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The Mindy Project recap: The Lahiris and the Castellanos

Danny returns, the in-laws meet, and chaos ensues.

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The Mindy Project

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

Danny is finally back, and that means this entire episode has me alternating between rejoicing his return and venting my frustrations at his boneheadedness. But the episode starts off with the former. Mindy blissfully wakes up in the morning with Danny next to her. They have a whole lot of problems to figure out, but for now, it’s all rainbows and sunshine. Danny wants to set a date for the wedding, and Mindy wastes no time at all getting started on the plans.

The two have dinner at Annette’s house, where we’re also treated to an all-too-brief appearance by their brothers, Richie and Rishi. (Ha, I just noticed their names. You think the writers planned that all along?) The conversation revolves around the upcoming nuptials, which Annette has already started planning. Mindy tries to appease her for at least while, but we all know that won’t last long. “Your mom’s gonna come on the honeymoon with us, right?” she asks Danny. “So she can tuck you in at night?”

Mindy agrees to go dress shopping at Gretchen’s Bridal Pile and Beeper Store with Annette and Dot, where she presumably tries on eight nun-like wedding dresses (alas, we are deprived of a fitting room montage). Annette lays on the guilt, saying that she never got to help during Danny’s first wedding, so Mindy agrees to buy the hideous dress without too much argument.

Well it turns out Mindy already has a wedding dress, a slinky skirt with a revealing crop top that Tamra models. As the co-workers debate whether or not Mindy can pull it off, Jody interrupts to lecture her on her questionable commitment to Later, Baby. He booked them for a presentation at his alma mater, but Mindy says she can’t go because she still hasn’t told Danny about their business, much less her desire to continue working.

It’s a conversation that will continue to be put off now that Mindy’s family shows up unexpectedly. That’s right: THE LAHIRIS ARE BACK. I’m so ecstatic for the return of Sonu (Sakina Jaffrey) and Tarun (Ajay Mehta) that I’ll even forgive the show for Danny’s long absence. They’re in town to help plan the wedding, and the first order of business is throwing an engagement party where they can also meet the Castellanos.

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Danny is less than thrilled to hear that, telling Mindy that having Annette meet them is a bad idea because she’ll feel threatened by how educated, worldly, and wealthy the Lahiris are. Unfortunately, Annette and Dot walk into the apartment the next morning and see Mindy’s parents, and it’s clear that though the in-laws are happy to meet one another, there will be some definite tension between the mothers. Mostly from Annette.

Annette and Dot arrive to the engagement party, modeling their inappropriately racist saris made from curtains. And it gets worse as Annette tries to out-charm Sonu…and even worse when Sonu announces that she and Tarun are paying for the entire wedding to be held in Boston. And still even worse when Annette finally learns that Mindy has another dress picked out.

NEXT: Mindy finally sticks up for herself