Monday, November 5, 2018

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 4 “I’m Making Up for Lost Time” (C+)

Two weeks ago, this show had a Halloween episode, and now we have yet another hour that doesn’t feel entirely purposeful. I couldn’t remember if we had seen Tucker before, and, after spending a whole episode with him, I don’t feel that it’s improved my life at all. Rebecca, for all her eccentricities, is far too trusting, and unfortunately, many of the people in her life don’t have her best interests at heart. The ultimate conclusion of this hour was that Tucker, instead of being devious, manipulative, and pretending to be her younger half-twin, should have just told her that he wanted to audition for the musical and she would have happily helped him. His audition song about wanting to become a teenage Hollywood trainwreck was moderately entertaining but perfectly clever and self-aware in the way that this show always wants to be. Rebecca admonishing Nathaniel for the way in which he tried to win her back was an important development, and I’m not sure where that leaves him as he continues to pine for her but more now in a rejected way, which probably won’t be good for anyone. Having Sunil follow Rebecca around so that he could win the case from Nathaniel was unnecessary, continuing to make the office dynamic the least compelling aspect of this show. Paula bonding with her sons during the escape room was endearing, but we’ve barely met them over the course of this show’s run, and as a result it felt somewhat random just like the main part of this episode did.

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