Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episodes 8 and 9 “Who Is Josh's Soup Fairy?” and “When Do I Get to Spend Time with Josh?” (B+)

At first, I was excited by the unexpected double dose of this show, and then it hit me that it might be the CW’s attempt to burn off as many episodes as possible to finish the season early for no reason. Sadly, that is sort of the case, as season two wraps on February 3rd after just thirteen episodes, but the fabulous news is that this show has been renewed for a third season, so we’ll definitely have more of it. These episodes were surprisingly transformative in their content, with Josh getting so excited that his girlfriend had sent him soup when he was sick, and after his fashion show debut, he got hit over the head with the news that she wasn’t into him and the stuff he likes at all. Truth be told, Josh and Rebecca really aren’t that similar either, as evidenced by his inability to deal with her having to work and running out on his parents (his mom still likes her more than Valencia). But there is a simplicity to the two of them and the way that they care about each other that just works, and the fact that it took this long and that Josh was the one who came running back to Rebecca, who for once chose something over Josh Chan, suggests that they might even be able to work. I suspect that Valencia might soon reappear and be less than excited that her new best friend is dating their old ex-boyfriend, and I’m sure that will provide awkward entertainment. I don’t particularly like Nathaniel, which I realize is the point, but more importantly I’m not sure how good he’ll be for the show in the long run. I was thrilled to see Danny Jolles, who I went to NYU with and remember very well, appear as George and get his own hilariously interrupted solo after his minor character got fired. Good work, Danny!