This post deals with spoilers from Tuesday night's episode of The Mindy Project. Be warned.
It was hard not to see this one coming: last night, after one* and a half seasons worth of sexual tension, doctors and The Mindy Project protagonists Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) kissed. Really, he kissed her, and it was a full on make-out. It was, for lack of a better word, hot. It was also in some ways highly reminiscent of an arc on The Mindy Project's fellow Tuesday night comedy New Girl, an arc that hasn't necessarily worked so well for the Zooey Deschanel-headlined show.
Last year, around the midseason mark of New Girl's second season, the show brought together the two will-they-or-won't-they characters, Nick and Jess. In that episode, "Cooler," their big kiss comes at the end of an episode where Jess (Deschanel) was trying to help Nick (Jake Johnson) get laid by someone else (Brooklyn Decker, but that's not important right now). It was also a good kiss.
In last night's episode of Mindy, Mindy Kaling's title character began the episode having just been dumped by lawyer boyfriend Cliff (Glenn Howerton). While she's plotting to fly home to New York—the gang has been on a business trip in L.A.—to get him back, Danny kidnaps her so she can help him face his formerly-deadbeat-now-a-pretty-nice guy dad played by Dan Hedaya. Danny gets drunk in the desert, she rescues him, hijinks ensue, and Danny makes up with his father. On the plane back to New York, Danny helps Mindy construct a letter to Cliff explaining why she wants to get back together. It's perfectly romantic and we can see exactly why he's really writing the letter. (It's directed toward Mindy!) As she goes to get him a drink, he gets that rom-com revelation of who he really wants to be with, goes to her, and they kiss. Cheers!