Hiring and Firing.
When a hot woman does it, it's called whistle-blowing!”
You all saw the photo of Mindy's writing staff out to dinner, right? The one where Mindy Kaling is surrounded by a sea of white dudes. No? Well, sparknotes version: The Mindy Project's writing staff consists of seven dudes (all of whom appear white) and two women (including Kaling) and people feel it's a little unseemly for a show that's been billed as the antidote to white dude comedy to be written by a bunch of white dudes. As if on cue, not even two episodes into this series, the quasi-feminist hand-wringing had begun.
And here's the thing: there are plenty of not-so-great things that happened this week that could be chalked up to a writers room full of dudes. But they could also just be the stumbling blocks of a new show trying to find its footing. So, maybe we should hold off on the gender studies essays for another few weeks.
The good: Mindy has rebounded from her date gone wrong with Ed Helms and finds herself on an impromptu yogurt/pretzel date with Seth Meyers. When an employee starts smoking pot in the office she calls a partner meeting to alert everyone and suggest finding a new nurse. When nobody else can find it within themselves to actually fire the bad nurse, she does it herself. The firing ended with Mindy being punched in the face – that was legitimately surprising. And made Mindy's hiring decision totally valid.
The bad: British Jeremy's subplot where he struggled to fire the bad nurse was boring. So boring that I can't piece my notes together to tell you a single thing that happened in the C-Story. Danny hijacking the interview process was predictable and a little annoying. Of course she would hire Ransom. All the partner stuff seemed sudden and like a giant departure from last week. I thought everyone worked in a hospital and Danny, Jeremy and Mindy were doctors working under Marc. Which, honestly, seems like a better structure.
Here's where I can sympathize with the viewers frustrated by the predominately male writers room behind this show: Mindy's first interview seemed to be setting up a joke that never came--Mindy using the interview process to make new friends. Instead, Danny jumped in right away. It seemed as if someone behind the scenes got nervous about Mindy's ability to be funny by herself and with other women. But instead of boycotting I'm just gonna hope that this show gets a little less gun-shy about courting a female audience.
Inappropriate bustier! Inappropriate bustier! There is no scenario in which an office bustier is appropriate. This sartorial misstep would be more amusing (that is: amusing) if Mindy were an ambitious underling trying to navigate the politics of being an ambitious lady doctor. Or if she was trying to reassert her lady-ness in a male-dominated workplace. But she's a partner, which means she should be savvier.
Is she hot mess Scrubs season three Eliot Reid or the put-together grown-up Eliot Reid of Scrubs season six? This show is trying to have it both ways, which just makes Mindy's behavior difficult to understand because we have no idea where it is coming from.
That said: she goes hard. Firing someone, getting punched in the face and then hiring someone in the same five-minute period is pretty legit.
He didn't like Mindy's method but he doesn't read resumes? That sense of moral superiority is mighty misplaced, Danny. Along the same lines: why was Danny so insistent that he continue to do the hiring? If he was the person who hired nurses in the past, his track record proves he's bad at it. He hired the nurse they are about to fire! Why would he feel entitled to hiring a new nurse?
Bad accent. Boring. Sexy characters need mystery not boring C-stories where they can't fire bad employees!
"Hiring and Firing” –
This episode was not great but I think it speaks more to the difficulty of starting a series than it does to the quality of the show overall.
- First Bill Hader, now Seth Meyers – let's stop calling Mindy unlucky in love. She's not exactly struggling.
- Fact: Pretzels are better than frozen yogurt.
- Mindy pressing Danny for details about being on a train in the 1940's.
- Mindy's conspicuous consumption. She gave the tote to a homeless person? Essh.
- Mindy sleeping with Jeremy is 100% more controversial now that we know they are partners not just doctors who work together.
- Where does this show take place? Serious question. New York or LA?
Where are the rest of the episodes? Hello I'm still watching Mindy Project! However, I'm getting tired of it too...