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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' fan recap: Rebecca's negative self-talk is relatable and important

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “That Text Was Not Meant for Josh” | Aired Jan 8, 2016

Just when you thought things might be looking up for Rebecca and Josh’s love, a textastrophe (textmergency? Messapocalypse?) ruined everything. On this week’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca was in a big lawyer-ly meeting with Paula plus a judge, another lawyer, and a couple of clients, when she decided it was the perfect time to stealth text an update about her Josh feels. Since she was in a meeting, she did some impressive under-the-table texting (including a lot of emojis for someone who couldn’t see her screen) and hit send. The message was a gushing tribute to her growing explosion of love for Josh, but Paula never got the text. When Rebecca checked to see why, it was obvious: She’d sent the text to Josh by mistake.

Normally, it would be a bummer to see Rebecca shirk responsibilities at work over boy drama, like when she asked the judge for a stay of the case so she could deal with a personal matter. No one was having it. So Paula, aka the best character on the show right now (sorry, sorry, I love Rebecca, I really do, but Paula has been stealing the show and being way underutilized lately), jumped in and explained the situation honestly. At that, the lawyer, clients and judge were all on board with Rebecca taking a recess. They started brainstorming ideas for how to do damage control and cheered her on when she remembered that Josh mentioned having forgotten his phone on his way to tae kwon do and set out to break into his apartment and delete the message before things got unbearably awkward.

Rebecca gets into Josh’s house pretty easily, finding his spare key hidden just outside. She even guessed his phone passcode (Valencia’s birthday, which is a bummer for Rebecca) and deleted the text without a problem. In fact, the text snafu is solved so quickly that it’s barely even part of the episode. The real plot gets going when Josh catches Rebecca in his apartment and she concocts an elaborate lie to explain herself. The best she’s able to come up with is that someone broke into her house (by throwing a rock through her window) and that she fled in fear to his place, found the door unlocked and let herself in. Josh is such a lovable, trusting guy that he doesn’t really question the story and even insists on going home with her to help her fix the broken window. Panicked, Rebecca texts Paula and begs her to go throw a rock through her glass door. Paula, being a good friend and awesomely straightforward person, obliges and even brings her husband along (they’re having marriage issues and are supposed to be spending the entire night together, so it’s either bring him or don’t help Rebecca).

Paula and her husband pull off breaking the window, but it turns out the great rock Mr. Paula found was a decorative rock from inside Rebecca’s living room. When Josh realizes that the rock that broke the window came from inside Rebecca’s house, he finally has to admit that none of what’s happening makes any sense, and he leaves. Then, leaving Heather’s house, Greg passes by and he offers to help. When he sees Josh’s name on the uneaten delivery of fondue and sees a glass of wine with ice (Josh’s signature), he assumes that Rebecca and Josh got in a fight and that’s how the window was broken and he too abandons Ship Rebecca.

And that leaves Rebecca all alone to wallow in her self-loathing. Even though the ’80s-themed “Textmergency” song from the beginning of the episode is great, I’m partial to “You Stupid Bitch,” the song Rebecca sings to herself about her own (perceived) penchant for ruining everything. It’s cringe-worthy because it’s supposed to be. It should make you uncomfortable to hear anyone—let alone a smart, funny, awesome woman like Rebecca—say those things about themselves. But the song isn’t a gross exaggeration; it’s not so far off from the negative self-talk many women (and I’d suspect men, as well) engage in on a regular basis. Like many of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s best songs, it highlights a very real problem and forces the viewer to really think about something they’ve come to accept as normal. (“Put Yourself First,” from last week’s episode, was another great example of this.) Now that Josh and Greg are blowing Rebecca off, I’d love to see her do some non-Josh-related soul searching and work on the self-esteem issues that have her chasing guys from high school and calling herself a “stupid bitch” like it’s no big deal.

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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