We’re still drying our eyes over Alex and Charlie’s breakup on Saving Hope. After all, it’s ridiculously hard to watch two people who are perfect for each other use every excuse in the book to justify why they can’t just be together. But just because we’re not over it doesn’t mean the couple in question is sitting around pining away for each other.
If anything, they’re both rebounding with surprising ease and moving on with their respective lives. Which is amazing when you think about it, given the fact that they continue to work in the same hospital together.
Or is it that impressive? Because we’ve been watching those two and after Sunday night’s episode, “A Stranger Comes to Town,” we think we’ve figured out their secret. Behold, the Saving Hope guide to surviving a breakup.
1. Get down and dirty with busy work
Remember that trial Alex and Maggie are working on? Well, a project like that comes with a bunch of paperwork. As it turns out a breakup is a great excuse to focus on said paperwork, even if you really hate it. Alex managed to get through her half in record time, mostly because she needed the distraction.
Charlie, meanwhile, is still working on getting back into the full surgical swing of things following his injuries. So even though he’s clearly still in pain, that’s not going to stop him from putting everything on the line to save a patient like the one thrown from a horse on Sunday night’s episode. Because sometimes, you just really need to “work” it out.
2. Avoid each other at all costs
Okay, so since Charlie and Alex work at the same hospital they’re clearly going to be forced to work with each other every once in a while. Except for those times when Alex can bribe her friends to cover for her.
That’s right, Alex offered to do Maggie’s half of that aforementioned paperwork too if Maggie would just step in for her so that she wouldn’t have to work on the same patient as Charlie. Ouch.
3. Invest in a bestie
Alex is pretty lucky that she has Maggie to help her through all of the tricky breakup stuff. You really can’t do much better in the BFF department either; between birthday waffles and surprise parties, Maggie has been going all-out for Alex lately. But guys need buddies too. That’s why we were tickled pink when a bunny-eared Dawn convinced Zach to reach out to Charlie to go for a drink or something.
Sure, it’s a little weird to be buds with your ex-wife’s latest beau, but a distraction is a distraction, and no one likes to drink alone.
4. Do something reckless
Know that crazy thing you’ve been thinking about doing, but never really had the guts to go through with? Yeah, now is the time to just go for it. At least, that’s what we can only imagine was going through Alex’s head when she bought herself a motorcycle.
Okay, yes, badass biker looks great on her. But it is a bit of a weird choice for a single mother to make, isn’t it? Maybe not. Who are we to judge? It does seem like a waste to only ride the thing once a week, though.
5. Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care
Sure, we could mean “go out and dance the night away” by this rule. But if you’re Alex, what this rule actually means is that you should let your hair down in a professional setting, too. And when your boss — who just so happens to be under tight scrutiny from her new boss — tells you to do something, feel free to defy her.
That could mean anything, from taking a sudden mental health day, to ignoring her completely and doing the surgery she forbade you to do.
Okay, maybe don’t follow this rule too closely. On second thought, Alex is lucky she didn’t get fired.
6. Find someone new to flirt with
We’re not making up the sparks between Dr. Manny Palmer and Alex, right? Like, they’re actually there? It’s weird because under other circumstances we would totally ‘ship this couple, but the fact that Alex thinks she’s cursed just makes it a little weird. Dr. Palmer is a nice dude, and we kind of want him to be with someone equally awesome. Alex is definitely great, but her heart doesn’t seem completely in it as she really is still getting over Charlie.
No matter for now though, since these two are clearly just getting their flirt on. Which is actually kind of fun.
7. Help someone else
The best part about being a doctor going through a breakup (if there is indeed a best part) is the fact that you get to distract yourself by helping other people, and sticking your nose where other people’s noses typically don’t belong. For Alex, that meant calling a lawyer friend and helping a 16-year-old girl who really needed her independence. For Charlie, that meant calling up his patient’s war reenactment group and recruiting a friend to come and hang out with the guy while he recovered.
At the end of the day both doctors felt good that they had helped someone else, and they actually forgot about their own problems for a while, too.
If only we could all get over breakups this easily.