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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' recap: Rebecca really DOES love Josh

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “I’m Going to the Beach with Josh and His Friends!” | Aired Jan 25, 2016

Since the pilot, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca Bunch has been insisting that she didn’t move to lovely West Covina, California for her high school summer camp boyfriend Josh. No, no, no. She moved to West Covina for a job. Josh just happens to live there, too. Rebecca has been hard and fast on that stance since day one.

This week, her best friend Paula issued an ultimatum: Admit that you’re in love with Josh or lose Paula’s number (but, you know, just for the Josh stuff—they’re still best friends, regardless). Rebecca admits no such thing and ends up getting herself invited on a beach trip with Josh & Co., because Josh’s fiance, Valencia, has adopted a keep your enemies closer approach to dealing with her nemesis.

Rebecca, being desperate for friends, ups the stakes and rents a party bus for the occasion, which is such a Rebecca thing to do. When Greg brings Heather and Valencia monopolizes all of Josh’s time, Rebecca tries to bond with “White Josh” and fails, miserably.

During one dejected moment, Rebecca notices Darryl stranded on the highway (his car ran out of gas) and invites him onto the party bus. She even tries a (very, very impressive) pole dance to get some attention, but that just makes things worse because Valencia is NOT having it. Every attempt to have a conversation partner or pull a little focus to herself crashes and burns, and finally Valencia just confronts her, demanding to know why she’s even “here.”

Rebecca interprets “here” as “on the party bus,” and points out that she was invited. But no, the “here” Valencia was referring to is “here, in West Covina.” Rebecca spits out her usual speech, which she’s given so many times at this point, she probably believes it herself: She got a call from her new boss who made her an amazing job offer she couldn’t refuse, so she relocated from New York for the gig. But there’s one thing about this telling that’s different than ever before: Her boss is here to hear it. He sets the record straight, explaining that Rebecca called him and offered to take a huge pay cut to work at his firm and that’s why he hired her.

With her big lie blown, Rebecca tells the truth: She ran into Josh that day in New York and she was depressed and miserable and she’d been depressed and miserable for so long that she wasn’t even sure what to do about it anymore. Then she saw him and he talked about West Covina and made it sound so great and the word he kept using to describe living there was “happy.” And Rebecca wanted to be happy; she wanted to live where the happiness was. And that’s why she moved to West Covina. It was impulsive, yes, but she still doesn’t like the word “crazy” to describe the decision.

Most of her kind-of, sort-of friends are still put-off by the truth. Valencia thinks she’s won and that Josh is sure to tell Rebecca off once and for all. But Josh is flattered. He’s been defending West Covina to people who think it’s a lame town for years, and he really does love his town. He’s happy that he was able to help Rebecca find a place where she could be happy, too. He lived in New York, he reminds her. He knows how depressing it can be. If anything, he and Rebecca are closer than ever now.

And the way Josh responds to the truth about her move makes Rebecca realize/admit something: She loves Josh so much. She confesses it to Paula, not to Josh, but it’s a baby step, and it’s nice that Rebecca is finally heading away from outright denial.

I really enjoyed this week’s episode and Rebecca’s big revelation, but I might have a slightly unpopular and possibly totally wrong opinion about it: I suspect that most people will read Rebecca’s new stated reason for moving to West Covina as another form of denial. She’s still not admitting, after all, that she moved to be closer to Josh. But I think (and have thought since the beginning) that Josh is just a surface reason for Rebecca’s move. Sure, he might have been the catalyst, but the move is more about what Josh represents than about him personally. Being with Josh for a few sweet weeks at summer camp was the only time Rebecca was truly happy. Josh represents happiness. I think Rebecca really did follow Josh because she was looking for happiness. She might think she needs Josh to be happy, but what she really needs is to rediscover the girl who followed her dreams and went to the camp in the first place.

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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