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The Mindy Project recap: There's No Crying in Softball

Mindy and her new beau play ball

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The Mindy Project

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

Mindy’s never been one to hide her disinterest in sports — but even she, a self-professed hater of all things athletic, can’t resist getting involved in a softball game if winning means upholding her office’s reputation, which has gone down since Danny left. Like, considerably down: Shulman & Associates has lost 15 percent of its patients since Dr. C’s departure.

It takes some time and plenty of coaxing to actually get her to the field, though. She and Drew, the Princeton football coach, have been seeing each other, but she’s been staying quiet about their relationship because she’s scared she’ll tell everyone, she and Drew will end things, and then she’ll be embarrassed. Again. This time, she wants to make sure it’s real before she introduces the idea to everyone at the office (sans Morgan, who already knows).

As a result, she bows out of the office’s softball game by claiming she has to take care of Leo that weekend, when really she’s just planning on having sex with Drew during his first visit to her New York apartment. A small — but also big — problem with that idea arises when, at the last minute, Danny can’t take care of Leo and has to leave him with Mindy. Mindy’s not quite ready to introduce her kid to Drew, which he totally gets. Off he goes to a hotel for the night.

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The next morning, Drew and Mindy — now Leo-free — are supposed to meet up for breakfast. Yet another problem arises when Morgan calls Mindy to beg her to come play. They had enough women on the team until Colette threw a softball in Courtney’s face. Oops?

Colette’s not a fan of Courtney, either, and for kind of the same reasons as Mindy: She feels like Courtney’s taking all of Jody’s attention and changing him. This storyline isn’t that interesting given that something so similar happened in the last episode, too, and also because Colette isn’t the most captivating character. Mindy herself actually explains the show’s conundrum pretty adequetely when, at one point in the episode, she defends her office by saying it has “three great doctors and a handful of colorful characters of varying usefulness.” Varying usefulness, indeed.

NEXT: Mindy’s ready to defend her office’s honor