As 2012 came to a close, " The Mindy Project " sent would-be boyfriend Josh (Tommy Dewey) to the sidelines for lying to both Dr. Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and his long-time girlfriend. Mindy's love-life heads in a new direction this week, though, with the return of the annoying midwives.
"Hooking Up is Hard to Do" opens with Mindy sleeping in the doctor's lounge, her face covered by a serial killer mask. By dressing like an axe murderer, she figures that she won't get attacked in her sleep. All she accomplishes, though, is scaring Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) half-to-death.
Mindy then talks to Jeremy about her romantic woes. Originally, she wanted to either marry rich and stop working, or marry old and inherit a bunch of money. Jeremy advises his colleague to "skip the date and go on to the good part." In other words, seek out a man for a discreet physical encounter and stop looking for love.
Back at the office, Jeremy further advises his colleague to find a man she's attracted to but doesn't respect; someone she can't see a future with. Dismissing her first choice -- Draco Malfoy from " Harry Potter " -- Dr. Reed says she needs to find someone who actually is real.
An exploded birthing tub in the upstairs suite brings midwives Brendan (Mark Duplass) and Duncan (Jay Duplass) into Dr. Castellano's (Chris Messina) office. Though the doctors typically are at odds with their New Age competitors, sparks always fly between Mindy and Brendan. Taking Jeremy's advice, Mindy arranges a hook-up over at Brendan's place.
Meanwhile, Dr. Danny has a date with Jillian (Allison Williams), a beautiful younger woman who wears a large patch over her right eye. Jillian arranges a date that includes an experimental theater that performs episodes of "The Golden Girls," but the director casts men in all the female roles. Danny later fakes an emergency page while taking the subway with Jillian in order to avoid going to the show.
At Brendan's place, a high-tech shower combined with the intrusion of both Duncan and his new BFF Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) put a damper on Mindy's romantic plans. Morgan has an asthma attack in the apartment while watching a scary movie, but his inhaler is empty. Brendan, to Mindy's chagrin, uses New Age techniques to help him breathe again.
"Hooking Up is Hard to Do" contains many elements that make "The Mindy Project" a fun, offbeat diversion. Mindy Kaling channels the late Lucille Ball while trapped in an electronic shower stall that nearly drowns the unwary doctor. Mindy also leaves a final video message on her computer in case Brendan turns out to be a serial killer.
Mark and Jay Duplass show they are doubly talented in this episode, as well. The Duplass brothers were hilarious during their first appearance and "Hooking Up is Hard to Do" gives them a chance to explore their characters in more depth.
By episode's end, Mindy and Brendan discuss their failed encounter, but the midwife assures her that they will have sex. Jillian also visits Danny in the doctor's lounge, where they discuss their age difference. When learning his is 38, Jillian tries to figure out how many Olympics Danny has been alive to see: "Were you alive for Berlin?"
Overall, this was a fun outing for Dr. Lahiri and her crew. Here's hoping for a return visit with Eye-Patch Girl and the midwives in the near future.
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