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It’s official: The Mindy Project’s first-season progress can be divided into Before B.J. Novak’s Magical Guest-Starring Stint and After. Before had moments of brilliance, some pointless plots, and some more pointless people rotating through the roles of best friend, secretary, and Other. After has been firing on all cylinders through two strong episodes now, showing us both a standard sitcom high jinks episode (last week) and a postmodern rom-sitcom setup (this week). Also: Special Guest Star Seth Rogen! Though, for the record, I don’t think we need high-profile guests to make Mindy’s dates work. Josh ruled, and he only looked like Matt Damon.As for the specifics in this half-hour, they also worked nicely, starting with Young Mindy in flashbacks to Camp Takanac. That little girl does a spectacular Mindy Kaling. The kid who played Sam Kleinfeld, or Young Seth Rogen, delivered as well. The »


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