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The ‘New Girl’ and ‘Mindy Project’ Do’s and Don’ts Guide to Breaking Up






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Dating is tough, especially when you’re part of a will-they-won’t-they couple in television. Here are lessons gleaned from the they-did-it-and-immediately-broke-up main couples from this past season of New Girl and The Mindy Project, which aired their finales of the season last night.

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Don’t live with your ex, whether you’re roommates with him/her and forced to share a room, or thinking about buying an apartment down the hall from him. It’s dumb.

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Do work with your ex, because he/she can’t avoid you.

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Don’t act like everything is OK. Pretending never fooled anyone.

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Do let yourself wallow, like Mindy dating other guys, or Jess undergoing her breakup ritual of sob-singing to Dirty Dancing or Nick lighting firecrackers with elementary school boys.

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Don’t get jealous, it’s not your best side, like with Danny over Detective Charlie, or Jess over the ship captain.

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Do talk it out with your friends.

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Don’t try to kiss your ex, because it’s just confusing, like Jess and Nick’s cruise wine-drunk almost kiss, and Danny’s attempted kiss in his loaner apartment to Mindy.

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Don’t try to be friends, when you haven’t had the time to hate his/her guts yet. It’s part of the healing process.

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Do catfish the love of your life in an elaborate scheme, because it proves how ridiculously romantic you are.

Nadia Chaudhury’s break-up rituals involve rewatching all of Gilmore Girls and watching really really really really really bad romantic comedies.


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