The Mindy Project: How Does Happy Endings' Adam Pally Fit In?
by Sadie Gennis
The Mindy Project went through so many cast shakeups in its first season, it felt like the ever-changing face of Degrassi. And on Tuesday (9:30/8:30c, Fox), we’ll be introduced to yet another new series regular, Adam Pally. The Happy Endings alum plays Peter Prentiss, a fratty new doctor at Schulman & Associates who doesn’t exactly make a good first impression on his co-workers.
“He’s smart and a really good gynecologist. He actually takes his job really seriously,” Pally tells TVGuide.com. “But I think he’s also a bit mischievous and always looking to party. And besides women’s health, I don’t think there’s much else besides getting laid and doing beer bongs that he’s too focused on.”
Needless to say, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) doesn’t take too well to Peter’s #YOLO lifestyle, though surprisingly the office curmudgeon Danny (Chris Messina) bonds with the new doc. “Peter and Danny bump heads for about two seconds and then kind of instantly realize that they’re east coast dudes and are good friends,” Pally says, adding that he and Messina didn’t have to fake much in the bromance department. “Chris and I are old friends, so it’s fun to go to work and see one of your old buddies from New York, bumming around.
“The only problem is we have to deal with Ike [Barinholtz] all day. There’s a smell, you know? … I can’t really put my finger on it. It’s like old pan pizza and Drakkar Noir,” Pally jokes.
Tuesday’s episode will also find Jeremy (Ed Weeks) embracing his new employee — although somewhat begrudgingly. With most of the staff at a music festival to support Casey (Anders Holm) in his new career as a DJ (Yes, you read that right. Just accept it and move on), the office is severely undermanned. And when an emergency delivery arises, Peter proves that underneath the beard and bro-isms is a super-capable doctor which, as the boss, Jeremy can’t help but value.
The addition of Pally’s character bears a lot of potential for the series to explore its male leads outside of their relationships to Mindy, which is an enticing promise. Many of Season 1’s highlights were when Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and Jeremy played out their own little Odd Couple bromance. Now, the prospect of Danny getting his own friend — and one he secretly isn’t in love with — is beyond exciting and can help The Mindy Project feel more like a well-rounded ensemble comedy instead of simply all Mindy, all the time.
That being said, what The Mindy Project really needs is another strong female voice (Zoe, Beverly and Tamara are far from developed characters). We can only hope that even with the addition of Pally — who is a real scene stealer — the show will remember to give its non-Mindy female leads the attention they deserve too.
The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on Fox.