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'The Mindy Project' recap: 'Baby Got Backslide'

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Evans Vestal Ward

The Mindy Project

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
4
run date:
09/25/12
performer:
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz
broadcaster:
Hulu
genre:
Comedy

Casey’s back! And Mindy’s ready to get back with him. But there’s just one obstacle — and it’s a big one: Casey’s friends don’t like Mindy and made him promise them he wouldn’t get back together with her. 

Mindy finds this out after she and Casey — who’s in town to open a Dope Feat flagship store — go on what seems like a date. He buys her “a meat sword” (a.k.a. a large metal skewer) from the restaurant, keeps calling her “babe,” and holds her hand on the walk home. He even tells Mindy that she’s his one that got away. These are not things you tell someone you want to be just friends with. But apparently they are for him because once they get to Mindy’s stoop, he rejects her invitation to come inside. His friends can’t stand Mindy, and they’re mad at her for breaking their buddy’s heart. Convincing Pastor Casey how to live his life is evidently very easy if you’re his friend.

Because Mindy loves a challenge (and sex with Casey), she decides to win his friends over. This requires a five-step process that includes lots of shots, pretending to love Diehard, and showing off her boobs. And it works! Just not on Marcus, Casey’s most difficult-to-please friend. He sees right through Mindy’s act and tells her that he’s not about to support Casey getting back into a relationship with someone who only wants to change him. He’s being perhaps a little too blunt, but he’s also being a good friend. 

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Morgan and Tamra are also being good friends in their own weird — very weird — ways. Tamra discovered Ashley’s blog, Celibacy in the City, and has been keeping up with it to see how her blossoming (and sexless) relationship with Jody is going. It turns out it’s going well, except she’s not digging the way Jody dresses, so Morgan and Tamra take him shopping despite his reservations. Once the new-and-improved (and self-conscious — he’s lost without his suspenders) Jody shows up to Ashley’s, she’s smitten. It’s hard not to be: Jody should really wear clothing from the 21st century more often.

NEXT: Mindy finds Casey’s flaws — three of them, to be exact [pagebreak]

But this honeymoon period doesn’t last long. Ashley writes about how Jody won’t stop talking about one of his co-workers, so Morgan tells him about this as a way to help him out. Jody’s in complete denial and asks Ashley to take down the blog post, a request she responds to by reading her post aloud to him and forcing him to realize that, yes, he totally has feelings for Mindy. By the time she finishes, he’s in denial no more. 

It’s too bad then that his crush is off making out with Casey now that most of his friends have given her their stamp of approval. She’s happy to be with him until she lifts up his shirt to find a pizza rat tattoo on his belly…and a “Vote for Pedro” tattoo on his chest…and, to top it all of, a giant tattoo of a Minion dressed as Shrek covering his back. Marcus was right: Mindy wants to change Casey. It’s never going to work.

Later, Mindy sees Marcus at a Hamilton knockoff called Buchanan, where he apologizes. They end up hitting it off, so much so that Mindy develops a crush on him. Once she realizes this, she heads to the office and lies on the floor. Jody finds her there, and she tells him that she and Casey broke up and that she’s moved on to some new guy. “It’s me!” Jody thinks, especially when she asks him to shut the door so she can talk about it more. But it’s not. It’s Marcus. 

Jody gets up and declares that he’s taking a self-imposed break from romance while Mindy sets off to go surprise Marcus at the Buchanan intermission (Marcus is an investor, hence why he’s always there). You’d think that he would reject Mindy given that she is his best friend’s ex and that the whole episode revolves around the fact that Mindy couldn’t get back with Casey because his best friends were too protective of him, but, alas: He doesn’t. They ditch the theater and head off on their own. Let’s just hope they don’t run into a hoverboard-riding Casey on their way out.

Best lines:

“I paid a fortune for two Hamilton tickets, and you got us kicked out in the first act by climbing up onstage to freestyle.” —Jeremy to Mindy

“You never get back with an ex. If they didn’t like you with 20 dogs, they’re not going to like you with 40.” —Morgan

“L.A.’s tough. I was once Tased in Katy Perry’s driveway.” —Mindy

“I inherit all my clothing. This jacket was worn by a juror from the Scopes Monkey Trial.” —Jody

By the numbers:

Outfits: 10

White people allowed in Casey’s new store at one time: 2

Price of meat sword: “Like a G”

Steps it takes for Mindy to win over Casey’s friends: 5

Casey’s tattoos: 3 (that we know of)

Number of women Dear Abby advised to leave Jody: 5

Base Jody (almost) got to with Andie MacDowell at his prom: third

 

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