Jeremy got a scooter, Morgan has a new shirt, Bae Ben has a cool daughter but he lives in New Jersey, Beverly is protective of her bae, Colette has sexy shoulders, and Mindy is threatened by women but it’s the fault of the patriarchy.
I mean, that’s basically it, do I even need to ramble on for 1000ish words? truthfully, I don’t; but it’s my favourite thing to do so you’ll just have to deal with it! [Hasti’s note post writing, I tried and failed to keep this one short, maybe next week]
Last week, Shulman was almost poor poor and couldn’t afford to pay the nurses a living wage but this week they are going to hire a new FEMALE doctor! Mindy was expecting it to be a hot dudebro doctor so they could finally do a sexy calendar (Beverly volunteers to shoot it, she has cameras everywhere in the office).
But forget all that nonsense because Mindy & Bae Ben are on a date! They’re drinking liquid chocolate in the park while Leo plays with bandaids and a bloody fishnet stocking. He’s bragging about New Jersey being better than New York but like dude, know your audience, stop. This date scene is not nearly long enough but these two are so adorable anyway.
Back at Lahiri fertility in a whole different outfit, Mindy has a new favourite patient who she finally put a baby in; they make an appointment for 8am later that week and this is an important detail to remember later on.
At Mindy’s other job, it’s time to interview a bunch of women. #YayFeminism. Mindy hates every single woman that comes in there and really wants to open it up to men. The doctors reluctantly agree and so the next morning, Min brings in this rando gross white dude whose probably not even an OBGYN. She loves him, basically because she’s better than him, but Jeremy & Jody remind her that all the women they interviewed were a million times better than this dude and call her a misogynist.
Outraged, Mindy goes to find Bae Ben at the hospital. She wants him to tell her that she’s not a misogynist but he doesn’t think he knows her well enough to say either way. He suggests that she bring in her own female doctor that everyone hates and flip the misogyny on Drs. Reed & K. Then he just smiles and nods along with her crazy plan so as to not ruin their date in New Jersey later, also an important plot detail.
[SIDENOTE BAE BEN IS SO ADORABLE OMG YOU GUYS IS THIS HOW YOU FELT ABOUT DANNY? LIKE GLITTER WAS EXPLODING INSIDE OF YOU? I LOVE HIM! WHEN HE WAS NODDING I HAD HEART EYES AND WHEN HE SAYS “THE LITTLE SHIT” AND MADE MINDY GIGGLE I DIED]
*clears throat* *becomes professional again*
We head back to Shulman where Mindy has brought in Dr. Anna Ziev, who was fired for slapping another doctor at her old practice. She only slapped him because he was a gross perv who kept calling her sweetheart though, so they hire Anna on the spot and Mindy’s plan backfires. Jody doesn’t even ruin it when he calls her sweetheart, sugar AND pumpkin because we all know hot dudes get away with a lot.
Next we see Mindy, she’s rolling a carry on out of her office and heading to New Jersey for her date with Bae Ben. Morgan and his new shirt invite her to Dr. Z’s welcome drinks and she’s hella mad that she never got welcome drinks and sorta glad for the ability to leave.
THEN SHE’S IN BAE BEN’S BACKYARD! EATING CORN ON THE COB AND LOOKING AT THE STARS AND BEING CUTE AS HELL. She says she loves it there but I think that’s just her hormones messing with her brain from being around Bae Ben. Presumably they “got to know each other” in the biblical sense that night. He drops her off at the train the next morning and she’s so excited and horned up that she gets on the express to Philadelphia. Also, she leaves her carry on and one shoe with Bae Ben, like a modern day Cinderella.
So out girl is an hour late to work and Dr. Z has stolen her favourite patient. The patient loves Anna so Mindy pretends like all is well but she is fuuuming! The men are all ooooh catfight “looks like we got a Bette Davis, Joan Crawford situation” (hey Chris Schleicher I see your joke). Anywhoodles Mindy storms into Anna’s office ready to yell at her but NATE BERKUS is there just hanging out and giving design tips so Mindy fangirls a little (a lot). He refuses to tell Jeremiah that Mindy says hello and leaves. Mindy & Anna get into a fight which ends with Mindy firing Dr. Z and stealing her lamp.
The dude doctors are all “you can’t fire the prettiest person in the office” and “you have to apologize” and really put a damper on Mindy’s day. Later, when Bae Ben comes by and brings her her phone and her shoe “like she’s freakin’ Cinderella” she’s in a weird place and blames all the shitty events of the day on being late from New Jersey. Mindy’s all “all the guys I’ve dated have lived in Manhattan” and Bae Ben’s all “what am I supposed to do with that information” and I’m over here like UGH I LOVE YOU SO MUCH YOU GEL HAIRED CUTE. He’s not letting her blame everything else for her problems and isn’t taking any of her shit and his feelings don’t get all hurt super fast like some other losers cough Castellano cough AND I LOVE HIM OKAY?! Back to the fight, it’s bad y’all, Bae Ben storms out and Mindy is frustrated and this sucks.
After the fight she heads back to her home (read to the tune of “Non-Stop” from Hamilton) where she finds that Bae Ben left her a little note and a plant for her fire escape *HEART EYES EMOJI*. She realizes she was lashing out so she goes to the hospital to find him. She asks a kid with two eyepatches if he’s seen him but he obviously hasn’t. This teenager overhears and tells Mindy that nurse Bae Ben will be out soon. This same teen has sour worms and Mindy grabs a couple because she can “actually feel her stomach eating itself.” The (genius) kid senses that Mindy has a lot on her mind and asks if she wants to talk. Next thing you know Mindy is pouring her heart out to this girl who has some very insightful advice through a story from 6th grade that totally applies to Mindy’s situation.
After a while, Bae Ben walks out & says “hey kiddo” which is totally a weird thing to say to your ex-girlfriend but both Mindy and the teen turn around & say hey back. Shocked, Bae Ben is all “Mindy, in what world are you kiddo?!” and THEN the kid is like omg you’re Mindy you’re dating my dad and you ate my pudding cups! I LOVED THIS REVEAL SO MUCH OKAY! Mindy bonding with Lindsay so organically and them getting along was so much better than the usual “I hate you you’re not my mom leave my dad alone” trope. Bae Ben wasn’t super feeling this impromptu visit though so Mindy leaves and the relationship is STILL in a weird place.
The next day at work, the whole staff is gathered to see Mindy apologize to Anna; Morgan is even filming it. Mindy sincerely apologizes to Dr. Z who says she’ll stay and give the appearance that she forgives her. BUT THEN, Y’ALL, MINDY GOES OFF! She denounces sexism and the system that teaches women that men can only handle one of us at a time and the patriarchy. From now on, she’s a militant feminist and all the women are going to have each other’s back. Queen Tamra is team Mindy and backs her up! Anna and Mindy talk alone at the end and say that they’re still not friends, but not because they’re women, because they don’t like each other as people. OOOH I SMELL FRIENDSHIP IN 3 TO 4 EPISODES!
LASTLY IN THE CUTEST ENDING SCENE OF ALL TIME, Mindy heads back to New Jersey to apologize to Bae Ben. She doesn’t want to be with a “coked up Tribeca Chad” because their penises usually don’t work. She also says she sees the appeal of a commute (okay ew Min chill). This starts to soften his heart. Plus, Lindsay loved Mindy, she keeps asking about her so “there’s at least one girl out there who doesn’t think you’re a misogynist” AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND MAKES ME WANT TO CRY. Then Mindy says she loved Lindsay and that she was hella cool and smart: “I wonder where she gets it from her mom must be a genius…jkjkjk.” THEY BOTH DO THE JKJKJK THING – LIKE HE KNOWS SHE’S GONNA DO IT, AND HE ROLLS HIS EYES AND GIGGLES COS IT’S SO CUTE. Anyway he lets her in because he loves her and they make a sex joke and it’s perfect.
Y’ALL I’M NOT GONNA MAKE IT THROUGH THIS SEASON IF THESE TWO ARE GONNA CONTINUE TO BE SO FUCKING CUTE.
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