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Catching up on 'The Mindy Project'

With new episodes of The Mindy Project debuting in October, we thought it would be a good idea to recap some of our favorite storylines from season 4. For those of you who may have missed out on this Hulu darling, here are seven episodes to watch, should you decide to forgo the entire season. Let the record show that I have no idea why anyone would shield his or her life from such an addicting comedy, but I will refrain from dwelling on that thought and trust that you know what you’re doing when it comes to digital entertainment.

Episode 1, “While I Was Sleeping”
In the season 4 premiere, The Mindy Project puts a familiar comedy trope to use: the “what if” episode. Mindy wakes up from a peaceful slumber, only to find out that she’s in another timeline. What if she hadn’t fallen for Danny? How would her life played out? She’d be married to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for one. Not bad, Dr. Lahiri. Not bad.

Episode 2, “C is for Coward”
It’s time for Baby Castellano to make his first appearance! Mindy is prepared to have this baby in a pimped out hospital suite. It’s too bad she’s stuck on a subway with her fellow coworkers, and Danny is nowhere to be found. Who will help her get this tiny person out of her body? Oh look! It’s doctors Brendan and Duncan! Three cheers for midwifery!

Episode 5, “Stay At Home MILF”
Danny thinks being a stay at home mom is a piece of cake. Mindy agrees at first, but when a Susie Homemaker–type blog insists she prep a roast duck for dinner before scrubbing the floors, she challenges Danny to give it a go for a day or two. Who will win the Mommy Challenge?

Episode 9, “Jody Kimball-Kinney is My Husband”
It’s time for Leo to interview for private school. Sure he’s still a baby, but you can’t be too careful. With Danny out of the picture, Mindy enlists the help of Dr. Jody Kimball-Kinney to act as her baby daddy. If anyone can get Leo into a prep school, it’s this Southern gentleman. When Jody announces he needs a fake girlfriend for the evening, favors are exchanged. You scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours.

Episode 17, “Mindy Lahiri is DTF”
When Mindy confesses she is looking for a random hookup, her friend tells her about the new “Pork It” app that is sweeping the nation. Well, sweeping seedy bars across New York City, but you understand. Mindy tries to get down and dirty, but is quickly turned off by weirdos standing pantless in filthy bathroom stalls. Will she ever find love again?

Episode 18, “Bernardo & Anita”
Mindy’s Date: Being Indian is very important to me. I don’t think I can date a coconut.
Mindy: Is it because my body is covered with tiny hairs and I fall out of trees?
Mindy’s Date: No. It’s because you’re brown on the outside and white on the inside.

Episode 19, “Homewrecker”
Danny is getting married! Or is he …

The Mindy Project returns to Hulu on Tuesday, October 4.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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