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The Mindy Project recap: 'Stanford'

Danny accompanies Mindy to Stanford, where she begins her tougher-than-expected fellowship.

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Mindy Project Recap
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The Mindy Project

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

Mindy did it: She accepted the Stanford fellowship and is now living the life in Palo Alto — if you consider “the life” dealing with massive insecurities, a weird supervisor, and embarking on a months-long cross-country relationship.

The episode begins with Danny helping Mindy move into her dorm room, which she decorates with a “We Can Do It!” poster. The wall art seems a little out of place for Mindy, but at the same time, this is the character who has a Broken Social Scene concert poster in her New York apartment (nothing against Broken Social Scene, but “Anthems for a 17-Year-Old Girl” doesn’t seem quite like the Broadway-loving Mindy’s jam).

We soon discover that Mindy isn’t that into Rosie the Riveter though — in fact, she doesn’t even know who Rosie the Riveter is. Danny compliments her on the poster, and she corrects him: “It’s Taylor Swift!” Ah, there’s our Mindy!

It turns out that her more ditzy qualities are Mindy’s current main issue: She shows up to what she thinks is a kick-off bash in a tight, sparkly pink dress, but enters the lecture hall only to discover that “bash” is actually an acronym for “beginning of academic scholarship hang-out”… and that everyone else is sporting Grey’s Anatomy chic (a.k.a. lab coats and scrubs).

In all fairness, that’s the stupidest acronym ever, and Mindy’s apparel was nothing to be scorned — she showed up looking like Bachelorette Party Barbie, in the best way. But, alas, the supervisor — Bob Gurgler, whom Danny went to med school with — makes her feel bad about herself. So she does what she didn’t want to do: asks Danny for help getting on Gurgler’s good side.

NEXT: A very awkward double date…