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Season 1 | Episode 7 | “I’m So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!” | Aired Nov 23, 2015

Crazy Ex-Girfriend isn’t about Josh. Josh just happens to be a character on the show. But, sometimes, with Rebecca’s fixation on him, it’s easy to forget the truth of the theme song’s claim that the story is “a lot more nuanced than that.” This week’s episode, “I’m So Happy That Josh Is So Happy,” is a great reminder of that, though. The episode sees Rebecca struggling to come to terms with the big step Josh and Valencia have taken. (They just moved in together.) The kind of terrible thing is that Rebecca actually didn’t seem that hung up on it, but Paula pushed her, using Twilight as an analogy. According to Paula, Josh is Edward and Greg is Jacob (and Rebecca is, obviously, Bella). Maybe that’s true, but I’m sorry Paula. I never really liked Edward. I always thought Jacob was a way cooler guy (until the whole imprinting things and dear god let’s hope that doesn’t happen).

But regardless of how the fixation started up again, it did—and strong (staying true to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend title—something I think the show will eventually drift from). Rebecca started relapsing, having anxiety attacks and feeling a desperate urge to get back on all those medications she threw down the drain when she moved to West Covina. She can’t function at work (something that actually really bothered me—as socially awkward as Rebecca is, we’ve established time and again that she is amazing at her job and I was bummed to see that falter). She finds a local psychiatrist, hoping to get a quick fix back to numbs-ville. The West Covina psychiatrist calls the New York psychiatrist a quack for prescribing so much medication that Rebecca couldn’t feel anything. Her prescription: Begin therapy and try to get to the root of the issue.

That might be good advice, but Rebecca is looking for a quick fix. She wants to be medicated and numb again in time for her presentation at work on Monday. Desperate, she starts trying to self-medicate. She finds an ADHD pill on the bathroom floor at the therapist’s office and takes it, in spite of advice to the contrary from the fictional Dr. Phil inside her head. She goes into hyper-mode, because that’s what Adderall does, stays up all night, and decorates her house (poorly). When she realizes she desperately needs to come down, she calls her neighbor, Heather, and gets high. Then, they go back to the psychiatrist’s office (yeah, while high) to steal her prescription pad (this is escalating into very illegal, very quickly). The psychiatrist catches them because Rebecca’s attempt to break and enter involves trying to shimmy through a doggy door and she’s less successful at it than Rose McGowan in Scream.

The psychiatrist is very chill, considering, and offers not to press charges if Rebecca agrees to start therapy and start trying to get better. Rebecca agrees, of course, because she has to. She manages to save the work thing, too (Paula is *thisclose* to having an affair with the client, and she and Rebecca get to have a really honest moment that impresses him), but the best thing is that Rebecca starts to save herself.

Josh might be the catalyst for Rebecca’s latest spiral (although, again, I place more blame for that on Paula and Stephenie Meyer), but it’s about much more than that. Before Josh was even a significant part of her life, before she became the “crazy ex-girlfriend,” she was struggling with anxiety, depression, and, presumably, a slew of other mental health issues. She’s been medicating and pushing through since high school, maybe earlier, and these issues find a way to take hold of her no matter what’s going on in her personal life and what her geographical distance from Josh is. This is obviously a big part of Rebecca’s life, and something that’s only really been hinted at or mentioned as part of a throwaway joke up until now. Now, it seems like it’s going to be a focus of the show: what makes Rebecca tick and how she can become a version of herself that functions and makes her happy.

Of course, she does ditch out early on her first session because Josh texts her to meet for boba, but let’s hope that that’s not the trend.

Oh, and as for Josh? He spends the episode trying to build a table or Valencia because Valencia mentioned that they needed a dining room table. The problem? Josh picks the table out himself and that’s dangerous with a very particular girl like Valencia. His friends (including Greg) help him assemble this IKEA-on-steroids monstrosity, and the comedic highlight of the episode was when they talked to Greg about Valencia by talking about the table, saying things like, “I don’t think this is right table for you,” “You’re going to ruin your life if you stay with this table,” and “Bros before … tables.” In the end, Valencia predictably hates it (but she is nicer about it than you might expect), and Josh runs off to have an emotional dalliance with Rebecca. He shows her a picture of the table, and she thinks it’s a perfect table, because of course she does. She’s still too invested in Josh and what he thinks, and he’s still too invested in her for a guy who’s insisting he loves someone else and wants to make that relationship work, but there’s a little growth on both ends.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Mondays at 8/7C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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