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The Mindy Project recap: Mindy Lahiri is DTF

Mindy tries out dating apps and meets up with an ‘Office’ alum

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The Mindy Project

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

Some people meet great hook-up partners on dating apps; others meet their life partners. Mindy? Mindy meets a guy who would prefer to have their “hearts connect” (yes, that is a real term he uses) before their bodies do and another who wants to “pump” (yes, that is a real term he uses) in a bar bathroom immediately after meeting. These guys might be perfect for some other ladies, but not for Mindy. Not at all.

The newly single Mindy’s quest to get under the sheets with a new guy all begins after she dreams of finding a naked Morgan in her bed — and of then agreeing to sleep with a naked Morgan. Nothing like an inappropriate dream involving a coworker to remind you to get back into the dating world! Mindy hits up her sexually adventurous friend Chelsea (Eliza Coupe) for advice and ends up joining a dating site called Cuddlespot intended for the older crowd. In all fairness, that name does sound more pleasant than Chelsea’s other suggestion: Pork-it. But we’ll get to that later.

Mindy meets up with a guy from the app, and it ends up being The Office‘s Toby Flenderson — or at least Paul Lieberstein, the actor who plays Toby Flenderson. But really, it totally could be Toby based on the words that come out of his mouth. This is a guy who calls sex “making love,” and he eventually goes into how he was bullied in high school… and in college… and then the day before on Facebook by his own nephew. Did you leave out someone, Tob? Maybe a guy named Michael Scott?

Toby’s much more interested than reliving his past with Mindy than having sex with her, so she sneaks out. Little does she know there’s a much more willing suitor just blocks away: Jody, who’s hosting an Elementary screening party — not because he likes Elementary or even likes TV, but because Mindy asked what he sent her, he lied and said he sent her an invitation to an Elementary viewing. And, as we all know, in the world of TV you can’t just cancel. When you commit, you commit.

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Once Jody finds out Mindy hasn’t found the letter — you know, the one where he said he was interested in her romantically — yet, he enlists Morgan to dig around her apartment and find it. Morgan tries, but doesn’t find anything. That’s because Jody sent it to her old apartment, the one she lived in with Danny and that Danny still lives in. Jody doesn’t realize this until Danny himself shows up to the office, yelling at Jody and spouting lies like, “Women don’t even like tall guys!” Aw, Danny. Denial is not healthy. Neither is trying to intimidate your ex-fiancée’s potential boyfriend: Little angry Danny asks Jody why he would think he could make it work with Mindy. That alone breaks Jody.

NEXT: Mindy tries again