The Mindy Project cordially invites you to an impromptu, slap-dash wedding next season.
On the set of The Mindy Project at Universal Studios for the Television Critics Association fall previews on Wednesday, the jig was up when reporters walked into Mindy's apartment only to find a banner reading "Happy Wedding Day" and a rather colorful cake inscribed with the words, "Happy Wedding, Casey and Mindy!"
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It's a surprisingly big step for the couple since last we saw them, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) had agreed to go with Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) for a volunteer trip to Haiti, even though she was very quickly losing patience with his once-adorble quirks.
"It's the premiere, and Mindy comes back from Haiti with some big news," executive producer Matt Warburton said. "Basically in this one episode, we're trying to have a big move between Mindy and Casey. We didn't want to start the season, 'Oh, we're back from Haiti and that [Casey] guy is gone.' In the first set of episodes, we're really playing through this relationship further and seeing where this goes."
Sadly, as evidenced by the apartment decor, the wedding will not take place in a place of worship for Casey or even, say, a Vegas chapel for Mindy. "It's a rush job, so everyone's pitching in," Warburton confirmed. "They have to leave Tamara (Xosha Roquemore) on cake duty. Everyone's helping decorating to make it a good experience. But it's already weird to have a wedding where it's mainly your work friends at it, and that might become an issue.
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"Everybody is sort of thrilled for her," he continued. "The nice thing is when we cast Anders, everyone loves that character so much, and the characters love him so much. In addition to being a good guy, he's a big weirdo. People are just happy for the two."
The cake resembles a rocket with red velvet waffle cones as the thrusters, but Kaling sets the record straight on the real shape of the cake. "We have a wedding in this apartment, an impromptu wedding, and because it's impromptu they can only get a cake from the exotic cake store -- a cake that looks like a penis or a cake that looks like a Torah. And Mindy's like, 'We'll take the penis cake.' It's one of the most offensive scenes we ever shot. She goes, 'Ugh, gross, I'll take the penis cake.'"
Sadly for Pastor Casey fans, the premise of the show is Mindy dating in the big city, so Casey won't be in the romantic picture for long. "Mindy gets to be single again pretty soon," Kaling told reporters. "Sorry, Anders," Ike Barinholtz, who plays Morgan, said. "I don't die though," Holm quipped.
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But that won't be the last of the fly minister. "What I hope we promise and deliver to the audience is even when people are gone, they're not gone forever," Warburton said. "Like Mindy had a big breakup with Josh, but we've already brought him back and we're going to bring him back again. If Anders is gone, we'll definitely see him again."
The Mindy Project returns on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:30/8:30c on Fox.
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