That is an interesting interpretation of that moment!
What makes this show so special is that you can look at it in so many different ways and all of them make 100% total sense in leading up to what ultimately happens, that every time you watch it you are enriched by it in a different way. During the hiatus I have gone through the entire series twice (well, am in the middle of my second going-through-the series): the first time I ever watched episodes of the series, which was last year, I thought Danny was constantly in love with her. The second time, I had a hard time believing they were friends until their moment in Santa Fe, and even then I don’t think their friendship latched until All My Problems. This time watching it, I’m convinced the big turning point was Harry and Sally. And every one of those interpretations are valid.
This show is so nuanced that it allows for those interpretive moments, and that’s why I get so much out of talking about it. It’s funny, of course, but there’s a real thread of consistency within it that I admire and adore. It makes it so interesting to talk about.
So I do get angry whenever people say that the kiss was a desperate cliffhanger. I don’t think it was at all. I think that there should be no wrong way to watch a TV show, but I do think there is a wrong way. The wrong way is forgetting about previous episodes and not truly appreciating what each moment means within the entire context of the show and their relationship. How can you appreciate Mindy and Danny’s relationship without considering everything that has happened to get them where they are? How can you call the kiss a ‘desperate cliffhanger’ that Danny was spurred into because he thought he was going to die on the plane? I find that such an incorrect interpretation, because it ignores the previous background established by the show (the hand holding in Santa Fe) and pretty much all indications by Danny that he was reaching a breaking point (pretty noticeable from his “Yes” in Sext, possibly noticeable earlier?). (This isn’t to say that Danny wasn’t thinking about dying on the plane, but to say that is the exclusive reason for the turbulence forgets about how important the turbulence was in the series before).
When people say stuff like that, it’s hard to take them seriously because they just don’t know. I feel like the level of serialization and attention to detail that Mindy has is a unique trait in a comedy show (HIMYM is another example of attention to detail that I appreciate) and as someone who likes to analyze TV, I get kicks out of Mindy because so much of it is interpretive. I feel like the people that review the show don’t care to view the show with the mindset that there is so much more to the scenes that meets the eye. Obviously they don’t live and breathe the show like we all do, but c’mon. If you’re going to criticize a show, make sure that your criticisms are GROUNDED, you know?
Mindy posted this picture on Instagram days after I took this picture. I no longer want to be like Mindy Kaling. I am like Mindy Kaling.