Okay, so, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend really seems to have upped its game this season, am I right?! “When Will Josh See How Cool I Am?” was yet another emotional roller-coaster, and I am so here for how intense the show is this season! The stakes are so freaking high!
As fun as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is, I’m really starting to become completely invested in the real, grittier aspects of the show and am already having trouble trusting Rebecca to do the right thing. I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for her to hurt someone, to ruin someone’s life, to do the selfish thing as opposed to what is right — no matter how simple the right thing is.
Like writing that letter of recommendation for Paula. I knew the moment Paula asked her to do it in the midst of her scheming that Rebecca was going to miss the deadline, and it was so painful to watch. Paula is so cute and so excited about going to law school and the way Rebecca forgetting about it made her feel, made her doubt herself, was so heartbreaking. It really, really just made me hate Rebecca for treating her friend like that.
Then, when she does finally get the letter to her (late, of course, because she wrote it at the last minute), Paula lets her off the hook far too easily because what she wrote was sweet, and because Rebecca is, seemingly, beating herself up over screwing this up.
While I might be able to believe that she does truly feel bad for making Paula feel the way she did, and for letting her down, I’m really beginning to understand how utterly manipulative Rebecca can be. She knows exactly what to say and do to make people forgive her. She knows exactly how to be charming enough that people overlook how incredibly awful the things she does are and just say, “Oh, that darn Rebecca!”
It’s actually become quite frustrating to watch her unintentionally destroy the good paths her closest friends are on by means of her own selfish neglect and her inability to see struggles beyond her own.
Until, of course, that shining moment of greatness — of genuine empathy and emotion — when she sits down and talks to Greg.
This is what makes Rebecca and Greg so great together. He opens her eyes and, for the first time this season, Rebecca seems genuine. Rebecca seems heartbroken and emotional in the realest way. She cares deeply about Greg, and a single conversation with Greg inspires Rebecca to be a better person, even if we know it will only last for a few fleeting hours.
After one conversation with Greg, Rebecca writes Paula’s recommendation, stands up for herself with Josh, realizes for the briefest moment that she can be and do better than this.
Rebecca would be inspired to get help if she spent more time with Greg and Paula and less time obsessing over Josh (who, by the way, is even more selfish than Rebecca. Like, Josh is rapidly becoming my least favorite character). Greg and Paula are clearly the two people who mean the most to Rebecca, because they seem to be the only ones who can bring out the best in her and pull her out of this manic fantasy world she is trapped in. As much as it pains me to say this, maybe Rebecca needs to really hurt the people she loves most before she can hit rock bottom and finally get the help she needs to get back on her feet and to get back to a healthier, happier state of mind.
The more time she spends with these two brave people who are working to better themselves and find their happiness, the more inclined Rebecca will be to want that for herself.
She just needs to get the hell away from Josh-freaking-Chan!
Also, where Josh Chan has clearly become The Worst, White Josh is still The Best. I simply adore him. He’s so sweet and so smart and I just need so much more White Josh on this show.
Where Josh was so concerned about freeing himself of any responsibility for Greg’s addiction, White Josh was understanding, supportive, and genuinely concerned for his friend’s well-being. He was constantly reminding Josh that Greg’s alcoholism was not about him or his own guilt.
White Josh is just a stand up guy.
Props to you, White Josh.
Please give me more of him in the weeks to come.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays, 10/9c on The CW.