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'The Mindy Project': Remember Aaliyah's dancing skills with Danny Castellano

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If ever Aaliyah fans needed another excuse to blast her music or learn the '90s star's dance routines, "The Mindy Project" gave them one.

On last night's episode, Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) decided to get the doctor's office into a festive mood. Of course she started off on the wrong foot by throwing their Christmas tree down a flight of stairs after going to the trouble of dragging a slightly fatter "Charlie Brown Christmas" tree to the hospital.

But compared to the Scrooge antics of her co-worker/secret crush Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina), her antics are lightweight. He wants nothing to do with the Secret Santa gift-giving ceremony, grumpily points out he's Mindy's Secret Santa and tries to gift her with gauze and a stapler.

Mindy is having no parts of his Christmas complaints. But by the middle of a Christmas party when she's defeated that her known crush Cliff (played by Glenn Howerton) left the party before she could croon her "Santa Baby" routine, Danny has another trick up his sleeve.

Rolling his sleeves up, he does two of the most underrated and sexiest things a man can do.

First, he recalls a memory of when Mindy and Danny first met. She used to love to listen to Aaliyah's "Try Again." It was number one on the Billboard charts and stayed on the charts for 32 weeks.

But Danny doesn't just play the song. He does the music video routine right in front of her. And he does it very well. Even a remote control can't blame viewers for rewinding this scene over and over again.

If you catch yourself watching and dancing to Aaliyah's music videos, it's okay to blame it on the pop star and actor. Or, you could always say you're trying to stay fit for the holidays.

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