'The Mindy Project' pulls a 'New Girl'-style surprise kiss - was it earned?

mindy-project-the-desert-danny-mindy-kiss.jpg "The Mindy Project" has officially pulled a "New Girl" -- but were you ready for it? On Tuesday's (Jan. 21) episode of the sophomore FOX comedy, Dr. Mindy Lahiri ( Mindy Kaling) and Dr. Danny Castellano ( Chris Messina) culminated their season's worth of flirting with a sexy makeout session in the back of an airplane on the way back from a business trip in Los Angeles.

To make matters worse, the kiss happened at the very end of the show's winter finale -- and we won't get any new episodes for months. MONTHS! How the heck are we supposed to make it through the next week not knowing what happens next, let alone months?!

The flirting between Danny and Mindy has become much more overt in the past few episodes. It's clear Danny has a crush on his coworker, and it's also clear Mindy has harbored confusing feelings about him in the past. But there's a difference between this kiss and the one between Nick and Jess on "New Girl" after a similar will-they-or-won't-they situation.

Where the "New Girl" kiss felt simultaneously hard-earned and surprising, the "Mindy" one felt like maybe it came too early. Have Mindy and Danny both had a chance to let their simmering feelings bubble up to the surface?

Plus, a workplace romance is quite a different dynamic from a roommate romance. How is the office going to work if two of its leaders embark on a relationship together? It's a lot easier to find a new place to live than to find a new medical practice in which to become a partner.

It's easy to fall in love with Danny (and Messina), and Mindy is an incredibly relatable protagonist -- but can we root for them to be together?

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