Love this question! This is totally something we talked about during writing and even during shooting, but we never worked explanations into the script. Our thinking was that Melvin’s parents go off to Vegas and leave him alone, somewhat irresponsibly. And he just skips school (where ever it is!)
Mindy is easier. Nancy is absolutely a dedicated home-schooler — which is why Mindy became so successful later, though Melvin did pretty well in real estate, too, it turns out.
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