Saturday, April 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season Finale)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1, Episode 18 “Paula Needs to Get Over Josh!” (B+)

This was a great finale, bringing all of its plotlines to a great place after getting things something back to normal. Paula was equally furious at Rebecca for lying to her about Greg and for not appreciating her insane efforts to help her get Josh, which was recounted through a song that made Paula seem even more obsessive and deranged than Paula. Ultimately, however, everything was much more sweet, and for Darryl to come get Paula and have her come to the party so that she could be on the same page as Rebecca was really wonderful. Greg’s transformation, whether it was an act or not, was an unfortunate but believable one, since he and Rebecca connect on so much in private but have entirely different worldviews about how to interact with others. Greg’s failure to indulge Rebecca in any of the things she wanted to do or love at the wedding cost him that relationship, no matter what he said while he was throwing up back home on the couch. Josh finally standing up for himself with Valencia where she tried to accelerate and orchestrate his proposal was a great thing, and it was Valencia who ended up breaking things off. Having him pull Rebecca out of the wedding and then drive to a romantic destination where they had a wonderful night was very satisfying – and genuine – but Rebecca is already starting to drive him crazy by becoming way too attached after he just got out of another relationship. Hopefully their romance won’t be in such bad shape when the second season starts, but I think this was totally a fantastic ending. I also like that we got to see a bit of development with the White Josh and Darryl plotline, with the two of them smiling and wearing tuxes to the wedding together. This show has easily been one of my favorites this season, and I’m so glad it’s coming back for a second round. Rebecca Bloom for the Emmy!

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Rebecca Bloom