Monday, November 13, 2017

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3, Episode 5 “I Never Want to See Josh Again” (B)

I have complicated feelings about this episode, though it’s hard to deny that this show is a layered series just as capable of drama as it is of comedy. Following those at the office in Rebecca’s absence cast a spotlight on two characters we rarely see, Maya and Jim. I’ve never been a huge fan of Maya since she sort of sporadically appears and gets treated meanly by everyone else in the office, and in this episode she became super millennial and even more chattery in her quest to befriend Rebecca’s replacement Cornelia. I can’t remember Jim even speaking before, and I would have preferred that George appear in this episode alongside Maya and Darryl. Cornelia was a decent character who just wanted to be professional, and by the episode’s end she had more than enough claims to file with HR so that she could move on to pursue her life’s dreams. Paula also got to assume her mother role at the office when she tried to use a sick day to go on vacation, something that she clearly won’t be penalized for in this warped fantasy setting. Back home, Rebecca really did have a lovely time with her milkshake-making mother until she realized what she was trying to do, and the final scene on the airplane, complete with a sweet, kindhearted flight attendant and a “help” sign that she read as “hope,” set things in much more dramatic motion which should hopefully lead to her waking up in a hospital bed in Los Angeles surrounded by her friends, starting this show’s journey back to relative normalcy, with Rebecca trying to figure out how she fits into a world where everyone knows her innermost secrets but still loves her.

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