually as he had played her. The standoff between the two as she made her final push to make him uncomfortable during the breast exam was pretty brilliant.

Meanwhile, Jeremy had duped Morgan into breaking into Mindy’s home so he could steal back the Bvlgari watch that she refused to return to him. Thinking everything was a set up to celebrate Mindy’s half-birthday, Morgan roped Betsy into the planning committee. After Morgan rushed out to find himself an alibi, Betsy voiced her disappointment in Jeremy’s behavior. Her disapproval struck a chord with him and he returned to the office leaving his watch behind at Mindy’s place. Why Mindy was holding on to his watch in the first place when she was in another relationship didn’t make much sense to me. I also didn’t understand exactly how leaving his watch there was somehow better than just taking it back and later telling Mindy that he broke into her house and actually apologizing for all of his behavior. This side story didn’t really do anything for me and it’s possible that it’s another one of those things that would have felt more natural in the original production order.

While “Danny Castellano Is My Gynecologist” might not be as good as some of the previous episodes of The Mindy Project, the show continues to grow on me and I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season will play out.