Friday, February 8, 2019

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 12 “I Need a Break” (B)

After a few episodes that weren’t focused so centrally just on our protagonist, this hour dove right in to both Rebecca and Paula going through harrowing circumstances that are going to make them rethink how they reckon with the world going forward. This show is great at emphasizing just how much something has been said before even if viewers never noticed, first with Heather eternally being a student and now with Rebecca always wanting to go to a waterpark with whoever it is that is the subject of her romantic obsession. The impact here wasn’t nearly as detrimental as the ultimate reveal of what the lyrics for the season two opening credits song actually meant, but Greg singing his laundry list of things that he hated made Rebecca realize that the perfect relationship she had concocted in her head wasn’t actually that. Her descent was quick and spectacular, and good for both Nathaniel and Josh for resisting her advances because they’ve reached a point where they care about her more than they want to be with her. Resisting medication so intensely wasn’t healthy, and what she needs is a support system from her friends which, incidentally, is also what Paula needs, after she seemed like she was starting menopause but was actually experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. They’re both headed in a better direction now, but this episode showed just how easily they were able to regress when they stopped to paying attention to taking care of each other for even just a short time.

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