Oh, The Mindy Project. Just as I thought I was on board your creaky ship, you push me right into the water with your inability to end Mindy’s relationship with Casey in a way that either made sense or was funny enough that it didn’t matter whether or not it made sense. While it was obvious that Mindy’s relationship with Casey would end — the show is just more The Mindy Project when The Mindy‘s love life is still a Project — it’s frustrating that more thought wasn’t put into why. He wants to be a DJ now, and then wants to be an event planner, so now he doesn’t know what he wants? What?! SINCE WHEN? We’ve been watching this relationship for so many episodes and there was never a hint that he might be unhappy in his life as a pastor, or in any way fickle. We’ve invested hours! OF OUR ONE LIFE! WHICH IS ADMITTEDLY OUR FAULT AND OUR CHOICE BUT SOME OF US HAVE BLOGS 2 BLOG! Listen, I’m not going to put more thought into The Mindy Project than The Mindy Project does — the end. Hahah. NEXT. New Girl made me very nervous. You have to wonder: why don’t Jess and Nick just move out? Hahah. They are 100 years old. They can move out of an apartment rather than live in it with an insane dude who is trying to ruin their relationship. Also: for the third episode in a row Winston was just thrown something weird to occupy him while the rest of the group went on with their real lives. GIVE WINSTON A REAL LIFE! I LOVE YOU NEW GIRL, DON’T DO THIS TO ME! GIMME WINSTON! Nick’s reaction to Winston wanting to bring his cat to dinner was very funny. Let’s take a jump and then talk about the other things!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine focused on Andy Samberg losing his ability to solve cases, which seemed a little quick — we just met Andy Samberg! (Policeman Andy Samberg.) One of the, like, two things about him that we know is that he is a good policeman, and now you’re going to take that away from us?! This would have been a problem, probably, is the series weren’t already so wonderful and confident. But it is so it wasn’t! LOL. (I have a secret fear that Brooklyn Nine-Nine might burn out sooner than we think it will, as it seems to rest so heavily on the back of Parks and Recreation, which we’ve already been watching for so many seasons. I think that association is partly why it’s so easy to connect with the characters and their humor, but also might lead to some early fatigue.) (I hope not, though! We’ll see!) Gina’s “Yep, it does not work,” about being in the child narc program was very funny.

Parks and Recreation was good. Is April really not going to go to that school now? April, come on! Leslie’s Eagleton hatred was fun to watch. (“Am I proud of it? Yes, because Eagleton sucks.”) If I wanted to nitpick anymore about any of these sitcoms that are just trying to provide us with a little joy before our death, I’d say that Leslie’s turnaround from Eagleton hate to Eagleton sympathy was a little quick, but whatever. The Ron stuff was funny. It was enjoyable. It’s Always Sunny was also enjoyable! The group’s realization that Mac is gay was very good. The League was, as it always is, half enjoyable and half makes-me-feel-bad. I watched a bit of each of the two shows about dads on NBC and did not like them particularly, and again was unable to watch Michael J. Fox’s show but I will next week I swear. Todd Barry was on it this week! I MISSED TODD! WHAT DID YOU THINK?!

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  1. Winston’s suggestion that he would bring the cat with him to dinner hit just a little too close to home for me.

    And I’m concerned I’m losing my ability to suspend my disbelief when it comes to Parks & Rec. I know Leslie hates Eagleton, but she was just so nasty about it. Maybe she should get recalled because she doesn’t seem to be able to put her personal feelings aside and be a good diplomat. YEAH, I SAID IT. (This is a documentary and not a broad fictional comedy, right?)

    • I feel like they sometimes exaggerate Leslie’s flaws to a weird degree because she’s otherwise so great, and…you can’t have a character that’s just great, apparently? Except you totally can, because some people are great! I mean, I like that they show that the fact that she’s such an intense, passionate person can backfire sometimes, because that’s realistic, but I agree that they take it too far sometimes.

    • I think this may have been a bit of a commentary on putting the general welfare ahead of your grievances and political ambitions? Leslie eventually got there, and we hope Congress does too. Maybe not.

  2. I didn’t think Brooklyn Nine-Nine was as good this week but it had good parts. The thing with the rabbit’s foot was funny. I like that those two characters are at odds but are never actively antagonistic toward each other. It’s a nice dynamic!

    I really hate the Schmidt storyline on New Girl. I’ve been watching season 2 again on Netflix and am realizing that the Schmidt/Cece stuff was really exhausting even back then! And now it’s just getting worse because he’s acting like a jerk. My eyes pretty much rolled out of my face when he was like “I just couldn’t believe two girls liked me because I used to be fat!” Give me all the breaks, Schmidt!

    Is Kristen Bell going to be on more episodes of Parks and Rec? Because I thought she was very funny.

  3. Sam Rockwell may be my dance idol, but Chelsea Peretti is a close 2nd

  4. I usually have indifferent to negative feelings about guest stars, but I am really excited to see Billy Eichner and Sam Elliott as the Eagleton versions of Donna and Ron.

  5. I was living for Sean William Scott on IASIP. I’m sorry but Country Mac. Hysterical.

  6. Throughout the episode, I was worried the debt crisis was a prank Eagleton was playing on Pawnee. The Michael J. Fox show would be funnier if his character didn’t have any children, because their storylines are not funny and annoying.

    With the hour between both programs, I watched episode 1 of Sleepy Hollow, and I enjoyed it a lot. So now I just have to watch ep. 2 to be all caught up. I feel bad for knocking it before it aired. Tom Mison (Ichabod) is the best.

    So Mac is gay now? I haven’t seen that show in a while.

  7. Bobs Burgers was ok this week, but kind of stressful for me. Almost every joke about how unprepared the Belchers were and how they thought doing terribly dangerous things were actually better kept making me think that if this wasn’t a cartoon or a fantasy there is a good chance that all of them could of had a very slow and agonizing death at some point or another. This also wasn’t good because i watched this right before breaking bad’s finale so i was a little excited and stressed about that as well.

    • I had the same thoughts! I really loved the episode and it made me laugh a lot, but I live in the country and that kind of thing is no joke out here, so there were definitely scenes where I had to keep reminding myself that it was, you know, a cartoon and no one was actually going to die of exposure.

  8. I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine was back on point this week after a sub-par second episode. The flashback to Joe Lo Truglio’s character as a child insisting that grandma bought the doll house for both of them was delightful.

  9. I thought we were going to get more Merritt Weaver so I was disappointed that she left the show so quickly with Schmidt and the pie and whatnot. Maybe she will hang around. Didn’t Cece’s glasses-ed boyfriend hang around for a bit? I can probably check on that for myself. Fridays, you know.

  10. I feel like a few of the cast members of Brooklyn Nine-Nine could improve a little on their comedic timing and delivery. Editing, in some cases, might help as well. The writing is funny, but sometimes the jokes aren’t as effective. But Terry Crews and Andy Samboyg and Chelsea Peretti gots it down! I also feel like Peralta shouldn’t have said anything after Diaz says her reasons for choosing RoboCop as best cop movie. I’m picky about my comedy, folks!

    Bob’s Burgers was great, as usual. I didn’t even expect it to be on! As a great blogger once said: What a treat!

  11. I agree with you Kelly, I fear Brooklyn 99 strong lead is going to hurt it as we make our way around the track or whatever racing metaphor I’m trying to work out here. Not that I don’t love being fully entertained the entire time I watch it, I just hope it has the stamina to cross the finish line (nailed it!)

  12. Chelsea Peretti is great and Young Sandwich is too obviously but the show isn’t there yet, and I think Kelly is right if she’s saying (as I think she is?) that it hasn’t really earned being P&R yet. Only I don’t even like P&R so, but, Community took a good few episodes before it worked, no stanno.

  13. I love Eagleton. I am going to move there with my fabrige eggs and dressage horse. Also, no way could nice baby stuff not be found there, but the Bloomington / Anne thing is believable for reasons listed in the show. How did April get into vet school when she never graduated college? Also, her lack of growth as a character really bugs me.

  14. Sleepy Hollow already got picked up for a second season!!!!

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