This has been a difficult week for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans. We’re all conflicted because, while “When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone?” was an incredible episode (arguably the best this season), it also marks the end of Greg Serrano and Santino Fontana’s run on the show.
Honestly, they really did give him one hell of a send-off number with “It Was a Sh*tshow.” The entire performance and the song itself were just incredible, Fontana is a gem, and it is by far my favorite song this season – and, quite possibly, my new favorite from the entire series thus far. I’m not exaggerating, people: in my notes for this episode, it literally says, “Omg. ‘It Was a Sh*tshow’ is the best song ever.”
So, there you have it. It is literally the best. I don’t know what we’re going to do without Greg Serrano, people, but his absence will undoubtedly leave a hole in the show and he will be sorely missed.
With that out of the way, don’t dry your eyes just yet because it’s time to talk about Paula, and what she endured this week.
Thus far, this has been the season of Paula. Never have we felt so angry with Rebecca for being so caught up in her own head as we have been these past few episodes. She has completely failed to be the best friend that Paula deserves – the friend that she needed when she was going through what may very well have been one of the most difficult times in her life.
What’s worse is that, even when all was said and done, Paula didn’t tell Rebecca the truth. Maybe this is due to the fact that Paula is so freaking strong that she knows she will get through this, that she will come out the other side and be great and she will be okay, but she can see how easily Rebecca is broken, so, rather than “burden” her friend, she lies. More than that, she takes on extra work that Rebecca doesn’t want to do so that Rebecca can go and figure out how to be okay without Greg and Josh.
The thing is: Paula shouldn’t have to lie or feel like she’s a burden, and shame on Rebecca for making her feel that way – for assuming that no one’s problems could possibly be as monumental as her own.
Regardless, Paula copes with making one of the hardest decisions of her life, and she does it without Rebecca ever knowing what she is going through. She does it while Rebecca tells her that she couldn’t possibly understand hardship. It’s heartbreaking, and Paula is most definitely one of the strongest women on television right now. She is truly incredible and I’m delighted and honored to be on this journey with her and, damn it, I am rooting so hard for her!
She is going to absolutely kill it in law school, there is no doubt about that. I’m certain that there is nothing Paula can’t handle.
With all that being said, even though Rebecca broke this week, and, perhaps, hit rock bottom – all of this brought about something we’ve been waiting for and something that Rebecca needed desperately:
Rebecca admitted that she is not okay, and everybody knows that admitting something is wrong is the first step to recovery. Maybe, just maybe, we will see more of Rebecca on the road to a healthier, happier state of mind in the episodes to come. Maybe, with the return of a clearly distraught Valencia and the blunt and liberated Heather, we will see these ladies prop each other up and help each other through whatever has been holding them back.
Maybe, once Rebecca gets her shit together a little more, she will be better able to support Paula in her journey toward realizing her dreams.
Maybe, we’re about to see the rise of female friendships galore on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – and I’m totally on board with that.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays at 9/8c.