Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 7 “I Will Help You” (B)

I find Rebecca’s Jewish heritage to be one of the least compelling aspects of this show, maybe because it’s so over-the-top and portrayed in a negative fashion. Her only encounters with religion are derogatory, and the notion that her mom went to a camp actually called Camp Kvetcher is pretty absurd. What that framing did help do is show that, even if she’s not a senior partner at a law firm, she can still be there for her mother as a loyal and loving family member. Valencia getting Elayne Boosler because she has legitimate connections was a good resolution that helped Naomi stick it to Marilyn and Audra, and then Rebecca got to shut down her mother for trying to get her law career back when that’s not what she wanted. One thing that this show has always been good at is rehabilitating its supporting characters, which is why Nathaniel trying to be a good person and discovering what fuzzy feels like was actually the best use of that character in a long time. Josh being terrible at real life things was hilarious, putting a pan with spaghetti in the oven and quickly killing Estrea, and I love that he and Rebecca are now friends who are so far past everything that happens. I’m thrilled that they’re going to be roommates, and I’m not sure if I’m rooting for them to get back together or if they’ll be better off just being pals looking out for each other’s best interests with different romantic partners. Rebecca’s definitely remembering why she was attracted to both Josh and Nathaniel in the first place, which should lead to hijinks.

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