Season Analysis: The Mindy Project has defied all conventional wisdom regarding how long a show can remain Promising But Still Trying To Figure Itself Out.
“The One That Got Away”
It feels a bit counterproductive to pick “The One That Got Away” as the best Mindy episode so far, because it was a mostly self-contained story and thus does not offer much guidance for future episodes. What this show really needs is a blueprint for Season 2. But the story of Mindy rekindling the fire with an old childhood flame (played by Seth Rogen) was the most enjoyable half-hour of Season 1. Some people are turned off by Seth Rogen; I don’t think they’re giving him a fair shake, but I can understand where they are coming from. But in this appearance, he toned down his persona to something that ought to have been palatable to a general audience. Also, he is in the Army, which is odd, but it somehow works in the context of the episode. I guess the moral of this episode is, Mindy really needs her love interest to be played by someone on the same comedy level as herself.