Even though the show’s called The Mindy Project, audiences and critics agree that its breakout character is Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz): a goofy nurse who just happens to be an ex-con. So it’s no surprise that Morgan stars in a set of new Mindy Project webisodes – called, appropriately enough, “The Morgan Project.”
According to Barinholtz himself, though, Morgan’s popularity wasn’t the only factor in getting these online-only clips made. “I gave the writer’s assistants gift certificates to Tony Roma’s, and they were kind enough to make Morgan the focus of the webisodes (a small episode of television that airs on the world wide web),” he tells EW. “They focus on Morgan’s ‘game,’ which is poor to very poor.”
Case in point: In this first clip, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) finds herself roped into evaluating Morgan’s kissing skills when he asks her for dating advice. “To loosen up the mood before the kiss we made the entire crew kiss,” Barinholtz says. “We’re looking at a pretty big lawsuit.”
So, what can we expect from Mindy’s last three episodes? For now, Barinholtz is staying tight-lipped – though he does have some big ideas for season 2: “I’d like to see a storyline where Morgan lives with Mindy for a bit. I could see her yelling at Morgan for only wearing his underpants around the house. Also, one where the Jets have open tryouts, and Morgan goes and ends up being their wide receiver for a couple of games. Nope, that’s the plot of Invincible.”
The Mindy Project airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.