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The Mindy Project recap: So You Think You Can Finance

Mindy enlists Jeremy’s ex to help with her finances

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The Mindy Project

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

Every breakup has stages, and Mindy’s currently in the oh-crap-I-don’t-know-how-to-handle-my-finances-because-my-fiancé-did-that-for-me one — not the worst place to be in but still an unpleasant one. Luckily she has Jeremy’s recently sober ex-girlfriend Whitney (Cristin Milioti) to help.

Well, kind of: The gang discovers that a hedge fund is opening up above them after the construction on that office interrupts their morning meeting. The twist is that Whitney — who, if you remember, has a past with both Jody and Jeremy — is said hedge fund’s manager. The men are displeased; Mindy is delighted. Here’s someone who can help her with her money, which she didn’t even realize she needed help with until Jody noticed all the undeposited paychecks littering her desk. Jody judges her hard for this, but really, depositing checks is a pain. Get over yourself, Jody. 

After Mindy attempts (and fails) to figure out her finances herself, she waltzes into Whitney’s office and basically asks her to organize her life. At first, Whitney’s resistant. Then Mindy discovers Whitney has literally chained herself to her desk because she just got sober and can’t figure out any other way to prevent herself from going out with her co-workers and, as a result, doing coke. Now she has no friends and nowhere to go, so Mindy uses this opportunity to hop in: I’ll be your friend, Mindy says, and you can get my money together. It’s a deal — a weird deal, but a deal nonetheless.

It works for a bit. Whitney holds up her end, and Mindy tries her best to hold up hers. That becomes difficult once she realizes that Whitney wants to spend all her time — really, all of it — with her new pal. After a few straight days of exhausting hang-outs, Mindy’s tired and decides to take a night off. Bad idea: Whitney ends up going to a bar called McBarfigan’s (yes, McBarfigan’s) with her co-workers, so Mindy rushes there to stop her from doing anything.

She gets there too late — or at least that’s what she thinks when she finds Whitney in the bathroom. But instead of snorting coke, Whitney’s just solving some sudoku puzzles and pretending to snort coke to uphold her party-girl reputation at work. The two end up having a heated heart-to-heart, where Mindy confesses that she doesn’t want to log in to her bank account because then she’ll have to face how much money she spends on things like bear claws instead of saving up for Leo’s schooling. Being a person is tough. Period. Being a single mom? Even tougher, as Mindy’s finding out.

NEXT: Jeremy’s got a “girlfriend”