‘The Mindy Project’ is tackling the theme of parenting in a hilarious way, as we saw in the Oct. 13 episode. Mindy and Danny are struggling to find a rhythm as new parents, and the big question still looms: When will Mindy tell Danny that she doesn’t want to be a stay-at-home mom?
Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are still trying to find their way as parents to their adorable new baby, Leo. For now, Mindy is staying at the apartment while Danny continues to work. In this episode, Mindy plays to the two extremes of “working from home”: 1) being a total slob in sweatpants and living on potato chips, and 2) being the perfect housewife who cooks and cleans in head-to-toe couture. The episode’s name, “Stay At Home MILF”, tells you all you need to know.
Once again, TMP has expertly mixed the funny stuff with the heartwarming. At first, Mindy leans way in to the stay-at-home thing, and basically reverts into a college student on a weekend. She veges out in front of the TV with Leo, eats junk food and wrecks the apartment. When Danny tells her to get it together, she gravitates to the other end of the spectrum by following a mommy blog to a T and doing everything perfectly, but it’s totally exhausting. When Danny tells her she has it easy, Mindy challenges Danny to assume her role for a day, and he stays home while she goes to the office.
Will Mindy Go Back To Work Or Stay With Leo?
While Mindy and the new doctor, Jody, butt heads at the practice, Danny immediately starts to fail at the stay-at-home dad thing. Juggling a baby and housework isn’t as easy as he thinks it is, and he secretly calls in his mom to help clean up and make dinner to impress Mindy. It works, until Mindy notices the hotel-quality corners on the bedsheets and a towel swan that Danny fails to recreate in front of her. He admits that being a mom is super hard — duh — and they kiss and make up. However, Mindy STILL doesn’t tell Danny that she’s not 100% on quitting her job. Argh!!
This was a solid ep, though lately, Danny has been too quick to think he knows what Mindy wants. For someone who was so against marriage just a few episodes ago, it’s pretty rich that he already has a perfect idea of what he wants his family to be like, and that he expects Mindy to fit that mold. I will say this: the fact that Danny assumes that “MILF” stands for “Mother I’d Love To French” is a riot, so maybe I can forgive him.
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— Gabriella Ginsberg