This one felt like a filler episode to me: entertaining enough, but without much to write home about. The biggest moment was definitely Jody’s letter writing snafu, and I’m excited to see the repercussions of that next week.
Mindy’s money storyline at first felt like a variation of something we’ve seen before, with her blatant irresponsibility even harder to buy now that she’s a successful business owner and parent. However, it took a nice right turn at the end with Mindy admitting that some of her expenses are a little harder to justify with a kid around and that being a hard thing to come to terms with.
Whitney’s character was a fun foil for Mindy (I liked her a lot last time she was on, and I’ve loved Cristin Milioti since HIMYM‘s otherwise terrible final season). She and Mindy are both very successful individuals, and I enjoyed the reminder that there isn’t only one personality type that’s capable of achieving that.
I speculated last week that we’re headed for a Mindy/Jody romance, and this episode seemed to suggest that with Jody writing Mindy the letter expressing his feelings (and I loved that that method of communication showed what an old-fashioned guy he is, even more so than Danny in a lot of ways). I’m still not sure how I feel about the two of them as a potential couple, but I’ve enjoyed their friendship so far. If the letter actually makes it into Mindy’s hands, I’m curious to see what her reaction will be.
I wasn’t crazy about Jeremy’s storyline, mostly because it further proved that the show has no idea what to do with him. He’s funniest to me when he’s kind of wallowing and down on his luck (something they delved into a bit last season), but this year he’s mostly been kind of a cad, like was here, or just nonessential. I would have enjoyed his storyline more had he actually been dating Juliette, opinions be damned. I am glad that it led to that great moment where Juliette pointed out the hypocrisy of it being fine for guys to date younger women but gross when women do the same thing; this show has always excelled at shooting down casual misogyny in a very believable way.
One last note: still no Danny? I know there’s been some chatter about Chris Messina exiting the show, and this isn’t exactly easing my mind…
What are your thoughts on this episode? Let me know in the comments!