Though Dr. L and fiancé Danny squabbled incessantly about whether she’d be a stay-at-home mom to their newborn, the end of their relationship was actually as silent as the December snow falling outside of Mindy’s old apartment as she realized that little Leo’s crib would fit perfectly in her walk-in closet.
9. Catherine, Hawaii Five-0
Just as Steve was ready to pop the question, his girlfriend announced that she needed to be needed in a way that no relationship could ever make her feel. So, rather than stay with him, she was leaving to help earthquake victims on a secret mission. But — as if this would soften the blow — she noted, “I will always, always love you.”
8. Caleb, Pretty Little Liars
Annoyed that Hanna’s boss was getting more of her time than he was, Caleb pulled a classic “If you leave, I won’t be here when you get back!” move as she walked out the door to return to work. She was only gone a few moments, but that was all it took: By the time she got back, Caleb had already headed off to explore Europe Spencer.
7. Felicity, Arrow
Upon learning that Oliver was sending away his son, the superhero’s fiancée had had it. “Once again,” she said, returning his engagement ring, “you have left me out of the decision.” So she was walking out on him — which, conveniently, the paraplegic regained the ability to do at just that moment!
6. Jim, Gotham
Locked up and worn down, the detective refused to condemn fiancée Lee and their unborn child to a life of prison visits, so he told her, instead of hold on, “we move on.” When she offered one heartfelt protestation after another, he did what he felt he had to, and tuned it out. “Don’t try to contact me again,” he concluded. “I won’t reply.”
5. Alex, Grey’s Anatomy
Even after Jo made her boyfriend wait an eternity for an answer to his marriage proposal, she might have gotten away with turning him down, if only she’d explained why. But since she wouldn’t, Karev pulled the plug. “I don’t care” anymore, he barked, “about your secrets and your excuses and your drama!”
4. Abraham, The Walking Dead
Since Rosita wouldn’t accept her lover’s first explanation for his change of heart — “Why are dingleberries brown? It’s just the way s— is!” — the ginger hulk was forced to admit, “When I first met you, I thought you were the last woman on earth. You’re not.” And with that, off he marched in hot pursuit of Sasha.
3. Hannah, Girls
Rather than tell Fran that they were done, the poster child for immaturity waited until she and her beau had embarked on a road trip, then texted him from a rest stop that she wanted him to leave. When that didn’t work, she literally ran from him, shouting, “I don’t want to be in this relationship anymore!”
2. Susan, Scandal
Fed up with boyfriend David’s lack of belief in her, the former Senator didn’t want to hear him tell her how amazing she was. She already knew, thank you very much. No, all she wanted was for him to get the hell out of her office. “You just got dumped,” she said, “by the Vice President of the United States!”
1. Michael Strahan, Live With Kelly & Michael
The fireworks resulting from the co-hosts’ breakup played out behind the scenes, but we can well imagine how dazzling they were! When Strahan (and ABC) made Kelly Ripa one of the last to know that he was ditching her and their talk show to join Good Morning America, the shock made her, ahem, sick.