In Season 3, Devi’s wish to date Paxton (Darren Barnet), the sexiest college student, is eventually fulfilled. However, Devi rapidly learns that comparing a book to its “six-pack” cover is never a good idea and that her urge to belong is not the same as what she genuinely wants out of life. Ben (Jaren Lewison), who is dating Aneesa (Megan Suri) but still has feelings for Devi, follows closely after. Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) explores her sexuality with far more hesitation than Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Trent (Benjamin Norris), who is in a strange new relationship. Devi’s love triangle is transformed into a romantic square by Des (Anirudh Pisharody), an attractive and brilliant Indian student who manages to sweep our favorite character off her awkward feet! Not to mention the Vishwakumars, who are happily mostly Devi-free and out on their adventures! While Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) acquires Rhyah (Sarayu Blue) as a new ally, Kamala (Richa Moorjani) and Manish (Utkarsh Ambudkar), Devi’s teacher, run into a desi-sized hitch with Nirmala, Devi’s semi-traditional grandmother (Ranjita Chakravarty). As previously mentioned, what makes this season unique is how the supporting characters are given enough room, albeit for a little time, to develop in their own right with significant storyline development.
In terms of the performances in Never Have I Ever Season 3, it’s The Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Show; the young actress establishes her self-assurance with a warm portrayal as Devi, a role that gives “complicated mix of emotions” a bad name, but in the best of ways! Devi’s (many!) relationships dominate her character growth this season, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’s via these connections that Devi may understand what self-discovery truly means. It also neatly connects to the profound sorrow brought on by the demise of her loving father, Mohan Vishwakumar, which is more important. Special praise should be given to John McEnroe for constantly nailing his narrating time! The heated arguments between Devi and Nalini are missing this season, but witnessing the latter develop into someone more than just a mother and widow is wonderful to watch, especially thanks to Poorna Jagannathan’s rock-solid portrayal. The main focus of Never Have I Ever is always family, and Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher never lose track of the subtly incorporated desi themes without being preachy. Using your hands instead of silverware when dining or refusing to take the middle seat on an aircraft are just a few examples. The actors who play Paxton and Ben, Darren Barnet and Jaren Lewison, are more than just Devi’s potential suitors; they also have their backstories. In the episode Never Have I Ever, Ben and Paxton get caught up in amusing ways, have a breakdown, and emerge with a deeper knowledge of one another. It’s undoubtedly one of the best episodes of the season, along with the season’s finale, Never Have I Ever… lived the dream, which delightfully ends Season 3 and leaves you eager for Never Have I Ever Season 4, which serves as the show’s last swan song. The remainder of the supporting cast also gets to shine in notable scenes, highlighting how realistically based this show is.