Zooey Deschanel, Dermot Mulroney

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The fancyman is coming back!

Dermot Mulroney is set to make his return to Fox's New Girl, we've exclusively learned.

Mulroney, who will recur on HBO's Enlightened this season, will reprise his role as Russell, Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) ex, in an episode of the Fox hit sitcom set to air in April. The episode's title? "First Date." Hmmm...

Viewers last saw Russell, who was the father of one of Jess' students, in season one's "Tomatoes" when Jess ended their relationship because she wanted more passion. So how will Russell return? All we can share is that Jess runs into her former boyfriend at a most inopportune time.

Of course, a lot has changed since Jess' split with Russell: Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson), who harbored a major man crush on the successful and sophisticated Russell, have (finally) kissed and are now dancing around the possibility of a relationship, so of course, Russell's return factors into that storyline. But we refuse to say any more than that!

New Girl returns Tuesday, March 12 on Fox.

Are you excited to see Mulroney back on New Girl? What do you think his return will mean for Nick and Jess? Sound off in the comments!

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