‘The Mindy Project’ rings in its 100th episode with a walk down memory lane. As Mindy and Ben argue about ambition, Mindy bumps into her most notable ex-boyfriends. Will Ben soon join those ranks?
Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday that Mindy face-planted into a stranger’s pool and lie hungover on her office floor bemoaning her dismal love life? Well, 99 episodes, X amount of dates, two engagements, and a son later, Dr. Mindy Lahiri hasn’t quite figured out the secret ingredient to thriving in life or love.
In The Mindy Project’s 100th episode, which acts as the fifth season’s fall finale, Mindy messes up yet another relationship while taking a coincidental walk down memory lane. BJ Novak, Anders Holm, and Tommy Dewey return to the series as Mindy’s memorable ex-boyfriends Jamie, Casey, and Josh respectively and add a piece to the crumbing puzzle of Mindy and Ben. The cute new couple may have recently swapped “I love yous,” but will Ben join the handsome ranks of Mindy’s exes?
It’s no coincidence that Mindy goes all Gone Girl-friend on Ben as the bestseller’s author, Gillian Flynn, makes a cameo appearance. Dr. L’s latest borderline bonkers plan goes awry and leaves her relationship on the line. Let’s dig in to the highlight’s from “Revenge of the Nurse,” The Mindy Project’s 100th episode.
Weirdos and Losers
Fittingly, The Mindy Project opens its milestone episode with a reflection of the bad dates past now that Mindy found a good one. Even though she’s committed to a “normo,” she kissed a lot of weirdos and losers to arrive at this stability.
Mindy bumps into Jamie (BJ Novak), one of the weirdos, on the subway, where he invites Mindy and her friends to his book launch party. The shocker here isn’t that Jamie quit his job as a Latin teacher to be a full-time novelist or that he and Lucy broke up—even after all that drama. It’s the vagueness with which she describes Ben’s profession.
‘Don’t Cough on People, Dum-Dums’
Mindy brings Ben to the book party where she meets the real Gillian Flynn and the fake Today Show correspondent Cameron Winters. Cameron approaches Colette and Tamra with an on-air nurse position, but Mindy swoops in to throw Ben’s name in the running. As if Jamie mistaking poor Ben as a doctor because of Mindy’s latent shame wasn’t enough. (Aside: Can we all agree that we need to see Tamra’s IFC sketch show?! That throwaway joke was too perfect not to pursue.)
Ben lands the Today Show gig, but he expresses he reservations about appearing on TV to Mindy. Clearly, he’s preaching to the wrong choir because Mindy would drop everyone but Leo to grab a fraction of Kelly Ripa’s screen time. Their brief spat reveals the key difference between the two: Mindy’s ambition and endearing superficiality eclipse his regular Joe charm. Still, he shines on camera and becomes the next big internet meme.
Mindy and Ben’s dinner date celebration crashes to a halt when they run into Casey (Anders Holm). She introduces Ben as a “TV personality” rather than a nurse. Is Mindy ashamed of Ben’s profession or does she want to impress her exes? Either way, she belittles her boyfriend and the resulting silent treatment forces Morgan to sub in for Ben’s on-air role. “Nurse Moron” becomes the next viral fail video.
‘But You Could Be!’
Finally, Mindy and Ben’s standoff reaches its contentious conclusion at Morgan’s “victory” party. Mindy downs too many mini shots and drunkenly kisses Jamie, which Ben arrives in time to witness. For someone who recently realized she shouldn’t operate out of desperation, she sure likes to call on desperation’s next-door neighbor self-sabotage quite often.
During their fight on the street, Mindy runs into Josh (Tommy Dewey), her drug addict ex-boyfriend. She passive aggressively introduces Ben as a nurse after he opens up about feeling slighted by her convenient avoidance of the title. Although she doesn’t understand what she’s doing wrong, her heart is largely in the right place. She sees potential in Ben to achieve more than what he has, regardless if that’s what he wants. And he doesn’t.
He tells her, “I don’t think you’re good enough for me,” and with those eight words, he hits her right where it hurts. Have Mindy and Ben officially called it quits? Will Mindy ever learn to stop meddling? What did you think of the 100th episode? Sound off in the comments!
Mindy’s Most Quotable:
- “I don’t know how I did it, but I’m actually dating a real, honest-to-goodness normo.”
- “It’s just been such a long time. Isn’t it weird that I still look the same?”
- “I’ll check that out the minute I finish this tweet I’m reading.”
- “He does not care what people think. He wears a free t-shirt from the bank.”
- “Wow. Gillian Flynn. I am such a fan. You should read my fan fiction of Gone Girl. In my version, Amy fakes her own kidnapping to frame Nick.”
- “Wasn’t that party so much fun? It made me almost want to read a book.”
- “It’s like I’m a stage mom, but I can have sex with the kid.”
- “I burped so much in the audience of Dr. Oz, they had to throw the episode out.”
New episodes of The Mindy Project stream Tuesdays on Hulu.