This was an interesting episode, second to last in the season, and the first one where we really see Mithila and Dhruv interacting with the outside world, and how they are perceived by the outside world. (index of all Little Things reviews here)
It starts with the two of them together again, planning dinner at a new restaurant. But then Mithila is late, and Dhruv is hungry and grumpy by the time she shows up, and they go back and forth while the waiter watches. Mithila tries to please the waiter, it is late and the restaurant is out of almost everything, but Dhruv won’t be happy. He isn’t actively rude, or mean, just difficult. While Mithila is trying to smooth things over and make it okay. Dhruv’s feelings are understandable, Mithila was very late, and ate a large lunch (thus she isn’t hungry now while he is), and he is hungry and disappointed that he can’t eat the meal he was expecting, and correctly blames Mithila. But Mithila is working hard to make him feel better in a way that isn’t really fair.
After dinner, they fight over where to go next. And again there is a witness, the cab driver. Mithila wants to go to her friend’s party, reminds Dhruv that he agreed days ago to do it, that he said she should spend more time with her friends, that they have missed the last 4 parties. But Dhruv doesn’t want to, he wants to go home and watch Game of Thrones. Not only is Dhruv being a bit uncaring of Mithila’s feelings, he is also uncaring of the cab driver. He agrees eventually, and they go to the party, and he feels awkward and out of place. They separate, he has to hunt for her, the house feels strange and scary. But then he gets a silly social media message from Mithila which makes him smile, he calls her, they talk, they reunite in the party, and finally settle to play Taboo (the whole purpose of the party, her friend’s weekly Taboo night). And have a really good time. In the middle of it, her friend and her boyfriend get into a fight (a little sign that all couples fight over silly things). Mithila and Dhruv leave, and in the elevator on the way back to their apartment, they see another couple who accidentally spoil the ending of Dhruv’s Game of Throne’s episode. To cheer him up, Mithila takes Dhruv to a late night chicken kabob place, and then to a street fair.
When they are alone together, this couple seems happy and equal. Dhruv makes food some of the time, they joke, he cheers her up when she has a bad day, and so on. But now we are seeing them out in the world, and this is not equal. Dhruv is angry when Mithila is late to meet him for dinner and Mithila is apologetic. But when she wants to go to a friend’s party, suddenly Dhruv is unrepentant about changing plans. At the party, Mithila works hard to make sure Dhruv is having a good time, while he doesn’t do anything to help her have fun. And finally, she takes him out for a chicken kabob and a fair. Not just that, she mentions that she learned about the kabob place ages ago and remembered it for next time Dhruv needed a treat. That’s a lot of work just to keep him happy! And the waiter happy, and the cab driver happy, and her friend happy. Poor Mithila!
I have to say, I have been the friend who hosts the weekly nights, so I was coming at this from a slightly specific direction. I hosted weekly movie nights for years, and when my friends started new relationships, they would suddenly start canceling on my last minute. And then the relationship would even out and I would see them again, because they wanted to see their friends and do something on their own. Mithila truly enjoyed this party, we could see that, and if she has been canceling for weeks and now has to fight to get Dhruv to agree, that’s a bad sign. The kind of thing that I, as a friend, would worry about. Especially after 2 years together, not just the first flush of love. Hmm.