Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1, Episode 15 “Josh Has No Idea Where I Am” (B-)

I love this show, but this was my least favorite episode for one reason more than any other. This show is so great because it uses musical numbers to tell part of its story and to reveal what its characters are thinking. Having Rebecca fall asleep on the plane and talk to the dream ghost of her therapist was a less satisfying device that felt more forced, while the same ends could have been achieved by this show’s usual means. It also meant exploring memories in a more literal way, which didn’t work as well since Rebecca got to see part of the conversation she never experienced between her parents years ago and to stop by her house to witness what was going on while she was asleep on the plane. That was disappointing to me, but ultimately the content was more fun and productive than the setup. I love that Rebecca’s first reaction to the notion of a dream ghost was to visit the nearest intelligent planet and see a play, which we got to glimpse a bit at the very end of the episode. Josh and Paula interacting at Rebecca’s house was great since they both feel a certain connection to Rebecca, and Darryl and Greg showing up to try to talk to Rebecca and then get concerned for her wellbeing was a great bonus since I’m always for supporting characters who never interact spending some time together. Josh getting hung up on Greg being called super hot was fun too. Paula showing Josh the pictures Rebecca ordered of him happened a moment too soon, and ending the episode with Josh asking Rebecca if she was in love with him was an unusually frank and honest moment that I imagine may produce the clearest and truest response yet from our plucky heroine.

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