The Mindy Project Season 1 Review “Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party”

The Mindy Project Episode 9 Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party

“Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party” was kind of depressing for a holiday themed episode of The Mindy Project. I know that the episode ended with one of those “that’s what friends are for” moments that was supposed to be sweet and uplifting, but it did little to make me feel better about my favorite character of the moment, Josh, leaving the story as a cheating scumbag.

The developing relationship between Mindy and Josh was a large part of what was keeping me interested in The Mindy Project week after week. Not only was I disappointed that his character was making an exit, I was disappointed that they had to make me dislike him in the process. He had always been sort of a pompous jerk, but what made him so unique among the many pompous jerk characters on television, was that he was also cheerful, harmless, and playful. Josh was shaping up to be a really interesting character because – up until this point – his romantic actions had always betrayed the obnoxious crap that came out of his mouth. In turning Josh into a lying cheater, he stopped being a special character that was unique to The Mindy Project and he became just like every other cheating boyfriend on TV. A regular old jerk.

Granted, Josh didn’t really get a whole lot of time to explain his side of the story, but the little he did have to say didn’t end up playing in his favor. It was a letdown to see him run out of the party as his other girlfriend, Heather, was tearing up Mindy’s place. Heather home-wrecker’s rampage was funny, but unfortunately FOX had been using her scenes in every preview and commercial for The Mindy Project this past week, so by the time I watched her insult Mindy and destroy Danny’s gingerbread house, there were no surprises left for her character.

Seeing Mindy seriously hurt by Josh was heartbreaking. In earlier episodes when we had seen Mindy lamenting the tragic state of her life, she was comedic in her delivery. For a few moments, we saw a different side of Mindy that made her seem incredibly human and vulnerable. Watching her attempt to read her Christmas speech after finding out the truth about Josh really tugged at my heartstrings.

Danny did the best he could to cheer Mindy up and seeing that gentler side of him made me like him more than I had in the past. I guess I’m still not over Josh enough to think about the romantic chemistry between Mindy and Danny, but I definitely like seeing the two of them act like friends more than bickering coworkers.

The episode suddenly started to feel like a family Christmas special when the rest of the gang resolved to support Mindy in her time of need by keeping up the Christmas spirit. It was a little hokey, but after all the drama, I guess they just needed to go to the holiday break with a sort of happy ending.

It wasn’t a happy enough ending to make me forget how much I enjoyed Josh’s character and how disappointed I am that he may not be back on The Mindy Project any time soon. If The Mindy Project does want to bring Josh back, it’ll be tough to make us like him again after everything that happened at the Christmas party. That said, when The Mindy Project returns in 2013, it will have gone through some significant cast changes, so who knows what’s really in store for Mindy’s future.