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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Am Ashamed (4×02)

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is getting into the spooky season in this Halloween themed episode with many of the characters realizing that the scariest things in life aren’t always ghosts and goblins, but in fact our own minds.

Rebecca is presented with the scariest fright of all, her past. She reads a news article and nasty comments from citizens about her past crimes that sends her into a spiral of agoraphobia. She won’t even leave the house to attend an event that one of her favorite actresses is at! It would take a lot for me to miss an event where I could personally meet Dua Lipa!

She’s stuck in the purgatory of her past, and when a book falls open detailing the events of her murder house revealing some drug deal gone wrong, she fixates on trying to help Devon, the ghost, move on from her shame and onto whatever is next for her in the afterlife. She puts all of her energy trying to fix Devon that she hides from her own truths and the real issues at hand, typical.

Darryl begins to struggle as a single parent when the mothers of the “Wee Covina” group discuss the importance of breast milk. He begins second-guessing himself and searches the “white market” for breast milk in an attempt to provide Heabecca with the best, not even realizing that his eldest daughter, Madison has the most caring father in the world. It’s not too common to find a nimble-fingered father willing to create an epic Halloween costume for their child. I think a few parents can really learn by example, thank you, Darryl!

Meanwhile, Nathaniel is having daddy issues of his own as his father has brought in the silent partner of the law firm to take over. Nathaniel is having a hard time with his father’s lack of confidence and love for him. Although, Nathaniel’s father says that he only did this to wake him up. There’s a reason Nathaniel has daddy issues, and unfortunately, it seems his father will never take a hint or understand.

During a seance Rebecca and Victoria have called to order, Paula and Heather are skeptical in the belief of another dimension. That is until the lights begin flickering and the table rises and Victoria and Rebecca swear they aren’t behind the crazy occurrences.

When the computer turns on and reveals that it’s the anniversary of Devon’s death, they all get scared and logically decide to run to the cemetery to visit Devon’s grave. Why is it that no matter how scared we get we always choose to investigate the source even further?

However, Rebecca finally steps foot outdoors! This graveyard scene is highly pertinent for Rebecca to realize that she can’t let the skeletons in her closet haunt her forever. Everyone makes cringe-worthy mistakes and the most important thing is how you recover from those mistakes. The musical number “The Cringe” teaches us all this lesson. The first step of forgiveness is forgiving yourself.

I look forward to seeing how the upcoming episodes play out this lesson and help Rebecca come to terms with her past and how she can change her future for the better.

Additionally, I guess we can all use this episode as a PSA.  If you would rather spend a Halloween without falling books, flickering lights, and floating tables then make sure you wrap your tampons in toilet paper and throw them in the trash! I thought it was general knowledge that it’s ill-advised to flush anything other than toilet paper, but I guess not. Well, now we all know!

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Finding My Bliss (4×14)

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Finding My Bliss

Less boy drama and more theater drama in this week’s episode. Rebecca’s finally hyper-focused on finding her own bliss beyond love interests, but that doesn’t stop the men in her life from hyper-focusing on her. Dare I say role reversal?

Just as Rebecca’s rose colored lenses used to fog her vision when it came to all her romantic love interests, she realizes unfortunately the same has happened for her love for musical theater.

Everyone’s onto the boys. They aren’t as sly as they think they are. “Oh ok, u-huh”

While Rebecca’s chasing her dreams Paula is finally living hers. She’s finally realized her worth as she’s receiving an abundance of offers from various law firms, and Darryl has to learn to fight hard.

Darryl and Paula’s friendship is emotionally sweet and Darryl realizes that Paula’s decision to advance in her career beyond his firm does not mean they can’t be friends. In fact, it might strengthen their friendship beyond the workplace.

Rebecca struggles with the internal debate musical theater is bringing her, and she quickly learns that sometimes you can’t place an emphasis on the thing itself, but instead you need to change your attitude about it to make it worthwhile. Otherwise it’s much easier to be let down.

After being fired and her dreams stomped on, she hears from Greg that he will be staying in West Covina to finish his thesis and continue his restaurant, specifically for her! Once again, her rollercoaster of men seems to be coming full throttle.

Is Nathaniel taking the lead once again? I guess his character development has been truly impressive, so I wouldn’t be as upset with him prevailing. I’m impressed by his decision to go forth with singing Rebecca’s rewritten song without any motivation other than his true care and love for her.

Same with Josh, he put so much thought behind purchasing an original program from their musical theater summer camp and having Rebecca sign it.

The boys are having some sweet one-on-one moments with Rebecca and we finally receive a cheesy picture of them at their core.

What’s Rebecca’s next dream? Do you think she’ll continue with her dream of musical theater? Who will be the man of her dreams, since at this rate it doesn’t seem like they’re going to leave Rebecca alone without a man by the end of the season finale. It would probably leave too many fans upset.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • My biggest question is why didn’t Valencia propose? She basically popped the question when she was asking Beth why she didn’t pop the question.
  • “Stuff, crap, things, junk. That’s exactly how they teach you to do it in business school.” Classic.
  • Is there something I’m missing about Nathaniel? He’s an above average looking human for sure, but not a 9.4? Maybe I’m being too harsh.
  • I used to be a huge Glee fan, but when did Michelle Obama perform on Glee?
  • Rachel Bloom’s southern accent is too cute.
  • Valencia’s song is so cringey and problematic, but Beth’s little fist bump at the end of her performance is adorable.
  • Anyone else agree that Honeycrisp apples are #1?
  • I always forget Greg and Heather dated.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Have to Get Out (4×13)

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Just as Rebecca was tired the entire episode as a side effect of her new antidepressants, this episode also felt a little lackadaisical. This week’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend paled a bit in comparison to last week’s episode, but I guess that is to be expected after a strong and emotional episode.

All I can say is that Rachel Bloom must’ve seen my prior request of bringing back the girl gang because the girl gang is back!! Unfortunately, they are not a large part of the overall arc, but hey they’re still back to support Paula and that’s all I can ask for. Paula’s recovery from her heart attack has her at 150% and ready to crush the bar exam. I wish I could be prepared even half as much for anything in life as Paula was for her exam. Fingers crossed for her success, although there’s no way she isn’t passing it with flying colors!

Rebecca realizes that Rebetzels is not her dream, merely a midway point between her career’s past and career’s future, and watching Paula chase after her own dream so intently seems to provide inspiration for Rebecca to pursue nothing other than, musical theater. What a surpriseee! Following the incredible La La Land themed musical number there’s no other option for Rebecca than musical theater. I mean c’mon, those moves during the tap dancing scene! Who knew Rachel Bloom had the rhythm in her feet!

The most important part for Rebecca is to find happiness within herself and her own life, rather than letting a love interest define it for her. The antidepressants seem to be working, and by the end we can see much improvement. Coming to the conclusion that her and Greg should stay friends at the moment is a huge step for her, certainly one in the right direction. I must admit it is a bit tiring how many times Rebecca realizes she loves one of them and wants to pursue them, and then decides against it, while they also take turns doing the same thing. It’s all a bit much, and at this point I’m hoping either a new and final love interest comes into the picture to swoop her off her feet, or that Josh prevails.

Darryl’s subplot was cute, although a bit of a time waster. It developed his character’s search for love, but other than that gave no greater enhancement to the episode’s advancement. His daughter’s rivalry with April’s daughter was a bit fleeting, and it didn’t show how they came to the agreement of getting their parents back together. Overall, I wish there had been more commitment to making this an important plotline for Darryl.

There are so many new and exciting things for Rebecca to figure out and with only a few episodes left in the season, I can’t imagine how things are going to turn out. What are your thoughts on Josh and Nathaniel’s new pursuit of Rebecca’s singledom? Who, if anyone, do you think will come out on top? Will April and Darryl get together? How do you think Paula’s exam outcome will be?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • CEG is on a role for performing musical numbers that highlight fragile masculinity. First through the miscommunications between father-son relationships and this time through a hilarious “fighting” scene
  • A wise reminder from Nathaniel, “The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.”

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Need A Break (4×12)

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Rebecca’s mental health seemed to have taken a lengthy backseat to her love interests, but this episode really brought the show back to its roots.

Instead of focusing on the 3 most important men in her life, Rebecca finally faced the other man who holds strong precedence in her life, darkness.

Sure, when your romantic life is in check it acts as a mask for the rest of the problems in life that you still need to deal with. But once those honeymoon vibes starting wearing off, the problems already there become more prevalent and cause strife. This is the important lesson Rebecca learned and seeing as Greg really does love her he stepped away for her to figure it out for herself.

I’m glad they shed light on the backslide of mental illness and how common it is for people who are struggling with it to ignore the work required. When in reality the most important part of the recovery process is doing the work especially when you feel fine.

Paralleled with the importance of mental health was Paula’s physical health. Initially, it was treated light-heartedly, but when she went to the doctor and found she was actually experiencing a heart attack, things became serious. Was anybody else expecting it to be a heart attack?

Seeing Rebecca turn back to her self-destructive ways was a bit frightening, but of course, Dr. Akopian’s mentioning of backsliding provided the foreshadowing of a progressive process this time. This night of throwing herself at anything that might provide her with a sense of comfort was one she truly needed. Although, ultimately the thought of losing Paula was Rebecca’s greatest wake-up call. Thank God they made that deal to get healthy together! Sometimes it’s easier to see the negative effects of downgrading physical health than downgrading mental health. So again, this side-by-side of both a physical and mental health issue provided Rebecca with a more clear picture of how important it is to take care of both.

This episode felt like a wrap-up episode of Rebecca’s mental health. She finally seems to be at a healthy place and wants to take the time to help herself, which I think will truly allow for a strong relationship with Greg.

The men in her life were doing something right. They didn’t let their immediate desires take the best of them, and instead turned down Rebecca’s advances. Honestly, this episode was a turning point for all characters!

One of the greatest takeaways from tonight’s episode is to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep your mental and physical wellbeings up to par! So do it, eat those salads along with those buttery, creamy mashed potatoes (because life is a balancing act!) and make sure to check in with yourself about how you’re doing mentally. Take it from both Paula and Rebecca!

 Additional Sidenotes:

  • “Oh, I napped once, it was 1983.” Paula’s quick and snappy wit is perfection
  • Ovary-acting, how is this the first time I’ve heard this amazing phrase?
  • “Woah, I don’t think the dosage to anything is 8!”
  • Paula’s complaint of the coffee mugs being too small for her caffeine needs is surely going to become the next meme. It’s just too relatable to all those caffrodites!

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