In this episode, we were provided a deep dive into Rebecca’s childhood through the eyes of her half-brother Tucker. Honestly, only the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfans might vaguely recall she has a brother. Anyway, Tucker chooses to put on the shoes Rebecca previously gifted him for his 13th birthday and makes a trip to visit her. Rebecca’s surprised by his appearance, but ultimately happy to try and make things right with the last person in her life she holds unfinished business with.
Soon after she’s surprised with another grand gesture, this time by Nathaniel. He tells her that he’s still in love with her and wants her back, but she refuses to accept his proposal. This is a huge step-up from what she would’ve done in the past, and it truly speaks to her changing for the better.
There’s definitely something slightly off about Tucker and we are given a sneak peek of him deceptively responding to Rebecca’s text meant for his mom and snooping through her childhood diary. No wonder he continues to steal the words right out of her mouth! Of course, there’s no way an early aged teen boy is going to be as perfect as he led on to be.
As Nathaniel is feeling the burn of his latest “rebection” he takes it out on Sunil and Mrs. Hernandez who are fighting over the most recent case. It’s obvious that Mrs. Hernandez is much more qualified for the case, but Sunil sets out to win the case by promising Nathaniel that he’ll win him back Rebecca.
Rebecca invites Paula and her boys over to hang out with her and Tucker, but it’s obvious that Tucker isn’t a typical teenage boy, nothing like Paula’s seemingly lumps-on-a-log sons, so Paula takes them to the escape room alone. I guess being stuck in a room together offers unique insight into a relationship, and Paula realizes she’s been so caught up in Rebecca’s troubles for the past few years that she knows nothing of what’s going on in her son’s lives.
Meanwhile, Rebecca takes Tucker on a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they happen to “stumble” upon the location of an audition for Peter Pan, of course, Tucker’s plan all along. Rebecca’s overtaken by the connection Tucker makes with her and her love for the musical Slumbered, so she takes him in for an audition.
Sunil stalks Rebecca and Tucker who have stalked the director of Peter Pan –dang is there a lot of stalking and sneaking around in this show. Sunil sees Tucker with Rebecca’s diary and reports back to Nathaniel, offering him the option of getting the diary so that he can finally understand the inner depths of Rebecca’s mind.
Nathaniel approaches Tucker and offers to get him the role of Peter Pan in return for Rebecca’s diary. This is some top-notch elementary-level drama!
Rebecca receives a call from the director of Peter Pan congratulating her that Tucker has received the part, and Tucker calculatingly suggests that they celebrate with some Rebetzels. As Nathaniel is on his way out he stops by and pulls out another “I love you” speech word for word from Slumbered. He’s a lawyer, he should know all about plagiarism! Tsk tsk, I would’ve expected better from you Nathaniel. Rebecca realizes that the only way he would’ve known that highly classified personal information was if he somehow had gotten ahold of her diary. She rightfully yells at him, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to winning her back.
Tucker and Rebecca have a real and heartfelt sibling bonding moment when Rebecca learns that although he may have been initially faking some of the similarities, they both came from the same deadbeat dad and Tucker too needs therapy. Additionally, she promises that she’ll pay for him to go to theater camp so that he doesn’t have to go through the long process of flying out and manipulating her just to start an acting career.
This episode really gave Rebecca a taste of what she’s been dishing out to others for the past few years. The manipulation, stalking, and overcompensation for insecurities. I can really see that this season is highly focused on her coming to terms with her past doings and making major adjustments to fix them and change. High praise for Rebecca and all that she’s been working through!
What’s next for Rebecca? I can’t imagine this being the last of Tucker we’ll see. And I wonder what Nathaniel will attempt to convince Rebecca that their mutual love for each other is the only thing that matters despite their difficulty and confusing history.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m So Happy for You (4×05)
As the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is winding down, so are the character’s storylines. This episode is slightly emotional as it prepares us for what’s next for everyone.
Valencia and Heather both break the news to Rebecca that they’re moving. Valencia’s making her way to the opposite coast in New York City, while Heather is moving to El Segundo with Hector. Just as Rebecca has finally started to gain a sense of stability, it feels like her support system is falling apart. It seems like the end of an era for the girl gang, but Valencia, Heather, and Paula all try and reassure her that simply because they’re following through with the next step in their lives doesn’t mean that their girl gang isn’t making that next step too. (Squad forever!)
It’s funny how quickly Paula connected with Brendan. Just a few episodes ago she had no idea what he was up to on the daily, and now they’re sitting together at the table devouring an entire apple pie– simply heartwarming. At that moment he tells Paula that he had applied and been accepted into the Peeps for Peace program (similar to the Peace Corps), and will shortly be hearing back with his assignment location. Paula attempts to balance her feelings of true happiness, for this incredible adventure he’s about to embark on, and her feelings of utter sadness as her oldest boy is about to leave the nest for a new country. So she does what any distressed parent would do, plans a way to keep him to stay. Although flawed, she has an endearing idea to try and get the girl he once loved to sway his decision to stay behind.
In an attempt to gain insight on her feelings, Rebecca goes to Dr. Akopian and concludes that she’s feeling jealous that her friends are steps ahead of her. While everything’s falling into place for them, she has just quit her job and is trying to make it as a small business owner, as well as trying to figure out her love life. She admits that she wishes there was a way for her to freeze their lives while she fixes hers so that they can all be moving through milestones together. Thank God Dr. Akopian tells her it’s human nature to feel competitive and I agree, I’ve because I’ve certainly felt the same way as Rebecca.
Rebecca’s simple solution to feeling less alone and less behind is to find replacement friends that are not only steps behind her in life but many years behind as well. She makes new friends with AJ and Maya and convinces them to bring their friends to crash Heather’s going away party. Honestly, it was overly entertaining watching Rebecca try and use millennial lingo– dope, frizzy, OTP, and dip.
While the three are sitting in the park getting to know each other, Daryll and White Josh make an appearance on an afternoon stroll with Hebecca. Maya and AJ express their approval of the couple and how they’re an absolute OTP. It cuts to the first musical number where everyone’s gathered to sing about their love for the couple and attempts to try and get them back together. I wish every OTP I ever shipped received a convincing serenade!
At Heather’s original party of about seven close friends, Maya and AJ arrive with their very large crew turning it into a “rager”. Rebecca has the revelation that she was, in fact, born as a 40-year-old and no matter how much effort she puts into trying, she’ll never be able to fully take on the persona of a millennial. Rebecca apologizes to Heather and Valencia and concludes that the future is inevitable and instead of trying to sabotage the last few days they have together, she needs to cherish it and spend it happily, not sulking around.
As suspected, Paula’s original plan is turned on her after her family figures out what she’s been trying to do. Vanessa and Brendan fake a pregnancy, while Paula quickly comes to her senses that she’s been ridiculous this whole time. Of course, she wants her son to go do incredible things regardless of how much she may have originally doubted his future success.
There was really no cliffhanger at the end of this episode, just loose ends ready to be tied up. So what do you think is the next step for Rebecca while her friends are going through big changes in their lives?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m On My Own Path (4×03)
We know the end is near for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but we’re cherishing each step of this ride!
After a therapy session with Dr. Akopian prompting Rebecca to realize there’s more to life than just practicing law, she begins to question what her next step in life should be. To be fair, prison is a great midlife crisis wake-up call.
As Rebecca’s leaving therapy she’s greeted by Josh who’s waiting for his next therapy session. She’s quite surprised to hear he’s started therapy because it’s assumed that anyone who is in therapy must be mentally unstable. He tells her that he’s also ready for the next chapter in his life; he’s ready to start dating seriously, and he’s downloaded the apps to prove it. I’m truly surprised how well Rebecca took that news, but I guess it’s the small and subtle things that show she’s slowly improving.
Rebecca’s welcomed back to the office with open arms by Paula and Wendy (their biggest client), but Nathaniel, on the other hand, acts like a passive-aggressive child who’s just been properly disciplined and must act like nothing’s wrong.
While waiting for the letter of approval from the Bar Association, Rebecca decides to take a job at the new Pretzel Central run by Jim, a previous lawyer from the firm, who tells her that being a lawyer wasn’t as glamorous as originally perceived. She’s enamored by the complete 180 he’s taken with his life and begins seriously thinking about pursuing other job opportunities.
Hector and Heather choose to take the next step in their relationship, marriage. Although insurance fraud may have been the original prompter, it certainly was their love for each other that followed through with the courthouse ceremony.
Josh begins to quickly learn that dating apps aren’t like magical matchmakers, and the women he’s been matching with are in fact quite shallow. I love how they turned this stereotype around and made it so women were the ones looking for casual flings. Poor Josh though, as Bekks said, he’s becoming more profound in his thinking, so I hope he soon finds the one.
Jim makes the decision to give up on his job managing Pretzel Central. During his brief time, he realized that being his own boss was a lot of work, and sometimes taking directive from someone else is much easier. This pushes Rebecca to forge her own path and open Rebetzels, a place where she’ll be able to pursue her own pretzel creations without having to worry about headquarter compliances.
Valencia explains to Heather that rather than thinking in a singular mode, marriage is about thinking dually, and even though Heather may not be a huge proponent of fancy wedding ceremonies, Hector is. So Heather puts together a traditional wedding for Hector. Now that’s true love! Rebecca is asked to speak at the wedding and as she’s reading from the “best fairytale of all, the Bible” under a bright ray of sunshine, Nathaniel has an epiphany and finally admits to himself that he’s in love with her and that he wants to fight for her. Why can’t love and romance be as easy as it is on TV? I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Am Ashamed (4×02)
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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