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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m So Happy for You (4×05)

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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?

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m in Love (4×17)

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Crazy Ex Girlfriend I'm in Love

I guess I should be happy Rebecca fell in love, and most importantly with herself, but it doesn’t stop me from being completely heartbroken that the series has come to an end.

What are we to do with our Friday nights?

Just as I expected, Rebecca finally concluded that she had lost herself in the entire love triangle, and ended up putting the focus back on herself.

Well, she realized she had lost herself long ago when she had made the decision to move out to West Covina to chase Josh Chan.

While there, she hadn’t focused on her true joys and had since been struggling with finding her true passions: law, pretzels, musical theater, and finally writing.

The whole time Rebecca thought she was confined to the three same men in her life, but later she realized once she figured out her true passions she might further evolve and will eventually find the person she’s meant to be with. Which could well be someone in that room!

During her snooze on the toilet, she visited each possible future with each of the guys and saw a look of unhappiness on future Rebecca’s face each time they left the room. Her future-self finally revealed that her true identity was pushed aside by her relationships.

Rebecca conferred with Paula just like the good ole days and tried to decipher the meaning of a simple message. Paula showed her that her dream self was actually her own subconscious telling her exactly what she needed to know.

Told in short snippets of the past on stage in an open mic night setting she revealed the previous Valentine’s trail of broken hearts.

Of course, she had to tease and make us originally believe Josh was the one. Or perhaps I’m too naive and had my own hopes riding on that one. No way would they make it that easy for us.

Josh’s look when she broke his heart was so disheartening. Although their love story seemed a bit star-crossed. He was Rebecca’s first true love and through the hardships of their relationship, they both grew for the better.

Along with Rebecca, he had the strongest character development.

All the men in her life grew for the better because of her.

Oh my God, was the musical number mashup amazing! Maybe Rebecca’s new motto should be “It’s 11 o’clock somewhere.”

I love anything cyclical and this was all too cyclical. The old outfits she wore throughout the seasons during her identity crisis were so fun to see again. We got to reminisce through the seasons along with her.

It’s amazing how much of Rachel Bloom is portrayed through Rebecca. Or so it seems.

When she takes Paula into her musical side numbers and Paula sees Rebecca’s embarrassment as a true gift and her future career path, it alludes to the start of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in a sort of meta way.

I’ve only seen a few TV shows through and through in my life, so this felt like a true journey. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending.

Was the song that she was about to perform before being so rudely interrupted by the end credits her first Crazy Ex-Girlfriend theme song?

This show held so many important messages that are important to anyone. I appreciated that Rebecca was on the older side and showed that at any stage of life you’re still finding yourself. There’s no timeline to figuring out your life and who you are.

And of course the mental illness aspect of the show that made it so unique and brought many other social issues into the conversation in a satirical way.

So many unanswered questions! But what a great show and the cast will certainly be missed.

Were you satisfied with the ending?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Congrats to all the happy couples: Darryl and April, Heather and Hector, Valencia and Beth, Josh and his new girlfriend. The storylines were wrapped up so beautifully and I’m glad they all received nice endings.
  • I only question Greg’s ending, because it wasn’t really specified what he did beyond Rebecca.
  • Was it already known that Nathaniel spoke Spanish? Because I am impressed!
  • Paula’s a badass! Standing up for what she truly believed in. Although her slow walk out of the office was classic. She knew her boss was going to call her name.

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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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