I adored this week’s series finale-esque Brooklyn Nine-Nine and wrote about it for Yahoo.
I’ve talked a lot about how impressed I am by Mindy’s character growth over the last couple of seasons, and we got another example of that growth in this week’s episode, as Mindy broke up with a seemingly perfect guy who was still hung up on his ex. I liked this storyline for a lot of reasons. One, dating fairly quickly after her official breakup with Danny was completely in-character; Mindy’s always enjoyed dating (she’s got a long line of ex-boyfriends to prove it) mostly because she’s always believed in love and wanted to find it for herself. It was nice to see that, sad as she is about ending things with Danny, she still has that optimism when it comes to finding the one.
On that note, much as I love Chris Messina, I was glad that Danny wasn’t in this episode because it would have been way too easy to tell a derivative jealousy story, and what they did here was much more interesting. I also thought we might be in for the standard “kid scares the guy away” plot, especially after Mindy realized that she forgot to tell Bryant about Leo. It’s worth noting, season one Mindy would have put that conversation off for weeks until the guy found out and was so angry at being lied to that the kid was a moot point. Instead, Mindy fixed her mistake immediately and was pleasantly surprised when her date was fine with her being a mom, a trend that I hope continues as she wades back into the dating pool.
Bryant’s acceptance of Leo does have to be taken with a grain of salt since he was so keen on using Mindy to prove how over his ex he was, but it ended up leading to a great moment of empowerment for her. Mindy never even considered settling for being his second choice; the minute she found out that she was his rebound girl she called it off, making a mature, intelligent decision without batting an eye and showing a heck of a lot of self-respect along the way. What’s more, I wasn’t surprised at all by her choice; she knows she’s a catch, and she’s willing to wait until she finds someone who feels the same way.
I was kind of bored by the leadup to Morgan and Colette’s housewarming party because I find Colette to mostly just be the female version of Morgan instead of an interesting character in her own right. Plus, I feel like we’ve already seen enough of overprotective big brother Jody. However, once the party started that storyline became worth it just for Morgan’s frustration with the entertainment (two of my younger siblings did band in middle school, so I can attest that their repertoire does leave something to be desired), his annoyance at Mindy’s choice of party outfit, and the hilarious dog escape fiasco.
Other thoughts on this episode:
Did anyone else notice Jeremy talking as though he’d never dated a woman with kids? The name of Peter’s wife is escaping me right now, but she definitely dated Jeremy and she definitely had a kid because I remember it was a sticking point.
The Mindy/Tamra team up was a ton of fun, especially how excited Bryant’s ex was about their fake business idea.
I feel like we’re headed towards something with Mindy and Jody, but I’m not sure what it is. I almost wonder if he’s going to be her first post-Danny hookup, but I hope if that does happen it doesn’t ruin their friendship. He’s filled that void in Mindy’s life nicely, and his brand of tough talk is something she’s come to appreciate. She’s been good for him too, I think, teaching him to turn off the bluster a bit and be honest about his feelings.
What are your thoughts on this episode and Mindy’s newest foray into the dating world? Let me know down below!