The platform Rachel Bloom provides for openly and unapologetically highlighting subjects that are usually pushed under the rug in a lighthearted way is the reason most of us come back for more.
Discussing the taboo topics of yeast infections, vaginas, and women’s sexuality all through the play-on-words of the entirely plotless musical Cats was truly the epitome of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
I’m sure most women have experienced the terrible tribulations of a yeast infection and as Rebecca portrays it all too well, they always seem to come at the most inconvenient of times — although I guess there’s never an ideal time for a yeast infection.
Allowing for women to realize that a yeast infection does not make you gross, unclean, or unwanted is important and is something that can be easily cleared up with some quick antibiotics.
Except, please learn from Rebecca’s mistake and don’t try to speed up the process, no matter how badly you want to jump into bed with someone because you could potentially reinfect yourself with bacterial vaginosis, apparently!
With recent (past few years) trends of media coverage of gender equality, I think it’s truly relevant that the topic of women’s sexuality is brought into the conversation.
Rebecca simply wants to get laid this episode and I’m positive, again, so many women can relate. Has anyone else also had the same epiphany stem from a dream? The mind is truly a mysterious place.
The title of this episode is a nice two-sided reference expressing the needs of a pH balance, as well as a balance between all the men in Rebecca’s life.
Nathaniel is continually trying to state that he’s now a nice person. Josh is walking around in his briefs looking like a diagram of the pinnacle male body. And Greg is still trying to sit with the fact that Rebecca slept with his dad. I’m starting to think Rebecca needs to branch out and open herself up to a new pool of men.
Although I have enjoyed that this past season has veered away from an entire focus on chasing a guy, it really shows that Rebecca has come a long way and is learning to figure out her needs in life, aside from men.
The side plots of the supporting characters seemed like a waste of time. Darryl’s fight to win back the office was a bit cheesy and really had no substance in my opinion. Most of the other characters were wallflowers this episode, but I wasn’t too bummed. However, I did miss the girl gang. I hope they bring them back before the season’s end.
Rachel Bloom has truly lived up to her feminist comedic predecessors, and we’re looking forward to the last final episodes and the power-packed punches she has yet to throw. Again, who will Rebecca end up with? Maybe nobody?
- The feminist porn site that Rebecca was looking at reminds me of the website Bellesa. If you’re looking for porn focused more on the woman, give it a try!
- Darryl’s comment about a “millennial startup taking over” was a cheap dig that I couldn’t help but chuckle at. It works but at this point using “millennial” to describe anything nontraditional fits
- How is it that simply adding a mustache on Bert made him look like Darryl’s doppelgänger? I guess all white men look the same
- Jason’s curiosity about the fish odor was pure. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a yeast infection that could be truly confused with a pan-fried trout
- Is anyone else sort of confused by “the other Rebecca’s” comments in the opening credits?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Finding My Bliss (4×14)
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.
- 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.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Have to Get Out (4×13)
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?
- 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.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Need A Break (4×12)
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!
- “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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