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VIDEO: The Mindy Project's Chris Messina Busts a Move to Aaliyah

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Leave it to The Mindy Project to provide a true Christmas miracle.

On Tuesday’s episode of the FOX series, Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) received the best possible secret Santa gift imaginable from fellow physician Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina): a private performance of the dance sequence from Aaliyah‘s “Try Again.”

While it was a surprising break from character for the serious Dr. C, it also provided the world with a much-needed look at Messina’s slick moves. If that’s not the gift that keeps on giving, then what is?

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