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‘The Mindy Project’ Recap: Mindy & Annette Go To War

Tue, October 27, 2015 9:41am EDT by Add first Comment

Mindy’s mother-in-law, Annette, is more than happy to watch baby Leo for Mindy while she’s at work — but Mindy can’t take the infringement on her personal space, so she sets out to hire a nanny!

While Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) is off presumably visiting his dad, Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) struggles to accept Annette Castellano (Rhea Perlman) as one of Leo’s main caretakers. After her overbearing mother-in-law walks in on her in the shower, Mindy puts her foot down and sets out to hire an outsider to watch her kid. Shots fired!

Despite Danny’s insistence that she stay home, Mindy has apparently decided what she wants to do career-wise (“I need to find a nanny so that I can keep working”).  Annette’s labor and love may come free, but Mindy can’t stand the way she invades her personal space at home and “slut-shames [her] underwear drawer”, plus how she tries to impress overly Italian and religious values on Leo.

With Morgan (Ike Barinholtz)’s help, Mindy interviews a bunch of potential nannies (during work hours, one notices) while deliberating how best to break the news to Annette that she won’t be her grandson’s main squeeze anymore.  Catch up on Mindy instantly on Amazon Prime with a free 30-day trial NOW!

Annette Turns On Mindy After She ‘Fires’ Her

Mindy eventually settles on a young, cool nanny for Leo, and Clara seems perfect: she’s well-educated, creative and responsible (and most importantly, not a member of Mindy’s family). Too bad Annette isn’t equally thrilled — smarting from the rejection, she sues Mindy for “slave labor”. Ha!! They end up duking it out in front of a lawyer and Mindy agrees to pay the bill, but Annette is still offended and tells Mindy that she hopes she’s okay with her baby not having a grandmother. Oh, my heart.

As if it couldn’t get worse, Mindy finds out her nanny is an aggressive anti-vaxxer (“vaccines are toxins pumped into our children by big corporations”) and wants Leo to stay away from antibiotics. Dr. Lahiri does not like that one bit, and she fires Clara. Of course, she does it in the middle of the day, so she’s forced to hide Leo in a printer box and take him to work. This plan is obviously not sustainable, and a note from Annette back at Mindy’s apartment convinces her to make things right with her MIL. Mindy apologizes and uses the oldest line in the book — “he needs you” — but it’s still cute, and Annette agrees to come back and watch Leo…and take care of Mindy, too. Now Mindy just needs to tell Danny that she’s decided to go back to work!

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this episode?

— Gabriella Ginsberg