Breaking up is hard enough, but breaking up when you live together and are engaged and share a child? That flat-out sucks, something The Mindy Project‘s midseason premiere doesn’t try to skirt around — a good thing, given that this season especially hasn’t been shy about showing how messy modern relationships and life in general can be.
And, oh, is it messy. Quick refresher: The first half of the season ended with Mindy realizing that she and Danny were probably never going to agree on parenting. Danny wanted Mindy to stay home with Leo so he could go work; she wanted to get a nanny so she could be free to tackle her many (three!) jobs. After their millionth argument about it, Mindy went to her old, still unsold apartment and discovered that baby Leo’s crib would fit perfectly in it. Even though she went home after and cuddled up to Danny, it was clear that they weren’t going to be cuddling up for long.
After trying to make it work — something we know because of a lovely opening montage that’s a mini rom-com in itself — Mindy returns Danny’s engagement ring and then returns to her own apartment. It’s sad, but it makes sense. Mindy was never going to change Danny’s mind and he was never going to change hers. So, here they are, co-parenting in separate apartments as best they can.
The best they can is pretty good, actually. Even though Mindy cries each time she walks past Danny’s empty office and apparently poisoned Tamara’s plant after seeing that she liked one of his photos on Instagram, she’s friendly and composed as can be once she’s actually around him. No breakups are perfect, after all.
Plus, she’s got plenty of other stuff on her mind: Later Baby’s first crop of spring breakers arrive, and she and Jody are in charge. They’re excited, while the spring breakers are … uh, wishing they were having the kind of spring break you’d see in a Harmony Korine movie. Where’s Alien when you need him!?
The good news is that Jeremy nabbed them a bunch of Hamilton tickets, which, if you don’t follow any New Yorkers or theater obsessives on Twitter (if you don’t: smart move!), is just about the biggest accomplishment in the whole world. This, understandably, does not impress a bunch of 19-year-olds who pictured spending the next eight days drinking cosmopolitans Sex and the City-style.
Mindy and Tamra are supposed to chaperone the girls at the play, but Mindy gets caught up dropping Leo off at Danny. See, Danny offers her some freshly made lasagna once she arrives, and everyone knows it’s physically impossible to reject an invitation to scoop steaming pasta into your face — especially if it was made by a dreamy little Italian man who just showed off his Donald Duck impression to make his son laugh. She ends up staying for story time, and then ends up staying for make-out-time, too, therefore missing Hamilton. Worth it.
NEXT: Seth Meyers makes (another) cameo, this time as himself