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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season Two Episode 13 Review ‘Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?’

“I’m just a girl in love,

I can’t be held responsible for my actions!”

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After a stellar second season, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’s end to Season Two demonstrated how far Rebecca and Josh have come, and how much longer they still have to go to fully address their issues.

There are quite a few call backs to the pilot in this episode, from the embarrassing text Rebecca sends to her Dad mirroring the one she sent Josh when she first moved to West Covina, and Rebecca’s declaration that “This is what happy feels like”. Though instead of being stuck in New York, Rebecca is marrying the love of her life and she finally has her dad back in he life. Rebecca finally has everything she’s ever wanted, but naturally this idea was going to be crushed pretty quickly, when she ignores the realities of her relationships with Josh and her dad.

Rebecca’s reprise was one of the best moments of the season, all the call backs to earlier songs in the series, such as ‘I Love My Daughter’ and ‘We’ll Never Have Problems Again’. I always love reprises in  musicals, and this one was perfect. It was beautiful and emotional, yet also punched me in the gut. Seeing Rebecca so hopeful was heartbreaking, the use of ‘You Stupid Bitch’ and ‘I’m the Villain In My Own Story’ highlighting her false belief that all her negative feelings about herself would be wiped away through her wedding.

 

 

It was a brilliant choice for the audience to realise the origin of this seasons theme song through the revelation that Rebecca had been in a mental institution after her affair with Robert, and how she uses musical numbers to handle her reality. Rebecca’s mother forcing her to repress it and forget it ever happened makes sense, and I really hope we get to learn more about Robert’s impact on her in Season 3. We know that at the beginning of Season 1 that Rebecca gave up using her medication after being desperately unhappy, as I really liked the fact that the audience got the chance to see where her negative reaction to medication comes from.

Trent is bizarre yet brilliant, so I will happily take any appearance of his character. I liked how he was a red herring, and that the information he gave Josh wasn’t even opened. Josh didn’t need to read the files to validate his doubts about Rebecca, a choice I really liked. It would have been easy for Josh to read the files and call off the marriage, but no Josh had a different plan. (Also loved the instrumental music for ‘Thought Bubbles’ playing while he tried to reassure himself)

The finale still showed the progress Rebecca has made though, not only acknowledging how shitty her dad was and kicking him out of her life, but through the friendships she’s made.  Last season she had the always wonderful and brilliant Paula, but this season she’s even managed to secure true friendships with Valencia and Heather which is probably my favourite thing about this season. All the women standing together on a cliff supporting Rebecca vowing to destroy Josh Chan? Yes please. Rebecca has friends who care about her, friends that she has managed to help inadvertently or not, and I’m looking forward to these four women being centre stage next season.The romanticised fantasy of Josh Chan may be shattered, but Rebecca’s obsession isn’t going anywhere, only now being focused on enacting revenge rather than trying to gain his love. She now truly lives up to being the ‘Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’, and it’s a journey that will be necessary to Rebecca eventually focusing on her happiness, not fixating on Josh to achieve it.

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Josh too is shown to be going through the same  thing, acknowledging he has an issue by defining himself by his romantic relationships, running from partner to partner instead of working on his issues alone. Josh is seen running to another relationship to solve his problems, though rather than a relationship with a woman, it’s his relationship with God. It’s a great twist, and while shocking it didn’t feel out of character at all. I’m intrigued to see whether Josh will manage, and how he will deal with Rebecca’s wrath.

Best Lines:

-“LOVE IS PATIENT LOVE IS KIND! WHY VEER FROM A CLASSIC?”

-“Have fun flying coach, Dick!”

-“If you’re even one minute late, I will murder your entire family!”

-“It took me a while to find a big enough ‘Top Secret’ stamp at the craft store”

Favourite Songs From Season 2:

It Was a Shitshow

The Math of Love Triangles

Friendtopia

Who’s the New Guy?

Rebecca’s Reprise

Maybe This Dream

(Also shoutout to Greg’s Drinking Song and Tell Me I’m Okay Patrick)

Can’t wait for Season Three!

Sarah

 

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 8 and 9 Review

First things first, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed for season 3!!! It’s such a relief that one of the smartest and funniest shows on television has been given another well-deserved season, despite currently having the lowest ratings of any show on network television. Though since its addition to Netflix, I like to hope a lot of views come from them, giving it a larger audience that the one is represented. Seriously though, it’s just nice to see a Network actually support well written and acclaimed shows, even if they don’t have a large audience. Also Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is only one of two shows that garners any award recognition

We were blessed with two new episodes this week, and I’m not going to recap everything, just my reactions to major plot points and any other details I liked.

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Who is Josh’s Soup Fairy?

Episode Eight didn’t take it easy on us, with the revelation that Scott had cheated on Paula with Tanya. While this wasn’t entirely out of the blue, with the distance that was created between them last episode it was still incredibly sudden, and damn you writers for breaking my heart. The developments in their marriage has been one of the highlights of this season, and I hope this fallout is explored more during the rest of the season. Though Paula’s heartbreak led to this amazing line when she realised there weren’t any ice cubes left for her drink at work

“What. MAN. Did. This?”-  (Give Donna all the awards)

‘So Maternal’ was a pretty great uptown funk parody, Rebecca assuming being a mother was easy led to stand out moments, Rebecca featuring on a podcast despite ‘not having any children and only been babysitting for less than hour’ and feeding Tommy a banana in a wrap.

 

 

Rebecca falling for Josh again was inevitable, their relationship still hasn’t reached the end point it needs to, Rebecca still holding onto any praise that Josh gives her, the romantic ideal of him not being forgotten despite their break up. Josh realising he was in love with her was surprising, and then I realised it wasn’t, considering Josh can’t not be in a relationship, always wanting someone who cares for him, and just after a breakup going back to someone who is there for him and can make him feel better about himself is hardly an out of character move. Both Rebecca and Josh don’t make the best choices when it comes to their emotions. I feel like for their romanticized ideal of each other to break, they have to actually be in a proper committed relationship, rather than Josh just sleeping with Rebecca and using her like he did at the beginning of the season. Also Josh seeing the soup as some sort of romanticised sign of whose he’s meant to be with is exactly the same thing Rebecca would do and has done, earlier in this season.

The fashion show was so embarrassing, I wanted to look away but Hector and White Josh’s reactions were priceless. Pretty much sums up my reaction to Josh walking down the runway.  Just the pained smiles and thumbs up were perfect.

 

Though this episode has a serious moment of character development for Rebecca, choosing to stay with Paula when she needs her, instead of going with Josh after his declaration of love. True it’s not perfect because she stays more out of guilt about lying to Paula more than anything, it’s still an important step in the right direction for her.

Best quotes include: “I think you’re meant to say you’re upset a kid is missing”- Heather

“Our love is not for your gaze”

“Oh god, I’ve left my body! I’m floating over this room right now looking down!”

When Do I Get to Spend Time With Josh?

I loved the West Covina reprise, the romanticized music, and this fake ideal that now both Rebecca and Josh are living in together. Josh tells Rebecca ‘I love you’ for the first time, and they’re both happy, so naturally it has to be fucked up.  Mostly by Rebecca.

The story is shaken up massively by the introduction of Nathaniel Plimpton, a big LA lawyer who Darryl has sold half the firm to. He’s attractive, cold and just a dick basically.  He represents Rebecca’s old life in New York, and the ruthless lawyer she was.

The best thing about this episode was how well all the supporting cast was utilised, especially in ‘Who’s the New Guy’ Breaking the fourth wall with jokes about ‘ratings’ and ‘episodes’, all the cast is so well used and funny, all of them have their own great moments in these two episodes.  Watching this number now makes so relieved that the show has been renewed thank god, so clearly the new guy worked.

The best example is George/Glenn/Gene’s mini Rose’s Style number after he’s brutally fired by Nathaniel.  It’s one of the standout moments from the episode, and just brilliant.

Nathaniel is an interesting love interest for Rebecca, being quite different from Josh, and even Greg. Now that Rebecca has the perfect relationship, the fantasy has to fade. Nathaniel and Rebecca are both intelligent and very good at their jobs, Rebecca now being bothered by the idea that Josh is an idiot. Nathaniel is a shit, so of course Rebecca is going to be attracted to him. It’s a good way to add some new drama to the show, and I’m interested to see what happens in their relationship.

The ending tag was pretty hilarious, Paula having to touch the ray on the date with the security guard was perfect, and the writers never cease to surprise me with the ending tags, always gloriously weird and wonderful.

Darryl knocking over the pot of pens as he was giving his dramatic speech and then going “Really?” had me in stitches.

Best Quotes include:

“Why should we root for someone male, straight and white?”

“None of his dream catchers work in here”

“I heard someone yell penis! What’s wrong Karen?”

“Karen did you try to cook a chicken in the microwave again?” “Not today but it can be done!”

Also can we just appreciate this:

Here’s to Season 3!

Until next week,

Sarah