‘Mindy Project’ finale: The series comes full circle, dishes happy endings for everyone

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It’s really over. 

The Mindy Project series finale dropped Tuesday on Hulu, putting the kibosh on six seasons of the Mindy Kaling-created comedy that premiered on FOX in 2012. The show jumped to Hulu for Season 4 after FOX announced its cancellation in 2015, which allowed our heroine to complete her journey. 

In “It Had To Be You,” the bear-claw loving Dr. Lahiri had the opportunity to come full circle. 

In the pilot episode, Mindy ruined her ex’s wedding by making a vodka soda-fueled speech in which she shared a story of their time between the sheets and insinuated his Serbian bride might be a war criminal. An intoxicated Mindy then fled the scene on a bike and veered into a pool, where she found a plastic doll at the bottom who offered a come-to-Jesus moment.  

“If you don’t pull it together, no one will ever love you,” the doll warned.  

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In the finale, the Shulman & Associates crew assembled for the wedding of Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and Tamra (Xosha Roquemore), who asked Mindy to speak at their wedding reception. A put-together Mindy, now a mom with her own fertility practice, makes an appropriate speech, and it’s evident she isn’t the same Mindy we were introduced to five years ago. She’s matured and rising to the doll’s challenge, she’s completed the Project, creating a life that she loves. To borrow from Sex and the City, “If you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” And, it turns out Mindy did. And when she left the wedding to tell Danny (Chris Messina) her feelings, she even avoided the pool atop Morgan’s bike this time around. 

Viewers will remember Mindy and Danny broke up because she didn’t want to compromise her career for motherhood. But after Jody (Garret Dillahunt) pulled his equity out of their fertility practice, Danny became an investor. He saw the number of babies Mindy helped bring into the world and acknowledged that her ability to parent hadn’t been impacted by the added responsibility of running a company. 

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Mindy at Morgan’s wedding.

Mindy was able to meditate on how Danny evolved while delivering her speech at the reception. “Maybe (Morgan and Tamra) weren’t right for each other then, but somehow they are now,” Mindy told guests. “That’s the funny thing about people changing. It happens so slowly. You don’t realize a person’s changed until you look at them and they’re not the person you thought they were.”

Realizing that she and Danny could now work, Mindy dashes out of the festivities to find him and reveal that her feelings for him never faded. Eventually she was able to make her feelings known in a hospital lounge. 

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Danny get a clue.

“I was gonna say that I never stopped loving you,” she said, “and I don’t think I ever will.”

Then they kissed and our hearts exploded. Offering some insight into their future, they decided to live in Mindy’s West Village apartment. And, though Danny likely won’t be combining his last name with Mindy’s, he clearly had marriage on the brain. 

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It’s really happening!

The episode ends with the two cuddled up on the couch watching TV. The camera zooms out showing the set, allowing viewers to say goodbye to the series as well to the couple.

It was happy endings all around for the show’s other characters as well. 

Jeremy (Ed Weeks) and Anna (Rebecca Rittenhouse) are going strong, after Jeremy ditched his rebellious personality and frosted tips for his normal persona. Newlyweds Morgan and Tamra, aka the Tookers, are expecting a baby. Despite taking her grandchildren to burglarize a building for its copper wiring, office oddball Beverly (Beth Grant) continues to build a relationship with the son she abandoned. As we learned in the penultimate episode, Jody is following his true love, Mary, (Ana Ortiz) to Africa to work for Physicians on the Front, and his sister, Colette (Fortune Feimster) will be staying in his swanky, 17-room townhouse.

What The Mindy Project provided for viewers was a well-dressed example of a woman who didn’t have it all together, with whom we could comically commiserate. And for that, and her fully-realized story and cheery ending, we will always be grateful. 

Thanks for the memories, Mindy

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