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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' fan recap: Rebecca and Josh, back at camp

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “I’m Back at Camp with Josh” | Aired Feb 1, 2016

On last week’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca finally admitted to herself that she was in love with Josh. If you thought Rebecca was desperate to be around Josh 24/7 when she wasn’t ready to admit there were any deeper feelings there, wait until you see her now. The set-up is simple: Rebecca is gushing about her love to Paula when Josh stops by to gush about his plans: volunteering at a camp for at-risk teens. All Rebecca hears is that Josh is going back to camp. Since camp is where they fell in love, Rebecca makes it her mission to volunteer too and rekindle their teenage romance. Because the camp is all staffed up, Rebecca donates enough money to buy her way into camp as a speaker on female empowerment.

At camp, Rebecca has a big plan: She’s going to read Josh a note that she wrote for him when they were teens. She thinks that it will remind them of why they feel for each other to begin with and help him see that they’re perfect for each other in 2016, too. Paula is emphatically against this idea and forbids Rebecca from reading the note (spoiler alert: Rebecca doesn’t listen to this objectively good advice). Being at camp with modern teens also highlights how adorably clueless Rebecca is, socially. She’s excited to empower the young girls at camp, even as they mock her. Sexual references go right over her head (she thinks “blowie” is a reference to a very windy hilltop and keeps insisting that she’s fine because she packed a windbreaker). In short, she’s still Rebecca. All of the dorky parts make her the character I’m growing to love more and more each week.

Rebecca eventually lures Josh into hanging out with her alone, dangling the promise of more Instagram likes (to help him up his “LPP”—Likes Per Post), and then—you guessed it—reads him the note. Or, she reads him part of the note, anyway. She only gets about half way through before she’s cut off by his laughter. Josh isn’t moved to love by Rebecca’s note; he’s moved to laughter. He goes on and on about how silly they were as teens and how dramatic Rebecca was. Hurt, Rebecca leaves and throws the note away before going to her female-empowerment speech and having a complete breakdown on stage. Seeing a grown woman sobbing like a child does reach the mean teenage girls, and they comfort Rebecca, listen to her woes, and even offer her advice. And that advice comes in the form of one of my favorite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs yet: “Put Yourself First.”

“Put Yourself First” is brilliant. Five teen girls sing about the virtues of ladies putting themselves first—you know, by being sexy for themselves. Wear fake eyelashes and six-inch heels, but wear them for yourself because they make you happy, they explain. When Rebecca asks if putting yourself first should actually mean wearing things that are comfortable and being yourself, the teens are quick to correct her: No, no it does not. Putting yourself first means being sexy and wanted because that’s what you want. And if the message weren’t clear enough, the video for “Put Yourself First” is a photo shoot and the creepy, middle-aged man shooting the pictures is wearing a shirt that says “Male Gaze.” It’s a perfect example of what Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does best.

During the song, the teens give Rebecca a makeover, which is great. Just after, Josh walks in and asks to talk to Rebecca alone and his tone says that the something he needs to discuss is very, very serious. After Rebecca ran away in near-tears, Josh found the note in the trash and read the ending. The end is all about how Rebecca believes in Josh, supports him, and thinks he’s capable of anything. Valencia has never been particularly supportive. Okay, Valencia has never been remotely supportive, and this week’s episode shows her at her least supportive. She wants Josh to quit volunteering at the camp and focus on taking more shifts at work so he can better support her and their future family. He was actually planning to quit the camp after this year, but Rebecca’s note ends up empowering him. He thanks Rebecca, kisses her on the cheek, and goes home to tell Valencia that he’s not quitting the camp because it’s something he loves.

In the end, Rebecca is buoyed by Josh’s cheek kiss. Yeah, it’s a pretty big step for them, since any physical contact is. And yes, he does seem to be losing interest in Valencia. But are we heading toward a Rebecca/Josh pairing this early in the series? Are they OTP? Is Rebecca ever going to be able to truly be the awesome, brilliant lady she’s become if she keeps running back to Josh and the dramatic teen she was when they fell in love? I like Josh. I think he’s sweet and funny. I love Rebecca. I think she’s practically perfect in every way. I have a hard time picturing how Rebecca can grow if she keeps running backward though, and I think we need to see her and Josh get some emotional distance before she can get to him by running forward.

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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