I think there’s something else about Danny’s gift in A Christmas Party Sex Trap that has resonated with me more than the entirety of Chris Messina’s too-good-for-his-own-good
stripper dance skills
During his dance, you see for the first time, at least the first time I’ve ever noticed, Mindy light up. It seems like the tipping point between her doubts and hesitance to try to invest anything in Danny
The crew does an amazing job at this too, as the song continues, and Danny adds his little quirks to the dance, you see the change in Mindy’s face, the change that says for the first time, she could reciprocate the undertones of romance. Of course she has always reciprocated the friendship in their own subtle ways, but just the enthusiasm in her reaction adds to the reason as to why this whole bit was so special, not just because Danny was, again, showcasing his interest, but she finally starts showcases her own interest as well. I mean really, with no inhibitions or anything.
Of course she still went after Cliff, because he was a challenge, and an enticing one at that that will probably teach her a thing or too. Cliff definitely won’t be a waste of time, unlike Jason and dare I say it, Casey? But no doubt Danny remains as a veritable possibility now for her.
The whole thing was just so dang sweet.