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Samantha Highfill
January 05, 2015 AT 04:45 PM EST

When The Mindy Project returns, Mindy will start her Stanford fellowship, but don’t expect her new adventure to be the only challenge that her relationship with Danny will have to overcome. There’s a much more attractive challenge facing the couple: Lee Pace.

Pace is set to guest star as Alex, the man Mindy lost her virginity to, in an episode airing Jan. 13.

In an exclusive first look at Pace’s time on the show, we are transported back in time to Mindy’s days in college with Alex, which apparently included bangs, Big Gulps, and dorm-room beds. As for their present day run-in, Mindy and Alex—and their shorter ‘dos—reconnect at a bar.

The Mindy Project returns Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

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