The Mindy Project is one of my favorite shows and I was so excited for the season three premiere last night! For those of you who don’t watch, the show centers on Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by show creator and writer and my idol Mindy Kaling) who is an OB/GYN in New York City. I would describe the show as The Office meets any Kate Hudson movie you’ve ever seen. Basically, it’s amazing.
The show has exceeded my expectations and has gotten consistently better since season one, which is really rare for network television. In season two they got rid of the annoying nurse with the Brooklyn accent and Mindy’s judgmental blonde friend and added the hilarious new nurse Tamra and adult frat boy Dr. Peter Prentice, who I have a serious crush on. They also started focusing less on Mindy’s disastrous side- relationships (I do miss Pastor Casey though) and more on her relationship with her colleague, Dr. Danny Castellano. Based on the season premiere last night, it looks like Danny and Mindy’s relationship is getting even more serious than it was in season two. I love that despite Danny’s cynical demeanor the writers constantly reveal new things about him that make him more likeable- like the fact that he is an incredible dancer or that he makes killer gingerbread houses. In last night’s episode we learned, along with a shocked Mindy, that Danny worked as a male stripper (I don’t know why I felt the need to say “male stripper” given he obviously wasn’t a female stripper, but I’m leaving it like that) to help pay for medical school, and that his name was “Diamond Danny” (he also plays Frozen songs on the piano while drinking scotch… same). At the end of the episode when Danny made a list of his secrets he wanted to tell Mindy it was so sad and romantic I almost cried. Danny and Mindy have amazing chemistry and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes.
The side story to this episode was that Dr. Jeremy Reed hooked up with Peter’s girlfriend, Dr. Lauren Ordenstein (played by show writer Tracey Wigfield, who has a really entertaining Instagram if you’re interested). The show kind of left you hanging on how this story will develop but #TeamPeter. It’s also unclear whether Tamra and Nurse/ Magic Morgan are still hooking up in closets, but I kind of hope they aren’t because I would love to see Morgan with a girlfriend outside of the office.
Lastly, Danny stripped for Mindy in the last couple minutes of the episode and it was indescribable. Seriously, try to find the clip online and watch it even if you don’t watch the show. You will still enjoy it.