The Mindy Project script
The Mindy Project  Episode #Pilot (2012)
Synopsis: Mindy Lahiri is a successful, skilled doctor, but when she leaves the office, all bets are off. She aspires to become a more well-rounded woman, someone who is punctual, frugal and well-read instead of someone who is obsessed with romantic comedies and likely to give an inappropriate toast at a wedding. Despite stumbles, Mindy remains determined to get her personal and romantic life on track -- before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention -- and find her perfect happy ending.

COLD OPEN:

INT. SOME KIND OF CRAMPED OFFICE - MORNING

A 31-year-old woman, MIRA, in smudged makeup and a crumpled

cocktail dress, sits in a chair. She speaks to someone off

camera who we cannot see.

MIRA:

You have an idea of how your life

is going to work out. When I was a

kid, all I did was watch romantic

comedies in our living room while I

did my homework.

INT. LIVING ROOM OF A INDIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S HOUSE - 1988

A 7-year-old Mira does flashcards while she watches the Meg

Ryan diner scene in When Harry Met Sally. An old INDIAN

GRANDMOTHER sleeps in a chair nearby.

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MIRA

I’ll have what she’s having.

INT. SAME LIVING ROOM AS BEFORE - 1995

A 16-year-old Mira studies with piles of textbooks. She’s now

watching Four Weddings and a Funeral.

HUGH GRANT:

Would you be interested in,

perhaps, spending the rest of your

life not married to me?

ANDIE MCDOWELL MIRA

I do. I do.

MIRA (V.O.)

In college I had less time to watch

movies...

EXT. DORM BUILDING - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - 2002

We pan up the side of a brick dorm at Princeton University,

seeing young couples hooking up in different rooms. We land

on the window of a now 20-year-old Mira, sitting on her dorm

room bed, with piles of biology textbooks in front of her,

studying. She’s also watching You’ve Got Mail.

MEG RYAN MIRA:

I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you.

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Mira’s roommate and best friend GWEN, walks into the room and

tosses her a box of Pop Tarts which Mira catches without

looking.

GWEN:

Have you showered this week?

Mira shakes her head solemnly, transfixed by the movie.

MIRA (V.O.)

And then, eventually, I had no time

at all.

INT. MANHATTAN HOSPITAL - NIGHT - 2010

Mira, now 30, an intern at a hospital, in a doctors coat and

scrubs, stands with a group of other eager student-doctors.

MIRA (V.O.)

But romantic comedies had done

their damage.

One is JEREMY REED, 30, super hot and pretty, and total bad

news in a Bradley Cooper kind of way. Another is CLAYTON

BROOKS, 30, not too shabby-looking himself, but serious and

disdainful. To be honest, he’s kind of a dick. These are our

guys.

There are few others, led by a distinguished doctor, MARC

SHULMAN, who has a yarmulke and a Brooklyn accent. He talks

to a PREGNANT PATIENT and her HUSBAND.

DR. SHULMAN

You’re eight and a half months

pregnant, your husband’s gotta keep

his schvantz away from you.

JEREMY:

Which I can imagine is hard with a

wife as beautiful as yours.

The patient enjoys this. Brooks rolls his eyes. Jeremy smiles

at them, and then glances at Mira and winks at her. Mira

reacts:
holy shit, did that happen?

DR. SHULMAN

She’s already pregnant, Dr. Reed.

(to the couple)

I’m putting Dr. Brooks in charge of

you. He’s my best student.

The students grumble while Brooks steps forward with an

imperious smile.

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BROOKS:

(intense)

Clayton Brooks. I am determined to

give you and your unborn baby the

most focused and unwavering care.

Now it’s Jeremy’s turn to roll his eyes.

MIRA (V.O.)

That’s when I saw him.

We move past Brooks to outside of the room, where we see a

MOST APPEALING GUY, a doctor, reading a newspaper. This guy

looks like he walked out of a Nora Ephron movie. Floppy hair,

dimples, the works.

MIRA:

(to herself)

Hello.

INT. HOSPITAL ELEVATOR - MOMENTS LATER

Mira is in the elevator. The doors begin to close when-

MOST APPEALING GUY

Hold the door!

It’s the guy. He walks into the elevator.

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Mindy Kaling

Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show. She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director. more…

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