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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Want To Be Here (4×01)

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By: Inga Parkel

It’s a bittersweet season premiere for the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast as they’re performing they’re curtain called final season.

We are recapped with Rebecca Bunch’s past grandiose actions from previous seasons, and now she’s finally looking to resolve them by pleading guilty and accepting jail time.

Rebecca’s choice of imprisonment was her way to repent for her past sins, but her repetitious “I deserve this” chants aren’t exactly disguising the fact that paying for her previous actions are not as glorious as she might’ve expected.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is known for using comedic measures to truly highlight real issues, and this episode does just that through the musical number “What’s Your Story”.

It not only reveals the issues within the patriarchy, but also the racial profiling behind the legal system.

Rebecca finally realizes how privileged she is as a cisgender white female, and that having the option to choose to go to jail is not the most tactful way to use that privilege.

Meanwhile, the male leads of the show are going through their own trials and tribulations of self-reflection.

Though, I really didn’t understand the storyline of Nathaniel in this episode. I guess he needed to come to terms with his realization of his love for Rebecca and that this “near death” wilderness experience was the way to do it?

Josh’s need for a diagnosis is relatable. I’m glad that Heather’s words impacted him enough to realize that simply receiving a diagnosis, even if it was through some silly online quiz, was not enough.

If he really felt that he had issues, he needed to seek some professional help, which he ended up doing. Yay! Some advice finally got through his thick-at-times noggin.

In a paralleled scene of Rebecca, Nathaniel, and Josh, they sing how alone they feel, that nobody truly understands them and their seemingly ridiculous choices. The end of the song shows that even though we might feel secluded in our life’s journey, there are always going to be people there who are at least willing to walk it with you.

I appreciated the turnaround the episode took when Rebecca returned to the jail to provide the women with legal assistance after Valencia gave her a rude awakening insisting that she stop pouting about her privilege.

Just because you have privilege does not mean you have to feel bad for it, but do something with it for the better!

The end scene of Paula sort of blackmailing Trent offers some ties that are left undone, and I look forward to how they use this to create some more drama for Rebecca.

Huzzah to the last and final season of this ingenious creation!

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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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